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Are ARCA Penalties Too Harsh or Too Lenient?

2021 ARCA Winchester Wreck Nick Sanchez, No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet (Credit: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing used with permission

While Ty Gibbs and Corey Heim have been the class of the field this ARCA Menards Series season, there have been some shenanigans behind them, both on and off the track. They began with preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway and reared their head in the most recent ARCA race at Bristol Motor Speedway. However, …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Bush Bean’s 200 at Bristol

2020 ARCA Bristol Pack Racing Sam Mayer, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet, and Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

The ARCA Menards Series begins the four-race weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with the Bush’s Beans 200 on Thursday (Sept. 16), and this race ought to be an exciting one. As the final combination race for ARCA and the ARCA Menards Series East, the East series champion will be decided. Also, there are only three …

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Fire on Fridays: Lower-Series Drivers Who Deserve Late-Season Call-Ups

Ty Gibbs smiling at 2021 Michigan NASCAR Xfinity race, holding a Monster drink, Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This would’ve been easier before 2020. Back in the days of qualifying before every NASCAR race (remember those?), anyone approved by NASCAR could show up to a track on the national series schedule and try to put their car in the show. Whether they should’ve been there was of little importance; as long as they …

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Do ARCA Drivers Want Live Pit Stops, Preset Breaks?

2021 ARCA Berlin Pit Daniel Dye, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet (Credit: Mark Kristl)

Photo: Mark Kristl

As the ARCA Menards Series competitors dredged through a messy Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday night (Sept. 5), only six cars finished the race with only four on the lead lap. To add insult to injury, excluding any contingencies, race winner Landen Lewis only won a base purse of $6,000. …

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Landen Lewis Leads Every Lap, Wins ARCA Race at DuQuoin

2021 ARCA DuQuoin Landen Lewis, No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet (Credit: ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: ARCA Racing used with permission

In his second career ARCA Menards Series start, Landen Lewis was perfect. The 15-year-old won the pole, then led every lap Sunday (Sept. 5) en route to winning the Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. After he finished eighth in his series debut at the other dirt track, the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Lewis …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin

2019 ARCA DuQuoin Pack Racing - Travis Braden, No. 27 RFMS Racing Ford (Credit: Jay Alley/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Jay Alley/ARCA Racing used with permission

With only four races left this season, Ty Gibbs has his largest points lead of the season at 11 points. This weekend’s Southern Illinois 100 is the second and final ARCA Menards Series race on a dirt track this year. For Gibbs’ championship competitor Corey Heim, the race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds feels like …

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Teenage Jesse Love Learning in His ARCA Races

2021 ARCA Toledo Jesse Love (Credit: Nic Anaya/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: Nic Anaya/ARCA Racing used with permission

Before he earned his driver’s license, Jesse Love became the champion of a NASCAR-owned series. As a 15-year-old, Love won the 2020 ARCA Menards Series West title on the strength of three wins. He also debuted in the ARCA Menards Series, scoring two top fives and two top 10s in his four starts. This year, …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Michigan, Illinois State Fairgrounds Races

2020 ARCA Michigan Pack Racing Riley Herbst, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, and Ryan Repko, No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota (Credit: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In two days, the ARCA Menards Series drivers will complete a combined 200 laps at two different racetracks. Of those 200 laps, 100 laps will be completed at Michigan International Speedway on Friday (Aug. 20) in the Henry Ford Health Systems 200. Two days later,  the series will travel about 400 miles to the Illinois …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa

Arca Menards Series Shore Lunch 150

Ty Gibbs, driver of the #18 Monster Energy-Terrible Herbst-ORCA Toyota wins the Shore Lunch 150 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 18, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

Can history be made in the 2021 Shore Lunch 150 at Iowa Speedway, the first combination race for the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East? There has never been either a two-time or back-to-back winner in ARCA history at the short track. Ty Gibbs enters the 150-lap race as the defending race winner …

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Daniel Dye Leads Nearly Every Lap to Win ARCA Race at Berlin

2021 ARCA Berlin Daniel Dye Victory Lane (Credit: Mark Kristl)

(Photo: Mark Kristl)

Daniel Dye won the 2021 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin Raceway Saturday night (July 17). Dye led 198 of 200 laps from start to finish in just his second ARCA Menards Series start, holding off runs from Ty Gibbs on restarts and in the closing laps. The No. 21 GMS Racing driver became just the …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Zinsser SmartCoat 200 at Berlin

2021 ARCA Elko Side-by-side Racing Corey Heim, No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, and Ty Gibbs, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota (Credit: David Berding/ARCA Racing used with permission)

Photo: David Berding/ARCA Racing used with permission

The Zinsser SmartCoat 200 marks the halfway point in the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season. For the 21st time, Berlin Raceway will host the main ARCA series, but the first time since 2018 when Joe Graf Jr. infamously aggressively drove his way to his lone main ARCA series victory. The 0.438-mile short track in Marne, …

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ARCA Preview: 2021 Menards 250 at Elko

ARCA Elko Race 2019

(Photo: ARCA)

For the seventh time in series history, the ARCA Menards Series travels to Elko Speedway this weekend. The 0.375-mile track is the shortest on the circuit; therefore, the drivers will complete the most laps in any race this season (250) in the Menards 250. Despite its relative newness to the ARCA schedule, which included being …

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