AJ Lesiecki Eyes First Championship
AJ Lesiecki has been around racing for a long time. His Dad worked with Kent Stouffer when he was driving an ASA late model and then with Ken Boldman’s Race Race America supermodified team. At the time, Dave Shullick Senior was driving the number 33 supermodified and he and some others convinced AJ’s Dad to purchase a yard kart for Christmas when he was eight years old. He was told if it went well, he could have a quarter midget next year. Two months later he was running his first quarter midget race at Columbus Indoor track. And that’s all what it took. By his senior year in high school he was driving a supermodified.
Now he is driving the 77 May Motorsports supermodified. The car was built by Jim Bodnar. The 77 was nicknamed Lightning and the May Motorsports number 7 was nicknamed thunder. AJ says over the winter there have been a number of upgrades but they are mostly small things that people walking by the 77 in the pit area would not notice, it is mostly weight. AJ says, “I put the car on a diet and David put me on a diet”.
With plans on running the full MSS schedule and a few ISMA races. The goals are set very high. AJ says, “I want to win the championship! I have been so close the past three years. I want to do it the right way; I don’t want to have to worry about points at the end of the season. I just want to be as fast as we possibly can every time we hit the track. Get as many as possible wins and hopefully that yields a championship as a result”. AJ’s family also has a car out there that his brother Jonathon drives. I asked AJ what goes through his mind when he is racing next to him. His answer was simple, “I can’t lose to him”. You have to love sibling rivalry.
AJ would like to thank sponsors Select Fire Training Center for coming on board this year as well as Perfection Fabrication for their support this off season. Finally DEI who has sponsored May Motorsports for many years