Brennan Poole and Mason Mitchell each took advantage of their situations on Friday night at the ARCA Racing Series ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky.
For Poole, it was an opportunity to drive the Venturini Motorsports prepared No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota in replacement for John Wes Townley. Townley was at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event.
Poole made the most of his opportunity by leading the final 27 laps to win at Kentucky, holding off Matt Tifft and Mitchell for the win. It was Poole’s sixth win in the ARCA Racing Series.
Poole credited his crew for the victory.
“This was a real long hard week,” Poole said after the race. “The car was pretty good during testing on Wednesday. We unloaded for practice and spun out early in practice today (Friday) and we weren’t good at the end of practice. My crew chief Matt Weber made some adjustments and also made a gear change which really helped us on the restart to get the clean air. We were a rocket ship out front.
“I was so happy to get into victory lane this year for Venturini Motorsports. It was really special and to go to victory lane at Kentucky Speedway is crazy. What an awesome night.”
Tifft scored his career best with a second place finish.
“I think we had one of the best cars out here,” Tifft said. “One of the debris cautions was for our duct work out there. After that our car tightened up and lost the front end a little bit. We were still solid, but just that little bit we needed at the end of the race was what got knocked out on the track.”
Mason Mitchell came into Friday’s race with a 50-point lead over Grant Enfinger in the ARCA Racing Series championship standings, but heads to the season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 3rd with a 200-point lead.
“We had a really good car, it wasn’t the best as we struggled a little bit,” Mitchell said after the race. “We kept on working on it during every pit stop but needed a little bit more to get there. We had a bad restart at the end. I think we could have challenged Poole, but it is what it is and we had a good points night. That it is all about. We will go to Kansas an try to wrap it up.”
Enfinger fell out of the race on lap 30 after losing his motor.
“From the initial start, we were going through the gears and couldn’t get it into fourth gear and over revved the engine when it slid into neutral,” Enfinger said about his bad luck. “Not sure if it was something I did or something just happened. But it immediately hurt the engine and it wasn’t meant to be I guess.”
As far as the championship goes, Enfinger admits he will have to pull off tough task to win the title.
“That is going to be impossible to overcome,” Enfinger admitted. “Our championship hopes probably went away there. But, we are still going to Kansas and see if we can pull out a win there.”
Two Joe Gibbs Racing Driver Development drivers rounded out the top five. Cody Coughlin recorded his best finish to date in the ARCA Racing Series with a fourth place run. Daniel Suarez finished fifth in his ARCA debut after running up front most of the night leading 39 of the 100 laps.
Nineteen cars finished on the lead lap.
The ARCA 98.9 season finale will take place under the lights at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, October 3rd.
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