Mrakovich Focused on Future Opportunities After Orange County Fair Speedway Debut
Middletown, NY (October 20, 2017) – Tony Mrakovich made his Orange County Fair Speedway debut at the track’s marquee event – 2017 Eastern States weekend. The 18-year old was called upon by Extreme Energy Solutions to join the organization’s four-car Sportsman Modified team and fellow drivers Tommy Vigh Jr., Connor Otten, Roddy Watts, and Jeff “the Jeffer” Heotzler. “We are thankful and excited to have a driver of Tony’s caliber joining our team for one of the biggest events of the year” said Samuel K. Burlum, CEO and President of Extreme Energy Solutions, Inc., who personally extended the invitation to Mrakovich.
The afternoon got off to a tough start for the #H20 H2O Energy Flow/Extreme Energy Solutions machine. During time trials, fluctuating water temps reaching 220 degrees caught the attention of the rookie driver. Unfortunately, the team did not have much time to diagnose the issue as the motor expired on the second lap, putting Mrakovich in the precarious position of not making the race. Both driver and crew were undeterred as a team car was feverishly prepared in time for the first heat race.
Mrakovich started twelfth in the first heat, needing to finish third or better to advance into the evening’s feature event. With only eight laps to accomplish this goal, the Elizabethtown, PA native wasted no time charging to the front. With the front of the field in sight, a competitor running to the outside of Mrakovich swept to the inside to pick up his line into the corner. This time however, the Extreme Energy machine was already there and the two made contact, sending Mrakovich into the wall. Once again, the team went to work on fixing what turned out to be only cosmetic damage.
The consultation race offered the team’s newest driver one more chance to make the main event. The “Last Chance” race, as it is known to the competitors, is a 10-lap sprint where the top two finishers advance to the feature. Once again, Mrakovich had a tall order ahead of him as he rolled off the grid in 16th. He was a man on a mission from the drop of the green flag, fighting to the eighth position in just four laps. It looked as though his first trip to the Middletown, NY oval just might result in an appearance in the feature event when disaster struck for the third time in a day. An issue with the left rear of the car sent the body crashing down on the tire, ending the day for Mrakovich.
“It certainly wasn’t the day we were hoping for” Mrakovich said, recalling the events of the afternoon. “I can’t thank Samuel and the entire Extreme Energy Solutions team enough for this opportunity. These guys worked their butts off to fix the car after the wreck and this was the most fun I’ve ever had behind the wheel of a race car. I hope we get the opportunity to come back.”
It wasn’t all bad news for the Extreme Energy bunch as two of their drivers advanced to the feature event and each took home a top-10 finish. Mrakovich and Extreme are hoping this is just the beginning of their partnership as they actively explore opportunities in NASCAR for the 2018 season.