It was a great night of racing in the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana that ended with Brandon Jones winning his second career ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards in as many starts. Jones beat runner-up Austin Wayne Self by over five seconds. Frank Kimmel had his best finish since April by finishing third. Finishing in the fourth position was the new points leader Grant Enfinger in his first race with GMS Racing in the 2014 season and 18-year-old Matt Tifft finished in the fifth spot. John Wes Townley finished in the sixth spot with Ken Schrader coming home seventh. Justin Boston finished eighth with Tom Hessert coming home ninth and Kyle Weatherman rounded out the top ten.
Brandon Jones sat on the pole but he didn't have the dominate car early. That belonged to Mason Mitchell. Mitchell, who was coming off his first win of his career last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, also entered as the points leader by 15 points over Enfinger. Mitchell led early and often leading through lap 50 as Brandon Jones and Justin Boston followed. On lap 51 the races' first caution flag flew when J.J. Haley spun.
Some of the leaders would pit, except for Brandon Jones and Justin Boston as they led the field to green on the lap 63 restart. On lap 63 Matt Tifft shot to the front after restarting from the third position. Tifft was in front until lap 69 when Grant Enfinger got to the lead. Enfinger began to stretch the lead, until he hit lap traffic in which Tifft would close in on Enfinger.
Once Enfinger cleared the lap traffic he began to stretch his lead again and Tifft began to lose positions. John Wes Townley moved to second with Mason Mitchell in his tracks. On lap 95 Townley had chased down Enfinger and passed him for the lead. In Townley's tracks was Mitchell, who also passed Enfinger for second.
Townley led until the races' second caution flag flew when Bobby Gerhart spun. Gerhart wouldn't hit anything and would continue. The race would restart on lap 109 with Townley and Mitchell in front. Mitchell would shoot to the lead but there was another player emerging. Justin Boston was showing his strength and had seemed to put himself in perfect position to chase down Mason Mitchell. He did just that and on lap 123 Boston got the lead and began to pull away from the field. Boston had fresh tires compared to the field and the advantage helped him move through the field.
By lap 126 Boston's lead was 2.6 seconds. Boston's lead would continue to stretch and by lap 140 his lead over Brandon Jones was over seven seconds. Boston seemed unstoppable and was leading when the races' third caution flag flew for another Bobby Gerhart spin. Gerhart's car was on the top of racetrack and as Justin Boston came around turn three plowed into the #5 Chevrolet, giving Boston's Toyota some severe damage. Boston would continue but his chances at winning the race were gone. He finished eighth.
The race would restart on lap 149 with Brandon Jones and Mason Mitchell in front. Mitchell would get the lead but would experience issues as the rear gear would go on his #98 Ford. Coming into the race Mitchell had a top ten in all 11 races so far in the 2014 season, but that would end as the issues derailed his finish to a dismal 20th place run.
From that point forward it was Jones' race to lose and he did not lose it. He pulled away from the Cunningham Motorsports Dodge of Austin Wayne Self and won his second career ARCA Racing Series race in as many starts in the Turner Scott Motorsports #4 Chevrolet.
Other notables in the field included Justin Allison in 13th after he was running ninth with three laps left before getting into the wall and Bobby Gerhart in 18th.
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Tags: ARCA, Austin Wayne Self, Brandon Jones, Grant Enfinger, Justin Boston, Lucas Oil Raceway, Mason Mitchell, Motorsports
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