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What Success Do ARCA Champions Find in NASCAR?

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Bret Holmes, driver of the #23 Golden Eagle Syrup Chevrolet celebrates winning the 2020 series championship during the Speediatrics 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 16, 2020. (Barry Cantrell/ARCA Racing)

Entering the NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on April 10, there has not yet been a two-time winner in the series this year. Parity also exists in the ARCA Menards Series, which completed two races before St. Patrick’s Day. There also has not been a back-to-back champion in the main ARCA series since …

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Frontstretch NASCAR Power Rankings: Top 15 Up & Coming NASCAR Stars

During the final off week of the NASCAR season, despite a year where rookies are few and far between in the Cup Series, we’re taking a look at some stars of tomorrow who could potentially make an impact down the road. There are a multitude of racers spread all over the country, and thousands of …

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5 Points to Ponder: Start & Park Out of Business? Too Little Too Late for Boris Said & ARCA Favorite?

It was truly a feel-good story. Journeyman Boris Said, the road-course tutor of over half the Sprint Cup Series field, scored his first Nationwide Series victory on Sunday in a photo finish with accomplished road ringer Max Papis.

Access ARCA: Steve Arpin Ends Title Pursuit, Frank Kimmel Lurking & is Tom Hessert the New Favorite?

Ninth in points after failing to score a top-10 finish in ARCA competition since winning at Texas back in mid-April, Steve Arpin is abandoning his pursuit of the 2010 ARCA championship. Josh Richards will drive the Venturini Motorsports No. 55 at Mansfield this coming Saturday, while Arpin will drive the JR Motorsports No. 88 Chevrolet in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Gateway. Arpin will also miss the ARCA race at Pocono on July 31, presumably to participate in the Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway that same Saturday.

Toledo Aftermath Leaves No Favorite Unscathed in 2010 ARCA Title Chase

It didn’t used to be this way in ARCA. It used to be a foregone conclusion. A challenger would rise, a challenger would fall, and Frank Kimmel would ride off into the sunset with another ARCA championship. This past Sunday at Toledo, Kimmel finished fourth, yet another top five at a track that has been …

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Steve Arpin ARCA Winner at Salem; Development Drivers Struggle

In speaking with Steve Arpin after practice yesterday, Steve told me “he’d see me in victory lane on Sunday.” That he did. Starting on the outside of the front row, Arpin made quick work of 16-year-old polesitter Max Gresham and went on to lead 138 circuits, scoring a convincing first victory in what was an …

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ARCA Racing Background Proving Beneficial to Nationwide Series Regulars

It’s safe to say that Michael McDowell’s limited tenure in the Sprint Cup Series with Michael Waltrip Racing last season was a humbling experience. The same young driver that came as close to stealing the ARCA Re/Max Series crown from Frank Kimmel as any driver had this decade before Justin Allgaier did it last year, …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Punch Mails in the Nationwide Race While TNT Shines

Welcome, race fans. For nearly 50 years, the 4th of July weekend at Daytona has marked the ceremonial, and in the case of this season, the physical halfway point. The Truck Series took the week off, so it was the Cup and Nationwide series competing at the World Center of Racing this weekend. The Cup …

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Did You Notice? Double Yellow Line Means Ridiculous, Stremme’s Sad Debut & Said’s Big Chance

Did You Notice? The big announcement on Thursday concerning Boris Said? It’s at 10:00 a.m. at the Media Center, and while I’m not yet at liberty to divulge details, rest assured this thing is big. I mean, big with a capital B. For Said, the most important thing is it’s going to give him an opportunity to finally compete a full-season schedule (by 2010) and see how he stacks up against the big boys. For years, he’s wanted a chance to see if his road-racing expertise could translate onto the oval tracks, but no owner or sponsor was willing to take a chance on him for more than a few races a year.

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