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Jake Finch Defends in Overtime, Wins ARCA East Race at Dover

2023 ARCA East Dover Jake Finch, No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, wins (Credit: Stephen Stumpf/Frontstretch)

In a day in which three of its drivers failed to finish on the lead lap, Venturini Motorsports also took home the trophy from the ARCA Menards Series East race at Dover Motor Speedway. Jake Finch hung on in an overtime restart on Saturday (April 29) to earn his first-career East victory.

Finch’s crew chief Shannon Rursch now has scored back-to-back wins atop the pit box. Rursch guided Jesse Love to victory in the most recent ARCA Menards Series event of 2023 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Finch led a race-high 89 of the 127 laps. But on a three-lap overtime restart, he fended off Landen Lewis as the two banged racecars, both seeking their first career East victories.

Lewis, the ARCA Menards Series West points leader, was unable to beat the VMS driver. It’s Lewis’ fourth runner-up result of the 2023 season as he finished second in all three West series races in 2023 too.

After finishing second in the East season opener at Five Flags Speedway, Luke Fenhaus wound up third.

William Sawalich led every lap at Five Flags, but he was unable to match his dominating performance in his No. 18 Toyota. While he started first due to inclement weather forcing series officials to cancel qualifying, Sawalich brought his No. 18 home in fourth.

Lavar Scott fought a very loose No. 6 Rev Racing Chevrolet all day and he still finished fifth, which is a solid run for the rookie at his home racetrack.

Zachary Tinkle was the beneficiary of several lucky dogs to earn his career-best ARCA finish of sixth place, the last driver on the lead lap.

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