MDM Motorsports entered five ARCA Racing Series teams for the Fans With Benefits 150 this past Saturday at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, and left the track with five top ten finishes including Sheldon Creed’s third win of the season and first- time ARCA entrant Sam Mayer finishing tenth.
Creed now leads teammate Zane Smith by 200 points in the series overall championship standings, while Smith leads teammate Chase Purdy by 75 points in the Sioux Chief short track challenge standings after last weekend’s event.
When the green flag dropped it was Creed starting on the pole for the third time this year with his United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz. He raced inside the top three all night long, and led the most laps, taking charge for the final time with 30 laps to go and holding off a late charge from Chandler Smith to capture his third victory of the season.
“This was for sure the hardest fought win I’ve ever had,” the victor said with a big smile. “We weren’t that good in practice and Jeff wholesaled the car and really brought it to life. This group is so strong and I’m extremely fortunate to be the one to race for them.”
Purdy began the 150-lap feature event from the fourth starting position. He fell back in the opening laps but was able to rebound and ended up racing in the top five most of the night. The future University of Alabama student took the third position with 15 laps left in the race but ran out of time to chase down the two leaders.
“It’s a positive to be disappointed about finishing third,” commented Purdy after the race. “Because that means you thought you could have done better. Our car was better on long runs. The short runs weren’t in our favor tonight. I want to win badly because these guys deserve that. All we can really do is keep putting ourselves in position to win and they will start to come.”
Smith qualified fifth fastest and he also ran top five all night long, even leading for a bit with the La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41 team led by crew chief Mardy Lindley. Smith eventually finished fourth.
“After practice I thought we were in decent shape. I felt like we would have a shot at it. We were just too tight the last run. It’s good to be running up front, but I want to be able to finish it off and get some more wins.”
Burton drove the Morton Buildings, Dex Imaging, Mobile 1 No. 12 Toyota. A model of consistency, the second-generation driver started sixth and finished sixth. He got as high as second early in the race, but the team just struggled with the car’s handling throughout the event.
“It was a frustrating day for us,” the affable racer confirmed. “We just could never get the car exactly where we need it to be to race with our teammates. We’ll go back home, look at everything and come back stronger for the next one.”
Mayer was competing in the ARCA Series for the very first time, and the 15-year-old turned many heads with his performance in the QPS Employment Group No. 40 Toyota. He qualified tenth, ran just outside the top five for most of the race and survived being run into on a restart and a late-race scrape of the wall to finish tenth.
“That was a lot of fun,” Mayer said “I really like driving these cars. Robert Huffman and the team gave me a fast car. I think it was a top-five car, but we just could never quite get there. I made a mistake late in the race that hurt us but overall I’m really happy with how things went for it being my first race.”
The next race for the ARCA Racing Series is the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 150 at Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota this Saturday, July 14th. The event is scheduled to take the green at 9 pm Central time and will be televised live on MAVtv Motorsports Network.
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