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Circle Track Legend Wins Top Sportsman 32 Title


Circle Track Legend Wins Top Sportsman 32 Title

PITTSBORO, N.C. (December 5, 2017): Mark Malcuit made his name in circle
track racing. He racked up several championships and carved his mark on the
industry. In 1993 he suffered an off-track wreck that left him with a
broken neck, effectively ending his circle track career. So nearly 18 years
ago he began his career in drag racing. This year, he celebrates his first
drag racing championship as the MagnaFuel Top Sportsman 32 World Champion.

This was the first year for PDRA’s pilot Top Sportsman program in which all
cars qualify together, and then, if car count provides, the class is split
into an Elite 16 and a regular 32 car field for eliminations. The program
received incredible support as evidenced by 100 Top Sportsman cars turning
out at the World Finals.

Malcuit prefers to run fast and intended to try for the Elite 16. As luck
would have it, he continually found himself just outside of the top
qualifiers and thus inside the Top Sportsman 32 field.

“Whether I win or I lose, I always try to run fast,�?? Malcuit explained. “As
it worked out, I would always be like number 17. I couldn’t run quite fast
enough for the Elite 16. It worked out to my advantage. Part of my luck was
that I wasn’t fast enough to make the Elite 16 and then I ended up in 32
and got some byes. Just worked out for me.�??

The humble Ohio native was grateful for his lucky draw this year, thankful
for the championship even though it wasn’t his best season of racing. It’s
a year of accolades for Malcuit, who, just last week, was inducted into the
Tri State Circle Track Hall of Fame.

“I started racing go karts when I was 14 years old. I’ve been racing pretty
much since then. I went from go karts to super modifieds to super late
models. I raced pretty much all over from Florida to Canada to the east
coast. I did a lot of that for years. After several years away from the
sport, I got involved in drag racing.

“My brother, Brad, builds engines at Malcuit Racing Engines,�?? Malcuit
continued, thanking his brother for the role he plays in both their racing
operation and businesses. “We’re also in the excavating business, Red
Malcuit Incorporated, the business that my father started in 1949. I run
the excavating part of it.�??

Malcuit also thanks his track crew, Robin Barkley, John Wise, and Mike
Patines, as well as Scott Pasternak and Charles Duncan back at the engine

“I want to thank the PDRA for putting on good races,�?? he added. “I really
enjoy the events and expect the organization to keep growing.�??

At 68 years young, Malcuit is proving it’s never too late to make a
championship chase and be a successful racer.

“I'm very fortunate to have won this championship. This year I had a lot of

Malcuit has been racing cars for 50 years. And, appropriately, he’ll
receive some gold this anniversary.


Based in Pittsboro, North Carolina, the Professional Drag Racers
Association is the top sanctioning body in the United States for the sport
of eighth-mile drag racing. The PDRA’s professional categories include Pro
Extreme, Pro Nitrous, Pro Boost, Extreme Pro Stock and Pro Extreme
Motorcycle along with several sportsman and various exhibition categories.
The 2017 PDRA schedule consists of eight national events. For more on the
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