After suffering a broken right thumb in a B-Main incident on Wednesday night, Jon and the team appeared to be done for the weekend. However, after doctoring his steering wheel with some plastic and wire-ties so that its center is solid, Jon decided to take a shot a racing on Saturday night. Rick Schwallie Photo
Mitchell started eighth in his heat race and would only be able to manage an eighth place finish, pinning him deep in a b-main. Unfortunately, Jon would fail to reach a transfer position in his b-main, bringing his night to an early end.
The Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout drew to a close on Sunday with a $10,000-to-win event. Jon started and finished fifth in his heat race, which send him to a b-main where he would start sixth. Unfortunately, the team's misfortune all week would only continue in the b-main when Mitchell made contact with outside wall on the opening circuit, bringing his night to a disappointing end.
Full results from the events are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com
January 14th, 2015 - Jon Mitchell kicked off his 2015 season on Saturday evening during the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout at USA Raceway (Tucson, Arizona). Rick Schwallie Photo
Unfortunately, his night would come to an end before it ever really got started. With fifty Super Late Models converging on the 3/8 mile oval, Mitchell drew the sixth starting spot for his heat race. He advanced a few spots early on in the heat before contact with the backstretch wall sent him pitside. The damage to his #5 HealthCare Express/KHP Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Super Late Model would force Jon to scratch from the balance of the program, bringing his night to an early end.
Mitchell hoped for a better outing on Sunday as the winner's check increased to $5,000. Forty-nine entries registered for the event, and an eighth to fourth run in heat race action earned Jon the eleventh starting position on the feature grid. Jon raced around mid-pack throughout the duration of the 30 lap affair and recorded a fourteenth place finish in the final rundown.
The bad luck continued for Mitchell and Team 5 Enterprise on Wednesday night in Round #3 of the Keyser Manufacturing Wild West Shootout. Forty-six competitors entered the $3,000-to-win program, and a high number in pill draw pinned Jon in the back of a heat race. Unfortunately, Mitchell was involved in a multi-car melee during his heat that brought his night to an early end.
Jon was taken to a local Emergency Room following the incident where he was diagnosed with a broken thumb. As a result of his injury and the damage to his #5 entry, Jon and the team have regretfully decided to scratch from the remainder of the week's events.
Full results from the events are available at www.RaceUSARaceway.com
November 29th, 2014 - Jon Mitchell entered his final event of the 2014 season on Saturday evening as he participated in the annual Turkey Nationals at Lonestar Speedway (Kilgore, Texas).
A strong field of thirty-four entries took part in the $5,000-to-win event at the 3/8 mile oval, which was sanctioned by the P&W Sales Southern United Professional Racers (SUPR) Super Late Models. Pill draw positioned Mitchell starting second in his heat race, which he would go on to win, earning him the fifth starting spot in the 40 lap finale. During the course of the feature Jon battled amongst the top five before crossing the finish line in third behind race winner, Patrik Daniel and Robert Baker. Tyler Erb and Chandler Petty rounded out the top five finishers.
Jon's performance clinched the P&W Sales SUPR title. Full results as well as the final standings are available at www.SUPRRacing.com
November 8th, 2014 - Jon Mitchell returned to the seat of his #5 Team 5 Enterprise/HealthCARE Express Open Wheel Modified over the weekend to compete in the 8th Annual Winter Nationals at Ark-La-Tex Speedway (Vivian, Louisiana).
The mega event, sanctioned by the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) kicked off on Thursday night with a $2,000-to-win program. A stout field of sixty-six Open Wheel Modifieds registered for the event, and a sixth place finish in his heat race left Mitchell just short of locking into the 30 lap feature. As a result Jon would have to run a b-main where he advanced from ninth to sixth, but only the top four finishers moved on to the main event, bringing his night to an early end.
With a $3,000 prize on the line, seventy-two entries converged on the 3/8 mile oval for Friday evening's event. An eleventh to sixth run in his heat race left Mitchell just short of locking into the 40 lap feature, which sent him to a b-main. Unfortunately, Jon failed to reach a transfer spot in his b-main, once again bringing his night to a disappointing early end.
Seventy Open Wheel Modified registered for the $4,000-to-win, 8th Annual Winter Nationals finale on Saturday night. A second place finish in his heat race was not enough to lock Jon into the main event, forcing him to run a b-main. He went on to win his b-main, earning him the fourteenth starting spot on the feature grid. Mitchell battled around mid-pack throughout the course of the 50 lapper before settling to a seventeenth place finish at the checkered flag.
Full results from the events can be found at www.USMTS.com
October 25th, 2014 - Team 5 Enterprise returned to the state of Mississippi over the weekend for the 20th edition of the Coors Light Fall Classic at Whynot Motorsports Park (Meridian, Mississippi).
A talented group of forty-eight Super Late Model entries converged on the 1/3 mile oval, and via qualifications on Friday night Mitchell locked into the fifth starting spot for his heat race. He only managed a fifth place finish in his heat race, which put him starting deep in a b-main on Saturday. As a result, the team decided to scratch from the balance of the program.
Complete results from the event are available at www.WhynotMotorsportsPark.com
October 4th, 2014 - Jon Mitchell was back in the seat of his #5 HealthCare Express/KHP Racing Engines/MasterSbilt Super Late Model over the weekend as the team traveled to Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi) for the 8th Annual Gumbo Nationals.
The $10,000-to-win program, which was sanctioned by the Mississippi State Championship Challenge Series (MSCCS), drew a field of fifty Super Late Models to the 1/4 mile oval. Jon qualified fifth in his group during time trials before racing to a third place finish in his heat race to lock into the fifteenth starting spot in 75 lap finale.
Mitchell was battled around mid-pack in the main event when he was caught in a chain reaction that left him with front-end damage to his #5 entry. He ultimately retired to a disappointing 22nd place finish.
Full results from the weekend are available at www.StateSeries.com
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September 27th, 2014 - Jon Mitchell entered the opening night of the annual Armadillo Nationals on Thursday evening at Lonestar Speedway (Kilgore, Texas) as a strong field of forty-five Open Wheel Modifieds registered in preliminary action for the $10,000-to-win event.
Jon missed the transfer into the A-Qualifier via heat race action, but later finished third in his b-main to lock into the 21st starting position on the grid. During the course of the 25 lap, preliminary feature Mitchell advanced six spot to record a fifteenth place finish.
The second night of preliminary action was held on Friday evening, and after advancing from third to finish second in his heat race, Mitchell moved onto the A-Qualifier, where he started eighth. Mitchell battled in the top ten throughout the event before crossing the finish line in the third position behind race winner, Chris Brown, and Steve Whiteaker. Justin Ingalls and Bobb Malchus rounded out the top five finishers.
Despite his struggles on Night #1, Jon accumulated enough points to lock into the sixth starting spot for Saturday night's $10,000-to-win finale.
In Saturday's main event, Mitchell battled around the top five for much of the event before ultimately crossing the finish line in sixth behind race winner, Chris Brown, Steve Whiteaker, Rodney Wing, Chris Henigan and Johnny Scott.
Full results from the event are available at www.LonestarSpeedway.com