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Apr 25

Max Tullman set for Talladega debut with new partner

Max Tullman set for Talladega debut with new partner

 

TALLADEGA, Ala. – On the heels of a top-10 finish in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February, newcomer Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) hopes to duplicate his performance in Friday afternoon’s General Tire 200 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Friday’s fourth race of the 2018 season will be the first of an increased ARCA schedule for sports car veteran Tullman at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Much like Daytona, Tullman and his team head to the final superspeedway race of the season set to impress again.  

“I’m very thankful and excited to get back behind the wheel of a Mason Mitchell Motorsports car this weekend at Talladega,” said Tullman. “It seems forever since I’ve raced at Daytona and I’ve been able to keep myself busy – but I’m eager to get back on the track and continue to build my resume surrounded by great people.”

For Talladega, Tullman will sport flashy colors but boast a new partner with his No. 78 Chevrolet, the same piece he raced at Daytona.

Rewinding back to the comedy smash “Talladega Nights”, Tullman’s race car will simulate a replica paint scheme of Ricky Bobby’s car played by actor Will Ferrell in the 2006 blockbuster film.

The Chester Springs, Pa native’s second career ARCA race will be backed by new partner Yurpal.com.

Yurpal.com is the first and only e-commerce platform designed and dedicated to the construction and building materials industry.

“I’m excited the way our car looks and to have a great new sponsor in Yurpal.com,” Tullman explained. “A couple weeks ago, a bunch of us were just sitting around watching Talladega Nights and we thought it would be a cool idea to go to Talladega and take a paint scheme that is like the one in the film.

Yurpal.com was gracious enough to allow this paint scheme as they enter their journey into Motorsports. We’re going to have a lot of support at the race track this weekend and a good run will certainly kick off this relationship in an awesome way.”

Yurpal.com CEO Jon De Langis is enthusiastic about his company’s foray with Tullman and MMM.

“All of us at Yurpal.com considered a relationship in Motorsports as a very high priority to promote our brand as we continue to grow our eCommerce platform for building materials and products,” offered De Langis. “We at Yurpal see this ARCA experience to be a stepping stone to that goal with Max.

“To kick-off our launch, we are very excited to team up with Max and Mason Mitchell Motorsports for the General Tire 200 for our first race together. We believe that we have a winning combination for this race and look forward to the future.”

Veteran Motorsports crew chief Doug Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will continue to call the shots for Tullman in the 76-lap event.

For Mason Mitchell Motorsports, the Mooresville, N.C.-based team is no stranger to success at the 2.66-mile superspeedway. In 2016 the team took fellow ARCA driver Gus Dean to victory in his second career start. Two years later, the ARCA powerhouse is ready to do the same with Tullman.

 

"Max had an impressive run at Daytona and turned a lot of heads,” offered 2014 ARCA champion Mitchell. “He used great patience and really learned a lot throughout the whole weekend. We have always raced well at Talladega. I think we can earn another win at Talladega this weekend."

 

In addition to the General Tire 200, the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge veteran will compete in a minimum of five other ARCA races at: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (June), Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway respectively.

 

Announced two weeks ago, Tullman will also compete at Talladega in the fall driving the No. 20 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Young’s Motorsports.

 

Additional stock car races are set to be added to Tullman’s schedule and will be announced in the immediate future.

 

Tullman will be teammate to Blaine Perkins who returns to MMM for the first time this season in the No. 98 Chevrolet.

 

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series spotter Tyler Green who led MMM to their Talladega victory in 2016 will guide Tullman in Friday afternoon’s highly anticipated thriller.

 

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 202 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Apr.  27 with an hour and fifty-minute practice session from 8:30 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later in the day shortly after 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (Central).

 

For autograph requests and to join Max Tullman on social media, please like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @MaxTullman.

For additional information on Yurpal, please visit Yurpal.com.

About Yurpal.com:

 

Yurpal.com is the first and only e-commerce platform designed and dedicated to the construction and building materials industry. 

 

Through the convenience of our online platform, buyers can create or upload their entire bill-of-materials for projects large and small and receive competitive price results from every vendor in the country with a single click.  With the use of our bundled SaaS, our users can manage multiple clients and projects, schedule phased deliveries of their products, and much more. 

 

This can be done simultaneously which significantly reduces the repetitive and time-consuming process of sourcing products, from multiple vendors, to get the products when and where they are needed, at the best price available.  Essentially, we bring the vendors to the buyers.  Best of all, this platform is free for buyers to use.

 

 

 

Apr 24

Blaine Perkins Ready for First Superspeedway Start at Talladega with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Blaine Perkins Ready for First Superspeedway Start at Talladega with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

(Statesville, NC, April 24, 2018) –  18-year-old Blaine Perkins will make his first start of the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this coming weekend at the Talladega Superspeedway driving the No. 98 Auto Parkit/Four Star Fruit Chevrolet.

Perkins who turned 18 just two weeks after the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway already has laps around the 2.66-mile track last November in the open test.

“Participating in the Talladega open test in November provided me with a lot of seat time and helped me get familiar with the bigger restrictor plate tracks,” Perkins said. “I was also able to test at Daytona in January as well. The Daytona test gave me much more drafting practice and should help me come race time. Talladega will be a long race, so having a regular workout regimen should help me physically and mentally. I know my MMM guys will provide me with a great car and it will be left to me to put ourselves in good situations on track, to try to end up in victory lane by the end of the day.”

Perkins who earned a top-ten finish in his ARCA debut last fall at the Kentucky Speedway will make a total of five starts in 2018 for MMM.

“Last year Kentucky was an all-around a great race. I learned so much about the aerodynamics of the cars and it will only help me going into Talladega. Also, getting a good finish at Kentucky last year gives me an extreme confidence boost going into my five ARCA races this year.”

Along with racing at Talladega this weekend, Perkins will race at Pocono Raceway (June), Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and the Iowa Speedway to wrap up his 2018 ARCA campaign.

While Perkins has been waiting to make his first ARCA start of the year, he’s been racing late models at the Irwindale Speedway including winning the March 23rd feature at the half-mile track.

Chassis Information: Blaine Perkins will race chassis No. 100 out of the MMM stable. MMM teammate Quin Houff raced this car in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway. This is the same car that MMM won Talladega with in 2016.

It’s a short week for MMM and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as the series gears up to race at the biggest track on the schedule the Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 7th. The race will be live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 6:00 PM ET. 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.

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.

 

Apr 22

Colby Howard Earns Top-Ten Finish at the Salem Speedway in ARCA Debut

Colby Howard Earns Top-Ten Finish at the Salem Speedway in ARCA Debut

 

(Mooresville, NC)— The Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana Is one of the most physical demanding tracks on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. 16-year-old Colby Howard earned a top-ten finish, finishing in eighth in his series debut in the No. 78 Howard Foundation Chevrolet with Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“Salem is so different compared to anywhere else I have ever raced,” Howard stated after the 200-lap event. We had a fast-long run car. The first run I was saving our tires and going about 50%. We really had a top-three car. I made a mistake on the final pit-stop that hurt our track position but we didn’t give up and battled back to a top-ten. I learned so much all weekend long from Mason Mitchell and my crew chief Mark Setzer. This is a first-class organization and I hope we can put something together to run more races moving forward.”

The Simpsonville, South Carolina native qualified in the eighth position for the 103rd ARCA race at Salem. During the first run the team preached patience and Howard positioned the No. 78 as high as sixth before the races first caution on lap 51.

Howard made his first stop on pit-road at lap 57 as the MMM crew sent him back on-track in the sixth spot. After the quick yellow, Howard moved into the top-five briefly before getting stuck behind a car that had on 50 lap older tires. The No.78 continued to race inside the top-10 until the days final pit-stop at lap 146.

Howard restarted outside the top-ten after his final pit-stop and patiently worked his way back inside the top-ten. He was able to pass two cars in the final laps to cross the stripe in the eighth spot in his debut.

MMM will look to earn their second superspeedway victory Friday evening at the Talladega Superspeedway. MMM won the 2016 event at the 2.66-mile track.  Max Tullman will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 and Blaine Perkins will make his 2018 ARCA debut driving the No. 98.

It’s a short week for MMM and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as the series gears up to race at the biggest track on the schedule the Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 7th. The General Tire 200 will be live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 6:00 PM ET. 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 2018 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

Apr 16

16-Year-Old Colby Howard Ready for ARCA Debut at Salem with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

16-Year-Old Colby Howard Ready for ARCA Debut at Salem with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

(Mooresville, NC, April 16) –  Third-generation racer Colby Howard will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut this weekend at the historic Salem Speedway in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The 16-year-old will pilot the No. 78 Howard Family Foundation Chevrolet for MMM.

Howard and MMM tested at the ultra-high-banked half-mile last week in preparation for the 200-lap event.

“Salem is really difficult to get around,” Howard explained. “It's mainly a mental thing. You get so close to the wall in turns three and four and really have to back up your entry entering turn one. It’s so unique with turns one and two being completely wore out and three and four having newer pavement allowing for more grip.”

“I learned a lot from the test. Being able to have resources like Mason Mitchell and crew chief Mark Setzer to lean on really helped me a lot getting up to speed and offering advice what I need to improve on. This is a tremendous step in my racing career. I’m thankful for my family, friends, fans and MMM for believing in me. If we run all 200 laps we should be able to earn a solid top-five.”

Howard’s racing passion started at a young age. His grandfather Buddy and his father Rodney achieved great success running on the short tracks of South Carolina.

Howard’s career began in dirt bikes, where he enjoyed success picking up 11 and a Mid-East Hare Scramble Series championship.

The following season in 2014, Howard switched to racing the mini stock division at the Anderson Motor Speedway. He earned ten top-five finishes in two seasons in the mini stock division.

Howard was ready for a new challenge. In 2016 he moved into the limited late model division and began capturing checkered flags immediately. In all, Howard won seven times in his rookie year and finished runner-up in Southeast Limited Late Model Series.

Howard’s success continued in 2017 when he moved to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Late Model Stock division. He finished second in South Carolina state points and won state rookie of the year points as well.

Earlier this month Howard won a late model stock race at the historic Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina.

MMM will make their 10th start at the Salem Speedway this weekend. In nine prior starts the teams earned three top-five’s and six top-ten finishes. The teams best result came in the 2014 Fall Classic where they finished runner-up with Owner Mason Mitchell behind the wheel.

Chassis Information: Howard will drive chassis No. 593 out of the MMM stable. The 200-lap event at Salem will mark the vehicles 2018 on-track debut. The chassis has 18 starts, earning two wins (Chicago 2014, August Pocono 2017), six top-five’s and ten top-ten finishes.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at the Salem Speedway will air live on MAVTV Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the weekend.

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.

Apr 09

Ryan Repko and Mason Mitchell Motorsports Battle Back at Fairgrounds Speedway for 12th place finish

Ryan Repko and Mason Mitchell Motorsports Battle Back at Fairgrounds Speedway for 12th place finish

 

(Mooresville, NC)— Ryan Repko driver of the No. 78 Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) had high expectations Saturday evening in his 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at the Fairgrounds Speedway. The 18-year-old qualified an impressive fourth and was running inside the top-ten early when an unscheduled pit-stop to put the drivers window net cost him two laps. Repko and the team battled back to finish the 200-lap event in the 12th position.

“It’s a bummer,” Repko said after the 200-lap event. “We had such a fast car. The MMM guys made adjustments all afternoon in practice and the last set of changes helped the car. I was just riding early, getting into a nice rhythm when we had to make the unscheduled pit-stop for the window net. We fought all evening long and were able to make up two of the three laps. We had a for sure top-five car. I want to thank my family, friends and MMM for this great opportunity. Nashville is such a unique track. Hopefully we can put together more races moving forward.”

Repko qualified the No. 78 machine in the fourth position for the second race of the 2018 season. When the green flag waved on the Music City 200, Repko slotted his way into the sixth spot. While getting into a groove, the drivers window net on the No. 78 fell down forcing Repko to come down pit-road. The team made the proper repairs and Repko rejoined the race three laps down.

Over the course of the next 175 laps Repko and the MMM team were able to make up two of the three laps. Unfortunately, the yellow flags did not fall in favor of the team and they weren’t ever able to receive the free pass to get back on the lead lap. The No. 78 machine crossed the stripe in the 12th spot.

The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at the Salem Speedway located in Salem, Indiana on Sunday, April 22nd. The race will be live on MAVTV beginning at 2:00 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 2018 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

 

Apr 04

Ryan Repko Set for Success at Nashville with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Ryan Repko Set for Success at Nashville with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

(Mooresville, NC, March 26) –  Ryan Repko will make his 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut this weekend at the Fairgrounds Speedway in the “Music City 200” racing the No. 78 Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM).

Repko and the No. 78 MMM team tested at the historic track last week to get Repko acclimated with the half-mile.

“Everyone had told me how rough the track was, but I didn’t realize quite how bumpy the track actually was until my first laps in the test,” Repko stated. “The bump off two took some time to get used to. I had to play with different lines throughout the day and I was able to find a line that fit my driving style.”

“Being good on the long runs and saving your equipment is going to be the name of the game on Saturday. The lap times fall off more so than any other track I’ve been to.”

Repko has high expectations after a strong debut with MMM in 2017 at the Madison International Speedway where he earned a top-ten finish.

“Obviously I want to go out and win, but I really want to show improvement from last year to this year. I’d like to qualify up front and run in the top-five all night and earn a solid top-five finish. I believe both of those goals are things we can accomplish on Saturday evening. MMM has a lot of experience on the team and a great record at Nashville.”

Nashville is one of MMM’s most successful tracks on the ARCA schedule. Last year MMM sat on the pole, led the most laps (134) and finished second at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2015 the team finished third. In three starts the teams average finish is 6.7

Chassis Information: Repko will strapped behind the wheel of chassis 589 out of the MMM stable. It marks the chassis’ 2018 debut. The car was last driven by Blaine Perkins last fall at the Kentucky Speedway where he earned a top-ten finish. The chassis has 24 starts earning two wins (Iowa 15, Springfield 16), 13 top-five finishes and 21 top-ten’s.

The Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway will be live on MAVTV Saturday, April 7th at 9:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the day.

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.

 

 

Mar 27

Ryan Repko Set for 2018 ARCA Debut with MMM at Nashville

Ryan Repko Set for 2018 ARCA Debut with MMM at Nashville

 

(Mooresville, NC, March 26) –  18-Year-old Ryan Repko will make his 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut with Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) next month at the Fairgrounds Speedway in the “Music City 200.” Repko will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 out of the championship stable.

“I have a lot of experience with old worn out race tracks,” Repko explained. “With these high-powered cars, it will be key to not spin the tires and not to push too hard too early. I have raced at tracks with a lot of character like Hickory, Myrtle Beach, and Anderson. I think experience will help me with racing at Nashville.”

“I’ve watched the Nashville race from last year and taken notes of a few different things. I’ve never actually seen the race track in person so I’ll be starting from scratch as far as learning the race track.”

Last year, Repko made his ARCA debut at the Madison International Speedway. The late model standout fought his way back to an eighth-place finish after falling a lap down after the midway portion of the 200-lap event.

“I’ve already met Mark Setzer multiple times and I worked with MMM last year at Madison and this year at the Daytona Test. I think this team is a great fit for me. Everyone on the team shares the same passion for racing as me.”

Repko already has a race under his belt in 2018 racing with the CARS Late Model Stock Tour at Tri-County Motor Speedway where he earned a fourth-place finish.

2015 was Repko’s first season racing in late models at Motor Mile, South Boston and Hickory. He picked up one win during his rookie season and was awarded Motor Mile Speedway’s rookie of the year in limited late models. 2016 was Repko’s first appearance at the Martinsville ValleyStar 300 where he qualified third overall and finished ninth in the feature race. Repko won a late model feature at Anderson Motor Speedway in 2017. He is currently a high school Senior at North Lincoln High School and enrolled in the academic honors program.

Last year MMM sat on the pole, led the most laps (134) and finished second at the historic Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway will be live on MAVTV Saturday, April 7th at 9:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the day.

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.

 

 

Mar 06

Max Tullman increases ARCA Racing Series schedule with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Max Tullman increases ARCA Racing Series schedule with Mason Mitchell Motorsports

 

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) confirmed today that Sports Car veteran Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) has increased his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule with the team beginning at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Apr. 27.

In addition to the General Tire 200 at Talladega, the 20-year-old Tullman will compete in a minimum of five other ARCA races at: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (June), Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway respectively.

Veteran Motorsports crew chief Doug Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will continue to guide Tullman at Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

Tullman, the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge veteran made his ARCA debut for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 10, where he qualified fourth, led 10 laps and finished sixth aboard the No. 78 Zoomi | Myota Chevrolet.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to compete in more ARCA races with Mason Mitchell Motorsports,” said Tullman, a native of Chester Springs, Pa. “We couldn’t have asked for a more productive race with Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Daytona.

“Mason gave us the tools we needed to be competitive and Doug did an excellent job with the car throughout the race weekend that kept us in the hunt for a competitive finish.”

While the races on Tullman’s increased schedule are new venues, he believes he has the equipment and personnel to contend for not only strong finishes but wins too.

“I still have a lot to learn, but I can’t wait to get back in an ARCA car,” added Tullman.

“Mason’s operation is second-to-none as far as preparation and execution. I’ve been very fortunate to be surrounded by good people who want to see the best for me and our partners and I hope we’re able to improve on our Daytona effort and put ourselves in Victory Lane.”

2014 ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell said his team is keen to continue its relationship with Tullman and its dominance of crafting young talent into contenders and winners on the development tour.

“Max exceeded everyone’s expectations at Daytona with his performance,” added Mitchell, who serves as one of the series’ youngest team owners. “We are extremely happy to have him sign on with us for these six races.

 

“We are going to continue to build fast race cars for Max and have great performances each week.”

 

Cup Series spotter Tyler Green who assisted in propelling Mason Mitchell Motorsports to their Talladega Superspeedway ARCA victory in April 2016 and spotted for Tullman at Daytona will continue to serve in the same capacity.

 

Marketing partnerships for Tullman’s race lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Like Max Tullman on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @MaxTullman.  

 

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and race updates, follow MMM 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 Mooresville, North Carolina and owned by 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell.

 

 

Feb 12

Mason Mitchell Motorsports Experience Rollercoaster Day at Daytona, Earn Top-10 Finish with Max Tullman

Mason Mitchell Motorsports Experiences Rollercoaster Day at Daytona, Earn Top-10 Finish with Max Tullman

(Mooresville, NC)— Since Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) entered the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2014, the teams motto has always been “never give up.” The MMM team demonstrated that attitude Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire as Max Tullman fought back for a sixth-place finish to lead the charge for the championship team.

“What an up and down day,” an exhausted Tullman said after the event. “I don’t even know where to begin. We had such a strong car all weekend long and especially pacing the field. Someone checked up on that restart and we got hit from behind. We fought through adversity to fight back with a top-ten finish.”

“The MMM crew had a great plan in place when we got the damage. I can’t thank them enough for their hard work all weekend long. My goal was to complete all of the laps, earn my competitors respect and I believe we did that. Hopefully we can build on this and come back and race again in ARCA.”

Tullman who made his ARCA Racing Series debut driving the No. 78 Zoomi/Myota Chevrolet turned heads all weekend long at the “World Center of Racing.” Friday, he qualified the No. 78 in the fourth position. When the green flag dropped on the 2018 season, Tullman quickly asserted himself as a contender moving into the runner-up position on lap two. The sportscar veteran would claim the lead for the first time on lap 30. He would then reclaim the lead 33 and lead the next nine circuits. Tullman brought the No. 78 down pit-road at lap 41 and returned to the race in 17th. On the ensuing restart the field stacked up leaving nowhere for the No. 78 to go receiving front and rear damage.

Two late red flags allowed the MMM team to build a plan and continue to work on the damaged machine. Tullman, would exert patience like a veteran and was rewarded a sixth-place finish for his patience and hard work.

Quin Houff had unfinished business at DIS last weekend. Houff led 23 laps in the 2017 version of this race until a late race incident set him back in the final running order. Houff driver of the No. 98 Beatincancerwithduke.org Chevrolet qualified in the 11th position for the 80-lap event. Houff moved up four spots to seventh in the opening six laps and was content riding single file with the rest of the leaders. After a great pit-stop by the Mark Setzer led team, Houff returned to the action inside the top-five in the fourth position. Houff would push teammate Tullman into the lead but wouldn’t be able to slide in line and was stuck on the outside groove fighting for position. While racing in the sixth position, working his way back to the front of the field, Houff was pushed up the track and was swept up in a five-car incident. Houff received heavy damage to the rear of the car sending him to the garage 15 laps early. He would finish in the 32nd position.


” It was a rough way to end our day at Daytona,” a dejected Houff stated. “I learned a ton in these cars. “We kept getting stuck on the outside during restarts and had to fight very hard to get to the bottom. It felt good to be back on track just wish the evening had a better ending for us! I can’t thank everyone on this MMM team enough for their heard work this weekend. I’m looking forward to these next three races with MMM starting at Charlotte in May.”

The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Saturday night, April 7. The race will be 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

 

 

Feb 06

QUIN HOUFF RETURNS TO DAYTONA, LOOKS TO REPEAT AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE FROM ONE YEAR AGO

QUIN HOUFF RETURNS TO DAYTONA, LOOKS TO REPEAT AND IMPROVE PERFORMANCE FROM ONE YEAR AGO

MOORESVILLE, NC (Feb. 9, 2018) – Racers often go to Daytona to accomplish a lifelong dream of simply making laps on the famous high banks. A year ago, Quin Houff was that racer, but this year his perspective has changed.

It no longer is enough for Quin to make competitive laps; he wants to win.

In last year’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire, Quin worked his way forward through the race and led over a quarter of the event (23 laps) before pitting for fuel during the team’s only planned pit stop of the race. Soon after he rejoined the fight for the win, an accident ahead of him swept Quin and the No. 98 Chevrolet into the melee, ending his chance for victory.

Making his first career start in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Quin experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. That same emotional roller coaster has driven his focus for this year’s event, and climbing into the car during January’s test fanned the competitive flames of the Virginia driver.

“Last year’s event made me want to return to Daytona even more,” Houff admitted prior to the race at Daytona.  “Getting a taste of the lead last year made the itch even worse to get back and have the opportunity to close the deal. I’ve had that itch for a while, especially since the test. I think we have a very fast Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet. Mark (Setzer) and the team worked extremely hard with my teammates and I at the test, so we learned tons about the cars. Because of that, I know going back for the race we will be even better.

“My mindset may not seem much different than 2017, but this year I believe we can close the deal because I have more experience behind me from races last year,” he continued. “It's still a blessing to have another chance to run the high banks of Daytona, but I really think we can capitalize this year after having such a strong showing last time.”

The Mason Mitchell Motorsports team is bringing one of their biggest bullets for the proverbial gunfight at Daytona. Chassis No. 100 is the same machine which led the team to a restrictor plate win at Talladega in 2016 and logged the second-fastest lap in winter testing at Daytona, only 18-thousandths of a second from the top.

“We’re really pumped about Daytona this year and what could happen for our team,” said Mason Mitchell, owner of the No. 98 Chevrolet. “I see a drive in Quin to finish what he started last February, and it has been our mission over the off-season to prepare cars to assist him, and all of our drivers, in achieving that goal not only at Daytona, but also at the other events throughout the year. If everything goes according to plan, I believe we’re in a position to have that opportunity this weekend.”

Quin’s second attempt at Daytona will once again come in a Chevrolet adorned with his family’s charity campaign to benefit the Duke Cancer Institute. As a gesture of appreciation for their treatment of his mother, Quin runs the BeatinCancerWithDuke.org site on all of his cars, a campaign which his family started and one to which he donates up to half of his race winnings.

“There’s still a correlation to my minor battles on track to those who fight life or death battles with cancer on a daily basis around the country,” Quin said. “It was special to run the car with BeatinCancerWithDuke.org and the cancer ribbons last year and will be equally as special this year to represent not only those in my family, but all the others who fought or who are fighting cancer everywhere.”

For more information on Quin Houff, visit his website at www.quinhouff.com. He’s also on Facebook (/QuinHouffMotorsports), Twitter (@P1_Houff) and Instagram (@P1_Houff).

 

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