September 07, 2015

DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) Grant Enfinger won the Southern Illinois 100 on Monday for his fifth ARCA Racing Series victory of the year.

Enfinger passed Kyle Weatherman on the first green-white-checkered lap and held on for his second win in the last three ARCA races. Weatherman was in front at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds before he slipped and went just high enough for Enfinger to slide past him on the backstretch.

''It worked out,'' Enfinger said. ''A lot of times it doesn't but, this time it did.''

Enfinger, who leads the series standings, started on the pole and led the first 15 laps. But his car got extremely hot, causing a couple of unscheduled pit stops.

''We lost a lot of water, but, fortunately, the caution came out when we needed it to for us to get it topped off with water and all the guys did great for not letting us lose a lap,'' he said. ''Having a car this good made it possible.''

Weatherman led a race-high 32 laps.

''Honestly this is the second race we've lost under this caution deal,'' Weatherman said. ''The cautions keep falling wrong for us. But, that's a part of racing. I honestly think me and Grant had one of the better cars all weekend. It's just unfortunate that I gave it away there at the end.''

The race had seven cautions, the last coming on lap 98. Weatherman restarted first and Enfinger third.

Tom Hessert finished third. He led 18 laps and was up front most of the day.

Josh Williams ran as high as second before finishing fourth, followed by Ken Schrader and Springfield dirt winner A.J. Fike.

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