On the final lap, Greg Van Alst overtook Jason White in Turn 3 and became the champion of the ARCA Menards Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
When Van Alst backed up for a run on the last lap and received a push from Connor Mosack to take the lead, White, who had driven 14 of the final 16 circuits, had been in the lead going into the last 80 laps.
Van Alst then defeated Mosack at the finish line to win his first series in 32 starts.
The 41-year-old races for Greg Van Alst Motorsports, his own squad.
“There was no way I was going to bring it home without the steering wheel or the trophy and that was it,” said an emotional Van Alst after the win. “This is for all the short track racers out there that don’t think you can get to this level.
“I worked my ass off to get here. And we did it – yeah!”
Lavar Scott came in fourth, followed by Mandy Chick and Sean Corr for the top three spots.
Frankie Muniz, an American actor, placed 11th in his debut series appearance. He is racing the full ARCA schedule until 2023.
On Lap 47, Mosack, who began on the pole and led 25 laps, spun out at Turn 3, bringing out the race’s fifth warning.
At the half-way point, Jason Kitzmiller was in the lead, followed by Van Alst and Amber Balcaen.
On lap 52, the race resumed in green, with Van Alst leading Scott and Kitzmiller.
Scott overtook Van Alst to take the lead as they decided to continue to duel side-by-side on lap 53.
ARCA flashed a warning for debris in Turn 1 on lap 55. The race went back to being green.
On Lap 61, the rear bumper cover of Andy Jankowiak was the debris that forced ARCA to issue another warning due to it being on the frontstretch. The race resumed in green, with Scott in the lead on lap 65.
On the resumption, White surged into the lead.
With 10 circuits remaining, While still had a slim lead over Scott, with Van Alst in third.
A caution was issued after Dale Quarterley went off Turn 4 and into the frontstretch grass on Lap 72. White maintained his lead at the restart on lap 78.
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