It was a classic dominant performance by Grant Enfinger in the No. 90 Team BCR Ford Saturday night at Elko Speedway in Minnesota as he won his fourth ARCA Racing Series race of the 2014 season and sixth of his career. Enfinger led 211 of the races 250 laps in the Akona 250 and beat runner-up finisher Tom Hessert by 6.258 seconds at the checkered flag.
"We just had one heck of a rocket ship," Enfinger said in victory lane.
It was Enfinger's first trip to the 3/8 mile track.
JJ Haley became the youngest pole winner ever in ARCA history at age 15 but he spun his tires on the initial start which allowed Enfinger to take the lead. Enfinger ran into adversity early when on lap 3 the lap car of Joe Haney clipped the grass and then got into Enfinger's sending the leader into a spin and bringing out the first caution. Enfinger would pit and restart outside the top 15. Also caught up in the caution was Justin Boston who spun out and Austin Wayne Self who stopped to avoid colliding with Boston's car.
Josh Williams led the field back to the green flag and led when the caution came out for the second time on lap 21 for a spin by Self. Williams led on the lap 27 restart but the third caution then flew on lap 31 when John Wes Townley spun after contact from Karl Weber.
On the lap 37 restart Tom Hessert took the lead from Williams and then on lap 40 Enfinger moved past Williams and into second place. Enfinger completed his rally on lap 43 when he passed Hessert on the outside. Enfinger would lead every lap after that.
The fourth caution came out when Kyle Benjamin was trying to pass Frank Kimmel and Ken Schrader on the outside of a three-wide situation. Schrader and Kimmel made some contact which then sent Kimmel into Benjamin and sent him around. Benjamin would loose a lap because of the spin.
On the lap 76 restart Enfinger held off a challenge from Hessert. At lap 100 Karl Weber's race ended with a rear gear problem and he finished 17th of the 23 cars. At the halfway lap of 125 Enfinger led and had lapped all but the top seven cars. Hessert was second, Haley third, Williams fourth, Boston fifth, Schrader sixth, and points leader Mason Mitchell seventh,
The fifth caution flew on lap 151 when John Wes Townley spun. Ken Schrader who was sixth got the free pass back to the lead lap. Under the pit stops Enfinger got off pit road with the lead just ahead of Justin Boston. Tom Hessert came out third and JJ Haley fourth. Josh Williams lost a lap under the caution when his pit crew had a very long stop. Mason Mitchell lost a second lap on his pit stop when his car fell off the jack.
The race restarted on lap 160 and went green for the last 91 laps. On lap 181 Hessert moved into second and on lap 225 Haley moved up to third as Boston fell to fourth.
Enfinger had built his lead to almost 11 seconds and cruised to the win. Tom Hessert finished second, JJ Haley third, and Justin Boston fourth. Those were the only lead lap cars. Ken Schrader finished fifth with Josh Williams sixth, Kyle Benjamin seventh, Austin Wayne Self eighth, John West Townley ninth, and Mason Mitchell tenth. Frank Kimmel was 11th and Spencer Gallagher 12th.
The next race on the ARCA Racing Series schedule is on Sunday, July 6th at Winchester Speedway.Tags: ARCA, ARCA Racing Series, Austin Wayne Self, Elko Speedway, Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, John Wes Townley, Josh Williams, Justin Boston, Ken Schrader, Kyle Benjamin, Mason Mitchell, Motorsports, Spencer Gallagher, Tom Hessert