After three and a half years away from victory lane, the former JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion led wire-to-wire to take the win at Anderson Speedway Saturday evening. It was also his first win with Richie Wauters Motorsports, handing the team their first win since they won the All American 400 with Mason Mingus in 2019.
WATCH REPLAY: ARCA/CRA Super Series at Anderson
The race nearly went caution-free for just the fourth time in series history, but a caution with 13 to go bunched up the field for a late shootout. However, nobody would have anything for Armstrong on the ensuing restart.
“That was not what I wanted to see. I got a little nervous there but I knew we had a capable car of winning. It just feels good to get this monkey off my back,” Armstrong said on the Speed51.TV broadcast. “We’ve had fast cars but we just haven’t had the finishes with DNF’s and all that stuff. Richie Wauters gave me a good car tonight and Ed Martin’s on the side of the car.”
Since that last full-time run, Armstrong’s starts behind the wheel are few and far in between, competing in just 14 races since the start of 2018. With fewer races on his schedule year after year, it has provided him a new perspective on the sport.
I’m glad I was able to represent those guys and I appreciate their support. This is a dream to do and I appreciate every chance I get. I thank the Lord for every opportunity I get. Racing is fun but there’s more to life than racing, and it teaches you that you’ll have ups and downs in life.
He and Wauters now find themselves in a tight spot – they are right in the thick of the ARCA/CRA Super Series points battle after three races. With a win now under their belt, they now find themselves with a shot of momentum as they try to get a potential run at the series championship together.
“That’s definitely the little boost we needed. When you go through the years without a win and you know you’re a good driver and your equipment’s good, you just need everything to work out. That’s just a part of racing, and this time we were able to capitalize. I’m just going to enjoy this one and try to get ready to go to the next one.”
Former series champion Greg Van Alst matches his career-best finish with a second. Scotty Tomasik, Kyle Crump and Hunter Jack rounded out the top-five.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
ARCA/CRA Super Series Results:
- Dalton Armstrong
- Greg Van Alst
- Scotty Tomasik
- Kyle Crump
- Hunter Jack
- Michael Simko
- Brett Robinson
- JP Crabtree
- Andrew Scheid
- Jeff Whaley
- Ethan Standiczuk
- Mason Keller
- Kevin Gross Jr
- Cody Coughlin