Mason Mitchell Motorsports Cars Enjoy Success at Daytona
(DAYTONA BEACH, FLA, February 15, 2014--) For the first time in their ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards career Mason Mitchell Motorsports fielded two cars in Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. 2014 ARCA champion Mason Mitchell drove the No. 78 MMM Ford and 2014 Scott Rookie of The Year Austin Wayne Self piloting the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion.
Both Self and Mitchell started outside the top-20 but quickly moved into the top-10. Self made his way into the top-10 right around the hallway point of the event running as high as sixth. The second year driver got stuck on the outside line in the closing stage with no help and had to settle for a 15th place finish. Mitchell, the reigning ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion put himself in a position to win in the closing laps running as high as third before finishing the 80 lap event in the sixth position.
“That was the most fun I’ve had in a racecar” Self stated after the finish. “We knew we would be good during the race and both cars ran up front for the majority of the race. We got caught on the outside line with no help with a few laps left and just ran out of time. We’re running for the championship so to come out of Daytona with the car in one piece is important. I can’t thank my crew chief Ryan “Pickle” London, AM Technical Solutions, Mason Mitchell and everyone on this team for all of the hard work. I am ready for Mobile in March.”
“We wanted to win bad” Mitchell said after the 80 lap event. “We put ourselves in a good position running 3rd with three laps left, but unfortunately we didn’t have enough help behind us and had to settle for sixth. This was our first time fielding two cars for MMM and I couldn’t be more proud of all of the guys who work on this team. Both cars came home with solid finishes and no damage which is the most important thing.”
Self qualified the No. 98 in the 27th position in qualifying Friday afternoon. When the green flag waved Self quickly moved inside the top-20 driving patiently. Self brought the No. 98 down pit-road under caution at lap 35 to the attention of Veteran crew chief “Pickle” opting fuel only. The No. 98 crew sent Self back on track in the 23rd position. The second year driver methodically and patiently worked his way inside the top-10 at lap 54. The 18-year old continued his late race surge running as high as sixth before getting caught on the outside line with no drafting help. Self would come home a respectable 15th in his first race at the famed speedway.
Mitchell qualified the No. 78 in the 23rd position Friday afternoon. The Iowa native began moving forward and positioned himself inside the top-20 for the early run. Mitchell stopped for fuel only under a lap 35 caution and found himself in the 8th position for the impending restart. The defending ARCA champion continued to move through the field entering the top-5 shortly after halfway. As the laps wound down, Mitchell found himself in the third position. Unfortunately, the third year driver had no help lined up behind him and crossed the finish line in the sixth position.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway on March 14th. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activity from Mobile.
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Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship ARCA team/ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series development team based out of Mooresville, North Carolina.