The ARCA Menards Series returns to big-track action at Michigan International Speedway this Friday, Aug. 20. The 100-lap event will be the 14th of the season and the first time the series has been on an oval over a mile long since Pocono Raceway in late June.
The entry list features 20 drivers this weekend, meaning all will automatically qualify for the 6 p.m. ET. race.
Gracie Trotter is looking to continue her top 10 streak after finishing eighth at Berlin Raceway. She’s looking for her fourth straight top 10 in the No. 25 Mobil 1 Toyota.
Sam Mayer is making his third ARCA start of 2021 in the No. 23 QPS Employment Group Chevrolet.
Morgen Baird, in the first start of the year for the 28-year-old, is piloting the No. 10 Toyota at his home track this weekend.
Brandon Varney returns in the No. 11 Van’s Tire Center-DTS-Coldwell Banker Troy Toyota for his second start of 2021 after finishing sixth at Winchester Speedway.
Greg Van Alst is looking for continued success in the No. 35 CB Fabricating Ford after finishing second at Winchester Speedway a few weeks ago.
Jeffery MacZink makes his first ARCA start since 2016 in the No. 65 Parkway Services-Syncon Polished Concrete Toyota.
Scott Melton makes his first start since Pocono in the No. 69 Melton McFadden Insurance Agency Toyota.
Jason Kitzmiller also returns for the first time since Pocono in the No. 97 A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet.
Jason Miles makes his first start since Charlotte Motor Speedway in the No. 01 Andolina Materials-Pinnacle Green Chevrolet.
Connor Mosack will make his first career ARCA start behind the wheel of the No. 02 Nick Tailor Custom Underwear Chevrolet; he’s previously made a start in the ARCA Menards Series East.
Con Nicolopoulos returns in the No. 06 GreatRailing.com Ford.
The Irish Hills round of the ARCA championship will be live on MAVTV, with practice beginning at 4 p.m. ET. and the race at 6 p.m. ET.
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Dalton Hopkins began writing for Frontstretch in April 2021 after a staff writing position with IMSA. A race fan since he was three years old, he began freelance writing in 2018 and graduated with a B.S. in Communications from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2019. Simultaneously, he also serves as a First Lieutenant in the US Army.