Chicagoland: Marc Mitchell preview

Mitchell Back in Familiar Ergon Chevy Close Call on the Number 93 This weekend, Marc Mitchell and the ...

Mitchell Back in Familiar Ergon Chevy
Close Call on the Number 93

This weekend, Marc Mitchell and the #93 Ergon Chevrolet team will head to the 1.5-mile, D-shaped Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway for Saturday's Chicagoland ARCA 200. This will be Mitchell's first race back in his familiar number and manufacturer since the second Pocono race in early August.

Mitchell must felt a lot like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. over the last couple of days. He knew that he would be competing at Chicagoland, but he had no idea of the number that would adorn the side of his Ergon Chevy. In an agreement with another driver, Mitchell had been borrowing the #93 for the races that he entered in the Tony Clements Racing Chevrolet. But, while Mitchell was driving the #4 Ergon Dodge from Cunningham Motorsports, ownership of the #93 had changed hands. In the end, Mitchell was able to obtain use of the #93 from its new owner.

For the season, Mitchell has made 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts. He has captured two top-five and four top-ten finishes. His best finish of the season remains the second place finish he grabbed in the #93 Ergon entry at Daytona in February.

The Chicagoland ARCA 200 will be shown live on the Speed Channel beginning at 2 pm CDT.

Comments from Mitchell as he prepares for the Chicagoland ARCA 200:

"The opportunity to get in the Dodge Chargers from Cunningham Motorsports was one that I appreciated immensely. They are a solid team and I was able to learn a lot from those guys. Unfortunately we weren't able to get the finishes that we deserved in two of the three races. We could have won the race (Gateway) last week. I really believe that."

"It's nice to climb back into these Ergon Chevrolets that Tony (Clements, car owner) puts together. We had some good runs earlier in the year and I expect to finish the year the same way. They picked up a win last month at Kentucky and we have been close before. I'd like to get them one more before the season ends."

"These 1.5-mile tracks have been good to me this year. Well, I have been fast at all of them. We have just been bitten by some bad luck at some of them. I've never raced at Chicagoland, but I know that it's similar to the Kansas Speedway. We were strong at Kansas before the motor broke."

"I did feel like Dale Jr. when I heard that the #93 was being used by someone else. I knew that I would be racing at Chicagoland, but the number was a mystery. I have been on the phone for the last two days, trying to get another number lined up. Then, we got it straightened out. I want to thank David and Kay Boggs, as well as Julien Penaruiz, for allowing me to use the #93 for Chicago and Talladega. That means a lot because they didn't have to do that. I plan on going out and getting a top-five finish so that they are in better shape, owner points-wise, when they use the number."

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Series ARCA
Drivers Dale Earnhardt