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Breakout Season for Sam Mayer Puts Him on the Hot Prospect List

Sam Mayer has grown to become one of the most impressive young prospects in the ARCA Menards Series. Whether it be in the East, West or overall series, Mayer has put on one heck of performance this season. Mayer just locked up win number four for the season and his career in the ARCA Menards Series. Add three victories in the ARCA Menards East Series and three victories in the ARCA Menards West Series, and Mayer has been a dominant staple.

The 17-year-old from Franklin, Wis. is building a mighty reputation for himself. Coming from a state of NASCAR champions like Matt Kenseth and Johnny Sauter, Mayer is the real deal. He earned the K&N Pro Series East Championship driving for GMS Racing last season, and this year, he’s looking to go back-to-back in the series along with attempting to win the inaugural Sioux Chief Showdown Series championship.

Mayer has been putting on impressive shows in NASCAR’s lower series, and made his Truck Series debut in 2019. He has now matched his season starts from last season (three) and will make his fourth and final start this week (Sept. 17) at Bristol. Mayer’s finishes in Trucks have not shown how strong he has been in the series, but a fourth-place finish at Gateway a few weeks ago was a high note.

To show how impressive Mayer has been, let’s take a look at his fellow competitors in the ARCA Menards Series.

Chandler Smith and Michael Self are tied as the current active all-time wins leaders in the series. Both have nine victories to their credit. Smith has accumulated those victories over the span of 30 races, while Self has gained them over the course of 54 races. Four victories in 21 starts for Mayer has him at number four on the all-time wins list.

Mayer’s dominance has been put on display in the East as he holds the most victories, with Will Rodgers being a close second. In 18 starts, Mayer has four victories while the closest ARCA East competitor, Chase Cabre, has just two victories in 40 starts.

If Mayer can hold on and win his second championship in the ARCA Menards East Series, he’ll join Ryan Truex, Mike Olsen, Jamie Aube, Dick McCabe, Mike Stefanik, Brad Leighton and Andy Santerre as two-time champions in the series. He currently has seven career victories in the East Series, tying him with Mike McLaughlin, Jerry Marquis, Tom Carey Jr., Mike Johnson, Sean Caisse, Eddie MacDonald and Todd Gilliland.

As a part of the GMS Racing organization, Mayer has the potential to be a championship contender in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series as soon as 2021, unless they make the decision for him to run in the ARCA Menards Series for a full season. The performance that Mayer has shown in 2020 marks a breakout season, one that may put him on the road to the NASCAR Cup Series in the next few years.

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