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June 2020

  • Ty Gibbs wins at Pocono Raceway: Once Ty Gibbs got out front, it was game over. The 17-year-old North Carolina driver dominated the General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono Raceway Friday en route to his third career ARCA Menards Series win. To get the victory, Gibbs out-ran runner up Chandler Smith and third-place Sam Mayer, who were celebrating their 18th and 17th birthdays, respectively, on race day. Bret Holmes finished fourth and championship points leader Michael Self was fifth. Hailie Deegan, Derek Griffit, Drew Dollar, Ryan Huff and Scott Melton rounded out the top 10. Self was able to improve his points lead to 15 on Dollar and 16 on Deegan after four races. Holmes, who picked up his second straight top five in ARCA Menards Series is 24 back of Self. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-26-20)
  • Peterson Motorsports withdraws entry from Pocono; Tim Richmond will not race: Peterson Motorsports has withdrawn its No. 0 entry from the General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 event at Pocono Raceway. The team was unable to compete with an Ilmor engine after two engine issues at Talladega, which led to Tim Richmond deciding not to race. Don Thompson will drive the No. 06 entry. Thompson is not expected to finish the event. (06-26-20)
  • Drew Dollar wins the General Tire 200 at Talladega: Drew Dollar had the best view of the battle between race leaders Riley Herbst and Michael Self. And when Self began to go around in a spin on the Talladega Superspeedway backstretch with two laps remaining, it was Dollar who was perfectly positioned. The 19-year-old from Atlanta took the high lane, avoided the wreck, and drove the No. 15 Lynx Capital-Dollar Concrete his first career ARCA Menards Series victory Saturday in the General Tire 200 at Talladega. "I definitely needed this one," said Dollar. "The Venturini guys gave me the best car out here today. Had the best team, had the best spotter in the stands, Joe White. He guided me through. We lost a family member over the break, so it’s definitely an emotional one. And this ones for him, I know he’s watching up above." Dollar edged Ryan Repko at the line by .115 seconds, as the Venturini Motorsports teammates held off third-place Bret Holmes on the final lap. Herbst finished fourth. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-20-20)
  • ARCA announces Talladega broadcast team; Crafton & Bodine: Matt Crafton and Todd Bodine have combined to win five of the last 14 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championships. They’ll bring that experience to the broadcast booth Saturday at Talladega SuperSpeedway when the team up for the FS1 airing of the General Tire 200 at Talladega. The General Tire 200 will be the third championship points race of the ARCA Menards Series season. It will broadcast live at 2 p.m. ET. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-19-20)
  • Willie Mullins to race at Talladega with help from Fast Track: Willie Mullins didn’t plan on racing this weekend at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway, but a phone call from an ARCA Menards Series champion changed his plans. Earlier this week Mullins got a phone call from 1995 ARCA Menards Series champion Andy Hillenburg, who was wondering if Mullins would be competing during Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. "My superspeedway car was down in Mooresville at my crew chief Tony Furr’s shop," Mullins explained. "Andy Hillenburg reached out to me to see if I would be racing at Talladega this weekend and I told him no, unfortunately we just don’t have the money to do it." It was at that point Hillenburg offered Mullins a deal: Hillenburg would transport the car and provide the crew so the team could compete during Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. Mullins, 39, thought it over and decided to accept the offer so he could make his second ARCA Menards Series start of the season and first Talladega Superspeedway since the 2017 season. "Andy offered to take the car down and support it with his crew so I could get back on track," Mullins said. "Basically Andy Hillenburg is helping me out to get back to racing even though our business doesn’t have the funds right now to do it. It’s amazing that Andy would offer to lend us a hand so we could go racing and I’ll be forever thankful for that kindness." As part of the agreement to compete in Saturday’s event at Talladega, Mullins’ No. 3 Ford will be renumbered with Hillenburg’s No. 11. The car will carry sponsorship from Bugsy’s Auto and Crow Wing Recycling. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (06-18-20)
  • 21 cars entered for Talladega: Twenty-one cars are entered for Saturday's General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. Entries include #7 Eric Caudell, #8 Sean Corr, #10 Ryan Huff, #11 Tommy Vigh Jr, #12 Ed Pompa, #17 Tanner Gray, #20 Ryan Repko, #22 Brandon Lynn, #32 Gus Dean, #69 Scott Melton, and #97 Jason Kitzmiller. The race will begin at 2:00 PM ET and will be televised on FOX Sports 1. Full Entry List (06-16-20)
  • ARCA moves Charlotte race to Kentucky (July 11th): Due to a realignment in the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the ARCA Menards Series race originally scheduled for Charlotte Motor Speedway will now be held on Saturday, July 11, at Kentucky Speedway. The race will be carried live on FS1 with the broadcast start time yet to be determined. Simultaneously, the ARCA Menards Series event at Elko Speedway, originally scheduled for July 11, has been postponed and will be rescheduled later in the season. "The ARCA Menards Series has a rich history at Kentucky Speedway, and we’re excited to return," ARCA President Ron Drager said. "Our teams are ready for the challenge and we know our fans watching at home will be treated to an exciting race." This marks the ARCA Menards Series’ first race at the challenging 1.5-mile tri-oval since 2017. Current NASCAR Cup Series drivers like Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell and Corey LaJoie have all captured ARCA Menards Series wins in the Bluegrass State. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-16-20)
  • Brandon Lynn joins Chad Bryant Racing for Talladega & Watkins Glen: Chad Bryant Racing officially announced today that Polkton, N.C. native Brandon Lynn will drive the team’s mainstay No. 22 Ford Fusion in the upcoming ARCA Menards Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on June 20, 2020. The upcoming race will mark the return of competition in the ARCA Menards Series since being on hiatus since early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Carolina Excavation will support the 25-year-old’s efforts as the primary partner of his 12th career ARCA race. Carolina Excavation is a residential subdivision total site development company for the developers around the Charlotte region. They specialize in site cleaning work, mass grading, fine grading, utility work, asphalt, and curb. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity with Chad Bryant Racing,” said Lynn. “The team has always had a lot of speed at the superspeedways and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do on the track. Talladega has always been one of my better tracks in ARCA competition and I hope I’m able to showcase that with Chad Bryant Racing and contend for the win in a few weeks.” In addition to Talladega, Lynn will return with Chad Bryant Racing later this summer for the scheduled Aug. 14 race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. (In part from ChadBryantRacing.com) (06-05-20)
  • Gus Dean competing at Talladega with Win-Tron Racing: [When] the ARCA Menards Series emerges from nearly a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic at Talladega on June 20th, Dean will be there and hope to rekindle the magic from four years ago. Dean will return to Win-Tron Racing for his 53rd career ARCA start under the leadership of veteran Jamie Jones who has worked with the two-time ARCA winner for the last 25 races. “I can’t wait to get back to Talladega in a couple of weeks,” said Dean. “Talladega will always be a special place for me, but it’s also one of my favorite race tracks. I am excited to get back there with Jamie (Jones), Kevin (Cywinski) and the rest of my Win-Tron Racing guys and hunt for a win. “We had a good car again at Daytona and were just biding our time, missed the big wreck and then a bunch of cars tried to avoid running into the pace car and we got wrecked under caution. It was a major bummer because I thought we had a car capable of winning. “Jamie and the guys though have repaired the car and we keep counting down the days to Talladega.” MashOnIt Apparel Co. will support Dean’s effort for his second ARCA Menards Series start of the season. (In part from Catchfence.com) (06-05-20)
  • ARCA announces additional race dates: NASCAR [has] announced the next installment of events in its return to racing, featuring races at Pocono Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The announcement included the rescheduling of three ARCA Menards Series events, which will be held in conjunction with NASCAR Cup Series race weekends.
    • Pocono Raceway, Friday, June 26 (6 p.m. ET on FS1)
    • Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wednesday, July 15 (4 p.m. on FS1)
    • Kansas Speedway, Friday, July 24 (10 p.m. on FS1)
    The Kansas date is realigned from Chicagoland Speedway, originally scheduled for June 18. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-05-20)