Sunday, June 18, 2023

William Sawalich Snatches Victory from Jesse Love

William Sawalich Snatches Victory from Jesse Love

A late pass on Jesse Love with two to go gave William Sawalich his third win of 2023

William Sawalich Snatches Victory from Jesse Love #ARCA


For 99 percent of Saturday’s Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway, it appeared Jesse Love would become the 18th different driver to win four consecutive races in the ARCA Menards Series.


An almost certain victory for Love evaporated in the final two laps as he struggled to navigate slower traffic, which allowed William Sawalich to muscle Love out of the way coming to the white flag and take his first victory in the headlining ARCA Menards Series division. 

Race Results

Pos. Car #
1 18 William Sawalich*
2 20 Jesse Love*
3 15 Sean Hingorani*
4 2 Andres Perez de Lara*
5 25 Toni Breidinger
6 30 Frankie Muniz*
7 32 Christian Rose*
8 45 Tony Cosentino*
9 11 Zachary Tinkle*
10 66 Jon Garret*
11 3 Roger Carter
12 31 Tim Goulet*
13 12 Matt Kemp*
14 6 A.J. Moyer*
15 48 Brad Smith
16 10 Tim Monroe
17 49 Jeff Smith*



Sawalich would have preferred a cleaner route around Love for the win, but he was more than happy to celebrate in Victory Lane with his Joe Gibbs Racing crew after fighting all evening just to keep Love within his line of sight.


“[The pass] was a little bit more dirty than I wanted it [to be], but it’s the last lap,” Sawalich said. “I’ve had that happen to me before and [Love] totally had a lap to get me back. I didn’t think we’d be able to get him, but lapped cars helped for sure.”


“[This win] is very cool and very special,” Sawalich said. “We’re going to enjoy this one until Elko.”


William Sawalich Snatches Victory from Jesse Love #ARCA



source: ARCA Racing Media

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