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11 Oct
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The stage has been set for the 2020 ARCA Racing Series and ARCA Showdown.

The ARCA Menards Series will race 20 times at 20 different venues across 15 states in 2020. The finalization of the 2020 schedule also allows for the full reveal of the ARCA Showdown — a 10-race championship within the championship that combines ARCA with what is now the K&N Pro Series East and West divisions.

NASCAR purchased the ARCA Racing Series in May 2018 and worked towards integrating it into the K&N Pro Series system. The 2020 season will be the first in which ARCA and K&N cars can race interchangeably. A combined rules package has been created, although the sanctioning body is still working on the details that would allow both the Ilmor 396 and RYR 364 engines to race together.

ARCA, which still operates somewhat independently within NASCAR, revealed the structure for all three championships last week, with ARCA Menards, ARCA West, ARCA East allowing for the creation of a 10-race combined championship for short tracks and road courses.

The overall ARCA Menards schedule features a mix of superspeedways and historic short tracks, as well as a pair of dirt miles and a pair of road-course events.

ARCA’s 68th season will take the green flag at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 8 as part of DAYTONA Speedweeks at the World Center of Racing.

“We are very proud of the quality of our 2020 schedule. There are many traditional ARCA Menards Series races blended with races that have been very strong components of what is now the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West,” said ARCA president Ron Drager. “We are also working on the schedules for the East and West divisions, and we think our drivers, teams, and fans all over the country will be pleased with the way everything has come together.”

The first race of the ARCA Showdown will be the second event in the overall schedule and marks an historic first trip to ISM Raceway in Phoenix, on Friday, March 6. The ARCA Showdown will culminate with the inaugural championship race at Memphis International Raceway on Saturday, September 26.

 

Other schedule highlights include:

  • Salem Speedway on Sunday, April 19, will mark the ARCA Menards Series’ 107th trip to the .555 mile oval in Indiana. The event will be the series’ annual throwback race.
  • The ARCA Menards Series will visit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday, May 29, the first visit there since Ohio’s Jack Bowsher scored the victory in 1965. The series will also make another road-course visit, to Watkins Glen International in upstate New York on Friday, Aug. 14, as part of the ARCA Showdown.
  • In addition to Daytona and Phoenix, the ARCA Menards Series will be part of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series weekends at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 24; Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 21; Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 5; Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, June 18; Pocono Raceway on Thursday, June 25; and Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 17.
  • The ARCA Menards Series will once again open NASCAR’s Brickyard 400 weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just a few miles up the road, with a highly-anticipated short-track battle at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana, on Friday, July 3.
  • A pair of upper Midwest short tracks: Minnesota’s Elko Speedway, the shortest venue on the schedule at 0.375-miles, and Wisconsin’s half-mile Madison International Raceway, will be on Saturday, July 11 and Friday, Aug. 7, respectively. They will book-end ARCA Showdown events at Iowa Speedway (Friday, July 17) and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Saturday, Aug. 1).
  • The traditional Illinois state fair dirt miles will provide a different test for drivers. Springfield Mile at Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sunday, Aug. 23, is followed by another Saturday night race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sept. 5.

All 20 races are scheduled for live television coverage; eight races will be televised by FOX Sports on FS1 and FS2, and 12 races will be televised on MAVTV. The complete television schedule, including broadcast times, will be released at a later date.

2020 ARCA Menards Series Schedule

DATE

TRACK

CITY

Saturday, Feb. 8

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona, Fla.

Friday, March 6

ISM Raceway

Avondale, Ariz.

Sunday, April 19

Salem Speedway

Salem, Ind.

Friday, April 24

Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega, Ala.

Thursday, May 21

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, N.C.

Friday, May 29

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Lexington, Ohio

Friday, June 5

Michigan International Speedway

Brooklyn, Mich.

Thursday, June 18

Chicagoland Speedway

Joliet, Ill.

Thursday, June 25

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pa.

Friday, July 3

Lucas Oil Raceway

Brownsburg, Ind.

Saturday, July 11

Elko Speedway

Elko, Minn.

Friday, July 17

Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa

Saturday, Aug. 1

WWT Raceway at Gateway

Madison, Ill.

Friday, Aug. 7

Madison International Speedway

Madison, Wisc.

Friday, Aug. 18

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Sunday, Aug. 23

Springfield Mile at Illinois State Fairgrounds

Springfield, Ill.

Saturday, Sept. 5

Magic Mile at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

DuQuoin, Ill.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Memphis International Raceway

Millington, Tenn.

Friday, Oct. 16

Kansas Speedway

Kansas City, Kan.

The following races will also count toward the ARCA Showdown championship:

2020 ARCA Showdown Schedule

DATE

TRACK

CITY

Friday, March 6

ISM Raceway

Avondale, Ariz.

Sunday, April 19

Salem Speedway

Salem, Ind.

Friday, May 29

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Lexington, Ohio

Friday, July 3

Lucas Oil Raceway

Brownsburg, Ind.

Saturday, July 11

Elko Speedway

Elko, Minn.

Friday, July 17

Iowa Speedway

Newton, Iowa

Saturday, Aug. 1

WWT Raceway at Gateway

Madison, Ill.

Friday, Aug. 18

Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, Tenn.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Memphis International Raceway

Millington, Tenn.

Source: https://autoweek.com/article/nascar/nascar-reveals-arca-menards-and-arca-showdown-schedules

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