ARCA Menards Rewind: What We Learned At Phoenix

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.

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PIT BOX: West Series Joins ARCA Menards Series, Begins Season In Spotlight At Phoenix

The ARCA Menards Series West will visit seven tracks for nine races in 2021. But in only one event — Friday’s season-opening General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway — will West Series drivers face additional competition from ARCA Menards Series drivers.

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ARCA Menards Rewind: What We Learned At 5 Flags

The second race of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East season played out in a way that was similar to the first, minus the shocking, final-corner pass for the lead by Max Gutiérrez to steal the win from both Sammy Smith and Taylor Gray.

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2021 Daytona 500 TV Ratings

Last Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 averaged a 2.8 rating and 4.83 million viewers on FOX, easily the lowest in the history of the race. Ratings fell 36% and viewership 34% from the previous low set last year, when most of the race was run on a Monday afternoon (4.4, 7.33M).

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NASCAR Cup Series News & Notes – Daytona Road Course

For the first time in a NASCAR Cup Series season (1949-2021) the schedule calls for the series to visit seven different road course tracks – Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Circuit of The Americas (COTA), Watkins Glen International, Sonoma Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (ROVAL) and Road America. The previous most the NASCAR Cup Series competed on in one season was four back in 1964 and 1957.

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First Time Ever: Daytona International Speedway’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire ARCA Menards Series Race Part of a Saturday Doubleheader, Feb. 13, 2021

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.

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