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General Tire Stock Car Weekly: July 8, 2020

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Meg Oliphant/ARCA Racing (1); AJ Mast/ARCA Racing (2)

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: Lucas Oil

For the second year in a row, Chandler Smith topped the ARCA Menards Series field at Lucas Oil Raceway, leading the final 162 laps of the Calypso Lemonade 200 to take the checkered flag. Unlike last year’s rain-shortened race, where he took the lead just seven laps before the rains came, Smith took the pole and was fairly dominant except for a late-race push from runner-up Sam Mayer.

Hailie Deegan, Taylor Gray, and Thad Moffitt completed the top five, while Michael Self finished two laps down in eighth. Outside polesitter Ty Gibbs got around Smith to lead the first 38 laps of the race, but retired after completing just 90 laps with an engine failure. Self retained the points lead, where he holds a 12-point advantage over Deegan.

ARCA Menards Series West Recap: Irwindale

Bill McAnally Racing’s Jesse Love scored his second win in three races at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday night, capitalizing on a late-race caution that came just after Trevor Huddleston passed him for the lead and taking control on the restart to win the ENEOS 125. Love led 119 of the race’s 125 laps, pacing the field for the first 114 and again for the final five to continue a four-race streak of either first or second place finishes.

Huddleston hung on to second, with Gracie Trotter, Blaine Perkins, and Devin Dodson completing the top five. Love’s points lead doubled to 18 points over Perkins, while Trotter climbed to third. The series takes the next month off before returning to action from Evergreen Speedway on August 8.

ARCA Menards Series Preview: General Tire 150 at Kentucky

The busiest stretch of the ARCA Menards Series season continues with a trip to Kentucky Speedway for Saturday’s General Tire 150. Previously a mainstay of the series that sometimes hosted two races per year, the track hosted the penultimate round of the championship from 2013 to 2017 before taking the last two years off. Six current NASCAR Cup Series full-timers are past winners of the event, including Ryan Newman and Kyle Busch.

Only a handful of drivers on the grid in 2017 will be returning for this year’s race, led by 19th place finisher Dick Doheny. That leaves the door wide open for an unpredictable event, although the Toyotas of Venturini Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing have dominated the season thus far. The best non-Toyota driver in the field has been Bret Holmes, who sits fourth in points and finished 21st in Kentucky three years ago.

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