Professional ARCA race car driver Grant Enfinger, a good friend of Beasley Allen, took the checkered flag at Daytona Interna-tional Speedway on Valentine’s Day, winning the ARCA season opener at that track for the second time in a row. Grant dominated at Daytona for GMS Racing in the No. 23 Alamo Rent-A-Car and Allegiant Travel sponsored Chevrolet, taking the lead at the halfway point in the race and not budging.
Grant led 36 laps in the race, more than any other driver, and never moved out of the front position for the last 27 laps of the race. Daniel Suarez finished second, followed by Brett Hudson, Cody Coughlin and Frank Kimmel. The race was broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports1. After the race, Grant told viewers, “I can’t say enough about GMS Racing and this opportunity they gave me. We’re going to savor this one for a while. It’s an incredible feeling.”
Next up on the ARCA circuit, Grant will travel to Mobile for the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway, which he also won last year. He said he’s hoping for big things in the race, set for the Irvington track on March 14. Grant had this to say:
It’s definitely exciting anytime you can win at Daytona and it’s our biggest race of the season, so this win is special for me. It’s also great to have my family there, and our supporters able to be there. None of this ever would have happened if Beasley Allen hadn’t supported me to get me started in this. I feel like the win this year is even bigger than last year.
There’s a little bit of pressure about the upcoming race in Mobile because he won it last year, but Grant says he feels good about it and is hoping to carry the energy from Daytona into it. Grant says they have got a really good team this year. They have run really well on all of the short tracks. Grant says it makes him feel good because the energy is high going into that race. I predict Grant will continue to do well and we will be watching his progress with great interest.
Sources: NBC Sports, al.com
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