Marc Mitchell Prepares for Rookie of Year Run This Rookie Knows What the Front Looks Like at Daytona Daytona Fast Facts: * The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will mark Mitchell's second start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but first...
Marc Mitchell Prepares for Rookie of Year Run
This Rookie Knows What the Front Looks Like at Daytona
Daytona Fast Facts:
* The Chevrolet Silverado 250 will mark Mitchell's second start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, but first start with Ergon sponsorship.
* Mitchell, 24, finished second in the 2007 ARCA 200 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway -- only his second appearance at the speedway.
* Mitchell, a native of Tallahassee, Florida, will be one of only two drivers from the state of Florida entered in Friday night's race.
* Mitchell will be making his sixth Superspeedway start. He has three starts at Talladega in a combination of both NASCAR Craftsman Truck and ARCA competition. He has two previous starts at Daytona in ARCA.
* The #15 Ergon Hyprene Chevrolet will compete in 21 races in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2008. Mitchell is competing for Rookie of The Year Honors.
Marc Mitchell Comments on Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Daytona:
"My first goal is to win rookie of the year. I definitely want to do that. Going into this year, a big springboard for me is going to be running well and being consistent. I think if I can do that, I'll raise some eye brows and hopefully get an opportunity to keep moving up the ladder. Up to this point in my career, I've been moving up, up and up. Hopefully that trend will continue and I'll get another shot in '09 to move up to either Nationwide or Cup Series.
"First, there is Daytona this Friday night. You know, there are two types of tracks that fit me the best. I've always run well at the flat, mile tracks, like Gateway or Milwaukee. Those kind of places, for some reason, I'm always quick there. Also, the mile-and-a-half tracks. At Chicago, in the ARCA car we were real strong. We past like 15 cars in the first 20 laps. It's just me getting comfortable in places like that. Once I get comfortable, we're always good.
"Saying that, I think running the superpeedway program with the ARCA cars last season has really helped me prepare for the opening of the Craftsman Truck Series. Running second last year in the ARCA race, that gives me a whole lot of confidence going into Friday. I know I'm capable of running up front. I know what it takes to run up front. Once I get there, it won't be somewhere I haven't been before. We finished second, but I did spend some time up front as the leader, so I know what that view looks like. If we ever get up there and run with those boys, when you get with the fast cars you run fast, and when you get with the slow cars you run slow. That's how Daytona works, so if we can keep our track position and stay up front run with the veterans of the Series, I feel like we'll have a good shot at the end of the race.
"Another factor for Friday night will be the rest of the talented rookies. Fortunately, I've had the chance to race against probably half of them, so I kind of know where I stack up- well, a little bit at least. I know the kid in the Six (truck), Colin Braun, he's always going to have a real shot at it because he's in a real good truck. I wish him luck, but we have a chance to take some guys by surprise. I know this Billy Ballew truck is capable of running with anyone and competing for wins.
"Hey, here is the deal, I'm here to win this Friday night. If it comes down to the last lap, I'd rather be in second. I definitely want to be there. Last year in the ARCA race, I'd rather have been up front. But, with the way these trucks work on the superspeedways, I think it's going to be a guy from second to fifth on back who is going to win it. They are going to wave the white flag and it's going to be a big train coming after the leader. We are hopeful that train will be led by the #15 Ergon Chevrolet. That will be something nice to hear people talk about."