Mason Mitchell Motorsports Perseveres at Pocono for Top-Five Finish with Brady Boswell

If you could uchoose one word to describe Mason Mitchell Motorsports weekend at the Pocono Raceway in the General Tire: #ANYWHEREisPOSSIBLE 200 it would be “adventurous.”

During the opening laps of ARCA practice at Pocono Raceway on Thursday, driver Brady Boswell made contact with the wall forcing the No. 98 team to pull out the backup car.

Boswell and the championship team remained calm and worked all afternoon during the 80 lap Friday event to earn a fifth place finish at the “Tricky Triangle” for Boswell’s career best finish.

“I was definitely nervous in the closing laps,” Boswell stated. “I was saving as much fuel as possible but trying to maintain a fast enough pace to not lose too many spots. We knew it would be really close but I was able to save enough to make it to the finish.”

“The team worked really hard to get the backup car ready after our incident in the opening laps of practice.  I can’t thank everyone on this MMM team enough for their hard work and support. They gave me a great racecar and now we have some momentum for next week at Michigan to build on.”

Under the direction of 2014 ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell, Boswell brought the No. 98 machine down pit-road at lap 38 under caution before the afternoon’s final restart. Boswell exerted patience as he restarted 20th and cracked his way into the top-five with 18 laps remaining.

The 19-year-old would slide back to fifth in the closing laps and the gas tank held up for Boswell to earn his first career top-five finish.

The Watkinsville, Georgia native will be back behind the wheel of the No. 98 next weekend at the Michigan International Speedway in the Corrigan Oil 200.

Boswell’s teammate, Noah Gragson wasn’t as fortunate in the seventh race of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series as an early transmission issue sidelined the NASCAR NEXT driver in the garage for much of the afternoon.

Gragson started an impressive sixth but the run would be short lived as something in the transmission let loose on lap 2. The Las Vegas, Nevada native would spend 51 laps in the garage to repair the problem. Gragson would cross the stripe in 30th.  

“It’s really unfortunate,” a dejected Gragson stated. “We had a great car all week in the test, practice and were going to be very fast during the race.”

“I can’t thank everyone enough at Speed Vegas, AlertID and MMM for allowing me to be able to race here at Pocono. It was a great experience overall and I am thankful for the opportunity.”

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards travels next to the 2.0 mile Michigan International Speedway for the Corrigan Oil 200. Teams will have two practice sessions on Thursday, June 9th. Friday, June 10th teams will qualify and race. Fans can watch the race live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 5:45 p.m. as always, will have live timing/scoring for all on-track activity.