TOLEDO, Ohio – The 20-race, 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule is complete, series officials announced today.
The 2014 season – the 62nd in series history – starts with the 51st ARCA race at Daytona Int’l Speedway with the annual Speed Weeks race on Saturday, Feb. 15, and ends with its championship weekend at Kansas Speedway Friday, October 3. In between, the series will visit historic short tracks, two dirt mile tracks in Illinois and New Jersey Motorsports Park, meaning ARCA will once again showcase its diversity by racing on superspeedway and short paved ovals, dirt and road courses.
“Our 2014 schedule carries forward our long term commitment to maintaining the identity of the series and challenging drivers and teams with a broad a range of venues,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Given our industry position, we’ll continue to provide the opportunity for racers to get valuable, meaningful experience in a single season.”
The only new track on the 2014 schedule is anything but new to the ARCA Racing Series. Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Ind., is back on the schedule after a one-year hiatus. The series will visit the speedway for a Friday night race on the same weekend NASCAR holds its Brickyard 400 activities and race at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The series will make four stops in Indiana, including Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. The Winchester race will be on a different weekend than in 2014. The series spent the last weekend in June there in 2013, but will headline a new, three-day Freedom Festival weekend full of activities surrounding the Fourth of July holiday in 2014. Three days of racing are planned at the track, plus fireworks and other events in Winchester.
Two weeks later, at Chicagoland Speedway, ARCA will start a stretch of seven consecutive weekends of racing, the longest streak of races during the season.
“The schedule reflects both the long term relationships we’ve developed with tracks that have been on our schedule for decades, as well as focusing on Midwest venues where our brand is particularly strong and where we can complement the regional focus of our biggest marketing partner, Menards,” said Drager.
The series will have one race in February, one in March, one in April and two in May as the series gears up for the season. There are four races in June, three in July, four in August, three in September and one in October.
ARCA will be a companion event with NASCAR races at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Michigan, Chicagoland, Pocono, Kentucky and Kansas. Track and series officials are still determining whether the ARCA race at Talladega will be Friday May 2 or Saturday May 3.
The only tracks hosting two ARCA events in 2014 will be the most-visited track in series history, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, and Pocono Raceway, the most-visited superspeedway in series history. Salem has hosted 94 ARCA races in its history while Pocono Raceway has hosted 57 ARCA events.
Other short tracks on the schedule include Mobile International Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Elko (Minn.) and Berlin Raceway in western Michigan.
The ARCA series will race on the one-mile dirt tracks of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. and the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.
The final three races of the season will be night races.
The season begins later this month when dozens of drivers head to Daytona International Speedway for a three-day test session. The test serves as a preamble to the season opener in February.
The 2014 TV schedule will be announced at a later date.
2014 ARCA Racing Series Schedule
Date – Track – Location
Feb. 15 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 22 – Mobile Int’l Speedway – Irvington, Ala.
April 27 – Salem Speedway – Salem, Ind.
May 2/3 (TBD) – Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, Ala.
May 18 – Toledo Speedway – Toledo, Ohio
June 1 – New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, N.J.
June 7 – Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.
June 13 – Michigan Int’l Speedway – Brooklyn, Mich.
June 21 – Elko Speedway – Elko, Minn.
July 6 – Winchester Speedway – Winchester, Ind.
July 19 – Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Ill.
July 25 – Lucas Oil Raceway – Clermont, Ind.
Aug. 1 – Pocono Raceway – Long Pond, Pa.
Aug. 9 – Berlin Raceway – Marne, Mich.
Aug. 17 – Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, Ill.
Aug. 24 – Madison Int’l Speedway – Oregon, Wis.
Sept. 1 – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – DuQuoin, Ill.
Sept. 13 – Salem Speedway – Salem, Ind.
Sept. 19 – Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.
Oct. 3 – Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, Kan.