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Two drivers entered the season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday with an opportunity to claim the 2020 ARCA Menards Series championship. Entering the season finale event at the 1.5-mile Kansas oval, Bret Holmes led the driver standings by eight points over Michael Self.
Bret Holmes started the evening second on the starting grid and took the lead from pole sitter Ty Gibbs on the opening lap. The Alabama native went on to lead the first 18 circuits of the event before Corey Heim took the top spot.
Despite losing the lead, Holmes stayed inside the top three all race long to finish second and claim the 2020 ARCA Menards Series title.
“The two things I’ve ever wanted was for my friends and family to be proud of me in racing and for my team to have the same respect as the others,” said Holmes celebrating the championship. “We’ve worked a long time for this. There’s been many times I’ve thought about quitting.”
How will Bret Holmes celebrate winning the championship later Friday night?
“I think I’m gonna go back to the hotel for a little bit and go to the casino,” Holmes joked to the media afterwards. “I may lose all my money, I may gain some, but I’m gonna have fun either way!”
Michael Self battled an intermittent fuel pick-up issue early and slid a lap down in his No. 25 Toyota. Self stayed out as the issue subsided on it’s own and received the free pass under the first of two scheduled breaks at lap 30.
Self, from Salt Lake City, Utah, went on to finish fifth.
While Bret Holmes claimed the championship, Corey Heim scored his first career ARCA Menards Series victory at Kansas Speedway. Heim started ninth on the leaderboard in his No. 10 Craftsman Toyota.
“Just really surreal right now,” Heim told FS1 after the race. “Kevin Jr. did an awesome job of dialing me in. We were a little loose throughout the race but I couldn’t have asked for more on that last run.”
Heim, in his 15th career ARCA start, scored his 10th top five and 15th top 10 finish.
Derek Griffith rounded out the top three finishers on Friday at Kansas Speedway, piloting the No. 22 Original Gourmet Lollipops Ford. The driver from New Hampshire scored his second top five and seventh top 10 finish through eight starts.
Dylan Lupton sat fourth at the checkered flag.
Rounding out the top 10 included Hailie Deegan, Kris Wright, Drew Dollar, Scott Melton and Eric Caudell.
Ty Gibbs spent 40 laps in the garage area to repair a mechanical issue surrounding the right rear of the No. 18 Toyota. Gibbs, winner of six races in 2020, finished 14th on the leaderboard.
The ARCA Menards Series will take an offseason hiatus before returning in February at Daytona. Check SpeedwayDigest.com periodically throughout the offseason for the latest updates.
Kansas Speedway will host the season-finale event for the ARCA Menards Series on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET. live on FS1 / MRN Radio.
Two drivers, Bret Holmes and Michael Self, enter the final race of the year with an opportunity of securing the 2020 ARCA Menards Series driver championship. Holmes enters the 1.5-mile Kansas oval with one victory, 13 top five and 18 top 10 finishes while Self enters the event with two victories, 11 top five and 18 top 10 finishes.
What will it take for either driver to walk away with the title?
Bret Holmes enters Kansas with 910 points.
Michael Self enters Kansas with 902 points.
Maximum points to be earned at Kansas is 48 (no bonus point for qualifying on the pole will be awarded).
Tie breaker is: enter and compete (both will have 20), wins (Self leads 2 to 1 entering Kansas). There is no scenario where there would be a tie if Holmes wins, so any tie would go to Self (2 wins to 1).
If Holmes finishes ahead of Self, no matter the position, Holmes wins the championship.
Holmes can earn a maximum of 958 points with a win, leading a lap, and leading the most laps.
Self can earn a maximum of 950 points, leading a lap, and leading the most laps.
If Self wins and leads the most laps and earns his maximum 950 points, Holmes will need to finish second (952 points) or third (951 points) without leading a lap to win.
If Self wins and leads the most laps and earns his maximum 950 points, Holmes will need to finish fourth or higher (951 points) and lead at least one lap to win.
If Self wins but does not lead the most laps, he will earn 949 points. Holmes will need to finish fourth (950 points) without leading a lap to win.
If Self wins but does not lead the most laps, he will earn 949 points. If Holmes leads at least one lap he needs to finish fifth (950 points) to win.
If Self wins but does not lead the most laps, he earns 949 points. If Holmes leads the most laps he needs to finish sixth (950 points) or higher to win.
If Self does not win, he needs to finish six positions ahead of Holmes and lead the most laps to tie. Self wins any possible tie breakers.
If Self does not win, leads a lap, but does not lead the most laps, he needs to finish seven positions ahead of Holmes to tie. Self wins any possible tie breakers.
If Self does not win and neither driver leads a lap, he needs to finish eight positions ahead of Holmes to tie. Self wins any possible tie breakers.
If Self does not win and Holmes leads a lap, he needs to finish nine positions ahead of Holmes to tie. Self wins any possible tie breakers.
If Self does not win and Holmes leads the most laps, he needs to finish ten positions ahead of Holmes to tie. Self wins any possible tie breakers.
(Clinch scenarios provided by ARCA Racing)
Bret Holmes led the one and only ARCA Menards Series practice session on Friday at Kansas Speedway. The No. 23 Chevrolet ran five laps in the opening group, posting a lap of 30.753s / 175.592 mph. Salt Lake City, Utah, native Michael Self sat sixth quickest on the leaderboard. Rest of the top five included Ty Gibbs, Derek Griffith, Corey Heim and Hailie Deegan.
Racing Electronics announced via email to customers on Thursday that FanVision Entertainment, the company that provides the video and other features not in-car radio related on the FanVision LEGEND device, has ceased business operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of FanVision Entertainment ceasing operations, Racing Electronics will no longer be allowed to sell or support the FanVision or other FanVision LEGEND devices going forward. Racing Electronics acknowledged in the email sent to its customers that this was disappointing news.
While FanVision will cease operations, a separate company from Racing Electronics, Racing Electronics says the scanner features of the LEGEND device will continue to work at any motorsports event with radio communications. In addition, existing LEGEND device owners have an opportunity to purchase a new RE3000 or RE1000 scanner 40% off. The offer will be in effect until December 31st, 2020.
Existing LEGEND customers can also get a free seven-day trial of NASCAR Mobile’s premium features. The company says there is no specific start or end date for this exclusive trial and can be cancelled anytime.
For those unfamiliar with FanVision, the tablet-like device allowed fans at the track to watch a closed-circuit TV broadcast along with in-car cameras and other angles of the race not offered to viewers at home. It also allowed those at the track to listen to officials, in-car radios, track PA and radio.
NASCAR fans did not hesitate to respond to this news on Twitter:
“As a visually impaired fan I really wanted to buy a Legend because after renting I saw a huge difference in my race day experience. Price was out of reach so I went with the RE3000. Hate to see them go out of business but also glad I never made the investment.” - @IngramsThe
“Covid claims a business that many fans enjoyed. At least @TXMotorSpeedway you can rent a scanner from @REradioz and see all the action on Big Hoss, the WORLD’S BIGGEST TV. I used FanVision when I went to other tracks and really like it.” – TMS President @EddieGossage
“Getting the email sucked. Bought my Legend in February in Vegas... I haven't even had it 8 months.” - @TMFlinchum
Racing Electronics will continue to operate and serve fans and teams at the track. The company has been operating since 1988, providing scanners, noise-reduction headphones, and intercom headset systems.
Ty Gibbs dominated the Toyota 200 presented by Crosley Brands on Saturday afternoon at Winchester Speedway. Gibbs, piloting the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, started on the pole and led 199 of the 200 laps to claim his fifth win of 2020.
Michael Self claimed the runner-up spot and led one lap throughout the event. Self edged Gibbs on lap 79 following a restart to earn a point towards the championship. The series points leader from Salt Lake City, Utah, leaves with 11 top five and 16 top 10 finishes in 2020.
Bret Holmes started fourth on the leaderboard and finished third on Saturday. Holmes, piloting the No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet, recorded his 11th top five and 16th top 10 finish of the season. The Alabama native entered the event sitting one point behind Self.
Jesse Love and Taylor Gray rounded out the top five.
Taking home top 10s were Drew Dollar, Mike Basham, Eric Caudell, Brad Smith and Con Nicolopoulos.
Three drivers recorded their first career top 10 finishes on Saturday at Winchester.
Brad Smith, making his 363rd career ARCA Racing Series start since 1988, recorded his first top 10 by placing ninth.
Con Nicolopoulos and Eric Caudell also recorded their first career top 10 finishes. Nicolopoulos took home 10th while Caudell crossed the line in 8th.
Wayne Peterson and Owen Smith went to the garage in the completion of four laps.
Hailie Deegan’s day was cut short after making contact with the outside wall with around 90 laps to go. She also made contact with the outside wall prior to the incident that eliminated her No. 4 Ford from the 200-lap event. The California native will leave Winchester with a 12th-place finish.
A total of 14 drivers started the 100-mile event at the half-mile oval in Indiana.
The series heads to Memphis Motorsports Park for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 on September 26th. The event will air live on MAVTV at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Niece Motorsports announced Tuesday that Trevor Bayne will pilot the No. 45 Chevrolet in Thursday’s NASCAR Gander & RV Truck Series event at Richmond Raceway. Bayne, former NASCAR Cup Series driver and Daytona 500 winner, will make his second career start in the series.
Piloting the No. 40 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet at Darlington on Sunday, Bayne started 26th and took home a 27th-place finish. The finish was the result of issues all throughout the event.
“I’m pumped to get another shot this weekend in the Niece Motorsports Proceller8 Chevy,” said Bayne in a team release. “Last weekend didn’t show what we are capable of, and I feel way more comfortable going into the weekend, now knowing what these trucks drive like. I’ve always liked short track racing and look forward to 250 more laps at Richmond.”
Bayne replaces Ty Majeski in the No. 45 entry for the first time this season.
It is unknown at this time why the move was made.
Majeski scored three top 10 finishes through 15 completed truck series races this season for Niece Motorsports.
Kevin Harvick took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in a surprise victory. Harvick took the lead with 13 circuits to go when Martin Truex Jr. and Chase Elliott made contact while racing for the win. Truex had to pit because of a cut tire while Elliott slid to 20th.
“Anytime you can win the Southern 500 is a good day," said Harvick after the race. "This is one of the most prestigious races in our sport and this is one the most prestigious racetracks in our sport, so anytime you can win at Darlington it’s a big deal, but, man, Southern 500!”
Austin Dillon took a shot at the win on the final lap but could not make the momentum stick. Dillon, starting the 71st annual event in 12th, ended the night sitting second on the pylon. The driver of the No. 3 Chevrolet leaves the track with three top five and eight top 10 finishes.
As for Harvick, the series veteran will leave Darlington with his 57th career NASCAR Cup Series victory. He goes into the second race of the playoffs with 18 top five and 22 top 10 finishes with eight wins in 2020.
Joey Logano rounded out the top three finishers on Sunday at Darlington. Logano, piloting the No. 22 Shell Penzoil Ford, picked up his seventh top five and 15th top 10 of the year.
Erik Jones and William Byron rounded out the top five.
Taking home top 10s were Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer.
Seven yellow flags, one being for a competition caution at lap 25, slowed the Southern 500. 22nd-place finisher Martin Truex Jr. claimed both stages while four of the yellows were for either stage breaks or debris.
“It’s Darlington and typically you don’t want to go in side-by-side. I felt like I had enough of a run and enough space there that the last foot or so he (Chase Elliott) was going to understand that if I was committed, we both weren’t going to make it," Truex described the incident with Elliott. "Typically, here that’s kind of how you race. If a guy gets a run on you and he’s just about got you cleared, you have to give that last little bit. Now obviously, the end of the race, probably the pass for the win, he wanted to drive it on in there and I was committed to being clear and there was no way we were both going to make the corners. Basically, when I made up my mind and I was driving it in there and then he drove in on my right-rear quarter, there was no possible way that we both weren’t crashing. That’s what happened.”
“He (Truex) had a run on me there off of four and he just kind of cleared himself into one. He was close, but he wasn’t all the way clear, obviously. I hate it, obviously we had a fast NAPA Camaro - fast enough to contend," said Elliott. "We needed a little pace there to extend our lead instead of playing defense, but regardless I thought we were in a good spot. I ran the bottom in three and four to see if there was anything left down there, that’s what kind of gave him the run and then he just slid up in to my left front, I felt like and on we went.”
Bubba Wallace spinning in turn four was the result of the fourth yellow of the night. The driver of the No. 43 Chevrolet completed 217 of the 367 circuits and finished 38th in the garage.
John Hunter Nemechek brought out the yellow on lap 246 after going around on the frontstretch. Nemechek, son of Joe Nemechek, finished 36th in the garage as a result.
The series heads to Richmond Raceway on September 12th for the Federated Auto Parts 400. The event will air live on NBCSN and MRN Radio at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Sam Mayer visited victory lane for the second time of his career on Friday at Dover International Speedway. Mayer, piloting the No. 21 Chevrolet for GMS Racing, started second on the leaderboard and led the final 21 of the 125 laps.
Ty Gibbs dominated the first and second segments of the event by leading the first 104 circuits. However, with 14 laps to go, after falling to the second spot, Gibbs made contact with the wall off turn two and suffered significant front-end damage.
The incident, resulting in a lengthy red-flag stoppage, ultimately ended their day with a 12th-place finish.
Prior to Gibbs making contact with the wall, Mayer took the lead from Gibbs on lap 105 to earn his fifth combined win across all three ARCA divisions in 2020.
Mason Diaz took home his first career top five finish in the ARCA Menards Series East division on Friday. The driver of the No. 25 Toyota started eighth on the leaderboard and sat 3.784 seconds behind the race winner.
Max McLaughlin and Drew Dollar rounded out the top five.
Corey Heim, Parker Retzlaff, Chase Cabre, Taylor Gray and Chuck Buchanan Jr. took home top 10 finishes.
The ARCA Menards Series East will return to action on September 12th at Loudon. The event will air live on TrackPass NBC Sports Gold.
The ARCA Menards Series went road course racing at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, a first for the series at the historic track known for stock car auto racing. The General Tire 100, delayed because of lightning in the area, was dominated by two drivers: Michael Self and Ty Gibbs.
Self, starting second, and Gibbs, starting fifth, quickly worked their way to the front of the field in the opening laps. Gibbs took the lead from pole sitter Chandler Smith on the opening lap to lead the first 14 circuits. Self later took the lead from Gibbs just prior to the scheduled five-minute break at lap 15.
Self lead the first lap into the second segment until Gibbs re-claimed the top spot for the next five laps. Then, on lap 23, with six laps remaining, Self passed Gibbs for the top position and cruised to his second ARCA Menards Series victory of the season.
“I hope he (Gibbs) had as much fun as I did there in that first stage,” said Self on MAVTV after the victory, his second ARCA victory of the year at Daytona. “That’s what racing on the road courses is supposed to be about. That was so much fun”
Gibbs, leading nine of 28 circuits, finished runner-up in his No. 18 Toyota. The North Carolina native leaves with his sixth top five of the season in eight starts.
“I’ve learned a lot from him (Michael),” said Gibbs following a runner-up finish. “He’s been really helpful and very fun to race against him. He’s got all this experience so I was just a little guy. It was a hard day, but I can’t thank this team enough.”
Sam Mayer will get credit for finishing third despite having relief driver Colin Braun in the No. 21 Chevrolet for the final segment. Mayer, piloting his car in the opening segment, suffered a hairline fracture in his hand at Road America a week leading up to the event at Daytona and had Braun on stand-by.
Holding two victories this season, Mayer has seven top five and seven top 10 finishes in eight races.
“We fired off really good at the start of the race when it was really wet,” Mayer told MAVTV. “I really couldn’t go much further; I’m glad that we had a halfway break because my hand started hurting pretty bad. I’m really proud of him (Colin Braun). He got into the race car when everyone else had 14 laps and he had zero and he was able to still bring a top-three.”
“I was a little worried when I got to second honestly,” said Braun. “These guys at GMS Racing did a great job, the Chevy was fast. I got myself up into second and went ‘I don’t know when I’m really supposed to break here going into the bus stop … I haven’t done a lap yet’. For me, I sorta overachieved early, and then realized I gotta figure it out.”
Taylor Gray and Will Rodgers rounded out the top five.
Hailie Deegan, Max McLaughlin, Bret Holmes, Chandler Smith and Parker Chase took home top 10s.
Only one yellow slowed the field for the halfway break at lap 15. Ayrton Ori had a tire go down on his No. 74 Chevrolet with around two-laps remaining, forcing him to pit road and giving up a top 10 finish. Max McLaughlin received damage on his No. 1 Toyota when he and Chandler Smith went around on the course. McLaughlin earned his third top 10 while Smith earned his sixth top 10 finish.
The ARCA Menards Series will go back oval racing on August 29th at Gateway. The event will air live on MAVTV and NBC Sports Gold TrackPass at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Riley Herbst and Bret Holmes battled for the lead all afternoon long at Michigan International Speedway in Sunday’s VizCom 200. Herbst, from Las Vegas, picked up his second career ARCA Menards Series victory while Holmes trailed in second.
Holmes started fourth on the grid and quickly moved to second on the initial start. The driver from Alabama passed Herbst for the lead on lap four and held the top spot for 31 laps. Herbst re-took the lead for a lap following a restart before Holmes re-took the spot for the next 29 circuits.
The field went green for the third and final segment on lap 64 and once again Holmes and Herbst battled for the top spot. On lap 67, Herbst, running the No. 18 Toyota for Ty Gibbs because of ARCA’s age restriction, took the lead and sailed to victory lane.
Holmes, coming off a third and fourth-place finish in a double-header weekend at Toledo Speedway, picked up his eighth top-five finish of the season.
Series points leader Michael Self rounded out the top three finishers.
Drew Dollar and Anthony Alfredo rounded out the top five.
Hailie Deegan, Ryan Repko, Jason Kitzmiller, Thad Moffitt and Armani Williams rounded out the top 10.
Two of the three cautions were for segment breaks while one was for an on-track incident involving the No. 21 Chevrolet of Kris Wright. Wright walked away from the impact and finished 14th as a result.
The series will go road racing at Daytona International Speedway on August 14th. The event will air live on MAVTV and MRN Radio at 5:00 p.m. ET.
Spencer Davis will not compete in Friday’s NASCAR Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway.
The driver from Dawsonville, Georgia, announced on Twitter Thursday that he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and will have to sit-out Friday’s Henry Ford Health System 200 at the 2.0-mile oval.
Full statement from driver Spencer Davis (@SpencerDavis_29 on Twitter):
“With 2020 starting off as a lot of first for myself on many levels, starting a truck team, and venturing out with the start of a new business it seemed to be going well. But with the pandemic it has changed how we have to stay alert to keep everyone safe and healthy. With that being said we have been taking all the proper steps during traveling for races and at the events. This week I had to go take tests and one positive test result is keeping us from racing Michigan. I support the protocols put in place by the CDC and NASCAR, and plan on taking the correct steps to come back to the track.”
A replacement driver has not been named.
So far, since NASCAR’s return to action under COVID-19, Jimmie Johnson has been the only other driver to test positive. Johnson returned a week later following two negative tests in a 24-hour period, something Davis will have to do as well.
Davis, 21, has competed in nine of the 11 Gander & RV Outdoors Truck Series races in 2020. His best finish of those nine starts came at Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he finished 12th in February. Davis has 18 career starts in the series.