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: General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono
Chandler Smith and Sam Mayer celebrated their birthdays on Friday, but it was Ty Gibbs who was the star of the party in the General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono Raceway. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver scored his sixth career victory at the ARCA level by dominating the race, becoming the fourth different winner to start the season and the 28th different Pocono race winner in a row at the ARCA level.
Smith and Mayer came home second and third, while Bret Holmes earned another top-five in fourth, just ahead of championship leader Michael Self. A week after nearly wrecking in a bid for the lead at Talladega, Self’s points lead is now up to 15 over Venturini Motorsports teammate Drew Dollar, who scored his first career victory in that Talladega race.
ARCA Menards Series West Recap: Utah
The ARCA Menards Series West’s return to Utah Motorsports Campus somewhat resembled its most recent visit to the track in 2016, in that both events were doubleheaders. But unlike Noah Gragson’s sweep of both races that year, the road course produced a pair of different winners over the weekend.
Bill McAnally Racing and Sunrise Ford Racing traded blows, as they so often have over the years, with a win apiece in the Saturday doubleheader. BMR’s Jesse Love took the lead from Sunrise driver Blaine Perkins on Lap 9 in the first race, never giving up the lead and holding off Kris Wright in overtime. Perkins, who had qualified on pole for the first race before falling to the last car on the lead lap, redeemed himself in the second, leading every lap to deny Love a chance at the weekend sweep. Love leads Perkins by nine points through three events in the series standings.
ARCA Menards Series Preview: Lucas Oil
NASCAR and IndyCar may be teaming up for a long-awaited combination weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but ARCA and short track racing fans will direct their attention down the road to Lucas Oil Raceway in nearby Brownsburg. There, the Calypso Lemonade 200 will continue the ARCA Menards Series schedule with the second round of the Sioux Chief Showdown, a championship-within-a-championship that allows drivers under 18 years old to battle for a points title away from larger superspeedways where they aren’t yet approved to race.
Since its return to the schedule in 2011, Lucas Oil has hosted eight races (every year but 2013) and produced eight different winners in that span. Those winners have included current NASCAR Cup Series driver Ty Dillon, NASCAR Xfinity Series front-runners Brandon Jones and Chase Briscoe, and last year’s ARCA champion, Christian Eckes. Chandler Smith and Venturini Motorsports are the defending race winners.