Top Five Moments of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Season

Top Five Moments of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series Season

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2014 produced many memorable moments for the ARCA Racing Series with plenty of exciting action taking place across the entirety of the 20-race schedule.

With less than two months to go until the 2015 season kicks off at Daytona International Speedway, I decided to take a look back at the 2014 season and list off my top-five favorite moments from the year.

If you feel that there are any glaring omissions from this top-five countdown, feel free to leave a comment below.

#1. Mason Mitchell Survives Tight Points Battle to Win Championship for His Own Team

In his first full season in the ARCA Racing Series as both a driver and as an owner, 20-year-old Mason Mitchell was crowned the 2014 ARCA champion at the conclusion of the ARCA 98.9 at Kansas Speedway. Mitchell ran a consistent season with 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes in 20 races with one win at Chicagoland Speedway helping his cause to win this year’s title. This year’s championship battle between both Mitchell and Grant Enfinger produced many memorable moments (including one that made this list) across the entire season with both drivers pushing each other to the limit throughout the year. While Enfinger put up a valiant effort, Mitchell’s perseverance was enough to deliver both himself and his team this year’s title in triumphant fashion.

#2. Spencer Gallagher Grabs Elusive First Win in Season Finale

When you think of Las Vegas and lucky numbers, you tend to think of numbers such as 7 or 11. For Vegas native Spencer Gallagher, his lucky number is apparently 51. Gallagher claimed his first career victory in his 51st series start in the season-ending ARCA 98.9 at Kansas Speedway in dominating fashion, leading 53 of 99 laps to grab the third win of the year for GMS Racing. After several near misses at victory lane, the Kansas victory was nothing but sweetness for one of the most charismatic drivers in the ARCA garage.

#3. Tom Hessert Outduels Mason Mitchell at Salem

Tom Hessert and Mitchell were the class of the field at Salem Speedway in September’s Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic, being the only two drivers on the lead lap by the time of the race’s first caution on Lap 145. When the race went back to green with 47 laps to go, the two drivers engaged in a dogfight that culminated in a last lap side-by-side battle. Entering Turn 3, Hessert and Mitchell remained side-by-side until the two made contact coming off of Turn 4, sending Mitchell around and Hessert to victory lane for the second time of the season.

#4. Madness at Madison International Speedway

By the time the ARCA Racing Series rolled into Madison International Speedway for the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200, Enfinger and Mitchell had established themselves as the two drivers who would be left to duke it out for the title. The points standings were as tight as they could be in the rounds leading up to Madison with the margin between the two drivers standing at 25 points entering the race with Mitchell leading the way. After dominating the race, a late retirement by Enfinger seemingly handed the title – and race – to Mitchell – that is until Mitchell himself suffered a retirement just nine laps later. As Justin Boston won the race, Mitchell and Enfinger moved on to the next race with the points gap remaining at 25 points.

#5. Kevin Swindell Wins as a Substitute in Springfield

Days before the first dirt race of the ARCA season at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Kevin Swindell wasn’t even listed for entry for August’s 100. After the regular driver of the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, John Wes Townley, was sidelined by injury after a practice crash for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Swindell got the call to substitute for his former ARCA team. Swindell, a four-time winner of the prestigious Chili Bowl sprint car race, showed off his dirt racing prowess by grabbing the lead of the 100-lap race with 48 laps to go and then again with 12 laps remaining to sail on to his second career ARCA win – 22 months after his last start in the series.

Kyle Pokrefky
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