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Aug 14

Sheldon Creed Prepared for First Dirt Race of ARCA Season with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Sheldon Creed Prepared for First Dirt Race of ARCA Season with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 14, 2017) – Coming off of two top-five finishes in his last three starts, including a career best of third at the Iowa Speedway. Sheldon Creed will make his first start this weekend for Mason Mitchell Motorsports in the Herr’s Potato Chips 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Creed will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Construction/RTL Leasing Chevrolet the championship team.

Creed will run in both dirt races for MMM during the 2017 ARCA season. MMM is the defending winner of the 100-lap event, winning with Justin Haley.

“I've wanted to do the dirt races in the past so I asked and boom it was a done deal a few days later,” an excited Creed explained. “I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at MMM. They build fast cars and have had a lot of success in ARCA, especially on dirt.”

Last weekend, Creed made his NASCAR Xfinity debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course racing for JD Motorsports. A broken transmission on lap one caused him to lose 16 laps, and after suffering additional mechanical problems, he ultimately finished 34th. He also made his third start of 2017 in the Trans Am Series for Stevens-Miller Racing in the TA2 class and scored a 6th place finish after being forced off the track in the early stages of the race and dropping to 21st.

“I think my driving background will help out for the two dirt races,” Creed explained. “it's going to be very slick and coming from dirt I'll have a good idea what to expect and different things you can do to get the car around the track.”

Chassis Information: Creed will be behind the wheel of chassis No. 588out of the MMM stable. Chassis No. 588 has 24 starts since 2014, earning one win (Winchester 2015), seven top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes.

MMM at Springfield: MMM has three prior starts at the one-mile dirt track located in Springfield, Illinois. The team captured the checkered flag last year with Justin Haley behind the wheel. In three starts the teams earned one win, two top-five finishes and three top-ten finishes.

Herr’s Potato Chips 100 Information

Practice for the Herr's Potato Chips 100 is scheduled from 9 - 10 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying following at 11. The 55th annual Herr's Potato Chips 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. local Central time.

The Herr's Potato Chips 100 is Live on MAVTV at 1:30 CT/2:30 ET. You can also follow Live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activity throughout the afternoon at arcaracing.com.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their Facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Mason Mitchell Motorsports (masonmitchellmotorsports.com) is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell.

 

 

Aug 07

Chase Purdy Earns Top-10 in ARCA debut at the Winchester Speedway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Chase Purdy Earns Top-10 in ARCA debut at the Winchester Speedway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 (STATESVILLE, NC)— Coming off their first win of the season at the Pocono Raceway one week ago, Mason Mitchell Motorsports headed to their best track statistically on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule, the Winchester Speedway.

17-Year-old Chase Purdy made his ARCA debut in the 200-lap event at the historic high-banked half-mile track located in Winchester, Indiana. Purdy qualified an impressive third and when the green waved he raced among the leaders. The NASCAR NEXT driver would cross the finish line earning a seventh-place finish with MMM.

“Today was a great learning experience,” Purdy stated after the 200-lap event. “It was my first time in one of these heavier high horsepower cars. We had a fast car all weekend long. Everyone at MMM did a great job making me feel comfortable all weekend long behind the wheel. I can’t thank Bama Buggies, my friends, family and MMM for making this happen. We have a great foundation to build upon for our last two starts of the season at Salem and Kentucky. I can’t wait to be back behind the wheel of an ARCA car again.”
From the drop of the green flag Purdy quickly asserted himself at the front of the field racing in the third position during the first green flag run.

After his first pit-stop of the afternoon at lap 52, Purdy would continue to race inside the top-10. After a great pit-stop by the No. 78 team at lap 120 the young driver returned to the race back inside the top-five. Purdy would race would race with eventual race winner Kyle Benjamin. The afternoon’s most exciting restart happened with 15 laps remaining in the 200-lap event that saw three-wide racing into turn one. Several drivers made contact on the frontstretch. The No. 78 was able to make it through unharmed and cross the finish line in the seventh position.

MMM will have an off-weekend to prepare for the first of two dirt races on the 2017 schedule. MMM is the defending winner of the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The team scored their first dirt win in dramatic fashion at the mile dirt track located in Springfield, Illinois.

Sheldon Creed will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 at Springfield. He will run both dirt races for MMM

Herr’s Potato Chips 100 Info

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards travels next to the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt in Springfield for the Herr's Potato Chips 100 Sunday, August 20. The mile dirt classic is live on MAVTV.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2017 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 01

Chase Purdy Set for ARCA Debut at Winchester with MMM

Chase Purdy Set for ARCA Debut at Winchester with MMM

STATESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 1, 2017) –17-Year old Chase Purdy will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut Sunday at the Winchester Speedway driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM). He will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 Bama Buggies Chevrolet for the 200-lap event.

The Winchester race is the first of a three-race deal for Purdy and MMM. Purdy will be back behind the wheel of the No. 78 at the Salem Speedway and conclude his three-race schedule at the Kentucky Speedway. 

MMM is coming off of a thrilling victory last weekend at the Pocono Raceway with Justin Haley behind the wheel. The victory marked the first for MMM during the 2017 season. The team has one prior victory at the Winchester Speedway in 2015.

“We had a great test last week that has me really confident for the race,” Purdy stated. “I think managing tires and being able to stay consistent with the track changes is going to be key. MMM has a great record at Winchester and they bring a lot of momentum into this weekend.”

“Talking with people, I feel that Winchester is one of the most difficult tracks on the ARCA schedule. All drivers want a challenge and I feel that Winchester is the best place to test my abilities as a driver. I'm looking forward to it. I don’t see any reason why we can’t go out and compete for the win.”

Purdy will pull triple duty this week with Winchester being the second race on the schedule. On Friday, he will race at Watkins Glen with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East before heading to Winchester. On the following Wednesday, August 9, he’ll be racing a super late model in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.

Purdy is having a breakout season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Prior to Iowa, he earned four straight pole positions. His speed has transferred to success in the races as well where has earned four second place finishes in ten starts this season including three in his last four races. He was also selected to the 2017-18 NASCAR Next class.

MMM and Purdy tested at the half-mile last week in preparation for this Sunday’s Winchester ARCA 200.

The Meridian, Mississippi, native began racing go-karts at the age of nine. After quickly finding success in karts he moved into U.S. Legend Car racing, starting with Bandolero cars when he was 12, then Legends at the age of 15 and was crowned the U.S. Legend Car Young Lion National Champion in 2015. In 2016, Purdy moved into full-size stock cars. He adapted right away to the heavier cars of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late model stock cars winning ten races and earning 20 top-10 finishes in 21 starts, enough to earn him not only the state award, but also the national NASCAR Rookie Of The Year title in the series.

Chassis Information: Purdy will make his ARCA debut driving a familiar chassis out of the MMM stable. He will race chassis No. 589.  The chassis last raced at the Iowa Speedway with Mason Mitchell behind the wheel. Speedway. In 21 starts the chassis has two wins (Iowa 15 and Springfield 16), 13 top-five finishes and 18 top-ten finishes.

MMM at Winchester: MMM has three prior starts at the high-banked half-mile track. In those three starts the team has three top-three finishes. The team won the 2015 edition of the race.

Winchester ARCA 200

The Winchester ARCA 200 will be tape-delayed on MAVTV, airing initially August 19 at 10 p.m. Eastern, and again on August 26 at 10 p.m. Follow live coverage of all the ARCA on-track activities at Winchester with Live audio, timing and scoring and Live chat at arcaracing.com Saturday and Sunday.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2017 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

 

 

Jul 29

Justin Haley Holds on to Win ModSpace 150 at the Pocono Raceway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Justin Haley Holds on to Win ModSpace 150 at the Pocono Raceway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

 (LONG POND, PA)— Mason Mitchell Motorsports has been knocking on the door to victory lane all season long in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Friday afternoon the team cashed in as Justin Haley put the No. 78 Team Construction Chevrolet in victory lane in the ModSpace 150 at the Pocono Raceway.

Haley took the lead away from Kaz Grala on the afternoon’s final restart with 28 laps to go. The 18-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie held off a furious charge from Riley Herbst on the last lap to score his third win in a row in ARCA competition.

“I got a call from Mason Tuesday afternoon," said Haley. "He told me to bring my seat over…we mounted it up Tuesday night, and here we are. Just so thankful we could piece it together so quickly. These MMM guys build fast cars. Crew chief Kevin Reed made great calls all race long. They’ve had quick cars all year, I’m glad I was able to help them get to victory lane.”

“I knew the 18 was coming," Haley said. "My spotter Kevin Hamlin did a great job keeping my moral boosted but I spent a lot of time looking in the mirror those last few laps."

“I was having to run the car hard to stay up front. Managing lapped traffic was challenging, and we fired off on a green race track. Fortunately, the General Tires were amazing."

The win is MMM’s first of the 2017 season and their first win as a team since last August at Springfield with Haley behind the wheel.

“I’m really happy for our team,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “We’ve had speed everywhere this season. Unfortunately, the racing gods haven’t been on our side until today. Justin is a ton of talent. Our team needed this. Hopefully we can carry this momentum for the rest of the season.”

Haley and MMM have become a winning combination. The duo has paired twice resulting in two wins last August at Springfield and now at the Pocono Raceway.

The victory marks the seventh victory for MMM since their inception in 2014. The teams seven wins have been at seven different tracks on the ARCA schedule.

Winchester ARCA 200 Info

The ARCA Racing Series travels to Winchester Speedway next for the Winchester ARCA 200 Sunday, August 6. The green flag will wave shortly after 2:00 PM. The race will be broadcast on MAVTV at a later date.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2017 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 27

Sheldon Creed Adds Both Dirt Races to his ARCA Schedule with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Sheldon Creed Adds Both Dirt Races to his ARCA Schedule with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

Statesville, North Carolina –Off-road racing ace Sheldon Creed will add two races to his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule with championship team Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM). Creed will make his MMM debut next month driving the No. 78 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Construction/RTL Leasing Chevrolet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Two weeks later Creed will return behind the wheel at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The 19-year-old driver is coming off of back-to-back top-five finishes including a career best finish of third at Iowa Speedway earlier this month. In five starts in 2017 he’s earned two top-five finishes and four top-tens. He recently competed in the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

“I think my driving background will help out for the two dirt races,” Creed explained. “it's going to be very slick and coming from dirt I'll have a good idea what to expect and different things you can do to get the car around the track.”

“I felt pretty comfortable right when I jumped in an ARCA car. There's just so much to learn and I think we've just struggled to put it all together but now we're starting to get some consistency.

“I've wanted to do the dirt races in the past so I asked and boom it was a done deal a few days later. I’m really looking forward to working with everyone at MMM. They build fast cars and have had a lot of success in ARCA, especially on dirt.”

Creed made his ARCA debut last year at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee where he wowed the crowd by running in the top-3 into the final laps, before being shuffled back on a final lap restart to earn a seventh-place finish.

The El Cajon, California native has quite the impressive racing resume already at such a young age earning two back-to-back Stadium Super Trucks championships (2015, 2016) and an X-Games gold medal. He began racing BMX at age 3 and won 2 motocross championships at age 6 and has won a championship every year since 2008. Thus far in 2017, he has already competed in ARCA, NASCAR K&N East and West, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the Trans Am Series and the Stadium Super Truck Series, where he has won 6 of his 12 starts. He will add two NASCAR Xfinity Series races next month on the road courses of Mid-Ohio and Road America.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports is the defending winner at the Illinois State Fairgrounds with Justin Haley.  Both dirt races will be broadcast on MAVTV with the Illinois State Fairgrounds race being broadcast live on MAVTV.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “Like” their Facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

About Mason Mitchell Motorsports:

 

Mason Mitchell Motorsports (masonmitchellmotorsports.com) is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell. 

Jul 26

Justin Haley Set to Reunite with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Pocono Raceway in ModSpace 150

Justin Haley Set to Reunite with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Pocono Raceway in ModSpace 150

 (STATESVILLE, N.C. July 26, 2017) –NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie Justin Haley will return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the Pocono Raceway in this weekend’s ModSpace 150.

Haley will reunite with Mason Mitchell Motorsports driving the No. 78 Chevrolet. The duo partnered last season to help Haley earn his first ARCA win at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In fact, the 18-year-old has won his last two ARCA starts at the Talladega Superspeedway earlier this spring and last August at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

Haley will pull double duty this weekend as he will also race in the NCWTS Overton’s 150 Saturday for GMS Racing. He does have one prior start at Pocono with ARCA. That came last June where he earned a seventh-place finish.

“Having prior starts at Pocono will only excel the learning curve for the weekend,” Haley explained. “Having this opportunity with MMM will be a great way for me to learn more during the course of the weekend. Mason and Kevin have always been great to work with. This is a very close group that works hard to bring the best car to the track. They’re just as determined as I am to end up in victory lane.”

“We've really been on a roll racing with ARCA.  We had to earn both wins and overcome a lot. Being persistent throughout the race is key for us. I would like to make it three wins in a row in my last three starts. If we do execute our plan, we will have a shot at the end of 60 laps.”

In his rookie season with the NCWTS Haley has earned one top-five and seven top-10 finishes in nine starts. His best finish so far during the 2017 campaign is a third-place finish earlier this month at the Kentucky Speedway. He was forced to sit out the first three races of the season due to an age restriction. He celebrated his 18th birthday on April 28th earlier this year.

Last year Haley captured the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship. During his title run he visited victory lane twice, first at Greenville Pickens and then at the Columbus Motor Speedway. He was the model of consistency during his championship run. In 14 starts he did not finish outside of the top-10.

Chassis Information: Haley will be behind the wheel of chassis No. 593.  Kyle Weatherman raced the chassis earlier this month to a fifth-place finish at the Iowa Speedway. The chassis has 15 starts, earning one win (Chicago 2014), five top-five’s and eight top-10 finishes.

MMM at Pocono: MMM has 10 prior starts at the 2.5-mile track. The teams earned four top-five finishes along with six top-10’s. The team finished third with Michael Self in the June race at Pocono. The teams best finish at the “Tricky Triangle” is a runner-up in the 2014 June race with Mason Mitchell.

ModSpace 150 Schedule
The ModSpace 150 marks the 65th ARCA race at Pocono since the series debuted on the big track in 1983. Practice is slated Friday morning from 9 - 10:30 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 1:30 p.m. The green flag is scheduled at 4:00 pm. The race will be televised on FS1 same-day at 6.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for the 2016 season. The team is based out of Mooresville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

 

Jul 24

Trevor Noles Impresses at Lucas Oil Raceway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Trevor Noles Impresses at Lucas Oil Raceway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

 (STATESVILLE, NC)— No driver in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards garage turned more heads last Friday evening at the Lucas Oil Raceway than rookie Trevor Noles. Noles made his ARCA Racing debut with Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM). The 21-year-old got up to speed quickly in practice timing in seventh quick and proved to be a factor in the race. He qualified his No. 78 Kinetico Home Water Systems Chevrolet in the fifth spot for the 200-lap event. The late model driver worked his way as high as second during the race and was running third when an engine issue force him down pit-road on lap 122. Noles returned to the race four lap down. Unfortunately, he returned to pit-road on lap 137 this time for good as the engine issue ended his night. The No. 78 finished in the 21st position.

“This was an amazing experience,” Noles stated after his ARCA debut. “These MMM guys helped me get up to speed quickly in practice. We qualified fifth and in the race, I felt like we honestly had a top three car. Our car was great on the bottom of the track. We really played restarts into our favor all evening long. Unfortunately, we had an issue that put us out of the race with 63 laps to go. I want to thank MMM for the opportunity, Kinetico Home Water Systems and my friends and family. Without them this opportunity wouldn’t have been possible. Everyone knows we were in the show tonight.”

When the green flag waved on the second half of the 2017 season Friday evening, Noles and the No. 78 would work in a groove and slid into the seventh position. The No. 78 would sit in seventh until his first pit-stop of the evening at lap 60. The team elected for two General Tires and sent the No. 78 back to the track in the fifth position.

When the green waved on lap 64 Noles wasted no time taking the fourth position from Sheldon Creed. One lap later he made a daring pass to slide into the runner-up position.

Noles would continue to race among the leaders until an unscheduled pit-stop forced him down pit-road at lap 122. Noles would rejoin the field four laps down. The No. 78 come down pit-road again at lap 137 this time ending their night.

The No. 78 would finish in the 21st position in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.

It’s another quick turnaround for MMM as the team will get ready for the second visit to the Pocono Raceway Friday afternoon in the ModSpace 150. Last month, Michael Self paced the No. 28 machine to a third-place finish. Teammate Kyle Weatherman finish in the 16th spot.

ModSpace 150 @ Pocono Raceway

Practice for the ModSpace 150 is Friday morning (July 28) from 9 - 10:30 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 1:30 p.m. The ModSpace 150 is scheduled to get underway at 4, with the race airing on FS1 same afternoon at 6.

In addition to coverage on FS1, arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2017 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 13

21-Year-Old Trevor Noles Ready for ARCA Debut at Lucas Oil Raceway with MMM

21-Year-Old Trevor Noles Ready for ARCA Debut at Lucas Oil Raceway with MMM

Statesville, North Carolina – Late model driver Trevor Noles will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at the Lucas Oil Raceway next Friday evening with Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Noles, will drive the Kinetico Home Water Systems No. 78 in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 for MMM. Military Missions in Action will also be featured on the No. 78 car next weekend. The charity is dedicated to assisting veterans with disabilities, members of the Armed Forces and their families.

The 21-year-old will be the 11th different driver to race for MMM in 2017.

“I am Very excited to be making my first ARCA start with a top contending team like Mason Mitchell Motorsports,” an eager Noles stated. “Truly am blessed to have the opportunity given to me by so many who have played a big part in my racing career including family, friends and sponsors.”

“I expect to adapt very well to the heavier ARCA cars. It’s going to be quite a difference than what I am used to in a super late model. Practice is going to be important for us to get up to speed on the track and work together as a team. It’s going to help having veteran crew chief Kevin Reed calling the shots and making changes to the car. He has a lot of experience and I know that we will be fast when it matters.”

Owner Mason Mitchell has enjoyed success at LOR in his second career start at LOR in 2012 he started second and finished fifth.

“Trevor is a very talented driver, especially on the short tracks,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “He’s had a lot of success in the late model ranks. I am really looking forward to seeing him make his debut with us next weekend.”

The Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina native captured the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) championship in 2013 at 15-years-old while capturing seven wins during his title run.

The following season Noles graduated to super late models and the success continued. He earned a win in the Mason-Dixon Meltdown at Southern National Speedway.

So far in 2017, Noles has competed in PASS, the CARS Tour, the CRA Super Series and the Southern Super Series.

While Noles has no prior starts at LOR, he does have two starts in the Winchester 400 at the Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana.

Mason Mitchell Motorsports is coming off of two top-five finishes last weekend at the Iowa Speedway.

Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200

ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12 - 2 p.m., followed by General Tire pole qualifying at 5. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9.  The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “Like” their Facebook page at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

About Mason Mitchell Motorsports:

Mason Mitchell Motorsports (masonmitchellmotorsports.com) is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell.

 

 

 

Jul 09

Mason Mitchell Motorsports Earns Two top-five finishes at “Hometown” Iowa Speedway

Mason Mitchell Motorsports Earns Two top-five finishes at “Hometown” Iowa Speedway

 (STATESVILLE, NC)— Mason Mitchell Motorsports put on a show for the fans at the Iowa Speedway Saturday evening, in the Fans with Benefits 150 earning two top-five finishes with Michael Self (4th) and Kyle Weatherman (5th). Team owner Mason Mitchell finished in the 14th position in his fifth start at the 7/8-mile track located in Newton, Iowa. The 2014 championship team claims Iowa Speedway as their home track.

Michael Self and “Dino” started from the 10th position in the 10th race of the 2017 season. Self quickly moved into the top-five early. Trouble struck the No. 28 car on lap 13 as Self spun and made contact with the wall with the left rear in turns three and four. In the process Self lost one lap. A quick caution allowed Self to receive the “free pass” and get back on the lead lap. After getting back on the lead lap, Self wasted no time and quickly moved inside the top-10 into the sixth spot before the next caution at lap 62.

With four fresh General Tire racing tires Self took the lead on lap 76. The Utah native would continue to lead the next 33 circuits until relinquishing the lead on lap 108 to eventual winner Dalton Sargeant.

 A late caution set up a 7 late dash for the checkered flag. Self was able to hold off numerous challengers to secure a fourth place finish in his second start for MMM.

Kyle Weatherman made his 50th career ARCA start Saturday evening at Iowa a track where Weatherman has enjoyed a lot of success during his career and Saturday evening was no different.

Weatherman and the No. 78 team quickly moved into the top-five prior to the first caution of the evening on lap 13. On the ensuing restart, Weatherman made a daring three-wide pass to secure the third position.

Weatherman made his first pit-stop of the evening at lap 40 and rejoined the field in the 12th spot.  It only took Weatherman 12 laps to move back into the top-five in the third spot. Weatherman’s march through the field continued as he took the lead on lap 59. He would lead the next six circuits until lap 64.

A late caution allowed Kyle Weatherman to come down pit-road for some fresh rubber for the finish. The Wentzville, Missouri native came across the finish line in fifth. It marked his third top-five of 2017 and his third top-five at the Iowa Speedway.

2015 Iowa Speedway winner, Mason Mitchell made his return to ARCA competition at the Iowa Speedway. It marked his fifth start at Iowa and his first start of the 2017 season.

Mitchell started from the 17th spot in his return start to ARCA. Using patience and guidance from his No. 88 team Mitchell worked his way just outside of the top-10 early. Unfortunately, Mitchell’s evening took a turn for the worse on lap 33. Racing another competitor for position Mitchell’s No. 88 Karl Chevrolet was turned around and made contact with the wall resulting in right front damage. Mitchell lost one lap during the repairs.

The 2014 champ was able to utilize the free pass and get back on the lead lap at 45. Mitchell cracked into the top-ten for the first time on lap 65 as he restarted from the seventh spot.

Racing on older tires than everyone in the field, Mitchell fell back to the 14th position. Mitchell lost two laps during the longest green flag run of the evening and finished 14th in front of his hometown crowd in his ARCA return.

Driver Quotes:

Michael Self: “We had a very crazy night tonight at Iowa,” Self stated. “If you would have told me that we would have been able to rebound from the early spin with the damaged we received and to come back from a lap down to finish fourth I wouldn’t have believed it. We led a lot of laps tonight. I can’t thank Sinclair, Mason Mitchell Motorsports enough for this opportunity. I just wish I could have parked it in victory lane, but given our circumstances fourth isn’t too bad,”

Kyle Weatherman: “Really felt like we had a race winning car tonight, so it’s a little disappointing to finish fifth, “Weatherman stated. “The restarts were pretty crazy all evening long. The one restart we went from 12th to 5th in two laps or so. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough left at the end. We’ve got three more starts in the No. 78 this season. Hopefully we can win a few of them and make several trips to victory lane.”

Mason Mitchell: “It was great to be back racing in ARCA at the Iowa Speedway,” Mitchell said. “Unfortunately, we got turned early and had a lot of damage on the right front. It really hurt the performance of the car overall. I really wanted to give the fans more to cheer about and end the evening in victory lane. Thanks to Karl Chevrolet and my team for their support and believing in me.”

Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200

The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Friday night, July 21.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

 

Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2017 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

Jul 06

Michael Self and Dino Look to Roar at Iowa Speedway

Michael Self and Dino Set to Roar at the Iowa Speedway with MMM

Race Weekend Information

Date: Saturday, July 8, 2017

Event: Fans With Benefits 150

Track: Iowa Speedway

Series: ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards

Watch it: Timing & Scoring at arcaracing.com, Tape Delayed on MAVTV – Saturday, July 22, 10:00PM ET

Driver: Michael Self

Car: No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet SS

Team: Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Crew Chief: Chad Kendrick

A Look Back: On June 24, Self drove his No. 9 Sunrise Ford Fusion in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West competition to a fourth-place finish at the Sonoma Raceway road course.

A Look Ahead: This Saturday, July 8, Self will return to the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards in the No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet with Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Self is no stranger to Iowa Speedway, with two wins in NASCAR K&N Pro Series competition, and a start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series under his belt at the 7/8 mile oval.

Self on Iowa: “I’m so excited to get back to Iowa Speedway this weekend. It’s a special place for me. Iowa is the site of what is undoubtedly the biggest win of my career, when I won the K&N East/West combo event there in 2013, and the site of my first NASCAR Xfinity start. I love driving the ARCA cars, and after the run we had in the No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevy at Pocono, I’m just excited about getting back on track. The guys at Mason Mitchell Motorsports have been great to work with. The put a ton of time in to their cars, so I’m hoping to make it all pay off this weekend.”

Mason Mitchell: ““I am really looking forward to having Michael back behind the wheel of one of our cars this weekend. He did a great job fighting through adversity last month at Pocono for a third-place finish. He has a lot of experience behind the wheel. I believe we have a great opportunity to end up in victory lane on Saturday evening at the Iowa Speedway.”

Car Info: The MMM car Self will be driving is chassis 594. This is the same car Self drove to a third-place finish at Pocono last month. The chassis won at Kansas Speedway with Mason Mitchell behind the wheel in 2015, and has since been converted into a composite body. The chassis has five prior starts earning one win (Kansas 15) two top-five’s and three top-ten finishes.

 About Michael Self: A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Self is an accomplished road racer, four-time Utah State Karting champion, and six-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series winner. Self has made four starts in NASCAR XFINITY Series competition, driving for JD Motorsports. He scored a career-best 11th-place finish at Wisconsin’s Road America in 2015. In 2016, he helped guide Justin Haley to the NKNPSE championship from the spotter’s stand and as a driver’s coach. He returned to driving in the October 2016 ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards event at Kansas Speedway, where he earned a third-place finish. In 2017, he will be driving the Sinclair Oil No. 28 in select ARCA Racing Series events, as well as the No. 9 Sunrise Ford/Sinclair Oil Ford Fusion in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. For live updates and breaking news, follow Self on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

About Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Mason Mitchell Motorsports (masonmitchellmotorsports.com) is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The team is headquartered in Statesville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell. Follow MMM on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.