Brandon Jones stayed near the front all night and won his second career ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) Friday night.
Jones pulled away from Austin Wayne Self in the closing laps and became the second driver in ARCA history to win their first two starts. The other was Alex Bowman in 2011.
The 17-year-old driver won the pole for the race, but lost the lead to second-place starter Mason Mitchell.
Mitchell led the first 54 laps before coming down pit road and giving up the lead under the race’s first caution.
Tires mean everything at LOR and can make a driver feel like Superman and charge to the front.
That was the case for Grant Enfinger, who took tires and stormed by Justin Boston to take the lead.
John Wes Townley and Mitchell would catch the No. 90 car and take over the first and second spots. Mitchell then worked his way around the 15 car to get back out in front.
As Boston and Jones were dropping back, a caution fell at lap 101 and both drivers came into the pits. By taking advantage of the tires, the two made their way back to the front and pulled away from the rest of the field.
Mitchell had to make an unscheduled pit stop around lap 150 for a rear gear issue and ended his night. With the misfortune of the No. 98 team, Enfinger re-took the points lead with a fourth-place finish in his first race with Gallagher Motorsports.
Boston had a seven second lead at one point until locking up the brakes to try avoid a spinning Gerhart and ran into the No. 5 car. The 25 car received a good amount of damage as everyone else pitted during the caution.
Jones wound up back in front and Self started to reel in the No. 4 car, but the Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) driver pulled away from the field to score the victory.
The win capped off a perfect day for Jones, who was fastest in both practices and won the pole in qualifying.
The TSM driver competes full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and will look for his first win in that series at Iowa Speedway next weekend. This is the third win for the No. 4 car on the 2014 ARCA season. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Kyle Larson has the other victory at Pocono Raceway in June.
The series heads back to Pocono for the ModSpace 125 Friday and will be televised at 5 p.m. ET 1 on FOX Sports 1.
SCOTT Get Geared Up 200 Top 10
- #4 Brandon Jones
- #22 Austin Wayne Self
- #44 Frank Kimmel
- #90 Grant Enfinger
- #11 Matt Tifft
- #15 John Wes Townley
- #52 Ken Schrader
- #25 Justin Boston
- #77 Tom Hessert
- #60 Kyle Weatherman