Nashville: Marc Mitchell preview

Mitchell Eyeing Nashville Ergon Racing driver finished second in his last ARCA RE/MAX race Davidson, N.C. - This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon team head to the famed 1.33 mile Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway for the Nashville...

Mitchell Eyeing Nashville
Ergon Racing driver finished second in his last ARCA RE/MAX race

Davidson, N.C. - This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon team head to the famed 1.33 mile Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway for the Nashville ARCA 150.

Mitchell is running a partial ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule in 2007, but the Tallahassee, Fla. native has already made a big splash on the circuit. In the season-opener at the Daytona International Speedway, Mitchell piloted the only Pontiac in the field to a second-place finish.

Mitchell has tasted success at the track located in Lebanon, Tenn. In 2005 he qualified eighth for an ARCA event there, but broke a motor while passing the eventual race winner. That same year Mitchell qualified for his first NASCAR Busch Series race at the track. At a test session last month on the concrete oval, Mitchell was fifth fastest on the scoring pylon. It is easy to see why the 23-year-old is optimistic about his chance to pick up his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory.

The Nashville ARCA 150 will not be televised on the Speed Channel.

Comments from Mitchell as he prepares for the Nashville ARCA 150:

You obviously like racing at Nashville.  You are competitive every time
you compete there.  What is it about the track?

"Well, it is really wide and you can pass easily. That is the main thing that I love about racing at Nashville. And concrete surfaces just seem to stay consistent no matter if the weather changes. That makes it much easier to stay on top of your adjustments. With the talent that will be in the race this weekend, you can bet that you will see a great show."

"It makes it even more enjoyable to come back when you know you have piece that can go out and win the race. I have that this time. If we can get the Ergon Chevrolet driving like it did at the test last month, we should be in great shape. I am excited that I get to race there twice this season."

Was it hard to sit out the second race of the season at Lakeland (Fla.)?

"It was a little bit because I was second in points. And I am a racecar driver and if there is a race, I want to be in it. But we have a schedule that we are sticking to and I am comfortable with that.

We sat down with Ergon and put together the schedule to maximize exposure and funding. I think we have done that. Ergon has been great to drive for and if we can keep the Ergon Chevy up front I think everyone will be happy with the season, no matter how many races we run."

The ARCA 150 is on the same day as the NASCAR Busch Series race. Does that give you any extra motivation?

"It doesn't really give me extra motivation because a race where they give a trophy to the winner is motivation enough for me. If a racecar driver needs to be motivated to perform at his highest level, then he is in the wrong sport."

"It will be fun to get to see the Busch cars run when our race is over. You never know who you might run into, or friends that you might make, that could help you further along in your career. But it's not really a motivating factor. They are in a place that I would like to be someday, though, for sure."

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