2020 ARCA Menards Series
|2020 ARCA Menards Series|
The 2020 ARCA Menards Series season is the 68th season of the ARCA Menards Series. It began on February 8 with the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway and will end on October 16 with the Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway. It will be the first season as a NASCAR-sanctioned series and will be the first to include the Sioux Chief Showdown, a series of ten short-track and road course races within the season. 2020 will also mark the first year that cars from the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West will be able to compete in the national series.
When the season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, drivers from all NASCAR series, including some ARCA Menards Series drivers, participated in the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series during that time.
Teams and drivers[edit source | edit]
Complete schedule[edit source | edit]
|Ford||Chad Bryant Racing||22||Connor Hall 1||Paul Andrews|
|Christian McGhee 1|
|DGR-Crosley||4||Hailie Deegan (R)||Seth Smith|
|Toyota||Venturini Motorsports||15||Drew Dollar (R)||Shannon Rursch|
|20||Ryan Repko 5||Billy Venturini|
|Chandler Smith 13|
|25||Michael Self||Kevin Reed|
|John Ferrier Racing [N 1] 1
Fast Track Racing 1
|01||John Ferrier 1||Jeff McClure 1 |
Dick Doheny 1
|Armani Williams 1|
|Fast Track Racing||10||Ryan Huff 2||Dick Doheny 1 |
Mike Sroufe 1
|11||Chuck Hiers 1||David Ifft 1 |
Clinton Cram 1
|Dawson Cram 1|
|12||Jason White 1||Mike Sroufe 1 |
Ryan London 1
|Tom Berte 1|
|Toyota TBA||Wayne Peterson Racing||06||Tim Richmond||Bradley Frye 1 |
Wayne Peterson 1
Limited schedule[edit source | edit]
Notes: "E" stands for the ARCA East Series and "W" stands for the ARCA West Series (for whenever teams share a car number)
|Chevrolet||Brad Smith Motorsports||48||Brad Smith||Leo Kryger||1|
|Bret Holmes Racing||23||Bret Holmes||Shane Huffman||15|
|Charles Buchanan Racing||87||Chuck Buchanan Jr.||Craig Wood||1|
|CR7 Motorsports||97||Jason Kitzmiller||Doug George||1|
|Empire Racing||8||Sean Corr||Derick Hartnagel||1|
|GMS Racing||21||Sam Mayer||Mardy Lindley||10|
|KBR Development||28||David Gravel||Frank Kimmel||1|
|Max Force Racing||9||Thomas Praytor||Tevin Bair||1|
|McGowan Motorsports Inc.||17W||Zane Smith||Bruce Cook||1|
|Our Motorsports||02||Andy Seuss||John Merlo||1|
|09||Benny Chastain||Bob Schacht||1|
|Reeves Racing||88||Scott Reeves||Brian Finney||1|
|Spraker Racing Enterprises||63||Dave Mader III||Jeff Spraker||1|
|Win-Tron Racing||32||Gus Dean||Jamie Jones||1|
|Howie DiSavino III||1|
|Ford||CCM Racing||7||Eric Caudell||Jeremy Petty||11|
|Chad Bryant Racing||77||Jacob Heafner||Chad Bryant||1|
|DGR-Crosley||17||Tanner Gray||Blake Bainbridge [N 2]||2|
|46||Thad Moffitt||Derek Smith||2|
|Ken Schrader Racing
with Fury Race Cars
|52||Natalie Decker||Tony Eury Jr.||1|
|Kimmel Racing||69||Scott Melton||Bill Kimmel||1|
|Mullins Racing||3||Willie Mullins||Tony Furr||3|
|Rette Jones Racing||30||Dominique Van Wieringen||Logan Yiengst||7|
|Toyota||Bill McAnally Racing||12W||Lawless Alan||Gary Collins||1|
|16||Giovanni Scelzi||John Camilleri||1|
|19||Jesse Love||Kyle Wolosek||1|
|99||Gracie Trotter||Roger Bracken||1|
|J. J. Pack Racing||61||J. J. Pack||Dan Givins||1|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||18||Riley Herbst||Mark McFarland||1|
|Performance P-1 Motorsports||77W||Takuma Koga||Ron Norman||10|
|Rev Racing||4E||Chase Cabre||Glenn Parker||10|
|6||Nick Sanchez||Steve Plattenberger||10|
|Venturini Motorsports||55||Corey Heim||TBA||2|
|Wayne Peterson Racing||0||Con Nicolopoulos||Michael Peterson||1|
Notes[edit source | edit]
- It was a John Ferrier Racing entry using Fast Track Racing's owner points.
- Jerry Baxter, the crew chief for the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team in the Cup Series, was erroneously listed on the entry list as the crew chief for this team at Daytona. Fox pit reporter Katie Osborne stated on the broadcast that Bainbridge was the crew chief.
Changes[edit source | edit]
Teams[edit source | edit]
- After not competing at all in ARCA for the past two years, Josh Williams announced he would bring his team back and field a Ford in the season-opener at Daytona. On January 19, 2020, he stated that his No. 60 car would run part-time with various drivers and sponsors that have yet to be determined. Despite this announcement, Williams' team did not end up attempting Daytona due to lack of sponsorship.
- On November 20, 2019, it was announced that longtime East Series team Rev Racing would run in the ARCA Series for the first time, fielding two cars during the Showdown races (with Chase Cabre and Nick Sanchez).
- On November 25, 2019, it was announced that longtime West Series team Performance P-1 Motorsports would run in the ARCA Series for the first time during the Showdown races (with Takuma Koga).
- On December 17, 2019, it was announced that DGR-Crosley would field an entry in ARCA full-time for the first time in 2020, which will be their No. 4 car (with rookie Hailie Deegan). They had previously only run part-time in the series with their No. 54 in both 2018 and 2019 as well as the No. 4 in 2019.
- On January 18, 2020, it was announced that driver Eric Caudell's team, CCM Racing, was interested in fielding a second car this season in at least some of the same races in which Caudell's No. 7 would be competing in if they could find a driver that brought sponsorship.
- On January 23, 2020, it was announced that for the race at Daytona, Ken Schrader Racing would jointly field their No. 52 car with Fury Race Cars, a team that mostly runs in late models but did run a team in the Xfinity Series in 2018. Natalie Decker will be the driver at that race, and she has driven for Fury in the past.
- On February 17, 2020, West Series team Velocity Racing announced plans to enter the race at Phoenix with their No. 78 car and driver Jack Wood, however, they ended up not attempting that race.
- On May 9, 2020, KBR Development announced that the team had closed. The team fielded an entry for David Gravel in one of two 2020 races that occurred before the team's closure.
Drivers[edit source | edit]
- On November 14, 2019, it was announced that 2019 series champion Christian Eckes would move up to the Truck Series full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports starting in 2020, a team he also drove for in that series part-time in 2018 and 2019. Eckes had driven in ARCA either full or part-time in the No. 15 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports for the last four years.
- On November 20, 2019, it was announced that Chase Cabre and Nick Sanchez would drive the two cars for Rev Racing in the ARCA Showdown races. It will be both drivers' first starts in ARCA. Their car numbers have not been determined yet.
- On November 25, 2019, it was announced that Takuma Koga would be driving for Performance P-1 Motorsports in the ARCA Showdown races. This will be his first time racing in ARCA, and he will become the first Japanese driver to run in the series since Hideo Fukuyama in 2003.
- On December 10, 2019, it was announced that Ty Majeski, who drove part-time for Chad Bryant Racing last year, would be moving up to the Truck Series full-time in 2020 with Niece Motorsports, driving the No. 45 Chevrolet, so he will no longer drive for CBR or be part of Ford's driver development program.
- On December 17, 2019, it was announced that Hailie Deegan would be driving the No. 4 Ford for DGR-Crosley full-time and for rookie of the year. She also has moved over from Toyota's driver development program to Ford's. Previously, Deegan drove full-time for two years in the West Series for Bill McAnally Racing.
- On December 18, 2019, it was announced that Drew Dollar, who drove part-time in the East, West, and ARCA Series for DGR-Crosley in 2019, would replace Eckes in the No. 15 for Venturini, running the full season and for rookie of the year.
- On December 18, 2019, it was announced that Taylor Gray would run all of the ARCA Showdown races for DGR-Crosley in the No. 17 Ford, with the exception of the first of those races at Phoenix Raceway because he will not have turned 15 and old enough to race in the series yet.
- On December 20, 2019, it was announced that Ryan Repko would drive the No. 20 for Venturini Motorsports in five races, sharing the car with Chandler Smith. In 2019, he ran a few races in the Xfinity Series for JD Motorsports and prior to that, one ARCA race in both 2017 and 2018 for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.
- On December 23, 2019, it was announced that Tim Richmond, who drove all but three races and for rookie of the year in the No. 06 for Wayne Peterson in 2019, would run full-time for the team in 2020.
- On January 2, 2020, Bobby Gerhart announced that he has decided to not drive this season after suffering a heart attack on Christmas. However, he did say that he would still like to field his team at Daytona with another driver in his Truck and ARCA rides. The Gerhart team ended up not even entering either race with someone else driving.
- On January 3, 2020, it was announced that Ryan Vargas would drive the Josh Williams Motorsports car at ARCA's Daytona testing in January, although it is unclear if he'll also drive it in the race there as well.
- On January 5, 2020, Travis Braden revealed that he would not run full-time in the series in 2020 (after driving the No. 27 for RFMS Racing for the last two years). He instead will be focusing on running more late model races and debuting in NASCAR's top three series in select races if he is able to find a ride.
- On January 9, 2020, it was announced that Thad Moffitt, Richard Petty's grandson, would drive a DGR-Crosley car at the season-opener at Daytona. He previously drove for Empire Racing part-time for three years.
- On January 10, 2020, Chad Bryant Racing announced that Connor Hall and Jacob Heafner would drive their No. 22 and No. 77 cars at Daytona.
- On January 10, 2020, it was announced that World of Outlaws driver David Gravel would run some ARCA races, including Daytona, in the No. 28 for KBR Development in addition to competing in the Truck Series part-time for GMS Racing this season.
- On January 16, 2020, it was announced that Corey Heim would be driving for Venturini Motorsports in two races at DuQuoin and the season-finale at Kansas. He'll also run three ARCA East Series races and two ARCA West Series races, also with Venturini. Last season, he drove part-time in the No. 22 for Chad Bryant Racing and finished in the top-10 in points despite not running every race.
- On January 18, 2020, it was announced that Scott Melton would not be running as many ARCA races in 2020 as he did in 2019 and has instead decided to focus on running late model races this season. He will return to Kimmel Racing for Daytona but has no other races in the series planned after that. Last year, he ran a chunk of the season for the Kimmel team in their No. 69, scoring two top-10 finishes.
Crew chiefs[edit source | edit]
- On December 18, 2019, it was announced that Shannon Rursch would be the crew chief of the No. 15 Venturini team, replacing Kevin Reed. In 2019, Rursch crew chiefed Venturini's No. 25 car.  On January 23, 2020, it was announced that Reed would be the crew chief of the Venturini Motorsports No. 25 (with driver Michael Self), making it a crew chief swap with Rursch.
Manufacturers[edit source | edit]
- On December 11, 2019, DGR-Crosley announced that they would be switching from Toyota to Ford beginning in 2020.
Rule changes[edit source | edit]
Beginning this season, NASCAR allowed ARCA teams in the East, West, and the big 20-race ARCA Menards Series to run the same car number in a race together like in lower levels of racing. This is the first time this has occurred when Chuck Hiers and Robert Pawlowski both used the No. 11 at the East Series opener at New Smyrna, with Pawlowski as the No. 11E. In this series, the first time this happened was in the race at Phoenix, with Hailie Deegan and Chase Cabre sharing the No. 4, with Cabre as the No. 4E and Tom Berte and Lawless Alan sharing the No. 12, with Alan as the No. 12W. The reason for which teams had the letter "E" or "W" next to their number was because those teams come from the ARCA East and West Series. Previously, under the old format of the NASCAR K&N East and West Series, when teams from both of those series held combination races each year at Iowa Speedway, one team was forced to switch their car number after qualifying if they were slower than the other. For example, the No. 6 Rev Racing team in the East Series and the No. 6 Sunrise Ford Racing team in the West Series would race together, and one of those teams would usually use the No. 66 or No. 69 in the race.
Schedule[edit source | edit]
The complete schedule was released on October 10, 2019. That came after a soft reveal of some Showdown tracks on October 2. Five Flags Speedway, Fairgrounds Speedway, and Toledo Speedway were taken and moved from the ARCA schedule to the East Series schedule. Additionally, Salem Speedway and Pocono Raceway, which each had two ARCA races in 2019, were both reduced to have only one race in 2020. In their places, Phoenix Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Memphis International Raceway were added to the schedule, and the series returned to road courses for the first time since Road America in 2017 with the addition of Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to the schedule. Watkins Glen, Bristol, and Memphis were all previously part of the East Series schedule.
The Sioux Chief Showdown is a ten-race series within the schedule, consisting mostly of short tracks, that will have a separate points tally and champion.
Fox and MAVTV will continue to share broadcasting rights of the 20 races of the schedule, consistent with previous years. MAVTV will broadcast 12 races, FS1 will broadcast seven races, and the remaining race will be broadcast on FS2.
- Sioux Chief Showdown events are in bold.
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It was announced that all ARCA (and NASCAR) races would be postponed through May 3, which affects the races at Salem and Talladega, which will need to be run at another time in the season. The start times and TV channels for those two rescheduled races are subject to change. They were originally scheduled to start at 2 and 6 pm EST, respectfully, and be aired on MAVTV and Fox Sports 1, respectfully.
Results and standings[edit source | edit]
Races[edit source | edit]
|No.||Race||Pole Position||Most laps led||Winning driver||Manufacturer||No.||Winning team|
|1||Lucas Oil 200||Michael Self||Michael Self||Michael Self||Toyota||25||Venturini Motorsports|
|2||General Tire 150||Ty Gibbs||Ty Gibbs||Chandler Smith||Toyota||20||Venturini Motorsports|
ARCA Menards Series drivers' championship[edit source | edit]
- For further information, see List of NASCAR points scoring systems
Note: The pole-winner also receives 1 bonus point, similar to the previous ARCA points system used until 2019 and unlike NASCAR.
(key) Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or rainout. * – Most laps led.
|2||Hailie Deegan (R)||2||7||79|
|3||Drew Dollar (R)||3||14||71|
|25||Chuck Buchanan Jr.||13||31|
|36||Howie DiSavino III||21||23|
|40||J. J. Pack||24||20|
|41||Dominique Van Wieringen||25||19|
|46||Dave Mader III||30||14|
See also[edit source | edit]
- 2020 NASCAR Cup Series
- 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series
- 2020 NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
- 2020 ARCA Menards Series East
- 2020 ARCA Menards Series West
- 2020 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
- 2020 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series
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