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Chandler Smith Hangs on in Overtime, Wins ARCA Race at Phoenix

2020 Phoenix Arca Chandler Smith Car Rlp

(Photo: Randy Lanning)

As a guest broadcaster for Fox Sports 1, reigning NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series champion Matt Crafton perfectly summarized Chandler Smith‘s win in the ARCA Menards Series race at Phoenix Raceway. “He didn’t have the fastest car, but he put it altogether there at the end.” Smith took advantage of an overtime restart …

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Sam Mayer Survives Chaotic Night at New Smyrna to win ARCA East Season Opener

2020 New Smyrna Arca Sam Mayer Victory Lane Arca

(Photo: Matt Stamey/ARCA)

Sam Mayer proved on Monday (Feb. 10) he’s the cream of the crop of the East much like he did in 2019. In the first race under the ARCA Menards Series East banner, Mayer made a late-race pass on Ty Gibbs. That pass would prove to be the winning move and Mayer would head to …

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Reviewing the 2019 ARCA Season

2019 Gateway Arca Racing Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

The 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has come to an end, and Christian Eckes became the 36th different champion in its 67th season. The season saw seven different drivers capture victories over the 20 races. Venturini Motorsports won the owners’ championship, and the organization won 14 races this season. Eckes and teammate Michael Self finished …

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Friday Faceoff: Should Manufacturers Dictate How Their Teams Race?

2019 Daytona Mencs Ford Kevin Harvick Joey Logano Kurt Busch Brad Keselowski Car Christian Koelle

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

Should manufacturers be getting involved to make their teams cooperate at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway? Christian Koelle: Instead of manufacturers, it should be teams working together — but understand when we get to ISM Raceway, all of this goes away; it’s every man for himself. Josh Roller: I don’t have an issue with manufacturers …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2019 Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at IRP

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After losing a seemingly certain win at Salem Speedway earlier this season after pitting just before rain ended the spring race early, Chandler Smith didn’t make the same mistake twice. Racing hard with his championship-contending teammate Christian Eckes, Smith made a clean pass on the backstretch on lap 161, mere laps before rain ended the …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2019 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem

Ty Gibbs at Gateway Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

After leading ARCA practice and winning the pole for Saturday’s race, Ty Gibbs rocketed away on the initial restart Saturday (Sept. 14) at Salem Speedway. He led by a half second almost immediately. It was a metaphor for the entire evening. Gibbs was absolutely dominant on the Salem high banks Saturday, leading 196 of 200 …

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Michael Self Wins 4th Race of 2019 in Overtime at Illinois State Fair

Michael Self 2019 Music City 200

(Photo: Christian Koelle)

On an afternoon of dirt-track racing at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Michael Self came out on top and edged defending race winner Christian Eckes in overtime in the Allen Crowe 100. When the yellow flag came out on lap 95 for Ty Gibbs and Joe Graf Jr. tangling, Self held the lead over Corey Heim and …

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Frontstretch Podcast: Todd Gilliland Talks Runner-Up Finish at Gateway, Lackluster Sonoma

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In this week’s edition of the Frontstretch Podcast, Dustin Albino and Mike Neff discuss a lackluster road course race at Sonoma Raceway, which saw Martin Truex Jr. win in dominating fashion. At the end of the race, it was a two-car battle with Truex and Kyle Busch. Both now have 21 and 20 wins, respectively, over the past three-and-a-half-years. …

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Pace Laps: A Sonoma Snoozer, While Ross Chastain Takes NASCAR by Storm

2019 Gateway Ngots Ross Chastain Trucks Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: New Track, Same Sonoma Story Sonoma Raceway added its famed Carousel for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. But the new 2.52-mile course led to an unexpected challenge, not for the drivers but the fans. A caution-free race, except for stage breaks, became dominated by Kyle Busch and Martin Truex …

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ARCA Racing Series Breakdown: 2019 Day to Day Coffee 150 at Gateway

2019 Gateway Arca Ty Gibbs Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In a Nutshell: Sam Mayer did a masterful job holding the race lead on old tires until turn 3 of the last lap when a slight bobble (or possible indecision) opened enough of a door for Ty Gibbs to sneak past for his first career ARCA Menard’s Series win. Gibbs, who did make contact with …

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ARCA Preview: 2019 Day To Day Coffee 150 At Gateway

2018 Gateway Arca Start Kevin Thoele

(Photo: Kevin Thoele)

The second half of the ARCA Menards Series season begins this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The first half of the season has seen everything from Venturini Motorsports and Toyota’s domination in spring to Ty Majeski and Chad Bryant Racing going back-to-back to kick off the summer at Charlotte Motor Speedway and …

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ARCA Preview: 2019 Shore Lunch 200 at Madison International Speedway

Chandler Smith 2018 Madison Arca Victory

(Photo: ARCA Menards Series)

It’s a “Friday Night Special” this weekend for the ARCA Menards Series. After a thrilling finish at Michigan International Speedway, the series heads to Madison International Speedway for the Shore Lunch 200. Last weekend, championship points leader Michael Self passed Ty Majeski on the last lap to secure his sixth career win. After a few …

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