DM Motorsports ARCA Racing Series driver Sheldon Creed put one hand on the 2018 series championship trophy by finishing second over the weekend in the Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. His runner-up finished iced the Sioux Chief Short Track challenge for the former X-Games Gold Medalist, and once he starts the finale at Kansas Speedway next weekend he’ll wrap up the series title as well.
Chase Purdy finished fourth with his Bama Buggies/Polaris Toyota No.8. Sam Mayer charged from the back of the field to finish seventh in the QPS Employment Toyota No. 40. Harrison Burton was involved in a crash and finished 21st in the Morton Buildings, Dex Imaging Toyota No. 12.
Creed started third in the United Rentals, Hardees, A.M Ortega No. 28, and ran in the top five most of the night. He fought a tight condition, making his car hard to turn throughout the race, but he was able to overcome the obstacle and come home second.
“It sucks not to be in victory lane after having such a good car all day,” Creed said after the race. “But the main thing is that we put ourselves in position to wind up with another strong top three finish and that’s what has put us in the points lead so we’re pumped to go to Kansas and run for the win and the championship there.”
Purdy was the most consistent overall on the day of the MDM brigade, starting and finishing fourth. He raced with the leaders all day, and actually was first off pit road after the final stop. He ran strong in the final segment and wound up with another solid top-five finish.
“I feel like a broken record this year,” he chuckled. “I say the same thing after almost every race. We’ve had good cars all year and had another one tonight. I really want to say thank you to the guys and to everyone who supports our effort. We have one more shot to get a win this year and I’m ready to go get it done at Kansas.”
Mayer, a 15-year-old Midwest second-generation driver who has turned heads in multiple divisions this season, did so again at LOR. A starter failed in qualifying, so he had to go to the back of the field and start 24th in the feature. As in the K&N Pro Series East finale at Dover earlier in the day, he didn’t stay in the back long.
He immediately began picking off cars, running as high as sixth place during the event. He settled for a seventh at the checkers, but that was hardly indicative of the performance he put on.
“I think we were better than a seventh-place car,” he confirmed. “But for two races in one day, we’ll take it. It was a ton of fun driving from the back of the field. I’ve learned so much from my time with MDM Motorsports and I look forward to what’s coming for us in the future.
Burton, the son of NASCAR legend Jeff Burton, also did double duty by running the K&N Pro race and the ARCA race on the same day. Starting ninth, he was working his way to the front in the opening portion of the race when he made contact with another car and spun, then was hit by another car. The team was able to get him back on the track but he was forced to pull off early and finished 21st.
“Today was like a smaller scale of running the Indy 500 and the Coke 600 on the same day.” Burton grinned. “Going from Dover to Indy was quite an experience. I feel like we had a shot at both but it just didn’t work out for us. I’m very excited to run my first race on a mile-and-a-half track at Kansas, though!”
The Kansas ARCA 150 will close the 2018 ARCA Racing Series season next Friday, October 19, at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. The race will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 at 9:30 pm Central Time.
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