Team Faccinto from Hanford, California runs two drivers, brothers Michael and Mitchell Faccinto. Mike at age 20 is the oldest and has been racing 11 years. Mitchell at 18 has been racing for nine years. They both race in the very spirited Micro-Sprints class and it comes as no surprise that the two brothers push each other competitively, yet we understand that they never lose sight of the fact that family is always top priority. It's an ideal race environment that fosters going fast, with an accelerated learning curve.
The big $1500 pay check was all the incentive Mike Faccinto needed to earn his first win of the season.
Team Faccinto brothers made it a first and second sweep at the Tachi Nationals Micro-Sprints event at Lemoore Raceway.
Mike has been consistent all year, hovering near the front of the pack, but had yet to make it into victory lane. At the Tachi Nationals, hosted by Tachi Palace and Casino at Lemoore Raceway, with a 1,500 dollars purse on the line, Mike picked the right time to put it all together and win.
Lemoore Raceway is a 1/6 mile dirt oval located near Lemoore, California. The track is specifically designed to be used for micro-sprints, midgets, and other small cars. After managing only one lap of qualifying due to motor issues on the second lap, Mike still qualified sixth. With an extraordinary effort from Team Faccinto and Gordon Seros, the team was able to swap motors in time to make it for Mike's heat.
Mike went on to win his heat which set him up for the eight-lap trophy dash. All the team's hard work paid off as Mike finished second in the trophy dash, which positioned him along the outside front row of the main event. With a 50-lap main event Mike understood that patience would indeed stand to be a virtue. His fortitude was rewarded, as countless yellows waved, the race leader ran out of fuel with only five laps left to go. Mike reaped the advantage from that mistake and led the race to the checked flag. Mitchell, who started sixth in the event, was not far behind making it a Faccinto first and second sweep.
"It feels amazing to get the first win at the biggest race of year," exclaimed Mike. With this win Mike is currently the solid points leader at Lemoore Raceway.
"My win total is now at six" explains Mitchell, "and we're hoping to better the ten races we won last year." Mitchell is the current points leader at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, California.
Team Faccinto is making every effort to defend both track titles this year as the competition level is increasingly on the rise. On average 25 to 30 Micro-Sprint cars compete on any given race night at this time.
The Faccinto brothers extend a special thank you to K&N for their continuing support. "We have had a strong four year relationship with K&N, using air filters and oil filters, and they are key to our success."
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