General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:
Just one week after the ARCA Menards Series ran the unique 7/8-mile oval, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West held their annual combination race at Iowa Speedway, with Sam Mayer taking his second career win. Meanwhile, ARCA’s return to Pocono Raceway saw Christian Eckes’ return to the winner’s circle for the first time since May, as the Venturini Motorsports driver capitalized on Todd Gilliland’s blend line violation to score his first win since visiting Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
North of the border, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series ran three races in four days during its Western Swing—a pair of 125-lappers at Wyant Group Raceway in Saskatoon, and 300 laps at Edmonton International Raceway. Defending series champion LP Dumoulin and Andrew Ranger split the doubleheader, with Ranger taking the points lead in Saskatchewan before extending it to 18 in Alberta by leading 253 of 300 laps to take that win as well.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series road course races are usually the most exciting of the year, and the East division gets its showcase race this Friday at Watkins Glen International. Chase Cabre has won the past two East-only races, while Sam Mayer won last weekend’s combination event at Iowa Speedway and Derek Kraus will continue his pursuit of dual East and West titles for the first time in the sport’s history. NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Brandon Jones will also compete for Bill McAnally Racing, a year after scoring an Xfinity career-best seventh at the Glen.
Meanwhile, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series visits the Autodromo del Ecocentro de la Union Ganadera in El Marques, Queretao on Sunday. Defending champion Ruben Garcia Jr. has once again been the driver to beat in the series this year with three victories in six 2019 starts, and is the defending winner of the event.
Driver Profile: Andrew Ranger
Once Canada’s best young hope for open-wheel racing glory, Ranger scored a podium in just his second CCWS race in 2005, but he made the switch from Champ Car to stock cars in 2007 and has never looked back. He earned the title in what is now the NASCAR Pinty’s Series as a rookie after winning just his second career race, and backed it up with a second championship two years later.
Even in years where he’s only run a limited Pinty’s schedule, Ranger has won a race in all but one season he’s run (2017). That consistency has earned him opportunities at all three national NASCAR levels, including a Cup Series ride at Watkins Glen in 2011. While he hasn’t gotten the call as a road course ringer yet in 2019, Ranger paces Pinty’s Series points with three wins in seven starts and an eye-catching average finish of 2.0.