Thursday, June 8, 2023

William Sawalich Stays Level at the Pebble, Wins the Dutch Boy 150 at Flat Rock Speedway

William Sawalich ARCA East Flat Rock Speedway
William Sawalich burns it down after taking the ARCA East Series win at the historic Flat Rock Speedway./ Photo Credit: FloRacing

After swallowing a tough loss last time out at Nashville Fairgrounds, William Sawalich rebounded and came out swinging to secure the victory in Saturday’s Dutch Boy 150, the debut for the ARCA Menards Series East at Flat Rock Speedway.

“I think I saved my tires perfectly. Kinda hoped for a restart there, and that happened,” Sawalich said in an interview after the race. The 16-year-old driver was able to take the lead away from Sean Hingorani with 48 laps to go, after making some contact to the back of the No. 15.

“Kinda got into the 15 there. I thought I was inside him so I kept my nose in and thought it was pretty fair,” he added in his post-win interview.

Hingorani, who sat on the pole and lead the majority of the 150-lap race, voiced some displeasure with his fellow Toyota teammate after the race. “I don’t think the 18 races clean, but it was a good race. I think we’ll do better next time,” he said after finishing the race in third.


Finishing in between Sawalich and Hingorani was Lavar Scott, who scored a career-best second-place result in the ARCA Menards Series East.

“It means a lot. We haven’t had the greatest luck on our short-track package, but my team’s been working really, really hard to give me something special,” said Scott post-race. “Give me something that I can go out and win in.”

It’s been since 2007 that Billy Venturini last sat in an ARCA car, but the team owner came home in fourth place on the night. “I feel great! I wasn’t winded. I almost wish it was 200 (laps). Our car was really good longer. I just don’t think I can go like these kids can right at the very beginning,” Venturini said.

“I learned I can’t drive as free a racecar as I use to,” the team owner added.

Last week’s first-time winner Luke Fenhaus came home in fifth after falling off from a strong run early. Zachary Tinkle, Tim Monroe, Will Kimmel, Jeffery MacZink, and Derrick McGrew Jr rounded out the top ten.

Looking at the point standings, Sawalich continues to extend his lead in the ARCA Menards Series East standings, now sitting at 13 points over Luke Fenhaus. Lavar Scott and Sean Hingorani sit tied for third as the season approaches its halfway point.

Next, the East Series will join for the combination race at Iowa Speedway on July 15th.

Official Results from the Dutch Boy 150 at Flat Rock Speedway

118William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / SoundGear
26Lavar ScottRev Racing
Max Siegel, Inc.
315Sean HingoraniVenturini Motorsports
420Billy VenturiniVenturini Motorsports
528Luke FenhausPinnacle Racing Group
611Zachary TinkleFast Track Racing
NASCAR Foundation NASCAR Day Giveathon
1491 lap
710Tim MonroeFast Track Racing
Universal Technical Institute
1464 laps
869Will KimmelKimmel Racing
1464 laps
965Jeffery MacZinkMacZink Racing
Parkway Services
1455 laps
1031Derrick McGrew, Jr.Rise Motorsports
Next Generation Roofing
1428 laps
1198Dale ShearerShearerSpeed
13416 laps
1212Ryan RouletteFast Track Racing
Bellator / VFW
42108 laps
1348Brad SmithBrad Smith Racing
31119 laps
1406Nate MoellerWayne Peterson Racing
25125 laps
1501Dallas FruehFast Track Racing
18132 laps
1649Jeff SmithBrad Smith Racing
1149 laps

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