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:
Michael Self ended Ty Majeski’s bid for three ARCA Menards Series victories in a row with a victory in the VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Self, the incoming series points leader, led the first 90 laps of the 100-lap race, but only made the winning pass on the final lap after Majeski tried to stretch a fuel tank for the entire second half of the race. Majeski, Bret Holmes, Joe Graf Jr., and Tanner Gray completed the top five.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race from Colorado National Speedway was just as dramatic. After Bill McAnally Racing teammate Derek Kraus moved her out of the way in a late-race restart, Hailie Deegan returned the favor, spinning Kraus in the final corner to win the NAPA Auto Parts 150. Meanwhile, in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, Ruben Garcia Jr. became the first repeat winner of the season with his victory from Autódromo Internacional de Aguascalientes.
Once again, the ARCA Menards Series is in action this weekend, with the Shore Lunch 200 from Madison International Speedway on tap for Saturday. Last year, Chandler Smith became the seventh different winner in seven ARCA events from Madison when he led 102 of 200 laps for a dominant win of more than 11 seconds over runner-up Zane Smith.
Michael Self’s third victory of the season gives him a 15-point lead over Bret Holmes coming into the event, but expect plenty of fireworks with a number of quick drivers entered in the field. Alongside Smith, who returns to defend his victory, Hailie Deegan will make her return to ARCA for the third time this season in a fourth Venturini Motorsports car, while Sam Mayer is back in action for GMS Racing.
Driver Profile: Hailie Deegan
The name “Deegan” may be action sports royalty, but Hailie Deegan’s transition to stock cars shows that she’s looking to pave a new path (quite literally) for her famous family. The daughter of Brian Deegan cut her teeth in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, where she became the first female driver to win a title in 2013 in the JR2 Kart class. Subsequent regional and national titles in the Mod Kart class led her to move up the ranks and into her father’s Pro Lite truck in 2017.
But at the same time, Deegan had her eye on stock car racing, and began her oval track career in Legends cars for Rev Racing in 2016. Once again quickly ascending the ranks, she made her K&N Pro Series West debut in 2018, winning her first pole at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and her first race at Meridian Speedway just one event later. In 2019, she already has two KNPSW victories and sits second in points, just 12 behind Bill McAnally Racing teammate and frequent late-race rival Derek Kraus.