With all due respect to the more than a century that the month of May has put in, the beginning of September is becoming a bona fide hotbed for motorsports in Indianapolis. From midget racing to the Brickyard 400, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts action at all levels this week, while tonight’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards round at Lucas Oil Raceway joins the facility’s signature event, the NHRA US Nationals, which wrapped up on Monday.
200 laps of racing action await the sport’s top prospects, as the ARCA schedule approaches its conclusion. Here’s what we’ll be following as the green flag flies:
How will Sheldon Creed rebound from disappointment in DuQuoin?
The off-road wunderkind and current stock car prodigy had one of his worst results of a stellar 2018 season on Monday, leading 44 laps but fading to finish 10th. That won’t sit well with Creed, who also gave up the CGS Imaging 4 Crown title to teammate Zane Smith after fading from his first place starting spot. With only four days to stew on the underwhelming finish, expect an extra motivated MDM Motorsports driver in Indianapolis.
Which Venturini Motorsports driver has the best chance at winning tonight?
Despite only running Natalie Decker in a full-time campaign, the four-car Venturini squad has taken half a dozen victories with four different drivers in 2018. The most recent came on Monday with Logan Seavey, whose only scheduled races came on the dirt ovals; it’ll be Daytona and Chicagoland winner Michael Self, Madison winner Chandler Smith, and Salem and Springfield winner Christian Eckes joining Daytona polesitter Decker on track tonight.
How will Chase Briscoe stack up in his return to ARCA?
Since winning the 2016 ARCA title, Briscoe’s stock has risen so dramatically that he’s become a key cog in Ford’s driver development efforts. He’ll return to the series for the first time since that championship, running for Chad Bryant Racing, which was Cunningham Motorsports two years ago when they won the title together. As for Briscoe’s chances, just remember: he came into the Eldora Dirt Derby as a surprise fifth entry for ThorSport Racing and won the race.