Mike Senica

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Mike Senica
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Mike Senica
Nationality United States American
Born (1966-04-26) April 26, 1966 (age 50)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
K&N Pro Series East career
Debut season 2010
Current team Hixson Motorsports
Car no. 64
Starts 30
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 10th in 2013/14
Previous series
2010-2014 ARCA Racing Series

Mike Senica (born April 26, 1966 in Newark, New Jersey), aka Mike Flyte, is an American stock car racing driver and professional wrestler. He currently competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series.

Racing career[edit]

Senica competed in Formula Ford racing in the mid 1990s; he was mentored by former Indy 500 Dennis Vitolo to acquire sponsors to support his racing efforts. He attended the Fast-Track Racing School in 2005 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and earned his ARCA license; he made his debut in the ARCA Racing Series in 2010, driving for Peterson Motorsports at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway, finishing 30th in his debut.[1] He competed in five additional races between 2010 and 2012, posting a best finish of 30th in his debut at Mansfield,[2] and finishing tied for 87th in points in 2012 for his best points finish.[3]

In 2013, Senica moved to the ARCA Truck Series, driving for Team Wilson Driver Development as a teammate to Devin Moran, and Bobby Dale Earnhardt.[4] In August, he joined Mike Harmon Racing as a development driver, planning to make his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series later that season.[5] Mike's best finish was 10th place at Lake County Speedway on October 13 driving for Spear Motorsports.

In December 2014, Team Stange Racing announced that Mike Senica would be joining their team in 2015 and will compete in the NASCAR K&N Series in select races starting at New Smyrna Speedway during NASCAR's Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Florida.[6] In 2014 Senica has signed on with LaCross Motorsports. Mike will run in the Super Cup Stock Car Series with LaCross Motorsports along with the NASCAR K&N Series.Senica finished 15th in the points in the Super Cup Series. On July 25, Mike raced in the ARCA RACING SERIES event at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and he finished in 27th place. He ran in the ARCA TRUCK SERIES at Jennerstown Speedway on September 13 and finished in 10th place for SPEAR Motorsports. On December 18, 2014 Team Stange Racing announced that Mike Senica would be joining their team for select races in 2015 and will compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starting at New Smyrna Speedway in February 2015 during Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Florida.[6] Senica's #47 Bell Plantation Chevrolet suffered damage after crashing during practice at New Smyrna and was unable to enter the race.[7] On April 4, Mike started 25th at Greenville Pickens Speedway and finished in 24th with handling issues. Mike finished in 20th place at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 4. Mike ran at Iowa Speedway on July 31rst, starting in the 38th position and finished in 33rd in the NASCAR K&N East/West combined race. Senica signed with Spraker Racing as of August 29. On September 10 he started 31rst at Richmond and finished in 32nd.

On January 17, 2016 Mike tested for Peterson Motorsports at the Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Series. It was announced on March 8 that Mike will be returning to the ARCA Racing Series at Nashville Speedway with Peterson Motorsports. Mike ran the ARCA Racing Series road course event at NJMP on May 29 for Hixson Motorsports and ran as high as 18th but, unfortunately he was taken out by another car and finished in 22nd. On June 19, Mike started 17th at the Madison International Speedway and finished in 19th after suffering a blown engine. On June 26, Mike started 19th at Winchester Speedway and after overheating issues, he finished in 18th place. July 9, Mike started 23rd and finished in 23rd at Iowa Speedway. On July 22, Mike started 29 and finished 29th after he lost his steering at Lucas Oil Raceway. On August 6, Mike started 20th and finished in 17th which was his best career finish in the ARCA RACING SERIES at Berlin Speedway. August 21, Mike competed in his first dirt race and finished in 22nd. September 10, Mike raced at Salem Speedway and started in 21rst and finished in 20th. Mike made his ARCA Racing debut at Kentucky Speedway on September 23 and started 29th and finished in 20th, which was his fifth top-twenty finish this year. In the ARCA Racing Series finale at Kansas Speedway, Mike started 19th and finished in 23rd and he clinched a top-20 in the final points for 2016.

Wrestling[edit]

Senica participates in professional wrestling under the stage name Mike Flyte,[4] and was trained by WWE Hall of Famer Afa, the Wild Samoan. He has also worked under the names Padrone, Masked Superstar and The Machine.[citation needed] Currently, he works as the manager for D-Ray 3000 in the International Wrestling Network.[citation needed] Mike Flyte debuted at WXW Sportsfest as the manager for Jeff "the future" Coleman back in 2004. The pair went on to feud with notable superstars such as The Great Samu, Rikishi and Don Muraco.[8] After two years in WXW, both Flyte and Coleman moved onto RPWF where they worked with former WWE Superstars Ivory and Dustin Runnels and the New Age Outlaws. Flyte then went on his own and he worked for various independent companies such as RPWF,ACPW and LCW. Mike also tagged with WWE/TNA star Jason Static where they were known as the "Flyte-Crew" and they also worked at VPW and CCW and were un-defeated in their matches in 2009/10. Mike also worked with Melissa Coates, who was his valet in 2007-2008 and she was known as "Mile High" Melissa. In November, 2013 Mike Flyte and Rick Baker made their Lancaster Championship Wrestling debut and their opponent was Ring of Honor Superstar Jay Diesel.[9] Baker lost to Diesel and Mike Flyte vowed his revenge. The pair also introduced their International Wrestling Network Heavyweight Title to the United States. The pair have worked all over the United States and have been on demand from various promoters. On 10/25/2014, Rick Baker faced Total Non Stop Action Superstar SharkBoy at LCW. When Mike Flyte tried to interject, Baker slugged Flyte,which cost them the match. It was announced that Mike will be managing TNA-Knockout Raquel at Conquer Pro-Wrestling starting the summer of 2016.

Personal life[edit]

A resident of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Senica is a graduate of Central Bucks High School West. Senica started Motorsport Concepts, a sports marketing company that allows him to obtain corporate sponsors and run marketing programs for his clients. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot License and is a certified flight instructor. He also operates Paws to the Pedal, an animal rescue program.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2010 Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Mike Senica - ARCA Racing Series Results". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  3. ^ "ARCA Racing Series standings for 2012". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Team Wilson Brings the "Fearsome Foursome" to Toledo Speedway". ARCA Truck Series. May 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Senica joins Harmon developement [sic] program". Jayski's Camping World Truck Series Silly Season Site. ESPN. August 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  6. ^ a b National Speed Sport News
  7. ^ "NKNPS East New Smyrna 2/15/15 Entry List". 
  8. ^ WrestlingData
  9. ^ "Lancaster Championship Wrestling returns to the Lancaster Host Resort on Saturday, May 30th!". 

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