Jones Falters, LaJoie Scores At Pocono
Nick Igdalsky, driving the No. 86 Camel Beach Water Park ModSpace Chevrolet, and vice president of Pocono Raceway, finished 11th. Jones, driving a Venturini Motorsports Toyota, finished 12th after leading the most laps – 25.
Frank Kimmel came up just short of his record 80th ARCA Racing Series victory, but was pleased with the run. Ultimately, he increased his lead in the point standings.
“I had a fourth- or fifth-place car and we came out of here second,” he said.
Kimmel said the team planned to pit when it did, but never expected the race to stay green the entire time. He was the first of the leaders to come down pit road for tires and fuel.
“I thought we were in good shape,” he said. “Corey did a great job in the pit stops and beat us out of pit road. I’d like to know what he did so I can be a little better next time.”
It was a career-best finish for Boston, who had three fourth-place finishes this year entering the ModSpace 125.
“We had a really good day,” he said. “We had a really good car. I felt like I was out there by myself the way the stops worked out.”
Qualifying was rained out, putting Frank Kimmel at the start of the field for the race. LaJoie had to go to the back after stopping to make a wheel adjustment on pit road after the pace laps started. He made his first laps at Pocono Raceway during a 75-minute practice session about three hours before the race.
“This track is hard, let me tell you,” LaJoie said. “No joke. All three corners are different. It’s hard to get a rhythm here. I tried a few things out and started getting it pretty good.”