MDM Motorsports ARCA Series racers Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith and Chase Purdy headed for Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan over the weekend to compete in the rescheduled Primera Plastics 200. Zane Smith finished second, Sheldon Creed was sixth at the checkers and Chase Purdy wound up eighth.
Smith was racing for the win with his La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota No. 41 on the final lap in “overtime” coming to the checkered flag when eventual winner Joe Graf, Jr. forced his way underneath Smith and pushed him up the track, slowing his momentum. Smith wound up second but wasn’t pleased with the way he was raced.
“(Graf) did what he did,” said the frustrated driver. “There's no taking it back now. I'm not happy about it and I know my guys aren't either. It just feels like we got robbed of one, but what goes around comes around. We'll get back after it on the dirt at DuQuoin.”
Creed started second with his United Rentals, A.M. Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 and took the lead on lap 8, holding on to it until lap 77. After the first yellow flag, he pitted for tires and fell back to sixth, rebounding to second for a while until the handling on his machine went away late in the event and he faded, holding onto a sixth-place finish. He leads Smith in the series championship standings by 220 points going into Monday’s race at DuQuoin.
“I thought we had a good car especially early on,” Creed said. “Even after the second stop, I thought we were still in good shape. We just got really tight at the end of the race. We salvaged a sixth. We'll take that and move on to DuQuoin.”
Purdy started eighth in his Bama Buggies / Polaris Toyota No. 8. He took his time early in the race, managing his equipment, but by lap 95 he was up to fourth. He made it to third briefly before being spun out with 25 laps to go. He never quit racing hard and ended up eighth.
“Man, we just can't catch a break,” Purdy said, shaking his head. “We were rolling by the No.15 and got doored, bending something in the right front. That was it for us. The good news is we had a great car on the last dirt track, so we should have another great shot at it this weekend in DuQuoin!”
The next race for the MDM Motorsports ARCA lineup will be the General Tire Grabber 100 on Labor Day Monday at the DuQuoin Fairgrounds dirt track in DuQuoin, Illinois. The green flag is set for at 2 pm CDT. The race will be televised live on MAVtv.
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