Mike Senica

Michael "Mike" Senica (born April 26, 1966), also known by his ring name Mike Flyte, is an American professional stock car racing driver and professional wrestler.

Mike Senica
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BornMichael Senica
(1966-04-26) April 26, 1966 (age 54)
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career
12 races run over 2 years
2018 position79th
Best finish35th (2017)
First race2017 M&M's 200 (Iowa)
Last race2018 Alpha Energy Solutions 250 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of November 25, 2018.

Racing careerEdit

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] Senica'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 Senica joined their team in 2015 and competed in the NASCAR K&N Series in select races starting at New Smyrna Speedway during NASCAR's Speedweeks in Daytona Beach.[6] The New Symrna start never happened but Senica did make three starts with the team.[7] Later in the year, he made a start with Spraker Racing, at Richmond. Senica later signed on with LaCross Motorsports. Senica ran in the Super Cup Stock Car Series with LaCross Motorsports.Senica finished 15th in the points in the Super Cup Series. He ran in the ARCA Truck Series at Jennerstown Speedway on September 13 and finished in 10th place for SPEAR Motorsports.

On January 17, 2016, Senica tested for Wayne Peterson Racing at the Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA Series. It was announced on March 8 that Senica has a return set to the ARCA Racing Series at Nashville Speedway with Wayne Peterson Racing. After the Nashville race, he signed with Hixson Motorsports. In ten races, Senica crashed out of one, was parked for being too slow in two others, start and parked in six and ran one full race at Kentucky.[8] He finished 20th in points having competed in 11 of the season's 20 races.[9]

In 2017, Senica continued his part-time ARCA schedule for Hixson Motorsports. Senica announced on May 24 that he would be driving the No. 83 Chevrolet Silverado for Copp Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Iowa on June 23. He started last and went on to finish in 21st; however, he was parked for being too slow in the race.[10] Senica then moved over to Norm Benning Racing where he attempted eleven races, failing to qualify for two and start and parking in the other nine, never making it more than eight laps.[11] He attempted six ARCA races for Hixson, finishing 23rd at Daytona, four laps down. He then start and parked for three races and was parked during the Chicagoland race for being too slow, similar to the Truck Series.[12] After failing to qualify for the Winchester race due to ARCA's minimum speed rule, Senica posted a Twitter rant about the need for sponsorship when the series' rules change when in fact the minimum speed rule had always been in the rule book, just not enforced until the Winchester weekend.[13]

In March 2018, Senica was running for TJL Motorsports at Martinsville Speedway in the Truck Series when after eight laps, Truck Series competition director David Hoots radioed for Senica to be parked for going too slow. Senica disregarded the order and stayed on the track, drawing a black flag, indicating that NASCAR would no longer be scoring his truck. A few laps later, he stalled the truck at the backstretch entrance to the garage, causing a caution (that eventually turned into a red flag because of weather conditions that were incoming). The incident led to him, team owner Tracy Lowe and crew chief William Guinade being called to the NASCAR hauler after the race was postponed for weather. The next morning, Senica called out journalist Chris Knight (who had previously posted tweets critical of Senica because of a concern for the other drivers) on Twitter by alleging that Knight was trying to "boost his ratings" and "abusing" free speech while also asking if Knight had ever driven a stock car.[14][15] Although absent from the NASCAR scene in summer 2018, Senica ran the occasional late model race at Mahoning Speedway, finishing near the rear of the field.[16]

On January 8, 2019, Senica announced a partial Truck slate with Copp Motorsports in 2019.[17] The announcement was later refuted by the team, and it was revealed that after his Martinsville incident in 2018, NASCAR had revoked Senica's driving license for all tracks except Eldora Speedway.[18]

WrestlingEdit

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.[19] 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. Senica 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.[20] 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 Senica will be managing TNA-Knockout Raquel at Conquer Pro-Wrestling starting the summer of 2016. Coleman and Flyte are back after a hiatus from competing full-time and are working in several independent organizations along the east coast as of 7/28/17.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

NASCAREdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2017 Copp Motorsports 83 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW
21
KEN ELD 35th 83
Norm Benning Racing 57 Chevy POC
30
MCH
27
BRI
DNQ
MSP
30
CHI
32
NHA
28
LVS
27
TAL MAR
DNQ
TEX
30
PHO
32
HOM
30
2018 Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing 0 Chevy DAY ATL LVS
30
79th 12
TJL Motorsports 1 Chevy MAR
32
DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM

K&N Pro Series EastEdit

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NKNPSEC Pts
2015 Team Stange Racing 47 Chevy NSM GRE
24
BRI IOW BGS LGY COL
20
NHA 33rd 79
45 IOW
21
GLN MOT VIR
37 Toyota RCH
32
DOV

ARCA Racing SeriesEdit

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Racing Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 ARSC Pts
2010 Wayne Peterson Racing 06 Ford DAY PBE SLM TEX TAL TOL POC MCH IOW MFD
30
POC BLN NJE
33
ISF CHI DSF TOL 95th 170
0 Chevy SLM
31
KAN CAR
2011 Carter 2 Motorsports 04 Dodge DAY TAL SLM TOL NJE CHI POC MCH WIN BLN IOW IRP POC ISF MAD
32
DSF SLM KAN 145th 95
Hixson Motorsports 29 Chevy TOL
DNQ
2012 28 DAY MOB
DNQ
SLM
32
TAL TOL ELK POC MCH WIN 88th 220
95 NJE
32
IOW CHI
Fast Track Racing 10 Ford IRP
35
POC BLN ISF MAD SLM DSF KAN
2014 Carter 2 Motorsports 40 Dodge DAY MOB SLM TAL TOL NJE POC MCH ELK WIN CHI IRP
27
POC BLN ISF MAD DSF SLM KEN KAN 134th 95
2016 Wayne Peterson Racing 0 Ford DAY NSH
32
SLM TAL TOL 20th 1330
Hixson Motorsports 2 Chevy NJE
22
POC MCH
64 MAD
19
WIN
18
IOW
23
IRP
29
POC BLN
17
ISF
22
DSF
24
SLM
20
CHI KEN
20
KAN
23
2017 3 DAY
23
NSH
29
SLM TAL TOL ELK POC MCH MAD IOW IRP
20
WIN
DNQ
ISF ROA DSF SLM CHI
23
KEN KAN 38th 555
31 POC
29

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Wilson, Steven B. "Pro Wrestler turned Short Track Racer to Compete in Select 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series EAST Races for Team Stange Racing, Primary Sponsorship, Bell Plantation". Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  7. ^ "Driver Mike Senica 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  8. ^ "Driver Mike Senica 2016 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  9. ^ "ARCA Racing Series standings for 2016 - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  10. ^ "TRUCKS: J.J. Yeley secures 10th in NASCAR's all-time last-place rankings". brock.lastcar.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  11. ^ "Driver Mike Senica 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  12. ^ "Driver Mike Senica 2017 ARCA Racing Series Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  13. ^ "The Pit Lane - ARCA Archives - August 2017". www.thepitlane.org. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  14. ^ Utter, Jim (2018-03-26). "Nemechek fends off Benjamin in thrilling Martinsville Truck finish". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  15. ^ Beard, Brock (2018-03-26). "TRUCKS: In just eight laps, Mike Senica starts slow, ignores black flag, stalls, and is parked by NASCAR". LASTCAR. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  16. ^ Oberto, Dino. "Kyle Strohl takes Mahoning 75 Lapper". Paved Track Digest. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  17. ^ Brooks, Amanda. "Mike Senica plans limited Truck schedule in 2019". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  18. ^ Whisler, Caleb. "Senica not slated to run with Copp Motorsports in 2019". Kickin The Tires. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  19. ^ WrestlingData
  20. ^ "Lancaster Championship Wrestling returns to the Lancaster Host Resort on Saturday, May 30th!".

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