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:
New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Full Throttle Fall Weekend was the place to be for NASCAR Home Tracks action, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Pinty’s Series also joined by the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour for the weekend. Coming off an ARCA Menards Series win at Salem Speedway, Ty Gibbs scored his second victory in as many weekends by taking his maiden KNPSE checkered flag, while Andrew Ranger won the Pinty’s race to seize the points lead with just one race remaining.
On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series held its semifinal event at the Hockenheimring in Germany. Loris Hezemans took back-to-back ELITE 1 victories to extend a 21-point championship lead over Nicolo Rocca going into the season finale.
For the first time in more than a month, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to action with the NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridian Speedway. Last year, Hailie Deegan made series history when she scored her first career NASCAR victory in this race; currently, she’s second in points to teammate Derek Kraus.
Elsewhere in North America, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season wraps up at Jukasa Motor Speedway with the Pinty’s Fall Brawl on Saturday. Points leader Andrew Ranger won the June round at Jukasa in just the second race of the season, and will enter the weekend with an 11-point lead over Kevin Lacroix, who led most of last week’s race in New Hampshire but was crashed on the final lap. Meanwhile, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series season continues on Sunday at Triovalo Internacional de Cajititlan.
Driver Profile: Kevin Lacroix
An 11-point deficit won’t be enough to keep Kevin Lacroix from challenging for his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series title this weekend at Jukasa Motor Speedway. Lacroix, who led 92 of 100 laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend, was passed by eventual race winner and new points leader Andrew Ranger before being turned by Alex Labbe on the final lap and crashing just short of the finish line.
No matter, though: the Quebec-born driver is a past winner at Jukasa who’s never finished worse than fourth there. He’s won at least two races in all five of his Pinty’s seasons so far, and has equaled a career best with nine top-five results in 12 starts so far this season.