It was a wild finish to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Salem Speedway as veteran driver Ken Schrader had the lead in the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter with two laps to go on a green-white-checkered restart. However, prior contact bent Schrader's front fender, causing him to blow a tire in Turn 1 allowing Grant Enfinger to take the lead. Enfinger was able to hold of Spencer Gallagher on the final lap and win in Salem, Indiana. With the victory Enfinger became just the third driver in ARCA Racing Series history to start the season with three consecutive wins, joining Ramo Stott who accomplished the feat in 1970.
“The stars are just lining up for us,” Enfinger said. “It’s pretty unbelievable.”
Grant Enfinger, who started second, took the lead from pole sitter Justin Boston and led the races first 104 laps. Mason Mitchell took the lead on lap 105 and led until a caution flag flew for debris on lap 124. The sixth and final caution flew when Karl Webber spun on lap 191 which ended up extending the race to 202 laps. Just prior to that Kyle Weatherman and leader Ken Schrader made contact, damaging Schrader's right front corner. The damage aided in Schrader's tire going down on the final restart and Enfinger went on to win his fifth career ARCA Racing Series race.
Finishing in the sixth position was Josh Williams with Mason Mitchell coming home seventh. Ken Schrader finished eighth, the final car on the lead lap. Finishing in the ninth spot was Cody Coughlin with Kyle Weatherman rounding out the top ten. Kyle Benjamin finished 12th, Justin Boston finished 35 laps down in 15th and John Wes Townley crashed out on lap 77 finishing 21st of the 29 cars.
Clearly with his third win in three races this season Grant Enfinger leads the points in his Team BCR Racing No. 90 car.
The next race on the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards schedule is the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday, May 3rd.Tags: ARCA, ARCA Racing Series, Austin Wayne Self, Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, Josh Williams, Justin Boston, Ken Schrader, Kyle Weatherman, Mason Mitchell, Motorsports, Salem Speedway, Spencer Gallagher, Tom Hessert