MOORESVILLE, NC (Nov. 16, 2017) – New Jersey native David Calabrese is returning to the seat of a super late model after an extended absence following an in-race crash from late July. The Calabrese Motorsports team has spent the time building a new car which will debut this weekend at the Hickory Motor Speedway.
Still new to late model racing, Calabrese has shown flashes of brilliance in his short time behind the wheel of his team’s No. 43 machines. Over the summer, he competed in a handful of events before being eliminated in a heavy crash at Orange County Speedway which wiped out the team’s primary racecar while running inside the top ten. Since then, the team ordered a new Fury Chassis and has spent time building it for a debut.
“We decided to take our time after the Orange County incident and build a new car and not rush anything so we did it right,” Calabrese said. “We’ve built this brand new Fury car, and we tested it last week to find it was bad fast. Like, we were two tenths off the last pole at Hickory with old, hardened, junk tires. So we’re confident we should have a chance to race for the win this weekend if everything goes right.”
The Calabrese team has spent the last year building the organization to a top-tier driver development program with machines capable of competing in ARCA, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, super and pro late model races, plus the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. By entering select races such as this weekend’s event at Hickory, the team ensures the quality of their equipment.
“I’m so happy to get back behind the wheel of the car, but ultimately we’re doing this to make sure everything is right so when other drivers come in, we know things are right from the start,” Calabrese commented. “Our goal this weekend, though, is still to win. We wouldn’t go if we didn’t think we had a shot to compete and I’m feeling really good about this weekend. 300 laps is a long race, however, so we have to make sure we’re there at the end because anything can happen.”
Optional practice began on Thursday for the Mason-Dixon Mega Meltdown at Hickory, with officially sanctioned practices hitting the speedway on Friday. Saturday’s racing activities kick off at high noon with last chance events and the 300-lap super late model feature is set to take the green flag at approximately 3pm ET.
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