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ARCA, K&N Pro Series Merging for 2020

NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series and the ARCA Menards Series will be joined as one in 2020.

The ARCA Menards Series will continue to exist under its previous name, while the ARCA Menards Series East and West will also exist for 2020, replacing the K&N series of the same name.

While the schedules have not been released yet, the basic outline is that all three series will still be their own entity.

The ARCA Menards Series and will open at Daytona International Speedway and close at Kansas Speedway. It will also visit Talladega Superspeedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Michigan International Speedway and Pocono Raceway. It’s planned to have 20 races.

The ARCA Menards Series East will wrap up at Dover International Speedway, visiting tracks like Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., and Toledo Speedway. It will also compete at Watkins Glen International and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and it will have a schedule of six to eight races.

The ARCA Menards Series West will wrap up at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, opening at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It will also visit Irwindale Speedway, Sonoma Raceway and All-American Speedway, and it will, like its East counterpart, run six to eight races.

“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 pre-eminent series for racing at this level,” Brandon Thompson, managing director of the NASCAR touring series, told NASCAR.com. “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.”

East and West drivers can also compete in the ARCA Menards Series’ ARCA Showdown, a 10-race portion of the schedule competing at tracks like Salem Speedway, Elko Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway Park, Bristol Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

The Showdown will be a separate championship miniseries, meaning four champions will be crowned as part of the ARCA series in 2020.

The NBC Sports Network will broadcast East and West races, while ARCA Menards Series races will be shown on live or on the same day, either on Fox Sports or MAVTV.