MDM Motorsports Drivers Fourth, Fifth, Sixth at Dover K&N Pro Series East Finale
MDM Motorsports sent three drivers to compete in last weekend’s Crosley Brands 125 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season finale at Dover International Raceway in Dover, Delaware. Sam Mayer, Harrison Burton, and Anthony Alfredo left the track they call the “Monster Mile” with fourth, fifth and sixth place finishes, respectively.
Mayer, the 15-year-old Midwest second-generation speedster, wound up with the best finish of the power trio.
He started twelfth with his Menards Toyota No. 41, but he didn’t stay there long. He charged through the field to fifth at the end of the first stage and by the end of stage two was on the back bumper of Brandon McReynolds, racing for second. He raced inside the top five the entire race and wound up finishing fourth.
“This place was awesome,” Mayer smiled. “Mardy and the guys gave me a great car. We were fast off the truck, which made it easier for me to focus on learning all weekend long. That was a lot of fun.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to come here and race.”
Mayer’s racing weekend didn’t end there. He hopped about Dale Earnhardt, Jr.’s plane to travel from Dover to Indianapolis, where he finished seventh in the ARCA Racing Series event later in the day.
Burton was back to defend his 2017 win at Dover behind the wheel of the Ruud, Dex Images, Mobile 1 No. 12 Toyota. He qualified fastest but during his run the car’s engine overheated and the team needed to put water back in the radiator, which is considered an unapproved adjustment by NASCAR. That meant the 2017 series champion had to start at the rear of the field.
Much like Mayer, Burton began surging toward the front of the field early, climbing to seventh by the end of the first stage. The car’s handling went away in stage two, but he still managed to pass his way to fourth place before losing a spot on a restart and ending the day in fifth.
“I’m bummed we didn’t get it done today,” The easygoing driver said. “Mainly because we had to start from the back after winning the pole. We never got all that track position back and that was obviously key. We weren’t great, but the guys worked awfully hard and gave us a shot at it. It wasn’t
our best day, but we gave it all we had.”
Alfredo was behind the wheel of the Ceco Building Systems, Oxford Energy, JDRF Toyota No. 40. He started second right next to his teammate Burton. He slipped on the initial start and slid back a bit early on the event. Always cool under pressure, the UNC-Charlotte student methodically worked his way to fourth at the end of stage one. The car’s handling deteriorated slightly through the last two stages, but Alfredo stayed with it and finished the race in sixth.
“This was one of the best cars we’ve had all year,” he said after the race. “It was just so hard to move forward other than on restarts. We fought aero tight there later in the race. I’ve learned a lot, made a ton of gains throughout the season and we got a win and a pole in our rookie year. It’s been a great year and I cannot thank everyone at MDM Motorsports and all our partners for their efforts all year. I’m excited to be going to Kansas next weekend to race the ARCA car. That will be my first start on a 1.5-mile track, so I’m looking forward to continuing my learning process and hopefully we’ll have a strong run there.”
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