STATESVILLE, NC (Sept. 25, 2017) — 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 evening’s 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.
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.
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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