TOM RIVERS, N.J. and CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Audio and story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Brenda Meserve/Image81 photo –
With two seasons under his belt in the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, Calabrese Motorsports driver and co-owner David Calabrese is hoping to hit his stride this season as his career continues to progress.
Calabrese, who recorded three top five finishes last season, opened his 2015 campaign with a fourth place run at Caraway Speedway last weekend – a result he looks to build upon as his junior season kicks into high gear.
“It definitely has given us a lot of confidence,” Calabrese said about the run. “We were going out there to get a top ten finish to get a good start to the season and came home with a fourth place finish.”
With the season starting on such a positive note, Calabrese has now raised his expectations as he strives to earn his first-career win in the Southern Modifieds and post a solid finish in the championship standings.
“We are going to go out there each week trying to finish top five and even win a couple,” Calabrese explained. “I think our program is a lot better this season then it was last season and I think we could possibly pull it all off.”
Despite it being so crucial to complete each lap and have few issues during the short season, Calabrese does not feel pressured to go out and run mistake-free – he is more concerned with putting in long hours and doing hard work at the shop during the week.
“There is really not that much more pressure (to run without issues),” Calabrese stated. “It just goes back to doing all your homework in the shop. You just wanna make sure everything is right – and don’t just check it once, check it twice and keep checking it till you leave the shop.”
Hailing from Tom Rivers, N.J., Calabrese is also looking to continue his climb through the racing ranks as he is working on a deal that will give him a chance in the ARCA Racing Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park later this season.
“I would love to drive an ARCA car at a road course in New Jersey here soon,” Calabrese expressed. “I am talking to a few people and trying to see what we can work out. We will see what happens with that.”
But with all good opportunities, it takes funding to support the ride – a fact that has hindered Calabrese through the beginning stages of his career.
“Everybody wants to make it to the top series, but it always comes down to who has the most money,” Calabrese said. “It is sad to say that racing has come down to this now, but it is just who has the biggest wallet and who has the best backing.”
Although funding is the hot ticket in racing right now, Calabrese is persevering to overcome the odds and break into the national series based on the true determination of a racer – talent.
Calabrese and the Southern Modified Tour drivers return to the racetrack on March 28 for their second of three scheduled trips to Caraway Speedway in 2015.
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