TOLEDO, Ohio – Dalton Sargeant admits that he struggled at Lucas Oil Raceway last year. Maybe that’s why the Boca Raton, Florida driver is bringing a secret weapon with him this year.
“I’m going to be testing next Friday at Lucas Oil, and we’re bringing the star power of Chase Briscoe to help me,” said Sargeant, driver of the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Ford.
Briscoe, the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion, dominated last year’s race, leading 130 of 200 laps. Sargeant will be in the same car that Briscoe won in at Lucas Oil last year, and the same car that Sargeant won in earlier this year at Salem.
“I definitely struggled there…the corners are so long and you have to be so patient,” Sargeant continued. “I was trying to pick up the throttle way too soon and it upset the whole corner. Chase obviously knows how to get around there, and that gives me a little extra confidence going into the race.”
It’s not just a little extra confidence…Sargeant’s got momentum on his side after winning at Iowa Speedway Saturday night, his second victory this season and third of his career. The 19-year-old driver has also established himself as a championship contender in 2017, currently in second behind leader Austin Theriault.
“We definitely feel like we’re still in this championship. We closed up the gap a little at Iowa. We lost all our points to the 52 (Theriault) in one race at Talladega. Everybody tends to have a little bad luck…I don’t wish it on them, but anything can happen. As long as we keep our performance up, we’ll be there at the end.”
Discounted tickets for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway are on sale now at several Menards stores in Indiana. The tickets are being offered at $10 off the gate price, and can be purchased up through July 20. Kids, 11 and under, are free. For a complete listing of Indiana stores selling discount tickets, CLICK HERE.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 marks the 13th ARCA appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway since its debut there in 1971. Former ARCA winners at LOR include Ramo Stott, Bob Schacht, Davey Allison, Ty Dillon, Frank Kimmel, Brandon Jones, Travis Braden and Chase Briscoe.
ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12 – 2 p.m., followed by General Tire pole qualifying at 5. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 with the green flag waving just after 9. The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series late model race precedes the 200-lap ARCA national tour event.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.