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Grant Enfinger Cruises to Victory in Federated Auto Parts 200

Grant Enfinger Cruises to Victory in Federated Auto Parts 200

by August 10, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: ARCARacing.com

MARNE, Mich. — Grant Enfinger (GMS Racing) put on an absolute clinic Saturday night at the Berlin Raceway, leading 181 of 200 laps to win the Federated Auto Parts 200.

Enfinger scored his fifth win of the ARCA Racing Series season and his first for his new team GMS Racing. Enfinger’s seventh career win in the series in his third start for GMS Racing provided his new team with their very first race win in their organization’s history. The driver of the No. 90 Motor Honey-Castile-Allegiant Travel Chevrolet held off Austin Wayne Self (Cunningham Motorsports), Brennan Poole (Venturini Motorsports), Kyle Weatherman (Roulo Brothers Racing), and Tom Hessert (Cunningham Motorsports) to earn the victory at Berlin and would cross the line ahead of Self by 5.645 seconds.

Enfinger took the lead early in the race from pole-sitter Mason Mitchell (Mason Mitchell Motorsports), seizing the lead on Lap 1 and holding it well into the first quarter of the race. His lead under the green flag would be interrupted on Lap 54 by an accident by Thomas Praytor (Wayne Hixson) on the frontstretch. The first caution period of the night would send every lead lap driver except for Self down pit road for new tires, a move that would momentarily doom the No. 22 crew once the race returned to green flag conditions.

The No. 90 car would quickly pounce on the lead on the restart and would hold it through two cautions, one for Roger Carter (Carter 2 Motorsports) going for a spin, and one for an incident involving Clair Zimmerman (Bobby Gerhart Racing.) Once the green flag flew again on Lap 108 after Zimmerman’s incident, Boston would grab the lead on Lap 112 and would hold it until the next caution on Lap 121 that flew for a Bill Catania (Catania Racing) spin off of Turn 2 – prompting the rest of the field to pit once again.

Once the race went back to green on Lap 129, it would be Enfinger who would once again seize the lead and run out to a sizable lead. From there, Enfinger put it on cruise control as he would run away from the field and into victory lane for the first time in a GMS Racing Chevrolet.

Enfinger’s win allowed the 29-year-old from Fairhope, Alabama, to close the points gap to leader Mitchell to 25 points; a much slimmer margin than the 75-point gap that was between Mitchell and Enfinger heading into the 200-lap race.

The ARCA Racing Series will now head to the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois, for next Sunday’s SuperChevyStores.com 100.

Top-10 Finishers of the Federated Auto Parts 200

  1. 90 – Grant Enfinger – Chevrolet – GMS Racing
  2. 22 – Austin Wayne Self – Dodge – Cunningham Motorsports
  3. 15 – Brennan Poole – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
  4. 60 – Kyle Weatherman – Ford – Roulo Brothers Racing
  5. 77 – Tom Hessert – Dodge – Cunningham Motorsports
  6. 44 – Frank Kimmel – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
  7. 25 – Justin Boston – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
  8. 55 – J.J. Haley – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
  9. 52 – Ken Schrader – Chevrolet – Ken Schrader Racing
  10. 98 – Mason Mitchell – Ford – Mason Mitchell Motorsports

Unofficial Top-10 ARCA Racing Series Drivers’ Standings after Round 14 of 20

  1. 98 – Mason Mitchell – Mason Mitchell Motorsports – 3420 | Leader
  2. 90 – Grant Enfinger – GMS Racing – 3395 | -25
  3. 44 – Frank Kimmel – Win-Tron Racing – 3155 | -265
  4. 77 – Tom Hessert – Cunningham Motorsports – 3115 | -305
  5. 25 – Justin Boston – Venturini Motorsports – 2955 | -465
  6. 22 – Austin Wayne Self – Cunningham Motorsports – 2835 | -585
  7. 15 – John Wes Townley – Venturini Motorsports – 2740 | -680
  8. 2 – Thomas Praytor – Wayne Hixson – 2515 | -905
  9. 23 – Spencer Gallagher – GMS Racing – 2085 | -1335
  10. 3 – Karl Weber – Wayne Hixson – 1925 | -1495
Kyle Pokrefky
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