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Mason Mitchell wins ARCA Racing Series event in Iowa

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Mason Mitchell won the ARCA Racing Series event Friday night on his home track, passing Kyle Weatherman in a one-lap overtime sprint to the finish at Iowa Speedway.

Mitchell, from West Des Moines, took the lead on the inside in his own Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet and held on for first victory of the season and second in the stock-car series.

Minutes earlier in a two-lap green-white-checker attempt on the 0.875-mile track, Weatherman got a jump on the outside in his Cunningham Motorsports entry and appeared to be headed to victory until another caution forced the final one-lap shootout.

“This is unbelievable,” Mitchell said. “This was the whole reason we came to this race. These guys worked too hard to come home second. I didn’t care how much damage this car had, I wanted that checkered flag.”

Mitchell, the defending series champion, also won last year at Chicagoland Speedway.

The 17-year-old Weatherman, from Wentzville, Missouri, finished second. He raced to his first series victory in May on the road course in Millville, New Jersey.

Tom Hessert was third, and Austin Cindric fourth — both driving for Cunningham Motorsports.

“It was a fun race,” Weatherman said. “Congratulations to him. They obviously knew Cunningham Motorsports was here. It’s unfortunate one of us didn’t take the trophy home.”

Matt Tifft was fifth, followed by Austin Wayne Self, Blake Jones, points leader Grant Enfinger, Todd Gilliland and David Levine.

There were nine extra laps in the race scheduled for 150 laps. There were nine cautions for 56 laps.

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