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COREY LAJOIE WINS AT CHICAGOLAND
7-23-2013

Corey LaJoie, alongside his father Randy LaJoie, are all smiles after his exciting win at Chicagoland. (photo courtesy of www.arcaracing.com)JOLIET, IL (July 21, 2013) -- Corey LaJoie had a strong car all day at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, but needed a bit of luck to secure the win.

LaJoie started on the outside pole and led 38 of 100 laps in the ARCA Racing Series Ansell ActivArmr 150, but found himself third in the closing laps of the race when he caught a couple of lucky breaks. 

First, race leader Ryan Blaney, having nearly lapped the field, ran out of gas with seven laps to go. 

Blaney clearly had the car to beat having won the pole while leading 41 laps before his tank went dry.

Justin Boston took over the lead and who looked to be in position to take the win when he also fell victim to a lack of fuel with just two laps to go. 

Corey LaJoie was next in line to be handed the race lead. 

Gas would not be a problem for Corey LaJoie who opted to pit for fuel and tires with 20 laps to go. 

LaJoie led the final two circuits to capture his first career ARCA Series win in only his second career start.

LaJoie, the son of two-time Nationwide (Busch) Series champion Randy LaJoie, is the series' eighth different winner this year in the 11 races contested to date. 

Frank Kimmel is the only series driver to win more than once this season. The nine-time series champion has three race wins this year bringing his career total to 79 ARCA wins. 

Josh Williams, who started ninth, finished in second place followed by a disappointed Ryan Blaney in third.

Will Kimmel crossed the finish line in fourth followed by Chad Boat in fifth.

The race had just three cautions for a total of 17 laps. 

Leaders included; Corey LaJoie 1-21, 23-24, 40-52, 99-100 (38 laps), Frank Kimmel 22 (1 lap), Will Kimmel 25-39 (15 laps), Ryan Blaney 53-93 (41 laps) and Justin Boston 94-98 (5 laps).

Frank Kimmel, who finished ninth, remains atop the driver standings 165 points ahead of Mason Mingus. 

Hoosier is proud to be the official tire of the ARCA Racing Series.

Hoosier's David Wroblewski, Chad Wright, Fred Awald, Tyler Hartle and Mike Haenes along with engineers Rick Tostevin and Ken Kolter provided trackside service and support for the event. 

Next up on the ARCA Racing Series schedule is a stop at New Jersey Motorsports Park this Sunday, July 28, for another 150-mile race.

For more information about the ARCA Racing Series please visit www.arcaracing.com   

      

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