Ben Maloch scored his fourth career victory at the Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, his first since winning at Michigan prior to the midway point last season. Maloch gives ND Racing it’s first points paying victory of the season since re-branding from BHS Motorsports. It’s also the team’s first victory since Maloch last won at Michigan. It gives Ford their second victory of the season, and first at Phoenix.
Maloch led the final 50 laps of the race, after wrestling the lead away from Atlanta winner Philip von Borries in a hard fought battle that lasted around ten laps. Von Borries, who started the race in third position, ended up second, after dominating the majority of the race by leading 232 laps.
Josh Snyder, Alexi Alejandra, and Joshua Wilkinson rounded out the Top-5. Snyder, and Lewis Black were the only other lap leaders in the race, for a combined nine laps between them. Black finished 9th.
Nick Dilbeck stole the Pole on Friday, after TJ Howard led the first two rounds of qualifying, and setting a new track record in the first round. Dilbeck’s pole is his sixth career start from the first position, and his first since last season’s Texas Chase race. Dilbeck would finish 17th.
The race at Phoenix followed what is becoming somewhat of a trend this season, in terms of caution periods. Just two cautions slowed the race, one for a crash involving Mark Luft and Zachary Maloney, after Luft, who was leading at the time, cut across Kevin Dilbeck’s nose trying to enter pit road. The resulting contact sent Luft around and into the wall, taking Maloney with him. Luft would continue and finish 25th, while Maloney would be done for the day as the race’s only DNF in 42nd.
A second caution was the result of Britton Baker’s car stalling off of turn two with about 40 laps to go.
The series heads to the high speed Auto Club Speedway for next week’s race, where John Williams looks to defend his win from last season.