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:
After Ryan Preece jumped the final restart, Noah Gragson took the victory in the largest NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race of the season so far, topping the 32-car field in the Procore 200 at Sonoma Raceway. Preece and Gragson combined to lead all 57 laps in the high-attrition event, which featured 10 cautions. Derek Kraus now holds the series points lead over Hailie Deegan by a single marker, finishing 19th to Deegan’s 10th.
In ARCA Menards Series action from World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Ty Gibbs led 32 of 120 laps and made a last-lap pass on Sam Mayer for his first career victory in the Day-to-Day Coffee 150. Michael Self led the first 41 laps; he fell out of the race with an axle issue after 85 laps, but still holds a 30-point lead in the standings over Bret Holmes. In the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, Ruben Garcia Jr. took his second straight victory and third of the season with a win from Autodromo Miguel E. Abed.
Both the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West go back-to-back this weekend, with each returning to action on oval tracks. ARCA will visit Chicagoland Speedway for the Bounty 200 on Thursday, with defending winner and points leader Michael Self chasing his fourth victory of the season. KNPSW, meanwhile, heads to Oregon for the Clint Newell Auto Group Toyota 150 at Douglas County Speedway, a .375-mile bullring that saw Derek Kraus take the checkered flag last year.
But the action also heats up internationally as we bid farewell to June. The NASCAR Pinty’s Series holds its third round of the season at Autodrome Chaudiere, a paved quarter-mile oval in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec. The setting couldn’t be more opposite for the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, though, which travels to the Czech Republic for a doubleheader event at Autodrom Most, a 2.623-mile road course.
Driver Profile: Ty Gibbs
The grandson of the legendary Joe Gibbs, Ty Gibbs’ involvement in auto racing may have been predestined from birth. The 16-year-old stepped up into both ARCA and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for 2019 after spending the previous two years on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour, where he scored three top fives in 12 starts last year on the way to eighth place in the championship.
The results have been even better this year. Gibbs made his KNPSE debut in the season opener at New Smyrna, finishing second and leading four laps. Splitting the famed #18 with Riley Herbst on the ARCA circuit, Gibbs did the same in his debut in that series, with a runner-up result at Five Flags Speedway. Between the two series, Gibbs had five runner-up finishes in his first seven starts before taking the checkered flag at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.