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ARCA Breakdown: 2019 Pensacola 200

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After finishing outside the top 10 in his last three short track starts, the last place Michael Self wanted to have to rebound from a disastrous season opener at Daytona was another short track.  But 200 laps later, Self’s proclamation of “sucking at short track racing” proved false, as Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 pulled into …

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Bret Holmes Talks ARCA, Five Flags Speedway and the 2019 Season Ahead

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After competing in 14 of 20 races last season, Bret Holmes will be competing full-time in the ARCA Menards Series in 2019. He drives the No. 23 Chevrolet for his family-owned team, Bret Holmes Racing, and will contest the season championship for the first time. Holmes has now competed in 42 career ARCA Menards Series …

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ARCA Preview: ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions

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The ARCA Menards Series returns this weekend after a few weeks off. The series takes to 5 Flags Speedway for the first time since 1996 for the ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions. There are no former winners in the field (the last winner was Frank Kimmel). When ARCA was last on track, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gradually Ramps Up in Cup, ARCA Confounds at Times

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Last weekend, FOX made their racing debut for 2019.  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams were back on-track for both the Clash and Daytona 500 qualifying, while ARCA began their season with a new series name.  On paper, not really much has changed there.  Having the series called the ARCA Menards Series simply sounds better …

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Pace Laps: Hendrick Motorsports Comes Out Swinging at Daytona

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Hope Or Hallucination At Hendrick Motorsports? One weekend into the 2019 NASCAR season, sure looks like the Jimmie Johnson – Chad Knaus divorce is a win-win for both parties. Knaus, the seven-time championship crew chief, won the pole for the Daytona 500 Sunday (Feb. 10) with new driver William Byron. …

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ARCA Breakdown: 2019 Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona

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One year ago, Harrison Burton dominated one of the best races of NASCAR Speedweeks 2018 mere miles away from Daytona at New Smyrna Speedway. Burton was in full control for most of the K&N East event only to lose in the closing laps to a hard-charging Todd Gilliland. One year later, both drivers are playing …

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Harrison Burton Holds Off Todd Gilliland for ARCA Daytona Victory

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During the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season opener last season at New Smyrna, Todd Gilliland was able to hold off Harrison Burton for the victory. The performance the two put on was one that has been discussed multiple times over the course of the last year. On Saturday night (Feb. 9), the two drivers …

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Menards Now Title Sponsor of 2019 ARCA Menards Series

Saturday’s ARCA race at Daytona will mark the first race of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series. Menards, the Midwest-based hardware chain that has long been a presenting sponsor of the series since 2010, announced Saturday (Feb. 9) they have now become the title sponsor of ARCA’s premier racing tour. Financial terms were not announced, but …

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Christian Eckes Kicks Off First Full-Time ARCA Season With Daytona Pole

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Christian Eckes will lead the field to green to start the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. Eckes secured the pole on Friday (Feb. 8) with a 183.00 mph lap around Daytona International Speedway. Eckes is embarking on his first full-time effort in the series and is making his first-ever start at Daytona. …

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2019 NASCAR TV Preview: It’s Time to Get Ready for NASCAR On FOX

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Welcome back to yet another full season of TV opinion, my 11th year of critiquing NASCAR broadcasts.  Jeepers. We’re on the verge of the first major race weekend of the season.  The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series has Daytona 500 qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash on tap.  Meanwhile, the ARCA Racing Series presented …

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