ARCA Racing Series
Enfinger is atop points
leaderboard in ARCA
He will try to win the Crosley Brands 150
at Sparta in Sept.
(September 2015) – Since 2008, Grant Enfinger has been competing in the ARCA Racing Series and tearing up the track. With several dominating victories behind him, he was the top points leader through August, and it is a position he hopes to hold.
His latest win came at the Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich., in the ARCA Racing Series Federated Auto Parts 200. He beat out defending series champion Mason Mitchell by 0.406 seconds. Enfinger started on the pole, led all but two laps and lapped all but five cars in the 27-car field.
A.J. Fike won the ARCA Racing Series event Aug. 23 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. The race was the first of two on dirt for the Midwestern based division.
Enfinger will compete in the ARCA Racing Series Crosley Brands 150 on Friday, Sept. 25, at the Kentucky Speedway. Crosley Brands, a Louisville, Ky.-based company, will award its signature juke boxes to each of the Kentucky Speedway’s five 2015 race winners.
Enfinger, 30, opened the 2015 season the same way he started in 2014-with three consecutive wins: Daytona International Speedway, Mobile International Speedway and Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Berlin Raceway became his fourth win on Aug. 8.
He holds the rank of being the only driver in ARCA history who has won the first three races of the season in consecutive years. He won the Menards Pole Award, leading 198 of 200 laps, by winning the Federated Auto Parts 200. It was his 12th career ARCA victory.
With this victory, Enfinger extended his championship to 200 points over Austin Wayne Self. This was his first trip to Victory Lane since winning the first three races of the season.
“These wins are big but we’re trying to keep this championship battle in perspective, too,” he said. “That’s what we’ve all been working for all year and winning like this goes a long way towards reaching that goal.”
In 2014, Enfinger switched teams mid-season from Team BCR Ford to GMS Racing, earning a series-high six wins. The first three races of the year were held at Daytona, Mobile and Salem. This was a feat that had not been accomplished since Ramo Stott did so in 1970.
This success almost had the Fairhope, Ala., native winning the championship, but instead he finished a close second overall to Mason Mitchell. He had three other wins in 2014 at Elko Speedway, Berlin Raceway and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Race Track. Despite six wins in 2014, Enfinger finished second in points to Mitchell.
In his 87 ARCA starts since 2008, Enfinger has 41 top-five finishes and 60 top 10s, including 12 wins total. In 41 races, he has led 2,348 laps.
Enfinger began his ARCA Racing Series by competing in four races during the 2008 season. He continued racing in the series on a limited basis for the next two seasons. His best finish was second place and occurred twice the next year at Chicagoland Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.
During this time he drove for a family-owned team, which merged with RAB Racing in 2010. It was this same year that he made his first career start in the NASCAR camping World Truck Series. He finished 22nd.
In 2011 he moved to Allgaier Motorsports and competed in his first full season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. He won one pole at Berlin Raceway and finished fourth in series standings at the end of the 2011 season.
After racing a limited schedule in 2012, his breakout season came in 2013 when he made nine starts for Team BCR. He also got his first ARCA Racing Series win at his home track of Mobile Speedway.
When Enfinger won at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack in 2014, he also received the Bill France Four Crown award. The Bill France Four Crown is named after NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. Davey Allison was the first recipient in 1984.
When Enfinger won the Lucas Oil 200, the opening race for 2015, he said, “It is an incredible feeling to win at Daytona. A few weeks ago, we had a lot of uncertainty whether or not I was going to be able to get back in the car, but GMS Racing did give me the opportunity to race, and I can’t say enough about them.”
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