With the exception of Ty Gibbs, everybody in the field for the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is hoping Saturday night’s race does not play out in a manner similar to the last time the ARCA Menards Series raced on a 1.5-mile tri-oval.
DOVER, Del. (May 14, 2021) – Last August, in another ARCA Menards Series East race, Ty Gibbs dominated at Dover before a late crash ended his chance for victory.
More than two months have passed since Sammy Smith cruised to victory at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, to take the lead in ARCA Menards Series East points after two races in 2021.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Ty Gibbs entered Saturday’s Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway hoping to prove his 27th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway the week prior was an anomaly as it relates to his speed in 2021. He could not have done more to prove just that.
Watkins Glen, N.Y. (April 28, 2021) – Watkins Glen International announced a partnership that will name the Aug. 6 ARCA Menards Series race for Clean Harbors – North America’s leading provider of environmental and industrial services. The 41-lap, 100-mile event will be called the Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen.
At a track like Talladega Superspeedway, the General Tire 200 was supposed to be unpredictable. ARCA Menards Series points leader Corey Heim said it himself: Even after he won the 2021 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday’s race at another superspeedway that produces pack racing was a potential pitfall in his championship push.
The wait is over. More than a month has passed since Ty Gibbs took the checkered flag at Phoenix Raceway in the second ARCA Menards Series race of the 2021 season. The third race, Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, has arrived.
Ty Gibbs’ father is not much of a talker. Coy Gibbs, the son of NASCAR and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs and the owner of his son Ty’s car in the ARCA Menards Series, generally keeps news to himself until he feels the time for its disclosure arrives. So yes, Ty Gibbs was caught off guard in December when his dad turned a simple television-viewing session into a moment that would change the 18-year-old’s career trajectory as a race car driver.
In 2009, 19-year-old Parker Kligerman of Stamford, CT was in the midst of one of the most memorable ARCA Menards Series championship battles. While race fans may recall the Stamford, Connecticut native’s mind-boggling consistency, Kligerman’s 2009 championship run seemed like a story from a Hollywood film. Racing for Cunningham Motorsports’ No. 77 Dodge entry, Kligerman and his team were like ARCA’s version of the 1967 Boston Red Sox with an improbable title run.
Conventional wisdom suggested the General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway would apply some heat to the early ARCA Menards Series championship race. Indeed, through two races in 2021, the winner of the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, Corey Heim, has just a three-point lead in the standings over second-place Ty Gibbs after the latter won Friday’s 150-lap race in Avondale, Arizona.