MDM Motorsports ARCA Racing Series Review: Pocono Raceway

The ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Presented by Menards made its second trip to Pocono Raceway, the Tricky Triangle, for the ModSpace 150 on Friday, July 28. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Daytona race winner Kaz Grala and two-time SPEED Energy Stadium Super Truck Champion Sheldon Creed piloted entries for Mooresville, N.C. based MDM Motorsports.

 

Creed made the trip to Pocono Raceway for the ModSpace 150 after scoring a fifth-place finish at Lucas Oil Raceway located in Brownsburg, Ind., just one week prior. The Alpine, Calif., driver was joined by Kaz Grala. Grala was making only his second career ARS start. He finished 10th in the season opening ARS event at Daytona International Speedway, which was also the site of Grala’s NCWTS victory in February.

 

Grala scored the General Tire Pole Award, while Creed clocked in fifth in his ChargeCords.com Chevrolet. Unfortunately, Creed would have to start in the rear due to an engine change. The event was delayed nearly two hours due to weather, but when the green flag waved, the action heated up quickly. Creed appeared to be on a mission as he piloted the No. 12 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Davey Allison Throwback Toyota through the field. Meanwhile, Grala, in his second career ARS start took the lead early. As the race wore on, it became clear that strategy would play a major factor in the ending of the event. The second half on the race went green and strategy did not work in either driver’s favor. Grala finished fourth, while Creed finish sixth.

 

Kaz Grala, driver of the ChargeCords.com No. 41… Grala made his second career ARS start with MDM Motorsports on Friday with sponsorship from ChargeCords.com. The No. 41 Chevrolet was fast all weekend. Grala was able to score the General Tire Pole Award, which was his first career ARS pole. He raced inside the top-five for a majority of the event, but pit strategy did not play out in his favor. He finished fourth.

 

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