Enfinger tackles weekend double-header in ARCA racing

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June 27, 2011

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grant enfinger Enfinger tackles weekend double header in ARCA racingBeasleyAllen.com race car driver Grant Enfinger posted two top finishes in a doubleheader that had him traveling cross-country to compete in two races in less than 24 hours. Enfinger started at Pensacola on Friday night, posting the fastest qualifying time at the 5 Flags Speedway. After a fourth-place finish, he headed to Winchester, Indiana, for a 200 lap ARCA race on a fast track that claimed 15 cars to crashes through the course of the race.

Grant was the fastest qualifier at Pensacola’s 5 Flags Speedway Friday night, extending his string to 3 consecutive Blizzard Series pole positions. Unfortunately the track required inversion put him in 8th place to start the race and he could never overcome poor track position, as there was only one caution during the 100-lap race. Grant finished fourth before heading quickly for the exit gate to begin his all night journey to Winchester, Indiana.

Once Grant arrived at the Indiana bull ring (1/2 mile track with 37 degree banking) he immediately liked the high speed facility. “I posted the 10th fastest time in practice and thought we would qualify better than we did,” he says. Grant started the 200 lap ARCA race in 12th place and finished 9th.

“We had a top 5 car, but we melted the right front tire bead, forcing us to pit under green flag. We could never overcome that, as the leaders were turning 18 second laps while we had to crawl into the pits to replace the tire. We were okay on short runs, but were faster than the leaders on long green flag runs. I am disappointed that we didn’t place higher, but grateful we weren’t in the big wrecks which happened all night,” Grant says.

Only 16 cars, of the 31 which started, finished the race. Only six cars finished on the lead lap. Grant drove 300 laps this weekend in heavy traffic at speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour, without crashing the race cars.

Grant remains in fifth place in the ARCA season points race.

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