KANSAS CITY, Kan. – official release – ARCA photo — Mason Mitchell moved from Iowa to North Carolina to live in the same building that houses Mason Mitchell Motorsports.
The move paid huge dividends as Mitchell started the year as a first-year race team and ended the year as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion.
“It’s unbelievable,” Mitchell said. “I know there were not too many believers earlier in the year, but we showed them what we were about.
“I learned so much about myself, living at the race shop and being dedicated and the whole deal. It’s just pretty incredible. It takes a lot just to get to the race track.”
Mitchell finished the season with one win, five Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell, six second-place finishes and 12 top-five finishes. His 18 top-10 finishes also led all ARCA drivers. Along the way, he swept the Menards Pole Award, Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge, Fast Track Challenge, R.E. Lightning Challenge and the S&S Volvo Laps Completed awards.
Mitchell led nearly 600 laps, leading at least one lap in all but five races.
“The win at Chicagoland was really special,” he said. “That was big for the whole race team. A lot of my guys had never been to victory lane before, so getting there was important for us.”
Mitchell was solid on all types of tracks that ARCA ran on. In two dirt track races, he finished second and fourth. He was 10th on the road course in New Jersey. In nine short track races, he led 449 laps and had seven top-10’s.
Mitchell began his ARCA career in 2012, racing four races with Eddie Sharp Racing, finishing with two top-five’s and four top-10’s. In 2013, he started the year with Roulo Brothers Racing and ended with Empire Racing. His 2013 highlight was winning two pole awards and setting qualifying marks at both Springfield and Berlin. He closed the season with nine consecutive top-10s.
Then, in November, he decided to form his own race team.
His season started by finishing seventh at Daytona. He was the point leader by the eighth race of the season and held it for the final eight races.
“You’re not supposed to do this the first time,” Mitchell said. “I figured we’d be competitive by the end of the race season, but not all year. We never really had a bad day at the race track.”