Madison Wisconsin hosted the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards Sunday for the running of the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200. The Madison International Speedway was the venue for the 16th race of the 2014 season. Mason Mitchell held a 25 point lead over Grant Enfinger entering the event. Final practice and qualifying were rained out. The starting lineup was determined by car owner points putting title rivals Mason Mitchell and Grant Enfinger on the front row. Mason Mitchell held a 25 point lead over Grant Enfinger entering the event.
Since the starting grid was set by owner points, the fastest cars were spread throughout the 28 car field. Top drivers like Justin Boston, Brennan Poole, Kyle Weatherman, Tom Hessert and Kyle Benjamin would have a difficult task of making their way up to the front at this old, warn out track.
An old Madison police car served as the pace car for the event. When it made the hard left turn for the pits, the green came out. Mason Mitchell took the lead on the start. Grant Enfinger and Frank Kimmel settled in behind in the early portion of the race. The first caution came out on lap 29 for AJ Fike backing his #27 Ford into the wall. During this early caution, Brennan Poole came into the pits. During his pitstop, the right front brakes caught fire ending his race early.
On the restart, Grant Enfinger took the lead away from Mitchell. For the next few laps, Mason Mitchell took the lead back a few laps later. He worked his way into the top five from an eighth place start. On lap 60 the competition caution came out. These yellows are usually scheduled before the race when rain washes the rubber off the track the night before.
The race restarted on lap 67. Grant Enfinger made his move. He quickly passed the ten time series champ, Frank Kimmel. On lap 70 Grant took the lead back from Mason Mitchell. The race then had a long green flag run that saw Grant Enfinger pulling away from the field in his #90 GMS Racing car. Mason Mitchell in his #98 car faded fast during this run after leading early. While Enfinger made his dominance known pulling out to a ten second lead on the field, Justin Boston made a much quieter charge to second place.
On lap 172 the aforementioned dominant #90 of Enfinger came out of turn for costing down the front stretch barley running. The Motor Honey/ Allegiant car came to a stop just shy of turn one while the competition went flying by. After leading a race high 120 laps, a mechanical issue relegated him to a 15th place finish. Second place runner #25 Justin Boston inherited the lead.
The final restart of the race came with 20 laps to go. Mason Mitchell the points leader fell off the pace and onto pit road. Voltage went away on the #98 car. The team did not have a spare battery with them so they were done for the day.
Justin Boston in the #25 ZLOOP Camry cruised to the checkers at Madision International Speedway winning the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200. It was Boston’s second career win in ARCA. It was the forth win of the season for the Venturini team. Throughout the 2014 season Boston has had some dominant races. Pocono, Lucas Oil Raceway and Chicago are just a few of the races where the #25 team were ones to beat. But for one reason or another, the team failed to pull through with the victory. This win will surely help for the previous letdowns of this season.
Second place was last years winner Kyle Benjamin, third was Brandon Jones, forth Frank Kimmel, and Tom Hessert rounded out the top five.