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Brandon Jones Scores Second-Straight ARCA Menards Series Victory at Iowa

 

Brandon Jones won his second consecutive race in the ARCA Menards Series on Saturday (and Sunday) out dueling de facto teammate Sammy Smith for the victory at Iowa Speedway. PC: Iowa Speedway | Twitter

It was a LONG night in Iowa as ARCA Menards Series drivers and teams waited hours just to be able to start Saturday’s Calypso Lemonade 150, which ran all the way into Sunday morning.

Nonetheless, once drivers finally hit the track around 11:00 pm / CT, the racing didn’t disappoint. In the end, it was Brandon Jones getting by defacto teammate Sammy Smith in a heated battle for the lead, to coast away with the victory.

Just like Charlotte, Jones

 

Just like last time out at Charlotte, Jones made his final pass with about 20 laps to go in the event, this time utilizing a lap car as a pick on Smith’s Toyota Camry. The two had previously battled before the race, which came to a halt due to one of the race’s scheduled breaks.

The race was a relatively clean one, with no major incidents throughout the 150-lap contest. However, the night – and morning — were filled with lots of unexpected issues for top contenders.

Rajah Caruth – who entered the event as the ARCA Menards Series points leader — had an unscheduled pit stop that put the team behind early, which resulted in a 12th-place finish for the part-time Xfinity Series competitor.

Taylor Gray – the second-place driver in ARCA Eaat points — lost pace and went to the garage during the race’s first scheduled break, taking a massive hit in the points with an 18th-place finish.

Daniel Dye – who finished second in the race one year ago — was in the midst of another strong showing when his GMS Racing entry blew an engine after halfway, sending him to the garage, and to a finish of 17th.

Finally, one of the race’s fastest cars suffered issues in the eleventh hour, with Jesse Love’s No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry suffering an alternator issue inside the final five laps.

Just a little bit later in the race, the field took the green after the final race break. Jesse Love took the lead for the first time since the beginning of the race when he sat on the pole with a huge three-wide move on his Toyota teammates into turn one. Love would come home in 13th.

Sammy Smith would extend his points advantage in the ARCA Menards Series East with a second-place result, now leading by 27 points over Taylor Gray.

 

Connor Mosack rallied for a third-place finish, the best of his ARCA National/East career. Jonathan Shafer slotted into the fourth finishing position, also a career-best result in his young ARCA career.

Venturini’s Conner Jones grabbed the fifth position, with Leland Honeyman, Nick Sanchez, Greg Van Alst, Ron Vandermeir Jr, and Amber Balcaen rounding out the top-ten finishers.

The ARCA Menards Series gets right back to action in a week’s time at Berlin Raceway on July 18th, while the ARCA Menards Series East will have to wait until August 28th to take on the Milwaukee Mile in their next event (a combo event with the ARCA Menards Series).


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RJ Starcevic
RJ Starcevic
Owner/founder of @NASCARReport on Instagram - Host of The Drivers Meeting Podcast - Contributor for TobyChristie.com

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