DOVER, Del. — It took Corey LaJoie 23 races to reach victory lane in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career, but once he got there, he’s made it a regular occurrence.
The 21-year-old Concord, N.C., driver picked up his fourth win in the last eight races to Saturday afternoon at the “Monster Mile” in the American Real TV 150 at Dover Int’l Speedway.
The victory moved LaJoie to within one point of championship leader Kyle Larson with two races remaining.
LaJoie held off runner-up Darrell Wallace, Jr. and third-place Brandon McReynolds in a green-white-checkered finish.
LaJoie and McReynolds got together while battling for the lead on Lap 147. The damaged rear bumper cover on LaJoie’s car put him in danger of being black-flagged, but free-pass car of Gdovic knocked the cover off under caution before that happened. With the issue resolved, NASCAR withdrew the black flag and LaJoie maintained the lead.
Earlier in the day, Wallace won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award presented by Coors Light.
Ben Kennedy finished fourth and Larson, who started in the rear after a transmission change, came back to finish fifth.
Bryan Ortiz, C.J. Faison, Jimmy Weller, Dylan Presnell and Gdovic rounded out the top 10.
Brett Moffitt, who was the points leader entering the race, finished 18th. He was knocked out of the race lead after contact with LaJoie and then had to pit to change a faulty battery. He dropped to eight points behind Larson.