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Bush's Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway - 2023 Recap!

Bush's Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway - 2023 Recap!
October 30, 2023
William Sawalich (18) passed race long leader Jesse Love (20) for the lead in the Bush's Beans 200 with 10 to go and held on to take the victory. William Sawalich celebrated his ARCA Menards Series victory in the Bush's Beans 200 in the iconic rooftop Victory Lane at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday night. It was just one race but it was twice as nice for William Sawalich in the Bush’s Beans 200 ARCA Menards Series race on Thursday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Not only did the 16-year-old from Eden Prairie, Minn., take the checkered flag after a late-race pass on series leader Jesse Love, but the event also served as the final race of the ARCA Menards Series East season, with Sawalich clinching the ARCA East season title before the race’s halfway point. “That’s really awesome,” said Sawalich after celebrating with a burnout on the frontstretch of The Last Great Colosseum. “We worked all year to get to this point. This Joe Gibbs Racing team has been awesome. We’ve been fast everywhere we went.” Sawalich, driving the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, led just 10 laps overall but that total included the final eight of the race after he nudged past Love on the backstretch of Lap 192 following the race’s final restart. “I didn’t know if I could get [by Love] but that last caution helped us,” Sawalich said. “It obviously sucks to lead that much and come up short,” said Love who led more than 160 laps in the No. 20 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. “I think the pass was fine. It was going for the win at Bristol. The track rubbered up a lot and lost a lot of rear grip. “I’m glad Toyota won the ARCA East championship. We’ll keep on driving the lights out.” Love held on for second, with Andres Perez placing third, Jake Finch finishing fourth and Greg Van Alst taking fifth. Eleven drivers finished on the lead lap. With the right breaks, Luke Fenhaus had his own chance to claim the ARCA Menards Series East title, but early incidents ended his race after completing j