General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series. Throughout the 2020 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles.
ARCA Menards Series Recap: General Tire 200 at Talladega
Drew Dollar earned his first career ARCA Menards Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway over the weekend, heading to the winner’s circle after late-race contact between Riley Herbst and Michael Self ended the winning hopes of both drivers. The Venturini Motorsports driver was first to clear the contact, beating teammate Ryan Repko and series veteran Bret Holmes to the checkered flag.
Self, the senior Venturini driver, tried to organize with Dollar and Repko to build momentum and get past Herbst in the race’s final laps. While he was able to keep the car from wrecking after the contact with Herbst, he would have to settle for fifth, last in the lead pack. Just seven drivers finished on the lead lap in the series’ first race since returning, but aside from a series-mandated halfway break, the race ran caution-free.
ARCA Menards Series Preview: General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200 at Pocono
It’ll be a quick turnaround for ARCA drivers and teams as they head north from Talladega to Pocono Raceway for the General Tire #ANYWHEREISPOSSIBLE 200. 20 drivers comprise this Friday’s entry list, led by the Venturini Motorsports trio of Michael Self, Chandler Smith, and Drew Dollar, who have split the first three wins of the season.
After Talladega, Self’s points lead is up to 11 over Dollar, with Hailie Deegan in third at 14 points behind. Pocono was Deegan’s first ARCA start on a track of two miles or longer last season, and she scored her first career top 10 finish in the series with a seventh place run. Ty Majeski was last year’s winner, but the top returning finisher from last year’s race is Bret Holmes, who came home fifth.
ARCA Menards Series West Preview: Utah
If back-to-back races on big tracks for the main ARCA division weren’t enough, the West series finally returns to action as well with the ENEOS/Sunrise Ford Twins at Utah Motorsports Campus. The back-to-back road course races mark just the second and third rounds of the season, as a visit to The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in February has been the only round so far. They’ll also mark the track’s first time hosting the series since 2016.
Multi-car efforts from Bill McAnally Racing and Sunrise Ford comprise a majority of the entry list, but Jefferson Racing’s Will Rodgers may be the favorite for a weekend sweep. All four of his wins in the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West have come on road courses with the team. A doubleheader sweep wouldn’t be unprecedented; the series’ previous visit to Utah four years ago was structured the same way, and Noah Gragson took both checkered flags.