MDM Motorsports ARCA racers Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy will be joined by the most recent Pocono Raceway ARCA race winner Harrison Burton when the series returns to the “Tricky Triangle” for Friday’s Mod Space 150.
Burton drove a smooth race to pick up the win at Pocono last month in his first ever Superspeedway start. Creed and Smith will each be in search of their fourth win of the year. Purdy will be chasing his first series win.
For second-generation racer Burton, who will be driving the Dex, Safelite, Mobile 1 Toyota No. 12, Friday’s race is a return to a track many drivers struggle at due to its’ odd shape and challenging corners. It’s a return the fun-loving young talent is most looking forward to.
“I’ve been excited to come back since we left here in June,” he smiled. “It’s not very often you have the chance to sweep somewhere at this level. We have the team to do it with, so we’re all in on it!”
Creed has been the hot hand in the middle part of the season, winning three times with his United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz. The larger tracks are where his team shines brightest, so he’s looking forward to the weekend.
“It sucked to get rained out at Berlin last week,” the former X-Games Gold Medalist said. “But we thrive on the big speedways so I’m glad to be going back (to Pocono). We finished second in the spring race, so we should be really strong again this weekend.”
Smith has a pair of short-track wins this year with his La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41 team led by crew chief Mardy Lindley, but he’s also been fast on the Superspeedways as evidenced by his Talladega win.
“I really want this one,” Smith stated. “This track is one of my favorites on the schedule. We were fast last month, especially toward the end of the race. We haven’t won in a little while, so Pocono would be a perfect place for us to get back on track…no pun intended.”
Purdy has been knocking on victory’s door the past few races in his Bama Buggies, Polaris Toyota No.8. He has gained a great deal of confidence in his rookie season in the series and feels like this weekend may be his time.
“We were very strong here in the first race this season. I made a mistake late in that race that cost us a little bit. I really believe we can win this one. We’ve been so close so often this season. It’s time to make it happen!”
The Mod Space 150 is scheduled to take the green at 4 pm Eastern time this Friday, July 25. The race will be televised on FS1.
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