For the first time since 2009, The Milwaukee Mile will host NASCAR! The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will take center stage on Sunday with the Clean Harbors 175. The ARCA Menards Series will lead off Sunday with the Sprecher 150. Five-time Olympic Gold Medalist Bonnie Blair will be the Grand Marshall. Bonnie lives in the Milwaukee area and can be found training athletes at the Petit National Ice Center adjacent to the "Mile".
The event starts Saturday with one short practice for each series followed by ARCA qualifying. As a welcome back gift to the fans, there will be free parking and free access to the Grandstand between 1:00-3:30 pm. This covers both practices and qualifying.
On Sunday, the Grandstand gates open at 9:00 am followed by Truck qualifying at 10:30am and the ARCA Menards Sprecher 150 at 12:00 pm. The Clean Harbors 175 follows the ARCA Menards race at 3:00 pm.
Sunday, the favorite to take the checker flag in the truck race has to be ThorSport and Seymour Wisconsin native Ty Majeski. By his win at IRP, he leads the championship over Cory Heim (2 wins), Christian Eckes (2 wins), Carson Hocevar (3 wins), Zane Smith (2 wins), Grant Enfinger (2 wins) and Ben Rhodes (1 win). The three drivers who pointed their way into the Championship 12 are Nicholas Sanchez, Matt Crafton and Matt Dibenedetto.
With the quality of those drivers, it will be a battle all the way to Phoenix to win the championship!
In addition to the championship drivers, there is a contingent of Wisconsin drivers that would love to win at Milwaukee. Besides Ty Majeski, there is Stratford's Derek Kraus, Josh Bilicki Menomonee Falls, Dexter Bean Westby, and Wausau's Luke Fenhaus. To see the entry list for the Clean Harbors 175, click here.
In the Sprecher 175 ARCA Menards Series race, it is hard to avoid not talking about Jesse Love. With his 8 wins this season, he has a significant points lead in the Series and will be the one to watch. It should be noted that this race is a combined race with the East Series. This will be a race within a race. In the East series William Sawalwich and Luke Fenhaus have two wins a piece and are close in all categories. William has a nine point lead coming into Milwaukee. To see the starting lineup for the ARCA race, click here.
Venturini Motorsports is hosting a reunion for the all-female over the wall pit crew that led "Big" Bill Venturini to his 1987 ARCA Menards Series Championship.
NASCAR Craftsman Championship contender Grant Enfinger will be driving Codie Rohrbaugh's #97 Chevrolet in the Sprecher 175. This is his second ARCA start this season. Previously he finished 4th at Charlotte.
Former child actor, Frankie Muniz will compete in the Sprecher 175 in his #30 RJR Ford. This is his first season racing a stock car and is second in points.
This will be my home for the weekend.
I have not participated in a NASCAR race since the July 2021 Road America weekend. I appreciate Track Enterprise's Jim Tretow for all his assistance. It is now time to go racing and have a great weekend.