John Wes Townley wins ARCA Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona

john wesARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran John Wes Townley has a secret weapon at Daytona; his name is Kevin Reed. Townley, in a brand new Zaxby’s Chevrolet, returned to the Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona Int’l Speedway with an old friend. Reed who crew-chiefed Townley to Victory Lane in 2013 at Daytona with a different team, reunited with Townley just in time to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire Saturday afternoon.

“This is just awesome,” Townley said. “We had it planned from the beginning, but plans rarely work out at Daytona, but they did today. The calls Kevin Reed made from pit road were spot on. He was with me for my win here in 2013 and it definitely means a lot to have him back. What a way to start the year. This is really special.”

However, Reed wasn’t the only secret weapon Townley had during the 80-lap, 200-mile race.

“It was quite a ride there for a while, running three-wide at times, but my spotter…Terry Cook…he really helped me out. He’s won Camping World Truck Series races and I learned so much from him today. I just want to thank Zaxby’s, ARCA and General Tire…this is really cool to be a part of.”

The win not only reunited Townley with Reed, it was the first win for the new Tony Townley-owned Athenian Motorsports team.

Eighteen-year-old rookie William Byron, in the No. 55 Liberty University Toyota, finished second, three lengths away (.209 seconds/margin of victory) at the final stripe. It was Byron’s career-first start at Daytona.

“I was really looking, watching my mirrors to see what we might be able to do,” said Byron, who tied his career-best ARCA finish. “I came over the radio to see if I could back up to anyone to get a run, but by then we were only in a tight pack of three, so I had to sit tight.

“I just want to thank Venturini Motorsports. They gave me a great racecar all weekend. I was really just learning all day, trying to stay patient and learn the process of drafting in the pack. When it got three-wide, you had to learn on the fly and put your trust in the guys around you.”

Byron also earned the SCOTT Highest Finishing Rookie of the Race award.

Kyle Weatherman, in the No. 58 Lira Motorsports Ford, battled from the 32nd starting position on very little practice as a result of an engine change Friday. The Wentzville, Missouri driver also barely missed a multi-car crash just as the leaders began the third lap.

“Maybe that was a blessing in disguise (starting in the back),” Weatherman said. “I could have been right in the middle of that. Starting in the back definitely helped today. Everything happens for a reason. After that first crash, I had to keep my eyes wide open.”

Weatherman was referring to a nine-car wreck in the tri-oval, triggered when Derrick Lancaster made contact with Cole Powell in a tight pack. Bobby Gerhart, Kevin Thomas, Jr., Shane Lee, Austin Wayne Self, Jairo Avila, Mark Thompson, Cole Powell, Lancaster and Gus Dean were involved. Gerhart, Self, Lee, Dean and Avila were evaluated in the infield care center and released.

“Today was a big learning curve,” added Weatherman, also making his Daytona debut. “This is the biggest track I’ve ever been on. I learned everything this place could throw at me today. I learned you have to trust the people around you…you hope they’re your friends.”

Chase Briscoe, in the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, finished fourth in his Daytona debut. Frank Kimmel finished fifth in the No. 46 JUICE Batteries Ford for Team Stange, a brand new team for Kimmel.

“Today was pretty remarkable,” Kimmel said. “Our guys really fought hard for this. We didn’t have enough time to prepare for this race. We had great pit strategy…the General Tire ran great all day…we never put a tire on it. Thank the 22 car (Kevin Thomas, Jr.)…he pushed us really hard. Great day. Thanks to John and Ashley Stange for believing in me. We have our eyes on a championship.”

Bo LeMastus finished a career-best sixth in his own No. 42 Crosley Brands Dodge. Kevin Thomas, Jr., in a second Cunningham car, finished seventh in his series debut in the No. 22 Bakken Concrete-KT Construction Services Dodge.

Willie Mullins, with some help from his crew chief Andy Belmont, finished a career-best eighth in his Daytona debut in the No. 34 Bugsy’s Auto Repair-Crow Wing Recycling Ford. Gray Gaulding, who turned 18 on February 10, finished ninth in his series debut in the No. 38 Krispy Kreme Ford. Cole Custer rounded out the top-10 finishers in the No. 54 Haas Automation Chevrolet, a car fielded by Ken Schrader Racing.

Custer also won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell and led the most laps – 42 overall.

Townley spent much of the race outside the leader Custer, but once the Watkinsville, Georgia driver got to the bottom on lap 50, no driver could find a way around the eventual winner.

Will Kimmel was a strong contender all day, leading five laps in the back half of the race, but ran out of gas under five laps remaining, relegating the Sellersburg, Indiana driver to 18th in the final running order.

Despite a red flag for the aforementioned pile-up for 11 minutes, the race, which also included three cautions, was completed in one hour, 27 minutes and 45 seconds.

The next event for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is on April 9 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

Lucas Oil 200
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status
1 05 John Wes Townley 80 Running
2 55 William Byron 80 Running
3 58 Kyle Weatherman 80 Running
4 77 Chase Briscoe 80 Running
5 46 Frank Kimmel 80 Running
6 42 Bo LeMastus 80 Running
7 22 Kevin Thomas Jr. 80 Running
8 34 Willie Mullins 80 Running
9 38 Gray Gaulding 80 Running
10 54 Cole Custer 80 Running
11 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching 80 Running
12 12 Tyler Audie 80 Running
13 15 Brett Hudson 80 Running
14 9 Thomas Praytor 80 Running
15 57 Bryan Dauzat 80 Running
16 36 Brandon Lynn 80 Running
17 10 Ed Pompa 80 Running
18 69 Will Kimmel 79 Running
19 6 Josh Williams 79 Running
20 3 Steve Fox 79 Running
21 17 Gene Paul 79 Running
22 43 John Ferrier 78 Running
23 0 Cory Howard 77 Running
24 82 Dylan Lupton 76 Running
25 68 Dale Shearer 76 Running
26 06 Tim Viens 76 Running
27 48 Sean Corr 73 Running
28 25 Tom Hessert 72 Running
29 52 Matt Kurzejewski 45 Running
30 27 Dick Doheny 24 Not Running
31 83 Derrick Lancaster 17 Not Running
32 23 Brad Smith 14 Not Running
33 66 Mark Thompson 14 Not Running
34 78 Cole Powell 3 Not Running
35 98 Gus Dean 2 Not Running
36 33 Austin Wayne Self 2 Not Running
37 5 Bobby Gerhart 2 Not Running
38 32 Shane Lee 2 Not Running
39 59 Jairo Avila 2 Not Running
40 30 Terry Jones 2 Not Running




Grant Enfinger dominates to win second straight ARCA season opener at Daytona

B91x9nOIYAAhzCBGrant Enfinger is getting used to going to victory lane. So is the No. 23 car.

Enfinger won the Lucas Oil 200 presented by AutoZone, grabbing the lead on lap 53 and staying in front until the checkered flag fell at lap 80. It was Enfinger’s ninth career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards win and second straight at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is an incredible feeling,” Enfinger said after pulling into victory lane with the No. 23 Alamo Rent-A-Car Chevrolet. It’s the second straight win for GMS Racing and the No. 23, which went to victory lane in ARCA’s final 2014 race with Spencer Gallagher. “It was definitely a nail-biter from my seat. I know it was an incredible race.”

Three Venturini Motorsports drivers finished in the top five. One of them, Daniel Suarez, finished second in the No. 15 Arris Toyota. The others were fourth place finisher Cody Coughlin in the No. 55 JEGS Toyota and Frank Kimmel fifth in the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota. Brett Hudson earned a top-five, finishing third in his No. 09 Dodge.

Suarez, who will be racing full-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2015, said he spent some time earlier in the week thinking about where he wanted to be late in the race in order to get to the front; it just didn’t work out.

“I didn’t have enough speed or I didn’t have enough help from behind,” Suarez said. “It was a strong run for the first time in 2015 with Arris and Venturini and Gibbs and Toyota. Everybody is doing a good job.”

Hudson, from Owensboro, Ky., finished a career-best third after starting fourth in a career-best weekend for him.

“Luckily I got hooked up with Frank (Kimmel) in practice which got me a good time and got me in the fastest group for qualifying,” Hudson said. “I got rolling and put up a good lap. In the race I was just trying to keep my position. I tried to stay in line at the end and maybe they would get to racing and maybe I would have a chance to sneak by.”

Defending series champion Mason Mitchell finished sixth in his No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Ford Fusion.  Mitchell started 23rd.

Matt Kurzejewski was seventh in the Lexington Inn & Suites Daytona Beach Chevrolet with Scott Sheldon eighth in the No. 20 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet. Josh Williams was ninth in the No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction-Go Puck Ford and Will Kimmel completed the top-10 in his No. 69 Vogtland Ford.

Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell winner Mark Thompson finished 14th in the No. 11 Phoenix Air Toyota.

Twenty-seven cars finished on the lead lap. There were three cautions for 23 laps, the last coming when the cars of Leilani Munter, Bobby Gerhart and Buster Graham were caught up in an accident. During that caution the No. 1 car of J.J. Pack caught fire, forcing him to stop his car and exit.  There were no injuries.

The race took one hour, thirty minutes and 25 seconds to complete for an average speed of 132.719 mph.

Coughlin led the first eight laps and made an impressive save late in the race when his car got sideways in the draft.

“We had a lot of fun,” the 19-year-old Joe Gibbs development driver said. “To be able to come out of here with a top five finish is cool. We were up front all day long. We had a wicked-fast Toyota.”

Frank Kimmel led 27 laps, Gerhart led three laps and Sheldon led laps 47 to 52. Enfinger, who led seven laps earlier in the race, led from lap 53 until the checkered flag.

Enfinger started 2014 with a win at Daytona. He would go on to win two more consecutive races to start the season and six before it was over. He was second in the final point standings.

“Everyone at GMS Racing has really stepped up their game,” Enfinger said. “It’s a pretty exciting feeling to be working with people like that. We have good things happening. This is an incredible opportunity and we have incredible equipment.”

Enfinger spent those last few laps – after the restart with 15 laps to go – with Suarez in his mirror. He said he drove most of the remaining laps checking the mirrors.

“I was very, very worried,” Enfinger said. “The 15 (Suarez) car was really good. Frank (Kimmel) had an incredible car. I feel like he was maybe equal or a little stronger than us. I was afraid they were going to gang up on us. But luckily we were able to get them a little bit separated and I was able to block them. The 15 did an incredible job. He could have passed us, but I was pretty hungry to keep him behind us until the end.”

Enfinger’s No. 23 Alamo Chevrolet was hugging the bottom during the closing laps.

“I felt like I needed to block the top but I didn’t feel like I needed to race at the top,” Enfinger said. “We got the lead when the 20 car, my teammate Scott Sheldon, he pushed us to the lead on the top. There was a lot of that.”

The Fairhope, Ala. driver is expected to race a full season with GMS Racing.

“ARCA deserves a lot of credit,” Enfinger said about the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package that he and 25 other cars had this week at Daytona. “I think the racing was better. I can’t remember a Daytona this exciting where there was two- and three-wide racing for the lead. There was two lines moving at all times.”

The ARCA Racing Series has a bit of a break before its second race of the season, which will be March 14 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Ala.

Race Notes:
Margin of Victory: 0.140 second
Cautions: 3 or 23 laps
Time of Race: 1:30:25
Average Speed: 132.719 mph
Lap Leaders: Coughlin 1-8 (8); F. Kimmel 9-35 (27); Gerhart 36-38 (3); Sheldon 47-52 (6); Enfinger 39-46, 53-80 (36)

Lucas Oil 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status
1 23 Grant Enfinger 80 Running
2 15 Daniel Suarez 80 Running
3 09 Brett Hudson 80 Running
4 55 Cody Coughlin 80 Running
5 25 Frank Kimmel 80 Running
6 78 Mason Mitchell 80 Running
7 54 Matt Kurzejewski 80 Running
8 20 Scott Sheldon 80 Running
9 6 Josh Williams 80 Running
10 69 Will Kimmel 80 Running
11 77 Tom Hessert 80 Running
12 92 Daniel Hemric 80 Running
13 8 Austin Hill 80 Running
14 11 Mark Thompson 80 Running
15 98 Austin Wayne 80 Running
16 68 David Levine 80 Running
17 22 Blake Jones 80 Running
18 12 Tyler Audie 80 Running
19 30 Terry Jones 80 Running
20 88 Cole Powell 80 Running
21 82 Patrick Staropoli 80 Running
22 49 Brad Smith 80 Running
23 42 Bo LeMastus 80 Running
24 9 Thomas Praytor 80 Running
25 3 Karl Weber 80 Running
26 97 Bobby Hamilton Jr 80 Running
27 18 Bill Catania 80 Running
28 00 Barry Fitzgerald 77 Running
29 48 Sean Corr 77 Running
30 06 Ed Pompa 77 Running
31 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching 76 Running
32 40 Roger Carter 75 Running
33 58 John Lowinski-Loh 68 Running
34 10 Garrett Smithley 63 Engine
35 52 Clay Campbell 62 Overheating
36 1 J.J. Pack 55 Oil Line
37 17 Buster Graham 54 Accident
38 66 Leilani Munter 53 Accident
39 5 Bobby Gerhart 53 Accident
40 0 James Swanson 23 Engine


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Kyle Larson rallies in closing laps to win Pocono ARCA 200

BpjNJT4CAAA4FZUMason Mitchell made Kyle Larson work for his win in Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200, grabbing the lead with fewer than 10 laps to go before the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver could pull away for the win.

“I was nervous for a while there,” Larson said after winning his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race. “He was real aggressive and got the lead, then started to pull away.”

Larson, 21, however, fought back and regained the lead against Mitchell and won the race at Pocono Raceway. He became the fifth different winner in seven ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races on the season.

“We had a good car, a dominating car,” Larson said. “We definitely wanted to win. I was glad that we had to work for it there in the end. I learned something in all of this. In the end, it was a lot of fun.”

Mitchell finished second for the fourth time in his ARCA career. John Wes Townley was third, Will Kimmel fourth and Justin Allison fifth.

The series has a short turnaround as it races Friday at Michigan International Speedway in a race that will be nationally televised by Fox Sports 1.

Mitchell, in the Musselman’s/Wildlife Foundation of Florida/Thermal Technology Services Ford, extended his top 10 streak to 15 races. He led lap 71 though lap 77 and moved within 20 points of Grant Enfinger for the ARCA point lead.

Mitchell grabbed the lead on the last re-start of the race, following the third caution of the day.

“I got a great re-start,” he said. “I just drove it hard into the corner. It was either take the lead or hit the wall. Fortunately, it stuck and we got the lead.”

Mitchell held on for a couple of laps before Larson, who is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, finally took the lead for good.

“We battled him hard,” Mitchell said. “We proved we had a fast car and we can contend for wins. We have a lot of speed. It shows a lot about what this team can do.”

Townley had to start at the back of the field because he missed practice and qualifying Friday when he was at Texas Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. He quickly moved into the top 10, but lost a lap when he had front-end damage after making contact with another car. He got his lap back and rebounded to finish in the top three, his third top five finish in the past four ARCA races.

“We never did really recover,” said the driver of the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota. “By the time we started running well, those guys (Larson and Mitchell) were too far ahead.”

Will Kimmel’s fourth-place finish was a season high.

“The Messina/Ingersoll Rand Ford is gaining,” Kimmel said. “This team has worked really hard on the car and we’re looking forward to going to Michigan next week and racing. I was extremely happy with the car today.”

Allison gained his second top 10 of the season and career-best ARCA finish. He was fast all week, from Wednesday’s open test through Friday practice and the race. He had the lead late in the Pocono ARCA 200, but with the car stuck in fourth gear had trouble on the re-starts.

“Just a gear issue,” he said. “The car was good all week.”

After three consecutive 11th place finishes, Josh Williams was scored in sixth place in the No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet. Frank Kimmel was seventh in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota with Enfinger eighth in the Triple K Construction/Motor Honey-Casite Ford and Cody Coughlin ninth in his superspeedway debut in the No. 55 JEGS Toyota. Karl Weber rounded out the top 10 in his No. 3 Silveus Insurance Group Chevrolet.

Several ARCA regulars had problems during the race. Justin Boston and Matt Tifft crashed, Tom Hessert hit the wall and Spencer Gallagher, who finished 11th, had an issue with another competitor on pit road.

Larson ended up leading 66 of the 80 laps after winning the Menards Pole Award on Saturday.

Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell:  Kyle Larson 53.106 (169.472 mph)
Margin of Victory:  1.153 seconds
Cautions:  3 for 17 laps
Time of Race:  1:31:04
Average Speed:  131.772 mph
Lap Leaders:  Larson 1-7, 12-61, 65-70, 78-80 (66); Self 8-11 (4); Allison 62-64 (3); Mitchell 71-77 (7)

Pocono ARCA 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status
1 4 Kyle Larson 80 Running
2 98 Mason Mitchell 80 Running
3 15 John Wes Townley 80 Running
4 69 Will Kimmel 80 Running
5 88 Justin Allison 80 Running
6 6 Josh Williams 80 Running
7 44 Frank Kimmel 80 Running
8 90 Grant Enfinger 80 Running
9 55 Cody Coughlin 80 Running
10 3 Karl Weber 80 Running
11 23 Spencer Gallagher 80 Running
12 5 Bobby Gerhart 79 Running
13 2 Thomas Praytor 79 Running
14 43 Kyle Martel 78 Running
15 10 Ed Pompa 78 Running
16 77 Tom Hessert 77 Running
17 66 Tom Berte 77 Running
18 86 Nick Igdalsky 75 Suspension
19 52 Matt Tifft 75 Running
20 34 Darrell Basham 74 Running
21 18 Bill Catania 73 Running
22 25 Justin Boston 65 Accident
23 40 Jay Curry 56 Engine
24 22 Austin Wayne 42 Engine
25 7 Brent Cross 33 Rear End
26 48 Brad Smith 31 Engine
27 06 Steve Fox 19 Transmission
28 0 Don Thompson 19 Handling
29 68 Chris Bailey Jr. 10 Transmission
30 97 Tim Viens 6 Suspension











Hessert wins International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega

xlargeTom Hessert won his fourth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards career victory Saturday, winning the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 by leading the most important lap of the race – the final one.

Hessert brought his No. 77 Dodge, to victory lane with big push by teammate Austin Wayne Self, who finished third behind John Wes Townley. Mason Mitchell finished fourth and Spencer Gallagher fifth in the Allegiant Air Chevrolet.

“We had a really good car, but we were sort of bound up for most of the day,” Hessert said. “I finally got a chance to lead at the end and I took it. I got a great push from Austin to get around the 5 car. I wouldn’t be here without Austin.”

The victory was Hessert’s fourth all-time ARCA win and first on a superspeedway. He’s won before at Iowa Speedway and twice at the high-banked half-mile of Salem Speedway. Inside of five laps to go, Hessert pushed to the front and was one of three cars to lead in the final stretch.

“My car was good on the outside, but I couldn’t get much help out there,” Hessert said. “Once we got around the 25 (Justin Boston) and the 5 car (Bobby Gerhart) jumped out. He was fast, but I still felt like I needed to lead.”

Self, who won the SCOTT Rookie Challenge of the Race award for the second consecutive week, made his superspeedway debut a memorable one.

“People told me that if you finish Talladega you’ve done a good job,” Self said. “We came home third and our teammate won the race.”

Self, in the No. 22 AM Technical Solutions Dodge, said he was zeroed in on his teammate at the end of the race.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had to work with someone like that before,” Self said. “I locked in on the 77 and followed him through everything. He did a great job out there.”

Townley, in the Zaxby’s No. 15 Toyota, led 19 laps, including laps 54 through 71 and again on lap 73 before Hessert passed him with three to go. It was an exciting finish to the race with several cars jockeying for position inside the final 10 laps.

Fifteen cars started on the lead lap after the only caution ended with 13 laps to go. Mitchell, in the No. 98 Thermal Technology Services Ford, took the lead on the restart, but was shuffled back.

“Things started heating up out there, guys were pushing and banging off each other,” he said. “I had the lead, but unfortunately I got caught up behind a lap car and lost it. But, those things happen.”

Gerhart, in the Lucas Oil-MAVTV American Real Cheverolet, moved out of a single file line that was hugging the bottom and, with Hessert and Self behind him, pushed into the lead.

“I had to go when I had to go,” he said. “It may have been a little bit too early as it turned out, but that’s racing.”

On the first round of green flag pit stops, 16 cars were penalized for speeding either into, on or out of pit road. Until then, Menards Pole winner Grant Enfinger had led every lap.

“I felt like we had the car to beat, I just made a mistake on pit road,” Enfinger said. “It was my own fault. I started slowing down, then I saw cars going beside me and I didn’t want to lose track position and I sped up. It was my error, my mistake.”

Enfinger battled back and was in the lead pack with 10 to go, but came up short in a bid to become the first driver in series history to win the first four races of a season.

“Track position meant so much today and there at the end, while I was happy with the car, I just couldn’t get any momentum,” he said. “I’m still happy with the day.”

Frank Kimmel also took home a ninth-place finish after starting 22nd. He was at the back of the lead lap cars when the race restarted after its only caution.

“I got a little greedy at the end,” Kimmel said after extending his top 10 finish streak to 36 races. “I got up to fifth, but lost it a little there. It was a good finish for the kind of day we had.”

Derrick Lancaster finished sixth, his career best finish.

“This was only my second superspeedway race,” he said. “I learned a lot about the car. We’re going to build a new car over the winter and we’ll be even better.”

International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status
1 77 Tom Hessert 76 Running
2 15 John Wes Townley 76 Running
3 22 Austin Wayne 76 Running
4 98 Mason Mitchell 76 Running
5 23 Spencer Gallagher 76 Running
6 56 Derrick Lancaster 76 Running
7 5 Bobby Gerhart 76 Running
8 44 Frank Kimmel 76 Running
9 90 Grant Enfinger 76 Running
10 99 Buster Graham 76 Running
11 6 Josh Williams 76 Running
12 25 Justin Boston 76 Running
13 20 Scott Sheldon 76 Running
14 55 Leilani Munter 76 Running
15 4 Mark Thompson 75 Running
16 66 Matt Kurzejewski 75 Running
17 3 Karl Weber 75 Running
18 11 Garrett Smithley 75 Running
19 88 Justin Allison 75 Running
20 17 Alex Guenette 74 Running
21 10 Ed Pompa 74 Running
22 2 Thomas Praytor 74 Running
23 97 Tim Viens 74 Running
24 7 Scott Hubler 73 Running
25 46 Maryeve Dufault 73 Running
26 57 Bryan Dauzat 73 Running
27 0 Barry Fitzgerald 73 Running
28 75 Benny Chastain 72 Running
29 52 Clay Campbell 72 Running
30 40 Donnie Neuenberger 71 Running
31 06 Joey Gattina 71 Running
32 48 Rick Clifton 50 Axle
33 03 Brent Cross 41 Transmission
34 32 Terry Jones 40 Battery
35 86 Bobby Grewohl 28 Engine
36 68 Will Kimmel 27 Engine





Three-in-a-Row for Enfinger

xlargeGrant Enfinger of Fairhope became the second driver in the ARCA Racing Series’ 62-season history to win the first three races of the year when he took the checkered flag of the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway in Salem, Ind., on Sunday afternoon.

By putting Team BCR Racing’s No. 90 Motor Honey-Casite Ford into Victory Lane again, Enfinger joined Ramo Scott as the only drivers to start an ARCA season with three consecutive victories. Scott won the first three races of 1970 on the way to the first of his back-to-back ARCA season championships.

Enfinger has five career ARCA victories – all in his past 10 races. Enfinger won the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15 and the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway on March 22 to start this season. Enfinger earned his first ARCA victory last year in the ARCA Mobile 200, then won the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway on Sept. 7.

Enfinger, who started from the second position, caught a break in Sunday’s race when the car driven by Ken Schrader, the NASCAR veteran and race leader, cut a tire on the next-to-last lap and hit the wall. Enfinger won the green-white-checkered finish by 0.32 seconds, with Spencer Gallagher taking second and 10-time ARCA season champion Frank Kimmel coming in third.

Thomas “Moose” Praytor of Mobile finished 11th in the race.

Enfinger will try to become the first driver to win the first four events on the ARCA schedule when the circuit visits Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200.

Race Notes:
Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell: Justin Boston 17.405 (114.795 mph)
Margin of Victory: 0.320
Cautions: 6 for 49 laps
Time of Race: 1:36.60
Average Speed: 69.350
Lap Leaders: Enfinger 1-104, 201-202 (106); Mitchell 105-146 (42); Schrader 147-200 (54)

Federated Auto Parts 200 Results:

Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status
1 90 Grant Enfinger 202 Running
2 23 Spencer Gallagher 202 Running
3 44 Frank Kimmel 202 Running
4 22 Austin Wayne 202 Running
5 77 Tom Hessert 202 Running
6 6 Josh Williams 202 Running
7 98 Mason Mitchell 202 Running
8 52 Ken Schrader 202 Running
9 55 Cody Coughlin 201 Running
10 99 Kyle Weatherman 201 Running
11 2 Thomas Praytor 201 Running
12 17 Kyle Benjamin 201 Running
13 46 Brian Finney 200 Running
14 3 Karl Weber 195 Running
15 25 Justin Boston 177 Running
16 10 Blake Hillard 157 Suspension
17 18 Bill Catania 124 Oil Leak
18 68 Michael Lira 87 Accident
19 11 Ryan Heavner 86 Accident
20 73 Dale Shearer 79 Vibration
21 15 John Wes Townley 77 Accident
22 69 Mark Meunier 10 Brakes
23 48 Darrell Basham 3 Transmission
24 80 Barry Layne 2 Transmission
25 66 Frank Kimmel II 1 Handling
26 97 Tim Viens 1 Electrical
27 06 James Swanson 1 Handling
28 0 Wayne Peterson 1 Handling
29 40 Chris Bailey Jr. 1 Handling