STATESVILLE, N.C. — 17-year-old Blaine Perkins will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut this Friday, driving for Mason Mitchell Motorsports under the lights at Kentucky Speedway.
Perkins, who is currently in his second season racing with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, will drive the Vision Wheels/Four Star Fruit No. 78 Chevrolet for MMM. The team will participate in Tuesday’s open test session at the 1.5-mile track, in preparation for the Crosley Brands 150.
“Making my debut in the ARCA Series this week means a lot because it is also my first start on a track over a mile,” Perkins said. “The biggest challenges will come with learning the track and getting used to the radial tires used in ARCA. The test on Tuesday is going to be very important for me as a driver. Every lap I will be learning. It is an honor to run for such a successful team like Mason Mitchell Motorsports. They are an elite team and I am looking forward to having a great run on Friday.”
In the last two seasons, Perkins has made 26 K&N West starts, scoring one top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. His best finish came in his rookie season, when he finished fifth at Colorado National Speedway.
The Bakersfield, California native began racing with the SRL Legends Tour in 2012. During his first full-time season in 2013, he earned three-top five finishes and finished as the runner-up in championship points. From there, he made several starts with the SRL Southwest Tour, as well as in the Lucas Oil Modifieds.
In 2016, he made the jump up to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, earning one top-five and 10 top-10 finishes en route to finishing 10th in points.
CREDIT: Mason Mitchell Motorsports