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: Iowa
For the second race in a row, and the third time in his last four starts, Ty Gibbs was the dominant force in the ARCA Menards Series, taking the checkered flag in the Shore Lunch 150 on Friday night. Gibbs led 140 laps and won by nearly a second and a half over Sam Mayer, while Bret Holmes, polesitter Chandler Smith, and Taylor Gray completed the top five. Michael Self finished sixth to maintain his 19-point championship lead over Holmes.
With the addition of a number of cars from the regional East and West series, the Iowa field featured more than 20 cars for the first time since Talladega last month. Gracie Trotter was the race’s hard charger, climbing from the last spot on the starting grid to ninth at the finish. Outside of the two planned race breaks, only four cautions slowed the pace, and the final 38 laps of the race ran under green flag conditions.
ARCA Menards Series Preview: Kansas
Last time the ARCA Menards Series visited Kansas Speedway, Michael Self’s 57 laps led and runner-up finish weren’t enough to keep teammate Christian Eckes from winning the series title with a race victory. There won’t be a championship trophy handed out at the end of Friday’s Dawn 150, but Self has to be hoping for a better performance this time around—one that will help him increase his incoming points lead.
The only active ARCA driver to win at Kansas (in 2017), Self would join only Frank Kimmel and Alex Bowman as repeat winners at the 1.5-mile tri-oval if he can get the job done on Friday night. With top-five finishes in all four starts he’s made, his average finish of 2.2 is 7.5 positions better than Riley Herbst, whose 9.7 is next-best of the drivers on this week’s entry list who have raced at the track more than once. Besides Herbst stepping in for Ty Gibbs, other driver changes of note for the return to a larger track include Tanner Gray replacing his brother Taylor at DGR-Crosley Racing and Ryan Repko returning to Venturini Motorsports in place of Chandler Smith.