Mason Mitchell has become the model of consistency in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2014. Through the first ten races in the season the second year driver’s worst finish is tenth (Elko & NJMP). Mitchell continued his hot streak this weekend at Winchester Speedway finishing runner-up for the fourth time in the last six races.
“We had a great TTS Ford Fusion all weekend” Mitchell added. It was our first time running this car and it was excellent all weekend. The pit-crew did a great job on pit-road all day gaining us a total of five spots in the pits. I wasn’t surprised by the last lap move, its short track racing at its finest. It was another great point’s day and I’m looking forward to going to Chicagoland in two weeks.”
Saturday afternoon in Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell, Mitchell qualified in the fifth position for the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 with a lap of 15.957 good enough for 112.803 MPH.
When the green flag waved on the tenth ARCA race of the season the caution quickly followed for a multi-car incident on lap one involving Anderson Bowen, Kyle Weatherman and Justin Boston. Mitchell was able to maneuver around the incident in the third position.
On the restart at lap 10, Mitchell quickly moved around Brandon Jones for second and set his sights on leader Ken Schrader. He would take the lead from Schrader on lap 23. During afternoon’s longest green flag run 93 laps the driver of the No. 98 Thermal Technology Services Inc, Ford reported a loose condition and surrendered the lead on lap 89.
The race was slowed by a lap 104 caution when Josh Williams spun off of turn four. This would allow Mitchell to bring his car down pit-road under caution for four tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment. The No. 98 pit-crew would send him back on track in the second position.
Mitchell would retake the lead on the lap 111 restart and the lead next 29 circuits before fading back to the fourth position, before an incident with 16 laps to go.
Mitchell hit pit-road under caution with the leaders for two tires and won the race off of pit-road. After a series of quick cautions Mitchell battled Jones for the win, until Jones made contact with Mitchell in the final corner forcing Mitchell out of the throttle. The driver of the No. 98 TTS Ford Fusion would settled for second at the stripe.
Mitchell led four times for a race high 90 laps and cut Grant Enfinger’s point lead to ten points heading to Chicagoland in two weeks. The finish extended Mitchell’s top-ten streak to 19 straight races with a top-ten finish dating back to last August at Pocono Raceway.
Arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring all weekend long from Chicagoland starting July 18th. The race can be seen live on Fox Sports 2 Saturday, July 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
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