Thomas Meseraull, Better Known As T-Mez, Wins a USAC National Midget Race
Meseraull began his evening by beginning seventh in a 22-car field and gradually working his way forward, one position at a time. On lap three he found himself fifth before overtaking Daison Pursley (4th) and Buddy Kofoid (2nd) to assume first position on lap four.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Meseraull, better known by his moniker T-Mez in Midwest sprint car racing circles, can be an divisive figure among fans and racers alike. While some find his casual comments during post-race interviews off putting, others appreciate his incredible on track performance and appreciate T-Mez’s off the cuff remarks during post race interviews.
On a wet and miserable night in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Friday evening, Meseraull began racing his Don Whitney Racing No. 00 sponsored by Ultracell, Physical Medicine Consultants and Pro Strip in its feature race.
Meseraull and Ricky Lewis battled for the lead early in this 25-lap event. Once lapped traffic became an issue, Meseraull used turns three and four’s top side of track to reel in Lewis before seizing control on lap 18 for his fourth victory of 2019.
Thomas Meseraull, known by his nickname “T-Mez,” can irritate team owners at times with his underdog persona and practice of driving his vehicle until it stops – both tactics of which have won him numerous supporters. A flooring contractor from San Jose, California with an infectious laugh and playful demeanor, Thomas knows how to put on an entertaining show behind the wheel in every race, which makes him standout among competitors.
Meseraull did well on restarts, keeping Avedisian at bay and opening up a healthy lead. A yellow flag on the 16th lap provided some respite before green flag racing resumed and Meseraull maintained his advantage over his rival.
RMS Racing made an unblemished start to their 2022 USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship campaign Friday at Du Quoin’s Southern Illinois Center as Meseraull won his Junior Knepper 55 race aboard his No. 7 RMS Racing/EnviroFab/Riverseed Services/Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas Meseraull has established himself among USAC’s elite. Since joining RMS Racing in 2018, this California native has won two USAC National Midget feature races as well as several special events.
Meseraull began seventh in a 22-car field aboard his EnviroFab – Response Management Services – Engler Machine/Spike/Speedway Toyota and methodically worked his way forward, steadily picking off one position per lap on his journey toward victory. By the time lapped traffic returned to the track, Meseraull had set his sights on taking down reigning champion Christopher Bell and began closing in.
Meseraull has made Paragon Speedway his home since winning USAC Indiana Midget Week there in 2021 – featuring numerous Midget and Non-Wing Sprint Car feature starts there. His RMS Racing driver entered this event with high expectations.
Thomas Meseraull makes a living from dashing and has multiple streams of income. Winning events helps him amass an impressive sum, estimated at about $200K-300K annually. Additionally, Thomas and his wife share two beautiful daughters who keep him grounded.
Meseraull began his professional life as a flooring contractor; however, racing work soon took precedence in recent years. His high-energy racing style has earned him fans nationwide; with two official NOS Energy Drink National Midget feature wins as well as numerous partial schedule victories to his credit. Furthermore, Meseraull competes in AMSOIL National Sprint Cars and quarter midgets races.