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Sawalich Snags Win in First Super Late Model World Series Appearance

Sawalich finished third in the World Series' Pro Late Model points one year ago.


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William Sawalich has already established himself as one of the rising stars in the short track world. He added to his resume on Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway.

Sawalich scored the victory in his first Super Late Model appearance at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Sawalich had finished third in last year's World Series points in the Pro Late Model division.

Sawalich took the lead on lap 20, working his way around Jake Finch. Finch had started on the pole for the event following a six-car invert.

“The Donnie Wilson crew brought a really fast race car for this race," said Sawalich. "I didn’t really think we had the car in practice, but obviously we proved we can win here tonight, so I think we can get a few more wins this weekend.

“It gives us a lot of confidence and momentum going into this weekend. I think we can get more done here.”

Casey Roderick set fast time in qualifying, but the invert placed him sixth in the starting lineup. Roderick fought his way to a second-place finish, but ran out of time to make a challenge for the win.

“We had a really fast race car," said Roderick. "We just missed it on an adjustment there for the race. I played it a little too conservative, I think, and hurt it for a 35-lap run. I was rolling too tight in the center of the corner. I couldn’t keep my momentum up to carry it off the corner.

“For Team Platinum and ACR to be as strong as we have right off the truck, it’s been fun. This weather has been holding us up for a couple of days, it feels good to get a race in and get the week started.”

Gio Ruggiero joined his Wilson Motorsports teammate on the podium with a third-place finish. Finch finished fourth, followed by Conner Jones.

The last time a driver won in their first SLM World Series start happened to be another Wilson Motorsports driver, Sammy Smith, in 2020.

The Super Late Models will once again be on track Monday night for 35 laps before one of their long-distance races of the week, the ASA Southern Super Series Clyde Hart Memorial.

FEBRUARY 12, 2023

  1. William Sawalich
  2. Casey Roderick
  3. Gio Ruggiero
  4. Jake Finch
  5. Conner Jones
  6. Gabe Sommers
  7. Derek Griffith
  8. Brad May
  9. Connor Mosack
  10. Michael Hinde
  11. Nicholas Naugle
  12. Todd Stone
  13. Tommy Catalano
  14. James Lynch
  15. Billy VanMeter
  16. Tony Elrod
  17. Steve Weaver, Jr.
  18. Austin Teras
  19. Matt Craig
  20. Patrick Thomas
  21. Kris Wright