General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Throughout the 2020 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles.
ARCA Menards Series Recap: Michigan
Riley Herbst took his second career ARCA Menards Series victory, and first in over three years, after leading the final 33 laps of the VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s previous victory had come at Pocono Raceway in June 2017, and he ended the drought after a feisty mid-race battle with Bret Holmes for the top spot.
The win made Herbst the seventh different driver to take the checkered flag in 11 races so far in 2020. Holmes retained second place, shaving down the championship deficit to four points behind Michael Self, who finished third. Drew Dollar and Anthony Alfredo completed the top five.
ARCA Menards Series West Recap: Evergreen/Douglas County
It was two tracks, no problems for Blaine Perkins over the weekend as the ARCA Menards Series West hit the Pacific Northwest on back-to-back days. The Sunrise Ford driver swept Friday’s visit to Evergreen Speedway in Washington and Saturday’s round at Douglas County Speedway in Oregon to shave Jesse Love’s championship lead down to one.
Trevor Huddleston and Gio Scelzi were second and third at Evergreen, while Gracie Trotter and Love took those spots at Douglas County. Perkins led every lap at Evergreen, but polesitter Scelzi led the first 15 at Douglas County before Perkins took over the top spot and never looked back over the final 135 laps.
ARCA Menards Series Preview: General Tire 100 at Daytona
22 cars are on the entry list for this Friday’s General Tire 100 on the all-new stock car version of the Daytona International Speedway road course, the 12th round of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season. While road course racing at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen had been planned for the championship anyway in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic altering racing schedules around the world led to a shift to the revised Daytona layout, featuring a new chicane before the tri-oval in addition to the International Horseshoe and Bus Stop.
The 28-lap race will see a number of exciting additions to the regular ARCA grid, from East series front-runners Sam Mayer and Max McLaughlin to West road course specialist Will Rodgers and sports car regular Parker Chase making the switch to stock cars with Chad Bryant Racing. But the Daytona road course will probably favor points leader Michael Self in the championship battle; two of his eight career West wins have come on road courses, and he won the season opener on the Daytona oval too.