Sawalich cruises in Toledo – SPEED SPORT
William Sawalich in Victory Lane with his crew. (ARC Race Photo)
SALEM Ind. – William Sawalich has earned back-to-back ARCA/CRA Powered by JEGS Super Series victories after passing teammate Jesse Love on lap 83 and taking victory in the Clean Harbors/Safety Kleen Glass City 100 at Toledo Speedway on Saturday night.
Sawalich won the final event of the series on Labor Day weekend at Winchester (Va.) Speedway.
“The car felt really good and seemed to improve as the race progressed,” Sawalich remarked on victory lane. I ran pretty hard with Jesse (Love), I could tell his car was pulling away and we were faster. I just did what I had to do to make the pass and after that we pulled away for the win. I want to thank everyone at Donnie Wilson Motorsports for their hard work and for giving me a great car. Thanks to my family for their continued support of my races. Thank you to everyone who came to see me run tonight!
Kyle Crump took the lead from his starting pole position after Sawalich tied with a six for the reverse start of the event. ARCA Menards Series contender Jesse Love quickly fell behind Crump and began to press for the lead and was able to make the pass and take the lead on lap five.
The event’s first warning flag flew on lap 14 when NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contender Carson Hocevar, who was racing in the top five, slowed down with mechanical issues that would end his night.
Love would keep the lead on the reboot, with Crump fighting hard to take it back. Love began to distance himself from Crump when third-placed Brian Campbell slowed through turns three and four, bringing out the event’s second and final warning on lap 25. Campbell’s night would be over after he had stabilizer bar issues.
Love would again hold Crump on the reboot. Sawalich had moved into third place from his starting sixth position and also managed to get past Crump for second place.
Sawalich slowly found Love and started to push for the lead as Love’s car started to really come loose in the middle of the corners. Sawalich was patient but knew it was time to act.
Sawalich would make the pass after a nudge from behind moved Love onto the track at turn four, taking the lead on lap 83.
Sawalich would then pull away to win by almost a second and a half.
Love would finish second, gaining valuable experience at Toledo Speedway ahead of the ARCA Menards Series season, finally there on October 8.
Michael Simko would finish in third place from his seventh starting position.
Chase Burda would finish in fourth place after a late pass from Crump.