Ranger, who won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell, said he and Elliott just were just driving hard for the win.
“We banged a little bit with the No. 9 car,” Ranger said. “When we came to the turn, I broke really, really late and he broke too much. I tried to not hit him. … I think something leaked on my car. I was spinning like crazy at the end.”
Hessert was pleased with his finish. His weekend started with a crash during a test session on Thursday and the team had to go to a backup car, which, he said, caused the team to “struggle.” He rebounded from a pit road penalty to grab third and move a little closer to the top of the series point’s race.
“It was a good finish, a decent point’s day,” Hessert said.
He said he could see the leaders banging on each other and waited for his opportunity to move closer to the front.
“When the late race caution flew, I knew it was going to be pretty intense out there,” Hessert said.
Series point leader Frank Kimmel finished seventh in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota; Justin Boston, in his road course debut, was eighth in the No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Electronics Recycling Toyota. David Levine, in only his second ARCA start, finished a career-best ninth in the No. 43 Richard Petty Driving Experience Dodge, and Mason Mingus finished 10th in the No. 32 811 Call Before You Dig Toyota.
Buescher was making just his second start of the season in the ARCA Racing Series. It was his 10th all-time series victory and first on a road course.
“We spent most of the race trying to conserve our stuff, not use up our brakes, not miss-shift and not mess up,” Buescher said. “When that caution came out it was just about perfect for what we needed.
“They hit each other four or five times the last couple of laps. We knew it was as matter of time. I didn’t want to get right up under them.”
Buescher said he saved his best for the end of the race. The strategy worked perfectly.
“That way, when we did come down to the end, we could run as hard as we wanted.”