When the checkered waves at Phoenix Raceway on Friday to end the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 100, there’s a strong chance Venturini Motorsports driver Sean Hingorani will be handed the 2023 ARCA Menards Series West championship flag.
But the 17-year-old rookie will need to do more than just start the West Series season finale in order to clinch the title.
With a series-high four wins entering the 12th and final race of the season, Hingorani has a 30-point edge on Trevor Huddleston in the championship standings. Tyler Reif ranks third, just a few points behind Huddleston.
All three are alive in the championship race, but Hingorani’s standing makes him the heavy favorite to take the trophy.
Simply put: If Hingorani finishes 25th or better in the 30-car field at Phoenix, he will win the West Series championship no matter where Huddleston and Reif finish. Anything worse for Hingorani would open the scenarios for the others. (Hingorani would win any tiebreaker thanks to his four victories this season.)
Huddleston needs a win to give himself a chance, though a second-place finish with all three available bonus points (pole, lead a lap and lead the most laps) would also earn him the title should Hingorani finish last.
Reif needs to win the race and earn at least two bonus points while hoping Hingorani finishes 29th or 30th. He also would need to gain four points on Huddleston to jump the current second-place driver for the title.
Below are all of the championship points scenarios for the trio of drivers who enter the finale at Phoenix with a shot at the 2023 West Series championship.
2023 ARCA Menards Series West championship points scenarios