NEWTON, Iowa — Former ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell will return to the tour at his hometown race track on July 8, taking part in the Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway.
The West Des Moines native will be making his first ARCA start of the season at the seven-eighths-mile oval in his home state, where he was victorious two years ago.
Mitchell, who celebrated his 23rd birthday earlier in the week, will pilot the No. 88 Karl Chevrolet/Champion Power Equipment Chevy SS for the team he owns.
“This all wouldn’t be possible without the great support (we have) from Karl Chevrolet,” Mitchell said. “They deserve to be back in victory lane and we are going to do our best at that.”
Karl Chevrolet and Mitchell are no stranger to success. The two have had a partnership since the 2015 season, when they won races at both Iowa and at Kansas Speedway.
“The 2015 race was quite brutal with the heat,” Mitchell added. “We pitted every chance we had to make our car better. Our pit-crew put us in position late and we pounced.”
The young owner-driver is also looking to become the first-ever repeat winner in ARCA competition at Iowa, something Mitchell admitted pours on the nerves in front of his home fans.
“I feel like have more pressure now than I did the first time,” Mitchell said. “It would mean a lot to be the first repeat winner in ARCA competition at Iowa. I’m highly involved on a day to day basis with our teams and drivers. I know what we are doing to make these cars better. I’ve been fortunate enough to test some this year, I’m looking forward to putting that into practice on the track.”
Saturday’s race will mark the fifth start for Mitchell at Iowa Speedway, and he will be driving chassis No. 589, the same car that he used to win in 2015.
Mason Mitchell Motorsports will also field cars for Michael Self (No. 28) and Kyle Weatherman (No. 78) in the 150-lap event, with the team owner feeling very optimistic about the chances of one of the three entries ending the night in victory lane.
“I feel this is the best shot we’ve had with three cars,” Mitchell said. “All three cars are fantastic and all three drivers are all capable of winning. It would mean the world to me to finish 1-2-3 in front of the hometown crowd.”
CREDIT: Mason Mitchell Motorsports