Posted: Monday, July 28th 2014 at 10:00am
Jones two-for-two with ARCA Lucas Oil Raceway victory
By Doug Donnelly
Georgia native Brandon Jones scored his second career ARCA Racing Series victory Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. / Photo: Courtesy ARCA Media
BROWNSBURG, IN - The first time Brandon Jones won an ARCA Racing Series race, he needed a turn four pass on the last lap to get to victory lane. This time, by the time he reached turn four, his win was secure.
Jones, 17, came alive late in the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care Friday, as the Atlanta, GA racer won his second ARCA Racing Series race in as many starts, this time at Lucas Oil Raceway.
"Things definitely went our way tonight," Jones said. "I'll take it."
Jones' win was as much about survival as it was anything. ARCA point leader Mason Mitchell led the most laps, but exited the race with a gear problem. Justin Boston had a big lead, then got into an accident during a caution, ending his victory hope.
"I think the 98, 25 and us were definitely the three best cars out there," Jones said. "I hated to have that happen to them, but we were fast there, especially late. We were saving our tires a little bit during the race."
Austin Wayne Self finished second, Frank Kimmel third, Grant Enfinger fourth and Matt Tifft fifth in the 200 lap race at the .686-mile track.
Boston's lead was up to six seconds when Bobby Gerhart spun in turn two. Boston said he didn't know the caution came out and, by the time he found out, he had locked up the brakes and hit Gerhart. Both cars drove away, but the damage was enough to ruin Boston's night.
"We feel like we kind of had that one in the bag," Boston said. "We gave that one away. It was no one's fault but mine. I feel bad for my fans and my team. We gave that one away."
Boston took over the lead on lap 118 and stayed there until the incident on lap 156.
Mitchell, in the Musselman's-Wildlife Foundation of Florida-TTS Ford, entered the race with the series point lead and a 20-race streak of finishing in the top 10. He grabbed the lead from the polesitter Jones and stayed out front for the first 52 laps of the race and regained the lead briefly later. He led a race-high 63 laps but will leave the Indianapolis area trailing Enfinger by 40 points in the standings.
Enfinger, in the Motor Honey-Casite/Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, led nine laps in his first race for GMS Racing. He officially joined GMS Thursday and arrived at Lucas Oil Raceway with a new team.
"For the first time with GMS, everybody did a great job," Enfinger said. "We put the car up near the front and had a top five car at the end."
Self, in the AM Technical Solutions Dodge, and Kimmel were both pleased with their top five finishes. Self, the SCOTT Rookie Challenge leader, was coming off a 20th place finish at Chicagoland.
"For a lot of the race, we were just sort of riding around, making our laps," Self said. "It is good to finally get back to the top three. Hopefully, this is the momentum we need to win a race soon."
Kimmel, who was working with crew chief Mark Rette for the first time, scored his best finish since Salem in April in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota.
"It was a great run," he said. "We really struggled with the car earlier today; it just wasn't that great. We made some changes and Mark made a great call and that helped a lot. It turned us into a top five car."
Tifft, in the Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet, led seven laps and sixth-place finisher John Wes Townley, of Watkinsville, GA, led 13 in the Zaxby's Toyota.
Jones, in the Exide Chevrolet, is the third pole sitter and winner on the season for Turner Scott Motorsports.
The ARCA Racing Series heads back to Pocono Raceway for its second stop of the season at the 2.5-mile 'Tricky Triangle'. The race, live on Fox Sports 1, will be at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.
ARCA Racing Series
Lucas Oil Raceway - Brownsburg, IN
Scott Get Geared Up 200 - July 25, 2014
FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 1 4 Brandon Jones/Atlanta GA Exide-Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
2 8 22 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX AM Technical Solutions Dodge 200 Running
3 10 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 200 Running
4 15 90 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Motor Honey-Casite-Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 200 Running
5 9 11 Matt Tifft/Hinckley OH OTM Distributing-Federated Chevrolet 200 Running
6 13 15 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby's Toyota 200 Running
7 3 52 Ken Schrader/Fenton MO Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 200 Running
8 6 25 Justin Boston/Baltimore MD ZLOOP Toyota 200 Running
9 4 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Caregard-AxiomWarranty.com Dodge 200 Running
10 12 60 Kyle Weatherman/Wentzville MO Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 199 Running
11 16 55 Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH JEGS Toyota 199 Running
12 18 69 Michael Lira/Port Orange FL Gary Yeomans Ford 199 Running
13 5 88 Justin Allison/Salisbury NC HaVaCoSales.com Ford 197 Running
14 17 3 Karl Weber/Ambia IN Silveus Insurance Group Chevrolet 197 Running
15 29 72 Shannon McIntosh/Miamisburg OH Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 196 Running
16 19 2 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL DK LOK Ford 195 Running
17 11 10 Blake Hillard/Owensboro KY Mach 5 Chevrolet 194 Running
18 22 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil-MAVTV Chevrolet 192 Running
19 28 97 Ray Ciccarelli/Reisterstown MD Collectors & Filters Inc. Dodge 174 Running
20 2 98 Mason Mitchell/West Des Moines IA Musselman's-Wildlife Foundation of Florida-TTS Ford 151 Rear End
21 21 27 A.J. Fike/Galesburg IL Liberty Village-McGladrey-Office Specialists Ford 114 Engine
22 23 0 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ Wayne Peterson Racing Dodge 107 Running
23 14 80 Brian Finney/Merritt Island FL Eagle Jet International-Bob Steele Chevrolet 88 Clutch
24 25 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Radon.com Ford 87 Running
25 20 29 Wayne Edwards/Shepherdsville KY Correct Temp Inc.-Team Bear Dodge 82 Oil Leak
26 7 66 J.J. Haley/Winamac IN Braun Auto Group-BraunAbility Toyota 52 Accident
27 27 40 Mike Senica/Doylestown PA Bell Plantation Dodge 10 Handling
28 24 06 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 9 Handling
29 31 8 Barry Layne/Mims FL Eagle Jet International-Bob Steele Chevrolet 8 Engine
30 26 68 Chris Bailey/South Park PA Kimmel Racing Ford 5 Handling
31 30 00 Thomas Woodin/Battlecreek MI Wayne Peterson Racing Chevrolet 1 Handling
32 32 6 Mark Lambert/Noblesville IN Williams Enterprises Ford 1 Handling
Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell: Brandon Jones 22.268 (110.904 mph)
Margin of Victory: 5.378 seconds Cautions: 3 for 25 laps
Time of Race: 1:38:16 Average Speed: 88.321 mph *NTR
Lap Leaders: Mitchell 1-54, 109-117 (63); Jones 55-62, 157-200 (51); Tifft 63-69 (7); Enfinger 70-95 (26);
Townley 96-108 (13); Boston 118-156 (40)
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