SALEM, Ind. – Grant Enfinger made ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history Sunday afternoon, by becoming the second driver to ever win his first three races of a season.
“The stars are just lining up for us,” Enfinger said. “It’s pretty unbelievable.”
After leading the first 100 laps of the Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter at Salem (Ind.), Enfinger moved back to the front late in the race and took the lead when Ken Schrader hit the wall in turn one on the last restart. Schrader was leading when the restart began, with Enfinger in second.
“I wanted the chance to drag race him to the finish,” Enfinger said. “I think he just blew a right front there. That’s what happened. It was a lot of fun racing up front against him.”
Spencer Gallagher finished second, Frank Kimmel third and Cunningham Motorsports drivers Austin Wayne Self and Tom Hessert rounded out the top five.
Josh Williams, making his debut in the No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford, finished sixth, just in front of Mason Mitchell in the Thermal Technology Services Ford. Schrader ended up eighth, with Cody Coughlin ninth in the Jegs.com Toyota. Kyle Weatherman finished 10th.
Gallagher was happy with his best finish of the season and tying his career-best in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.
“I love this place,” Gallagher said. “It is such an exciting track. I am happy with how we finished.”
Kimmel’s team worked late Saturday to make repairs to his car after he hit the wall in qualifying Saturday. The No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota had to start at the back of the field, but was eventually able to make his way to the front.
“I’m sure we passed more cars than anybody,” Kimmel said.
Self, in winning the SCOTT Rookie of the Race honor, pleased a throng of about 50 family members who made the trek to Salem from the French Lick, Indiana area.
“I think I gained a tenth of a second every time they cheered,” Self said of his Hoosier Scale Dodge.