35. Grant Enfinger wins 2014 Arca series race at Daytona

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Buster Graham starts 15-car wreck at Daytona in the feb. 15, 2014, Arca series race at Daytona.

15-car pile up in the 2014 Arca race at Daytona Int'l Speedway / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Buster Graham and Chase Elliott got into it early in the Lucas Oil 200 Arca race at Daytona Internatiobnal Speedway, and in the procress, collected 15 cars.

And while team members from both racing crews were involvrd in a post-race skirmish, Grant Enfinger celebrated his first win at Daytona and his his third career victory in the stock car series.

Enfinger also became 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," Enfinger said. "But to be able to do it here in front of everybody … it's just an incredible feeling."

Grant Enfinger wins 2014 Arca Series at Daytona / Headline Surfer®"I think we put ourselves on the map last year with a couple of wins," Lucas Oil 200 Arca Series race winner Grant Enfinger said in victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 15, 2014. "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 multi-car 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 Elliott, 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."

Elliott, his father watching at the track, said the accident wasn't his fault: "I never touched him. It's just an air thing, as best I can tell, and I've watched it a few times."

What followed was an ugly post-race scener scene that included one member holding a baseball bat, before cops were called in to help settle things down.

Frank Kimmel, ARCA's career victory leader with 80, finished the race in second place, followed by Clay Campbell, Tom Hessert and Tyler Reddick.

The 54-year-old Campbell is track president at Martinsville Speedway and drove at Daytona for the second straight season.

Grant Enfinger's victory in the Arca race at Daytona comes in at No,. 35 in the HeadlineSurfer.com countdown of the top 100 stories of 2014.

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