Iowa: Ergon Racing race report

Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet team finished 15th in Saturday's running of the Prairie Meadows 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series event at the Iowa Speedway. Mitchell had to endure an ill-handling car in a race that featured a fast pace. Frank...

Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet team finished 15th in Saturday's running of the Prairie Meadows 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series event at the Iowa Speedway. Mitchell had to endure an ill-handling car in a race that featured a fast pace. Frank Kimmel took the checkered flag for his 69th victory in ARCA competition.

Rain once again delayed the start of the afternoon's qualifying session. When it did get underway, Mitchell knocked off the 18th quickest lap. This put him starting in the middle of the pack, but well within striking distance of the leaders. And the team knew that the No. 93 Chevy would race well.

At the drop of the green flag, however, it was evident that Mitchell would need to let the setup that was under the car come to him. On lap 3, with heavy pressure from behind, Mitchell brushed the wall with the all-important right front fender. For the rest of the race the car was extremely tight as the right front fender is one of the most important pieces of sheet metal on the car.

Crew chief Rusty Clanton called Mitchell down pit road numerous times to loosen up the car and the Ergon Chevrolet responded well to the adjustments. By the middle portion of the race, Mitchell was one of the fastest cars on the track. During one stretch he passed the sixth place car and drove up to the bumper of the fifth place car before the car's condition deteriorated once again.

Mitchell would cross the finish line four laps down. Only nine cars were on the lead lap at the end of the race.

"I was really disappointed in myself after I hit the wall," sounded Mitchell. "Our car would have been really good on long runs, but I got a little overaggressive too early and damaged the right front fender. Iowa is a short track, but it drives very much like a speedway. The right front fender is critical to your downforce. After I brushed the wall it was a handful to drive."

"We never quit working on the car and I am really proud of that," continued Mitchell. "Even though we were a few laps down, we got out there and raced our tails off and got a top-15 finish. There was no quit in the Ergon team tonight."

The next race for the Ergon Racing team will be the ARCA RE/MAX Series event at the Pocono Raceway on June 9th.

-credit: er

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Drivers Frank Kimmel