Mia Tedesco is moving up the ranks of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series entering the final two events of the season in Las Vegas and Pomona, Calif.
Tedesco, 19, of Murrysville, will drive Arthur Gallant Racing's A/Fuel Dragster at the events in preparation for a full assault in 2014, competing in the Top Alcohol Dragster category after receiving her license in late August.
While Tedesco is moving up to a higher level of competition, she and her father, Michael, will continue to field cars in the Sportsmen category for Mia and Jason Lynch out of the team's shop in Nashville, Tenn.
So far this season, Mia was the runner-up at the NHRA Mello Yello Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., in both Super Comp and Super Gas and she leads Division 2 in the Super Gas category.
In the middle of her second year of competition in the Sportsmen categories, Mia knows what she wants to do for a career.
"No matter what I race, I'll always be at a drag strip when I am not racing," Mia said. "I love sportsmen racing; I love this sport to death."
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Many local racers and fans will make the trip on the turnpike to Maple Grove Raceway near Reading as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series visits Pennsylvania this weekend.
Maple Grove Raceway is an old-school type of track built in the countryside surrounded by trees which help with the performance of the Nitromethane-powered engines in October when the air is cool.
Defending NHRA Funny Car champion Jack Beckman said: "At Maple Grove, you can get high pressure, low temperature, low humidity and high oxygen content."
In 2012, three national elapsed-time records and two top-speed records were set at Maple Grove.
This will be Mike Kosky's 27th time competing at this event. The South Fayette resident has three wins and has been the runner-up three times.
Other local entrants include Jim Boburka of Coraopolis, Tom Sheehan from Belle Vernon, Ed Matsko of Mt. Pleasant and Mike Volkman of Moon.
25th Pittsburgher 100
The 25th annual Pittsburgher 100 for the Super Dirt Late Models is slated for next week at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway near Imperial.
Sanctioned and promoted by the National Dirt Racing League [NDRL], the three-day event will kick off Thursday with a practice session from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30.
On Friday, the headline event is the "Let's Get Dirty 50" for Super Dirt Late Models, paying $10,000 to the winner, along with events for the RUSH Late Model Series and the UEMS Modifieds.
The Pittsburgher 100 for the Super Dirt Late Models will pay $25,000 to the winner, which should draw the best late-model drivers in the sport.
The winners of the RUSH Late Model and UEMS Modified features will each collect $3,000.
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway will hold its final regular-season event at 7 p.m. Saturday with six divisions in action. ... The Ghosts Goblins and Gearheads event returns Oct. 10-13 to Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria. The four-day drag racing event at the IHRA-sanctioned drag strip in Westmoreland County will include a costume contest for kids and adults along with the best-decorated pit area contest and a concert Saturday night. Visit www.pittsburghracewaypark.com for details. ... Lernerville Speedway will host the 5th annual Steel City Stampede Oct. 24-26, featuring the DIRTcar 410 Sprints, Super Late Models, Big Block Modifieds, RUSH Late Model Series, Sportsman/Stocks, UEMS/UMP Mods, 305 Sprints, 4-Cylinders, Mod Lites and a 100-lap Enduro event in Sarver, Butler County. Visit www.lernerville.com for details.
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