HEBRON, Ohio (Aug. 3) — Pittsburgh-based Sportsman star Mia Tedesco is thrilled to make the short drive to National Trail Raceway near Columbus, Ohio, to compete in this weekend’s Buckeye Fuel Wars. The race is part of the North Central Division’s 2017 schedule, making this an important event for reigning world and Division 3 champion.
“The races in your home division are always extra important because you really want to earn as many points as possible in your own division,” Tedesco said. “In our case, we’re defending D3 Super Gas champs so we’re looking to make a move in our CARS Vehicle Service Contracts /VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier. We’re also racing Super Comp so it’ll be a busy weekend for us.”
Tedesco is used to racing two cars at each event, although she usually captains her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster alongside her Super Gas car. This time, she’s back in her reliable Super Comp dragster.
“They aren’t running alcohol this year so I’m running my Super Comp dragster along with my Super Gas car. It’s pretty cool because I haven’t had a chance to run those two classes at the same event in a really long time. It’s old school because that’s really how I got started with everything in my driving career so I’m excited to get back at it this weekend.”
Currently, Tedesco is ranked fourth in the D3 Super Gas standings. She is only 33 points behind leader Steve Hoyt. All of the drivers in the top five have contested three division races this year.
National Trail Raceway would seem a great place for Tedesco to make a move as she won at the facility last year in her Top Alcohol Dragster. She also was runner-up there in 2012, that time in Super Gas.
“We’ve had some success there and that’s always a great feeling when you pull through the gates,” Tedesco said. “The race in 2012, it was the JEGS SPORTSnationals, and that was the first time I’d ever been to a final round so it’s a cool memory to have.
“Both of the cars I’m racing this weekend are in perfect shape so if we can do our jobs round after round, we can definitely have some success.”
The Super Gas and Super Comp classes will have two qualifying runs Friday and one more Saturday morning. The first round of Super Comp eliminations begin at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, followed by Round 1 of Super Gas eliminations at 7 p.m., Saturday. Eliminations continue at 9:30 a.m., Sunday.