MILLVILLE, N.J. – Andrew Ranger passed Chase Elliott with 10 laps left in Sunday’s Barbera’s Autoland 150 presented by Driven Racing Oil, then sailed to his third ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards career win.
“When I was behind Chase I was trying to save my car,” Ranger said. “He pushed really hard with 25 to go, which surprised me. I tried to save the car. Then, when I was pretty close to him with 15 to go and then I passed him. I was a little nervous because I knew with that many laps to go a lot could happen.”
With no late race cautions, Ranger was able to widen his gap on Elliott, who was also passed by runner-up finisher Tom Hessert in the Cunningham Motorsports No. 77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge.
“You never know what can happen with the last lap, 10 to go or five to go,” Ranger said. “I tried to be relaxed in the car and not make a mistake. Definitely I think we did a really good job – all the team did.”
Ranger has now won three straight ARCA events at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
With his second place finish, Hessert came home with his career-best road course finish.
“It was definitely a good day,” Hessert said. “In the end, second place is awfully good. It’s always great to run well close to home. It’s great to have the support.”
Elliott, in the No. 9 Aaron’s-Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet, led the most laps (34) and was the SCOTT Rookie Challenge winner of the race. Toward the end of the race, he said, he had a tire concern that caused him to drop to third.
“We definitely needed to be a little bit better,” Elliott said.