For much of the Pocono 200 it looked like Kyle Larson was going to sail to an easy victory. But a couple late race cautions shrunk Larson’s lead and caused him to battle with Mason Mitchell in the closing stages. However, Larson was too strong for the Iowa native Mitchell and Larson passed Mitchell in the closing stages to win his first career ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards race at Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon. Larson led 66 of the races’ 80 laps. Mitchell finished an impressive second.
John Wes Townley finished in the third position with Will Kimmel coming home fourth and Justin Allison finished in the fifth position. Josh Williams finished sixth with Frank Kimmel finishing seventh. Points leader Grant Enfinger finished in the eighth position. Cody Coughlin finished ninth and Karl Weber finished tenth.
Larson was strong all day long but the late race action with Mitchell certainly scared him.
“I was nervous for a while there,” Larson said after winning his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race. “He was real aggressive and got the lead, then started to pull away.”
Larson was running the race because he had never run at Pocono Raceway before and wanted to get more prepared for Sunday’s Pocono 400. Larson committed a penalty in the race that almost cost him the race, but in the end Larson said it was a great experience.
“We had a good car, a dominating car,” Larson said. “We definitely wanted to win. I was glad that we had to work for it there in the end. I learned something in all of this. In the end, it was a lot of fun.”
Other notables in the field include Bobby Gerhart in 12th, Tom Hessert in 16th, Matt Tifft in 19th, Justin Boston in 22ndand Austin Wayne Self in 24th.
Grant Enfinger leads the points by 20 points over Mason Mitchell.
The next race on the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards’ schedule is the Michigan ARCA 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday June 14th.Tags: ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, Kyle Larson, Mason Mitchell, Motorsports, Pocono 200, Pocono Raceway