TOLEDO, Ohio – Justin Boston finally broke through in ARCA Racing Series competition Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.
Boston, driver of the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota, visited victory lane at Toledo Sunday, winning his first ARCA Racing Series race. Afterward, he received a kiss from team owner Bill Venturini, an organizational custom.
“This is great to be here,” Boston said. “I’m not sure what to say even. So many times we’ve missed this; it’s good to finally get the win.”
Boston took the lead from Grant Enfinger on lap 181 in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care and held off a charge from pole winner Mason Mitchell to win. It was Venturini Motorsports first win at Toledo since Bill Venturini himself went to victory lane in 1987.
“I can’t thank all of the guys at Venturini and back at the shop enough for this,” Boston said. “All I had to do was drive the car. It was fun to drive this car today.”
The race was over in just one hour and 15 minutes with only four cautions for 32 laps. Matt Tifft was not only the SCOTT Rookie Challenge winner, but he finished third in the race, just ahead of team owner Ken Schrader in fourth. John Wes Townley finished fifth in another Venturini car.
Frank Kimmel cut a tire late in the race and finished 14th, the first time he has finished out of the top 10 in 37 races.
Mitchell, however, finished in the top 10 for the 14th straight time.
“We just couldn’t get up there at the end,” Mitchell said. “We were definitely fast, probably the fastest car. I just made a few mistakes there during the race and cost us some track position. I tried to just stay calm and try and get to the front. We just came up a little short.”
Tifft, who had a huge cheering section in the grandstands, was happy with his finish.
“It was fun running with Kenny all day,” he said. “It was great to be able to stay in front of him. We were set up for the long runs really well. We had a good day today.”
Kimmel, Spencer Gallagher and Josh Williams all had a tire go down late in the race. Kimmel said it was just a matter of the tires being abused.
“We usually don’t have such long runs like that,” Kimmel said. “We were just abusing those tires today.”
Mitchell edged point leader Grant Enfinger for the most laps led, 69 to 67. Enfinger led from laps 115 to 177, but went a lap down late in the race, finishing 12th.
Boston, meanwhile, had a near flawless day in winning his first ARCA race. It was a big day for the team, which has had several misfortunes early in the season despite winning the pole at both Mobile Int’l Speedway and Salem Speedway.
“I’m pumped for this,” he said. “We should have been here before, but we’ll take it.”