Kansas: Marc Mitchell preview

Mitchell Rolls Into Kansas Ergon Racing driver averaging a fifth place finish Davidson, N.C. - This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon team head to the 1.5- mile Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand event for the ARCA ...

Mitchell Rolls Into Kansas
Ergon Racing driver averaging a fifth place finish

Davidson, N.C. - This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon team head to the 1.5- mile Kansas Speedway for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand event for the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Mitchell is looking to continue his hot start to the 2007 season. Despite running a partial schedule, the Tallahassee, Fla. driver is averaging a fifth place finish whenever he takes the track in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. No one would be surprised in he picked up his first ARCA victory this weekend in Kansas.

Mitchell has never before competed at the Kansas Speedway, but he did take the opportunity to participate in the open test session as the track earlier this month. Rain cut that session short, but Mitchell was able to knock off a lap that was good enough for the fourth fastest time of the test. Tony Clements Racing fields the cars for Mitchell and they always bring a stout piece to the track. Another solid top-ten finish should be in order for the Ergon Chevrolet.

Comments from Mitchell as he prepares for the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand:

You are off to a great start to your season. Can you put your finger on one thing that has allowed you to be successful?

"Well I have a great sponsor in Ergon. I have always been confident in my driving ability, but I never really had the means to go out and show it. They have allowed me to do that. We are running, what I think, is a smart schedule. A schedule that allows us to get the most bang for our buck. It really all starts with them because we all know that you can't race without funding."

"And then Tony Clements Racing fields some outstanding cars for us. It is amazing that they can build the number of engines that they do and, at the same time, field two separate cars out of their Spartanburg, S.C. shop. But the proof is in the pudding and we have been up front everywhere we have been. I owe a lot to the work they put in at the shop."

Speaking of the race shop. You live in Tallahassee, Fla., but it is easy for you to get back and forth, right?

"Yeah, my senior year at Auburn I got my pilot's license. I am not instrument rated yet, but I hope to get that too. I had friends that were pilots and they kind of got me interested in flying. I enjoy it because you can get up there and just get away. It is really peaceful and can get your mind off of a bad race or anything that is on your mind. And it does help when I have to go back and forth from Tallahassee to Spartanburg. I don't own my own plane, but if there is one available for rent then I can pretty much be anywhere I need to be on short notice."

You went to Kansas and tested early in the month. What are your impressions of the place?

"I'll tell you one thing. That has to be the cleanest racetrack I have ever been to. No I really like the place. I had watched the races from there on television and it looked like it would be a one groove place. But after the test I think a second groove is there. It is fast too, you really get around that place. You are not off of the gas for very long, or let me say you better not be. You are going to have to have good horsepower, which I know we do with our Clements motors. If we just run a clean race then I think we will be up there battling for the win."

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