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Crowning an East Series Champ: Previewing the Bristol 200

ARCA Menards East Series Bush's Beans 200 Bristol Motor Speedway
ARCA Menards East Series Bush's Beans 200 Bristol Motor Speedway
This Thursday, we crown an ARCA Menards East Series Champion. PC: Jacob Kupferman/ARCA Racing

After a topsy-turvy race for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway, the series travels to the hills of East Tennessee and Bristol Motor Speedway. Joining the ARCA Menards Series East for their 2023 finale and crowing of a champion.

This race marks the fourth race for the series at the half-mile. Previous winners at the track are Sam Mayer, Ty Gibbs, and Sammy Smith. Both Mayer and Smith went on to win the ARCA Menards Series East title.

Title Fight To The Finish

Looking at the weekend, it will be a tight battle for the East Series title.

Rookies William Sawalich and Luke Fenhaus are separated by 20 points heading to the final race for the East Series season. Sawalich has been stellar this season, winning three races in the East Series, and combination races with the ARCA Menards Series.

Fenhaus has brought a fight with two wins at the Nashville Fairgrounds and Iowa. Where the JGR No. 18 has slipped, the Pinnacle Racing Group’s No. 28 has been able to capitalize.

These two aren’t the only drivers on track, though. Both are going into a stacked field with the combination race. 32 drivers in total on the entry list.

After a dismal day at Kansas, ARCA Menards Series points leader Jesse Love looks to rebound and continue his commanding season and is looking for his 10th win of the year. Joining him from the Venturini Motorsports stables are Conner Jones, Toni Breidinger, coming off her career-best third at Kansas, and Sean Hingorani.

The Newport Beach driver will look to gain as many points to make the top five after being suspended one East Series race for an incident at Mid-Ohio.

After a career-best fourth place last weekend out, rookie Lavar Scott will try and continue that to the short track. He will be joined by a three-car effort from Rev Racing with teammates Jack Wood, and Andres Perez de Lara who looks to rebound after a 17th-place finish.

Daytona Winner and ARCA veteran Greg Van Alst makes his return to the series for his first start since Lucas Oil Raceway Park. The Anderson, IA native has made several Xfinity and Truck Series starts in the 2023 season.

Some of the younger drivers joining include East Series Dover winner Jake Finch, West Series championship contender Landen Lewis in the No. 97 for CR7 Motorsports, and Landon Pembelton behind the wheel of the No. 3 for Mullins Racing.

Other drivers include Frankie Muniz, Zachary Tinkle, Caleb Costner, Andy Jankowiak, Ryan Roulette, Tanner Arms, and several others.

You can watch the crowing of the 2023 ARCA Menards Series East Champion live on Thursday, September 14th at 6 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and the FoxSports App.

Official Entry List for the Bristol 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway

EntryNo.DriverTeamCrew chief
101Tim MonroeFast Track Racing
@AshVandelay / UTI
Tim Monroe
203Alex ClubbClubb Racing Inc.
Brian Clubb
306A.J. MoyerWayne Peterson Racing
River’s Edge Cottages & RV Park / Bucked Up
Nate Moeller
41Jake FinchPhoenix Racing
Phoenix Construction
Johnny Allen
52Andres PerezRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Jamie Jones
63Landon PembeltonMullins Racing
Pembelton Forest Products
Kevin Reed Sr
76Lavar ScottRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Jay Lupo
810D.L. WilsonFast Track Racing
Heart O’ Texas Speedway
Dick Doheny
911Zachary TinkleFast Track Racing
Racing For Rescues /
Todd Parrott
1012Ryan RouletteFast Track Racing
Bellator / VFW
Jeremy Petty
1115Sean HingoraniVenturini Racing
Kevin Reed Jr
1217Kaden HoneycuttCook Racing Technologies
MMI / Sunwest Construction
Amber Slagle
1318William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / Sound Gear
Matt Ross
1420Jesse LoveVenturini Racing
Shannon Rursch
1525Conner JonesVenturini Racing
Jones Utilities
Cayden Lapcevich
1628Luke FenhausPinnacle Racing Group
Chevrolet Performance
Shane Huffman
1730Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
Mark Rette
1831Rita GouletRise Motorsports /
Tim Goulet
1932Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ryan London
2035Greg Van AlstGreg Van Alst Motorsports
CB Fabricating / Top Choice Fence
Jim Long
2142Matt GouldCook Racing Technologies
MMI / Sunwest Construction
Sean Samuels
2248Brad SmithBrad Smith Motorsports
Leo Kryger
2351Jack WoodRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Steve Plattenberger
2455Toni BreidingerVenturini Racing
Monon Rahman
2566Jon GarrettVeer Motorsports
Fort Worth Screen Printing
Mike Sroufe
2669Mike BashamKimmel Racing
2773Andy JankowiakKLAS Motorsports
Mike's Golf Carts
Mike Dayton
2887Charles BuchananCharles Buchanan Racing
Spring Drug
Craig Wood
2993Caleb CostnerCostner Weaver Motorsports
Innovative Tiny Houses / Lickety Lew’s
Derek Kearns
3095Tanner ArmsMAN Motorsports
Sunset Park RV Manufacturing
Tony Ponkauskas
3197Landen LewisCR7 Motorsports
Todd Myers
3298Dale ShearerShearer Speed Racing
Neal Shearer
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