Monday, November 27, 2023

William Sawalich Masters The Milwaukee Mile, Wins the Sprecher 150

William Sawalich Milwaukee Sprecher 150 ARCA Menards Series
William Sawalich takes the checkered flag after a dominating run at the Milwaukee Mile. PC: FS1 Broadcast

Using lessons learned from the ASA STARS National Tour event earlier this year, ARCA Menards Series East points leader William Sawalich put on a clinic in Sunday’s Sprecher 150, leading 141 of 150 laps.

The victory, his third of the season in the ARCA Menards Series East, came over a stacked field, as the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA East Series contested their third of four combination events in the 2023 season.

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“It really makes it easy when they give me such a great racecar,” the 16-year-old driver said about keeping his focus on scoring the victory.

In reality, things weren’t super easy for Sawalich, though, after a late-race restart left him to deal with Jesse Love, the championship points leader in the ARCA Menards Series, who has shown his strength on restarts all season long.

With five laps remaining in Sunday’s 150-lap contest, Sawalich got to the rear bumper of Love heading into the first corner, muscling the No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry out of the way, allowing him to run away with the victory.

“I don’t know. Just trying to get him out of my way… It was just a matter of time before I’d get there and pass him,” he added in victory lane.

Despite finishing in second place, Love believes that he and Venturini Motorsports were lacking the raw pace that Sawalich and Joe Gibbs Racing had at The Milwaukee Mile this weekend.

“He ran me hard, but he ran me clean so I’m fine with everything that transpired. Hats off to him,” the ARCA Menards Series points leader said.

For Venturini Motorsports, Sean Hingorani rebounded from a late-race pit stop to finish in third, while Conner Jones finished fourth in the No. 25 Toyota Camry. Grant Enfinger, the polesitter for Sunday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, finished in fifth.

Luke Fenhaus, Andres Perez de Lara, Lavar Scott, Jake Finch, and Gus Dean rounded out the top-10 finishers.

Looking ahead now for the ARCA Menards Series, Jesse Love leads by 120 points, now over Perez de Lara with five races to go in the 2023 season. Third in points is rookie Frankie Muniz. He and the No. 30 from Rette Jones Racing once again faced electrical issues. The Scottsdale native ended up 12th, two laps down.

As for the East Series, with his third East win of the 2023 season, William Sawalich now leads the points by 19 over fellow ARCA rookie Luke Fenhaus heading into the East Series finale a few weeks at Bristol.

Official Race Results of the Sprecher 150:

1118William Sawalich150Running49
2220Jesse Love1502.125Running43
3515Sean Hingorani1504.243Running41
4425Conner Jones1506.424Running40
5397Grant Enfinger1506.753Running39
6728Luke Fenhaus1507.037Running38
762Andres Perez de Lara1507.784Running37
886Lavar Scott1508.457Running36
9121Jake Finch1509.01Running35
10955Gus Dean15010.37Running34
111132Christian Rose1491 lapsRunning33
121030Frankie Muniz1473 lapsRunning32
131411Zachary Tinkle1473 lapsRunning31
141648Rick Redig Tackman1464 lapsRunning30
151712Tim Monroe1446 lapsRunning29
162006AJ Moyer1419 lapsRunning28
171931Rita Goulet13713 lapsRunning27
181310Ron Vandermeir Jr.13317 lapsAccident26
192298Dale Shearer10444 lapsMechanical25
202369Brad Smith24126 lapsMechanical24
211566Jon Garrett12138 lapsMechanical23
221801Dallas Frueh12138 lapsMechanical22
232103Alex Clubb2148 lapsMechanical21

Up next, the ARCA Menards Series hits the dirt and heads to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and the Southern Illinois 100. You can watch the race live on FS2 at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT.


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