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:
Chandler Smith scored a dominant victory from pole position at Madison International Speedway, taking the checkered flag in the Shore Lunch 200 as the ARCA Menards Series hit its halfway point in the 2019 season. Smith led 166 of 200 laps, waiting out two red flags and getting past Venturini Motorsports teammate Michael Self to take back the top spot before the checkered flag fell and successfully defend his Madison victory from last year.
The victory was Smith’s second in five tries in 2019, continuing his streak of top-five finishes in every start so far this season. Despite running a partial schedule, his results thus far are still good enough for eighth in the championship standings. Self currently holds a 35-point lead over Bret Holmes atop the leaderboard after winning three times and scoring seven top-five finishes in 10 races so far.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West is set to produce one of the most exciting races of the weekend at Sonoma Raceway, as well over 30 entries will take on the carousel layout as it makes its return to NASCAR action for the first time since 1997. Alongside series regulars Derek Kraus, Hailie Deegan, and Trevor Huddleston, the event will feature the return of drivers like Will Rodgers and Jim Inglebright, as well as national series drivers like Austin Dillon, Ryan Preece, and Cole Custer looking for extra seat time.
The ARCA Menards Series returns to action at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, with Chandler Smith looking to go back-to-back before jumping into a NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series entry with Kyle Busch Motorsports. In addition, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series heads to Puebla for its fifth round of the season at Autodromo Miguel E. Abed.
Driver Profile: Chandler Smith
One of many talented young drivers to run with Venturini Motorsports, 16-year-old Chandler Smith burst onto the ARCA Menards Series scene in 2018 in a nine-race deal. The Toyota development driver immediately scored four consecutive General Tire Pole Awards to kick off his career, and even topped the entire season lap leader chart despite missing 11 races. He scored his first career victory at Madison International Raceway, and backed that up with a win at Salem Speedway in the fall.
Smith returned to ARCA for 11 races in 2019, and also signed a partial-season deal with Kyle Busch Motorsports to step into its trucks and Super Late Models during the season. Smith scored his first victory of the season at Toledo Speedway before returning and winning at Madison, and made his KBM debut the same weekend at Iowa Speedway by scoring another pole and coming home with an eighth place finish.