ARCA: Eight Winners in Eight Races; Brandon Jones Parks No. 8 in Victory Lane at Michigan

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Recap by Race Chaser Online Northeast Correspondent Kyle Magda — ARCA photo —

One thing was in the way of Brandon Jones and his No. 8 Ranier Racing with MDM team going to victory lane Friday evening.

Fuel.

Kyle Weatherman tried to stretch the final 57 laps on a tank of gas until the No. 58 Lira Motorsports Ford ran dry with four laps to go to let Jones power back to the lead to win the first ARCA Racing Series race for RRMDM at Michigan International Speedway.

“This Menards-Valvoline Chevy was just so awesome all week long,” Jones said.”Kind of got a little worried there at the end, I didn’t know if the 52 or 58 could make it there on fuel or not, but obviously they failed to do that and we came out on top. All in all, awesome job by Ranier Racing and looking forward to getting to the next one.”

The NASCAR XFINITY Series driver finished third in his first race with the No. 8 team last week at Pocono before taking Lorin Ranier’s bunch to victory lane on the two-mile Michigan track. Jones led the most laps in Friday’s 100-lap event with teammate Kyle Benjamin’s third-place run to make it a 1-3 finish for RRMDM.

It was nowhere near an easy Friday afternoon drive for the 20-year-old Jones as he fended off a number of challenges from Cunningham Motorsports driver and series points leader Chase Briscoe. Both he and Myatt Snider proved to have the fastest cars in Thursday’s practices, but no victory to show for at the end of the Corrigan Oil 200. Qualifying was set on practice speeds after a long clean-up for three wrecks in the session, including Snider’s No. 22 Louisiana Hot Sauce Ford and forcing the team to go to the back-up, a steel-bodied car instead of the primary composite-body car.

Briscoe brought home the No. 77 Ford second, while Snider’s day ended early with a slip off Turn 2 and ending any chances of the 21-year-old driver adding a second-series victory.

“Just got away from me, I was trying to get a run on Travis there and I messed up,” Snider said. “I was in it a little bit too hard and it slipped out from under me. Coming from short tracks using correcting it as trying to save it, but here it kind of shoots it towards the wall, so I got to break about 10 years of habit. It’s going to be difficult, but that’s part of learning it. I just hate it for my guys because that’s two this weekend and I’ve never done that much in more than a month, so disappointed to say the least.”

Travis Braden made his first ARCA Racing Series start of 2016 in a steel-bodied machine and finished fourth under the guidance of veteran crew chief Tony Furr. In four career races, Braden has finished no worse than sixth in his Platinum Motorsports machine.

“Tony Furr made a great call to pit when we did there,” Braden said. “We couldn’t make it on less than two stops, our fuel cell just wouldn’t quite take the amount of fuel we needed to make it on one, so he played it perfectly with the timing of the pit stop here and worked out for a fourth-place finish.”

Matt Tifft also made his first ARCA start of the season and finished fifth in the No. 15 Cometic Gasket Toyota. Tifft never raced at MIS until Friday’s 200-mile race in the Irish Hills. Brady Boswell finished sixth, followed by A.J. Fike, Matt Kurzejewski, Dalton Sargeant and Shane Lee rounding out the rest of the top-10.

The next time the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards takes to the track will be next Sunday for the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison International Speedway and will be shown live on American Sports Network.

RESULTS: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards; Corrigan Oil 200; Michigan International Speedway; June 10, 2016

  1. Brandon Jones
  2. Chase Briscoe
  3. Kyle Benjamin
  4. Travis Braden
  5. Matt Tifft
  6. Brady Boswell
  7. A.J. Fike
  8. Matt Kurzejewski
  9. Dalton Sargeant
  10. Shane Lee
  11. Sarah Cornett-Ching
  12. Kyle Weatherman
  13. Chad Finley
  14. Thomas Praytor
  15. Nick Higdon
  16. Tom Berte
  17. Morgan Baird
  18. Sheldon Creed
  19. Brad Smith
  20. Josh Williams
  21. Tom Hessert
  22. Mike Basham
  23. Myatt Snider
  24. David Sear
  25. Dustin Knowles
  26. Richard Doheny
  27. Richard Hauck
  28. Jeff MacZink
  29. Michael Lira
  30. Chris Bailey Jr.
  31. Con Nicolopoulos
  32. Wayne Peterson

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