It came down to a late race pass for Corey LaJoie to win his first career ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards victory in just his second career start. LaJoie passed Josh Williams on lap 98 for victory and LaJoie had emotion in victory lane.
"This is definitely the biggest win of my career," LaJoie said in victory lane.
LaJoie won by over two seconds over Josh Williams who was conserving fuel at the end of the race. It's Williams best finish of his career. Finishing third was Ryan Blaney who had one of the races fastest cars. Will Kimmel finished fourth and Chad Boat rounded out the top five. Mason Mingus finished sixth, with Justin Boston coming home seventh and Caleb Armstrong eighth. Ninth was Frank Kimmel and A.J. Henriksen finished in the tenth position.
The Ansell ActiveArmr 150 started with Ryan Blaney on the pole and Corey LaJoie alongside. LaJoie got off to a great start and appeared to have the best car early. The first caution flag of the afternoon flew just four laps into the race when Thomas Praytor spun. He would continue.
The race restarted on lap eight and again LaJoie pulled away. The second caution flag of the day flew on lap 14 when Praytor crashed again but this time he had significant damage on the back end of his car. He finished in the 23rd position.
The race restarted on lap 21 and Frank Kimmel showed his strength as he dove low on the restart. Kimmel put a nose under LaJoie and got the lead on lap 23. On lap 24 LaJoie passed Kimmel for the lead and LaJoie began to pull away when the races' third and final caution flew when there was oil on the track from Spencer Gallagher's car. Gallagher would continue and finished 13th.
Pit stops ensued with several drivers using pit strategy to get track position. When the race restarted on lap 32 Will Kimmel and Caleb Armstrong were in the front of the field as they stayed out under the caution. On lap 33 Corey LaJoie found himself fighting for the third position and passed Will Kimmel for third.
On lap 40 LaJoie had chased down Frank Kimmel and passed him for the lead. Ryan Blaney's car came to life and he made his moves up to second position. By lap 48 Blaney was right on LaJoie's back bumper and by lap 53 Ryan Blaney led for the first time in the race.
From that point forward Blaney had the best car and was pulling away from LaJoie. On lap 57 Blaney had a 1.2 second lead and by lap 63 his lead was 2.2 seconds. Blaney continued to stretch his lead and by lap 77 Blaney led by 3.7 seconds. As the race continued Blaney and his Cunningham Motorsports team thought they could make it the rest of the way on fuel, trying to make it 76 laps on one run.
Green flag pit stops began on lap 84 and Corey LaJoie came down with the rest of the leaders. Blaney stayed out and had almost lapped the entire field until he ran out of gas on lap 92. Blaney would pit and lose the lead. The lead became Justin Boston's who was on the same strategy as Blaney. Josh Williams was also on a similar strategy and he was in the second position. Corey LaJoie had the fastest car on the track and was in third, chasing the leaders down as the leaders were trying to save fuel.
On lap 98 Justin Boston's car began to slow and he would relinquish the lead. As soon as Boston's car slowed LaJoie got the lead from Williams. Williams would make it on his fuel but he would finish second. LaJoie had no trouble winning from that point forward.
Other notables in the field included Tom Hessert in 11th and Spencer Gallagher in 13th.
Frank Kimmel's points lead over Mason Mingus closed a bit to 165 points. Third in the points is Tom Hessert who is 370 points behind. Justin Boston is fourth in the standings 465 points back and Josh Williams is fifth 565 points behind Kimmel.Tags: ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, Corey LaJoie, Frank Kimmel, Josh Williams, Motorsports, Ryan Blaney