(MARNE, MI. – Aug. 10, 2013) – Mason Mitchell will start on
the pole for tonight’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Primera Plastics
200 at Berlin Raceway.
Mitchell set a track record in winning his first Menards
Pole Award presented by Ansell. He turned his qualifying lap at the .4375-mile
speedway in 16.781 seconds, or 93.963 mph.
“It is pretty cool to have your name in the record books
with the track record,” Mitchell said after the post-qualifying ceremony. “A
pole is good by itself, but a new track record is pretty special.”
Mitchell is in his second race driving for the No. 82 Happy
Cheeks Ford and the Empire Racing-Mason Mitchell Motorsports team. He starts
tonight’s Primera Plastics 200 in sixth place in the season point race.
“The crew chief is who I worked with last year (Jamie Jones),”
Mitchell said. “I love working with the team.”
Mitchell will start on the front row with Venturini
Motorsports driver Erik Jones, in the No. 15 Stock Car Steel-ISC Racers Tape
Toyota. Jones, 17, made his qualifying lap in 16.828 seconds. He had the
fastest car in the second of two practice sessions.
Rounding out the top five are Mason Mingus in the No. 32
Call Before You Dig Toyota, Justin Boston in the ZLOOP Computer & Recycling
Toyota and Frank Kimmel in the Ansell Menards No. 44 Toyota.
A pre-race autograph session will take place from 6 to 6:45
pm. The Primera Plastics 200 will start at 8:30 p.m. with live timing and
scoring available on arcaracing.com, which is also broadcasting the live audio
through the ARCA Racing Network and announcers Charley Krall and Tim Clagg.
Kimmel has set aim for his 80th all-time ARCA victory. He
has won 79 ARCA races on 29 different tracks and is the only driver in tonight’s
field to have won at Berlin Raceway. He’s done it three times.
Mingus, who is leading the SCOTT Rookie Challenge point
standings, is also second behind Kimmel in the driver standings.
Other top 10 drivers in the field are Clint King in the
Speedrack-Nashville Wire Venturini Motorsports No. 55, Austin Wayne Self in the
Cunningham Motorsports Dodge No. 22 in seventh, Michael Lira making his series
debut in the Gary Yeomans No. 69 Ford and the eighth starting spot, Tom Hessert
in the No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Doge ninth and Kelly Kovski in the Hoosier
Tire Midwest-Allgaier Motorsports Dodge in 10th.
Self is making his fourth ARCA start and has finishes of second,
sixth and 10th on his resume.
The Roulo Brothers Racing Ford won the last ARCA race at
Berlin with Chris Buescher on the wheel. Josh Williams will start in the No. 99
Allegiant Travel Ford tonight and Brad Smith in the other Roulo Brothers Racing
Mitchell said his team made some adjustments and is geared
up for the race.
“We were pretty solid in practice, but we kept making
changes on the car. It worked out really good.
“Berlin is one of my favorite tracks,” he continued. “It
takes a lot of rhythm and patience to get around the place fast. I
finished fifth last year, I’m hoping to better that effort this weekend in the
Happy Cheeks Ford Fusion.”
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