Defending NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie used excellent pit strategy and patient driving in winning the Sears Auto Center 250 Sunday at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
LaJoie took the lead for the first time on the 232nd of 250 laps and led the rest of the way.
It was the fourth win of the year and ninth of his career for LaJoie, who started 10th.
“I’m glad it was only a 250 lapper,” LaJoie said. “We didn’t have the best race car today, but we did have the best pit crew.”
Elliott Sadler finished second, followed by his brother Hermie, defending race champion Buckshot Jones and rookie Steve Park.
A crash with two laps remaining killed any hopes of last year’s photo finish. Dick Trickle, Kevin Lepage, Todd Bodine and Chris Diamond all were involved in accidents on lap 248 which brought out the yellow flag.
Barber Dodge Series
Nick Rondet of San Diego took advantage of a big first corner pileup at the start to post his first win in the SCAA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Series at the Sprint PCS Grand Prix of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Rondet threaded his way through the crashed cars involving points leader Rino Mastronardi, three-time winner Derek Hill and polesitter Jarle Gasland, and after the re-start distanced himself from second-place finisher Andy Boss.
Tom Kendall won his sixth straight Sprint PCS SCCA Trans-Am race in Minneapolis, edging Dorsey Schroeder by 1.779 seconds.
Kendall, of Santa Monica, Calif., averaged 64.751 mph in his Ford Mustang Cobra in the 63-lap, 100.8-mile street competition. Jon Gooding finished third, followed by Paul Gentilozzi and Greg Pickett.
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