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2020 ARCA schedules

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ARCA revealed the 2020 schedule for ARCA Menards Series West on Monday. ARCA previously announced the schedules for the East Series and the Sioux Chief Showdown.

The West Series will have 10 races, opening the season Feb. 20 at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The season ends Nov. 6 at Phoenix Raceway.

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Here is a look at the 2020 ARCA schedules:

2020 ARCA Menards Series Schedule

DATE                                    TRACK                                                                               CITY

Saturday, Feb. 8                  Daytona International Speedway                                  Daytona, Fla.

Friday, March 6*                ISM Raceway                                                                    Avondale, Ariz.

Sunday, April 19*               Salem Speedway                                                             Salem, Ind.

Friday, April 24                   Talladega Superspeedway                                              Talladega, Ala.

Friday, May 22                    Charlotte Motor Speedway                                            Concord, N.C.

Friday, May 29*                 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                                          Lexington, Ohio

Friday, June 5                      Michigan International Speedway                                 Brooklyn, Mich.

Thursday, June 18              Chicagoland Speedway                                                   Joliet, Ill.

Thursday, June 25              Pocono Raceway                                                             Long Pond, Pa.

Friday, July 3*                     Lucas Oil Raceway                                                           Brownsburg, Ind.

Saturday, July 11*              Elko Speedway                                                                 Elko, Minn.

Friday, July 17*                   Iowa Speedway                                                               Newton, Iowa

Sunday, Aug. 2*                  WWT Raceway at Gateway                                            Madison, Ill.

Friday, Aug. 7                      Madison International Speedway                                 Madison, Wisc.

Friday, Aug. 14*                 Watkins Glen International                                            Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Sunday, Aug. 23                  Springfield Mile at Illinois State Fairgrounds                Springfield, Ill.

Saturday, Sept. 5                Magic Mile at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds                    DuQuoin, Ill.

Thursday, Sept. 17*           Bristol Motor Speedway                                                 Bristol, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 26*            Memphis International Raceway                                   Millington, Tenn.

Friday, Oct. 16                    Kansas Speedway                                                            Kansas City, Kan.

*Denotes Sioux Chief Showdown event

 

2020 ARCA Menards Series West Schedule

Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Thursday, Feb. 20                     Bullring at LVMS                                   Las Vegas, Nevada

Saturday, March 28                   Irwindale Speedway                              Irwindale, California

Saturday, May 16                      Douglas County Speedway                    Roseburg, Oregon

Saturday, June 6                       Colorado National Speedway                 Dacono, Colorado

Saturday, June 13                     Sonoma Raceway                                 Sonoma, California

Saturday, Aug. 8                       Evergreen Speedway                            Monroe, Washington

Saturday, Aug. 29                     Meridian Speedway                               Meridian, Idaho

Saturday, Oct. 10                      All American Speedway                         Roseville, California

Saturday, Oct. 24                      Kern County Raceway Park                   Bakersfield, California

Friday, Nov. 6                           Phoenix Raceway                                 Avondale, Ariz.

 

 

2020 ARCA Menards Series East Schedule

 

Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Monday, Feb. 10                       New Smyrna Speedway                         New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Saturday, March 14                   Five Flags Speedway                            Pensacola, Florida

Saturday, April 4                       Bristol Motor Speedway                         Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, May 16                      Toledo Speedway                                 Toledo, Ohio

Saturday, July 25                      Berlin Raceway                                     Marne, Michigan

Friday, August 21                      Dover International Speedway                Dover, Delaware

Saturday, September 12            New Hampshire Motor Speedway           Loudon, New Hampshire

 

2020 Sioux Chief Showdown Schedule

 

Date                                         Track                                                   Location

Friday, March 6                         Phoenix Raceway                                 Avondale, Arizona

Sunday, April 19                        Salem Speedway                                  Salem, Indiana

Friday, May 29                          Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                  Lexington, Ohio

Friday, July 3                            Lucas Oil Raceway                               Brownsburg, Indiana

Saturday, July 11                      Elko Speedway                                     Elko, Minnesota

Friday, July 17                          Iowa Speedway                                     Newton, Iowa

Sunday, Aug. 2                         WWT Raceway at Gateway                   Madison, Illinois

Friday, Aug. 14                         Watkins Glen International                     Watkins Glen, New York

Thursday, Sept. 17                    Bristol Motor Speedway                         Bristol, Tennessee

Saturday, Sept. 26                    Memphis International Raceway            Millington, Tennessee

 

Xfinity playoff grid after Indianapolis

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Chase Briscoe‘s continued dominance of the Xfinity Series over the weekend on the Indianapolis road course ensured no additional drivers locked themselves into the 12-driver playoff field.

Through 13 races, Briscoe and four other drivers have qualified for the playoffs via race wins. Briscoe, who has five race wins, leads the field with 28 playoff points.

The last two drivers currently in the top 12 are Riley Herbst (+19 points above cutline) and Brandon Brown (+6 points).

The first four drivers outside the top 12 are Myatt Snider (-6), Alex Labbe (-32), Jeremy Clements (-49) and Josh Williams (-57).

Cup Series playoff grid after Brickyard 400

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With Kevin Harvick‘s victory Sunday in the Brickyard 400, no additional drivers locked themselves into the Cup Series playoff field.

But there was some movement at the bottom of the playoff grid as drivers jockey to make the 16-car field.

After he missed the race due to his COVID-19 diagnosis, Jimmie Johnson fell from 12th to 15th on the grid. He’s now 36 points above the cutline.

Matt DiBenedetto earned stage points in each stage before finishing 19th. He moved from 14th to 12th in the standings.

After earning stage points in both stages Sunday, Austin Dillon has cracked the top 16, moving up one spot. He has a six-point advantage over Erik Jones, who crashed out of Sunday’s race and had a 14-point advantage over Dillon entering the weekend.

With his ninth-place finish Sunday, Bubba Wallace is now within reach of the top 16. He sits at 19th, 42 points back from 16th.

Here’s the full playoff grid.

Oval or road course? Cup drivers address future of Brickyard 400

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For 27 years, the Cup Series has competed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with its annual Brickyard 400. All 27 of those races have been run exclusively on the track’s traditional 2.5-mile oval.

But following Saturday’s Xfinity Series race on the track’s 2.4-mile, 14-turn road course, an obvious question has been raised:

Should the Brickyard 400 remain on the oval, where passing is made difficult due to a combination of the rules package and the design of the track, or should moving it to the road course be considered?

“I would never vote for that,” Kevin Harvick declared last week before he won his third Brickyard 400 on Sunday. “I love everything about the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For me it is all about the oval … racing on the traditional track because for me I am kind of old school and I think that the Cup cars belong and really started the Brickyard 400.

“That was kind of what it was always meant to be, that iconic one-off, just the Cup cars event. I think with the Xfinity cars and the trucks and (ARCA Menards) cars and all the things that used to race at IRP (Indianapolis Raceway Park), it was a great event. Hopefully the road course can kind of take that role that IRP used to have and be able to bring the Indy cars and NASCAR together to add to that event at the Speedway. For me personally, I would never vote for the Cup cars to not run on the oval.”

Harvick is joined in that camp by his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Aric Almirola, who finished third in Sunday’s race for his first top five and top-10 finish at Indy.

“I hope that we never stop running the oval,” Almirola said. “I just think it’s one of these places that regardless if it puts on the greatest race or not, it’s historic. It’s just a special place. It’s hard to explain when you don’t grow up a racer and you don’t aspire to come to race at Indy.

“But for me, I grew up watching stock car racing and dirt sprint car racing. I grew up watching Thursday Night Thunder, seeing so many guys go from USAC racing and sprint car racing to racing at Indy. It’s something I’ve always kept up with, always dreamed about getting the opportunity to race here. I get that opportunity now.”

Matt Kenseth, who finished second Sunday in his 20th Brickyard 400, said the Cup Series “should be” on the oval. But the Chip Ganassi Racing driver is open to the idea of Cup using the road course in some manner.

 “I think it’s one of those racetracks that we need to race at as long as we can,” Kenseth said of the oval. “It’s arguably the most famous speedway in the world, or one of them.

“To be able to race on the ovals with the Cup cars, which is the highest form of stock car racing here, we should be on the big track as well. I don’t think it would be bad to maybe test the road course and look into it, maybe do a second race on a road course, kind of like the IndyCars did this week.

“I really do think the Brickyard 400 has a lot of prestige. It’s not a southern race, but similar to the Southern 500, races like that. I think there’s a few of those races you sure would hate to see disappear.”

Crew chief describes ‘frightening’ scene on pit road at Indy

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Crew chief Todd Gordon said it was “frightening” to see rear tire changer Zach Price hit on pit road and then try to scoot away from cars during Sunday’s Cup race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Price, who changes tires for Ryan Blaney’s team, was injured when he was struck by Brennan Poole’s car during a melee near the entrance of pit road early in the race.

Gordon, speaking Monday on “The Morning Drive” on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, said indications are that Price’s injury was a “fracture someplace in the knee area.”

Price was treated and released from an Indianapolis hospital on Sunday night and traveled home with the team. Gordon said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that Price was scheduled to see a doctor Monday.

“Just hope to get him back and get him back going again and healthy,” Gordon said.

Gordon described what he saw as cars made contact.

“A really frightening moment for me,” he said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I was really terrorized when I saw (Price) drag himself back across the pit box arms only for a while there. As the situation kind of progressed and the medical staff was working with him, I could see in his face he was better off than I thought he was to start with.

“Fortunate that the guys got up and got at least in the air. The jackman (Graham Stoddard) got on top of the car. Just one of those terrible situations. I felt like those accidents happened mid-pit road. That’s why I picked way back there to be behind it.”

Said Justin Allgaier, who was involved in the accident on pit road that led to six cars eventually being eliminated:  “The No. 15 (Poole) actually got in the back of me. I didn’t know if I got the gentleman on (Blaney’s pit crew) or not. Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled-up there, one car after another were getting run into.”

Indianapolis’ pit road is the most narrow of all the tracks the Cup Series races. The two travel lanes are 24 feet wide. The pit stall for each team is 15 feet wide.