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Corey LaJoie Makes It Three for Four in the ARCA Racing Series in 2013 with Win at Kentucky

September 21st, 2013 at 3:51 PM
By Mark Eddinger

After the ZLOOP 150 was postponed from Friday night to Saturday afternoon due to rain at Kentucky Speedway, Corey LaJoie went onto win his third ARCA Racing Series race of the season in only four starts.

LaJoie, who turns 22 in only four days, is a developmental driver for Richard Petty Motorsports and now has three wins in five career ARCA starts. He passed Chad Boat on the final restart at lap 67 of 100 and cruised to the win.

Frank Kimmel started on the pole due to owner points but the race went under caution on lap 1 due to a spin by Milka Duno who backed into the outside wall off Turn 2. Duno finished 23rd.

On the lap five restart Erik Jones passed Frank Kimmel to take control of the race. By lap 15 Jones led over Spencer Gallagher, Corey LaJoie, Chase Elliott, and Will Kimmel. Elliott had driven from the 26th starting position. Frank Kimmel had slipped back to the ninth position.

By lap 29 LaJoie was into second and on lap 31 he took the lead from Jones. Elliott moved up to second on lap 32.

The second caution of the race came out on lap 34 when Josh Williams spun off Turn 2. Under the pit stops Erik Jones went to leave but the car was still on the jack and the left rear tire not on yet. That did some damage to his car and dropped him to the last lead lap car. Chase Elliott's crew got him off first with Grant Enfinger second due to a two tire stop. Corey LaJoie was third and Mason Mitchell up to second also with only two tires like Enfinger.

Elliott led on the lap 40 restart but on lap 41 he slowed and came to pit road. His day was done as the team found that there was water in the fuel line. That gave the lead to LaJoie but Mason Mitchell battled him hard and on lap 43 made the pass for the lead.

The third caution then flew on lap 54 when Erik Jones spun off Turn 4 while trying to pass Enfinger for eighth. Enfinger used that opportunity to pit for new tires while all the other leaders stayed out.

Mitchell led over LaJoie, Chad Boat, and Gallagher on the lap 61 restart. On lap 62 Boat made a great three-wide move off Turn 2 to take the lead down the backstretch but then the fourth caution flew when Garrett Smithley spun off Turn 2 and hit the inside wall hard.

That set up a restart on lap 67 where Corey LaJoie got to the high side of Boat in Turn 2 and Boat pushed up making slight contact into LaJoie. Boat slipped back to fourth while LaJoie never lifted and opened a big lead. From there LaJoie just didn't want to see a caution. On lap 90 Steven Mathews got into the wall and had a lot of smoke coming from his car but the green remained out. Mathews would finish in 17th.

LaJoie went onto win with Mason Mitchell finishing a career best second. Spencer Gallagher took third, Grant Enfinger fourth, and Chad Boat fifth. Erik Jones came back to finish sixth, Will Kimmel seventh, Justin Boston eighth, Frank Kimmel ninth, and Mason Mingus tenth.

For Kimmel it was his 30th straight top ten finish in the ARCA Racing Series and all he needs to do is show up at Kansas for the season finale to be crowned the 2013 champion. It will be Kimmel's tenth career ARCA title. He leads the points by 315 over Mason Mingus. Justin Boston is third, Tom Hessert fourth, and Josh Williams fifth.

The season finale is on October 4th at Kansas Speedway.

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Tags: Chad Boat, Chase Elliott, Corey LaJoie, Erik Jones, Frank Kimmel, Grant Enfinger, Josh Williams, Justin Boston, Kentucky Speedway, Mason Mingus, Mason Mitchell, Motorsports, Richard Petty Motorsports, Spencer Gallagher, Will Kimmel

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