ARCA: Taylor Gray Wins General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway

Friday was an up-and-down day for Taylor Gray, but it ended on an upswing.

The 17-year-old driver from Denver, North Carolina, was declared the winner of the ARCA Menards Series General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday when the race was called 16 laps early due to encroaching darkness.

While Gray led more than half of the event, he lost a lap during the first of two scheduled race breaks after a slow pit stop meant he didn’t beat the pace car off pit road. He would be forced to race his way back onto the lead lap.

A timely caution for the stalled car of Parker Chase on Lap 46 allowed Gray to get back on the lead lap. Gray’s crew chief Chad Johnston wisely called his driver to pit road to top off with fuel during the caution period while the leaders stayed out.

“All props to Chad Johnston for making a good call,” Gray said following his series-best third ARCA Menards Series victory this year. “Heck of a call by Chad being able to make it on fuel.”

Gray then avoided a multi-car crash involving Amber Balcaen, Andy Jankowiak, Sean Corr and Ed Pompa between Turns 2-3 that brought the caution back out with 31 laps left in the scheduled distance. Following a lengthy red flag for clean-up, all of the leaders that opted not to pit during the previous caution made their pit stops for fuel.

That gave the lead to Gray, a position he held for the remainder of the race. The event was ultimately called after 64 laps following a caution flag for a spin by Jesse Love.

“Whenever we went a lap down, I definitely didn’t think we’d end up here,” Gray said after a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch of the 2.5-mile speedway. “There is no quit in us at DGR, and I can’t thank all my guys enough.”

Rev Racing’s Nick Sanchez was within a second of Gray in the final laps, but the caution for Love’s spin ended his hopes of scoring his third ARCA Menards Series victory of the season.

“We just pitted and kind of covered ourselves on tires,” Sanchez said. “Restarted I think fourth and got to second. Just kind of ran out of laps. I don’t know what lap we ended on, whether it be 60 or 65, I think if it went the distance our car would have come in and we would have gotten him.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Brandon Jones crossed the finish line third, followed by ARCA Menards Series championship points leader Rajah Caruth in fourth and Daniel Dye in fifth.

Connor Mosack, Jake Finch, Kris Wright, Jason Kitzmiller and Toni Breidinger completed the top-10 finishers.

Saturday brings another day of jam-packed racing in Pocono, including the CRC Brakleen 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (noon) and the Explore the Pocono Mountains 225 NASCAR Xfinity Series (5:30 p.m.). The NASCAR Cup Series hits ‘The Tricky Triangle’ for practice (2:35 p.m.) and qualifying (3:20 p.m.). The M&M’SⓇ Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup Series main event is slated for Sunday at 3 p.m.

Race Results

Pos. No. Driver Sponsor, OEM Laps Behind
1 17 Taylor Gray* Ford Performance Ford 64 0.000s
2 2 Nick Sanchez Max Siegal Inc Chevrolet 64 1.299
3 81 Brandon Jones Menards-Watts Toyota 64 1.684
4 6 Rajah Caruth* Max Siegal Inc Chevrolet 64 2.687
5 43 Daniel Dye* Champion Container Chevrolet 64 3.381
6 23 Connor Mosack* Nic Tailor Chevrolet 64 3.585
7 55 Jake Finch Phoenix Construction Toyota 64 4.358
8 2 Kris Wright Big Dog Energy Chevrolet 64 6.127
9 97 Jason Kitzmiller A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet 64 8.057
10 25 Toni Breidinger* HAIRCLUB Toyota 64 9.353
11 69 Scott Melton Melton McFadden Agency-Donna’s Donuts Toyota 64 10.44
12 18 Sammy Smith* TMC Toyota 63 1 Lap
13 20 Jesse Love* Crescent Tools Toyota 63 1 Lap
14 10 Jon Garrett* Rock Creek Distillery Chevrolet 62 2 Laps
15 35 Greg Van Alst* CB Fabricating Ford 62 2 Laps
16 11 Bryce Haugeberg* Magnum Contracting-UTI Chevrolet 61 3 Laps
17 48 Brad Smith Mountain View Propert-Track Dog Racing Chevrolet 60 4 Laps
18 15 Parker Chase* Vertical Bridge Toyota 58 6 Laps
19 01 Stephanie Moyer* Harry’s U Pull it/ Toyota 58 6 Laps
20 44 Ed Pompa Vampire State LLC-Double H Ranch Toyota 52 12 Laps
21 30 Amber Balcaen* Icon Ford 49 15 Laps
22 8 Sean Corr The Trans Group Chevrolet 49 15 Laps
23 73 Andy Jankowiak* Planter Box Ford 49 15 Laps
24 42 Christian Rose* West Virginia Tourism #AlmostHeaven Chevrolet 32 32 Laps
25 12 D.L. Wilson Dansby’s Tokio Store Chevrolet 32 32 Laps
26 06 Zachary Tinkle* Pipe Works Chevrolet 19 45 Laps
27 57 Bryan Dauzat Brother in Law Motorsports Chevrolet 7 57 Laps
28 03 Alex Clubb Clubb Racing Ford 7 57 Laps
  • Race shortened to 64 laps due to darkness.


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