Matt Tifft Inching Closer and Closer to First ARCA Victoryby Kyle Pokrefky April 13, 2015 0 comments
By: Kyle Pokrefky/@KPokrefky
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After a runner-up finish in the Troop Aid 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on Saturday night, Matt Tifft can feel his very first win in the ARCA Racing Series drawing near.
Tifft, driver of the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota for Ken Schrader Racing in the series, tied his best career series finish at Nashville on Saturday, taking the checkered flag for the 200-lap race two seconds behind winner Grant Enfinger, who won his third consecutive ARCA race.
After climbing out of his car, Tifft stated that in the final run to the finish, his car was able to maintain the distance to Enfinger but soon wound up falling off due to tire wear.
“We gave it all that she had,” Tifft said. “I pushed really hard to stay with Grant and he just had a really good car. With about 10 laps to go we were even and I just burned my stuff up trying to get to him. It was real close, but we just needed a little more.”
With 14 career ARCA starts now under his belt and with a strong performance on Saturday, Tifft, 18, believes that his first career ARCA win is just over the horizon.
“Oh my God, I thought it was going to happen tonight [laughs],” Tifft remarked. “Yeah, it’s close, we’ve only got one more spot to go. We’re close, the whole Federated Auto Parts team – Ken Schrader Racing, we’ve got the new composite body car with a Toyota body on there. It looks pretty and it was going fast. We’re close to a win.”
Tifft’s next shot at his first ARCA victory will be in the ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
KSR team owner Ken Schrader will take over driving duties of the No. 52 car at Salem Speedway and Toledo Speedway while Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell will drive the car at Talladega Superspeedway.