The countdown is on to the start of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season…
Today is December 1, 2019, giving us 69 days until the first green flag of the season on the highbanks of Daytona International Speedway.
The number 69 has been a part of the ARCA community with the Kimmel family for decades. But there was a time when the Kimmels were focused on racing on the short tracks of southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, and the number was available for use by others.
One owner that used the number for a brief time was Lucky Compton. After starting with the No. 92 for three races with driver David Sosebee in 1988, Compton’s son Kennie took the wheel of the newly numbered No. 69 in the finale at Atlanta in 1989.
The younger Compton drove a pair of races at Daytona in 1990, at Daytona and Pocono with a best finish of 17th at Pocono.
The final start of the season for the No. 69 was again at the finale at Atlanta. Sports car racer Dorsey Schroeder, who was attempting to make the leap into stock cars in 1991 and took the reins of the No. 69. He qualified seventh at led 6 laps on his way to a second-place finish in his stock car debut.
Schroeder would make another attempt with the team at Daytona, earning the pole in qualifying, leading 16 laps, and going on to a tenth-place finish.
Schroeder would attempt the Daytona 500 as well, failing to qualify Compton’s machine after crashing with sprint car standout Sammy Swindell in his twin 125-mile qualifier. He was also a participant in the International Race of Champions and had this spectacular flip at Talladega.
As his career wound down, Schroeder transitioned to television with SPEED, calling NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and IMSA Rolex Series races.
The ARCA Menards Series season starts with the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 8. The race will be shown live on FS1 starting at 4:30 pm ET while ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring of all on-track sessions.