Enfinger Overcomes Spin, Wins At Elko
ELKO, Minn. – Grant Enfinger said he had a rocket ship from the start on Saturday night at Elko Speedway.
That rocket ship, otherwise known as the No. 90 Triple K Construction-Casite-Ford, lapped all but three cars and cruised into victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series’ Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care.
It was Enfinger’s fourth win of the 2014 season and his third on a short track.
“Our short track program is really on right now,” he said. “Everyone on this Team BCR team is just doing exactly what they need to be doing.”
Tom Hessert finished second in the No. 77 Caregard-AxiomWarranty.com Dodge, polesitter J.J. Haley third in the Braun Auto Group Venturini Motorsports Toyota and Justin Boston fourth in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota. They were the only cars on the lead lap when the race was complete.
Enfinger started on the outside pole but grabbed the lead right away after Haley spun his tires when the green flag dropped.
He led the first three laps before he got spun in turn two when he got tangled up with a car he was about to lap. He made a pit stop and was able to stay on the lead lap as Josh Williams took over the lead.
“I thought our day was done,” Enfinger said. “But, (crew chief) Kelly Kovski stayed calm and he kept me calm. He made the adjustments on the car and we took off after that. The car was working on the inside or the outside and that was really the key because when we were at the back of the field, we had to use the outside to get around everyone. Then, when we were battling for the lead, we had to use the inside.”
Enfinger led 211 laps overall, and regained the lead from Hessert on lap 43. Williams led from lap three to 36 and Hessert from 37 to 42.
Kovski said he didn’t have to do anything special to keep Enfinger calm.
“He was shook up a little bit,” said Kovski, who not only has been Enfinger’s crew chief this season but has experience as an ARCA driver. “But, Grant usually keeps his composure anyway. He did everything right. He’s on top of his game right now.”
He’s also on top of the ARCA Racing Series point standings, re-taking the lead from Mason Mitchell, who finished 10th, keeping his top 10 streak going at 18 races.