ARCA Menards Series / ARCA Menards Series East at The Milwaukee Mile: Sprecher 150 Post-race Notes


  • William Sawalich led 141 of the race’s 150 laps to score his second ARCA Menards Series win of the season in eight series starts.  
  • The Sprecher 150 was also a part of the ARCA Menards Series East schedule; Sawalich’s win is his third East victory of 2023.  
  • Sawalich set a new track record in qualifying, bettering Ty Gibbs’ previous record by over three miles per hour. Sawalich’s new mark is 125.701 mph, besting Gibbs’ 122.641 miles per hour record set in 2021.  
  • Sawalich’s victory also is the third consecutive victory at The Milwaukee Mile for the No. 18 team. Gibbs won in 2021, while Sammy Smith won under the Kyle Busch Motorsports banner in 2022.  
  • Jesse Love led nine laps on his way to second at the finish. Love was able to pass Sawalich on each of the two late-race restarts, but was not able to keep him behind him for more than a handful of laps. Love extended his lead in the ARCA Menards Series championship to 120 points over seventh-place finisher Andres Perez.  
  • Sawalich was able to pad his points advantage over Luke Fenhaus in the battle for the ARCA Menards Series East championship. Sawalich scored the maximum available, 49 points, which sixth-place finisher Fenhaus earned 38 points. The gap now stands at 20 points headed into the season finale at Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, September 14. 
  • Sean Hingorani matched his career-best ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East finish in third, matching his result at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park from earlier in the month.  
  • Conner Jones also matched his best career ARCA Menards Series finish in fourth.  
  • NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series regular Grant Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA Menards Series national champion, took the opportunity to compete in the Sprecher 150 to gain valuable track time for the return of the Truck Series to The Milwaukee Mile for the first time since 2009. Enfinger finished fifth in the opener of the day’s doubleheader, but the experience he gained proved to be invaluable as he dominated the Clean Harbors 175, winning from the pole and leading 95 of the race’s 175 laps.  
  • It was a good weekend for former ARCA Menards Series champions. In addition to Enfinger’s victory at Milwaukee, 2008 ARCA champion Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, and 2012 series champion Chris Buescher claimed his third win in the last five NASCAR Cup Series races with his win on Saturday night at Daytona.  
  • Venturini Motorsports was joined by the members of the team’s famed “Ultra Blue Crew” all-female pit crew for the weekend. Led by crew chief, and now team co-owner Cathy Venturini, the all-female pit crew won numerous races and led Bill Venturini to the 1987 ARCA Menards Series championship.  
  • The Sprecher 150 was slowed four times by caution flags for 20 laps – once for debris, once for the scheduled break at halfway, and twice for single-car incidents involving first Dale Shearer, who stopped off turn two, and then Ron Vandermeir, Jr., who made contact with the turn two wall. 
  • The next race for the ARCA Menards Series is the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 3. The race, which will be televised live on FS2, will start at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT. 


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