By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards made its return to Charlotte Motor Speedway after a 14-year absence Thursday, where it came down to a two-man battle for the win during the final seven laps. Brandon Jones, who made his first ARCA start of the season, held off a hard charging Riley Herbst by 0.293 seconds to win the General Tire 150 for his fifth career series win. Jones, who led 32 laps, said late cautions helped his No. 12 TRD/Mobil 1 Toyota holding offRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer CONCORD, N.C. – A dominant day in the ARCA Racing Series return to Charlotte Motor Speedway slipped away for Todd Gilliland. His No. 54 Frontline Enterprises Toyota Camry was the favorite to win the General Tire 150 after Gilliland topped the charts in testing, practice, and qualifying. On the final restart, Gilliland restarted in second, but the car was just too tight. Slight contact with Sheldon Creed sent him up the track while Creed fought for control. Both drivers regained control, but Gilliland continued toRead More
Don Radebaugh, ARCA Communications Manager TOLEDO, Ohio — Zane Smith, with a bold three-wide maneuver in lapped traffic, passed his MDM Motorsports teammate Chase Purdy with nine laps remaining, then sped away to win the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. “I had to work so hard to get back to Chase (Purdy)…he got me on that last restart,” said Smith. “Our cars were pretty-much dead-even. I knew we were going to catch lappers sooner or later. When we got there, I just thoughtRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer Several drivers had tire issues in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. While Thad Moffitt avoided the cut tires that plagued several of the contending drivers, he did go for a spin in his No. 46 Empire Racing Ford at the halfway point of the 200-lap race. Moffitt would pit for fresh General Tire rubber and continued to log laps, benefiting from five drivers cutting tires in a span of three laps inside of 50 laps to go. When the checkered flagRead More
By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer  After a brutal crash at Talladega Superspeedway three weeks ago, Chase Purdy rebounded with a career-best finish at Toledo Speedway. The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver was still nursing a bulged disk in his back while competing in the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at the 0.500-mile oval. Purdy was in second in his No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota Camry on the final restart. He ran hard, taking the lead from his teammate, Zane Smith. The duo did their best toRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer The last time Christian Eckes made a start in the ARCA Racing Series, it was one to remember for the teenage driver as he got the infamous kiss from Big Bill Venturini in victory lane. Eckes put on a dominating performance at Salem Speedway four weeks ago, battling teammate Chandler Smith down to the last lap to earn the first checkered flag of his ARCA career in his 16th start. The 17-year-old driver is running 13 of the 20 races this season, so he wasn’t inRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer Former ARCA Racing Series championship competitors Grant Enfinger and Mason Mitchell will team up to try and capture the checkered flag in this weekend’s Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. Enfinger, the 2015 ARCA champion, will drive the Champion Power Equipment No. 78 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports . Enfinger has 16 ARCA wins on his resume which includes at least one victory in each of the past five seasons. The 33-year-old driver last competed full-time in the series during his 2015 title run, recording six winsRead More
By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer The month of May is filled with some of the best motorsports events on the calendar from the Indianapolis 500 to Friday nights under the lights as local short tracks across the country rev up their schedules. At the end of the month the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to the hub of the stock car world for the first time since 2004. The stars and cars of the series hit the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 24 for the GeneralRead More
By David Morgan, NASCAR Editor TALLADEGA, Alabama – To say that Jesse Iwuji has a full plate would be an understatement, but the Naval Academy graduate has been tactical in his approach to his racing career while still serving in the Navy and other endeavors that the 30-year old has his hands in. Though his run in Friday’s ARCA General Tire 200 at Talladega only resulted in a 15th place finish, Iwuji noted that he has a greater mission beyond just making his racing career a success. “All those folksRead More