2019 ARCA Menards Series

2019 ARCA Menards Series
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Christian Eckes, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champion.
Michael Self finished second behind Eckes in the championship by just 25 points.
Bret Holmes finished third in the championship.
Rookie of the Year Tommy Vigh Jr. (left)

The 2019 ARCA Menards Series was the 67th season of the ARCA Menards Series. Christian Eckes of Venturini Motorsports won the championship over teammate Michael Self. Eckes became the first champion since Tim Steele in 1997 to win the title after missing a race during the season.

On February 9, 2019, hours before the season-opening Lucas Oil 200, ARCA announced that the series would be renamed to the ARCA Menards Series for at least 2019 and 2020. Menards had previously been a presenting sponsor for ARCA.[1]

Teams and driversEdit

Complete scheduleEdit

Manufacturer Team No. Driver
Ford Chad Bryant Racing 22 Connor Hall 1
Corey Heim (R) 13
Ty Majeski 6
RFMS Racing 27 Travis Braden
Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Riley Herbst 8
Ty Gibbs 11
Todd Gilliland 1
Venturini Motorsports 15 Christian Eckes (R) 19
Harrison Burton 1
20 Harrison Burton 5
Chandler Smith 11
Brandon Lynn 1
Myatt Snider 1
Logan Seavey 2
25 Michael Self
Chevrolet 17
Toyota 3
Bret Holmes Racing 23 Bret Holmes
Ford 17
Chevrolet 3
Chad Bryant Racing 77 Joe Graf Jr.
Toyota 3
Chevrolet 12
Ford 5
Fast Track Racing 1 Chuck Hiers 1
Dick Doheny 13
Ed Pompa 3
Jason Miles 2
Darrell Basham 1
Ford 19
Toyota 1
10 Tommy Vigh Jr. (R)
Chevrolet 2
Ford 7
Toyota 11
11 Jason White 1
Matt Dooley 1
Morgen Baird 3
D. L. Wilson 1
Mike Basham 3
Rick Clifton 3
Jason Miles 1
Dick Doheny 3
Dick Karth 1
Tyler Speer 1
Ed Pompa 2
Toyota 1
Chevrolet 19
KBR Development 28 Brandon McReynolds 4
Carson Hocevar (R) 12
Raphaël Lessard 2
Stefan Parsons 1
Sheldon Creed 1
Ford 14
Toyota 6
Kimmel Racing 69 Scott Melton (R) 10
Mike Basham 5
Barry Layne 1
Dale Shearer 2
Will Kimmel 2
Chevrolet 4
Dodge 8
Toyota 7
Ford 1
Wayne Peterson Racing 06 Con Nicolopoulos 3
Tim Richmond (R) 17

Limited scheduleEdit

Manufacturer Team No. Driver Rounds
Chevrolet Allgaier Motorsports 16 Kelly Kovski 2
Bobby Gerhart Racing 5 Bobby Gerhart 7
Brother-In-Law Racing 57 Bryan Dauzat 2
Connor Okrzesik Racing 14 Connor Okrzesik 2
CR7 Motorsports 7 Codie Rohrbaugh 2
Darrell Basham Racing 34 Darrell Basham 1
Mike Basham 2
Empire Racing 43 Sean Corr 2
Finney Racing Enterprises 80 Brian Finney 1
GMS Racing 21 Sam Mayer 7
Sheldon Creed 1
KBR Development 19 Raphaël Lessard 1
Max Force Racing 9 Thomas Praytor 1
Spraker Racing Enterprises 63 Dave Mader III 1
Win-Tron Racing 32 Gus Dean 4
Cole Glasson 1
Austin Wayne Self 2
Howie DiSavino III 2
Colby Howard 2
Ford Chad Bryant Racing 7 Connor Hall 1
Clubb Racing 03 Alex Clubb 2
Dale Shearer Racing [N 1] 68 Dale Shearer 1
Kaden Honeycutt Racing 38 Kaden Honeycutt 3
Mullins Racing 3 Willie Mullins 3
Rette Jones Racing 30 Grant Quinlan 2
Toyota DGR-Crosley 4 Todd Gilliland 2
Drew Dollar 2
54 Natalie Decker 2
Tanner Gray 8
Hendren Motorsports 24 Ryan Unzicker 2
J. J. Pack Racing 61 J. J. Pack 1
On Point Motorsports 29 Derrick Lancaster 1
Rick Ware Racing 51 Carson Ware 1
Venturini Motorsports 55 Leilani Munter 1
Hailie Deegan 6
Gavin Harlien 3
Vizion Motorsports 35 Brenden Queen (R) 1
Devin Dodson 1
36 Paul Williamson 1
Chevrolet 10
Ford 9
Brad Smith Motorsports 48 Brad Smith 19
Ford 1
Dodge 2
CCM Racing 2 Eric Caudell 3
Toyota 5
Dodge 2
7 7
Chevrolet 1
Ford 1
Empire Racing 44 John Ferrier 1
Lexi Gay 1
Chevrolet 5
Ford 2
46 Thad Moffitt 7
Ford 1
Toyota 1
Ken Schrader Racing 52 Tyler Dippel 1
Ken Schrader 1
Chevrolet 2
Ford 1
Our Motorsports 02 Andy Seuss 3
Chevrolet 3
Ford 1
09 C. J. McLaughlin 4
Toyota 1
Chevrolet 3
Dodge 1
Ford 4
Wayne Peterson Racing 0 Wayne Peterson 4
Con Nicolopoulos 1
Alex Clubb 1
Don Thompson 1
Benjamin Peterson 2

NotesEdit

  1. ^ It was a Dale Shearer Racing entry using Kimmel Racing's owner points.

ChangesEdit

TeamsEdit

  • On Point Motorsports has announced plans to enter the series part-time in 2019.[2]
  • GMS Racing announced a re-entry into ARCA for 2019 with Sam Mayer as driver.[3]
  • KBR Development announced a full schedule for 2019 with technical support from GMS, up from a three-race venture in 2018 with a renumbered 28 car. To help the effort, KBR purchased some assets of MDM Motorsports.[4]

DriversEdit

  • On October 24, 2018, it was announced that Christian Eckes will run full-time for Venturini Motorsports in 2019. Eckes had run part-time with VMS in 2016, 2017 and 2018.[5]
  • On October 26, 2018, Corey Heim announced a schedule of thirteen events for the 2019 season in the No. 22 for Chad Bryant Racing.[6]
  • On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Chandler Smith would return to Venturini Motorsports for the 2019 season for 11 races. Smith will run mostly short track events due to age restrictions.[7]
  • On November 24, 2018, it was announced that Carson Hocevar and KBR Development will run the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge in 2019.[8]
  • On November 30, 2018, it was announced that Natalie Decker will run a partial schedule with DGR-Crosley in 2019. She ran full-time for Venturini Motorsports in 2018.[9]
  • On December 6, 2018, Sam Mayer and GMS Racing announced a seven-race partnership.[3]
  • On January 10, 2019, it was announced that Harrison Burton will drive the Venturini Motorsports No. 20 Toyota for five races in 2019. Burton drove for MDM Motorsports in 2018.[10]
  • On January 11, 2019, Michael Self announced a full-season schedule with Venturini Motorsports in the organization's No. 25 entry. Self ran half the 2018 schedule with Venturini.[11]
  • Connor Okrzesik announced that he will make his ARCA debut in the race at Five Flags Speedway on March 9.[12]
  • On March 1, 2019, it was announced that Hailie Deegan signed a six-race deal to drive for Venturini Motorsports in the 2019 season.[13]
  • On March 22nd, 2019, Chad Bryant Racing announced that Ty Majeski would be in their No. 22 car for 5 races. Majeski ran a part-time season with Roush-Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018.[14] Majeski would later add Talladega to his schedule.
  • On March 26th, 2019, Venturini Motorsports and Gavin Harlien confirmed a 3 race deal in the No. 55 entry.[15]
  • In April 2019, it was revealed that Tommy Vigh Jr. would run the full season with Fast Track Racing in the No. 10 car and run for Rookie of the Year after running a partial schedule with the team in 2018.[16]

Crew chiefsEdit

ScheduleEdit

 
Field at Madison
 
Cars at Elko

The full schedule was released on November 21st, 2018.[20] The schedule remains largely unchanged from 2018. Although some tracks swapped dates throughout the season, the only track from 2018 to be excluded in 2019 was Berlin Raceway. In turn, the only track to be added to the schedule was Five Flags Speedway. For the first time in series history, every race was aired live.[21] 12 races were broadcast on MAVTV, while 6 were covered by FS1 and the last 2 was covered by FS2.[22][23][24]

No. Race title Track Date Time (EST) Broadcaster
1 Lucas Oil 200 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach February 9 4:45 p.m. FS1
2 Pensacola 200 Five Flags Speedway, Pensacola March 9 7:00 p.m. MAVTV
3 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Salem Speedway, Salem April 14 2:15 p.m.
4 General Tire 200 Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega April 26 6:00 p.m. FS1
5 Music City 200 Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville May 5 2:00 p.m. MAVTV
6 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Toledo Speedway, Toledo May 19
7 General Tire 150 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord May 23 9:00 p.m. FS1
8 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond May 31 5:45 p.m. FS2
9 VizCom 200 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn June 7 6:00 p.m. FS1
10 Shore Lunch 200 Madison International Speedway, Oregon June 14 9:00 p.m. MAVTV
11 Day to Day Coffee 150 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, Madison June 22 6:00 p.m.
12 Bounty 150 Chicagoland Speedway, Joilet June 27 8:00 p.m. FS1
13 Menards 250 Elko Speedway, Elko July 13 9:00 p.m. MAVTV
14 Fans With Benefits 150 Iowa Speedway, Newton July 19
15 FORTS USA 150 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond July 26 4:00 p.m. FS1
16 Allen Crowe 100 Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Springfield August 18 2:30 p.m. MAVTV
17 Southern Illinois 100 DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Du Quoin August 31 9:00 p.m.
18 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 Salem Speedway, Salem September 14 7:15 p.m.
19 Herr's Potato Chips 200 Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Brownsburg October 5 8:00 p.m.
20 ARCA Kansas 150 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City October 18 8:30 p.m.
The General Tire Music City 200 Presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions was postponed from May 4 to May 5 due to rain.

Results and standingsEdit

RacesEdit

No. Race Pole Position Most laps led Winning driver No. Winning team Winning manufacturer
1 Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire Christian Eckes Harrison Burton Harrison Burton 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
2 Pensacola 200 Chandler Smith Raphaël Lessard Michael Self 25
3 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 Carson Hocevar Michael Self Michael Self
4 General Tire 200 Brandon Lynn Sean Corr Todd Gilliland 4 DGR-Crosley
5 General Tire Music City 200 Chandler Smith Christian Eckes Christian Eckes 15 Venturini Motorsports
6 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Michael Self Chandler Smith Chandler Smith 20
7 General Tire 150 Michael Self Michael Self Ty Majeski 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford
8 General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Harrison Burton Riley Herbst Ty Majeski
9 VizCom 200 Michael Self Michael Self Michael Self 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
10 Shore Lunch 200 Chandler Smith Chandler Smith Chandler Smith 20
11 Day to Day Coffee 150 Michael Self Michael Self Ty Gibbs 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
12 Bounty 150 Michael Self Ty Majeski Ty Majeski 22 Chad Bryant Racing Ford
13 Menards 250 Christian Eckes Chandler Smith Chandler Smith 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota
14 Fans With Benefits 150 Chandler Smith Chandler Smith Chandler Smith
15 FORTS USA 150 Todd Gilliland Todd Gilliland Christian Eckes 15
16 Allen Crowe 100 Logan Seavey Michael Self Michael Self 25
17 Southern Illinois 100 Ken Schrader Christian Eckes Christian Eckes 15
18 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic 200 Ty Gibbs Ty Gibbs Ty Gibbs 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
19 Herr's Potato Chips 200 Ty Gibbs Ty Gibbs Chandler Smith 20 Venturini Motorsports
20 ARCA Kansas 150 Tanner Gray Michael Self Christian Eckes 15

Drivers' championshipEdit

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

Pos Driver DAY FFL SLM TAL NSH TOL CLT POC MCH MAD GTW CHI ELK IOW POC ISF DSF SLM IRP KAN Points
1 Christian Eckes (R) 4 3 INQ 26 1 3 7 3 7 7 2 7 11 2 1 2 1 2 2 1 5045
2 Michael Self 31 1 1 5 15 4 5 11 1 2 13 4 4 3 3 1 4 14 6 2 5020
3 Bret Holmes 18 6 10 14 5 7 8 5 3 5 10 3 9 8 7 3 9 4 8 4 4880
4 Travis Braden 8 10 12 7 8 13 9 10 6 4 7 5 12 7 9 11 7 9 7 5 4780
5 Joe Graf Jr. 21 11 9 10 6 17 12 8 4 9 11 11 7 9 10 10 11 6 10 9 4610
6 Tommy Vigh Jr. (R) 23 13 11 24 12 9 15 17 17 11 19 17 15 19 17 19 13 17 12 17 3995
7 Brad Smith 19 16 19 16 20 23 15 13 15 15 16 19 17 16 16 16 18 19 20 3480
8 Tim Richmond (R) 14 14 13 11 14 15 14 18 12 16 16 15 13 12 15 17 17 3170
9 Dick Doheny 19 18 17 15 24 18 18 17 14 18 QL 18 12 19 20 18 21 2750
10 Corey Heim (R) 5 5 11 10 10 4 5 6 4 7 3 3 4 2615
11 Chandler Smith 4 4 3 1 1 16 1 1 8 8 1 2420
12 Carson Hocevar 17 3 4 6 6 5 6 4 8 15 7 9 2320
13 Ty Gibbs 2 6 2 2 8 1 2 5 15 1 15 2315
14 Sam Mayer 15 2 5 3 3 3 5 3 1650
15 Scott Melton 32 18 14 13 9 10 15 12 14 14 1645
16 Riley Herbst 10 2 2 12 6 6 16 1485
17 Mike Basham 20 17 16 16 20 17 19 18 13 13 1455
18 Eric Caudell 33 14 13 12 14 13 13 20 20 18 1450
19 Tanner Gray 12 7 8 6 5 17 15 6 1440
20 Ty Majeski 4 1 1 2 1 3 1375
21 Harrison Burton 1 8 4 6 2 12 1240
22 Bobby Gerhart 13 13 16 12 14 12 11 1155
23 Thad Moffitt 27 25 9 10 9 9 11 1110
24 Hailie Deegan 18 7 12 8 5 8 1090
25 Gus Dean 26 6 3 10 705
26 Ed Pompa 21 12 13 11 15 635
27 Raphaël Lessard 8 4 5 615
28 Todd Gilliland 2 1 2 595
29 Kaden Honeycutt 9 7 14 560
30 Andy Seuss 9 8 11 550
31 Brandon McReynolds 25 19 20 14 530
32 Gavin Harlien 8 12 16 510
33 Con Nicolopoulos 22 22 22 18 500
34 Wayne Peterson 22 21 20 22 495
35 Morgen Baird 16 11 13 490
36 C. J. McLaughlin 24 11 Wth 10 490
37 Alex Clubb 15 12 20 455
38 Dale Shearer 18 14 17 445
39 Rick Clifton 14 21 14 445
40 Logan Seavey 4 2 440
41 Jason Miles 18 19 18 415
42 Kelly Kovski 6 5 410
43 Sheldon Creed 2 11 395
44 Drew Dollar 6 7 395
45 Austin Wayne Self 8 6 395
46 Connor Okrzesik 7 10 375
47 Sean Corr 5 15 370
48 Ryan Unzicker 9 10 365
49 Colby Howard 10 10 360
50 Willie Mullins 35 17 14 360
51 Will Kimmel 5 18 345
52 Codie Rohrbaugh 7 16 345
53 Bryan Dauzat 12 13 335
54 Howie DiSavino III 10 16 330
55 Connor Hall 11 16 325
56 Natalie Decker 6 23 315
57 Grant Quinlan 3 9 300
58 Darrell Basham 13 21 290
59 Benjamin Peterson 21 DNS 245
60 Brandon Lynn 3 220
61 Ken Schrader 8 200
62 Myatt Snider 8 190
63 Cole Glasson 9 185
64 Tyler Dippel 12 170
65 Carson Ware 13 165
66 Chuck Hiers 14 160
67 Leilani Munter 15 155
68 Dick Karth 16 150
69 Jason White 16 150
70 Brian Finney 17 145
71 Tyler Speer 17 145
72 D. L. Wilson 17 145
73 Derrick Lancaster 17 145
74 Matt Dooley 18 140
75 Barry Layne 18 140
76 Lexi Gay 19 135
77 Stefan Parsons 20 130
78 Thomas Praytor 20 130
79 Dave Mader III 20 130
80 Devin Dodson 21 125
81 J. J. Pack 28 90
82 Brenden Queen (R) 29 85
83 Paul Williamson 30 80
84 John Ferrier 34 60
85 Don Thompson Wth 25
Christian Eckes, C. J. McLaughlin, and Don Thompson all received 25 points for attempting practices. However, they didn't compete in the race; Eckes due to illness, and
McLaughlin and Thompson due to crashing their primary cars and not having backups for the race.
– Benjamin Peterson received the points of a 22nd-place finish, however he didn't start the race due to crashing his primary car in qualifying and not having a backup for the race.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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