Harrison Burton, 17, turned his first superspeedway start into his first superspeedway victory, leading an all-MDM Motorsports podium finish at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania Friday in the General Tire
#AnywhereIsPossible 200 for the ARCA Racing Series.
Teammates Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith finished second and third behind Burton, while Chase Purdy finished ninth in a stellar day for the whole MDM Motorsports organization.
Huntersville, North Carolina’s Burton drove a smooth and steady race with the Dex Images, Safelite, Mobil 1 Toyota No. 12, qualifying 12th fastest and methodically working his way forward until he had the lead for the first time on lap 54. He led twice during the race, taking the top spot back on a lap 72 restart and speeding off to an eye-opening win.
“I’m speechless right now,” the humble winner said with a smile in victory lane. “This one’s for John Andretti. He’s a very close family friend and he’s going through a tough time right now. We’re all praying for him. We came here to win. I have an amazing team behind me. Shane (Huffman) and the guys always put a winning car on the track. I remember playing on the playground here. I dreamed of racing here. Now I’ve won here. I don’t know what to say except to thank everyone who has helped me to get to this day!”
Creed started second and led three times for a total of five laps. He got caught a lap down under a caution after pit stops, took the wave around and restarted 14th. He charged his way back to take the lead with 12 laps left before eventually finishing second in his United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz.
“I cannot say enough about my team,” Creed said after the race. “We are so consistent. That’s all you can really ask for. We want to win very badly. All of us do. We just have to keep putting ourselves in position for it. I know that win is coming soon. We’ll go to Michigan and give it everything we’ve got.
Smith, 18, was rock solid once again in his La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41, finishing third to complete the MDM Motorsports podium sweep. The California native was smiling after the race knowing he was able to hang on to a slim ten-point margin over Creed in the series championship standings.
“It was a positive day overall,” he nodded. “The restarts are tough here. We got shuffled back late in the race, but Mardy (Lindley – crew chief) and the team had the car working so well that after a few laps we were able to make it back to third and save the points lead. It’s awesome to have a one-two- three finish for MDM Motorsports.”
Purdy had a challenging day in his Bama Buggies, Polaris Toyota No. 8. He qualified ninth and worked his way to sixth before the car fell off the jack on pit road. He restarted outside the top fifteen and poked a hole in his car’s nose racing slower cars in traffic. Despite the challenges, he had worked his way back to fifth before getting loose while trying to pass a car and ended up finishing ninth.
“We fought a lot of factors and things out of our control in this race,” the incoming University of Alabama freshman said. “I’m really proud of our team for their constant effort. I made a mental mistake at the end that took us out of the top five. We just keep learning and keep getting better. I’m looking forward to going to Michigan this week!”
Smith, Creed and Purdy will head to Michigan International Raceway for this Friday’s Zomongo 200, joined once again by Joe Gibbs Racing XFINITY Series racer Brandon Jones, who steps in for Burton once again in the No. 12 which he took to victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway two weeks ago.
The race is scheduled to start at 5:30pm Eastern time this Friday, June 8.
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