Concord, NC (August 6, 2015) – On the heels of his dramatic hometown victory last month at Iowa Speedway, Mason Mitchell will join Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for a one-race effort on Saturday, August 8th in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway.
Mitchell, the 2014 ARCA Champion and 2-time series winner, will make his unlikely start behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ No.55 J&S AG Services machine.
After racing full-season the last two years, Mitchell’s efforts have been reduced in ’15 while he continues to seek out sponsorship. As he pursues additional funding, Mitchell has competed in four ARCA events this season. In limited action, Mitchell has posted one win and three top-10’s. In the meantime, the 21-year old driver/owner has primarily concentrated on the growth of Mason Mitchell Motorsports, an ARCA driver development team, featuring the No.98 driven by Austin Wayne Self.
“My plan at the beginning of the season was to mainly concentrate on the development of the 98 team – but also drive in as many races as sponsorship would allow,” said Mitchell. “We’ve had a lot of success across the board as a team this year. When the sponsorship for Berlin presented itself I wanted to keep the focus on the 98. I felt the best way to do this was seek out an opportunity – and VMS had an opening for Berlin. The Venturini group has been stiff competition for years, but also a team I respect and know would represent my sponsor well in this type of situation.”
Racing Against Mason Mitchell Motorsports
“We’ve built a strong team with great people within the organization. This is really no different than me racing against the 98 when I’m in our second car – I’ll just have a different number this week. We’ll both race each other hard – Self (Austin Wayne) is a great driver and gaining more experience and success every day. I’m looking forward to the weekend,” said Mitchell.
Mitchell Joins growing list of drivers to pilot the No.55 in ‘15
Mason Mitchell will become the eighth driver to pilot the 55 car during the 2015 season. So far, in fourteen starts the combined efforts of Cody Coughlin, Dominic Ursetta, Clay Greenfield, Todd Gilliland, Justin Boston, William Byron and Austin Theriault have earned two pole positions, one win, seven top-5’s and eleven top-10 finishes – placing the VMS entry fourth in the ARCA owner championship points battle, a mere 65 points outside the top spot.
Mitchell Looks to Continue Success at Berlin
Since breaking into the ARCA Series in 2012, Mason Mitchell has yet to qualify outside the front row at Berlin – earning 2 Menards Pole Awards (’13 & ’14) and an outside front row start in ’12. In three series starts at Berlin, the Des Moines, IA native has notched two top 5’s and three top-10’s.
Breaking It Down – Mason Mitchell ARCA Stats
Since making his ARCA debut in 2012, Mason Mitchell has accumulated some impressive stats. In 48 series starts, the 21-year old drivers has amassed seven poles, two wins, 22 top-5’s, 38 top-10’s and has led more than 700 laps.
Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Media Coverage and Schedule
The Federated Auto Parts 200 is a one-day event with practice (2:30-3:15pm and 3:45-4:30pm), Menards Pole Qualifying (5:45pm) and the race (8:50pm) on Saturday, Aug. 8 – all local EST. Live timing and scoring, plus an audio call with ARCA announcers Charles Krall and Tim Clagg, will be at arcaracing.com.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, Brandon Jones, and Justin Boston. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.