A third-place ARCA Menards Series finish at Kansas Speedway on Saturday (May 14) doesn’t even begin to touch the surface of Daniel Dye’s time since ARCA ran its previous race at Talladega Superspeedway.
At Talladega, Dye led the field onto the backstretch on lap 68. Yet his spin brought out the race-ending caution, and Dye finished 17th, not indicative of where he ran in that race.
Then three days later on April 26, Dye was arrested due to his involvement in an incident at his high school. He was subsequently suspended from ARCA competition, seemingly dashing his championship hopes.
On May 13, the charges against Dye from the high school incident were reduced, and Dye was immediately reinstated by ARCA officials.
Despite his off-the-track saga, Dye did not miss any ARCA races. His championship hopes are still intact after he drove an up-and-down Dutch Boy 150 to a third-place finish, his third top five finish this season.
Rallied back to P3 after a mistake on pit road. Great work by DD to keep charging all afternoon here in the Kansas heat. [PR] pic.twitter.com/Iyd97A6Odg
— Daniel Dye (@danieldye43) May 14, 2022
Back behind the wheel of the No. 43 GMS Racing, Dye qualified sixth for the Dutch Boy 150.
Early in the race, as Dye raced inside the top 10, his car got loose, nearly making contact with the outside wall. Dye magnificently saved his car from hitting the wall as well as straightened it out. Dye’s save definitely was a move of the race candidate.
— ARCA Menards Series (@ARCA_Racing) May 14, 2022
When the competition caution flag flew at lap 50, Dye was in fifth place. At that time, nobody had the speed of catching race leader Corey Heim. Dye brought his car onto pit road. Yet disaster struck his GMS team.
Due to miscommunication, his GMS pit crew took too long to pit the car. As an unfortunate result, Dye lost a lap. Adding insult to injury, ARCA officials initially ruled his pit crew serviced the car with fuel and tires simultaneously, breaking one of the modified pit stop rules.
ARCA officials then rescinded one of the penalties, allowing Dye to remain only one lap down.
— GMS Racing (@GMSRacingLLC) May 14, 2022
After parking his car on pit road, the FOX Sports 1 broadcasters noted Dye appeared both emotionally and physically drained. The 100-lap race was an up-and-down day for Dye, but a good finish after a tumultuous time following the Talladega race.
Next up for Dye and the ARCA field is a trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dye has never competed there before, but it’s another 1.5-mile track, the same size as Kansas. That race will take place on Friday, May 27 at 6 p.m. ET with TV coverage provided by FOX Sports 1.
About the author
Mark Kristl joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is the site's ARCA Menards Series editor. Kristl is also an Eagle Scout and a proud University of Dayton alum.
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