MDM Motorsports sent four racers to the ARCA Racing Series Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic last weekend at Salem Speedway in Salem, Indiana. Three of them wound up in the top six with Sheldon Creed increasing his points lead going into the final two series races.
Chase Purdy led the group with a third-place finish. Purdy’s scheme on his Bama Buggies / Polaris Toyota No. 8. Purdy was running a throwback paint scheme to specifically honor his crew chief Mark McFarland’s 2006 NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Navy paint scheme that Mark drove when he was racing for JR. Motorsports.
He started from the ninth position, running a cautious race in the opening 60 laps. After a pit stop, he charged to third and raced between third and fifth the rest of the way, eventually crossing the line with a solid third place run.
“It definitely was a solid day for us,” Purdy noted after the race. “It feels good to get back to running well and finishing races as the season comes to a close. A podium finish is nice, but we want a win before the end of the year, and we have two strong chances left to do it.”
Creed had a busy week, racing in and winning Thursday night’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series West debut on the dirt at the Las Vegas Bullring, then running the ARCA race on Saturday.
On Saturday night in the Salem ARCA main, Creed started fifth in his United Rentals, A.M Ortega, RTL Toyota No. 28 led by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz. He was driving a throwback replica of Cale Yarborough’s Hardees Ranier Racing NASCAR Cup Series car, with the added bonus of actually being sponsored by Hardees for the race.
Creed raced inside the top five throughout the event, running as high as second, until a poor pit stop dropped him back into the field. He kept fighting, climbing back to third with 60 laps to go before finally finishing fourth.
“I felt like we were a lot better this time than in the spring,” the former X-Games Gold Medallist said. “We had a lot of fire-off speed but it seemed that it just wouldn’t stay with us as it did with (winner Chandler Smith). All in all, it was a strong day for us in the points and we gave the Hardees 28 a strong run. We’ll get ready for the rescheduled race at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in October.”
Burton, the son of NASCAR legend Jeff Burton, was paying tribute to his father by running his early late model livery on the Dex Imaging, Safelite, Mobil 1 No. 12 at Salem.
He started sixth and jumped to fourth in the opening laps but that was the peak of his day. He began to fall back, dropping as far back as 11th before finally finding the handle on the car and making his way back into the top five in the closing laps. Unfortunately, he got put in the wall passing for fourth and fell to sixth at the finish.
“It was a struggle, for the most part, today,” Harrison said. “I thought we were pretty good in practice, but it just didn’t translate. The guys never quit, and we were in position to salvage a top five before I got put in the wall. It was really cool to run Dad’s livery on the car and I can’t thank my guys enough for as hard as they worked to get us going as well as we were at the end.”
Smith set fast time in the No. 41 La Paz Margarita Mix, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Vegas Motorsports Toyota team led by crew chief Mardy Lindley, so he started from the first position for the main event. He raced inside the top three most of the night until contact with the No. 55 of Michael Self knocked the radiator out of the car and put him behind the wall and out of the event. He finished 17th.
“Mardy and the guys brought a really fast car to the track,” Smith noted. “We finally got a pole this year. We weren’t as good as the 20 (winner Chandler Smith) but we were definitely a top three car. We go to the track to win races so we’ll do our best to get that done at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in a few weeks.”
The next race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Brownsburg, Indiana on Saturday, October 6th.
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