Grant Enfinger wins ARCA Series race at Daytona

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 15, 2014 at 6:14 pm •  Published: February 15, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott took out Buster Graham early in the ARCA Series race.

Then their crews collided in the pits and again in the garage.

Team members on both sides became involved in a heated skirmish on pit road early in the race, and it spilled into a post-race melee in the garage before they were separated by series officials.

All the commotion was going on while Grant Enfinger celebrated his first win at Daytona International Speedway.

Enfinger raced to his third career victory Saturday in the stock car series, becoming the 37th driver to win in 51 ARCA races at Daytona.

"I think we put ourselves on the map last year with a couple of wins," he said. "But to be able to do it here in front of everybody ... it's just an incredible feeling."

The race spiraled out of control with a multicar wreck 13 laps into the 80-lap event. Graham blamed Elliott for being turned sideways and triggering a massive wreck that took out a whopping 15 drivers.

Elliott, the 18-year-old son of 1988 Cup champion Bill, made his 12th career ARCA start — and not many friends.

"It's too early in the race to get aggressive like that," Graham said. "He's got a lot to learn."

Will Kimmel started eighth and had one of the cars collected in the crash.

"It's part of it when we come down here to Daytona with a bunch of rookies," Kimmel said. "There's some people in fast cars that really don't know what to do with them. When you stick them in a bunch like that, they think that because they've got a run, you're supposed to hit the guy in front of you and they don't use the middle pedal."

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