By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer
MDM Motorsports driver Anthony Alfredo gained plenty of experience and seat-time in his ARCA Racing Series debut. Alfredo replaces Toni Breidinger as the most recent driver to make their debut in ARCA competition. He finished inside the top-10 after staying out of trouble throughout the PapaNicholas Coffee 150 at Gateway Motorsports Park.
Alfredo was just one member the MDM Motorsports brigade in the No. 40 CECO Building Systems Toyota Camry, battling with ARCA regulars Gus Dean, Joe Graf, Jr., and Riley Herbst off and on throughout the night. The 19-year-old ran his own pace in the run to the finish, having a comfortable gap between Dean ahead and Graf further behind. When the checkered flag waved, Alfredo was seventh, and one of the four MDM Motorsports cars inside the top seven.
Alfredo ran inside the top-10 for the entirety of the 150-mile race. However, he had to avoid trouble several times on the 1.250-mile oval. Alfredo took evasive action to avoid being collected in incidents involving Herbst, teammate Zane Smith, among others. Herbst’s lap one spin in front of the field forced the 2017 CARS Tour Late Model Stock runner-up to tip-toe down the backstretch.
Alfredo will return to MDM Motorsports’ NASCAR K&N Pro Series East team. There, the Ridgefield, CT driver sits fourth in the Championship Points Standings, 51-points out of the K&N Pro Series East Points lead, held by Tyler Ankrum. So far this season, Alfredo has scored one victory, three top-five, four top-10 finishes, and one pole position.
Now Alfredo and his team will prepare for his next K&N Pro Series race, the Throwback 100 at Thompson Throwback Motorsports Park on July 14. Currently, he does not have any additional ARCA events scheduled for the remainder of the season.