Following on the heels of a photo-finish at Kentucky, race car driver Grant Enfinger went neck-and-neck with ARCA RE/MAX series veteran to place second in Chicago race

race car arca 2009 driver Enfinger places second in Chicago nail biterMONTGOMERY, AL – Fans who tuned in to the Speed Channel to watch the ARCA RE/MAX series race at Kentucky Speedway a few weeks ago ended up glued to the edge of their seat as Racing driver Grant Enfinger delivered a 38-lap neck-and-neck battle with Penske driver Parker Klingerman, eventually finishing in second place, missing the trophy by half a second. Last weekend, on Aug. 28, Enfinger turned in another nail-biting race at Chicagoland Speedway in the ARCA RE/MAX series Ansell Cut Protection 150 event, eventually posting second after a thrilling last-lap shootout with experienced driver Justin Lofton. The event was broadcast live on the Speed Channel.

Enfinger drove underneath Lofton off the fourth corner in the last lap, but fell short by less than a length at the checkered flag. In the Yates Performance Parts Ford, had to settle for his second runner-up finish of the season. “I have never been more disappointed,” said Enfinger. “It was a great run. We were determined to be the fastest car here this weekend.”

Lofton led the most laps with 55, and had a half-straightaway lead over the field under 10 laps to go when Bryan Silas spun off turn two to bring out the seventh and final caution of the race. That bunched up the pack for the final restart during which the field received the green and white flags together. Lofton got the jump on the restart and stretched his advantage to five lengths while Enfinger and Rookie Hal Martin battled side-by-side for second. Then both Enfinger and martin erased Lofton’s advantage down the backstretch, setting up Enfinger’s last-ditch effort to pass the eventual race winner off turn four.

ARCA, or the “Automobile Racing Club of America,” is a fast-paced series regarded as a stepping stone to the NASCAR Sprint Cup series for American stock cars. The series is a unique test of drivers’ abilities on the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world. Racing promotes the Beasley Allen law firm to race fans throughout the southeastern United States, while also working to bring attention to the battle against Cystic Fibrosis. Enfinger is a graduate of the University of South Alabama (Mobile) Mitchell School of Business, with an emphasis in marketing. Since his graduation in December 2007, he has devoted his time and energy to his racing career. Helping Grant in the shop on a daily basis is Craig “Snowman” McCrimmon.

The race will be re-broadcast Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 11:00 a.m. CT on the Speed Channel.

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