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:
DuQuoin State Fairgrounds played host to the second and final dirt race of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season, the Southern Illinois 100. While the legendary Ken Schrader became the oldest pole winner in ARCA history for the event, it was Venturini Motorsports’ Christian Eckes who scored the victory, his third of the season. Eckes is now just 70 points behind teammate Michael Self for the championship lead.
Meanwhile, the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series headed to Zaragosa for a visit to Super Oval Potosino. Ruben Rovelo took his second victory of the season, after previously winning at El Dorado Speedway in July.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series resumes its 2019 championship chase in Quebec with the Lucas Oil 250 at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday. Andrew Ranger and Kevin Lacroix enter the weekend tied for the championship lead, but only Ranger has won here in the past (2015). Marc-Antoine Camirand is the defending race winner, and enters the weekend coming off of a season-best second place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Next weekend, the ARCA Menards Series returns to Salem Speedway for its annual throwback weekend, one where ARCA drivers and teams take their own opportunity to run retro schemes. Venturini Motorsports drivers Christian Eckes and Chandler Smith will honor schemes run by team owner Bill Venturini in 1987 and 1978, respectively.
Driver Profile: Ken Schrader
Ken Schrader isn’t exactly a stranger to having his name in the headlines. A mainstay of Hendrick Motorsports’ NASCAR Cup Series program in the 1980s and 1990s, Schrader is renowned as a racer’s racer, somebody who takes any opportunity possible to go out and compete for a checkered flag. It’s why he was the first driver in NASCAR history to take wins in all three national touring series, accomplishing the feat by winning the third-ever NASCAR Truck Series race in 1995.
Last weekend, Schrader made his return to the ARCA Menards Series for the first time in over a year at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, a track where he had won three times already in his career. Already the oldest race winner in series history, Schrader’s pole made him the oldest driver to qualify first in ARCA history as well. He finished the race in eighth.