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William Sawalich Doubles Down, Wins the Bush’s Beans 200 and ARCA Menards Series East Championship

William Sawalich Bristol 200 ARCA Menards Series East
William Sawalich Bristol 200 ARCA Menards Series East
William Sawalich celebrates after taking home the race win and the 2023 ARCA Menards Series East title. PC: Jonathan McCoy/TobyChristie.com

It was a storybook night for ARCA Menards Series rookie William Sawalich. He only led 10 laps on the night at Bristol Motor Speedway, but that’s all he needed to take the win and the 2023 ARCA Menards Series East Championship. The East Series champ overcame shifter issues that plagued him and the No. 18 Toyota on the restarts.

“It’s really awesome,” the Eden Prarie, MN native said about winning the title post-race. “We’ve worked all year to get to this point, and this Joe Gibbs Racing team has done an amazing job all year. Been fast everywhere we went,” he added.

In eight races for the 2023 East Series season, the 16-year-old won four of those races. While it was a triumph for Sawalich, the other driver for the title fight ended his night early on the hook.

Luke Fenhaus had damage on the restart after contact with Jesse Love. That would be the downfall for him and the team with a blown right front tire on lap 25. After minor fixes, he had another right front cut, ending his race on lap 40. The Wausau, WI native finished 29th.

“It sucks,” he said at the infield care center. “We had a really good car, capable of winning, I think. To just kind of get taken out of the race that early. I knew there was trouble at the start.It’s hard these guys work so hard behind me…Sucks to come up short, but we’ll be back and better next year,” he added.

Jesse Love, Andres Perez de Lara, Jake Finch, and Greg Van Alst rounded out the top five.

The first half of the race was riddled with caution. 83 of the 200 laps were run under the yellow flag for ten cautions. The biggest incidents were around lap 82 when issues on the restart caused Frankie Muniz to run into the back of the No. 55 of Toni Breidinger. ended Frankie’s day ended at 23rd place. Toni ended up 12th.

There were also some tempers between a few drivers. Contact between Landon Pembelton and Kaden Honeycutt sent the No. 17 into the outside wall ending his day. Honeycutt showed his displeasure with the young driver after. He ended up finishing 21st, while Pembelton came home seventh.

Official Results from the Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway


FinStNo.DriverTeamLapsDiffStatusPoints
1118William SawalichJoe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / Sound Gear
Toyota
200---Running48
2320Jesse LoveVenturini Racing
JBL
Toyota
2000.412Running44
392Andres PerezRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Chevrolet
2001.706Running41
461Jake FinchPhoenix Racing
Phoenix Construction
Toyota
2002.854Running40
51235Greg Van AlstGreg Van Alst Motorsports
CB Fabricating / Top Choice Fence
Ford
2003.790Running39
6525Conner JonesVenturini Racing
Jones Utilities
Toyota
2004.799Running38
7143Landon PembeltonMullins Racing
Pembelton Forest Products
Ford
2005.274Running37
81332Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ford
2005.470Running36
9851Jack WoodRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Chevrolet
2005.938Running35
101673Andy JankowiakKLAS Motorsports
Mike's Golf Carts
Toyota
2006.938Running34
111795Tanner ArmsMAN Motorsports
Sunset Park RV Manufacturing
Toyota
2008.060Running33
122255Toni BreidingerVenturini Racing
Toyota
1991 lapRunning32
131811Zachary TinkleFast Track Racing
Racing For Rescues / FastTrackRacing.com
Toyota
1982 lapsRunning31
141993Caleb CostnerCostner Weaver Motorsports
Innovative Tiny Houses / Lickety Lew’s
Chevrolet
1982 lapsRunning30
151015Sean HingoraniVenturini Racing
GEARWRENCH
Toyota
1964 lapsRunning29
162410D.L. WilsonFast Track Racing
Heart O’ Texas Speedway
Toyota
1928 lapsRunning28
17116Lavar ScottRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Chevrolet
18911 lapsRunning27
182112Ryan RouletteFast Track Racing
Bellator / VFW
Ford
18911 lapsRunning26
193287Charles BuchananCharles Buchanan Racing
Spring Drug
Ford
18614 lapsRunning25
20297Landen LewisCR7 Motorsports
Chevrolet
18218 lapsOut25
21717Kaden HoneycuttCook Racing Technologies
MMI / Sunwest Construction
Chevrolet
11090 lapsOut23
222703Alex ClubbClubb Racing Inc.
Ford
10496 lapsRunning22
233030Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
Ford
89111 lapsOut21
242598Dale ShearerShearer Speed Racing
Toyota
54146 lapsOut20
252301Tim MonroeFast Track Racing
@AshVandelay / UTI
Toyota
54146 lapsOut19
262066Jon GarrettVeer Motorsports
Fort Worth Screen Printing
Chevrolet
52148 lapsOut18
272906A.J. MoyerWayne Peterson Racing
River’s Edge Cottages & RV Park / Bucked Up
Ford
52148 lapsOut17
283131Rita GouletRise Motorsports
Nationalpolice.org / Inspirerealchange.org
Chevrolet
43157 lapsOut16
29428Luke FenhausPinnacle Racing Group
Chevrolet Performance
Chevrolet
30170 lapsOut15
302648Brad SmithBrad Smith Motorsports
Copraya.com
Chevrolet
24176 lapsOut14
311542Matt GouldCook Racing Technologies
MMI / Sunwest Construction
Chevrolet
12188 lapsOut13
322869Mike BashamKimmel Racing
Ford
9191 lapsOut12

Up next for the ARCA Menards Series, they travel to the great racing state of Indiana and Salem Speedway for the Atlas 200. You can catch the race live on FS2 and FloRacing on Saturday, September 30th at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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