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NASCAR, NBC Sports announce 2020 grassroots racing coverage

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NASCAR, ARCA and NBC Sports announced Tuesday plans to air select grassroots racing series events on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and NBCSN in 2020.

Scheduled events include the ARCA Menards Series East and West (formerly the K&N Pro Series), the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing, which begins Friday at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway.

All eight races of the ARCA Menards Series East will air live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, beginning with the season-opening Skips Western Outfitters 175 on Feb. 10 at New Smyrna Speedway. NBCSN will provide tape-delayed coverage of entire ARCA Menards Series East season, with the Skips Western Outfitters 175 airing Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. ET.

The ARCA Menards Series East season opener is part of the 54th annual World Series of Asphalt from New Smyrna Speedway, which features nine consecutive nights of racing from Feb. 7-15. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will provide live coverage of the entire World Series of Asphalt, which also includes NASCAR Weekly Racing Series highlighted by super late models, pro late model, and tour-type Modifieds.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold will also provide live coverage of the entire ARCA Menards Series West season, which kicks off Feb. 20 with the Star Nursery 150 at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. NBCSN will provide coverage on February 25 at 6 p.m. ET, along with coverage of the entire 10-race ARCA Menards Series West slate.

The full 17-race NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will also air live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold, with NBCSN providing coverage of 14 races. The Modified Tour season begins March 21 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway, with NBCSN coverage airing Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. ET.

The TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold NASCAR Roots package is available for $2.99/month or $19.99 annually. The TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold All-Access Pass, which includes NASCAR Roots plus IMSA and American Flat Track, is available for $4.99/month or $44.99/year. To subscribe go here.

TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold allows users to cast streamed content on a connected device via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, letting fans experience racing action on their preferred hardware, including big-screen environments. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold is available on desktop web browsers and via the NBC Sports app on iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple TV (Gen 4), Roku, Amazon Fire TV, AndroidTV, Xfinity X1, Xfinity Flex and Chromecast devices connected via HDMI.

ARCA Menards Series 2020 TV schedule announced

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All 20 races of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series will be televised on Fox Sports and MAVTV, ARCA officials announced Friday.

The schedule also includes the 10-race Sioux Chief Showdown.

Eight races will air on Fox Sports networks, including FOX Sports, FS1 and FS2. The season-opening race will be the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

MAVTV will televise the other 12 races, including the inaugural Sioux Chief Showdown championship race on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Memphis International Raceway. The Sioux Chief Showdown is a 10-race super series that brings together the best drivers in the ARCA Menards Series, as well as the ARCA Menards East and West series (formerly the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and Pro Series West Series).

The TV schedule for the ARCA Menards East and West series will be announced at a later date, the organization announced.

Here’s the 2020 ARCA Menards Series schedule:

 

DATE TRACK START TIME (ET) NETWORK
Sat, Feb 8 Daytona International Speedway 4:30 p.m. FS1
Fri, Mar 6 ISM Raceway * 7 p.m. FS1
Sun, Apr 19 Salem Speedway * 2 p.m. MAVTV
Fri, Apr 24 Talladega Superspeedway 6 p.m. FS1
Thu, May 21 Charlotte Motor Speedway 8 p.m. FS1
Fri, May 29 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course * 5:30 p.m. FS1
Fri, Jun 5 Michigan International Speedway 6 p.m. MAVTV
Thu, Jun 18 Chicagoland Speedway 8 p.m. FS1
Thu, Jun 25 Pocono Raceway 4 p.m. MAVTV
Fri, Jul 3 Lucas Oil Raceway * 8 p.m. MAVTV
Sat, Jul 11 Elko Speedway * 10 p.m. MAVTV
Fri, Jul 17 Iowa Speedway * 9 p.m. MAVTV
Sun, Aug 2 WWT Raceway at Gateway * 3 p.m. MAVTV
Fri, Aug 7 Madison International Speedway 9 p.m. MAVTV
Fri, Aug 14 Watkins Glen International * 5:30 p.m. MAVTV
Sun, Aug 23 Illinois State Fairgrounds 2:30 p.m. MAVTV
Sat, Sep 5 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds 9 p.m. MAVTV
Thu, Sep 17 Bristol Motor Speedway * 9:30 p.m. FS1
Sat, Sep 26 Memphis International Speedway * 7 p.m. MAVTV
Fri, Oct 16 Kansas Speedway 8:30 p.m. FS2

* Sioux Chief Showdown

Schedule subject to change.

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Sioux Chief to sponsor ARCA Showdown, East Series to race at Nashville Fairgrounds

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ARCA announced Saturday that Sioux Chief Manufacturing will be the entitlement sponsor of its 10-race ARCA Menards Series Showdown in 2020.

Sioux Chief Manufacturing is a Missouri company that designs and manufactures rough plumbing products, parts, and accessories for residential, commercial, industrial and government applications

Sioux Chief has been involved in ARCA since 2015 as a race event sponsor and special awards program sponsor and sponsored ARCA’s former Short Track Challenge.

As part of the deal, a newly increased point fund, combined with race purses, owner plan, and contingency awards, will offer teams a chance to compete for a share of over $920,000 in posted awards throughout the series.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will bring together the best drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Those events, held on oval tracks 1.25-miles in length and under and road courses, offer drivers who may not be able or eligible to run the full 20-race ARCA Menards Series schedule the opportunity to run for a championship. Combined with the overall ARCA Menards Series championship, and the East and West championships, drivers will have four separate championships to compete for in 2020.

The announcement was made at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. Also present was promoter Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, who announced that the ARCA Menards Series East would compete at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on May 2.

The Tennessean reported this week that the Nashville Fairgrounds was negotiating with Sargent to promote at least three races at the short track in 2020. Sargent’s involvement in the track comes after Nashville’s Fair Board voted to terminate its agreement with Formosa Productions to run the track over outstanding debt.

The ARCA Menards Series has competed at the Fairgrounds the last five seasons. The ARCA Menards Series East, formerly known as the K&N Pro Series East, competed there from 2007-08.

NASCAR, Rev Racing announce 2020 Drive for Diversity team

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NASCAR and Rev Racing announced the six-driver lineup for the 2020 Driver for Diversity driver development program.

The lineup includes one new addition, Perry Patino, and five returning drivers: Chase Cabre, Nicholas Sanchez, Gracie Trotter, Rajah Caruth and Isabella Robusto.

The six drivers were selected from a group of invitees that competed in the two-day combine in October at Daytona International Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway.

The combine included fitness assessments and evaluations of each driver’s marketing and media skills. The on-track portion tested the drivers’ abilities behind the wheel and proficiencies in late model stock cars.

Caruth, Patino, Robusto and Trotter will compete in a NASCAR Late Model, while Cabre and Sanchez will compete in the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Showdown Series in 2020.

Competing in a late model stock car will be a first for drivers like Caruth, whose background is in iRacing and Robusto who has experience racing Legends cars. Caruth is the first driver with an iRacing background to be selected for the program

“We are very enthusiastic about the progress we continue to make with the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Program, and the 2020 class exemplifies the evolution of the program,” Jusan Hamilton, Director of Racing Operations and Event Management at NASCAR, said in a press release. “We were extremely impressed with the confidence, competitive drive and raw talent of the drivers that competed at this year’s combine, which made the selection process challenging for us.

“Our partners at Rev Racing work hard every year to develop the best diverse drivers around the world. To see familiar faces in this class that have grown and advanced through the youth ranks of the program bolsters our belief that we will see some of these same drivers at the top levels of NASCAR in the future.”

More on the 2020 Driver for Diversity class:

  • Chase Cabre: The 22-year-old from Tampa, Fla., will join Rev Racing for his fourth-consecutive racing season and compete in the ARCA Menards Series East. Cabre won twice in 2019 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

 

  • Rajah Caruth: In 42 starts, Caruth, 17, of Washington, D.C., has twice won races in the eNASCAR IGNITE Series, driving the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1/Ford Mustang. Additionally, he earned two heat wins with Rev Racing in the 2019 Bojangles’ Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  

 

  • Perry Patino: The 20-year-old, Montgomery, Ala. native will join Rev Racing for the first time with one Limited Late Model win at Montgomery Speedway and the 2018 Limited Late Model championship under his belt.

 

  • Isabella Robusto: The 15-year-old won the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in the Semi-Pro class in 2019 and finished second in Semi-Pro points. The Fort Mill, S.C., native was honored with the Young Racer award at the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Awards.

 

  • Nicholas Sanchez: The 18-year-old Miami native returns to Rev Racing for his fourth-consecutive season after winning at Myrtle Beach Speedway and Langley Speedway in a Late Model Stock Car in 2019.

 

  • Gracie Trotter: Denver, N.C. native, Gracie Trotter, 18, returns to Rev Racing as the 2019 Winter Heat Series champion at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She also won Round 5 of the Bojangles’ Summer Shootout in the Semi-Pro Division.

2020 schedules announced for ARCA East, Showdown Series

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ARCA has announced the 2020 schedules for the ARCA Menards East and ARCA Showdown Series.

The East schedules features seven races that provide a mix of short-tracks and national series companion events. The stand-alone schedule will allow for competitors to compete for the new 10 race Showdown championship.

The East schedule begins Feb. 10 at New Smyrna Speedway. It ends Sept. 12 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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The ARCA Showdown will include the top teams in the ARCA Menards Series as well as the ARCA Menards Series East and West.

The ARCA Showdown will include several traditional East race dates, including the combination races at Iowa Speedway and WWT Raceway at Gateway. Its schedule begins March 6 at ISM Raceway and ends Sept. 26 at Memphis International Raceway.

The complete NBCSN schedule for the ARCA Menards Series East, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.