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:
Although General Tire’s stock car racing series didn’t compete last weekend, the ARCA Menards Series gained an infusion of talent when Ty Majeski announced that he’ll compete for Chad Bryant Racing in five 2019 events. Majeski, a former Roush Fenway Racing development driver, will make his debut in the General Tire 150, returning to Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23; he’ll also run the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway the next weekend, plus races at Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and the season finale at Kansas Speedway.
Meanwhile, 2017 series champion Austin Theriault looks to add to ARCA’s history of drivers who have worked their way up the motorsports ladder with a NASCAR Cup Series ride. Theriault and Go FAS Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire revealed that they are working on a four-race deal for Theriault to run as a teammate to Corey LaJoie later this season.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visits Irwindale Speedway this weekend after a one-year hiatus for the ENEOS NAPA Auto 150. With its future now secured after years of rumored shutdowns, Irwindale will serve as the second round of the 2019 KNPSW season, and the first KNPSW pavement race on General Tire since the brand’s new partnership with the series commenced this year.
The battle up front looks to be between Bill McAnally Racing, which won the season opener on the Las Vegas dirt with Hailie Deegan, and Sunrise Ford Racing, whose drivers Jagger Jones and Trevor Huddleston are Irwindale veterans. That said, don’t sleep on Tanner Gray, who typically competes in the East series but will run with DGR-Crosley at Irwindale this weekend; Gray was last year’s NHRA Pro Stock champion, but made the switch to stock cars for 2019 and beyond.
Driver Profile: Jagger Jones
The son of PJ and grandson of Parnelli, Jagger Jones boasts one of the most impressive family trees in modern-day motorsports. But Jones is far from a legacy driver—he’s accomplished plenty already at a young age, and even boasts a win already at Irwindale as a late model driver.
Jones earned his KNPSW ride with Sunrise Ford Racing after earning the Whelen All-American Late Model Championship at Kern County Raceway Park last season. He won five features there, plus an additional 10 at Irwindale and Lake Havasu Speedway, in just his second year in the vehicles. This weekend, he’ll be looking to make up for a stellar but ultimately bittersweet start to the KNPSW season, where he led into the final lap in Las Vegas before getting passed by Deegan and having to settle for second.