After finishing second six times in his first 34 career ARCA Racing Series races 20-year-old Mason Mitchell finally got his first career victory in race number 35 on Saturday evening at Chicagoland Speedway. Mitchell made a pass on Justin Boston with six laps to go in the Ansell ActivArmr 150 to finally get over the top.
The win also vaulted Mitchell back into the points lead ahead of Grant Enfinger.
"I can't put it into words, we worked so hard for this, finished second so many times," Mitchell said in victory lane. "I thank my dad and my family, everybody for supporting me forever. I tried so hard there and finally did it."
John Wes Townley was on the pole for the first time this season and second time in his ARCA career but it was Will Kimmel who started in third who was able to lead lap 1 ahead of Spencer Gallagher and Townley. Gallagher took the lead from Kimmel on lap 3 of 100.
The first caution flew on lap 8 when Justin Allison spun off Turn 2 while running seventh. He did not hit anything and would continue. The race restarted on lap 14 but the caution flew for the second time right away for debris. The right-side window of Roger Carter's car fell out. He finished 23rd of the 26 cars. The race would restart on lap 18 but again the caution flew again right away this time for a spin by Tom Berte in Turn 2. He finished two laps down in 13th.
The race restarted again on lap 22 with Gallagher still leading. The fourth caution then flew for a crash by John Wes Townley in Turn 3 on lap 24. He was running third when his right-front tire blew. Townley finished 22nd,
Gallagher again pulled away on the lap 30 restart and by lap 50 led over Matt Tifft, Justin Boston, Mason Mitchell, and Will Kimmel in the top five. The fifth caution then flew on lap 50 when Austin Wayne Self had a right-front tire go down in Turn 1. He pounded the wall hard and finished 20th.
After pit stops Gallagher still led for the lap 58 restart. Boston was second, Tifft third, Will Kimmel fourth, and Mitchell fifth. Kimmel did not get a good restart as he had lost third gear and dropped to tenth before getting back up to speed in fourth gear.
Gallagher opened a good sized lead but Boston ran him down and passed him for the lead on lap 73. At lap 75 Boston led over Gallagher, Tifft, Enfinger, and Coughlin.
The sixth caution then flew for debris on lap 80. Boston, Tifft, Enfinger, Mitchell, and Allison did not pit and on the lap 86 restart in the top five. Will Kimmel was the first off pit road and restarted sixth ahead of Josh Williams, Frank Kimmel, Spencer Gallagher, Cody Coughlin, Tom Hessert, and Leilani Munter on the lead lap.
Boston led but Mitchell had jumped to second with a good restart and stayed with Boston until lap 95 when he made the pass for the lead on the high line off Turn 2. From there Mitchell closed the deal on his first win.
Finishing in sixth was Spencer Gallagher, who led a race-high 70 laps. Grant Enfinger finished seventh, Justin Allison eighth, Tom Hessert ninth, Frank Kimmel tenth, Josh Williams 11th, and Leilani Munter 12th.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway on Friday, July 25th.
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