The final schedule for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series was recently released by the sanctioning body. The 2019 season will be the last time the series, officially known as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, will be run as an independent entity. NASCAR bought the series in May 2018 and will take over the series in 2020, at which time it will become known as the ARCA Elite Tour.
Ten Months, 20 Races, 13 States
The 2019 ARCA season will start at Daytona International Speedway the same weekend as the NASCAR Clash, with the ARCA race taking place on the ninth and finishing up on Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway. Highlights of the changes to the schedule from 2018 include:
- The season opener will be the Daytona race on Feb 2nd at Lucas Oil Speedway.
- The race at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will be run in May in 2019.
- Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Raceway will host a race for the first time since 1992.
The full 2019 schedule for ARCA Series presented by Menards is:
- Daytona International Speedway-Feb. 2nd
- Five Flags Speedway-Pensacola, Florida-Mar. 9th
- Salem Speedway-Salem, Indiana-Apr. 14th
- Talladega Superspeedway-Talladega, Alabama-Apr. 26th
- Fairgrounds Speedway-Nashville, TN-May 4th
- Toledo Speedway-Toledo, Ohio-May 19th
- Charlotte Motor Speedway-Concord, NC-May 23rd
- Pocono Raceway-Long Pond, PN-May 31st
- Michigan International Speedway-Brooklyn, MI-June 7th
- Madison International Speedway-Madison, WI-June 14th
- Gateway Motorsports Park-Madison, IL-June 22nd
- Chicagoland Speedway-Joliet, IL-June 27th
- Elko Speedway- Elko, MN-July 13th
- Iowa Speedway-Newton, IA-July 19th
- Pocono Speedway-July 26th
- Illinois State Fairgrounds-Springfield, IL-Aug 18th
- DuQuoin State Fairgrounds- DuQuoin, IL-Aug 31st
- Salem Speedway-Salem, IN-Sept 14th
- Lucas Oil Raceway-Brownsburg,IN-Oct 5th
- Kansas Speedway-Kansas City, KS-Oct 18th
Highlights of 2018 Champion Sheldon Creed’s Championship Season
Series champion Sheldon Creed and his MDM Motorsports teammate Zane Smith teamed up for eight wins during the 2018 ARCA campaign, with both drivers winning four races apiece. Other than a DNF at Toledo, prior to his first win of the season at Michigan, Creed never finished worse than fourth. His second win came two weeks later at Madison, IL, with number three coming at Iowa another two weeks later. Sheldon clinched the championship by winning the season finale at Kansas.