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Jun 03

Max Tullman & Blaine Perkins Gain Valuable Experience with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Pocono Raceway

Max Tullman & Blaine Perkins Gain Valuable Experience with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Pocono Raceway

(Mooresville, NC) The Pocono Raceway is one of the most challenging and difficult tracks on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) teammates and ARCA rookies Blaine Perkins and Max Tullman survived their first starts at the “Tricky Triangle” Friday afternoon. Perkins just missed the top-ten finishing 12th. Teammate Max Tullman crossed the stripe in 15th.

Driver Quotes

Blaine Perkins: The first half of the race was all a learning experience being in traffic and trying to pass cars,” driver Blaine Perkins stated. “We had a great long run car all race long. The restarts were pretty hectic, we would have liked to see the race go green a little longer in the second half of the race. Our pit-crew delivered a great pit-stop getting us track position we needed all race long.  Ican't thank the MMM team enough for everything this week. We had an uphill battle from the start and our team persevered and rose up to the challenge. We didn’t get the finish we deserved but our luck will turn around. I’m looking forward to being back in the car at Chicago in a few weeks.”

Max Tullman: Pocono is truly a unique track, I’ve never raced at a track similar to it before,” Max Tullman explained. “We really made strides from the beginning of the week until the final lap today. We had great track position but the late restarts didn’t help us at all. We had a top-ten car at the end and got bounced back to 15th. Being in the car consecutive weeks has been a big help. I’m looking forward to being back behind the wheel next week again at Michigan.”


RACE REVIEW:

Blaine Perkins: After heading to a backup car, MMM rookie Blaine Perkins qualified the No. 98 in the 18th spot. Making his second start of the season, Perkins raced like a seasoned veteran, exerting patience throughout the duration of the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. After a quick pit-stop Perkins found himself in the sixth spot with 34 laps to go. With 29 to go, Perkins entered the top-five for the first time in the 80-lap event. After several late race yellow flags, Perkins and the No. 98 crossed the finish line in 12th. The finish is his best result in two starts during the 2018 season.

 Max Tullman: The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 marked the second of three straight races for Tullman driving the No. 78 machine for MMM. Tullman qualified the No. 78 in the 15th spot. The 20-year-old cracked inside the top-ten for the first time at lap 14. With 23 laps to go Tullman had a fantastic save entering turn-one. No harm, no foul as the No. 78 received no damage and was able to soldier on. After multiple late race restarts, the No. 78 was pushed back to 15th in the final running order. Tullman raced as high as the sixth spot in the 80-lap event.

Max Tullman will be back behind the wheel of the No. 78 next weekend at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS). Quin Houff who finished a career best 6th two weeks ago at the Charlotte Motor Speedway will make his third start of the season driving the No. 98 at MIS.

The next race for MMM and the ARCA Racing Series will be Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 8th for the ZOMONGO 200. The race will be televised live on MAV TV beginning at 5:00 PM ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities.

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Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2018 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com