WINCHESTER, IN – 59-year-old veteran racer Ken Schrader seemed to have the dominant car for most of Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway.  Schrader led 88 of the 200 laps, but at the end of the day, when it mattered most, it was two young talents battling it out on the final lap to decide the winner of the event at the legendary Indiana high-banked track.

19-year-old Mason Mitchell had a fast car all day and seemed to be well on his way to eliminating the “second-place blues” that he has been haunted with.  That was, until 17-year-old Brandon Jones, who was making his ARCA Racing Series debut, made contact with Mitchell on the last lap to steal the victory at the high-banked half-mile oval.

Mason Mitchell (98) and Brandon Jones (4) battle at Winchester. (Speed51.com photo)

Mason Mitchell (98) and Brandon Jones (4) battle at Winchester. (Speed51.com photo)

“The 98 (Mitchell) was real fast and got away from us in turns one and two a little bit,” Jones told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.  “I drove the car in as hard as I could in turn three and ran him up the hill a little bit.  It’s just how we had to win that one, unfortunately.”

For Mitchell, Sunday’s runner-up finish was his fourth of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season.  It was also the second straight race in which he lost the lead late in the race to a driver making their ARCA debut.

Mitchell was clearly frustrated about the last lap move made by Jones.

“We finished second again,” said a dejected Mitchell after the race.  “Everybody says we should have won, but we didn’t and it is what it is.

“It’s just one of those deals where you’ve got a kid that has a lot of money and he comes into the series and wins the race.  You’ve got to expect that, but I didn’t.  It’s a little bit of my fault, but I can’t think about it too much.  We’ll move onto Chicago and go get a win there.”

Mitchell, Jones and Schrader all swapped the lead several times over the course of the 200-lap event.

Schrader held the lead until the caution flag flew on lap 182.  At that time, all the top competitors went to pit road.  It was a fast pit stop by Jones crew that put him in position to take the win.

“Hats off to those guys for hitting it head on during the final stop,” Jones said, praising his crew.

When all was said and done, the legend of Winchester Speedway lived up to its billing of providing excitement all the way around the “world’s fastest half-mile asphalt oval”.

Perhaps Jones summed it up best reflecting on his first visit to the track, “I don’t think there’s anything that mimics it, honestly.”

The ARCA Racing Series returns to action on Saturday, July 19 at Chicagoland Speedway (IL).

By Brandon Paul (Northeast Editor for speed51.com) & Mark Keeler (speed51.com correspondent) – Speed51.com photos

Winchester Speedway, Winchester Indiana, 7-6-14
Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 presented by Federated Car Care
July 6, 2014 / 3:43 PM
FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 2 4 Brandon Jones/Atlanta GA Exide-Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet 200 Running
2 5 98 Mason Mitchell/West Des Moines IA Musselman’s-Wildlife Foundation of Florida-TTS Ford 200 Running
3 6 25 Justin Boston/Baltimore MD ZLOOP Toyota 200 Running
4 1 52 Ken Schrader/Fenton MO Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 200 Running
5 7 90 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Team BCR Ford 200 Running
6 9 66 JJ Haley/Winamac IN Braun Auto Group-Braun Ability Toyota 200 Running
7 11 55 Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH JEGS Toyota 200 Running
8 4 15 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA Zaxby’s Toyota 200 Running
9 10 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 198 Running
10 14 22 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX AM Technical Solutions Dodge 195 Running
11 13 3 Karl Weber/Ambia IN Silveus Insurance Group Chevrolet 195 Running
12 18 2 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL DK-LOK Chevrolet 181 Running
13 15 72 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Caregard-AxionWarranty.com Dodge 129 Running
14 16 6 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford 100 Accident
15 17 0 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 70 Rear End
16 21 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN Messinas Ford 65 Running
17 12 69 Michael Lira/Port Orange FL Gary Yeomans Ford 51 Transmssn
18 20 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI Radon.com Ford 22 Handling
19 19 06 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Wayne Peterson Racing Chevrolet 17 Rear End
20 3 77 Anderson Bowen/Suwanee GA Cunningham Motorsports Dodge 4 Accident
21 8 17 Kyle Weatherman/Wentzville MO Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 1 Accident
40 Jami Weimer/Cumming GA Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge
Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell:  Ken Schrader 15.826 (113.737 mph) *NTR
Margin of Victory:  0.235 seconds Cautions:  4 for 29 laps
Time of Race:  1:15:41 Average Speed:  79.264 mph
Lap Leaders:  Schrader 1-21, 90-110, 140-185 (88); Mitchell 22-57, 79-89, 111-139, 186-199 (90);
Jones 58-78, 200 (22)

 

Last Lap Bump Puts Jones in ARCA Victory Lane at Winchester