DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2020) – ARCA and Daytona International Speedway officially announced today, that for the first time in history, the 2021 Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire – the season-opener for the ARCA Menards Series – would be held the day before the DAYTONA 500 on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.
The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire will also share the stage with the NASCAR Racing Experience 300, the NASCAR Xfinity Series season opener, for a Saturday doubleheader. The ARCA Menards Series has been a staple in February at the 2.5-mile venue since 1964 when Nelson Stacy took the checkered flag. Over the years, winners of the event have included noted names such as Kyle Petty, Tim Richmond, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Harrison Burton. Just a year ago, Michael Self held off Hailie Deegan by just .125 second a year ago to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire.
The annual ARCA Menards Series pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway will he be held on Friday and Saturday, January 15-16.
Both the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire and NASCAR Racing Experience 300 are a part of DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth. The races will be held the day before the 63rd Annual DAYTONA 500, on Sunday, Feb. 14, President’s Day Weekend. It will mark the 40th straight time (dating back to 1982) The Great American Race has started off NASCAR’s Cup Series season. Denny Hamlin can rewrite history and become the first driver to capture three consecutive checkered flags in the DAYTONA 500.
Tickets for the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire, the NASCAR Racing Experience 300, the DAYTONA 500 and all events that are part of DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth can be purchased online at www.daytona500.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans also have the opportunity to purchase tickets and multi-day packages with a “fresh look” DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented by Advent Health that includes:
- Tuesday, Feb. 9: 43rd Annual Busch Clash At DAYTONA (DAYTONA Road Course under the lights)
- Wednesday, Feb. 10: DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger
- Thursday, Feb. 11: Duel At DAYTONA qualifying races
- Friday, Feb. 12: NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race
- Saturday, Feb. 13: NASCAR Racing Experience 300 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire (ARCA Menards) doubleheader
- Sunday, Feb. 14: DAYTONA 500, The Great American Race
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the “World Center of Racing,” boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. In addition to at least nine major event weekends, the Speedway grounds are also used extensively for events that include concerts, civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA), founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum in Toledo, Ohio and acquired by NASCAR in April 2018, is the leading grassroots stock car sanctioning body in the United States. Bridging the gap between NASCAR’s top three national touring series and weekly racing all across the country, the organization is scheduled to administer more than 100 events in multiple racing series in 2020, including the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East, ARCA Menards Series West, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways. For more information about ARCA visit www.arcaracing.com, or follow ARCA on Facebook (@ARCARacing) and Twitter (@ARCA_Racing).