2019 ARCA Menards Series
|2019 ARCA Menards Series|
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.
Teams and driversEdit
|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|
|Bret Holmes Racing||23||Bret Holmes|
|Chad Bryant Racing||77||Joe Graf Jr.|
|Fast Track Racing||1||Chuck Hiers 1|
|Dick Doheny 13|
|Ed Pompa 3|
|Jason Miles 2|
|Darrell Basham 1|
|10||Tommy Vigh Jr. (R)|
|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|
|KBR Development||28||Brandon McReynolds 4|
|Carson Hocevar (R) 12|
|Raphaël Lessard 2|
|Stefan Parsons 1|
|Sheldon Creed 1|
|Kimmel Racing||69||Scott Melton (R) 10|
|Mike Basham 5|
|Barry Layne 1|
|Dale Shearer 2|
|Will Kimmel 2|
|Wayne Peterson Racing||06||Con Nicolopoulos 3|
|Tim Richmond (R) 17|
|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|
|Empire Racing||43||Sean Corr||2|
|Finney Racing Enterprises||80||Brian Finney||1|
|GMS Racing||21||Sam Mayer||7|
|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|
|Austin Wayne Self||2|
|Howie DiSavino III||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|
|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|
|Vizion Motorsports||35||Brenden Queen (R)||1|
|Brad Smith Motorsports||48||Brad Smith||19|
|CCM Racing||2||Eric Caudell||3|
|Empire Racing||44||John Ferrier||1|
|Ken Schrader Racing||52||Tyler Dippel||1|
|Our Motorsports||02||Andy Seuss||3|
|09||C. J. McLaughlin||4|
|Wayne Peterson Racing||0||Wayne Peterson||4|
- It was a Dale Shearer Racing entry using Kimmel Racing's owner points.
- On Point Motorsports has announced plans to enter the series part-time in 2019.
- GMS Racing announced a re-entry into ARCA for 2019 with Sam Mayer as driver.
- 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.
- 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.
- On October 26, 2018, Corey Heim announced a schedule of thirteen events for the 2019 season in the No. 22 for Chad Bryant Racing.
- 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.
- On November 24, 2018, it was announced that Carson Hocevar and KBR Development will run the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge in 2019.
- 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.
- On December 6, 2018, Sam Mayer and GMS Racing announced a seven-race partnership.
- 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.
- 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.
- Connor Okrzesik announced that he will make his ARCA debut in the race at Five Flags Speedway on March 9.
- On March 1, 2019, it was announced that Hailie Deegan signed a six-race deal to drive for Venturini Motorsports in the 2019 season.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- On December 6, 2018, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Mark McFarland had been hired as the crew chief of their ARCA team.
- On January 15, 2019, it was confirmed that former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series crew chief Frank Kerr had signed with DGR-Crosley to become the crew chief for Natalie Decker in 2019.
- Matt Weber and Todd Myers both joined Chad Bryant Racing for 2019.
- On January 15, 2019, it was announced that Tony Furr, who served as crew chief of the StarCom Racing No. 00 team in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, moved to Mullins Racing in the same capacity.
The full schedule was released on November 21st, 2018. 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. 12 races were broadcast on MAVTV, while 6 were covered by FS1 and the last 2 was covered by FS2.
|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
(key) Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or rainout. * – Most laps led.
|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|
|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|
|8||Tim Richmond (R)||14||14||13||11||14||15||14||18||12||16||16||15||13||12||15||17||17||3170|
|10||Corey Heim (R)||5||5||11||10||10||4||5||6||4||7||3||3||4||2615|
|36||C. J. McLaughlin||24||11||Wth†||10||490|
|45||Austin Wayne Self||8||6||395|
|54||Howie DiSavino III||10||16||330|
|72||D. L. Wilson||17||145|
|79||Dave Mader III||20||130|
|81||J. J. Pack||28||90|
|82||Brenden Queen (R)||29||85|
|† – 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.
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