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General Tire Stock Car Weekly: August 6, 2020

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Nic Antaya/ARCA Racing (1); Ed Zurga/ARCA Racing (2); Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing (3)

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: Toledo

Defending ARCA Menards Series East champion Sam Mayer didn’t just finally win his first race in the main ARCA division over the weekend—he swept both races at Toledo Speedway. The sixth different winner of the 2020 season, and second in a row after Bret Holmes’ triumph at Kansas the week before, Mayer took the lead from defending winner Chandler Smith on Lap 104 on Friday night and never looked back, especially as Smith got penalized five laps for intentionally bringing out a caution.

Saturday’s race was a much different story. Impacted multiple by times by weather, including a move from Saturday night to Sunday, the race seemed like Ty Gibbs’ to lose after he led 107 laps. But shortly after a caution for rain, Gibbs spun while battling Mayer for the top spot, and the race was called short during that caution period, with 73 laps remaining. Smith, meanwhile, would rebound from Friday night’s disappointment to post a second place finish. Holmes came home third, grinding down Michael Self’s points lead to just seven.

ARCA Menards Series Preview: Michigan

Michigan International Speedway is one of the biggest tracks on the ARCA Menards Series schedule, and Sunday’s VizCom 200 has been a constant on the calendar since 1990. In 38 all-time races at Michigan, winners have ranged from current NASCAR Cup Series regulars like Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher to names with extensive off-road links like Justin Lofton and Sheldon Creed.

Last year, though, it was Michael Self who put Venturini Motorsports in victory lane for the first time at the track since 2014. Self’s championship lead over Bret Holmes has been slowly dwindling in recent weeks, and another victory would go a long way towards turning the tide. Back-to-back Michigan wins aren’t out of the question; three drivers have done it, the most recent being Brandon Jones in 2016 and 2017.

ARCA Menards Series West Preview: Evergreen/Douglas County

The ARCA Menards Series West season already saw one doubleheader earlier this season at Utah Motorsports Campus. This Friday and Saturday, though, they’ll be taking part in the most unique back-to-back of the season—starting at Evergreen Speedway in Washington on Friday, and heading six hours south to Douglas County Speedway in Oregon the next day.

Bill McAnally Racing rookie Jesse Love leads the standings, with two wins and two runner-up finishes thus far giving him a 17-point advantage over Blaine Perkins. Trevor Huddleston enters Friday as the defending winner at Evergreen, and hopes a repeat performance will improve his current fourth place spot in the standings. Derek Kraus won last year’s Douglas County race for BMR on the way to the series title.

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