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ARCA Showdown Rundown: Where We Stand After the Toledo Doubleheaders

The Sioux Chief Showdown hit the track for an all-weekend excursion that took three days to complete. Rounds four and five featured rain, rain … and more rain. It also featured Sam Mayer picking up his first and second career victories.

Ty Gibbs was the closest driver to dethrone Mayer as Chandler Smith faltered Friday night (July 31) with a suspension issue. Smith rebounded Sunday afternoon (Aug. 2) to finish second after Gibbs faltered himself. With the second-place finish on Sunday, Smith keeps the lead in the Sioux Chief Showdown points standings.

Consecutive top-five finishes has Michael Self in second-place in SCS standings by six points. Mayer’s two victories move him up to third, just seven points behind Smith. Gibbs falls to fourth, and Bret Holmes now rounds out the top five in SCS standings. Self holds his position by being the only driver to finish inside the top five in all five Sioux Chief Showdown events this season.

Gibbs was the only driver who fell significantly in Sioux Chief Showdown standings. Despite missing the SCS opening event at Phoenix Raceway, Taylor Gray moved up from a position to ninth and now sits 48 points behind Smith. By not competing in either event this weekend, Howie DiSavino III fell outside the top 10.

East Series Standouts: Mayer was finally able to secure his first victory in the ARCA Menards Series Friday night. With the victory, Mayer becomes the first driver to win in all three ARCA Series’ (Main, East, and West) in one season. Mayer earned his first victory of 2020 in the East Series at New Smyrna Speedway, then followed it up with a victory at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring in the West Series.

Gibbs came close to picking up his sixth career ARCA victory on Sunday, but on what became the final lap, he spun under Mayer and was relegated to a 10th-place finish. It was just his third finish outside the top 10 in 20 career ARCA starts.

Visconti Motorsports raced in both races this weekend, Friday Night with Giovanni Bromante and Saturday Night with Austin Green. Bromante had an oil leak Friday, resulting in a 15th-place finish, while Green tallied his first top-10 finish Sunday afternoon. Green is the son of 1994 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion David Green, who has one career victory in ARCA, coming at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 1992.

West Series Standouts: There were no ARCA Menards Series West drivers competing this weekend as drivers are preparing for the West series’ own doubleheader with Evergreen Speedway (Aug. 7) and Douglas County Speedway (Aug. 8). Gio Scelzi fell from 12th to 17th, Jesse Love fell from 13th to 19th and Gracie Trotter fell from 14th to 20th. Those were the biggest movers in the Sioux Chief Showdown standings following the Toledo doubleheader.

Sioux Chief Showdown Standings following the Toledo Doubleheaders

Whats Next?: The Sioux Chief Showdown will take a week off while the ARCA Menards Series heads to Michigan International Speedway this weekend. The SCS will return in two weeks for something new, very new. The series will head to the Daytona International Speedway road course on August 14 for round no. 6. There are four more events slated on the Sioux Chief Showdown schedule. The Daytona road course race will be broadcast live on MAVTV and streamed live via the NBC Sports Gold: Track Pass, starting at 5 p.m. ET.

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His favorite tracks on the circuit include Barber Motorsports Park, Iowa Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, and Bristol Motor Speedway.

During the season, Christian also spends time as a photographer with multiple other outlets shooting Monster Energy AMA Supercross, Minor League & Major League Baseball, and NCAA Football.

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