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Connor Mosack takes a late lead and holds on for ARCA win at Kansas Speedway

For much of the afternoon, Connor Mosack – and the other 22 drivers in the field for the ARCA Menards Series Tide 150 at Kansas Speedway on Saturday – all seemed to be running a very different race than pole winner Tanner Gray.

Gray led the first 86 laps, had lapped all but nine cars in the field at the halfway mark, and at one point built a lead of more than 10 seconds. But Mosack didn’t lose heart – and a restart late in the race gave him the chance he needed.

Mosack took control of the final ten laps and won the second ARCA Menards Series race of his career, which was also his second straight win at Kansas Speedway.

“I knew we were a good adjustment getting the opportunity to work with him. I knew that even if we weren’t great, there were times when we could still match lap times,” said Mosack. “Or at least that’s what they told me. Sometimes they say that to make you feel better. I knew if we could get a good adjustment and a short run, maybe we could beat a restart or something like that.

That’s exactly what Mosack got. The win meant a little more than just his second victory in Kansas. Last year’s victory came in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota that Gray drove on Saturday.

Mosack’s No. 28 Pinnacle Racing Group Chevrolet finished second last fall. This time it was front and center in victory lane.

“It’s really special. It’s probably the most meaningful win I’ve ever had. Just seeing the team starting from the ground up, seeing the guys in the shop every day, seeing how hard they work and the success that’s starting to pay off here,” said Mosack. “It feels good to be able to do it back-to-back with two different teams. And when the other team finished second… it felt pretty good.”

As for Gray, he simply couldn’t find the speed he had after falling behind. It would have been the first ARCA Menards Series win of his career; second place was a career highlight.

Dean Thompson, Kris Wright and Jake Finch rounded out the top five. Points leader Andres Perez finished seventh.

“That restart was our best chance,” Mosack said. “I feel like the restarts had started really well up to that point in the race. … It always means more when you get behind and you can get the win there at the end.”

Like many drivers, Mosack is trying to fill out the remainder of his 2024 racing schedule. Saturday night, he made his fourth career start in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. He’s also set to make at least a few more starts in car 28.

Mosack also made a career-high 24 starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year.

“Last year with my Xfinity races, a lot of them weren’t in winning gear. I feel like I definitely made a lot of mistakes trying to learn, and I probably learned faster than I should have,” Mosack said. “That helped me get back to ARCA and trucks, and I feel like all the starts I have this year are in good equipment. It is a good opportunity to show what we can do.”

DeSoto’ Mandy Chick finishes 15th

DeSoto, Kansas native Mandy Chick made her eighth start in the ARCA Menards Series (and second of the season) on Saturday. She finished 15th. She placed ninth at last fall’s race.