Sam Mayer, driver of the #21 Pat Connaughton With Us Foundation Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the Zinsser SmartCoat 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri on September 5, 2020. (Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)
Sam Mayer, driver of the #21 Pat Connaughton With Us Foundation Chevrolet, sits in his car during practice for the Zinsser SmartCoat 200 for the ARCA Menards Series at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Missouri on September 5, 2020. (Jeff Curry/ARCA Racing)

PIT BOX: Sam Mayer Looks To Memphis To Close Out Sioux Chief Showdown Title


The last time Sam Mayer was on the brink of a championship, he went out and won the race.

He’ll get another run at it Saturday.

The Sioux Chief Showdown will conclude at Memphis International Raceway with the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT), the final of the 10-race championship slate that brings together the best drivers of the ARCA Menards Series East, ARCA Menards Series West and ARCA Menards Series.

The race will also be No. 18 of 20 on the ARCA Menards Series calendar, and fans will be allowed to attend.

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The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will air live on MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Gold.


Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Head Logo Powerpex 200

The ARCA Menards Series will be making its visit since 2001 to Memphis, the three-quarters mile Tennessee oval, but a number of drivers in Saturday’s race already have experience at the track — including Mayer and Ty Gibbs.

The Sioux Chief Showdown points leaders (Mayer has a six-point lead on Gibbs) ran there as part of the East race last season, that was won by Chase Cabre. Mayer led 17 laps before a three-wide move by Cabre on a restart cost Mayer the top spot.

Mayer wound up fourth and Gibbs was second.

Mayer enters the weekend having won five of his last seven ARCA Menards Series starts, and seven races overall in that span when you throw in his ARCA Menards Series East win at Dover International Speedway and his first career NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series win last week at Bristol Motor Speedway. Meanwhile, Gibbs is coming off a win Saturday at Winchester Speedway.

Michael Self carries a three-point lead over Bret Holmes into the weekend with three races left on the overall ARCA Menards Series schedule.

Since the Showdown’s predecessor, the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge began in 2015, only once has the championships been split. That was in 2014 when Kyle Weatherman won the then-Short Track Challenge and Grant Enfinger won the overall title.

The only other driver with Memphis experience, Hailie Deegan, finished 13th after leading three laps in the 2018 East visit to Memphis. She is third in the ARCA Menards Series and leads Drew Dollar by 19 points in the Bounty Rookie of the Year race.

The race is also the third of the CGS Imaging Four Crown Series.

RACING REFERENCE: Previous races at Memphis | 2020 ARCA Menards Series Standings | Sioux Chief Showdown Update & Standings

RACE FACTS

RACE

Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200

PLACE

Memphis International Raceway, Millington, Tenn.

DATE

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020

TIME

5 p.m. CT

TELEVISION/RADIO

MAVTV & TrackPass on NBC Gold (live), 5 p.m. CT

TRACK LAYOUT

.750-mile paved oval

EVENT SCHEDULE

Saturday, Sept. 26 — Garage opens: 9:30 a.m. CT; Practice: 1:15-2 p.m.; General Tire Pole Award Qualifying: 3 p.m.; Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200: 5 p.m.

TWITTER

@RaceMIR, @ARCA_Racing, @NASCARRoots, @SiouxChief

HASHTAG

#ARCAMenards

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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 is limited to 35, including provisional positions. The field will be set by qualifying (1-24) and provisional process per the entry blank (25-35) for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 The remaining 10 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: Two consecutive qualifying laps. Faster lap determines qualifying position. Adjustments or repairs may not be made on the vehicle after the vehicle has taken the green flag at the start/finish line. Vehicles will be impounded after qualifying. Vehicle must qualify on race set up.

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.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 will be 200 laps (150 miles) and is to be run in three (3) segments. The race will have the first break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 75; and a second break, at or near the conclusion of Lap 150. 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).