Preview of the Music City 200 at the Nashville Fairgrounds

The ARCA Menards East Series heads to the music city of Nashville, TN. / PC: ARCA Menards Racing Facebook

After an incredible finish at Dover Motor Speedway, the ARCA Menards East Series will be rocking as they head to Nashville this Saturday for the “Music City 200” at the famous Fairgrounds Speedway. In the heart of the city, the East Series continues its 2023 season at one of America’s most famous short tracks.

Playing the classics

Looking back, the ARCA Menards Series first visited the short .596-mile track in 1992, where David Green won. Between 2015 and 2019, the ARCA Main Series made the transition to Music City. Winners include Grant Enfinger, Josh Williams, Zane Smith and Christian Eckes.

The ARCA Menards Series East made its inaugural visit to the track in 2007 when Matt Kobyluck took the checkered flag, with the series visiting the track since 2021. Sammy Smith has taken the trophy in each of the last two seasons.

Tuning for 200 laps

Heading into the 2023 Music City 250, Joe Gibbs Racing rookie driver William Savalich leads the ARCA East points. The Five Flags winner holds a one-point lead over Dover winner Jake Finch.

Finch will be looking to continue his momentum after his first career win. Last year’s winner will return behind the wheel of the No. 1 Toyota for his family team, Phoenix Racing. The Lynn Haven, Fla., native is driving for Venturini Motorsports for the first two races of the season. He will look to improve on his second place finish last season this weekend.

Luke Fenhaus is third in points after finishing second and third to start the season. After two of eight races, Lavar Scott and Zachary Tinkle round out the top five in the standings.

Tinkle will be looking to continue his strong start to the season with Fast Track Racing. The native of Speedway, Indiana, reached a career-high sixth at Dover Motor Speedway.

Rookie Sean Hingorani is sixth in the standings, just 16 points behind Savalic. The Newport Beach, Calif. native is hoping to bounce back after struggling in the East Series so far this season. Problems at Dover forced the 16-year-old to miss the start of the race, finishing 10th, 42 laps behind.

Other notable faces on the entry list include Brayton Laster, who will make his ARCA Menards Series East debut with Fast Track Racing. Tanner Arms will make his second East Series start of the season in the No. 95 for MAN Motorsports.

Late Model standout Gio Ruggiero will take the wheel of the No. 20 for Venturini Motorsports, replacing Jake Finch, making his ARCA Menards Series East debut. Stephanie Moyer also returns to the track, making her 2023 East season debut for Fast Track.

Official entry list for the 2023 Music City 200 at the Nashville Fairgrounds

Login # Driver A team Crew chief
1 01 Brayton Laster Speedway racing
Josh Duke
2 06 Nate Moeller Wayne Peterson Racing
Wayne Peterson
3 1 Jake Finch Phoenix Racing
Phoenix Construction
Johnny Allen
4 6 Lavar Scott Rev Racing
Max Siegel Inc.
Jay Wolfe
5 10 Tim Monroe Speedway racing
Universal Technical Institute
Tim Monroe
6 11 Zachary Tinkle Speedway racing
NASCAR Foundation NASCAR Day Giveathon
Todd Parrett
7 12 Stephanie Moyer Speedway racing
Fast Track / UTI
Dylan Hairston
8 15 Sean Don’t change Venturini Motorsport
Kevin Reed Jr
9 18 William Savalich Joe Gibbs Racing
Starkey / SoundGear
Matt Ross
10 20 Joe Ruggerio Venturini Motorsport
Shannon Roorsch
11 28 Luke Fenhouse Pinnacle Racing Group
Shane Huffman
12 31 Rita Goulet Rise Motorsports
Tim Goulet
13 48 Brad Smith Brad Smith Motorsport
Jeff Smith
14 95 Tanner Arms MAN Motorsports
Sunset Park Caravan Manufacturing
Tony Ponkauskas
15 98 Dale Shearer ShearerSpeed

You can watch the Music City 200 live on FloRacing at 9:30 a.m. EST on Saturday, May 13.

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