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TC Daily Pit Stop: Grant Enfinger Scores Victory in Truck Series Return to Milwaukee; Ty Majeski Facing Potential Penalties; Sawalich Masters ARCA Race at Milwaukee
TC Daily Pit Stop: Monday, August 28th, 2023
It was complete domination for Grant Enfinger in Sunday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at The Milwaukee Mile, on the heels of the news that GMS Racing would be folding its program following the conclusion of the season.
There were people who questioned the level of commitment from Enfinger and Hensley, and whether or not they would be able to put their best foot forward in light of this distraction. Those questions were answered handily on Sunday.
“Yeah, I don’t want to hear anybody asking me if we’re going to lay down again,” Enfinger stated with a fiery tone. “Jeff Hensley has been focused the whole year. There’s been distractions going on all year long. If anything, this adds clarity. None of these guys, including me, has a job next year. I feel like we proved we deserve one.”
Carson Hocevar came home in second, while Christian Eckes and Corey Heim finished third and fourth, locking themselves into the next round of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Playoffs.
Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five. Chase Purdy, Ty Majeski, Derek Kraus, Jake Garcia, and Bayley Currey rounded out the top-10 finishers in the race.
UPDATE - Sunday, August 27th at 10:52 AM ET: Stewart-Haas Racing says that Ryan Preece was discharged from Halifax Health Medical Center earlier this morning, after his brutal crash late in Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series event at Daytona. Preece is currently on his way home to North Carolina.
On Sunday, approximately 90 minutes before the start of time trials for the Clean Harbors 175 at The Milwaukee Mile, NASCAR confirmed that there was indeed a technical infraction found on the truck of the Seymour, Wisconsin native.
The confirmation of the infraction for Majeski comes after NASCAR elected to resume inspection of the No. 98 truck on Sunday, after it had failed pre-race inspection twice on Saturday, ensuring the loss of pit selection for the series’ next event at Kansas Speedway.
Per NASCAR, any additional penalties will be announced throughout the week. Majeski went on to finish in seventh.
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.
“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.
Jesse Love, Sean Hingorani, Conner Jones, and Grant Enfinger completed the top-five. Luke Fenhaus, Andres Perez de Lara, Lavar Scott, Jake Finch, and Gus Dean rounded out the top-10 finishers.
Leaving Milwaukee, Jesse Love holds a 120-point lead over Andres Perez de Lara in the ARCA Menards Series points. Meanwhile, Sawalich holds a 19-point advantage over Luke Fenhaus for the ARCA East title.
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