Posted: Monday, June 2nd 2014 at 5:00pm
Ranger scores fourth consecutive ARCA win at NJMP
By Doug Donnelly
Andrew Ranger (center) celebrates after scoring the ARCA Racing Series victory Sunday afternoon at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Brian Wong (left) finished in second, with Matt Tifft (right) in third. / Photo: Courtesy ARCA Media
MILLVILLE, NJ - Andrew Ranger got by Justin Boston with 14 laps remaining in Sunday's Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, then sailed to a 17-second victory. It's his fourth consecutive win at the spacious, 2.25-mile road course.
Brian Wong finished second, Matt Tifft third and ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards point leader Grant Enfinger fourth. Frank Kimmel was fifth in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota.
"I think this car is built to win here," said Ranger, a resident of Roxton Pond, Quebec. "My team, my car, it's all great at this New Jersey track."
Ranger actually had a right rear tire go flat on the second lap of the race.
"I think I ran over some debris from another incident," he said. "We had to pit. When I heard I had a flat tire, I was really nervous, because anything can happen. But, we were on a caution and I was able to pit. We had a great pit stop and I was able to come back out still with the lead lap."
Ranger came out at the back of the field, but within two laps worked his way into the top 10 and was gaining positions the entire time. He then followed Boston for several laps before looking for his spot to pass him.
"I think he made a little mistake in the turns and I was able to get by him," Ranger said. "I was pushing my car, but not too hard. I wanted to save my stuff a little bit."
Boston led the first 32 laps, then again from laps 44 to 53 before Ranger was able to pass him for the lead. Late in the race, Boston had a tire issue and had to pit. He still finished seventh two weeks after his first ARCA win.
A Chinese-American, Wong had a great run, finishing second in just his second ARCA start. He was the SCOTT Rookie Challenge winner.
"I love these ARCA cars," the California native said. "They are so much fun to drive. I'm not really used to how heavy they are, so it took me a little bit of time to adjust. After my pit stop, I was able to push it up to second place."
Tifft led two laps and finished third for the second consecutive race. He said he followed Ranger for a while early in the race, learning some of his moves around the 14-turn course.
"I was following him, seeing where he lifted and where he would roll into the turns," Tifft said. "He's so good here. I was just trying to finish the race without blowing up."
Kyle Benjamin led nine laps in the race, his first on a road course. Benjamin finished sixth, one spot in front of Boston.
Raul Orlandini from Lima, Peru, placed eighth. Local favorite Tom Hessert was ninth. He had problems with a gear that sent him a lap down.
"The shifter shifted and the transmission didn't," Hessert said. "That was all she wrote."
Mason Mitchell squeezed in another top 10 finish - his 15th straight. Josh Williams ran in the top five to eight cars most of the day before finishing 11th after a late pit stop. Michael Lira was 12th in the second Kimmel Racing Ford with Karl Weber being four laps down in the No. 3.
For the second consecutive year, Ranger set records for both qualifying and the race. He qualified at 101.982 mph, then finished the race in 1:24:03, or 84.274 mph.
"It's just great to be here again in New Jersey," he said. "The car was fabulous for me. I think I was quicker than the No. 25, but I didn't want to use all of my car, so I rode behind him for a while.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has a short turnaround for next week's race, the Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.
ARCA Racing Series
New Jersey Motorsports Park - Millville, NJ
Great Railing 150 - June 1, 2014
FIN STR NO NAME/HOMETOWN SPONSOR LAPS STATUS
1 1 53 Andrew Ranger/Roxton Pond Quebec RRT Design & Construction Dodge 67 Running
2 6 55 Brian Wong/Newport Beach CA Nashville Recording Artist Lucy Angel Band Toyota 67 Running
3 3 52 Matt Tifft/Hinckley OH Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 67 Running
4 10 90 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Triple K Construction-Motor Honey-Casite Ford 67 Running
5 7 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 67 Running
6 15 17 Kyle Benjamin/Easley SC Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 67 Running
7 2 25 Justin Boston/Baltimore MD ZLOOP Toyota 67 Running
8 9 69 Raul Orlandini/Lima Peru Kimmel Racing Ford 67 Running
9 4 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Caregard-AxiomWarranty.com Dodge 66 Running
10 13 98 Mason Mitchell/West Des Moines IA Thermal Technologies Services Ford 66 Running
11 8 6 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevy 66 Running
12 16 68 Michael Lira/Port Orange FL Gary Yeomans Ford 65 Running
13 17 3 Karl Weber/Ambia IN Silveus Insurance Group Chevrolet 63 Running
14 12 15 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby's Toyota 58 Transmssn
15 19 2 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL Realtor/DK-LOK Chevrolet 58 Running
16 21 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Townshp MI Radon.com Ford 26 Vibration
17 5 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 23 Transmssn
18 24 0 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ Great Railing Ford 11 Vibration
19 18 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 5 Transmssn
20 25 06 Tim Viens/Daytona Beach FL Great Railing Chevrolet 5 Transmssn
21 23 40 Jay Curry/Homosassa FL Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge 4 Suspnsn
22 22 66 Michael Self/Draper UT Venturini Motorsports Toyota 3 Handling
23 20 99 Steve Fox/Hazleton PA Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 2 Brakes
24 11 22 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX AM Technical Solutions Dodge 1 Accident
25 14 24 Steve Minghenelli/Waterford NJ Dylans RV Center Ford 0 Accident
97 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge DNS
Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell: Andrew Ranger 79.426 (101.982 mph) *NTR
Margin of Victory: 17.415 seconds Cautions: 2 for 7 laps
Time of Race: 1:24:03 Average Speed: 84.274 mph
Lap Leaders: Boston 1-32, 44-53 (42); Tifft 33-34 (2); Benjamin 35-43 (9); Ranger 54-67 (14)
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