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Kyle Larson Holds Off Mason Mitchell in Pocono Thriller

Kyle Larson Holds Off Mason Mitchell in Pocono Thriller

by June 7, 2014 0 comments

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LONG POND, Pa. — In a finish for the ages, Kyle Larson was able to successfully hold off Mason Mitchell to win Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200 at the Pocono Raceway.

The two competitors waged an impressive battle for the lead over the last 10 laps of the race, with Mitchell passing the Sprint Cup Series rookie on the outside of Turn 1 to on a late restart. Mitchell began to check out over Larson in his No. 98 Fusion but Larson’s No. 4 Impala began to reel in the leader as the laps began to wind down. With three laps to go, Larson was able to grab enough of Mitchell’s draft off of the tunnel turn to complete a pass into Turn 3. From there, Larson was able to power away from Mitchell to grab his first career ARCA Racing Series win.

“That was surprising,” Larson said in victory lane. “We had the dominant car by far the whole race. The 98 surprised me, he was really fast and pulled away from me a little bit there and he got excited a couple of times in Turn 2 and killed his run and I was able to get a run on him to get to his inside. That would suck to lose that race but it was fun racing – it was a blast.”

With his second-place finish, Mitchell was able to close the gap in the Drivers’ Standings to 20 behind Grant Enfinger, who finished eighth.

“I knew we had [speed] built in our car,” Mitchell said. “We just had to adjust to it. The beginning of the day we were just a little off there and unfortunately we had an issue when we had to come down pit road, something was slipping in the rear end – I don’t know, I guess the tires fixed it but we were lucky to get the caution there. We made a bold move going into Turn 1 on the restart but I had to do it to get back up there to the front. We passed him on the restart there and I was trying to do everything I could to hold him off, it would have been pretty good to go up against a Cup team there.”

John Wes Townley was able to put in a strong run after starting from the rear of the field due to not qualifying his car – Townley was in Texas on Friday to race in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. Will Kimmel and Justin Allison rounded out the top-five.

The ARCA Racing Series heads to Brooklyn, Michigan next for next Friday’s Michigan ARCA 200 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Top-10 Finishers of the Pocono ARCA 200

  1. 4 – Kyle Larson – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports
  2. 98 – Mason Mitchell – Ford – Mason Mitchell Motorsports
  3. 15 – John Wes Townley – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
  4. 69 – Will Kimmel – Ford – Kimmel Racing
  5. 88 – Justin Allison – Ford – Team BCR
  6. 6 – Josh Williams – Chevrolet  – Williams Racing
  7. 44 – Frank Kimmel – Toyota – Win-Tron Racing
  8. 90 – Grant Enfinger – Ford – Team BCR
  9. 55 – Cody Coughlin – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
  10. 3 – Karl Weber – Chevrolet – Wayne Hixson

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 7 of 20

 

Kyle Pokrefky
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