MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Chase Purdy may still be two weeks away from his 18th birthday, but the current NASCAR Next member received an early birthday gift on Thursday and will celebrate in style leading into the life milestone.
Purdy announced that he has signed a deal with MDM Motorsports to pursue the ARCA Racing Series championship next season, beginning his tenure behind the wheel for the team with next month’s ARCA-sanctioned test at Talladega Superspeedway, Nov. 7-8.
After claiming four consecutive poles and five runner-up finishes, en route to a fourth-place finish in points this season in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Purdy will once again be paired with veteran crew chief Charles “Cully” Barraclough and will have continued sponsorship support from Bama Buggies and Textron Off Road as he transitions to full-time ARCA Racing Series competition.
Barraclough has led successful teams at Joe Gibbs Racing, Yates Racing and Roush Fenway Racing for the likes of Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and David Gilliland, and will be tasked with guiding the Meridian, Mississippi native on his quest for the SCOTT Rookie of the Year honors at the ARCA level.
“Having Cully on board will certainly ease the transition,” said Purdy, who started racing go-karts at age 9 before advancing to Bandelero cars at 12 and Legends Cars at 15. “Besides being a familiar face, he understands what I’m saying when I describe how the car is handling and changes that work best for me. I think that bond and relationship will make it an easier transition and more exciting season.”
MDM Motorsports, fresh off a victory in last week’s ARCA season finale at Kansas Speedway, fielded multiple part-time entries this season that tallied five victories and will make its first foray into full-time ARCA racing as well in 2018.
In only its second year of competition, MDM captured its first championship with Harrison Burton in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and earned its first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory with Bubba Wallace at Michigan International Speedway in August.
In all, MDM has scored 13 wins this season across the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series.
“As an organization, we saw Chase’s ability when we competed against him on a regular basis in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East,” said Mark McFarland, MDM Motorsports’ managing partner. “He showed great speed throughout the K&N season and we’re looking forward to helping him grow on and off the race track.”
“This is the first of many announcements about our plans for next season and it’s the next step of growth for our organization as we compete full-time and for the championship in the ARCA Racing Series.”
CREDIT: MDM Motorsports