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ARCA: Grant Enfinger Set to Run Races at Pocono and Springfield

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Grant Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion, is slated to return to the series for two races this season.

Enfinger will pilot the No. 23 Holmes II Excavating-Southern States Bank Chevrolet for Bret Holmes Racing in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on June 3 at Pocono Raceway. Enfinger is also slated to compete in the CentralIllinoisSuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in August.

In the off-season, Bret Holmes Racing purchased equipment from Enfinger’s ARCA championship team, GMS Racing.

Bret Holmes confirmed to Rubbings Racing that the team is running Enfinger in those two races because he has helped so much with their ARCA team this season.

“We knew that GMS (Racing) was getting out of the ARCA deal and were moving on to Trucks and XFINITYa nd that was the perfect move-in for us to the series and them switching over to composite bodies and ILMOR motors made the costs come down a bit,” Holmes explained after his debut at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in April.

“That was a great decision by the series. We got in with them and talked with them through the off-season and built a relationship.”

Enfinger was the crew-chief for Holmes’ debut at Nashville, and if it weren’t for an extended green flag run to end the race, Holmes would have had a shot at the win. The team had four fresh General Tires left in the pit box after taking two tires on the first stop of the race while some teams took two.

“That’s what we were kind of gambling on was a caution would at least come out there sometime near the end. That was the difference-maker in therace but even from Grant’s seat up there I would have made the same call too. If you looked at last year’s race there was a caution late in the race,” Holmes said.

Holmes finished 10th in his second race of the season at Talladega Superspeedway and is scheduled to compete at Lucas Oil, Berlin, Salem, Kansas and Kentucky.

By only running seven races, Holmes will still be eligible to compete for Rookie of the Year honors in 2017.

Both Enfinger and Holmes are Alabama natives, with Enfinger from Fairhope and Holmes from Munford, mere minutes from Talladega Superspeedway.

“I think this race is just the reveal of what two good ‘ol Alabama boys can do,” Holmes would say after his finish at Nashville with Enfinger serving as crew chief.

Enfinger has 14 ARAC Racing Series wins to go along with 45 top-five and 64 top-10 results in ARCA Racing Series competition. With Holmes recording two top-10 finishes in his first two races, the No. 23 should be at the front of the field in every race it hits the track during the 2016 season.

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Brian Eberly (@beberly18) is a Certified Public Accountant and Manager of Field Accounting at a transportation company, but when he isn’t at the office you can most likely find him at a racetrack, watching a race on television, or following the action on social media. Eberly became interested in NASCAR in the nineties when Jeff Gordon was dominating the scene, and became hooked when he attended his first race with his dad in 1999 at Michigan International Speedway. Eberly has been writing about NASCAR since 2012 for various websites. An Illinois native and Northern Illinois University graduate, Eberly travels throughout the Midwest covering racing events in multiple series. When not following racing, he can be found on the golf course (usually trying to find his golf ball) and following the Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, Bulls, and of course the NIU Huskies.

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