ARCA: Mason Mitchell Finally Scores First Career Win

The ARCA Racing Series saw a new winner Saturday at the Chicagoland Speedway after Mason Mitchell passed Justin Boston with just five laps remaining in the race. Mitchell, who has came near the win numerous times in the past, started the day off from the ninth position. It didn’t take long for the 20-year-old to reach inside top-five as it took him only 18 laps. With the win this evening, Michell will leave the 1.5-mile oval with a 25 point lead over Grant Enfinger.

“This is a dream come true” Mitchell said after picking up his first ARCA Racing Series win Saturday. “We really weren’t that good Friday in practice but these guys took a big swing at it. I can’t put this win into words yet. We have worked so hard for this since starting our own team in the offseason. I was pretty disappointed two weeks ago after Winchester but this makes up for that. I have to thank my family for continuing to stick by me and my racing career.”

Coming home in second by having a very strong day was Justin Boston after starting from the fourth position. Boston led 22 of the 100 laps this afternoon but just came shy of the victory. The race Saturday afternoon gave the 23-year-old his fifth top-10 finish this season after 11 of those being complete. Boston lost the race by just 0.795 seconds.

Finishing in third was Matt Tifft after having another solid run in his fifth start of the season. Today’s strong run ties his best career finish for the third time of his ARCA Racing Series career. He also brings home the highest finishing SCOTT’s rookie of the race award. Tifft started the race from the sixth-position.

On the second to the last restart of the race, Will Kimmel damaged the third gear in his transmission, which caused him to have very slow restarts that lost him a bunch of spots. This, however, didn’t stop Kimmel as he brought home his No. 69 Ford to a fourth-place finish. He started the afternoon from the third position.

On lap 23, problems struck pole-sitter John Wes Townley as he blown a right front tire while battling Justin Boston for position in turn three. Townley was running the high line but it didn’t stop him from getting very heavy damage that ended his day. He finished a disapointing 22nd and didn’t lead a single lap despite starting on the pole.

The next race for the ARCA Racing Series will be July 25th at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. You can catch the SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 presented by Federated Car Care live on FOX Sports 1.

Brett Winningham
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