Chandler Smith, driver of the #20 JBL Toyota, talks with Michael Self, driver of the #25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota, prior to 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)
Chandler Smith, driver of the #20 JBL Toyota, talks with Michael Self, driver of the #25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota, prior to 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)

Plenty To Race For Outside Of Title Picture


All eyes in Memphis will be on Sam Mayer — and by extension, peripherally on Ty Gibbs — Saturday at Memphis International Speedway.

The 17-year-old from Wisconsin carries a six-point lead over Gibbs into the final race of the Sioux Chief Showdown. He could wrap up one of two ARCA championships this weekend at the end of the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (5 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. ET; MAVT & TrackPass on NBC Gold).

Out in Las Vegas, Jesse Love will look to protect his seven-point ARCA Menards West lead over Blaine Perkins as the first of a four-race stretch closes out the season. The General Tire 150 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will stream live on TrackPass at noon PT (3 p.m. ET)

But beyond those championship races, there’s still plenty on the line throughout the field.

With three races remaining in the overall ARCA Menards Series season, Hailie Deegan sits third in the championship standings and leads Drew Dollar by 19 points in the Bounty Rookie of the Year standings.

Brad Smith, coming off his first career top 10 in 363 career starts, is in line with matching his best career championship finish as he’s currently sixth. He finished sixth in 2016 and seventh last year.

Taylor Gray, 15, has moved to within three points of Mike Basham for the 10th spot in the standings.

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 Showdown originated in 2015 with Kyle Weatherman taking home the trophy. Chase Briscoe (2016), Austin Theriault (2017), Sheldon Creed (2018) and Christian Eckes (2019) swept both the Showdown and the overall titles.

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

Out West, Gracie Trotter has five top fives in seven races and holds down the third-place spot in the championship — 36 back of her Bill McAnally Racing teammate Jesse Love. But just 19 points separate Trotter from sixth-place Todd Souza, a a group of four drivers that also includes Sunrise Ford Racing’s Trevor Huddleston (fourth) and BMR’s Gio Scelzi (fifth).

BMR’s Holley Hollan sits just nine back of Souza and 13 ahead of Takuma Koga.

After Saturday at The Bullring, the West finishes up with a doubleheader weekend at All American Speedway in Roseville, just outside of Sacramento, California, on Friday, Oct. 23, and then at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, California, on Sunday, Oct. 25; and the championship race at Phoenix Raceway in Arizona on Nov. 7.

Early Work For Pit Crew

The trip to Memphis hit a bump for Andy Hillenburg and Co.

First Fun, Then Work

ARCAR Menards Series West driver Bridget Burgess got a little open wheel, road course racing in before this weekend’s race.