Mike McVetta


Nickname  Hollywood

date of birth  September 6, 1984

hometown  Wellington, Ohio

family  Wife Ashlie; Parents Roger and Cindy; Sister Marie

home track  n/a travel series: Buckeye Super Sprints

race team  McVetta Racing



 How did you get started in racing?
 In 1993 My dad was working on a super modified driven by Dave Shullick.  That winter, my dad and I went to Columbus with the Shullicks to watch DJ Shullick race a quarter midget indoors.  A few weeks later we bought a quarter midget and I ran my first race in January 1994 at age 9.  In 2001 at age 16, we bought a 305 pavement sprint car and began running it weekly at Sandusky Speedway as well as traveling throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana with the 305 Sprint Asphalt Series (305 SAS).  In 2004 I started running autocrosses in a formula SAE car off and on and still continue racing them on a limited basis.  For 2011 we are running the full schedule with the Buckeye Super Sprints. 

And whats the most enjoyable thing about racing? 
I enjoy the competition, speed, g forces, fans, and the engineering of the race car.  Being a Mechanical Engineer by trade, the inner workings of how everything on the car should work together really intrigues me.  2011 is the first year we have debuted a new race car that we designed and built ourselves.  It is really enjoyable to see our ideas go from paper, to a car being built in the shop, to setting a track record in it's first race and winning it's third race out. 

What division do you race in and what tracks do you race at?
 I race with the Buckeye Super Sprints based out of northern Ohio.  The Buckeye Super Sprints is a 305 chevy powered, winged pavement sprint car group that races throughout Ohio and Michigan.  We race at Columbus, Sandusky, Toledo, and Flat Rock this year.  In the past we have raced at Kil-Kare, Oswego (NY), Lorain County, and Lake Erie, but none made it on the schedule this year.

Who are some your favorite drivers to race against?
 #1 would be Kevin Shirey.  We grew up together and he is still one of my best friends.  I also enjoy racing against Talon Stephens, Ryan Gillenwater, and anyone else that shows up determined to win and will race you hard.

When you are not racing what do you do for fun?
 I enjoy running, biking and mountain biking.  I also enjoy restoring antique tractors and vehicles as well as building race cars. 

If you could switch rides with any driver in any type of racing which one would it be?
 I would love the opportunity to drive the Dick Myer owned 50m 410 pavement sprint car.  Anyone that has seen that car run will understand why, it is the baddest pavement sprint car I have ever seen.

Did you play any sports when you were growing up? 
Football, track, baseball, and of course racing.

Is there any race that sticks in your mind and why? 
Hands down the 2006 Hy-Miler at Sandusky Speedway.  The Hy-Miler is the most prestigious race of the year for us, and nothing beats winning in front of a standing room only crowd.

Is there anybody you would like to thank? 
First I need to thank my parents and wife for all of their support.  My sponsors Perfection Fabricators, Banks Manufacturing, Profox racing, Northern Ohio Roofing and sheet metal, RAM engineering, DB3 imaging, and The 4th turn crazies make it possible for us to make it to the track and succeed every week.  I also need to thank Jason Sukey, Tom Scheel, Chicken Lakner, and Joe Strohsack for their help building our new race car this past winter.

Copyright 2010

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