Mason Mitchell is off to a good start with his family team this season. The 19-year-old driver has two top-fives and four top-10s and sits second in points, 90 behind Grant Enfinger
In the offseason, Mitchell announced his family will field a team for him full-time for the 2014 ARCA season and only with seven full-time employees on the staff. Alongside the good finishes, it is no easy task to start up a team.
“It’s gone performance-wise really well,” Mitchell said on the Fan4Racing show Monday night. “It’s gonna be a little bit stressful and you got a lot things to take over and a lot of things on your plate. The ARCA level is a pretty-big level. You have a lot of people working for you, you have a lot of cars to build, you have a lot of management stuff a lot of people oversee looking from the outside, with all the logistics.”
A key addition to the No. 98 team was veteran crew chief Brad Parrott, who has one Cup Series win and 15 NNS wins in his NASCAR career.
“He comes from a good background and a lot of knowledge with his family and what he’s done in the past,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell began his ARCA rookie campaign in 2013 with the Roulo Brothers, but left the team mid-way through the season. He then did one race with Kimmel Racing at Chicagoland, before heading over to Empire Racing to drive the No. 82 Ford, starting at Pocono in August, for the remainder of the reason.
“I feel I definitely made the right change,” he said. “As the results show, I didn’t run that good at the beginning of the season. It was the same driver at the beginning of the year as it was end of the year. We were contending for wins and setting track records when I switched teams. I had to handle it just the way I thought I had to do.”
The Iowa native scored runner-up finishes in the last two ARCA races of 2013.
He will look to improve on his best career finish at the series’ next race at Toledo Speedway, which will be televeised live on Sun., May 18 on FOX Sports 1 at 2 p.m. ET.