ARCA Revises Series Schedule Through August

Thad Moffitt (46) leads a pack of cars during Friday's ARCA Menards Series race at Phoenix Raceway. (Ivan Veldhuizen Photo)
ARCA has announced its revised schedule through the month of August. (Ivan Veldhuizen Photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Automobile Racing Club of America has solidified the balance of its schedule through August for the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West.

The ARCA Menards Series will run a doubleheader at the sanctioning body’s hometown track in Toledo, Ohio, on July 31 and Aug. 1. The Friday night/Saturday night doubleheader at Toledo Speedway will mark the first time since 1956 that the series has run a pair of races on the same weekend in Toledo. It is also the series’ first weekend doubleheader since 2003 when weather forced the June race at Pocono Raceway to be moved to back-to-back days during the track’s July race weekend.

The following weekend, the ARCA Menards Series West will also do the double, starting with a Friday night Aug. 7 visit to Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. That race will be followed by a Saturday night event six hours to the south at Douglas County Speedway in Roseburg, Ore., on Aug. 8. The ARCA Menards Series West will finish its August run with a trip to Colorado National Speedway in Erie, Colo., just outside of Denver on Aug. 22.

The West tour recently had a same-day doubleheader at Utah Motorsports Campus, and has had similar events at Tucson Raceway Park and Irwindale Speedway in recent years but this is the first weekend doubleheader at two different venues since Michael Self swept a Friday/Sunday doubleheader at Iowa Speedway and Lebanon I-44 Speedway in June, 2013.

The sanctioning body also confirmed that the ARCA Menards Series East event originally scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21 at Dover Int’l Speedway will run as scheduled; that race will be a same-day doubleheader with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series.

The ARCA Menards Series will also be part of a doubleheader with the NASCAR Gander Trucks on Friday, July 24 at Kansas Speedway and a NASCAR Cup Series doubleheader on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

That sets the table for a historic weekend at Daytona Int’l Speedway Aug. 14-16. The ARCA Menards Series will join the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Gander Trucks for their first races on the storied 3.56-mile Daytona road course. The ARCA Menards Series race on Aug. 14 replaces ARCA’s first scheduled visit to Watkins Glen since 2001.

The ARCA Menards Series will close out the month of August at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, which was originally slated for Aug. 2. The ARCA Menards Series will compete on Saturday evening, Aug. 29, with the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Series and the NTT IndyCar Series running on Sunday, Aug. 30.