Driver of the
#D11 Ford Fusion Late Model
Associates Degree in Motorsports Technology from Luzerne County
Mike Appeared in
Circle Track magazine with
an ad for Jones racing Products
Mike was a guest
on the radio show "Racers Round Table"
(90.3 FM), which aires on Sunday evenings from 6-8 PM
Big Wheel races for the kids at both Mahoning Valley and Mountain
A slew of
articles have been written about Mike and his team, which were
featured in Area Auto Racing News
VDL Fuel Systems
put Mike's photo on their website to congratulate his team for
winning the Mountain Speedway track championship
appeared on TV13 for a
driver profile on Victory Lane
Mike is a big
supporter of as a racing member of the RAACE Foundation,
which helps fight against abused children everywhere
Late Model Racer Magazine
did a 3-page spread about Mike and his racing accomplishments
2001: Mike began
his racing career in the Factory Stock division at Mountain Speedway
in St. Johns, PA. He learned a lot about that season and finished
5th in the overall points standings
competed in the Street Stock division at the Mahoning Valley
Speedway in Lehighton, where he continued to race for the next year
and a half with moderate success.
2004: This year
marked Sweeney's first year of competition in the Late Model
division at Mahoning. Making his first start mid season, he was
awarded "Rookie of the Year" honors and finished 13th in the points
2005: This was
the first full season for Mike in a Late Model at Mahoning. He led
the division in wins and was voted "Most Popular Driver". He was
also named "Most Improved Driver" and finished as the runner up in
the points standings.
suffered a hard crash on lap 22 of opening day at Mahoning. With a
broken leg, Mike was forced to sit out the first half of the season.
however, he rebounded from injury and with a rebuilt racecar he came
back to score three wins and still managed to finish 6th in the
points standings. Once again, he was voted "Most Popular Driver".
Mike also made his first career start in the "Race of Champions" at
Oswego Speedway and finished third in the feature.
2007: Mike made
his return to Mountain Speedway for a new challenge. With stellar
and consistent runs all season, he finished off the year with a
second place points effort. He was also named "Rookie of the Year"
and won the seasons "Hard Charger" award.
for another season in the Late Model at Mountain Speedway, Mike had
one goal in mind- for him and his team to win a championship. After
a long and trying year, the team accomplished just that. Along with
his championship trophy at the year ending banquet, Mike also
received the "Most Improved Driver" award and he also received an
award from the popular "Checkered Flag Fan Club".
season marked Sweeney's second straight championship in the Late
Model division at Mountain Speedway. In an unbelievable season, Mike
once again received his huge championship trophy and yet another
award from the Checkered Flag Fan Club. He was also named as the
"Most Popular Driver" in his division.
and his team tried for the hat trick at Mountain Speedway and came
up just a little short on their third straight championship. They
walked away with a handful of wins and a second place finish in the
points. With 12 top ten finishes that season, Mike was named "Most
Popular Driver" once again.
2011: Mike and
his crew hoped for another title shot this season, but lady luck
didn't shine on the former Mountain Speedway champion. The team
fought set up issues early in the year and then Sweeney's season
went up in smoke, as his engine expired in early June. Sweeney could
have thrown an uncompetitive engine together to finish out the
season, but he opted to sit back and focus for 2012.
Racing mainly concentrated at Mahoning Valley Speedway. After
several top 5 finishes to start off the season, Sweeney decided to
purchase another Late Model. With a couple of short weeks into the
new ride, Sweeney rattled off three straight victories and finished
out the year with a fourth win. Despite missing a handful of events,
he still managed to finished as the runner up in the points.
2013: The 2013
season is nearly underway and Mike and his entire team are thrilled to a
fresh start. Mike's focus will be on the Mahoning Valley Speedway
but he and his team hope to run multiple speedways with the hopes of
visiting victory lane in the #D11 Ford Fusion!