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Connor Mosack repeats Kansas ARCA win with another team

Mosack won his first series race a year ago with Joe Gibbs Racing in Kansas, but Tanner Gray dominated much of Saturday’s race for the same team – JGR’s No. 18 Toyota – that Mosack won with in 2023.

By the time of halftime in the 100-lap race, Gray had built a lead of more than 10 seconds over the field and only five cars remained on the lead lap. A caution late in the race gave Mosack the opportunity to line up alongside Gray on a restart and he almost took the lead but fell back briefly.

With twelve laps to go, Mosack was able to mount another challenge and this time he bypassed Gray for the lead and held him off by 0.470 seconds to claim the victory. It is the second victory in a row for Pinnacle Racing Group, who won together with Connor Zilisch in Dover last weekend.

“I was a little worried about it,” the 25-year-old Mosack said of not immediately catching Gray on the final restart. “I felt like this was our chance to clear him and that maybe if we actually cleared him we could stop him.

“He brought me up in (Turns) 1 and 2 and did a good job of letting me slide there. Then I was a little afraid that he would drive away. But we had the momentum going into (turns 3 and 4) and I thought maybe we could still run with him.

“I’m not sure if he made a mistake, but he got pretty high and I got to his spoiler and was able to free him.”

Mosack, who raced primarily Late Models and in the SCCA Trans Am Series until venturing into ARCA and NASCAR competition in 2021, is competing in a variety of series this season, including Saturday night’s NASCAR Truck race with Spire Motorsports.

Mosack said it’s important to turn his strong runs in good equipment into wins.

“This means a lot,” the Charlotte resident said. “Last year, when I was running a lot of Xfinity races in winning gear, I definitely made a lot of mistakes in learning, probably learning faster than I should have.

“I think that helped me come back to ARCA. All my starts here have been with good equipment and it is a good opportunity to show what we can do.”

Dean Thompson finished third, Kris Wright was fourth and Jake Finch rounded out the top five.

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