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WNY Driver of the Week: Mike Leaty

Driver: Mike Leaty.

Age: 37.

Hometown: Williamson.

Division: Asphalt Modifieds/ROC Series.

Lowdown: Leaty is the son of retired Modified standout Jan Leaty and the grandson of the late Jan "Pops" Leaty. The "Pops" Leaty Memorial 75 for the Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series will be run Aug. 31 at the Spencer Speedway near Rochester. Along with his participation on the traveling Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series, Mike also competes weekly with the Sunoco Modified Sportsman at Spencer.

Leaty began his career at age 8 competing in the Sodus Microd Club winning numerous events in his three seasons in the Novice class.

Leaty next transitioned to stock cars in 2000, competing in the Super Stocks at Spencer. During his two years in Super Stocks, Leaty earned a win at Spencer in 2000 and followed that with three victories there the following season. Leaty entered the division he has been most noted for, the asphalt Modifieds, in 2002 by driving at Spencer for his own MPL Motorsports team through 2005, winning on five occasions at Spencer during those years. MPL in recent years has been rebranded as L2 Autosport.

In 2006, Leaty accepted a ride in the Modifieds at Spencer driving for Branich Motorsports. At the same time he moved his own Modified team up to the Race of Champions series. After the Branich team stopped running Spencer in 2008, Leaty has continued to run his own Modified team to the present. In addition to his Modified driving responsibilities, he has also been campaigning for H.J. Motorsports in the Sunoco Modified Sportsman class at Spencer since 2011.

Sponsors: Northeast Industrial Technologies, Rochester Steel Treating, J. Cornell Heating.

Accomplishments: Leaty emerged with his first career Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series season championship in 2017. Last week, he clinched the 2018 Spencer Sunoco Modified Sportsman title. Previously he won back-to-back Spencer asphalt Modified titles, while driving for Branich Motorsports in 2006 and 2007. Leaty won his first Spencer Sunoco Modified Sportsman title in 2015. Leaty is Spencer's 2000 Super Stock Rookie of the Year.

Favorite Food: Prime Rib

Favorite Music: Country.

Hobbies: Leaty enjoys participating in family activities with wife Lindsay and children Alyssa (age 11) and Austin (7).  Both children race Microds.

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