Jun 12

Mason Mitchell Motorsports General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Post-Race

Mason Mitchell Motorsports General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Post-Race

 (STATESVILLE, NC)— Mason Mitchell Motorsports experienced highs and lows this weekend at the Pocono Raceway in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200.

No driver passed more cars in the 80-lap event than Michael Self in the No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet. Self started at the rear of the field due to the MMM team electing to change engines before qualifying. It only took The 26-year-old 18 laps to work his way to the front. Shortly after, Self had a left front tire go down on his No. 28 “Dino” car. Luckily, he was by the entrance of pit-road and elected to make his first stop. The flat left front tire forced Self back to the 17th position. Self worked his way back up to the 6th position before the afternoon’s first and only caution waved on lap 38.

Self made his final pit-stop under the lap 38 caution for four General Tires. The No. 28 raced in the third position for the final 36 laps and earned a podium finish crossing the stripe in third. It tied Self’s best career ARCA finish in five starts.

“It was a blast putting on a show for the fans after starting in the back,” Self stated. “We had the fastest car during the first run coming through the field. We got a little tight the final run to the finish. I learned so much in my first race with MMM. They worked hard all weekend and we overcame a lot as a team. I can’t thank Sinclair for their continued support. They had a lot of folks here today and we gave them a lot to cheer about. I’m looking forward to heading to Iowa next month with MMM.”

After a two-race absence from the seat of the No. 78 Kyle Weatherman returned behind the wheel. The 19-year-old started from the second position. During the first run Weatherman held the first spot until lap 16 when he came down pit-road. A problem on the right side of the car during the stop cost the 78-valuable time on the track. Weatherman returned to the track in the 18th spot. It only took Weatherman 17 laps to work back into the top-10 at lap 38 when the caution waved.

A great final pit-stop put the No. 78 in fifth for the final stop. Weatherman immediately passed the 52 for the fourth spot and was putting pressure on the front three cars. The Wentzville, Missouri native fought handling issues the final 20 laps and slid back to the ninth position. As he was working his way around a lapped machine in the closing laps his right front came in contact with lapped machine. This forced the 78 to a 16th place finish at the checkered flag.

“We had a Fast Turn One Condos Chevrolet, we just need some racing luck right now,” Weatherman explained. “We’ve had fast cars everywhere we’ve raced. We had an excellent final pit-stop and worked our way up to fourth. We made contact with a lapped car and when that happened it changed our handling. I’m looking forward to Michigan next week. Thank MMM again for another great car. We will get a win soon, I know it.”

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards heads to Michigan Int'l Speedway next for the Corrigan Oil 200 next Friday, June 16. The race is live at FS1 at 6 p.m. Eastern.

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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.