Grant Enfinger Three-peats at Mobile International Speedwayby Kyle Pokrefky March 14, 2015 0 comments
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MOBILE, Ala. — For the third straight year, hometown hero Grant Enfinger roared his way into victory lane in the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway.
This year’s Lucas Oil 200 winner dominated his hometown race, leading 161 of 205 laps to score his 10th career ARCA victory and his second straight to open up the 2015 season.
Coming to the checkered flag behind the driver of the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet in the top-10 were Brandon Jones, Josh Williams, Austin Wayne Self, Kyle Weatherman, Matt Tifft, Thomas Praytor, Michael Lira, Dominic Ursetta, and Brian Finney.
While in victory lane, Enfinger received his third jukebox trophy that has been traditionally given to the winner of the ARCA Mobile 200. To once again reign supreme in front of a hometown crowd is nothing short of being unbelievable for the Fairhope, Ala. native.
“I have so many people here today, watching this,” Enfinger said in victory lane. “It’s unbelievable. It seems like it took forever to get the first one.
““I felt like we had the class of the field for 50 laps, but we had to hold on after that. At one point, we sort of fell back a little bit. But, the cautions played out the way we needed it to. Jeff Stankiewicz [crew chief] pulled us in to pit road at the right times.”
As Enfinger cruised to the finish line over a half-second ahead of Jones, the tightest battle in the closing laps of the race was contested between the second-place finisher and Williams, who finished third.
Both Jones and Williams engaged in a physical battle that had both drivers bang fenders several times that culminated with Jones being turned following the checkered flag. The crews for both teams exchanged words following the incident.
11 caution periods over 77 laps took place with a lone red flag period coming out for a horrific incident that involved Will Kimmel eight laps into the race as the Sellersburg, Ind. native’s throttle stuck, sending his No. 69 Ford flying off the course in Turn 1, through a barrier, and into the spectators parking lot where it came to a rest.
Kimmel climbed out of his car miraculously unharmed; as for the spectators’ vehicles in the parking lot, only minimal contact was made by the No. 69 car.
With his win in today’s race, Enfinger will take an 80-point lead in the ARCA Racing Series’s drivers standings to April 11th’s race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, the Nashville ARCA 200.
Top-10 Finishers of the ARCA Mobile 200
- 23 – Grant Enfinger – Chevrolet – GMS Racing
- 25 – Brandon Jones – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
- 6 – Josh Williams – Chevrolet – Josh Williams Motorsports
- 98 – Austin Wayne Self – Ford – Mason Mitchell Motorsports
- 22 – Kyle Weatherman – Dodge – Cunningham Motorsports
- 52 – Matt Tifft – Chevrolet – Ken Schrader Racing
- 9 – Thomas Praytor – Ford – Max Force Racing
- 58 – Michael Lira – Ford – Lira Motorsports
- 55 – Dominic Ursetta – Toyota – Venturini Motorsports
- 68 – Brian Finney – Chevrolet – Finney Racing
Unofficial ARCA Drivers Standings after Round 2 of 20
- 23 – Grant Enfinger – GMS Racing – 480 | Leader
- 6 – Josh Williams – Josh Williams Motorsports – 400 | -80
- 98 – Austin Wayne Self – Mason Mitchell Motorsports – 370 | -110
- 77 – Tom Hessert – Cunningham Motorsports – 355 | -125
- 78 – Mason Mitchell – Mason Mitchell Motorsports – 340 | -140
- 59 – David Levine – Lira Motorsports – 320 | -160
- 9 – Thomas Praytor – Max Force Racing – 310 | -170
- 69 – Will Kimmel – Kimmel Racing – 295 | -185
- 48 – Brad Smith – Hylton Motorsports – 275 | -205
- 97 – Bobby Hamilton Jr. – Carter 2 Motorsports – 265 | -215
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