Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis may be looking to attract NASCAR back to its .686-mile oval in the coming years, but that doesn’t mean it’s wanting for high-quality stock car racing. Just four days after the facility hosted the prestigious NHRA US Nationals, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards visits the historic venue for the Shore Lunch 200.
More than two dozen of the sport’s top young drivers, from newly crowned CGS Imaging 4 Crown champion Zane Smith and Chase Purdy of MDM Motorsports to Venturini Motorsports’ four-car punch of Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, Michael Self, and Natalie Decker, are all on the entry list, with perhaps even more to come. Here are four of the other drivers we’ll be watching out for in tomorrow night’s action:
It’s rare to see Creed have a bad race in just about anything, unless he’s taken a DNF for some reason. Between that and his off-road racing background, that made it a proper shock that the MDM Motorsports driver could only crack the bottom of the top 10 on the dirt at DuQuoin on Labor Day. Fortunately, he only has to wait four days to put that race behind him.
With that car color and number font, Moffitt, the grandson of Richard Petty, is obviously due to attract some attention. The 17-year-old scored the first top 10 result of his ARCA career this spring at Toledo Speedway, another top short track on the series schedule. Despite a stacked field this weekend, hopes are high for the Empire Racing Group driver to double that count in Indy.
One of a number of second-generation (or later) drivers in Friday’s field, Burton returns to the ARCA field for the first time since finishing fourth at Pocono in July. In 14 starts split between NASCAR Camping World Truck Series , K&N Pro Series East, and ARCA action this year, he has nine top-fives and 13 top-10s, including a win in the other ARCA race at Pocono in June.
Surprise! Briscoe returns to ARCA for the first time since clinching the 2016 series title. Since then, he’s won two CWTS races, last year’s finale in Homestead and this summer’s Eldora Dirt Derby, and landed a part-time Xfinity Series gig with Roush Fenway Racing. He’ll be running for Chad Bryant, who bought Briscoe’s former ARCA team, Cunningham Motorsports before this season. So in short: watch out.