ARCA Series

Luke Fenhaus steals ARCA East win at Nashville

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Throughout the entire ARCA Menards Series East race at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Saturday, Luke Fenhaus only led two laps, and those were the laps that mattered the most.

In what looked like was going to be an easy victory for William Sawalich, a caution came out on the final lap after a spin by Rita Goulet, forcing the field to go into a one-lap shootout for the win. On the final restart, Fenhaus would surge ahead of Sawalich, and survived a bump-and-run attempt to score his first career ARCA East Series win in only his third career start. This was also the first win for Shane Huffman‘s Pinnacle Racing Group, also in their third start.

“What a race car,” stated Fenhaus. “We struggled early on, and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with the green-white-checkered. I knew the 15 was close to me. I just wasn’t sure how the green-white-checkered was going to play out. I had one job, to hold him on the bottom off 2, and I knew I’d get him.”

Sawalich was the star of the show, earning the quickest time in practice, winning the pole, and leading 199 of the scheduled 200 laps. Sawalich spun his tires on the final restart, causing Fenhaus to take advantage and move to the lead.

“I knew we had the fastest car. It was just a matter of executing,” stated Sawalich. “I think he jumped the start a little bit, but stuff happens like that. I got a shot in the rear and spun my tires. Unfortunately we ended up losing, but we definitely had the fastest car here.”

Sean Hingorani, who led one lap after holding off Sawalich on an earlier restart, would come home in third place. Gio Ruggiero, Hingorani’s teammate who made his ARCA debut with Venturini, came home in fourth, with Jake Finch finishing out the top five. Lavar Scott, Zachary Tinkle, Tanner Arms, Tim Monroe, and Dale Shearer would round out the top ten.

After the third race of the season, the points battle begins to heat up. The top three and only separated by seven points, as Sawalich leads with Fenhaus five points behind, and Finch seven points behind.

The next ARCA Menards Series East race will take place at the historic return of Flat Rock Speedway on 20 May.

2023 Music City 200 Race Results

1428Luke FenhausPinnacle Racing GroupChevrolet2052Running
2118William SawalichJoe Gibbs RacingToyota205202Running
3315Sean HingoraniVenturini MotorsportsToyota2051Running
4220Gio RuggieroVenturini MotorsportsToyota2050Running
5141Jake FinchPhoenix RacingToyota2050Running
656Lavar ScottRev RacingChevrolet2050Running
7711Zachary TinkleFast Track RacingToyota2030Running
8695Tanner ArmsMAN MotorsportsToyota1960Running
9810Tim MonroeFast Track RacingFord1920Running
101298Dale ShearerShearer Speed RacingToyota1760Running
111131Rita GouletRise MotorsportsChevrolet1460Accident
121348Brad SmithBrad Smith MotorsportsChevrolet870Mechanical
13912Stephanie MoyerFast Track RacingChevrolet200Mechanical
141001Brayton LasterFast Track RacingToyota180Fuel Pressure
151506Nate MoellerPeterson MotorsportsToyota100Brakes
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