Mobile’s Okrzesik Files Entry for ARCA Pensacola 200

The only way 2019 could get off to a better start for Mobile, Alabama’s Connor Okrzesik is to hit the lottery.
The 17 year old started the season by beating Kyle Busch to the line for the win at Speedfest in Georgia, then was invited to the inaugural Super Select Super Late Model All Star Race and has now filed an entry for his first ARCA Menards Series race on March 9th at Pensacola.
While many of the ARCA competitors have “some” experience at Pensacola’s 5 Flags Speedway, none have turned the laps Okrzesik has over the last three years.
“Really a great opportunity to make my first ARCA start at a track I have so much experience at. I’ve got thousands of laps at Pensacola which should give me an advantage,” said Okrzesik.
Okrzesik has been a regular competitor at the heralded Speedway in the Pro-Late Model and Super Late Model Divisions over the last three seasons posting 3rd and 4th place finishes in the 2018 Snowflake/Snowball Derby respectively.
Okrzesik has already tested his ARCA equipment at 5 Flags once with another scheduled before the race and he will race in Montgomery this weekend in the Alabama 200.  
“There is a huge difference between the ARCA car and our late model. Even though we have a lot of experience at 5 flags we are planning on testing again before the race, we’re not leaving anything to chance,” added Okrzesik.
After his first ARCA start, the Alabama high school student is expected to have a healthy mix of Late Model racing and five or six ARCA races in 2019 while working towards a full time ARCA schedule in 2020.
The ARCA Menards Series will return to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday, March 9th. Practice starts at Noon, General Tire Pole Qualifying is set for 3:30, Local racing at 4:00 and the ARCA Pensacola 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions is set to go green at 7:00 pm. Tickets and camping are available by calling the Speedway 850-944-8400 or  
ARCA Pensacola 200 Schedule
Friday, March 8th

1:00 PM 5:00 PM ARCA Menards Series Credentials
1:00 PM ARCA Menards Series Haulers Enter
1:45 PM 5:00 PM ARCA Menards Series Garage Open
1:45 PM 5:00 PM Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use in ARCA Garage
4:00 PM Safety Communication Meeting
8:00-10:00PM Bonfire on the Grounds Live Entertainment by Rowdy Jeff Free

Saturday, March 9th

9:00 AM Local Pits Open
9:00 AM 6:30 PM ARCA Menards Series Credentials
9:00 AM ARCA Menards Series Garage Opens
9:00 AM 11:55 PM Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use in ARCA Garage
10:00 AM Chapel Service
10:15 AM ARCA Menards Series Driver, Spotter and Crew Chief Meeting and Draw for Qualifying Order
Post Meeting Motorsports Safety Group presentation (Required Attendance)
10:45 AM Track Services Meeting at the ARCA Menards Series Trailer
11:30 Grandstands Open
11:45 AM Local Divisions Driver Meeting
12:00 PM 1:30 PM ARCA Menards Series Practice
1:30 PM 3:30 PM Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use in ARCA Garage
1:35 PM 2:05 PM Local Divisions Practice (in rotation)
2:15 PM First Time AMS Driver Meeting in the ARCA Administration Trailer Office
2:15 PM 3:15 PM Local Divisions Qualifying (in rotation)
3:30 PM General Tire Pole Qualifying (All Positions / 2 laps)
4:15 PM 4:45 PM Final Adjustments
4:15 PM 6:45 PM Approved Pit Support Vehicle Use in ARCA Garage
4:15 PM Outlaws (35 laps)
Pure Stocks (20 laps)
5:15 PM Move Cars to Starting Order (Pit Road)
Post Local Events Drive Cars to Frontstretch
5:45 PM 6:30 PM ARCA Menards Series Driver Autograph Session (Mandatory)
6:45 PM ARCA Menards Series Driver Introduction
7:00 PM Start of the ARCA Pensacola 200 (200 laps / 100 miles)

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