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Jones Nets Second ARCA Win At Lucas Oil Raceway Indianapolis

 

Clermont, Ind., July 25—Following up on his first career ARCA Racing Series victory a few weeks ago at the Winchester Speedway, 17-year old Georgia driver Brandon Jones returned to the state of Indiana to capture his second career ARCA victory Friday night in the Scott Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

“This is just awesome coming back here to go two for two and we picked it up,” Jones told the crowd from victory lane, “this is a cool place.”

Jones took over the top spot during a lap 156 caution period when then comfortable leader Justin Boston collected the spun car of Bobby Gerhardt in turn two. Once out front, Jones paced the final 43 laps and took the checkered flag ahead of Austin Wayne South who completed an impressive race with a strong second place finish.

“Me and Frank (Kimmel) were going at it and we raced really clean,” Self stated following his solid run, “That was a lot of fun and this track has some good racing and this is some great momentum for us hopefully for a win coming up soon.”

Veteran Frank Kimmel spent most of the race near the front of the field and finished in third place while Grant Enfinger debuted with his new team with a fourth place result.

“It was a really good finish for us and we needed a good strong run tonight, “ Kimmel said afterwards, “There at the end Austin (Self) and I had a great run and I had a lot of fun racing with him but the 4 car (Jones) had us covered pretty bad tonight.”

“For our first run, everybody did a really good job, “Enfinger told the crowd after leading 26 laps, “we could get up there and were able to lead some laps so I can’t say enough about our car tonight, I’m pretty pumped up.”

Matt Tifft led for a total of seven laps and drove to a fifth place finish ahead of John Wes Townley in sixth, who paced the race for 13 circuits. Ken Schrader took the checkered flag in seventh and Justin Boston rebounded from the lap 156 incident to finish eighth after pacing the field for a total of 40 laps. Tom Hessert and Kyle Weatherman completed the top ten finishers.

ARCA Racing Series point leader coming into the event and most recent winner, Mason Mitchell led for a total of 63 laps, more than any other driver but problems in the rear of his car related him to a 20th place finish, 49 laps behind the leader. Mitchell’s misfortunes dropped him to second place in the point standings as Grant Enfinger regained the championship point lead.

 

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