STATESVILLE, N.C. – Mason Mitchell Motorsports announced Wednesday that 17-year-old Blaine Perkins will run a five-race schedule with the team in the ARCA Racing Series next season.
Last month, Perkins made his ARCA Racing Series debut at Kentucky Speedway with the championship-winning organization, earning a ninth-place finish after running as high as second in his debut during the race.
Perkins will make his 2018 debut at the Talladega Superspeedway. He will also race at Pocono Raceway in June, as well as at Michigan Int’l Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Iowa Speedway.
First however, Perkins will participate in the ARCA composite body test on Nov. 7-8 at Talladega.
“I am very excited to add five more races with MMM in 2018,” Perkins said. “We liked what we saw at Kentucky and I believe that this will be an amazing opportunity to run some of the bigger tracks that NASCAR races at.”
Mason Mitchell Motorsports completed their fourth season in ARCA this year, earning a win at Pocono Raceway with Justin Haley.
“I’m excited to finally announce our plans with Blaine,” said team owner Mason Mitchell. “Blaine and I have known each other for a few years and have always wanted to work together. After we worked together at Kentucky, it was a no-brainer that we wanted to have him be part of MMM in 2018.”
Perkins gained valuable seat time in his debut, spending the majority of the evening racing among the leaders and gaining experience with the best in the ARCA Racing Series.
“Kentucky was a great learning experience and a great way to get to know the series, drivers and cars. I was able to learn how drafting works and began to understand how the aerodynamics work at a speedway.”
What has Perkins perhaps the most excited is that he will have a chance to run in the draft for the first time at Talladega.
“The Talladega test will be a great opportunity for me to learn how the cars handle on a superspeedway,” cited Perkins. “I believe the biggest differences, will be the drafting and banking. I have never been on a track more banked than Kentucky, and have never experienced the drafting that comes along with restrictor plate racing. We selected tracks to race at next year by wanting to get more of the bigger track experience.”
“I’m looking forward to all the races next year, but Talladega is definitely one I will have highlighted on my calendar. I have grown up watching NASCAR and have been to Talladega before to watch, and to imagine I will be racing there is a dream come true.”
Before the test at Talladega, Perkins will race with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Kern County Raceway Park on Nov. 4. He finished eighth earlier this year at Kern in the second race of the season, and currently sits ninth in K&N West points heading into the final race of the year.
In the last two seasons, Perkins has made 26 K&N West starts, earning one top-five and 14 top-ten finishes. His best finish came in his rookie season, when he finished fifth at Colorado National Speedway as a 16-year-old.
CREDIT: Mason Mitchell Motorsports