Enfinger Gets Back On Track At Berlin
MARNE, Mich. – Grant Enfinger picked a great time to take GMS Racing to victory lane for the first time Saturday, winning the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Berlin Raceway.
“This one is huge for so many reasons,” Enfinger said after winning his fifth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race of the 2014 season. “Our crew chief, Ryan London lost his step-father this week. It’s a wonder he even made it here tonight, but it shows what a great leader he is of this team.”
Enfinger led 181 of 200 laps in dominating the race at the .438-mile short track. Austin Wayne Self finished second for the second time in three weeks, Brennan Poole came home third, Kyle Weatherman made a late surge to finish fourth and Tom Hessert earned a top five.
Enfinger started second, but shot past Menards Pole winner Mason Mitchell for the lead by the time the cars hit the backstretch and held it for most of the race. He slipped back and out of the top five at one point, but a four-tire pit stop that saw him come back on the track in second place was the key, he said.
“This GMS pit crew worked their butts off tonight and gave me a great pit stop,” he said. “We went in fourth and came out challenging for the lead. They just did a great job in the pits. And, my spotter, Joey Coulter, did a great job getting me through some lapped traffic and changing my lines a couple times. I’m so happy for everyone on this team Motor Honey/Casite-Allegiant Travel Chevrolet team.”
Enfinger moved to within 25 points of Mitchell, who finished 10th and kept the series point lead after 14 races of the 20-race season. The series heads to Springfield next weekend for the first of two dirt track races of the season.