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Brandon Jones Wins Controversial Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway

July 6th, 2014 at 6:01 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

It was a controversial move that left Mason Mitchell very unhappy but Brandon Jones passed Mitchell off of turn four on the final lap to win the ARCA Racing Series Herr's Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway. Mitchell led late after a couple of late race cautions bunched up the field. Mitchell was in front looking for his first ARCA Racing Series win when the field came into the final turn. Jones dive-bombed the corner, making contact door-to-door into Mitchell's car and sending Mitchell's car up the track. Jones got by Mitchell and went on to victory. An excited Brandon Jones celebrated in victory lane in his first ARCA Racing Series start.

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"That was incredible," the 17-year-old said. Jones was driving a Chevrolet for Turner Scott Motorsports. "I don't like to win 'em that way but first ARCA win and I had to go for it." 

An unhappy Mason Mitchell finished in the second spot. Mitchell commented on the last lap pass by Jones. 

"I don't have all the money in the world so I can pass people clean," Mitchell said. 

Finishing in the third position was Justin Boston. Boston found himself in early trouble after being involved in a lap one crash with Kyle Weatherman and Anderson Bowman. Both Weatherman and Bowman were done for the day. Boston's Venturini Motorsports team rebounded and finished in the third spot. Veteran and pole sitter Ken Schrader led 88 laps and finished in the fourth position. Grant Enfinger finished in the fifth position. 

Schrader had the best car for most of the race especially on the long runs. He led early in the going of the 200 lap race but lost the lead when Mason Mitchell took the lead on lap 22. He retook the lead on lap 86 after a long green flag run and Schrader began to show the youngsters in the field how to run the .75 mile racetrack. On lap 103 the races' second caution flag flew when Josh Williams crashed. The leaders would pit and Mason Mitchell led the field to the lap 110 restart. 

Mitchell shot out to a huge lead on the restart but by lap 130 Schrader started to chase him down and on lap 137 Schrader went back out in front and really started to dominate. Schrader's lead was over 3.5 seconds by lap 178. It looked like only a caution could cause the Fenton, Missouri native to lose the race. Unfortunately for Schrader that caution would come as Karl Weber would crash hard in turn three after blowing a tire. Weber's accident occurred on lap 184 and the leaders would pit. 

Schrader came in as the leader but would lose the lead after trouble on his pit stop. Schrader came out of the pits fourth behind Mason Mitchell, Brandon Jones and Justin Boston. 

When the race restarted on lap 191 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel would crash after contact from John Wes Townley. Kimmel's car had significant damage and he finished ninth. 

The race restarted on lap 196 and Mitchell shot off to the lead. Mitchell was leading until turn four of the final lap when Brandon Jones got around him for the victory. Mitchell finished second for the fourth time this season.

The rest of the top 10 consisted of JJ Haley in sixth, Cody Coughlin in seventh, John Wes Townley in eighth, Frank Kimmel in ninth and Austin Wayne Self in tenth.

Grant Enfinger holds a 10 point lead over Mason Mitchell in the ARCA Racing Series point standings. 

The next race on the ARCA Racing Series schedule is the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19th. 

Tags: ARCA Racing Series, Brandon Jones, Herr's Chase the Taste 200, Motorsports, Winchester Speedway

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