In only his third race with GMS Racing Grant Enfinger found his way to victory lane and back into the ARCA Racing Series championship picture. Enfinger picked up his fifth win of the 2014 season on Saturday night in the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan.
Enfinger, who won the first three races of the season for Team BCR Racing, and then also won one of one of the next eight races for the team decided to make the mid-season switch of teams to help keep his championship chances alive. After crashing at Pocono Raceway last weekend Enfinger dropped to 75 points behind Mason Mitchell but after leading 181 of 200 laps at Berlin Raceway coupled with Mitchell's tenth place finish, Enfinger has closed the points gap back to 25 points after 14 of 20 races.
“This one is huge for so many reasons,” Enfinger said. “Our crew chief, Ryan (“Pickle”) London lost his father-in-law this week. It’s a wonder he even made it here tonight, but it shows what a great leader he is of this team.”
Mason Mitchell won the pole but Enfinger grabbed the lead on the backstretch of lap 1 and set sail. He would lead until lap 57 when Austin Wayne Self was able to pass him. Enfinger was able to get back past Self on lap 61 and would show the way through lap 111. Justin Boston then took the lead on lap 112 and would lead until lap 125 when Karl Weber led the first laps in his ARCA Racing career. Enfinger had fallen as far back as fifth but on lap 128 Enfinger took the lead from Weber and then showed the way the final 73 laps to pick up his seventh career win. The margin of victory was 5.645 seconds.
Austin Wayne Self finished second and Brennan Poole finished third. Poole was driving the No. 15 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in place of John Wes Townley who missed his second straight race after a qualifying crash at Pocono sent him to the hospital.
Kyle Weatherman finished fourth, Tom Hessert fifth, Frank Kimmel sixth, Justin Boston seventh, and JJ Haley was the final lead lap car in eighth. Ken Schrader was ninth, Mason Mitchell tenth, Karl Weber 11th, Michael Lira 12th, AJ Fike 13th, and Clair Zimmerman was 14th in her first start since 2012.
There were five cautions for 30 total laps and 17 of the 26 cars finished the race.
The next race up for the ARCA Racing Series is the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday, August 17th. It will be the first of two dirt track races this season.
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