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Oct 18

MMM and Justin Haley Back Together for ARCA Finale at the Kansas Speedway

MMM and Justin Haley Back Together for ARCA Finale at the Kansas Speedway

 

STATESVILLE, N.C. (OCT. 18, 2017) – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) rookie Justin Haley will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet for the 2017 ARCA Finale this Friday evening at the Kansas Speedway.

Haley and MMM have paired in two other races during the last two seasons in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour. Both times Haley has been able to find his way to victory lane. Haley first teamed up with MMM in 2016 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The win also marked the first win for Haley in ARCA. The duo reunited earlier this season in July at the Pocono Raceway. They found their way to victory lane together once again that afternoon. In fact, Haley’s won his three starts in the ARCA Racing Series.

“It is an honor to get the opportunity to race in the 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevy this weekend at Kansas Speedway,” Haley stated. “This MMM team works hard and always brings a fast car to the racetrack. I look forward to continuing the success we have had together in the past as I run for my fourth ARCA Racing Series win in four starts."

Haley has one prior start at the 1.5-mile track coming earlier this season with the NCWTS where he earned an impressive ninth place finish.

Kansas means a lot to the MMM team, they captured the 2014 ARCA championship with Mason Mitchell. The following year, the team found victory lane capturing the checkered flag with Mitchell.

“We’ve had a good season,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated.  “We always want to be better and keep having success. We see areas we here we can get even better at moving into 2018. Kansas is a special place for us. We won the championship there in 2014, and won the race in 2015. It’s like a second home to being from West Des Moines."

Chassis Information: Haley will race chassis No.594 out of the MMM stable. Michael Self raced the machine last month at the Chicagoland Speedway. He led 29 laps and appeared to be headed toward his first win until a right front tired blew ending his evening. This is the same chassis that Mason Mitchell raced to victory lane at the Kansas Speedway in 2015. The chassis has seven prior starts, earning one win (Kansas 15) three top-five’s and four top-ten finishes.

MMM at Kansas

MMM Has five prior starts at the Kansas Speedway. The team has one win (15), three top-five finishes and four top-tens. In 2014 the team captured the ARCA Racing championship while earning a fifth-place finish. The following year the team ended the season in victory lane at Kansas with Mason Mitchell behind the wheel.

KANSAS 150

 The Kansas 150 marks the 17th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001. Practice for the Kansas 150 is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 20, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2:30 p.m. The 17th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 7:47 Friday night, with live coverage on FS2. ARCAracing.com will also 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

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.

 

 

Sep 25

MMM Crosley Brands 150 Post Race Report

MMM Crosley Brands 150 Post Race Report

(Statesville, NC)— Friday evening marked the 100th and 101st start for Mason Mitchell Motorsports dating back to the teams inception in 2014 in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.  

17-Year-old Blaine Perkins led the way for MMM in the Crosley Brands 150 driving the No. 78 Vision Wheels/ Four Star Fruit Chevrolet at the finish by earning a ninth-place finish in his Series debut. Perkins raced as high as second after the No. 78 team delivered a lightning fast pit-stop moving the No. 78 from 9th to 2nd. Perkins missed several late race incidents to bring the no. 78 home with a respectable top-ten in his first-time racing at a track larger than 1.0-mile in length.

“I really learned a lot in my first ARCA start,” Perkins stated after the 100-lap event. “The late race restarts were very wild. Mason Mitchell did a great job on the radio all evening long spotting for me and kept me out of trouble. I’m ecstatic to earn a top-ten finish in my first-time racing on a track larger than 1.0-miles. Thanks to everyone at MMM for their hard work and dedication to preparing fast cars. They truly are a great team to work with. Hopefully we can run more ARCA races moving forward.”

NASCAR Next driver Chase Purdy made his third and final start of the 2017 ARCA season with MMM. Purdy qualified the No. 88 BAMA Buggies in the seventh position. When the green waved, Purdy moved into the top-five in the fifth spot only three laps into the event. Purdy’s march toward the front continued when he moved into third on lap 33. During the evenings first pit-stop Purdy returned to the race in tenth. Using patience, he once again moved back through the field methodically. Purdy restarted from the runner-up spot with 14 laps to go. Unfortunately, several drivers made contact forcing Purdy to check up and lose several positions. With 13 laps to go while racing in the top-five, a driver pushed into Purdy forcing him into the outside wall in turn-two. This ended Purdy’s bid at his first career win. His night would end 14 laps short of the finish in 17th.

“We had a rocket all week from the test to the race,” Purdy stated. “The final restart was very wild and we were put in a four-wide position. No one is going to back down in sight of the finish and unfortunately, we lost a few spots. Someone pushed up into us out of turn two  and it put us in the wall. Unfortunately, that ended our night. We had a top-three car. It wasn’t the result I wanted in my first start at a track bigger than 1.0-miles. I learned a lot about these cars on intermediates and that’s the biggest thing learning as a driver. I want to thank MMM for allowing me to race with them in 2017. They work harder than anyone in the garage.”

MMM and the ARCA garage will have a few well deserved off weeks to prepare for the season finale on Friday, October 20th at the Kansas Speedway.

Kansas 150

The Kansas 150 marks the ARCA finale for the sixth consecutive season. ARCA teams will have practice on Friday morning on the 20th from 9:30-11:30 AM. General Tire pole qualifying will begin at 2:30 PM and the Kansas 150 will go green at 7:30 PM CDT. The race will be live on Fox Sports 2.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 19

Optimistically Third Times the Charm for Purdy and MMM at Kentucky This Weekend

Optimistically Third Times the Charm for Purdy and MMM at Kentucky This Weekend

STATESVILLE, N.C. (SEP. 18 2017) – NASCAR Next 2017-member Chase Purdy will make his third and final start of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Friday evening at the Kentucky Speedway with Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM).

Purdy has made two starts with MMM this season driving the No. 78 machine to two top-ten finishes at the Winchester Speedway and the Salem Speedway. Friday evening, Purdy will be behind the wheel of the BAMA Buggies No. 88 Chevrolet for the championship team. It marks the first time that the 17-year-old will be racing on an oval longer than 1.0-mile.  The team will partake in the open test on Tuesday to prepare for the Crosley Brands 150.

“I've never been to a mile and a half but, given what Kevin and Mason have told me, I feel like I'll be pretty comfortable with the speed and track and racing around other cars,” Purdy stated.

Purdy is coming off a sixth-place run at the New Jersey Motorsports Park with the NKNPSE. It marked the second time that he’s ever raced on a road course. Tuesdays test session at Kentucky will be a chance for Purdy to gain valuable seat time.

 “I'm really anxious to feel the air and how it works at those speeds. Test day will be very valuable and should help us a lot. I'm just really curious to see how important the air is and how it will all work. If everything goes according to plan and I do my job by making zero mistakes, I expect to have a run inside the top five. Mason Mitchell Motorsports nearly won the last speedway race, so their cars are plenty capable if I can step up and do my job behind the wheel.”

Chassis Information: Purdy will be behind the wheel of chassis No. 593 out of the MMM stable. Myatt Snider raced the vehicle to a ninth-place finish last week at the Chicagoland Speedway. The chassis has 17 starts, earning two wins (Chicago 2014, August Pocono 2017), six top-five’s and ten top-ten finishes.

MMM at Kentucky Speedway: MMM has Four prior starts at the 1.5-mile track located in Sparta, Kentucky. The team has a best finish of third coming in the 2014 race.

Crosley Brands 150

Practice for the Crosley 150 is Friday afternoon, Sept. 22 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5;10. The Crosley 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8.

In addition to Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat at arcaracing.com of all on-track activities, the Crosley 150 is live on FS1 beginning at 8:00 pm ET.

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.

 

 

Sep 18

17-Year-Old Blaine Perkins Ready for ARCA Debut at Kentucky with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

17-Year-Old Blaine Perkins Ready for ARCA Debut at Kentucky with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

(Statesville, NC, September 18) – 17-Year-Old Blaine Perkins will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut next Friday evening under the lights at the Kentucky Speedway driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Perkins who’s in his second season racing with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will drive the Vision Wheels/Four Star Fruit No. 78 Chevrolet for MMM. The team will participate in the open test session Tuesday at the 1.5-mile track in preparation for Friday evenings Crosley Brands 150.

“Making my debut in the ARCA Series this week means a lot because it is also my first start on a track over a mile,” Perkins stated. “The biggest challenges will come with learning the track and getting used to the radial tires used in ARCA. The test on Tuesday is going to be very important for me as a driver. Every lap I will be learning. It is an honor to run for such a successful team like Mason Mitchell Motorsports. They are an elite team and I am looking forward to having a great run on Friday.”

In the last two seasons, Perkins has made 26 starts with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West earning one top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. His best finish came in his rookie season (16) where he finished fifth at Colorado National Speedway.

The Bakersfield, California native began racing with the SRL Legends Tour in 2012. During his first full-time season in 2013 he earned three-top five finishes and finished runner-up in championship points. From there he made several starts with the SRL Southwest Tour as well as the Lucas Oil Modifieds. In 2016, he made the jump up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West tour earning one top-five and ten top-ten finishes and finishing tenth in points.

Chassis Information: Perkins will be behind chassis No. 589 out of the MMM stable. Chase Purdy raced this car two weeks ago on the high banks of the Salem Speedway to a sixth-place finish. In 23 starts the chassis has two wins (Iowa 15 and Springfield 16), 13 top-five finishes and 20 top-ten finishes.

Crosley Brands 150

Next up for ARCA is the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Kentucky. Teams will have an open test on Tuesday, September 19th to prepare for the September 22nd race. Teams will get the day started with a 90-minute practice session from 1:00-2:30. General Pole qualifying will start at 5:10 PM. Then the 100 lap, 150 mile event gets underway at 8:00 PM. Fans can watch the race live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 PM ET.

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.

 

 

 

Sep 15

Blown Right Front Tire in Sight of the Checkered Flag Ends Mason Mitchell Motorsports Bid for Victory at Chicagoland Speedway

Blown Right Front Tire in Sight of the Checkered Flag Ends Mason Mitchell Motorsports Bid for Victory at Chicagoland Speedway

(JOLIET, IL)— Sometimes racing can be a cruel sport to teams and drivers. Thursday evening, at the Chicagoland Speedway it was cruel to Mason Mitchell Motorsports and driver Michael Self in the SCOTT 150.

Self driving the No. 88 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet had the evenings dominate car. He took the lead with over 30 laps remaining in the 100-lap event and drove out to a commanding three second lead. Within sight of his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory a right front tire blew coming off of turn two inside of ten laps remaining ending Self’s bid at victory. The cut tire ended the veteran drivers evening relegating him to a 19th place finish.

“That was pretty depressing,” a dejected Self said after the 100-lap event. “We had the field covered. I was riding and taking it really easy on the tires. Every time we race with MMM we’ve been so fast. They build great cars and deserve to win. I am overwhelmed by everyone’s support. I can’t thank Sinclair Oil enough for believing in me. We will get one of these checkered flags, I promise.”

Myatt Snider who was making his 2017 ARCA Racing Series debut grabbed a top-ten finish in ninth in his first start with MMM. In the opening laps Snider raced up to fourth from his tenth-place starting position. During the evenings first round of pit-stops the Liberty Tax Service/Louisiana Hot Sauce No. 78 speeding on pit-road was forced to restart at the tail end of lead lap cars in the 15th spot.

Snider exerted patience and worked his way back inside the top-ten to as high as sixth. A late race caution bunched up the field as it appeared Snider would contend for a top-five. Several drivers made contact forcing Snider to check up and losing valuable time and positions. The No. 78 crossed the finish line in the ninth spot.

“I had an absolute blast this evening,” Snider stated. “This was a deep field of talented drivers. We had a fast car and raced up to fourth early. We had to overcome some adversity and come from the back of the field. At one point during the long runs we were a half second faster than the field. I learned a ton for the truck race tomorrow evening. I can’t thank MMM enough for their hard work throughout the course of the day.”

Crosley Brands 150

Next up for ARCA is the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway located in Sparta, Kentucky. Teams will have an open test on Tuesday, September 19th to prepare for the September 22nd race. Teams will get the day started with a 90-minute practice session from 1:00-2:30. General Pole qualifying will start at 5:10 PM. Then the 100 lap, 150 mile event gets underway at 8:00 PM. Fans can watch the race live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 8:00 PM ET.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 12

SCOTT 150 Michael Self Pre-Race Notes

SCOTT 150 Race Weekend Information

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

 

Event: Scott 150

Track: Chicagoland Speedway

Series: ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards

Watch it: Fox Sports 1, 7:00pm CDT

Driver: Michael Self

Car: No. 88 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet SS

Team: Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Crew Chief: Chad Kendrick

 

A Look Back: On August 26, Self drove the No. 9 Sinclair Oil Ford to a seventh-place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West event at Douglas County Speedway, in Roseburg, Oregon. Though not the finish Self was looking for, it marked his 13th top-10 in 14 starts between the ARCA Racing Series and K&N Pro Series West this season.

 

A Look Ahead: On Thursday, Self will return to the ARCA Racing Series at Chicagoland Speedway for the Scott 150. Self will drive the No. 88 for the first time, fielded by Mason Mitchell Motorsports, with the recognizable Sinclair Oil “Dino Car” livery on board. Self has competed in two other ARCA events with MMM this season, at Pocono and Iowa Speedway where he finished third and fourth, respectively. Self has one career start at the 1.5-mile intermediate speedway in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015, in which he finished 25th, driving for Johnny Davis Motorsports. Self and his primary partner, Sinclair Oil, added the Chicagoland event to their schedule just two weeks ago.

 

Self on Chicagoland: “I was really excited when we started talking with Sinclair about adding this event to our schedule. I’ve really started to enjoy racing at the bigger tracks, and I have a little experience at Chicagoland, so I’m excited to get on track on Thursday. I had a ton of fun racing with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Pocono and Iowa, and we were in contention to win both of those races, so hopefully we can pick right back up where we left off.”

 

Mason Mitchell: “I feel like we’ve raced very well both times that Michael has been behind the wheel in our cars,” owner Mason Mitchell stated. “Hopefully the third time is the charm and we can end in victory lane Thursday evening.”

 

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, and a fourth-place finish at Iowa earlier in the year. 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 six prior starts earning one win (Kansas 15) three top-five’s and four 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 FacebookTwitter 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 FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                          

Sep 12

Myatt Snider Ready for ARCA Return at Chicagoland with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Myatt Snider Ready for ARCA Return at Chicagoland with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

STATESVILLE, N.C. (SEP. 12, 2017) – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Rookie Myatt Snider will return to ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition Thursday evening with Mason Mitchell Motorsports driving the Liberty Tax Service/Louisiana Hot Sauce No. 78.

“I Learned a lot about the track itself racing in this event last year,” Snider explained. “Chicago is a pretty bumpy place, but it's fast and there's lots of grooves to race in. It’s a fun place to race at for a driver.”

Snider will pull double duty this week at the Chicagoland Speedway. Thursday evening, he will race in the SCOTT 150. Then on Friday evening he will race in the NCWTS Chicagoland 225 driving the No. 51 Louisiana Hot Sauce Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM).

“I hope to learn about where the limits of the track are. Getting comfortable and learning for Friday evenings race is going to be important for me. This MMM team has a lot of experience and prepares fast cars. Hopefully we can end the evening in victory lane on Thursday.”

Snider won in his ARCA debut in 2016 at the Toledo Speedway.  He has nine prior ARCA starts to his credit earning one win, three top-fives and five top-ten finishes.

Snider has competed in three NCWTS events in 2017 for KBM. He earned a career best 10th place finish in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS).

“Making the adjustment into Trucks has gone well this season. The biggest adjustment is just getting used to how much grip a truck has. It's pretty different from an ARCA car. I'm starting to come into stride with it.”

The 22-year-old will be the 17th different driver to race for MMM during the 2017 ARCA campaign.

Chassis Selection: Snider will race chassis No. 593 out of the MMM stable. This is the same car that Justin Haley raced to the win last month at the Pocono Raceway. The chassis is also the same car that Mason Mitchell won with in the 2014 Chicagoland SCOTT 150. The chassis has 16 starts, earning two wins (Chicago 2014, August Pocono 2017), six top-five’s and nine top-ten finishes.

MMM at Chicagoland: MMM has three prior starts at the 1.5-mile track. The team earned their first career ARCA win in 2014 at Chicagoland Speedway with Mason Mitchell behind the wheel. In three starts the team has one win, one top-five and two top-ten finishes.

SCOTT 150

Next up for ARCA is The Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Thursday, September 14th. It marks the first of three 1.5-mile tracks to end the 2017 ARCA season. Drivers will practice from 2:00-3:30. General Tire pole qualifying will set the field for the 100-lap race at 5:30 PM. Then the SCOTT 150 will get the green flag at 8:00 PM. The race will be live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 PM. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for 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: 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.

 

 

Sep 10

Chase Purdy Earns Top-10 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Throwback with MMM at Salem

Chase Purdy Earns Top-10 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Throwback at Salem with MMM

 

(SALEM, IN)— Chase Purdy earned a career best finish Saturday evening in the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200 at the Salem Speedway Saturday evening crossing the stripe in sixth. The start marked the 17-year-olds second start with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

“Salem is one of the coolest places I’ve raced at,” Purdy stated after the race. “We had a lot of speed this evening, especially on the long runs and it showed. We would have liked to ended up with a podium finish tonight. Unfortunately, we made contact with the wall with about ten laps to go and it hurt the right front. I can’t thank MMM enough for everything. They work really hard and I appreciate them never giving up.”

Prior to the race, fans were able to sign the No. 78 “2001 Pepsi 400” throwback paint scheme during the driver autograph session on the track.

“It was an honor to race Dale Jr.’s throwback tonight. The fans really enjoyed it and they loved being able to sign the car and I take great pride in that.”

Purdy’s car came to life on the long runs Saturday evening. After halfway Purdy was in the seventh spot. In less than 30 laps the No. 78 Bama Buggies Chevrolet found its way up front as he moved into the runner-up spot at lap 131 passing veteran Tom Hessert. A caution two laps later at lap 133 brought all of the leaders down pit-road for their final pit-stop. The No. 78 team delivered a great stop, sending Purdy back to the track in the third position.

The NASCAR Next star continued to race in the top-five during the late stages and took the fourth position when two drivers ahead of him made contact for position. Unfortunately, a handful of laps later the No. 78 made contact with the wall with the front dropping the No. 78 from fourth to sixth.

Purdy will be back behind the wheel of the No. 78 for the final time of the 2017 season in two weeks at the Kentucky Speedway.

The Eddie Gilstrap Motors 100 will air on MAVTV later this month.

It’s a quick turnaround for MMM as the team will get ready to head to Chicagoland Speedway and race under the lights Thursday evening at the 1.5-mile track located in Joliet, Illinois.

MMM driver Kyle Weatherman will return behind the wheel of the No. 78 for the first time since racing at the Iowa Speedway in July. Michael Self will return for his third race of 2017 with MMM driving the No. 88.

SCOTT 150

Next up for ARCA is The Scott 150 at the Chicagoland Speedway Thursday, September 14th. It marks the first of three 1.5-mile tracks to end the 2017 ARCA season. Drivers will practice from 2:00-3:30. General Tire pole qualifying will set the field for the 100-lap race at 5:30 PM. Then the SCOTT 150 will get the green flag at 8:00 PM. The race will be live on FOX Sports 1 at 8:00 PM. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for 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

 

 

 

Sep 07

Purdy Back in the Saddle with MMM at Salem Throwback Paint Scheme on the Way

Purdy Back in the Saddle with MMM at Salem Throwback Paint Scheme on the Way

 

STATESVILLE, N.C. (SEP. 6, 2017) – After a seventh-place finish in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut last month at the Winchester Speedway, Chase Purdy will be back behind the wheel of the No. 78 this Saturday evening at the Salem Speedway.

Purdy who’s coming off his fifth second place finish this season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will have support from Bama Buggies for the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 200.

“I really learned a lot as a driver in my debut last month racing at Winchester,” Purdy explained. “You can't slide these cars around on the radial tires. I think the biggest thing is to not overdrive the corner and kill your tires throughout the race. You get a lot of long green flag runs at these short tracks and you have to save your stuff. I really feel like Winchester helped us grow together as a team. I know MMM will give me a great car this weekend.”

The fall Salem Speedway event has become ARCA’s “throwback” weekend. Last year, MMM ran a special paint scheme honoring two-time ARCA champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Benny Parsons. This year, MMM will run a paint scheme similar to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 8 that he won with in the 2001 Pepsi 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

“Growing up as a kid, Dale Jr was always my favorite driver. He played an important part on me personally making the decision to race at a young age. He’s such an important person in the sport and to everyone involved in racing. It really means a lot to me to be able to run this scheme this weekend. Especially with him retiring at the end of the 2017 season. Hopefully we can put the throwback paint scheme in victory lane Saturday evening.”

Purdy will also race for MMM at the Kentucky Speedway on September 22nd in the Crosley Brands 150.

Chassis Information: Purdy will race chassis No. 589 out of the MMM stable. This is the same car that Purdy raced to a seventh-place finish in his ARCA debut last month at the Winchester Speedway. In 22 starts the chassis has two wins (Iowa 15 and Springfield 16), 13 top-five finishes and 19 top-ten finishes.

MMM at Salem: MMM has eight starts at the half-mile track earning three top-five finishes and five top-tens. MMM finished third in the Spring Salem event with Kyle Weatherman behind the wheel. The teams best finish at Salem is runner-up in the 2014 Salem Fall Classic.

Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic

The ARCA Racing Series heads to Salem Speedway next for the Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic Saturday, Sept. 9, the 102nd ARCA race at Salem since 1955. It’s another one day show for the series. Two practice sessions, qualifying and race all on Saturday. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring as well as a live audio call of the race. The race will also air at a later date 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: 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.

 

 

Sep 05

Sheldon Creed Earns Career Best Finish Second after Dominating Day with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Sheldon Creed Earns Career Best Finish Second after Dominating Day with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

(DUQUOIN, IL)— After dominating much of the first half of the General Tire Grabber 100 Monday afternoon at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Sheldon Creed used the second half of the race to fight his way back in contention for his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win. It took two Green-White-Checkered flag attempts to settle it. Creed lined up third for the afternoon’s final restart and moved into the second position entering turn three coming to the white flag. Creed would secure the second spot and cross the stripe in the runner-up position for his career best finish in ARCA.

"It was just hard racing there, all going for the win," said Creed. "We dominated the first half of the race today and had to work our way back through the field after our pit-stop. My plan was to push the 22 and get him in front of the 52. It didn't pan out like we wanted. I can’t thank everyone at MMM for this opportunity. We had two great races with them.”

Creed started the second and final dirt race of the 2017 ARCA season from the sixth position. Creed quickly asserted himself as the car to beat as he gained five positions in the first eight laps to move into the runner-up position. Creed’s march toward the front continued as he caught and passed leader Will Kimmel on lap 19. Creed would extend his lead to over three seconds over Kimmel during that run.

When the yellow flag waved on lap 33, Creed elected to stay on-track while the majority of the lead lapped cars headed for pit-road. Creed proved the power of the No. 78 machine when he managed to hold the top spot and hold off all the drivers with fresher tires behind him.

Creed made his only pit-stop of the race at lap 59 under the yellow flag. The No. 78 team sent Creed back to the race in the tenth position. After the race resumed with 38 laps to go, Creed passed five cars to crack back into the top-five only five laps after the restart.

Creed continued to flex his muscles behind the wheel of the No. 78 as he moved into the top-three on lap 78. Creed would engage in a battle for the runner-up spot with Will Kimmel. The duo raced ten laps for the spot until Creed secured the position with 11 laps remaining.

The field bunched up for the second Green-White-Checkered attempt. On the restart Creed took the second spot from Shane Lee entering turn three and four as the white flag waved. Creed would cross the finish line in the second spot earning a career best finish.

The General Tire Grabber 100 from the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds will air Saturday, September 16th at 10:00 pm ET.

Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic

The ARCA Racing Series heads to Salem Speedway next for the Eddie Gilstrap Motors ARCA Fall Classic Saturday, Sept. 9, the 102nd ARCA race at Salem since 1955. It’s another one day show for the series. Two practice sessions, qualifying and race all on Saturday. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring as well as a live audio call of the race. The race will also air at a later date on MAVTV.

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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