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Jack Wood Running ARCA Showdown, East With GMS Racing in 2021

Jack Wood will drive for GMS Racing part time in 2021 in the ARCA Menards Series, the organization announced Nov. 2.

Wood will also compete for the team full time in the ARCA Menards Series East in the No. 21, while his ARCA Menards Series schedule will be comprised of the ARCA Menards Series Showdown at short tracks.

This will be Wood’s first full-time season in the ARCA Menards Series East after running part time in the ARCA Menards Series West in 2019 and 2020. He has scored six top-10 finishes in 2020, including one top five.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to compete with GMS in 2021,” Wood said in a team release. “To transition from a part-time schedule with our family-run team in the West Series to running the East Series full-time with a team like GMS who has won two consecutive East titles is awesome. I’m ready to get out there and learn and grow as a driver, but also to chase wins and a championship with this new team.”

“GMS is looking forward to this next chapter for our ARCA program,” Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing, said. “Our ARCA team has accomplished amazing things these last two seasons and I’m confident Jack can take over and build on that success next season.”

Wood’s sponsorship for 2021 was not revealed in the release. His crew chief will be Mardy Lindley, who helped Sam Mayer to the 2021 East title in the No. 21 in 2020.

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Luken Glover joined the Frontstretch team in 2020 as a contributor, furthering a love for racing that traces back to his earliest memories. Glover inherited his passion for racing from his grandfather, who used to help former NASCAR team owner Junie Donlavey in his Richmond, Va. garage. A 2023 graduate from the University of the Cumberlands, Glover is the author of "The Underdog House," contributes to commentary pieces, and does occasional at-track reporting. Additionally, Glover enjoys working in ministry, coaching basketball, playing sports, and karting.

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