A look back at milestones this week in ARCA Racing history:
May 18, 1953 – Jim Romine earned his first MARC checkered flag by taking the win at Canfield Speedway in the fledgling series’ second race. Romine would go on to become the first series champion and would win 10 times in 19 races in 1953.
May 18, 1968 – Scotty Cain held off Harold Hardesty and Jack McCoy to win the Pacific Coast Late Model Division – now ARCA Menards Series West – Vallejo 150 at the quarter-mile Vallejo Speedway. Ray Elder started on the pole and led the first lap but a broken rear end sidelined him on Lap 2. Cain led the rest of the way.
May 23, 1971 – Ramo Stott earned the 20th win of his ARCA Menards Series career by taking the checkered flag at the half-mile Queen City Speedway outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. It was the second race of the 1971 season to be held at the track, the earlier race on April 18 won by Springfield, Ohio, native Tom Bowsher.
May 25, 1987 – Bruce Haley scored the win in the Busch North Series – now ARCA Menards Series East – Miller American 100 at the third-mile Oxford Plains Speedway. Haley defeated Jeff Stevens, Billy Clark, Robbie Crouch and Buzzie Bezanson. The race, scheduled for 100 green flag laps, went 146 laps due to seven cautions for 46 laps.
May 17, 1992 – "The High Plains Drifter" Rick Carelli scored the season-opening win for the West Series in the Vons 300 at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield, California. Carelli led 187 of the race’s 300 laps and finished ahead of eventual series champion Bill Sedgwick, former champion Bill Schmitt, John Krebs, and Butch Gilliland.
May 20, 2000 – Lyndon Amick earned his first and only ARCA Menards Series victory in the Easy Care Vehicle Services Contracts 100 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Amick beat Kerry Earnhardt to the stripe by 0.173 seconds. Tim Steele, Justin Labonte, and Bob Strait rounded out the top five.
May 16, 2015 – Brandon McReynolds took the win in the East/West combination Casey’s General Stores 150 at Iowa Speedway. McReynolds, representing the West series driving for car owner Bill McAnally, nipped William Byron by 0.325 seconds at the finish. Ronnie Bassett, Jr., Jesse Little and Christopher Bell were the remainder of the top five. McReynolds was just the second West driver to win the combination event in 12 tries – following Michael Self in 2013 – and would go on to sweep the season events at the "The Fastest Short Track on The Planet" with a win in the return trip in July.