Grant Enfinger arrived at Pocono Raceway this past week with a 40-point advantage over Mason Mitchell in the ARCA Racing Series point standings. A crash on lap 12 saw that advantage completely evaporate. Enfinger will now head to Berlin Raceway in Michigan trailing Mitchell by 75 points.
Enfinger tangled with Frank Kimmel going into turn three and crashed hard. The front of his car was torn apart and the rear of the car was hurt as well. Enfinger didn’t return to the race and finished 26th.
“This was a really good race car and I hate it for everybody,” said Enfinger after the Pocono race. “Everybody has dug really deep to make this a championship effort, but we took a step backwards today. But you’ll have that.”
Mitchell started from the pole and ran up front most of the race. He led a total of eight laps, but a bad decision on pit road left him to have to settle for seventh.
“With this race we’ve always got to play strategy and we didn’t play it right today,” said Mitchell. “It’s unfortunate but I think it’s been a good points day. I think (Enfinger) had some problems and that’s unfortunate for those guys we’ll go on to Berlin and hopefully have a good run there.”
Enfinger started the year with Team BCR Racing, but he’s run the last two events for GMS Racing and plans to be there the rest of the year. With Team BCR, there had not been enough signs that said he could fulfill his run for a championship in 2014.
“I just didn’t know how to make it to the end any other way,” said Enfinger. “Everybody was trying as hard as they could to make it to the end of the year, but it just wasn’t gonna happen.”
Enfinger reiterated that there were no hard feelings on either end of the deal and said he was really happy to see Justin Allison get his first career win with Team BCR.
Now the series looks towards Berlin and Enfinger said he’s ready to rebound there.
“All we can do is get back and go as hard as we can at Berlin.”
– By Rob Blount, Twitter: @robblount – Regional Editor (CT, NJ and Long Island) for Speed51.com