MDM Motorsports ARCA Series racers Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy took on the one-mile Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt track for Sunday’s running of the Allen Crowe 100, and Creed walked off with a second-place finish despite not even arriving at the track until about five minutes prior to practice on Saturday. Smith and Purdy both fell victim to mechanical issues.
Creed missed his connecting flight from Dallas and had to drive through the night to make it to the track, arriving five minutes prior to practice on Saturday. He qualified fifth for Sunday’s race driving his United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and charged to the lead in just 14 laps. He briefly lost the lead after the first round of pit stops, was back out front just after lap 50 and then lost it for good when he made his final stop with 36 laps left in the event.
Creed managed to work his way to back up to second behind winner Christian Eckes. He managed a smile even after his long weekend. “That was fun,” the series championship standings leader said. “The guys gave me another really fast car. I thought we had the best car today. I didn’t think the air would be as big of a factor as it was. It was another solid points day and we’ll look for more of the same next week at Berlin.”
Smith came in with four wins in the La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41 team led by crew chief Mardy Lindley. He qualified second for Sunday’s battle. He led the first 11 circuits before overheating issues eventually ended his day.
As with Creed, Smith had a smile despite his bad fortune. “This was the most fun I’ve had all year driving a race car,” he grinned. “We had a fast car from the time we unloaded here. We really qualified well, we led some laps. The motor just wouldn’t cool off. It’s just one of those things, you know? We’ll keep our focus and get after win number five at Berlin.”
Purdy hadn’t raced on dirt since his earliest days in the sport, so he wasn’t sure what to expect from Sunday’s race with his Bama Buggies / Polaris Toyota No. 8. He was just determined to enjoy it and learn as much as he could.
The series rookie qualified third and ran second behind teammate Creed early in the event. He was battling with dirt track regular Logan Seavey when his oil line failed and cut his race short with just 26 laps complete.
“There are some days when I’d rather be lucky than good,” Purdy stated after the race. “We’ve been really good on most days at the track this year, but we’ve just had no luck. We’ll keep our heads high and keep marching. We have five good chances left to get wins and we’re going to work as hard as we can to make the most of all of them.”
The next race for the MDM Motorsports ARCA lineup will be the rescheduled Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Speedway in Berlin, Michigan. Green flag is set for at 8:30 pm Eastern time this Saturday, August 25.
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