With five laps remaining, ARCA Officials declared Austin Theriault the race winner of the thrilling Lucas Oil 200. The race was declared official due to time constraints and the time to fix a punctured SAFER Barrier following an accident that saw Justin Fontaine go on his roof on the frontstretch.
Fontaine has been transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Theriault was able to grab the lead from Terry Jones shortly before the caution flag that ended the race.
When the green flag flew with less than 10 laps remaining, Theriault and Lee were dead even for over a lap and a half. With the help from Dalton Sargeant, Theriault edged in front of Jones before the caution flew with five laps remaining.
“It was such an awesome race. The guys gave us a really good car. I think that if we went back green, we would’ve been fine. This car was that strong,” said Theriault in victory lane.
The win by Theriault, with the help of Ken Schrader Racing, kicks off a run for the ARCA Racing Series championship.
This is Theriault’s second career ARCA win in his third start. His first win came at Michigan in 2015. Ken Schrader Racing scores their third Daytona ARCA win, their first since winning back-to-back in 1994 to 1995.
Jones finished second, Shane Lee finished third, Sargeant was fourth, and Tom Hessert rounded out the top-five.