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The ARCA Menards Series field has its eyes on championship points leader Michael Self as the series heads to Michigan International Speedway Sunday. (Ed Zurga/ARCA Racing)

PIT BOX: Bret Holmes Resumes Chase of Michael Self At Michigan International Speedway


After a weekend of short-track racing — and rain delays — in Ohio, the ARCA Menards Series heads north across the state line to Michigan and back to the big track.

Everybody is still chasing Michael Self, who has 10 straight top 10s to start the season and has been firmly entrenched atop the standings after winning the opener at Daytona International Speedway.

The 11th race of the 2020 season will take place Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. The two-mile track has been a longtime home to the series, with notable names such as Bob Keselowski (1992), Kerry Earnhardt (2001) and Chris Buescher (2012) making the trip to Victory Lane.

The VizCom 200 will run Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, prior to the NASCAR Cup Series’ Consumer Energy 400 (4:30 p.m.). The ARCA Menards race will air live on MAVTV and can also be heard on MRN.


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WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

A "chipper" is a crossfit workout in which a person tackles a high volume, broken down into groups, to allow for the gradual chipping away at the grander total without losing momentum or intensity.

The 2020 ARCA Menards Series season has proven to be just that for Bret Holmes.

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Since the return to racing, Self’s finishes have been: fifth, fifth, eighth, third, sixth, sixth, fifth and fourth. Not bad, and certainly a string of finishes that’s worthy of a championship season.

On the other hand, in those exact same races, Holmes’ finishes have been: third, fourth, seventh, second, third, fist, fourth and third.

While the biggest ground the Alabama driver has gained was in his win at Kansas Speedway (+10 points), every race Holmes has able to chip away at Self’s once sizable 26-point cushion. It’s now down to seven as the series has crossed the halfway point of the season.

The good news for Self is he heads to a pair of tracks he should expect success. Before the series gets to the Daytona Road Course, they’ll tackle Michigan. Last year, Self won the General Tire Pole Award and led 86 of 100 laps en route to his third win of the season. Self also led 23 laps in a third-place effort there in 2018.

Holmes has finishes of fourth (2017), 20th (2018) and third (2019) and has yet to lead a lap at Michigan. If his performance at Kansas Speedway, where he ran away from the field and claimed his first career win, is any indication, Holmes has the speedway package figured out and should be a contender for the win Sunday.

Hailie Deegan with DGR-Crosley and Drew Dollar with Venturini Motorsports will continue their Bounty Rookie battle. Dollar holds the third spot in the championship standings by just four over Deegan, who will get a new teammate at Michigan. Anthony Alfredo, who previously drove for DGR-Crosley, and is currently running a partial NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule, will be in the No. 17 to pair with Deegan and Thad Moffitt.

"We’ve been working on scheduling this race since the start of the season," said Alfredo. "Because of Covid-19, we weren’t sure exactly when we would be able to do it, but fortunately Michigan fell right in between my biggest break from the Xfinity side of things, so I’m excited to go fill that gap. It’s going to be nice to get the band back together racing with DGR-Crosley again and go have some fun at Michigan."

RACING REFERENCE: Previous ARCA Menards races at Michigan | ARCA Menards Drivers at Michigan | 2020 ARCA Menards Series Standings

RACE FACTS

RACE

VIZCOM 200

PLACE

Michigan International Speedway

DATE

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020

TIME

1 p.m. ET

TELEVISION/RADIO

MAVTV & TrackPass on NBC Gold (live), 1 p.m. ET; MRN & SIRIUSXM Ch. 385 and online Ch. 985 (live)

TRACK LAYOUT

2-mile paved oval

EVENT SCHEDULE

Sunday, Aug. 9 — Garage opens: 7 a.m. ET; Practice: 11:30 a.m.-Noon; VizCom 200: 1 p.m.

TWITTER

@MISpeedway, @ARCA_Racing, @NASCARRoots

HASHTAG

#ARCAMenards

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the VizCom 200 is limited to 36, including provisional positions. The field will be set by 2020 Owners Points (1-30) for the VizCom 200. The remaining six spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This event will be run under the 2020 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: No qualifying.

RACE PIT STOP: No adding or moving tires to or from pit box once race has started. A maximum four (4) crew members may service car. No tires and fuel may be added outside of the break.

General Tire Superspeedway Challenge: The VizCom 200 will be Race 6 of the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, which recognizes the car owner who accumulates the most points in designated events.

RELATED: General Tire Superspeedway Challenge Recap & Points Standings

The VizCom 200 will be 100 laps (200 miles) and is to be run in three (3) segments. The race will have the first break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 30. The race will have the second break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 60. At the conclusion of the break(s), vehicles will line up in the order they were running at the beginning of the break.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Per ARCA Rulebook, maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is eight (8).