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Teammates Eckes, Self to decide ARCA Menard Series title at Kansas – NASCAR

Teammates Eckes, Self to decide ARCA Menard Series title at Kansas – NASCAR
18 Oct

KANSAS CITY, KS. – All that separates two drivers from the ARCA Menards Series championship is 100 laps and 15 points.

On one side is rising young star Christian Eckes, who has surged into the lead on the strength of two wins and four runner-up finishes in his last six starts. On the other is veteran driver Michael Self, who has four wins as he chases his first championship.

They’ll settle the title Friday evening at Kansas Speedway in the Kansas 150. The race will air live on MAVTV and, for the first time, it will stream live on, beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. The race will also air on same-day delay on FS1 following the conclusion of the American League Championship Series game, at approximately 11 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for race fans to catch all the live ARCA Menards Series action on and watch the culmination of a great championship battle,” said ARCA Menards Series president Ron Drager. “With all the great news coming out recently around the 2020 ARCA Menards Series, including a relaunch of, this is a perfect way to close out the season and look forward to exciting opportunities next year.”

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NASCAR and ARCA recently announced the new format for the ARCA Menards Series, which will combine the current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West and the ARCA Menards Series into a multiple championship format under ARCA Menards Series next year.

It was important, said Drager, to provide an integral development step for young drivers who aspire to move up to NASCAR’s three national series, as well as a highly competitive, professional level for short-track veterans.

Nowhere is that more evident than in Friday’s finale.

Eckes has three wins, 12 top fives and 16 top 10s in the No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota for Bill Venturini. The 18-year-old from Middletown, N.Y., leads the ARCA Menards Series despite missing the third race of the season due to an illness. He’s also made 10 starts over the last two years in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Most recently, he won the pole and finished third at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Self, driving the No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota for Venturini, has four wins, 13 top fives and 14 top 10s. The 28-year-old from Park City, Utah, a veteran of 71 starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, finishing fourth in the West in 2013 and ’17. In 2013, he became the first West driver to win the annual NASCCAR K&N Pro combination race at Iowa Speedway. Self also has seven wins in 38 starts in the ARCA Menards Series between 2014-19, including winning the 2018 race at Daytona International Speedway.

“We have to be ahead of Christian if we are going to win the championship,” Self said. “Nothing that happened prior to this race really matters. It’s all about what happens in this race. We’re going to do what we’ve done all season long and go out and try to win. I like the style of racing on the big tracks.

“If we do that, we’ll have done all we can and we’ll see how it shakes out.”

Friday’s finale has plenty of star power in addition to the title tilt.

The field will include multi-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series race winner Hailie Deegan, 2018 ARCA Menards Series champion Sheldon Creed, and 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion Harrison Burton. Burton was announced Thursday as the driver of Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the 2020 season.

The ARCA Kansas 150 will get underway Friday with practice at 1 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 6 p.m.



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