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Zilisch Endures Late Race Restarts At Iowa, Wins The Atlas 150

Connor Zilisch burns it down after surviving an barrage of restarts at Iowa Speedway. PC: FS1 Broadcast

It was a back to back at Iowa Speedway for Pinnacle Racing Group, this time with hot shoe Connor Zilisch holding off a tough few battles with William Sawalich on several late race restarts and some tough contact.

“I don’t know what I could have done different…I feel like he just drove up the track and tried wrecking me. Then he about tried right hooking me down the back straightaway. I’ll have to talk to him and ask him what he wants me to do differently. It’s racing…I understand if he has to get me back once or twice, but you know I feel like he was pretty rough on me,” Zilisch said post-race on the contact with the 18 on several restarts.

The Mooresville NC native was dominate, taking the lead just before the first race break from the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18. He’s now gone back to back wins in both the ARCA Menards Series East races, as well as back to back in combination races for the ARCA Menards Series and East platforms.

“I can’t say enough about my entire Pinnacle Racing Group team. We worked really hard to bring cars this fast to the race track…It’s just a true team effort to get these wins.”

Meanwhile on the other side of pit road, Sawalich talked about his frustration. “He jumped the start on one restart there. Lost a little bit of respect for him there. Other than that I tried everything I could,” he said post-race.

“A lot of effort. Especially the team…Our Starkey SoundGear Toyota was really good tonight. Had the speed, just not enough there at the end,” the second place finisher added.

After a spins near the second race break, Gio Ruggiero and his VMS No. 20 were able to rebound to third. Mason Mitchell came home fourth in his return to the ARCA Menards Series, and Andy Jankowiak managed to come home fifth.

Solid nights were shared for several races. In his debut, Christopher Tate came home in tenth. Fast Track Racing teammate Michael Maples also took home a career best of 14th on the night.

Tough nights came for several drivers who were fighting for the points lead going into tonight.

Contact on lap 24 between Greg Van Alst and Amber Balcaen put both drivers on the hauler early, costing them valuable points.

While they faltered, Andres Perez was able to capitalize on their misfortunes, finishing sixth and now holding a 33-point lead on Van Alst.

Up next, the ARCA Menards Series tackles the twists and turns of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 21st on FS2, while the East Series takes a break for a bit until Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 19th on FS1.

Official Results from the Atlas 150 at Iowa Speedway


FinStNo.DriverTeamLapsDiffStatusPoints
1228Connor ZilischPinnacle Racing Group
Chevrolet Performance
Chevrolet
150--Running48
2418William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey-Soundgear
Toyota
1500.513Running43
3120Gio RuggieroVenturini Motorsports
JBL
Toyota
1500.943Running42
4623Mason MitchellSigma Performance Services
Karl Chevrolet-B-Bop’s-SPS
Chevrolet
1501.452Running40
5973Andy JankowiakKLAS Motorsports
Acacia Energy
Toyota
1502.063Running39
672Andres PerezRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Chevrolet
1502.216Running38
7355Gus DeanVenturini Motorsports
VMS
Toyota
1502.747Running37
8825Toni BreidingerVenturini Motorsports
Ruedubusch
Toyota
1503.077Running36
9106Lavar ScottRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Chevrolet
1503.115Running35
101910Chris TateFast Track Racing
T-Top Manufacturing
Toyota
1504.244Running34
111332Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ford
1504.695Running33
121839D.L. WilsonCW Motorsports
ETR-Heart O’ Texas Speedway
Toyota
1506.817Running32
132099Michael MaplesFast Track Racing
Don Ray Petroleum LLC-Maples Motorsports
Chevrolet
1473 lapsRunning31
142103Alex ClubbClubb Racing Inc.
Race Parts Liquidators-Drop The Hammer Auctions
Ford
14010 lapsRunning30
151712Ryan RouletteFast Track Racing
Bellator Recruiting Academy-VFW
Ford
13218 lapsRunning29
16515Kris WrightVenturini Motorsports
FNB Corporation
Toyota
12129 lapsOut28
172206Kevin HinckleWayne Peterson Racing
KH Automotive
Toyota
11832 lapsRunning27
181693Cody DennisonCW Motorsports
Timcast.com
Chevrolet
11733 lapsOut26
192398Dale ShearerShearer Speed Racing
Shearer Speed
Toyota
7278 lapsOut25
201511Zachary TinkleFast Track Racing
Racing For Rescues Fast Track
Toyota
7179 lapsOut24
212531Rita GouletRise Motorsports
NationPolice.org
Chevrolet
6783 lapsOut23
221417Marco AndrettiCook Racing Technoligies
Group 1001
Chevrolet
24126 lapsOut22
231135Greg Van AlstVan Alst Motorsports
CB Fabricating-Top Choice Fence
Ford
23127 lapsOut21
241222Amber BalcaenVenturini Motorsports
Icon
Toyota
23127 lapsOut20
252686Presley SorahClubb Racing Inc.
Race Parts Liquidators-Drop The Hammer Auctions
Ford
6144 lapsOut19
262448Brad SmithBrad Smith Motorsports
Copraya.com
Ford
1149 lapsOut18
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