Coming off his first ARCA Racing Series win of the season at Toledo Speedway, defending ARCA Series Rookie of the Year (and iRacer) Justin Boston was looking to keep his momentum going into the season’s only road course race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Boston and his Venturini Motorsports team wasted no time picking-up where they left off one week ago when they unloaded at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Boston and his crew started the weekend off on the right track after being third fastest in the first practice session of the week and being the fastest car in final practice. Boston looked to keep it going as he went into qualifying where he was able to pick up a front row starting spot by grabbing the second starting position.
As the green flag fell to start the 67 lap race, Boston kept up with road course specialist Andrew Ranger. As the laps clicked-off, Boston found himself fighting a loose racecar and crew chief Kevin Reed called him to pit road on Lap 33 after battling with Ranger for the lead.
Boston was then able to lead 42 of the 62 laps and it looked like he was going to be the man to beat until two laps to go. Disaster struck as Boston blew a left front tire which forced him to come to pit road. He was able to charge back in the last two laps and bring his #25 Zloop Computer & Electronics Recycling Centers Camry home in the seventh position. Ranger, who Boston battled for the lead in most of the race, picked up the win in New Jersey.
“Can’t predict a tire failure,” said Boston post-race. “It was a solid day overall at New Jersey Motorsports Park and it was a shame we couldn’t battle it out at the end for the win. We had a tire go down with about seven laps to go and we salvaged a seventh place finish. Had enough saved for the end – just had a tire issue.”
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