Ross Kenseth wins the Corrigan Oil 200

Ross Kenseth said he came to Michigan International Speedway for one thing Friday: "learn to win." Mission accomplished.

Kenseth, 22, making his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start, won Friday's Corrigan Oil 200, winning at the two-mile speedway by 2.1 seconds over Frank Kimmel. Kenseth led 51 laps in taking the win in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet. He took the lead from Grant Enfinger on lap 87 of the 100 lap race.

Ross Kenseth

"I felt like unless something weird happened, we pretty much had it," Kenseth said. "I started backing way off and saving fuel there. I felt we were good on gas. We had a heck of a battle with Grant, hats off to him for racing me clean. He did everything he could to keep me back there. We got along side of him. That's pretty much what we needed."

"It feels great. I thought we had one of the cars to beat all weekend."

Kimmel finished second, Austin Wayne Self third and Tom Hessert fourth in the Corrigan Oil 200, the ninth race on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Matt Kurzejewski was fifth. Josh Williams finished sixth, David Levine seventh and Enfinger eighth, the last car on the lead lap. Sarah Cornett-Ching finished ninth and Bob LeMastus 10th.

Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell was rained out Friday morning and ARCA started the field based on Thursday's practice speeds. That put Kimmel in first and Kenseth second. Kenseth immediately grabbed the lead on the first lap and led the first 37 laps of the race before a light rain hit the track and ARCA officials threw the caution flag.

Most of the cars near the front of the field went to pit road, except for Kurzejewski, who stayed on the track and led the next nine laps. Enfinger took the lead when the field went back to green and led until lap 86. His 40 laps led included both yellow and green flag runs.

Kenseth took the lead under the green flag on lap 87.

"I moved to the bottom there to get away from him and it helped my front end a lot," Kenseth said. "He started to block the bottom. I think he thought I was going to go to the yellow line in one and I half way got there then went to the outside. I got a huge run off of two and, if he didn't lift, we were both going to wreck. It was a lot of fun."

Enfinger had to pit inside of 10 laps to go for Sunoco fuel, but still finished eighth and will leave Michigan with the ARCA Racing Series point lead over Hessert and Williams.

Self, in the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions-Pirate Energy Chevrolet, was on a different pit strategy than other cars, pitting under some of the caution flags.

"We started seventh and drove a little bit at the beginning of the race with a tight race car," Self said. "Fortunately we were able get some of the cautions to work on the car. We knew with fuel we were able to do things a bit different. We didn't have to worry about fuel mileage. We were able to dig, dig and dig."

Kimmel, in the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota, tied his season-best finish of second.

"I thought I learned a lot today," Kenseth said. I had a lot of fun out there. The re-starts were real challenging. I had a couple moments there where we were kind of on the edge of wrecking. Being back in traffic in re-starts, I learned a lot about timing. It just gives me a little more confidence going into next week knowing I can run on these big tracks."

Kenseth will make his NASCAR Xfinity debut next week at Chicagoland.

"I have a big week ahead of me. Today went as planned. Hopefully we can keep this rolling for the next week and a half."

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Results

FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 2 52 Ross Kenseth/Little Chute WI Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet 100 Running
2 1 25 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 100 Running
3 7 98 Austin Wayne Self/Austin TX AM Technical Solutions-Pirate Energy Chevrolet 100 Running
4 5 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ Barbera's Autoland Dodge 100 Running
5 9 54 Matt Kurzejewski/Mansfield PA Costy's Energy Services Chevrolet 100 Running
6 8 6 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet 100 Running
7 14 59 David Levine/Highland Park IL Ford Performance-Traqgear-MOMO Ford 100 Running
8 6 23 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL GMS Racing Chevrolet 100 Running
9 13 2 Sarah Cornett-Ching/Summerland BC Race101.net Chevrolet 99 Running
10 15 42 Bo LeMastus/Louisville KY Crosley Brands-T&T Constr-Glad Precision Dodge 99 Running
11 17 48 James Swanson/Clarksboro NJ Radon.com Ford 99 Running
12 19 28 Mike Buckley/Ann Arbor MI Kneader Machinery-ETS Chevrolet 94 Running
13 20 10 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH Ohio Ag Equipment-Clifton Trucking Ford 93 Running
14 10 55 Cody Coughlin/Delaware OH JEGS Toyota 93 Running
15 4 22 Blake Jones/Sevierville TN Uncle Ray's Potato Chips Dodge 91 Running
16 3 69 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN 1.800.AUTOPARTS-Accel-Noco Genius-RACEPAK Ford 84 Running
17 16 9 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL DK-LOK Ford 80 Running
18 11 58 Cole Powell/Mt. Brydges Ontario Tricar-Ford Performance-MOMO Ford 75 Transmssn
19 12 97 Bobby Hamilton Jr./Greenbrier TN Nitroforce Industries Titan 1000 Dodge 68 Accident
20 21 0 Tommy O'Leary/Cygnet OH Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 52 Running
21 22 40 David Sear/LaJolla CA Essential Foundations-RE/MAX Main St. Realty Dodge 48 Transmssn
22 23 06 Con Nicolopoulos/Columbus MI Wayne Peterson Racing Ford 34 Handling
23 26 3 Josh White/Charleston WV Hixson Construction Chevrolet 10 Transmssn
24 18 95 Kevin Hinckle/Shawnee KS Limitless Racing & Graphics-RE/MAX Main St. Dodge 6 Engine
25 27 96 Richart Altman/Moreno Valley CA Aget Dustkop-Capture It-Filter It-Breathe It Dodge 6 Overheating
26 25 68 Chris Bailey/South Park PA Klotz Lubricants Ford 4 Suspension
27 24 00 Wayne Peterson/Pulaski TN Wayne Peterson Racing Chevrolet 2 Clutch

Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell: None (rained out)
Margin of Victory: 2.122 seconds|Cautions: 4 for 32 laps
Time of Race: 1:37:36|Average Speed: 122.951 mph
Lap Leaders: Kenseth 1-37, 87-100 (51); Kurzejewski 38-46 (9); Enfinger 47-86 (40)

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