Strategy Lands LaJoie First ARCA Triumph

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Blaney, who led the most laps for the second time this season, had a huge lead on the rest of the field. He said he thought he could make it on fuel.

“It was just a miscalculation,” he said. “It sucks because that’s twice we’ve had really fast race cars but didn’t win because of something silly.

“Our thought was we could make it,” he said. “I was trying to save fuel. We just missed it.”

There were three cautions in the race, the last coming at lap 24 for fluid on the track. Most of the leaders pitted at that time. Will Kimmel, in the 69 Messina Wildlife Ford for Kimmel Racing, led the next 15 laps until LaJoie grabbed the lead until lap 42 when Blaney zoomed to the front.

Blaney led 41 laps in all, three more than LaJoie. Frank Kimmel, who led one lap in his No. 44 Ansell Menards Toyota, finished ninth, his 21st consecutive top-10 finish in the ARCA Racing Series.

Will Kimmel finished fourth. Phoenix, Arizona native Chad Boat placed fifth in his Southern Car Parts Toyota, with Mason Mingus in the No. 32 Team Construction-811 Call Before You Dig Toyota sixth, Boston seventh, Venturini Motorsports drivers Caleb Armstrong and A.J. Henriksen eighth and 10th, respectively.

The 100-lap, 150-mile race took just under 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete.

LaJoie, the son of two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Randy LaJoie, said he hopes to race in a couple more ARCA Racing Series events this season.

“It definitely makes all of the late nights and midnights and early mornings worth it,” he said.

He called winning the Ansell ActivArmr 150 his biggest victory to date.

“I think every race win is your next-biggest career win,” he said, thanking Richard Petty Motorsports and Roulo Brothers Racing for the combined effort. “Hopefully it keeps going up the ladder. It is hard to stay fresh when you’re not in the race car. I don’t mind not racing every now and then, but if I get the opportunity to race every week, I think I would be that much better.”

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