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Sawalich Survives The Desert, Wins The General Tire 150 At Phoenix Raceway

William Sawalich ARCA Menards Series Phoenix Raceway

William Sawalich takes the rain shortened General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway. PC: FS1 Broadcast

Picking up where he left off last fall at Phoenix Raceway, William Sawalich took home the trophy in the General Tire 150 after officials called the race due to lightning and rain.

Sawalich was a strong contender leading 66 of the 115 laps total ran, only facing challenge from the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 and driver Gio Ruggiero.

“Not the way I wanted to win a race, but I knew we had the best car out there. Our Starkey SoundGear Toyota was really good all night. We kinda fell back in that first stint. The guys made a really good adjustment, and I’m super proud of them for doing that,” the Eden Prarie, MN native said post-race.

This marks his second career win in the ARCA Menards Series West and his 10th win in the ARCA Menards Series platform.

The aforementioned Gio Ruggiero came home second in his ARCA Menards Series West debut and his second race in the ARCA platform. Grant Enfinger, Connor Mosack, and Sean Hingorani wrapped up the top five on the night.

One of the other stars of the night came home just behind in sixth.

Isabella Robusto showed some strength in her debut in the ARCA Menards Series running as high as third.

“It’s unreal. I wish we had one less caution there or the race run about 15 laps longer. Car was definitely way better on the long runs, and we saw that in the first half. I was able to run up to third and was running down second there for a while,” she said post-race.

Jack Wood, Andres Perez, Toni Breidinger, and Lavar Scott rounded out the top 10 on the night.

Struggles and disappointment came for some others. After a wreck ending his Daytona debut, Marco Andretti came home 20th on the night, one lap down. After his infamous quote and 10th-place finish in the season opener, Andy Jankowiak and the KLAS Motorsports crew couldn’t overcome a cut tire and came home 27th.

It was also a tough night for rookie Danica Dart as she was caught up in a wreck going into turn two on the first lap, where she’d end up 40th on the night.

Switching gears to the points, Greg Van Alst leads the points after two races for the ARCA Menards Series with Christian Rose second.

Meanwhile, in the ARCA Menards Series West, William Sawalich sits atop the points. Of the drivers confirmed to run in the West, Sean Hingorani leads the field.

Up next, the ARCA Menards Series will head to Talladega on April 20th, while the ARCA Menards Series West will travel to Irwindale Speedway on March 30th.

Official Results from the General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway


PositionCarDriverLapsDeltaStatusPoints
118William Sawalich115---Running49
220Gio Ruggiero1150.781Running43
323Grant Enfinger1151.276Running41
428Connor Mosack1152.075Running40
561Sean Hingorani1152.894Running39
655Isabella Robusto1153.729Running38
716Jack Wood1154.209Running37
82Andres Perez1155.057Running36
925Toni Breidinger1155.658Running35
106Lavar Scott1156.295Running34
1113Tyler Reif1157.357Running33
1215Kris Wright1158.237Running32
1335Greg Van Alst1159.067Running31
1442Tanner Reif11510.097Running30
1522Amber Balcaen11510.971Running29
1632Christian Rose11515.900Running28
1750Trevor Huddleston11514.547Running27
1870Kyle Keller11520.280Running26
193Todd Souza1141 lapRunning25
2019Eric Johnson Jr.1141 lapRunning24
2117Marco Andretti1141 lapRunning23
221Robbie Kennealy1141 lapRunning22
237Takuma Koga1141 lapRunning21
2434Isaac Johnson1132 lapsRunning20
2593Caleb Costner1123 lapsRunning19
2671Nick Joanides1123 lapsRunning18
2773Andy Jankowiak1114 lapsRunning17
2812Ryan Roulette10510 lapsRunning16
2999Michael Maples10510 lapsRunning15
303Alex Clubb6253 lapsRetired14
3188Jake Bollman5857 lapsAccident13
325David Smith5461 lapsAccident12
3341John Borneman III5263 lapsRetired11
3463John Aramendia3481 lapsRetired10
3524Joe Farre3283 lapsRetired9
3627Bobby Hillils Jr.2491 lapsRetired8
3710Brayton Laster1798 lapsRetired7
3811Brad Perez14101 lapsRetired6
3977Cody Kiemele0115 lapsAccident5
407Danica Dart0115 lapsAccident4
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