ARCA Racing Series points leader Sheldon Creed leads MDM Motorsports on a Midwest mission this weekend, as teammates Zane Smith and Chase Purdy join him in a quest to sweep the podium in the Herr’s Potato Chip 200 at Madison International Raceway in Wisconsin this Friday night June 15.
Creed’s United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz soared back to the top of the series championship standings after they sent the “monkey on their back” packing with a statement victory last weekend at Michigan.
Allowing themselves just a little time to celebrate before getting back to preparing for this weekend’s short track battle, Creed said there are no misunderstandings about the focus going forward.
“It was awesome to finally get the first win and to be able to check that off the list. Now the goal is to go back to back this weekend. Our short track game has been the place where we need to improve the most, not because we haven’t had speed but because Zane has been just a little bit better. It should be a fun race.”
Smith nearly pulled off the win at Madison last season, and he has been to victory lane three times so far this year. His La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41 led by crew chief Mardy Lindley has been stout on short tracks, and Zane has set some lofty goals for himself and the team this weekend.
“I’m going for broke this weekend,” Smith said with a grin. “I want to lead practice, win the pole and win the race. We came so close last year, and with the way we’ve been running this year I’m confident that we can get it done this weekend. It’s awesome to be a part of a team where you just know when you get to the track that you are going to have a car to win. I’m definitely ready to go to Madison!”
Purdy and his team have had a year of overcoming challenges, but the Alabama native is determined to take his Bama Buggies, Polaris Toyota No. 8 to victory lane this weekend at Madison, especially after seeing teammate Creed get his first win last weekend.
“I feel good going into Madison,” he nodded. “Short tracks have been a real strong point for us this year, and my experience in late models running at a lot of different short tracks makes me confident that this could be the week we get to enjoy our first win like Sheldon did last week. I am learning more and more each race, and I have a team that just never quits no matter what gets thrown at us.”
The Herr's Potato Chip 200 is scheduled to get underway at 8 pm Central time this Friday evening, June 15. The race will be televised on MAVtv.
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