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Professional off-road racer and host of the Down & Dirty Show Powered By Polaris RZR, Jim Beaver, has officially acquired Reignition Esport, a top eSports team competing in multiple iRacing World Championships. The team will be rebranded Jim Beaver eSports to match Beaver’s eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series team, and will retain all of its existing drivers through the 2020 season.
 
“Today is a huge day for Jim Beaver eSports as we welcome the Reignition Esport competitors to our team,” said Jim Beaver. “I’m stoked to add a full-fledged eSports team to our efforts in eNASCAR with iRacing, and I can’t wait for our drivers to go for multiple world championships across all disciplines in the coming years. We’ve got big plans for our team that we can’t wait to reveal!”
 
Jim Beaver eSports made its debut this summer as the newest team in the eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series, drafting in competitive rookie drivers Michael Guariglia and Eric J. Smith in its #15 and #51 Down & Dirty Show/GoPro Motorplex Ford Mustangs. The team made its national television debut on NBCSN’s NASCAR America in July with an all-star event at Iowa Speedway, and will wrap up its season on October 10 with the PEAK Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
Formed by Bobby Sandt Jr., Reignition Esport has qualified drivers for multiple iRacing World Championships, including the currently-running iRacing USAC World Championship presented by FloRacing and the Thrustmaster iRacing Rallycross (iRX) World Championship that kicks off later this week. As part of the acquisition, Sandt’s 410 Non-Winged Sprint Car will switch to Jim Beaver eSports branding beginning with this week’s race at Eldora Speedway.
 
In addition to announcing the acquisition of the team, Jim Beaver eSports is also proud to announce DirtFish as the primary sponsor of its two entries in the 2019 iRX season. Sandt and Connor Parise will campaign a pair of DirtFish-backed Subaru WRX STIs in the nine-race calendar, which kicks off this weekend with the series’ inaugural visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway.
 
“DirtFish has been a longtime sponsor of mine, and as a DirtFish-helmeted athlete, I’m excited to introduce them to iRX as the primary sponsor of our two entries,” added Beaver. “Bobby and Connor will do a great job representing our team in this year’s championship, and we’re looking forward to running up front all season long!”
 
In addition to Guariglia, Smith, Sandt and Parise, former Reignition Esport drivers Dave Bodio, Matt Everhart, Jesse Isadore, Keith Jeffery, Joe Lusk, Brandyn Proudfoot, Bobby Rafferty, Hunter Stiffler, Justin Thompson, and Brian Weyandt Jr. will also join the Jim Beaver eSports team through the 2020 season. The team had a strong presence in both iRacing World of Outlaws World Championships this year, with five drivers qualifying for either the Sprint Car or Late Model series.
 
For more information on Jim Beaver eSports and its partners, visit the following:
Jim Beaver eSports: www.jimbeaveresports.com
Jim Beaver/Down & Dirty Show: www.downanddirtyshow.com
Polaris RZR: rzr.polaris.com
GoPro Motorplex: www.gopromotorplex.com
4 Wheel Parts: www.4wheelparts.com
Vision Wheel: www.visionwheel.com

 

Success breeds fondness.

That's how it works when racecar drivers have success at any particular racetrack. Even if it isn't a track that a driver looks forward to going to, a top finish tends to turn a track that wasn't a favorite into one the driver might have a fondness for.

Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) will make his fourth career start at Lucas Oil Raceway in Saturday night's Herr's Potato Chips 200. Known as one of the more difficult tracks to get around because the racing line is next to the outside wall and the bottom lane, where all the passing is done, is slick with very little grip, Eckes' initial results at the 0.686-mile oval in suburban Indianapolis weren't stellar.

He finished 26th after a mechanical failure in 2016. The 2017 race resulted in a tenth-place run, still not up to the lofty standards the Middletown, New York native sets for himself.

So it would be easy to assume Lucas Oil Raceway wasn't one of Eckes' favorite tracks. But that all changed in 2017.

Eckes started from the General Tire Pole and led 171 laps en route to the victory, his third of the season. It was the first time Eckes swept both the pole award and the race win, and as a 17-year-old at the time, it sent him into his off-season on a high note.

Eckes will be looking to recapture that magic on Saturday night, and it couldn't come at a more crucial time. Just five points behind his teammate Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) in the battle for the series title, a win by Eckes would almost certainly give him the points lead and give him an advantage heading into the final race at Kansas Speedway on October 18.

"I liked this place forever, but we had some bad luck there in the beginning," Eckes said. "We've always been fast, but we've had a lot of bad luck. Our finishes haven't really spoken for themselves, but we finally showed it last year. We've always been fast every year, even when we were testing here I always thought we had the best car. Last year we were finally able to show it. We tested last week and we had a good car. I think we at least have a direction to go so we can try to make it two in a row."

It's been a long haul for Eckes to even be in position to battle for the series championship. He missed the third race of the season, at Salem Speedway, due to illness. Going into the race at Salem, Eckes led the standings by 65 points, and afterwards, he was 80 points behind in fifth. The next race, at Talladega Superspeedway, he finished 26th and gave up another 100 points to Self who was now leading.

"Despite the bad luck, Eckes and his team have never given up. And late in the season, they've hit their stride. In the last five races, they've collected two wins and haven't finished outside the top two. That has allowed him to close the gap, which was 105 points five races ago, to just five points.

"As a whole we put the bad races behind us and go forward," he said. "It's been a strong point for all of us. It hasn't been the best of years. We missed a race and are still fighting for the championship. We've been strong. I wish we could go back and redo those mistakes. It's a real testament to the team that we're still in it."

Eckes knows that the position he was in forced him to race differently. He had to go for wins. He had to count every point. He had to be the hunter. It certainly worked to his advantage.

"We just got to a row of good tracks," Eckes said of his late season streak. "We used the first 13 races as a learning experience. We've made up for our mistakes. We're bringing faster racecars than we ever have before."

The Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway is set for Saturday night, October 5. Practice starts the day's activities at 2 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm ET. The 200-lap main event, scheduled for live broadcast MAVTV, will go green shortly after 8 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login. For more information, please visit TrackEnterprises.com.

AMS PR

No matter the outcome in Saturday night’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season has been an impressive one for Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) rookie Corey Heim.

The only thing that can make a terrific season even better for the gifted rookie would be Heim wheeling his No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford Fusion to Victory Lane in the penultimate ARCA race of the season.

Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. invades Indianapolis on the heels of back-to-back career-best finishes of third at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and the most recent race at the treacherous Salem (Ind.) Speedway last month.

With the guidance of NASCAR champion crew chief Paul Andrews calling the shots, Heim, 17, hopes to end the season as he started it by turning heads with his smooth dynamic driving style.

“We’ve had a few good finishes in a row now, and I’m excited to carry the momentum into my final ARCA start of the year,” said Heim who is ninth in the championship standings despite running a limited schedule this season.

“I feel like we’ve had an up and down year, some bad luck here and there, but I feel like I’ve improved in several ways and hope to showcase that in a huge way on Saturday night. The goal this year was to get better and learn and I feel that I’ve done that this year.

“Hopefully, we can end the year in style with another win for the No. 22 Chad Bryant Racing team.”

To help prepare Heim for his 13th career ARCA Menards Series start, Andrews recently took his pupil to the historic Indiana short track where they spent more than eight hours focused on their race setup.

As usual, Heim continued to get quicker and quicker with every lap turned. The Mooresville, N.C.-based team returns to the half-mile short track optimistic and eager to deliver under the lights for potentially Heim’s first career ARCA triumph.

“We tested at Lucas Oil recently, and it went pretty well,” explained Heim. “We need to improve in a few aspects to compete for the win, but I know we can make the changes to be there when we need too.”

If Heim can’t find himself in the hunt for the trophy, he wants to end the season with another strong finish. With the leadership of Andrews, Heim believes his 12th top-10 of 2019 is very realistic.

“I think another strong run is a good goal for us,” sounded Heim. “First time at Lucas Oil, if I can stay up front and race for the win on Saturday night and come home with a solid finish, I would be satisfied.

“I can’t thank Paul (Andrews), Chad (Bryant) and my guys on this No. 22 team enough for their hard work. I’ve had a blast all year and we definitely made some memories. It’s about focusing forward and leaving nothing on the table for our last race of 2019.”

Despite missing six races this season, Heim enters Saturday night’s ARCA race ninth in the championship standings with two races remaining.

In 12 career ARCA Menards Series finishes, Heim has scored seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a career-best of third twice (DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and Salem Speedway). A third-place qualifying effort on three occasions is his best time trials to date. He has led 15 laps of competition in two events.

For more on Corey Heim, please visit the all-new CoreyHeimRacing.com, like him on Facebook (Corey Heim Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@corey.heim) and Twitter (@coreyheim3).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The Herr’s Potato Chips (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat. Oct. 5 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

CBR PR

The Circuit Zolder is ready to host this weekend the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Finals. More than 25.000 fans filled the historic Belgian track last year and, as the same as last season, it will be the last weekend of the year, giving double points chance to all the drivers in each of the four races. Everything can still happen, an opportunity that Solaris Motorsport drivers aims to take the maximum advantage.

"I'm really excited for Zolder. It’s the last round of the season and I want to capitalize on that and make it my best finishes of the year. I want for us as a team to be successful here to show to everyone what we are worth and to reward them for all the hard work they have put in this season. It’s been my debut season and it’s been the best year of my career." said Naveh Talor. "Zolder is a tough old school circuit but I will conquer it happily. The whole year I’ve missed the SuperPole by few tenths so I would love to finally get in it. I will focus on doing my best for the weekend. I hope to have good luck with no problems and to be able to finish on a high for this season!"

"I knew Zolder since the Superstars era and I was immediately fall in love: it's tight, insidious and fast. Very old school, there are still the grass and the sand outside the white lane! Something totally disappeared in Europe, unfortunately. Each mistake here will cost lot of time, details will make the difference. It's on these kind of track that a driver can still show his value," commented Francesco Sini. that in Belgium was so close to the Top5 in 2018. "Last year we were so fast, we could have aimed to the first five positions but due a contact we weren't able to do it. We hope to restart from that performance and close the season with a good placement, I want to say thank you to all the guys of team and all our fans that never stopped to support us!"

The Euro NASCAR Zolder Finals will kick off officially on Friday with the four free practice sessions. The qualifying is attended on Saturday morning at 10 AM, while the ELITE 1 Race will start at 1:45 PM and the ELITE 2 Race 1 at 5:05 PM. On Sunday the last two races of the season, with the ELITE 2 that will start at 11:15 AM, while the ELITE 1 Division will close this awesome racing 2019 starting at 3:45 PM. The four races and the qualifying will be live streamed on the Facebook page of the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.

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Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman / 828 Logistics / QuickTie Toyota) will grab the wheel for the final time in 2019 seeking his fifth victory of the ARCA Menards Series season behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) Series Owner Points leading No.20 Toyota team in this weekend’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

A member of Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) highly acclaimed TD2 program, Smith, a native of Talking Rock, GA, hopes to win and share the spotlight with teammates Michael Self and Christian Eckes who are going head-to-head for the 2019 Series‘ Driver Championship.

“Bitter sweet feeling knowing this is my final ARCA race of the season,” said the 17-year-old Smith. “It’s been a good year. But we’re not done yet. We’ve still got unfinished business and I plan on finishing strong. I realize and respect that the focus is on my teammates (Self and Eckes) going into Indianapolis but this twenty-team still has a lot on the line. “

A major factor in the overall season success of the No.20 team Smith has been a force to be reckoned with just about every time he’s suited up. His four wins and four General Tire Pole Awards in just 10 starts are tied for the series best with Michael Self. He’s also scored seven top-5’s and nine top-10’s. Furthermore, Smith’s 659 laps led (42% of all laps completed) are most among all full-time series competitors.

With championship considerations of his own Smith’s Indianapolis effort should all but clinch the ARCA owner’s points championship for crew chief and car owner Billy Venturini.

Although Michael Self (No.25 Sinclair Oil Toyota) currently tops the driver standings, the No.20 car, shared by multiple drivers through 18 series starts leads in the owner standings by 160-points over VMS’ No.15 driven by Christian Eckes.

Smith has shared the driving duties throughout the season on the No.20 Toyota team with VMS teammates Harrison Burton (3-starts / 1 win), Logan Seavey (2-starts / 1-pole award), Brandon Lynn (1-start / 1-pole award) and Myatt Snyder (1-start). Overall, the five drivers have posted five wins, six General Tire Pole Awards, 13 top-5’s and 17 top-10’s.  

Smith will join Toyota teammates Michael Self, Christian Eckes and Hailie Deegan during Saturday night’s Herr’s Potato Chip 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. MAVTV will broadcast the race live starting at 8pm ET.

VMS PR

With a productive ARCA Menards Series test in the books, sophomore driver Joe Graf Jr (@JoeGrafJr) returns to Lucas Oil Raceway for Saturday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 200 confident he can earn his second career victory for Chad Bryant Racing in the penultimate race of the 2019 season.

Carrying the confidence of a solid top-15 NASCAR Xfinity Series effort at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, Graf Jr. is focused on making the most of the final two ARCA races of the year for not only his Chad Bryant led team, but his partner EAT SLEEP RACE too.

“It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks, but you never complain about getting back in a race car,” said Graf Jr.

“We had a pretty good test a couple of weeks ago at Lucas Oil and even know that we had a little work to do, I think Chad and the guys went back to the shop, worked on the car a little more and are coming back optimistic.

“Hopefully, all the dots connect and we’re in a good spot to contend for the win.”

Eyeing his 12th top-10 finish of the season, the 21-year-old driver is eager to build on his prior performance at Lucas Oil last fall where he started and finished 13th.

“Lucas Oil isn’t your typical short track, you really need to hustle the car,” added Graf. “It’s a relatively flat surface, but tire wear is so important which makes track position crucial. I think we have a good game plan for Saturday, just need to see what happens between the green flag and the checkered flag.”

On the heels of a sixth-place finish in the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, Graf Jr. knows his team is capable of capitalizing on the Salem momentum and applying it to the final short track race on Oct. 5.

“Salem was a good boost for our team but need to carry it further at Lucas Oil and do it in a big way,” Graf Jr. explained. “We’ve had a lot of top-10 finishes this year, more than last year, but we’re lacking the performances in the top-five. We’ve got two races left and two opportunities to put ourselves in that spot – so that’s what we’ll do.”

For the 19th straight race, EAT SLEEP RACE, a racing lifestyle apparel company headquartered in New Jersey returns as the primary sponsor of Graf Jr.’s No. 77 Ford for the 200-lap race.

“I can’t begin to thank EAT SLEEP RACE for what they’ve done for me and our Chad Bryant Racing team this season,” sounded Graf Jr. “The amount of apparel they carry right now is unbelievable and with fall and winter seasons approaching, they’re going to roll out a lot of cool items.

“It’s been great to see EAT SLEEP RACE get all kinds of exposure this season between ARCA and NASCAR and I hope we’re able to continue our partnership moving forward.”

Between race cars, Graf Jr. has equally been busy in the books with his second fall semester at New York University (NYU) underway where he is pursuing a degree in business, media and sports management.

“It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve been able to manage my time pretty good,” added Graf Jr. “School is super important but so is doing the best job I can behind the wheel for my team and partners. I’m looking forward to going to Lucas Oil and having an opportunity to contend for my second ARCA victory.”

Entering Lucas Oil Raceway, Graf Jr. has 37 ARCA Menards Series starts to his credit with one win (Berlin (Mich. Raceway, 2018), seven top-five and 19 top-10 finishes to his credit. After 18 races, he stands fifth in the championship standings with two races remaining.

In addition to his ARCA Menards Series presence, Graf Jr. made three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts for Richard Childress Racing this season earning a career-best 14th place finish at Richmond (Va.) Raceway aboard the No. 21 EAT SLEEP RACE Chevrolet Camaro. For more on Joe Graf Jr, please like him on Facebook (Joe Graf Jr.) and follow him on Twitter (@JoeGrafJr) and visit his brand new website at JoeGrafJr.com.

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also, visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The Herr’s Potato Chips (200 laps | 137 miles) is the 19th of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat. Oct. 5 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for shortly thereafter at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s festivities. All times are local (Eastern).

CBR PR

Following a major announcement from the ARCA Menards Series that will see it become the preeminent driver progression program into NASCAR, MAVTV has announced an extension of its partnership with the ARCA Menards Series in which the Motorsports Network will broadcast the majority of the events, on the what is currently a 20-race schedule, for the next three seasons.

The partnership between the ARCA Menards Series and MAVTV dates back more than a decade, when select races were aired during the 2008 season. The current agreement began three seasons ago, when MAVTV showcased its first live broadcasts of the ARCA Menards Series during the 2017 schedule. Since then, MAVTV’s role has continued to grow as the primary broadcaster of the series, culminating with a 12-race slate of live races for the current 2019 season. With the newly announced extension, MAVTV will continue to serve this role through the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season, where it will showcase the bulk of the championship races via exclusive live broadcasts.

"The 2020 season will mark the fourth year MAVTV and ARCA have partnered to bring the majority of the ARCA Menards Series race schedule live to MAVTV,” stated Robert Patison, President MAVTV Motorsports Network. “It's great race action on some of the nation’s best-known tracks."

“MAVTV has been a tremendous partner for the ARCA Menards Series and we are thrilled to extend that relationship three more years,” said Ron Drager, ARCA president. “2020 marks the beginning of a new chapter for ARCA, and MAVTV’s commitment to the series helps us deliver great racing action to fans across the country, while also providing an outstanding platform for our race teams and sponsors.”

The final ARCA Menards Series broadcast on MAVTV for the 2019 season, the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 from Brownsburg, Indiana’s Lucas Oil Raceway, will be shown live with a nighttime spectacle under the lights on Saturday, October 5. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET, on MAVTV!

MAVTV PR

INDYCAR, in collaboration with Red Bull Advanced Technologies, staged its first on-track test of a revolutionary Aeroscreen on Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the officials and drivers involved couldn’t have been more pleased.

Five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and 2014 series champion Will Power of Team Penske – both Indianapolis 500 winners – combined to run nearly 650 incident-free miles around the iconic 2.5-mile oval.

TRANSCRIPT: Aeroscreen Test News Conference with Jay Frye, Andy Damerum, Scott Dixon and Will Power 

Power ran 129 laps at a top speed of 224.591 mph while Dixon completed 128 laps with a best of 224.501 mph. Neither reported issues with visibility, head buffeting or car handling, all positives for the Aeroscreen that will be fitted to all NTT IndyCar Series cars for the 2020 season.

“We had pretty high expectations, and we’ve probably exceeded them already,” INDYCAR President Jay Frye said. “I think it’s done everything we thought it would do and then some. Obviously, we’ve learned a lot.

“I think the most important thing is the foundation is right … and it’s been a very turn-key event, so we’re really proud of that.”

The Aeroscreen has been developed by Red Bull Advanced Technologies to reduce the risk of driver injury from debris or other objects striking the cockpit area. The driver safety innovation encompassing the cockpit is comprised of a ballistic Aeroscreen anchored by titanium framework.

The RBAT design consists of a polycarbonate laminated screen that includes an anti-reflective coating on the interior of the screen, an anti-fogging device through an integral heating element and tear-offs, all of which will be produced by integrated third-party companies. Another feature for the drivers will be a cockpit-cooling duct designed by Dallara using its computational fluid dynamics.

The titanium framework mounts in three areas around the cockpit: the chassis centerline, two rear side mounts and roll hoop integration to provide enhanced load-bearing capabilities. The load bearing is expected to be 150 kilonewtons (kN), which equals the FIA load for the Halo design currently used in Formula One. A kilonewton is equal to approximately 225 pounds.

Dixon tested an Aeroscreen prototype on a simulator July 2 at the Dallara Research Center in Speedway, Ind. Dallara is an official INDYCAR supplier and a partner in the Aeroscreen project.

“I'm so impressed with how quickly all this came together,” Power said. “To have the first run in and really no major issues … it’s just little things that need to be worked on.”

“It’s been an intense project and one that I think a lot of people have done their due diligence on to get it to this point,” Dixon said. “Today’s been pretty much seamless.”

Dixon said he was surprised how quiet the cockpit is with the wind deflected. He said he could hear his team radio for the first time than ever before.

“There’s actually a lot less load on the helmet,” Dixon said. “Visually, there’s been no (issue). Some of the areas with tear-offs and where they seam in the middle will be sort of fixed down the road to make it better.”

Dixon and Power said they could have raced with the Aeroscreen this weekend, if necessary, and they are ecstatic INDYCAR, RBAT and others have taken these instrumental steps to further protect drivers.

“I'm so happy that we have it,” Power said. “It's really a huge step in safety, and I think it's the best of both worlds. You've got the halo and you've got a screen, so I think that you'll see other open-wheel categories follow suit. When you've driven it for a day, you're going to feel naked without it.”

Andy Damerum, Red Bull Racing’s Commercial Development Officer, appreciated what he heard from the drivers.

“For me, today was all about the drivers’ feedback and seeing what their response was to the device because we knew it was going to work as far as from a structural perspective,” he said. “We've still got a few more tests to do, some rig testing, but it's all looking really good.”

INDYCAR has scheduled additional Aeroscreen tests at Barber Motorsports Park, a permanent road course, with Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud and Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay on Oct. 7; Richmond Raceway, a short oval, with Dixon and Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden on Oct. 15; and Sebring International Raceway, a road course which can simulate a street circuit, with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports’ James Hinchcliffe and Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan’s Sebastien Bourdais on Nov. 5. Aeroscreens are to be delivered to all NTT IndyCar Series teams prior to Christmas.

“This is a total industry-changing driver safety solution, so we couldn’t be more proud of it,” Frye said. “This is, to me, a game changer – this is big. This is something that will really change the complexion of the sport for a long time to come.”

IndyCar Series PR

NASCAR and ARCA announced today a new championship format for 2020 that will see the continuation of three historic regional championship series and the coronation of a new fourth champion, all under the ARCA Menards Series banner.

The series provide an integral development step for young drivers who aspire to move up to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series or NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series; as well as a highly-competitive professional level for short-track veterans.

They will also provide continuity to three of the longest running high-level regional stock car series in the United States.

The four championships will be:

  • ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West will continue the traditions established by the Busch North Series (founded in 1987) and Pacific Coast Late Model Series/Winston West (1954) and currently competing as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West. The series will feature an annual schedule of six to eight races and crowning of separate regional champions.
  • ARCA Menards Series – The 20-race ARCA Menards Series, founded in 1953, a mix of national-series combination events at venues such as Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as short tracks like Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin and the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt tracks.
  • ARCA Racing Series Showdown – Ten races within the larger ARCA Menards Series championship will feature the best of the three series coming together to crown a Showdown champion.

“We cannot be more excited about 2020,” said Brandon Thompson, Managing Director, NASCAR Touring Series. “Both NASCAR and ARCA have worked extremely hard over the last year to provide a rules package and schedule that will serve as the foundation for the preeminent series for racing at this level. It was important for us to move the series forward while creating an environment inclusive for both the current long-term owners and drivers in the series as well as aspiring competitors.”

“What first started as a friendship between Bill France Sr. and John Marcum nearly 70 years ago took a momentous step forward today,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “The amount of history and tradition these series are bringing together to form four elite championships for drivers is an amazing testament to the strength of this sport.

“We are proud and honored to be able to bring the ARCA sanction to the East and West Series; and we are looking forward to working with the race teams, tracks, media partners, fans, and sponsors that have helped those series achieve their long term success.”

NASCAR also announced if an East, West or current ARCA Menards Series car owner has a car that meets the 2019 rulebook, there will be a rules package that will allow them to compete in 2020.

“We’re pleased that we’re able to extend our racing sponsorships to include the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West,” said Menards President & CEO John Menard.  “We hope that race fans throughout the country will further enjoy great racing action while also becoming familiar with the Menards brand by shopping at our home improvement stores located in the Midwest or at Menards.com”.

ARCA and MAVTV also announced today an extension of its telecast rights agreement for select ARCA Menards Series races. This important partnership, together with events covered by FOX Sports, ensures that all 20 ARCA Menards Series races will be available live to race fans, including the 10-race Showdown. NBCSN will continue to carry the ARCA Menards Series East and West as part of their extensive NASCAR coverage.

The 2020 ARCA Menards Series will officially begin on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Daytona with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. It will mark the 57th annual ARCA visit to Daytona.

The Showdown will take the green flag with ARCA’s inaugural visit to ISM Raceway on March 6 as part of the national series’ event weekend in Phoenix, while the West will kick off the Las Vegas weekend with a return to the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

West dates also include traditional events at Irwindale Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.,, and will crown its champion at ISM Raceway in November. The East will race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, as well as Toledo Speedway, Watkins Glen International, and again be part New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s annual Full Throttle Fall Weekend. The East season will culminate with the championship race at Dover International Speedway.

In addition to Daytona and Charlotte, the ARCA Menards Series schedule will include Talladega Superspeedway, Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway and Pocono Raceway, and finish the season at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 16.

The Showdown 10-race schedule features Salem Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Minnesota’s Elko Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, and will crown its first Showdown champion at Memphis Motorsports Park on Sept. 26.

Complete schedules for all four championships will be announced shortly.

The slate of races across the country provide an opportunity for drivers to focus on their regional championships or expand their racing plans and chase bigger prizes.

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Campers will roll into Oswego Speedway beginning at noon on Sunday, Oct. 6, with the 48th running of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week kicking off on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the now Clay Palace in upstate New York.

For fans who hail from the City of Oswego and Oswego County, Friday, Oct. 11, is hailed as DIRTcar Day, where kids 12-and-under are FREE, residents who buy a ticket get one free, and college students are only $10. In return, fans will see intense racing action from all four DIRTcar Northeast Series, plus enjoy live music and fireworks at what’s become known as Racing’s Biggest Party.

In addition to the Super DIRTcar Series, the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds, Sportsman and Pro Stocks will all run qualifying heat races with chances to lock themselves into the main events on Saturday and Sunday.

The jam-packed racing schedule is sure to be a treat for all fans, but DIRTcar and Oswego have worked together to make Friday be a special night for local residents, as well.

First, Oswego residents may take advantage of buy one, get one ticket as a thank you for their generosity and welcoming atmosphere for officials, teams and visiting fans for the past four years. Officials also want fans to bring the whole family, so kids 12 and under are FREE. Plus, with live music in what’s now being called The Island between the Pits and Green Camping outside Turn 3, there’s no better hangout for college students, who are only $10.

Also Friday, the City of Oswego is encouraging residents to don racing their favorite apparel all day long in celebration of motorsports and NAPA Super DIRT Week.

One of NAPA Super DIRT Week’s all-time greatest fan clubs, Club Wago, will be back in force this year to show all the new fans how it’s done. Jamie Weaknecht, the son of Club Wago’s founder, is ready to celebrate another year of the ultimate dirt track fan experience.

“One of the coolest things about NAPA Super DIRT Week being at Oswego Speedway is the fan access to the pit area. Being able to cruise around in the Club Wago golf cart checking out all the cars and talking to drivers is just awesome,” Weaknecht noted.

“There are parties all over. Everywhere you go there are little neighborhoods of people to visit. We love it.”

Jamie and company are happy to give out high-fives and talk racing, but just don’t ask him what goes into the famous Wago Juice. That’s a secret family recipe!

Join the fun at Oswego Speedway on Oct. 9-13! Visit www.superdirtweek.com for tickets and tent-camping. On DIRTcar Day — Friday, Oct. 11 — an afternoon of practice and qualifying that starts just after noon is followed at 6:55 p.m. by Opening Ceremonies and Heat Races that lead into music and fireworks!

NEWS & NOTES

— The annual parade through the streets of Oswego is set for noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9. Cars from every NAPA Super DIRT Week division will head out from the speedway and take a right on City Line Road, a right onto East Avenue, a right onto East 10th Street, a left onto East Utica Street, a right onto West First Street, a right onto NY-104 headed across the bridge, and right back onto City Line Road to complete a five-mile loop.

— New in 2019, every car that races in a Last Chance Showdown — no matter the division —but doesn’t qualify for the Feature, will get paid, raising the overall purse for the week to potentially more than $400,000. In the Super DIRTcar Series, $200 is guaranteed, in the 358 Modified division it’s $100, for the Sportsman it’s $75 and for the Pro Stocks it’s $50.

— Officials have added six more positions to the DIRTcar Sportsman Chevrolet Performance 75, increasing the number of Feature positions from 30 to 36.

— In the Billy Whittaker Cars 200 and the Salute to the Troops 150, caution laps will freeze after four laps between lap 1 and lap 175 in the 200, and throughout all of the 150. Both races would end under a green-white-checkered finish.

— Satellite events are a huge part of the overall festivities during the week. Nightly racing begins Tuesday (Oct. 8) at Utica-Rome Speedway, Wednesday (Oct. 9) at Weedsport Speedway, Thursday (Oct. 10) at Brewerton Speedway and finally on Saturday (Oct. 12) at Fulton Speedway in the inaugural Wildcard 50 Win & You’re In for Big Block Modifieds plus 360 Sprint Cars.

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On the strength of another top-five finish in last month’s Apple Barrel 125 at New Hampshire (NHMS) Motor Speedway, Rette Jones Racing and driver Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29) trek to Dover International Speedway for Friday afternoon’s season-finale on a mission to earn their second win of the season in the General Tire 125.

The motivation for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team and the Dawsonville, Ga.-based driver is aplenty.

From storming into the spotlight as one of the strongest K&N Pro Series East teams on the circuit over the past three months to racing at the Miles’ “Monster Mile” in remembrance of Ron Jones, the father of Rette Jones Racing co-owner Terry Jones who recently passed away.

“There’s a lot of reasons to race hard this weekend at Dover,” said Davis who carries an average finish of 6.3 this season. “We’ve been very upbeat about our recent performance but the passing of Ron (Jones) has hit our race team pretty hard.

“I’m going there to win, not only for us but for in memory of Ron too. He’ll always be a part of this Rette Jones Racing team.”

Although two of Davis’s three previous starts at the Monster Mile hasn’t turned out like he had hoped, the 20-year-old is pumped to return to Dover and battle back and better his fourth-place K&N East effort in 2015.

“I like racing at Dover,” added Davis. “It’s a very fast place with a lot of banking and a track that honestly gives you goosebumps. I’ve always had speed at Dover – but my last two finishes haven’t been what I had hoped.

“On Friday afternoon, we have an opportunity to change that with our Rette Jones Racing team and hope to close out the K&N East season on a strong note. We’re bringing a fast car – the one we almost won with at Bristol, but we need to get our car dialed in practice for Dover so we can qualify near the front and stay there. Track position is crucial since the race is only 125 laps.”

With 11 races down and one to go, Davis’ first season aboard the No. 30 Rette Jones Racing Ford Fusion has been impressive. Scoring the team their first career victory last month at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, he has also earned six top-fives and 10 top-10 finishes. He has also controlled the field for 140 laps this year.

While the championship title is out of reach, the chance to steal second is a possibility and one of the team’s goals this weekend.

Overall, RJR has three starts at the 1.0-mile concrete oval and has two podium finishes in 2016 and 2017 respectively with third-place runs from Dominique Van Wieringen and Tyler Dippel respectively.

“Rette Jones Racing has always had a lot of speed at Dover and I look forward to showcasing that on Friday afternoon,” Davis spoke. “Mark (Rette) and I have had a lot of fun this year, but nothing would make this season more complete than being able to bring home that Miles’ the Monster trophy.”

JRi Shocks returns as the primary partner for the K&N East season finale

JRi Shocks recently acquired by NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham was founded in 2007 by some of the most legendary innovators in motorsports to produce the world’s most technologically advanced highest performance suspension systems.

Season-long partners ALLPRO Corporation and Tower Sealants will also serve as major associate partners.

“We have a lot to be thankful for heading to Dover, but we’re keeping Terry and his family in our thoughts over the loss of Ron,” offered Rette.

“Ron was instrumental in helping Terry create his craft as a race car driver and has supported the continued growth of Rette Jones Racing over the year.

“His presence and smile will be missed but we will fight to put ourselves in Victory Lane in his honor. I believe Spencer will have one of the best cars on Friday afternoon, we just need to execute and hope it all pans out.

“No matter what, the season has been one to remember for our small team.”

The Georgian enters the 12th race of the season with one win, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes overall, including Rette Jones Racing’s first career K&N Pro Series East victory at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway on Aug. 24.

With one race remaining, Davis is third in the championship standings, 42 markers in the arrears to championship leader Sam Mayer. Just 12 points separate Davis from the runner-up position in the championship standings occupied by Chase Cabre.

In 43 career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Davis has earned two victories (Dominion (Va.) Raceway 2016, Gateway 2019), two poles, achieved 20 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes. He has also 364 laps led in event competition.

Davis also has nine NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) starts to his credit – four in 2018 driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM), three in 2019 for Rette Jones Racing and one for Niece Motorsports. He earned three top-10 finishes including a career-best of seventh in his series’ debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

The General Tire 125 (125 laps | 125 miles) is the 12th of 12 races on the 2019 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. Practice begins for the one-day show on Fri., Oct. 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later at 12:00 p.m. The race will take the green flag in the late afternoon at approximately 5:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FansChoice.TV, while on a tape-delayed basis on NBC Sports Network (NCBSN) on Wed., Oct. 9 at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

For more information on Spencer Davis, please check out his Facebook page (Spencer Davis Racing) or on Instagram @spencerdavis_29.

Davis tweets too. Follow him @SpencerDavis_29.

The latest on Rette Jones Racing is available at RetteJonesRacing.com, the team’s Facebook page or Twitter @RetteJones30.

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