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:
For the third time this season, Chandler Smith got it done for Venturini Motorsports in ARCA Menards Series action by taking the checkered flag in the Menards 250 from Elko Speedway. Despite spinning from the top spot in the middle of the race, Smith recovered and clawed his way back to the lead to extend a sizable margin of victory over Ty Gibbs, Sam Mayer, Michael Self, and Corey Heim.
On international soil, Alex Tagliani scored his first NASCAR Pinty’s Series win of the season as part of Honda Indy Toronto weekend, avenging a loss to Andrew Ranger in overtime in 2018. Ruben Rovelo scored his first win of 2019 in the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series at the El Dorado Speedway tri-oval, while Loris Hezemans (Elite 1) and Vittorio Ghirelli (Elite 2) took the victories in NASCAR Whelen Euro Series action from Raceway Venray in the Netherlands.
Hopping from one short oval to the next, the ARCA Menards Series stays in the midwest this Friday with the Fans With Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway, a support race for the NTT IndyCar Series. Chandler Smith remains in the seat as he looks to score his fourth victory of 2019 and second in a row, while Michael Self looks to extend his series points lead over Bret Holmes and Stadium Super Trucks standout Gavin Harlien looks to follow in the footsteps of former series champion Sheldon Creed in the early stages of his own transition to stock cars.
Meanwhile, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to action for the first time in a month and a half with this Saturday’s visit to New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The last time we saw KNPSE action, Chase Cabre scored his first series victory at Memphis International Raceway on June 1. He’ll be up against current points leader Derek Kraus, Sam Mayer, Hailie Deegan, and at least 14 others this week.
Driver Profile: Alex Tagliani
Best known for his more than 200 starts as an IndyCar driver, Tagliani is now one of the best-known drivers in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, having made the full-time switch to stock cars in 2014 after some solid NASCAR Xfinity Series performances in the previous years. Tagliani actually made his stock car debut up north in 2007 in Montreal, and ran much of the 2008 season while waiting to break back into IndyCar, scoring a victory in Edmonton along the way.
Tagliani shuffled back to stock cars full-time in 2014 and has since become one of the top contenders for the Canadian title every year. Last weekend’s win in Toronto makes 2019 the fifth straight season where he’s taken the checkered flag first. Currently third in points, Tagliani is looking to improve on last year’s career-best second in the championship, where he lost the title by just seven points to LP Dumoulin.