BeasleyAllen.com racecar driver Grant Enfinger drove the Acme Dismantling Doge Charger to a second place finish at a cold and rainy Toledo Speedway on Sunday. Temperatures dipped into the 40s and a brisk Great Lakes wind pushed drivers around. The finish moved Grant to fourth place in the ARCA season championship points standings, up a full position.
“The car was fast when we unloaded Saturday and was great all day long,” Grant said.
He started in eighth position and gradually advanced to the lead at lap 80 where he built his lead until the caution flag waved 40 laps later. He and most of the field used that opportunity to take fuel and fresh tires, intending to stay on the track for the remainder of the 200 lap race.
NASCAR Truck racer Matt Crafton took a chance that rain would shorten the race and he and one other car passed up the chance to pit. Grant returned to green flag racing in fifth position, but quickly realized that the left rear wheel had not been sufficiently tightened during the pit stop.
The #36 lost positions and Grant knew he could not stay on the track much longer when another caution flew. Grant pitted while the leaders stayed in position, with Grant falling back to 12th place after the wheel problem was solved in the pits.
Grant then passed cars steadily, assuming third place with 20 laps to go. Veteran ARCA champion Frank Kimmel was at the point, with points leader Ty Dillon in 2nd position. With just over 10 laps to go, Dillon wrecked Kimmel, putting Grant in 2nd place.
Following another late caution, there was a 4 lap shootout between Grant and the Richard Childress Racing driver. Grant caught Dillon in turn 2 of the white flag lap, but had to slam on brakes to avoid hitting the #41.
“I could have wrecked him the way he wrecked Frank, but I didn’t. I don’t mind pushing someone out of the way for a win, but I would have had to hit him hard as there was no room underneath for the pass,” Grant says. “I could have easily been wrecked also. While I want to win an ARCA race in the worst way, we are in a points chase and have to race smart.”
Kimmel, who is known for his easygoing manner and fair play, was visibly upset after the race. He took the checkered flag from Dillon before Dillon could exit his vehicle. The net effect of the “conversation” between Kimmel and Dillon was that Ty could expect to see Frank’s yellow #44 up close and personal before the season is over.
Grant and the Allgaier Motorsports team will test at Chicagoland Speedway Tuesday before heading east to New Jersey for next Sunday’s road race. For more information on that race and the season ahead, visit www.arcaracing.com.
Grant’s race also was profiled by the Birmingham News. Read the article!