(SPARTA, Ky. – Sept. 21, 2013) – Corey LaJoie grabbed the lead with 33 laps to go in Saturday’s ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway and took his No. 17 Medallion Financial Ford into victory lane for the third time this season.
“We’ve had really good set ups for these cars lately, but, for Iowa, for some reason, our car was off,” LaJoie said. “We went back to the drawing board after Iowa and put together what we thought would be good at Kentucky, and it ended up being really good. It was a great day.”
LaJoie, a Richard Petty Motorsports Development Driver, won at Chicagoland Speedway in July and Pocono Raceway in August. In the Roulo Brothers Racing No. 17, LaJoie led the most laps in the ZLOOP 150, which was held Saturday after being rained out on Friday. LaJoie led 40 of 100 laps.
Mason Mitchell finished second in the Happy Cheeks Ford, Spencer Gallagher third, Grant Enfinger fourth in the Motor Honey-Casite-Advance-Ford and Chad Boat fifth in the SteppingOut4Hope.com Toyota.
Mitchell had his best career finish. He led 20 laps despite having to start back in the 21st.
“In practice yesterday, we struggled a lot,” Mitchell said. “But, everybody did a great job in the shop this week and we had a really good car.”
Gallagher scored his fifth top five of the season.
“We made a lot of changes after practice yesterday. We kind of went out there sight unseen,” Gallagher said. “We were very, very fast at the beginning of the race. It was a good day for the Allegiant Travel Chevrolet.”
Frank Kimmel, in the No. 44 Ansell-Menards Toyota, finished ninth, his 20th top 10 of the year. He will take a 315-point lead in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship point standings. All Kimmel he has to do is make an attempt to qualify for the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Oct. 4 and he will clinch his 10th all-time series championship.
“It’s been a special year because of our consistency,”Kimmel said.