Lira Motorsports lights up KY Speedway; Enfinger answers again; Bo on the go...

Lira Motorsports lights up KY Speedway; Enfinger answers again; Bo on the go...

(TOLEDO, Ohio – September 27, 2015) – Three Lira Motorsports drivers with finishes inside the top-10 at Kentucky Speedway kept the first-year ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team in the headlines. Lira Motorsports earned its second victory of the season Saturday afternoon when Bakersfield, California’s Ryan Reed held off rookie Travis Braden to win the Crosley Brands 150. Lira Motorsports now has two career ARCA victories, both with Reed who won earlier this year at Chicagoland Speedway.

Reed’s Lira Motorsports teammate and leading SCOTT Rookie of the Year David Levine finished a career-best third, earning the SCOTT Rookie of the Race honors. Levine, who started 18th, also earned the CGS Imaging Hard Charger of the Race award for advancing the most positions.

Canton, Illinois’ Chris Windom, making his first start with Lira Motorsports, finished eighth before making a beeline for Eldora Speedway in time to compete in the 4-Crown Nationals Saturday night. A fourth Lira Motorsports Ford, with Brandon Lynn driving, finished 13th.

From “Road To Daytona” to runner-up at KY, Braden on the march
Travis Braden, who came through ARCA’s “Road To Daytona” program, continues his impressive rise to the top, finishing second to Reed Saturday at Kentucky. Braden, in his fourth year at West Virginia University in a dual engineering major, aced his test in his Space Flight Systems/Orbital Mechanics class Thursday prior to his success at Kentucky where the two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series champion also qualified third ahead of his runner-up run.

Enfinger answering championship calling
Grant Enfinger candid at KY Speedway 2015Grant Enfinger’s solid fifth-place finish in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet at Kentucky served the GMS Racing team well in pursuit of the 2015 ARCA Racing Series national championship. Enfinger’s unofficial lead of 320 points means that the Fairhope, Alabama driver can secure his first national championship by entering and competing in the Kansas 98.9 season finale October 16 regardless of where he may finish.

“We came to Kentucky for a strong finish and as a team we accomplished that.” Enfinger said. “A top-five is exactly what we needed to head into Kansas with; we just need to keep this momentum going. The GMS Racing team did a great job this weekend and supplied me with a strong Allegiant Travel Chevrolet. I did battle tightness the majority of the race but everyone else seemed to have that issue also. I can’t thank all my supporters enough for making this possible: Allegiant Travel, Champion Power Equipment, WURTH USA, and Portable Shade."

While Enfinger can control his own destiny in regards to the driving title, the car owner championship is still very much up for grabs. Enfinger’s car owner Maury Gallagher has a 55-point lead over car owner Kerry Scherer (Cunningham Motorsports 22) headed to the Kansas finale. Kyle Weatherman’s seventh-place finish in the 22 car Saturday at Kentucky kept Cunningham Motorsports’ car owner title hopes alive.

"We're certainly not ready to celebrate yet," Enfinger continued. "We need to close out everything at Kansas. We still need to secure the car owner championship and the Hoosier Superspeedway title I know is pretty tight now. We're not just sitting on our heels celebrating. Kentucky was a big day for us for practical purpuses, but there's a lot of work left to do. It was really a big weekend for GMS Racing all the way around...got our first win in the (NASCAR Camping World) Truck Series with Austin Dillon (at New Hampshire)." 

Kurzejewski bad to good at KY; maintains Hoosier Superspeedway lead
Matt Kurzejewski turned his bad week into a good one with a ninth-place finish Saturday at Kentucky in his father Dan Kurzejewski’s No. 54 Costy’s Energy Services Chevrolet. Kurzejewski got behind the eight-ball after his hauler caught fire alongside I-40 in Knoxville, Tennessee, which prevented the Mansfield, Pennsylvania driver from participating in the Kentucky test Tuesday. Despite his first attempt at Kentucky without testing, Kurzejewski, with crew chief Brian Keselowski calling the shots, held his lead in the 2015 Hoosier Tire Superspeedway Challenge championship title fight. However, Enfinger’s fifth-place finish at Kentucky turned the wick up on ARCA’s superspeedway championship with just the Kansas finale remaining. Enfinger’s GMS Racing team unofficially trails Kurzejewski’s team by just 35 points headed to the Kansas 98.9.

Points shake-ups after KY
There were a couple shake-ups inside the top-10 driver point standings coming out of the Crosley Brands 150 Saturday at Kentucky, and, in part, as a result of the first-lap crash that eliminated Sarah Cornett-Ching, Tom Hessert and Menards Pole presented by Ansell winner William Byron from competition after Cornett-Ching and Hessert made contact entering turn three. Hessert unofficially fell from third to fourth in points behind leader Enfinger, second Josh Williams and third Austin Wayne Self, while Cornett-Ching fell from sixth to seventh. Bo LeMastus, who trailed Cornett-Ching by 55 points before Kentucky, unofficially moved ahead of Cornett-Ching by 60 points aided, in part, by LeMastus’s solid 10th-place finish on the lead lap.Bo LeMastus candid KY 2015

Bo on the go
Despite two weekends off before the Kansas 98.9 season finale October 16, there’ll be no time off for Bo LeMastus over the next three weeks. LeMastus, coming off two consecutive top-10 finishes, both on the lead lap, is headed for Kansas Speedway where he’ll be testing his Crosley Brands-T&T Construction car Wednesday on the 1.5-mile Kansas track before he heads to Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville to compete in the All-American 400 next weekend, October 3-4.

“I can’t get better at home,” LeMastus said. “We’re going to be driving a Pro Late Model car for Sterling Marlin at Nashville next weekend.”

After Nashville, the CEO for Crosley Brands is planning to compete in both the JEGS/CRA All-Stars tour at Winchester Speedway and the ARCA/CRA Super Series Winchester 400, weekend of October 9-10-11.

From there, it’s back to work at Crosley Brands before he heads to Kansas for the season finale. Once he clears Kansas, it’s off to Asia to tend to more company business.

“I’ll be going to Honk Kong, Beijing and Japan. Bout a 10-day trip. Gotta get back over there…it’s my day job,” added the CEO of Crosley Brands. “Everything we’re building for the spring is coming together over there. We have a great team in Louisville and a great team in China working on the Crosley Brands. I’ve got to be there…I’ve got to be present. It’s a 12 hour difference between Hong Kong and here. My team in Hong Kong will often be eating breakfast while they watch us on FOX Sports.

Kansas open test next
Some ARCA teams are already en route to Kansas Speedway for the open test Wednesday, September 30. The open test, in prep for the Kansas 98.9 Friday night, October 16, is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring for the test.

Practice for the Kansas ARCA 98.9 at Kansas is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 2:30 p.m. The Kansas ARCA 98.9 is scheduled to start at 7:30, with live coverage on FOX Sports 1. ARCAracing.com will also feature live timing and scoring of all on-track activities.

Don Radebaugh, dradebaugh@arcaracing.com

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