Mitchell to Tackle Tricky Pocono Track Ergon driver looking to continue rookie good fortune This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet team will head to the 2.5 mile Pocono (Penn.) Raceway for Saturday's Pocono 200 for the ARCA...
Mitchell to Tackle Tricky Pocono Track
Ergon driver looking to continue rookie good fortune
This weekend Marc Mitchell and the No. 93 Ergon Chevrolet team will head to the 2.5 mile Pocono (Penn.) Raceway for Saturday's Pocono 200 for the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The triangular shaped Pocono Raceway is among the most unique circuits on the ARCA RE/MAX schedule.
Mitchell has limited experience on superspeedways, but you would not know if from recent finishes. The 2006 Auburn University graduate picked up his career best finish in the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway, another 2.5 mile track. Pocono is also very friendly to rookie drivers. Three of the last four Nextel Cup events at Pocono have been won by drivers who have never before laid eyes of the surface. Last year's edition of this event was also won by a rookie competitor.
In four ARCA RE/MAX Series starts this season, Mitchell has one top-five and two top-ten finishes. This will be the ninth career ARCA RE/MAX Series start for the Tallahassee, Fla. native, dating back to the 2005 season.
The Pocono 200 will be shown tape-delayed on the Speed Channel beginning at 8 pm EST.
Comments from Mitchell as he prepares for the Pocono 200:
"I am really looking forward to racing at Pocono because there is no other track like it in the country. You have three different corners and three straightaways of different lengths. It is really a unique track. But it has been very kind to first-timers and I am hoping it stays that way for one more race. I'll definitely practice on the simulator and get some 'laps' in that way."
"An advantage for me is that Tony (Clements Racing, car owner) has been to Pocono before with Jeremy (Clements). A lot of the tracks we are running this year I have not seen before, but my team has. We've had good success on the tracks where they have some notes from previous races. That allows me to have a baseline to start with. It is much easier to get in the ballpark that way."
"It is exciting to race on the same weekend as the Nextel Cup guys. The Cup series is where we all want to be one day so it gives the race weekend a little different feel. You usually have a couple of Nextel Cup rookies in the race and that, obviously, brings the level of competition up and makes us all better racers."