Dillon Holds Off Blaney In ARCA

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Ty Dillon (41) takes the lead from Dakoda Armstrong en route to his sixth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory of the season Thursday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. (David E. Heithaus photo)
Ty Dillon (41) takes the lead from Dakoda Armstrong en route to his sixth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory of the season Thursday night at Lucas Oil Raceway. (David E. Heithaus photo)

CLERMONT, Ind. — Ty Dillon earned his sixth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory of the season and his eighth triumph in 15 starts in the series Thursday night at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Dillon took the lead from Dakoda Armstrong with 35 laps remaining on the .686-mile oval and held off the late-race charges of Ryan Blaney to win the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 by .676 seconds.

Still Dillon had to overcome a green-white-checkered finish after a three-car crash with four laps remaining. Despite the race extending to 203 laps, Dillon took the victory in his grandfather Richard Childress’s No. 41 Chevrolet

“We were a little off at the beginning of the race and we held in there tight and we dialed it in at the end of the race,” said Dillon, who won the first ARCA event at the track in 26 years. “They were telling me he was coming at the end, but once we had that restart at the end, we were focused on staying out front.”

Blaney led the most laps in the race, but finished second after sharing the front row with Dillon, who had won his sixth pole of the season.

“I learned to be patient,” Blaney said. “Ty (Dillon) and James (Buescher) did a great job of being patient. I think he (Dillon) saved his right-rear (tire) a little bit better than I did tonight.”

Buescher finished third, while Armstrong and Tom Hessert rounded out the top five.

Dillon now leads the standings by 360 points over Frank Kimmel, who finished 12th.

Ryan Glenski finished sixth in his first ARCA start driving for Andy Hillenburg.

The race finished in one hour, 46 minutes, and 26 seconds, at an average speed of 78.504 miles per hour. Ten caution flags slowed the race for 56 laps.