DUQUOIN, Ill. – Grant Enfinger claims he’s not a dirt track racer, but he could have fooled everyone on Monday.
Enfinger, in the No. 90 Motor Honey-Casite-Allegiant Travel Chevrolet, led 63 of 100 laps en route to victory in the 61st running of the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile.
Enfinger out-dueled Justin Boston on the final double-file restart and then held him off over the final 10 laps to secure his first win on dirt and sixth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory of the season.
“I screwed up on that second-to-last restart; I was bound and determined to do to him (Boston) what he did to me,” Enfinger said.
Enfinger was referring to a restart just prior to the final one during which the eventual winner, who was leading at the time, chose the inside front row starting position, giving up the high-side to Boston. However, Boston got the better jump from the outside and beat Enfinger into turn one.
“Justin Boston did his job. These double file restarts are tough. I spun the tires and he beat me in.”
However, Enfinger got a break when the caution flag flew again soon after for a crash in turn three. As the leaders came back to green, Boston was, by choice, now positioned on the inside for the restart. As the green flag was unfurled, Enfinger got a better bite from the outside and beat Boston to the corner.
“If I could do it over again, I would have taken the outside,” Boston said. “But on these short tracks, it’s usually the inside that works the best on the restarts. I beat him (Enfinger) on the first one, but then he beat me.”
Boston, in the No. 25 ZLOOP Toyota, still finished second, about three car lengths away. It was his career-best finish on dirt.