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Sam Mayer returns to New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway looking to defend his East championship. (Matthew T. Thacker/NKP for NASCAR)

PIT BOX: New Era Begins With Annual ARCA East Opener at New Smyrna

It’s a new season. With a new name.

But the drivers at the front of the pack that everybody is chasing remain the same.

The newly rebranded ARCA Menards Series East will kick off their 2020 season, the first of which under the ARCA banner, at New Smyrna Speedway for the seventh consecutive year.

Although a handful of familiar faces return to the series to begin the new decade, there are new faces aplenty that’ll be looking to splash onto the scene.



Chase Cabre and Sam Mayer appear to be ready for another battle for the championship in 2020. The Rev Racing and GMS Racing drivers are back for another full season, and are looking to kick off their championship bids with a win.

New Smyrna Speedway LogoCabre led 13 laps last season before a rear end issue forced him behind the wall for a 17th-place finish, while Mayer finished fourth.

Mayer went on to score four wins and 11 top fives in 12 starts en route to the title, while Cabre won twice and finished runner-up in the championship.

Tanner Gray and Max McLaughlin return to New Smyrna after finishing third and fifth, respectively, in the standings, while Mason Diaz has teamed with ARCA Menards Series championship team Venturini Motorsports in trip back to Florida.

The defending winner may not be in the field, but the organization is.

Reigning ARCA West champions Bill McAnally Racing will have their rookie class of Gio Scelzi, Jesse Love, Holley Hollan and Gracie Trotter competing at the Florida oval. The all new lineup replaces the 2019 cast that was headed by New Smyrna race winner and eventual West champion Derek Kraus.

Ty Gibbs, who finished second to Kraus, will return in the No. 18 Monster Energy Toyota. New Smyrna was one of four runner-up finishes for the 17-year-old grandson of NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs before he scored a win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Gibbs also had two wins and four runner-up finishes in the ARCA Menards Series last season.

A local notable face will be Ben Kennedy Racing’s Daniel Dye, who won the track’s Pro Late Model title last year. He finished third in the Super Late Model portion of the Red Eye 50/50 in January.

RACING REFERENCE: Previous East Series races at New Smyrna | East Series Drivers’ career stats at New Smyrna


PLACE New Smyrna Speedway
DATE Monday, February 10, 2020
TIME 7:40 p.m. EST
TELEVISION NBC TrackPass (live), 7:40 p.m. EST; NBCSN – Friday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. EST
TRACK LAYOUT 0.48-mile paved oval
2019 WINNER Derek Kraus
2019 POLE Hailie Deegan
EVENT SCHEDULE Garage opens: 9:45 a.m. EST; Final practice: 1-2:30 p.m.; Qualifying: 5:30 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 6:30 p.m.; Driver introductions: 7:15 p.m. Skips Western Outfitters 175: 7:40 p.m. (approx.)
TWITTER @newsmyrnaspdwy, @NASCARRoots, @ARCA_Racing
HASHTAG #Skips175


CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Skips Western Outfitters 175 is limited to 26 starters plus provisional positions. The first 22 drivers will secure starting positions based on qualifying for the Skips Western Outfitters 175. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This event will be run under the 2020 ARCA Menards Series East rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive laps qualifying. No adjustments or repairs may be made on car after taking the green flag at Start/Finish line. All cars must make a qualifying attempt, and all drivers must practice before they can qualify.

RACE PIT STOP: All cars will be required to make at least one pit stop prior to last 10 laps of an event. No adding or moving tires to or from pit box once race has started. Modified live pit stop procedure in place for this event. A maximum of 4 crew members may service car and a maximum of 2 tires may be changed on any pitstop.

The Skips Western Outfitters 175 will be 175 laps (84 miles) and is to be run in two (2) segments with one break at or around the conclusion of Lap 75.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for qualifying and four (4) tires in pit box the race for a total of eight (8) tires.

A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time. Teams will be allowed to bring one (1) set of tires from home to register for practice session(s). Tires must be proper code and registered with NASCAR Officials prior to the beginning of the practice sessions.


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