Race Weekend Central

ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Madison

Chandler Smith Arca Nashville

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Venturini Motorsports’ No. 15 called it a “serious ass-whuppin” when the checkered flag flew Friday night at Madison International Speedway, and that’s exactly what it was. After winning his fourth ARCA Racing Series pole in as many starts, besting the field by three tenths of a second, 15-year-old Chandler Smith finally scored his first career …

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Teddy Roosevelt and Stock Car Racing: A Corollary

2018 Pocono Zach Catanzareti Arca Brennan Poole

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Teddy Roosevelt once said, “It is not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200 at Pocono

2018 Trucks Martinsville Zach Catanzareti Harrison Burton

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

It doesn’t matter if it’s points-leading regular drivers or part-time entrants, MDM Motorsports has turned the ARCA Racing Series into its playground in 2018. For the second consecutive race, the organization’s No. 12 car visited Victory Lane, this time with Harrison Burton at Pocono. Burton, making his superspeedway debut, capitalized after Noah Gragson, who dominated …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Brandon Jones Triumphant in Series Return to Charlotte

Brandon Jones Arca Charlotte 2018 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

XFINITY Series regular Brandon Jones narrowly held off a hard-charging Riley Herbst, capping a night of dominance by NASCAR regulars in ARCA’s first race on NASCAR’s home track since 2004. Jones led from the final restart of the race with seven laps to go, driving off from Sheldon Creed and polesitter Todd Gilliland, who led …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Menard’s 200 at Toledo

2016 Nascar Bristol

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The fans in attendance for Sunday’s ARCA race at Toledo Speedway could be forgiven if they weren’t sure at any point what lap they were watching. And not just because of a blown transformer on Benore Road that left the track without a working scoreboard. Rather, Zane Smith, who stormed to victory over teammate Chase …

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How NASCAR’s New Acquisition Move Can Revitalize Stock Car’s Minor Leagues

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(Photo: Barry Cantrell / NKP)

Good or bad, the ARCA Racing Series is soon to become a NASCAR property, and it possibly could be the right time for it. As the ARCA Series heads into its hometown race weekend at Toldeo Speedway this weekend, the series finds itself facing a fatigue level it hasn’t seen in recent memory. TheMenards 200 …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: General Tire 200

2016 Nascar Bristol

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Just like ARCA’s first plate race of 2018, Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega took multiple green-white-checkers to decide. The only difference this time… the finish was much closer. The closest in ARCA history for that matter. After spending nearly the entire 2.66-mile final lap leaning on each other, it was Zane Smith that emerged …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200

Arca @ Salem Pre Race 2018

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Chandler Smith stole headlines at Salem all weekend. Natalie Decker has been stealing headlines all season even before winning the pole at Daytona. But on Sunday in southern Indiana, it was the other Venturini car that found its way to Victory Lane. Christian Eckes, who incrementally improved the No. 15 Toyota from a short run …

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Will the Band Play On? Stock Car Racing’s Uncertain Future in the Music City

Nashville Superspeedway 2018

Photo by Bryan Davis Keith

The brave, coverall-clad souls that weathered snow flurries and bitter cold temperatures to attend ARCA’s recent doubleheader at Nashville’s Fairgrounds Speedway were treated to the same tire-grating, close-quarters stock car racing that has made the bullring a destination track for over 100 years. Between Zane Smith powering to his first ARCA Racing Series win and …

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ARCA Breakdown: Music City 200

2016 Nascar Bristol

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Though he didn’t end up winning the pole, Zane Smith emerged from qualifying as ready to race as anyone in the field, exclaiming repeatedly over the radio that the team’s adjustments from practice had made a “night and day” difference. Going from day to night did suit the No. 41 team just fine as Smith …

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