AUDIO/FEATURE: Mason Mitchell on Verge of First Championship

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Story by Associate Editor Kyle Magda for Race Chaser Online — Gregg Ellman/HHP photo — As soon as the green flag drops on tonight’s Kansas ARCA 98.9, Mason Mitchell will clinch the ARCA championship.

The driver/owner has had continued consistency in the 2014 ARCA season and got to breathe a little easier after the ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway two weeks ago.  Mitchell finished third in the race, while closest points competitor Grant Enfinger suffered a blown engine and relegated to a 30th-place finish.

“We had a pretty big break there to help us out big-time,” Mitchell said of Kentucky.  “It was unfortunate they had issues because it’d have been nice to battle each lap at Kansas, but I’m not complaining how it is right now.  It’s a lot less stressful.”

The Iowa driver enters Kansas with a 200-point lead over Enfinger and with only 34 cars entered in Friday’s night race, all Mitchell has to do is start the race to clinch.  The two drivers were neck-and-neck for the championship battle in 2014 by swapping the points lead back and forth several times throughout the season.  Enfinger’s season started off with three straight victories, but Mitchell continued with finishing in the top five and top-10 every week and having a streak of 20 consecutive top-10 finishes from Pocono in August 2013 to Chicagoland in July, also the site of  his first career win. Although Mitchell only has one win on the season, he would trade in wins for a championship.

“I’d rather win 10 championships and have zero wins than have a bunch of wins and no championships,” Mitchell said of the situation.  “I feel like we could of had some more wins, but everything happens for a reason.  We were thinking big picture all along.”

The No. 98 team came close to victory lane in first 10 races with four runner-up finishes at Toledo, Pocono in June, Michigan and Winchester.  The 11th race of the season at Chicagoland, Mitchell got to finally taste victory.  He passed Justin Boston with six laps to go to secure the win.

“It was so special to me, so special to the family, everybody on this team,” Mitchell said.  “It was an awesome moment in my lifetime.”

Mitchell formed his own team for the 2014 ARCA season and the on-track success has come along with it.  Off the track, many hours are put into the effort at the race shop to prepare the No. 98 car for every race and put the team in the spot to win the championship in Mitchell’s second full ARCA season.

“Everybody on this Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) team, from everyone that’s involved in the shop to the over-the-wall crew, they put in so many hours and sometimes work into the night just to make it happen,” he said.  “I appreciate them for doing that and especially their families, for allowing them to do this and travel.  I know it can be hard at times for them, but this is what we work so hard for – the championship.”

The MMM team will return to the ARCA circuit in 2015, but Mitchell will not be the driver.  He said he’s looking for an opportunity in either the NASCAR Xfinity Series or Camping World Truck Series next season. 

Mitchell finished second in last year’s ARCA race at Kansas and will try to make it one spot better in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 98.9 in order to take two trophies home at night’s end.

“That’s the goal,” Mitchell said enthusiastically. “The pressure’s off now — we can focus on getting that second win.”

 

Listen in to Mason’s complete interview from last night’s Stock Car Steel/SRI Motorsports Show below:

 

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