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Can ARCA Keep Its Car Counts on the Rise?

2021 ARCA Phoenix Tim Richmond, No. 27 Richmond Clubb Motorsports Chevrolet, and Taylor Gray, No. 17 David Gilliland Racing Ford (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Already this year, the ARCA Menards Series is seeing a positive change. After a tough season in 2020 in which only one race featured more than 30 competitors and 11 races where less than 20 competed, at least 30 drivers have competed in the first two races of 2021. Additionally, car counts appear to be …

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Sam Mayer Earns First Career ARCA Victory at Toledo; First for GMS Racing Since 2015

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(Photo: Nic Antaya/ARCA Racing)

In 15 previous starts, Sam Mayer‘s career-best finish was second. Mayer had wins in both the ARCA Menards East & West Series, and on Friday night (July 31), he finally tallied that first career victory in the ARCA Menards Series. Mayer had to hold off the No. 18 of Ty Gibbs, but that car never …

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What’s Vexing Vito: The ‘Stache, the Secret to Drivers Winning Races is Right Under Their Nose

From time to time, the mystery and complexity of life confounds my mind, and I’m prone to fits of absolute wonder. For instance, why didn’t Jimmy Spencer compete in the Bud Shootout in Daytona? Instead of these dumb stimulus packages that don’t work, why not just give everybody a million dollars? Where did the name …

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Happy Hour: Jeremy Mayfield Drama Exposes NASCAR’s Credibility Problem

It has been interesting to read the articles and comments devoted to the Jeremy Mayfield mess. The surprise is the amount of fans in Mayfield’s corner. Some are lashing out at the institution of NASCAR as if it were a driver who had just wrecked their hero; others are presenting reasonable and thoughtful scenarios where …

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Did You Notice? Mayfield Burned at the Stake, Sadler’s Recurring Nightmare & A Champ Cashing In

Did You Notice? That in light of everything that’s happened over the past week, there’s a large army of media, fans, garage members, etc. looking to tar and feather Jeremy Mayfield before all the evidence has even been collected? I had a hard-nosed debate with Dennis Michelsen of RaceTalkRadio.com Monday night about this issue, one …

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5 Points to Ponder: 2009 Lifelock 400 at Chicagoland Edition

Roush Fenway must cut one of its teams to reach NASCAR’s new four-team limit in 2010, and the decision may be all about the money. David Ragan sits 30th in points with one top 10 while Jamie McMurray continues to stay just inside the top 20, but it’s Ragan who has the UPS sponsorship and more marketability. Based on performance this season, you may be inclined to say Ragan should be the odd man out, but it’s easy to forget since the No. 6 team has been so dismal as of late that he actually flirted with the Chase for a bit in 2008. It’s a smart business move for Roush Fenway, and I think it’s the best move performance-wise to keep Ragan where he’s been for his NASCAR career… with Jack Roush.

Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Jeremy Mayfield Innocent Until Proven Guilty

News broke shortly before last weekend’s Darlington race that owner/driver Jeremy Mayfield had tested positive for a banned substance after a random test conducted under NASCAR’s new drug program. Mayfield was the first driver to run afoul of that new testing program and, obviously, the news raised some eyebrows. Let me go on record as …

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What’s Vexing Vito: Smokin’ Weed or a Smoke Screen? Mayfield’s Suspension for Banned Substance Provides More Questions Than Answers

Editor’s Note: This column appears in our Frontstretch newsletter today. The biggest story to break in NASCAR over the last few days has been Jeremy Mayfield’s suspension for a positive test of a banned substance following the May 2nd race at Richmond. A subsequent follow up “B” test confirmed the original findings, causing the sport …

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Matt McLaughlin Mouths Off: Appreciating The Lady in Black

This week, the Cup circuit heads to Darlington, South Carolina for what will regrettably be its only stop at the “Track Too Tough To Tame” this season. Even given the awkward eve of Mother’s Day race date that no other track ever wanted, the fact they’ll be racing there this weekend still makes my heart …

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