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2018 ARCA Racing Series
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The leading driver in the point standings, Sheldon Creed.
Sheldon Creed, the series champion, being interviewed at Madison International Speedway.

The 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards was the 66th season of the ARCA Racing Series. The season began on February 10 with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway and ended on October 19 with the Kansas ARCA 150. Races were broadcast on FS1, FS2 and MAVTV. Sheldon Creed won the championship, ahead of MDM Motorsports teammate Zane Smith.

Contents

Teams and driversEdit

Manufacturer Team No. Driver Rounds
Chevrolet Allgaier Motorsports 16 Kelly Kovski 2
Bret Holmes Racing 23 Bret Holmes 11
Wayne Peterson Racing Wayne Peterson 2
6 Dale Matchett 1
Brother-In-Law Racing 57 Bryan Dauzat 5
Chad Finley Racing 51 Austin Hill 1
Chad Finley 1
Gerhart Racing 5 Bobby Gerhart 7
Grant County Mulch Racing 7 Codie Rohrbaugh 8
Grynewicz Motorsports 40 Tovia Grynewicz 1
KBR Development 35 Carson Hocevar 3
Kimmel-Finney Racing 69 Scott Reeves 1
Mason Mitchell Motorsports 78 Max Tullman 8
Ryan Repko 1
Colby Howard 2
Grant Enfinger 1
Blaine Perkins 1
Quin Houff 1
98 3
Blaine Perkins 3
Mason Mitchell 1
Norm Hutton Racing 37 Kirk Horton 1
Our Motorsports 02 Andy Seuss 3
6 Josh Williams 1
Darrell Basham Racing 34 Mike Basham 14
Darrell Basham 1
Patriot Motorsports Group Jesse Iwuji 5
38 Jerry de Weerdt 1
Rob Powers 1
Salvatore Iovino 1
Ralston Racing 1 Zach Ralston 1
11 2
Spraker Racing 63 Dave Mader III 1
Mader Racing 2
Win-Tron Racing 32 Gus Dean All
33 Daniel Sasnett 1
Cole Glasson 1
Dodge Hixson Motorsports 2 Eric Caudell 5
Ford Chad Bryant Racing 22 Tyler Dippel 2
Josh Berry 1
Tom Hessert 1
77 Bo LeMastus 1
Joe Graf Jr. (R) 19
Clubb Racing 03 Alex Clubb 3
Dale Shearer Racing 73 Dale Shearer 1
Darrell Basham 1
James Hylton Motorsports 48 Brad Smith 4
Brad Smith Motorsports 16
Ken Schrader Racing 11 Will Rodgers 1
Kimmel Racing 68 Baden Stewart 1
Scott Melton 1
Kevin Hinckle 1
69 Will Kimmel 9
Kevin Hinckle 1
David Sear 3
Mike Basham 1
Darrell Basham 1
Jonas Fors 1
Max Force Racing 99 Ronnie Osmer 1
MBM Motorsports 66 Mark Thompson 1
Mullins Racing 2 Andrew Belmont 1
Robert Bruce 1
3 Willie Mullins 2
Mystic Motorsports 07 Brian Kaltreider 2
Rette Jones Racing 30 Grant Quinlan 1
RFMS Racing 27 Travis Braden (R) All
Scott Melton Racing 67 Scott Melton 1
Toyota DGM Racing 71 L. B. Skaggs 3
DGR-Crosley 54 Noah Gragson 2
Bo LeMastus 1
Todd Gilliland 4
Fast Track Racing 06 Chuck Hiers 1
22 Ed Pompa 1
Hendren Motorsports 24 Ryan Unzicker 2
Hillenburg-Schrader Racing 11 Brandon Grosso (R) 1
J. J. Pack Racing 61 J. J. Pack 2
Jack Dossey Motorsports 99 Jack Dossey III 2
Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Riley Herbst All
19 Drew Herring 1
MDM Motorsports 8 Chase Purdy (R) All
12 Harrison Burton 8
Brandon Jones 2
Austin Hill 1
28 Sheldon Creed All
40 Anthony Alfredo 2
Sam Mayer 2
41 Zane Smith (R) All
Venturini Motorsports 15 Michael Self 6
Christian Eckes 13
Chandler Smith 1
20 Leilani Munter 8
Chandler Smith 8
Eddie Fatscher 1
Toni Breidinger 1
Logan Seavey 2
25 Natalie Decker (R) All
55 Tom Hessert 1
Michael Self 4
Brandon Lynn 2
Eddie Fatscher 2
Toni Breidinger 2
Chevrolet 1
Ford 3
Empire Racing 43 Sean Corr 2
Kaden Honeycutt 2
Ford 5
Chevrolet 2
46 John Ferrier 1
Thad Moffitt 5
Sean Corr 1
Chevrolet 3
Toyota 15
Ford 2
Fast Track Racing 10 Tony Mrakovich 2
Rick Clifton 3
Richard Doheny 1
D. L. Wilson 1
Tom Berte 3
Ed Pompa 1
Tommy Vigh Jr. 3
Matt Dooley 1
Darrell Basham 1
Tyler Hill 3
C. J. McLaughlin 1
Chevrolet 2
Toyota 5
Ford 9
11 D. L. Wilson 1
Matt Dooley 1
Ed Pompa 3
Rick Clifton 1
Tony Mrakovich 1
Morgen Baird 1
Dick Karth 1
Richard Doheny 6
Tyler Hill 1
Ford 3
Chevrolet 2
Hixson Motorsports 3 Joe Cooksey 3
Steve Fox 2
Ford 12
Toyota 2
Ken Schrader Racing 52 Will Rodgers 5
Brandon Grosso (R) 5
Ken Schrader 1
Bret Holmes 3
Chevrolet 2
Ford 3
Max Force Racing 9 Thomas Praytor 4
Jesse Iwuji 1
Chevrolet 7
Dodge 4
Wayne Peterson Racing 0 Con Nicolopoulos 3
Wayne Peterson 3
Mark Meunier 4
Don Thompson 1
Dodge 8
Chevrolet 1
Ford 9
06 Con Nicolopoulos 14
Don Thompson 2
Buck Stevens 2
Ford 2
Chevrolet 1
1 Dale Matchett 1
Wayne Peterson 2

ChangesEdit

TeamsEdit

  • Cunningham Motorsports, due to the failing health of owner Briggs Cunningham, was put up for sale after the conclusion of the 2017 season.[1] On January 9, 2018, the sale of the team was announced to longtime crew chief Chad Bryant. Bryant formed Chad Bryant Racing but kept the same cars, numbers and personnel that had been with the team previously.[2]
  • Mullins Racing cut ties with Basham Racing, whose owner points they had used in past years. Mullins formed a new alliance with Hixson Motorsports, and Mullins used Hixson's No. 3 in some events.[3]
  • Patriot Motorsports Group formed an alliance with Basham Racing to use Basham's No. 34 in select races.[4]
  • DGR-Crosley debuted with Noah Gragson at Daytona.[4]
  • Kimmel Racing entered an alliance with Finney Racing for Finney to use Kimmel's No. 69.[4]
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports ceased operations on July 30. [5]
  • Following the deaths of James Hylton and his son James Jr., the team's driver, Brad Smith, took over operations of the 48 team, which was rebranded as Brad Smith Motorsports.

DriversEdit

ScheduleEdit

No. Race title Track Date Time (EDT) TV
1 Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 10 4:45 p.m. FS1
2 Music City 200 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville April 7 9:00 p.m. MAVTV
3 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Salem Speedway, Salem April 22 2:15 p.m. MAVTV
4 General Tire 200 Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln April 27 6:00 p.m. FS1
5 Menards 200 Toledo Speedway, Toledo May 20 2:00 p.m. MAVTV
6 General Tire 150 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 24 9:00 p.m. FS1
7 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond June 1 5:45 p.m. FS2
8 Zomongo 200 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 8 6:00 p.m. MAVTV
9 Herr's Potato Chips 200 Madison International Speedway, Oregon June 15 9:00 p.m. MAVTV
10 PapaNicholas Coffee 150 Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison June 22 9:00 p.m. FS2
11 Scott 150 Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet June 28 8:00 p.m. FS1
12 Fans With Benefits 150 Iowa Speedway, Newton July 7 9:00 p.m. MAVTV*
13 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 250 Elko Speedway, Elko July 14 9:00 p.m. MAVTV
14 ModSpace 150 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond July 27 4:00 p.m. FS1
15 Allen Crowe 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Springfield August 19 2:30 p.m. MAVTV
16 Primera Plastics 200 Berlin Raceway, Marne August 25 8:30 p.m. MAVTV
17 General Tire Grabber 150 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Du Quoin September 3 4:00 p.m. MAVTV
18 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Salem Speedway, Salem September 15 7:15 p.m. MAVTV
19 Shore Lunch 200 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Brownsburg October 6 9:00 p.m. MAVTV
20 Kansas ARCA 150 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 19 8:30 p.m. FS2
†: The Primera Plastics 200 was originally scheduled on July 21 but was postponed because of persistent rain and rescheduled for August 25.
†: The Shore Lunch 200 was originally scheduled on September 7 but was postponed because of Tropical Storm Gordon and rescheduled for October 6.
  • *Tape delayed

ChangesEdit

Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, and Berlin Raceway all return to the schedule.[17] The series had last visited Gateway in 2007 and Charlotte in 2004. The only road course on the 2017 schedule, Road America, was taken out for 2018. The races at Winchester Speedway and Kentucky Speedway were also taken off the schedule.[18] The races at Elko Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway shifted significantly.[19] Elko moved to the middle of July because the first Pocono date was moved to the weekend that Elko had in 2017, and Lucas Oil moved to September because the NASCAR Indianapolis weekend was moved to September.

ResultsEdit

RacesEdit

No. Race Pole Position Most laps led Winning driver No. Winning team Winning manufacturer
1 Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire Natalie Decker Sheldon Creed Michael Self 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
2 Music City 200 Chandler Smith Zane Smith Zane Smith 41 MDM Motorsports Toyota
3 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Chandler Smith Chandler Smith Christian Eckes 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
4 General Tire 200 Michael Self Sheldon Creed Zane Smith 41 MDM Motorsports Toyota
5 Menards 200 Chandler Smith Chandler Smith Zane Smith 41 MDM Motorsports Toyota
6 General Tire 150 Todd Gilliland Todd Gilliland Brandon Jones 12 MDM Motorsports Toyota
7 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Noah Gragson Noah Gragson Harrison Burton 12 MDM Motorsports Toyota
8 Zomongo 200 Brandon Jones Sheldon Creed Sheldon Creed 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota
9 Herr's Potato Chips 200 Chandler Smith Chandler Smith Chandler Smith 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
10 PapaNicholas Coffee 150 Sheldon Creed Sheldon Creed Sheldon Creed 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota
11 Scott 150 Sheldon Creed Michael Self Michael Self 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
12 Fans With Benefits 150 Sheldon Creed Sheldon Creed Sheldon Creed 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota
13 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 250 Christian Eckes Chandler Smith Gus Dean 32 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet
14 ModSpace 150 Gus Dean Zane Smith Zane Smith 41 MDM Motorsports Toyota
15 Allen Crowe 100 Gus Dean Christian Eckes Christian Eckes 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
16 Primera Plastics 200 Carson Hocevar Sheldon Creed Joe Graf Jr. 77 Chad Bryant Racing Ford
17 General Tire Grabber 150 Sheldon Creed Sheldon Creed Logan Seavey 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
18 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic Zane Smith Chandler Smith Chandler Smith 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
19 Shore Lunch 200 Christian Eckes Christian Eckes Christian Eckes 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
20 Kansas ARCA 150 Drew Herring Drew Herring Sheldon Creed 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota

Driver standingsEdit

(key) Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or rainout. * – Most laps led.

Pos Driver DAY NSH SLM TAL TOL CLT POC MCH MAD GTW CHI IOW ELK POC ISF BLN DSF SLM IRP KAN Points
1 Sheldon Creed 3 2 3 4 18 3 2 1 3 1 2 1 15 2 2 6 10 4 2 1 5140
2 Zane Smith 26 1 2 1 1 5 3 11 2 16 4 4 12 1 17 2 5 18 6 17 4680
3 Riley Herbst 10 13 6 17 19 2 5 2 13 5 6 17 4 5 9 9 3 9 8 4 4595
4 Chase Purdy 21 7 5 25 2 24 9 13 4 2 5 3 14 3 18 8 8 3 4 5 4510
5 Travis Braden 22 15 14 9 8 11 4 12 11 9 7 9 7 9 4 3 15 5 12 20 4445
6 Gus Dean 25 17 7 12 20 14 6 4 5 6 16 20 1 27 7 5 18 2 10 18 4295
7 Natalie Decker 5 11 17 28 7 15 8 15 6 15 12 16 5 15 10 10 12 8 16 6 4220
8 Joe Graf Jr. 16 11 2 3 18 7 5 12 8 13 5 3 26 16 1 11 11 13 21 4000
9 Brad Smith 23 22 Wth 31 16 DNS 20 17 14 17 22 15 17 22 14 16 17 20 22 25 3250
10 Bret Holmes 24 10 13 27 5 7 13 20 7 10 Wth 8 Wth 10 6 12 2865
11 Con Nicolopoulos 18 23 21 14 22 29 30 21 17 24 23 22 Wth 23 Wth 18 22 23 16 2690
12 Christian Eckes 8 1 21 11 4 11 2 13 1 11 4 7 1 2650
13 Mike Basham 26 15 15 28 Wth 16 23 24 11 18 19 14 19 12 24 24 2120
14 Chandler Smith 5 10 4 1 2 6 7 1 3 1995
15 Michael Self 1 4 3 21 3 1 18 16 11 3 1985
16 Harrison Burton 3 9 1 3 6 4 6 21 2 1840
17 Max Tullman 6 6 12 15 7 19 17 12 1380
18 Will Kimmel 24 12 23 13 15 Wth 2 10 13 1310
19 Codie Rohrbaugh 38 24 9 17 10 8 7 12 1285
20 Leilani Munter 8 22 20 22 9 20 20 14 1225
21 Brandon Grosso Wth 9 9 20 6 17 1120
22 Will Rodgers 30 8 18 6 9 8 985
23 Bobby Gerhart 12 8 16 14 24 DNS 17 975
24 Dick Doheny 22 21 21 16 20 17 21 945
25 Todd Gilliland 4 3 6 22 830
26 Thad Moffitt 14 16 10 25 Wth 15 780
27 Eric Caudell 20 18 21 23 Wth 11 710
28 Blaine Perkins 13 12 11 8 705
29 Tyler Hill 13 14 14 7 680
30 Bryan Dauzat 33 11 27 16 12 Wth 650
31 Carson Hocevar 11 4 5 645
32 Rick Clifton 19 17 16 13 645
33 Jesse Iwuji 36 15 26 24 24 25 630
34 Quin Houff 32 6 8 21 585
35 Darrell Basham 19 14 18 20 Wth 565
36 Ed Pompa 35 29 23 14 17 560
37 Thomas Praytor 14 18 19 21 560
38 Eddie Fastcher 14 8 9 535
39 L.B. Skaggs 14 11 23 510
40 Tommy Vigh Jr. 15 13 13 495
41 Joe Cooksey 21 11 9 490
42 Toni Breidinger 10 12 18 490
43 Wayne Peterson Wth DNS 25 27 23 19 DNS 465
44 Andy Seuss 19 10 16 465
45 Zach Ralston 23 14 9 460
46 Logan Seavey 3 1 455
47 Alex Clubb 15 16 21 430
48 Sean Corr 20 23 12 420
49 David Sear 22 14 19 415
50 Anthony Alfredo 7 15 410
51 Ryan Unzicker 5 6 410
52 Sam Mayer 10 7 400
53 Tom Hessert III 4 9 395
54 Kelly Kovski 8 7 385
55 Willie Mullins 2 13 385
56 Noah Gragson 7 10 385
57 Dave Mader III 28 16 18 380
58 Tom Berte 19 19 25 375
59 Tony Mrakovich 29 13 21 375
60 Colby Howard 8 9 375
61 Brandon Jones 1 22 370
62 Brandon Lynn 7 10 350
63 Austin Hill 13 10 345
64 Mark Meunier 24 25 22 26 310
65 Tyler Dippel 6 25 310
66 Kaden Honeycutt 19 18 300
67 Jack Dossey III 18 15 295
68 Kevin Hinckle 30 19 275
69 Don Thompson 28 27 29 270
70 Steve Fox 19 19 270
71 D.L. Wilson 25 19 Wth 265
72 Brian Kaltreider 26 17 245
73 Matt Dooley 23 20 245
74 Josh Berry 4 215
75 Drew Herring 8 205
76 Josh Williams 5 205
77 Mason Mitchell 7 195
78 Buck Stevens Wth 14 185
79 Andrew Belmont 9 185
80 Cole Glasson 10 180
81 Scott Melton 15 25 180
82 Dale Matchett 29 28 175
83 Ken Schrader 11 175
84 Bo LeMastus 31 26 175
85 Jerry De Weerdt 11 175
86 Ryan Repko 12 170
87 Grant Enfinger 12 170
88 Baden Stewart 13 165
89 Kirk Horton 13 165
90 C.J. McLaughlin 20 155
91 Robert Bruce 10 155
92 Chuck Hiers 16 155
93 John Ferrier 15 155
94 Scott Reeves 17 145
95 Dick Karth 18 140
96 Rob Powers 18 140
97 Morgen Baird 19 140
98 Jonas Fors 19 135
99 Dale Shearer 20 Wth 130
100 Chad Finley 23 115
101 Mark Thompson 27 95
102 Daniel Sasnett 34 60
103 Grant Quinlan 37 45
104 Ronnie Osmer 39 35
105 Tovia Grynewicz Wth 25
Salvatore Iovino Wth 0
J. J. Pack Wth Wth 0
Kevin Campbell Wth 0
Brennan Poole QL 0

ReferencesEdit

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