Marc Mitchell and the No. 4 Ergon Dodge team had one of the better cars during Saturday's Toyota ARCA 150 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. All of the hard work by the team, however, was derailed by another competitor racing too hard, too...
Marc Mitchell and the No. 4 Ergon Dodge team had one of the better cars during Saturday's Toyota ARCA 150 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. All of the hard work by the team, however, was derailed by another competitor racing too hard, too early in the event.
Mitchell and the team worked on their lines of communication during the practice session on Friday. This was the Tallahassee, Fla. native's first race with the Cunningham Motorsports team that fields the No. 4 Dodge Chargers. Once he got comfortable with his crew, and vice versa, they were able to go to work on the Ergon Dodge. A tight race car was steadily improved on during practice. Mitchell was even able to get the car loose late in the session and during qualifying. Despite qualifying 20th for the event, everyone on the team saw the loose condition as a good sign for the race. When the green flag dropped, this proved to be true.
While other competitors were struggling with a car that would not turn, Mitchell was able to pick them off at will. By lap 15, Mitchell had already driven up to the 13th position. This was one of the better fields of the year for ARCA RE/MAX Series. Mitchell was looking to improve on his already impressive season by beating some of the best that the series has to offer.
However, on lap 20 and running in the 12th position, Mitchell's car was hit twice by another competitor. This sent him hard into the outside wall. His promising day was over.
"We got ran over, plain and simple," said Mitchell. "It's not the first time that guy has ended somebody's day and it probably won't be the last. I am upset because I have a great opportunity here with the No. 4 team and we get taken out on lap 20. That is way too early to race that hard. I hate it for Ergon, especially. We were going to have a great day, I am sure of that. If you look at some of the guys that finished in the top-ten, we were better than they were."
"All we can do it pick up and go to Milwaukee. I ran the Busch race at Milwaukee earlier in the year so the track is fresh in my mind. This Cunningham Motorsports team is outstanding so I think we can get back on track at Milwaukee."
The next race for the Ergon Racing team will be the Governor's Cup 200 event for the ARCA RE/MAX Series at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, August 26th.