Spencer Gallagher was making his 51st start in the ARCA Racing Series on Friday night at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and was still looking for his first win in the series. He will be looking no more as he finally reached victory lane in the ARCA 98.9 season finale.

Gallagher would lead the last 53 laps en route to the big win. He practically had to pass the full field to earn the trophy.

Mason Mitchell celebrates his 2014 ARCA Racing Series title. (Speed51.com photo)

Mason Mitchell celebrates his 2014 ARCA Racing Series title. (Speed51.com photo)

“It’s the culmination of what we have been trying to do at GMS Racing from when we started until now,” Gallagher said after the race. “I knew it was going to be a challenge to come from 32nd (out of a 33-car field) to win the race. I was looking forward to it and we did it. This is my first national series win and I couldn’t be happier.”

The Las Vegas, Nevada native said his crew was huge factor in the win.

“The key contributor was the GMS Racing team had a blazing pit stop where we came in sixth and came out first with a key adjustment,” Gallagher said. “I told my crew chief to do what he had to do and we took a big swing at it and let it set sail.”

Gallagher inherited the lead after early leader Matt Tifft blew a right front tire and made contact with the wall to bring out a caution.

Grant Enfinger, Gallagher’s teammate, was the only one to make serious challenge for the lead. But with eight laps to go, Enfinger also had a tire go down and he also hit the wall to bring a two-lap dash to the finish.

When the green flag flew, Gallagher took off and wasn’t challenged as the checkered flag flew in the air.

Behind him, Josh Williams held off Ross Kenseth for the second place finish.

“You would like to win, but a second is like a win for our team,” Williams said. “We are family owned and that is how we have done it throughout our career. It’s just fantastic for us to come out here and run like we did.”

Kenseth was making his second ever start in the ARCA Racing Series and was pleased with a top-three run.

“The guys made a great adjustment to get us a lucky dog and back on the lead lap and we were able to get back up there,” Kenseth said. “This team is not one of the biggest teams in the garage but they looked like one tonight. They did a heck of a job and I think they are all real happy with that.”

Cody Coughlin matched his best finish in the ARCA Racing Series with another fourth place run holding off Mason Mitchell.

Mitchell, just by starting the race, became the third youngest driver and the first owner/driver since 1993, to win the ARCA Racing Series championship.

“I knew we had the championship when the green flag dropped, so we just went out there to have fun,” Mitchell said. “It started to settle in a little bit as we were waiting to celebrate. We will head back to Iowa and celebrate with family and friends this weekend.”

Austin Wayne Self, who had a bad wreck about the halfway point of the race while running the top five, will take the 2014 Rookie of the year title.

The ARCA Racing Series banquet is scheduled for Saturday, December 13 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN LAPS STATUS
1 32 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV 99 Running
2 19 6 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL 99 Running
3 11 3 Ross Kenseth/Little Chute WI 99 Running
4 9 55 Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH 99 Running
5 1 98 Mason Mitchell/West Des Moines IA 99 Running
6 6 15 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA 99 Running
7 8 25 Justin Boston/Baltimore MD 99 Running
8 28 72 Brandon Gdovic/Yorktown VA 99 Running
9 33 8 Justin Allison/Salisbury NC 98 Running
10 22 9 John Lowinski-Loh/Milford MA 98 Running
11 3 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ 98 Running
12 13 66 Leilani Munter/Rochester MN 96 Running
13 31 42 Bo LeMastus/Louisville KY 96 Running
14 24 88 Charles Evans Jr./Pasadena TX 94 Running
15 26 10 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY 93 Running
16 23 18 Bill Catania/Westfield NY 93 Running
17 2 90 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL 91 Accident
18 21 97 Mark Meunier/Louisville KY 90 Running
19 14 48 Brad Smith/Shelby Township MI 87 Running
20 12 2 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL 80 Engine
21 4 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 73 Accident
22 7 22 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX 71 Accident
23 16 6 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ 69 Accident
24 30 20 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI 54 Accident
25 18 60 Galen Hassler/Columbia MO 53 Accident
26 29 73 Dale Shearer/Alhambra IL 53 Accident
27 25 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA 47 Engine
28 5 52 Matt Tifft/Hinckley OH 45 Accident
29 17 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN 43 Accident
30 27 0 Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI 26 Rear End
31 20 40 Roger Carter/Sunfield MI 7 Steering
32 10 69 Chris Bailey/South Park PA 6 Transmssn
33 15 0 Tim Viens/Daytona Beach FL 3 Clutch

 

Spencer Gallagher Ends Drought with an ARCA Victory at Kansas