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General Tire Stock Car Weekly: July 16, 2020

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Aaron Doster/ARCA Racing

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 Schedule Updates

On Tuesday, the ARCA Menards Series announced a revised event and broadcast schedule through the end of August:

Date

Series

Track

Network

TIMES (ET)

Saturday, July 18 AMS Iowa Speedway MAVTV 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 24 AMS Kansas Speedway FS1 10 p.m.
Friday, July 31 AMS Toledo Speedway MAVTV 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 1 AMS Toledo Speedway MAVTV 6 p.m.
Friday, August 7 AMS West Evergreen Speedway TrackPass TBA
Saturday, August 8 AMS West Douglas County Speedway TrackPass TBA
Sunday, August 9 ARCA Michigan International Speedway MAVTV 1 p.m.
Friday, August 14 ARCA Daytona International Speedway Road Course MAVTV 5 p.m.
Friday, August 21 AMS East Dover International Speedway TrackPass 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 22 AMS West Colorado National Speedway TrackPass 10 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 ARCA WWT Raceway at Gateway MAVTV 6 p.m.

ARCA Menards Series Recap: General Tire 150 at Kentucky

Ty Gibbs was the driver to beat in ARCA Menards Series action from Kentucky, dominating the General Tire 150, leading 59 of the race’s 100 laps on the way to his second victory in three races. Gibbs first took the lead from polesitter Michael Self on Lap 24, and for the final time on Lap 83 over ARCA veteran Bret Holmes, as he avenged a rare mechanical failure the week before at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Holmes and Self finished second and third, respectively, while Sam Mayer and Talladega winner Drew Dollar completed the top five. Saturday’s race marked the first time in 2020 that more than half of the field finished on the lead lap, and only five cars weren’t still running at the checkered flag. Self’s consistency, meanwhile, has enabled him to extend his points lead to 22 over Holmes and Dollar, with Hailie Deegan and Thad Moffitt completing the top five.

ARCA Menards Series Preview: Iowa

Iowa Speedway has played host to stock car racing from its very opening, with the ARCA Menards Series debuting at the track in 2006 and the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West making it home for an annual combination event one year later. As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the 22-car entry list for this Saturday’s Shore Lunch 150 may be one of the most promising at the ARCA level this year. Part of the 10-race Sioux Chief Showdown, a championship within the larger championship, the miniseries allows drivers under 18 to compete for their own title while waiting to make their superspeedway debuts.

ARCA mainstays Venturini Motorsports, DGR-Crosley Racing, and Joe Gibbs Racing will be joined by three cars from West mainstays Bill McAnally Racing, as well as one each from East front-runners GMS Racing and Hattori Racing Enterprises. In addition, Chad Bryant Racing will welcome sprint car star Kody Swanson as he makes his series debut. A win at Iowa could be a sign of huge things to come; past winners at the track include NASCAR Cup Series champions Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, as well as fellow Cup regulars Chase Elliott, Alex Bowman, Ty Dillon, Cole Custer, and Corey LaJoie. Of this week’s entry list, Michael Self (K&N 2013), Sam Mayer (K&N 2019), and Chandler Smith (ARCA 2019) are the past Iowa winners.

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