MDM Motorsports ARCA teams finish second, third and fourth in the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Madison International Speedway in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday night as Zane Smith, Sheldon Creed and Chase Purdy all had strong runs, with Creed maintaining a 55-point advantage over Smith in the series’ championship standings as well.
Smith came into this race knowing he could run for the win since he had nearly pulled off the victory last season. His La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41 led by crew chief Mardy Lindley qualified seventh, and he was inside the top five in just two laps.
He continued to pass his way forward until he took the lead for the first time on lap 43. He led for several circuits before losing his advantage but regained it for several more laps on lap 113.
Ultimately, he had to settle for second as the No. 15 of Chandler Smith had the better car on the day.
“Second is good, but it sucks to finish second here two years in a row,” Smith said after the race. “We didn’t have anything for Chandler tonight, but we capitalized where we could. We led a bunch of laps and finished second. We’ll take it and move on to Gateway.”
Creed’s United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz qualified 12th. As always, the points leader drove a steady race to the front and had his car in a podium finishing position when the 200-lap grind was over.
“I’m happy with tonight’s result considering where we were at the start of the day. Jeff made some excellent calls on the setup both after practice and in the race to put us in position at the end. It was a strong day for MDM Motorsports as a company and that’s always good. We’ll roll on.”
Purdy and his team were very pleased with their first top-five finish in a while with the Bama Buggies, Polaris Toyota No. 8 after starting in the eighth position. He was smiling after the checkered flag fell.
“My MDM guys gave me another fast car,” he said with a grin. “I really thought we were more like a
top two car at the end of the race. I don’t think we had anything for the 15 but we were gaining. Today was a strong points day and it feels great to finish as well as we did. We’ll look for the same or better at Gateway.”
The next race for the team is indeed at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois this Friday night, June 22. The PapaNicholas Coffee 150 is scheduled to get the green flag at 8 pm central time and will be televised on Fox Sports 2.
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