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Sawalich Parks It In The Pacific Northwest, Wins The Portland 112

After coming up just short in 2023, William Sawalich took it to the bank today and parked it in victory lane. PC: Aaron Giffin/TobyChristie.com

In a day full of twists and turns at the Portland International Raceway, William Sawalich was able to tame the turns and lead 32 laps en route to winning the Portland 112. Getting redemption after coming up short in 2023.

“Definitely worked on our road course program in the off-season. I worked on myself. I wasn’t that great last year. Put in the work. Got the win here so that feels really good. A lot of confidence rolling into Sonoma and I know we’re gonna be really good there,” the Eden Praire, MN native said post-race.

Sawalich took the lead on lap 26 after making a move on eventual second-place finisher Brandon Jones, who was piloting the No. 42 for Cook Racing Technologies. This marks his second win out west, as he won the rain-shortened West opener at Phoenix.

“It gives me more confidence on road course races. I know how to lead a road course race now…Just more confidence and just getting the ball rolling here,” Sawalich added.

Having another career day in just her second career ARCA Menards Series West start was Isabella Robusto once again coming home in third. Bettering her sixth place she earned earlier this year at Phoenix Raceway.

New points leader Tyler Reif managed a fourth-place finish and the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 of Gio Ruggiero came home fifth after a tough qualifying session and several moments.

Several drivers also ended up with solid results. ARCA platform veteran Dale Quarterley came home sixth and took home his ninth career top-10 in the ARCA Menards Series West.

After a tough 25th-place finish and crashing out at the Indianapolis 500, Marco Andretti had an up and down day and was able to pull home his No. 17 in seventh place.

Takuma Koga took home tenth, making that his best finish of the season and his first top-10 of 2024.

While some left Portland proud of their runs, others were left empty-handed.

Issues for defending ARCA Menards Series West champion Sean Hingorani left him three laps down in 16th and losing the points lead.

It was also a tough day for both McAnally Racing entries. Eric Johnson Jr. hit the tire barriers with 11 laps to go, taking him out of contention. Then on the ensuing restart, teammate Jack Wood sent it into the corner and slid into the grass. He was able to rebound though to a 12th-place finish.

 

Up next continues the twists and turns as the series travels to Sonoma Raceway for the General Tire 200 at 6:30 PM EST on FloRacing.

Official Results for the Portland 112 at Portland Raceway


FinStCarDriverTeamLapsDiffStatusPoints
1218William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / Sound Gear
Toyota
57---Running48
2142Brandon JonesCook Racing Technologies
Sprecher
Chevrolet
574.510Running44
31355Isabella RobustoVenturini Motorsports
Yahoo!
Toyota
577.747Running41
4513Tyler ReifCentral Coast Racing
Central Coast Cabinets
Toyota
578.128Running40
5720Gio RuggieroVenturini Motorsports
First Auto Group
Toyota
579.124Running39
694Dale Quarterley1/4 Ley Racing
Van Dyk Recycling / ACI / Fire Rover
Chevrolet
5714.139Running38
7317Marco AndrettiCook Racing Technologies
Group 1001
Chevrolet
5716.425Running37
81250Trevor HuddlestonHigh Point Racing
Racecar Factory
Ford
5716.513Running36
91512Kyle KellerKennealy Keller Motorsports
Setting The Stage / Battle Born Racing / Argus Construction
Ford
5720.169Running35
10187Takuma KogaJerry Pitts Racing
Loop Connect
Toyota
5722.961Running34
111715Jake FinchVenturini Motorsports
Phoenix Construction
Toyota
5723.828Running33
12416Jack WoodBill McAnally Racing
NAPA Auto Care
Chevrolet
5732.113Running32
13211Robbie KennealyKennealy Keller Motorsports
Setting The Stage / American Swim Academy / Coverease
Ford
5736.375Running31
142071Nick JoanidesJan’s Towing Racing
Jan's Towing
Ford
5755.848Running30
152227Bobby Hillis JrFierce Creature Racing
Camping World / First Impression Press / LT&T Lawn Service
Chevrolet
5756.699Running29
1665Sean HingoraniJerry Pitts Racing
Fidelity Capital
Toyota
543 lapsRunning28
172305David SmithShockwave Motorsports
Shockwave Marine Suspension Seating
Toyota
525 lapsRunning27
18723Jake WalkerSigma Performance Services
GMS Fabrication / SPS / Spencer Clark Driven
Toyota
489 lapsRunning26
191419Eric Johnson JrBill McAnally Racing
Pacific Office Automation
Chevrolet
4512 lapsOUT25
201188Tanner ReifNaake Klauer Motorsports
Vegas Fastener Manufacturing
Ford
4512 lapsOUT24
21106Caleb ShraderJerry Pitts Racing
Consonus Healthcare
Ford
2037 lapsOUT23
22163Todd SouzaCentral Coast Racing
Central Coast Cabinets
Toyota
453 lapsOUT22
231977Dave SmithPerformance P-1 Motorsports
Global Office Inc / PP1M
Toyota
057 lapsOUT21
24240Tony HuffmanFierce Creature Racing
Camping World / First Impression Press / LT&T Lawn Service
Chevrolet
057 lapsOUT20
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