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History of the

Caruso Racing Drivers



Mario "Fats" Caruso


Caruso Racing all began with first generation Mario "Fats" Caruso starting way back in 1949 with a Class B Ford V-8 two door sedan. The Caruso crew consisted of Tony and Funzie, who were his brothers, Al Mattress and Vince Abdella. Fats would soon take over the controls of Frank White's Circle 2 Cut Down car, with which he won many races and the N.E.A.R.A. club championship. The Caruso Team joined forces with the Worcester Sand and Gravel Team, and from then on, you often saw Mario in victory lane. Not too long after that Caruso Racing ventured out of their home tracks such as Westborough, Norwood, Thompson and Seekonk Speedways to such places as Oldbridge, NJ, Trenton, NJ, Dover, NH, Pines Speedway in Hudson, NH, Utica-Rome, NY, and Oswego, NY collecting win after win. Fats won his last ever modified race in the Bill Ross car at Thompson Speedway. Along with the Caruso Family Racing Team, Fats ran an SK Modified at Thompson and at Stafford Motor Speedway. His last career feature win was at the Thompson 300 SK race in 1984. That was also the year Fats decided to retire although he did dust off the good old helmet to run with his son David in each of the World Series at Thompson from 1989 to 1991. Mario "Fats" Caruso died of terminal cancer in October of 1993 and is greatly missed.







Dave Caruso


Second generation driver David Caruso ran his first race at the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker in 1986. He was a rookie driver trying to carry on the Caruso racing tradition started by his father, Mario "Fats" Caruso. Dave won his first career race and also "Rookie of the Year" title at Monadnock Speedway. His favorite track was Riverside Speedway. He liked the competition and challenges of this small, tough, tight track. To finish the decade of the 80's, Dave won four times, was fourth in points and got a 'Best Looking Car' award. Along with Riverside and Thompson, Dave raced at Stafford in the early 90's, collecting 4 wins and the track championship. Dave's career ended suddenly when he died of a heart attack in 1996. He had collected 35 feature wins and 3 ProStock Championships.





Jeff Caruso


Jeff is now currently racing after his Uncle David. He started in 1996 after Dave's tragic death. Prior to taking over, Jeff ran the Quarter Midgets at Thompson Speedway for eight years collecting over 50 wins. He's been racing the 11X ProStock at Thompson Speedway and occasionally Riverside Speedway for the past four years improving with every race.







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