OVERVIEW On another cold day in Tennessee, Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet team finished eighth in the Nashville ARCA 150 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Chad McCumbee took the checkered flag for his first ARCA victory. Rounding...
On another cold day in Tennessee, Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet team finished eighth in the Nashville ARCA 150 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Chad McCumbee took the checkered flag for his first ARCA victory. Rounding out the top-five was Cale Gale, Erin Crocker, Scott Lagasse and Chad Blount.
Although Mitchell is only running a partial schedule on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, he is averaging a fifth place finish when he takes the track. The Tallahassee, Fla. driver finished second at Daytona in the season opener.
Mitchell began the race from the ninth position. He stayed there for the first part of the event as, early on, cautions were the order of the day. Of the first 33 laps, only seven were run under green, giving Mitchell no chance to show how stout his Ergon Chevrolet would be. When he was able to stretch his legs and get some laps in, Mitchell began to run lap times right there with the leaders.
A lap 54 caution brought the leaders down pit road and Mitchell's pit crew knocked off, quite possibly, the best pit stop of the day. When the cars took the green for the restart, the Ergon entry was in the second position.
Mitchell stayed in the top-five for the majority of the final laps, but gambled and stayed out on a lap 97 caution. It became painfully clear that the cars that took tires had a distinct advantage. Crew chief Rusty Clanton called Mitchell down pit road on a lap 107 caution for a set of scuff tires in hopes that they would give him the ammunition to contend for a top-five. However an eighth place finish was all that the young 23-year-old could manage.
"We had a really good car today," sounded Mitchell. "We ran up front all day and the pit crew gave me an outstanding pit stop. I can't thank the crew enough because that was a stop that any race team would take."
"We know that we should have come in and taken tires on that late caution, but as they say, 'hindsight is 20-20,' continued Mitchell. "While we will never be happy with an eighth place finish, this was a solid field for an ARCA race. And we have two top-ten finishes in our two starts this season. That is nothing to hang your head over. We'll go get them in Kansas City."
The next race for the Ergon Racing team will be the ARCA RE/MAX Series event at the Kansas Speedway on April 27th.