April 30, 2014 — team release — Mike Kittrell photo — MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Patience will be the name of the game for Mason Mitchell this weekend as the ARCA Racing Series heads to the biggest track on the circuit, Talladega Superspeedway.
Mitchell continued his impressive top 10 streak last week by finishing seventh in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway. Mitchell’s top 10 streak is now up to a career high 12 after the Salem effort. During the impressive streak, the Iowa native has captured two pole positions five top-fives, and back to back runner-up finishes at Kentucky and Kansas.
“To be honest, I beat myself up over the finish last weekend. You know you’re doing something right when you finish seventh and hate it,” Mitchell expressed.
Moving to Talladega, Mitchell has one previous start at the 2.66-mile behemoth, starting sixth and finishing 25th in 2013. Mitchell ran as high as third and was running within the top five when disaster struck on lap 34 ending Mitchell’s afternoon.
“Practice is going to be key at Talladega this weekend especially with the new group qualifying. Being a single car team we need to find someone to work with before practice starts to ensure we end up in a fast group for qualifying.”
“Talladega is quite difficult mentally with the cars running so close one mistake and an accident happens. By the end of 76 laps you’re worn out. The big one can happen anywhere. Last year I was in the top-five and still got caught up in the accident. The easiest way to miss it is being out in front. ”
Mitchell will pilot chassis No. 994 this weekend, which made its on-track debut at Daytona in February. Mitchell qualified in the sixth position and finished seventh.
Mitchell will sign autographs Friday at the Ford Racing display located on the midway Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. CT. Mitchell will also attend the Alabama Institute of the Deaf and Blind’s Race Fever at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame on Friday, May 2. At 5:30 p.m., Mitchell will do an on-stage interview with MRN’s Steve Post, and then will sign autographs for the children of the institute, as well as fans. A silent auction will also take place during the annual event.
Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring all weekend long. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 live starting at 11:00 a.m. ET Saturday morning.
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