The first round of entries has been received for the ARCA Menards Series season opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire, headlined by former Daytona winner and 2019 championship runner-up Michael Self and three-time ARCA Menards Series West winner Hailie Deegan.
Self (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) won at the World Center of Racing in 2018, but was swept into an early-race crash last season that kept him from challenging for the victory. Self would go on to finish second in the season standings, just 25 points behind eventual champion and teammate Christian Eckes.
The driver who chased Self across the finish line in 2018, Willie Mullins (No. 3 Crow Wing Recycling/Bugsy’s Repair Ford) is also entered. Ironically, Self and Mullins collided on the backstretch on lap three last season cutting their day short.
Deegan (No. 4 DGR-Crosley Ford) won three times in the ARCA Menards Series West, formerly known as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, becoming the first female driver to win in series history and the first female to win a NASCAR touring series race since 1989. She announced intentions to compete for the Bounty Rookie Challenge and the series championship in 2020.
Venturini Motorsports has also filed entries for Drew Dollar (No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) and Ryan Repko (No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota), while DGR-Crosley has also filed an entry for former NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Pro Stock national champion Tanner Gray (No. 17 DGR-Crosley Ford).
Former Daytona General Tire Pole Award winner Sean Corr (No. 8 NESCO Chevrolet) has filed an entry, as well as Bret Holmes (No. 23 Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet), who was third in last year’s championship standings. Two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion Andy Seuss (No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet), a former runner-up at Talladega, has also filed an entry as he searches for his first career series victory.
The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire is scheduled for Saturday, February 8 at 4:45 pm ET, and will be televised live on FS1. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring throughout all on-track sessions including practice, General Tire Pole Qualifying, and the race.