Dalton Sargeant ARCA Winner At Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa – Quick work by Dalton Sargeant’s pit crew, combined with a gritty last nine lap drive by the Florida driver, helped him capture the Fans With Benefits 150 ARCA Racing Series event Saturday night at the Iowa Speedway.

Sargeant edged Austin Theriault by 1.50 seconds after Sargeant’s crew got him out first after a late-race caution robbed the eventual winner of his seven second lead.

“That caution was the last thing I wanted to see,” explained the Cunningham Motorsports Ford driver. “It made me nervous to think about holding him (Theriault) off for nine more laps.”

Theriault, driving the Ken Schrader Ford, had a scare earlier in the day that threatened his race day. “We had a motor issue before practice, but the crew got it changed in an hour. We got behind a little,” said the Minnesota native who started fifth, “but we fought hard to catch up.”

Sheldon Cree, from Alpine California, led 11 laps in his United Rentals Toyota and finished third after starting 13th.

Michael Self came from his 10th grid spot to finish fourth, leading 33 laps despite suffering rear end damage to his Sinclair Oil Toyota after an early-race spin.

Pole-winner Shane Lee led the first 58 laps but fell back after the first round of pit stops and faded to an 11th-place finish in his Big Tine Ford.

Sargeant was happy with the win, but still gave almost full credit to his crew who allowed him to get out of the pits first at the final caution and have that valuable lane choice. “My guys executed that last pit stop perfectly. The lane (outside on the restart) moved up where I thought I was at my best.”

And Saturday night that may have been the winning move.


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