during the ARCA Menards Series Skips Western Outfitters 175 at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 in New Smyrna, Fla.  (Photo by Matt Stamey)
during the ARCA Menards Series Skips Western Outfitters 175 at New Smyrna Speedway on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 in New Smyrna, Fla. (Photo by Matt Stamey)

2021 ARCA Menards Series East Season To Begin With Pair Of Races In Florida


As part of a trio of ARCA Menards Series races scheduled to take place in February, the 2021 ARCA Menards Series East season will start with a pair of events in the Sunshine State.

The ARCA Menards Series East season will begin Monday, Feb. 8 at New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with a 175-lap feature event that will headline that night’s World Series of Asphalt Racing activities. The race will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

The ARCA Menards Series East will close the month with a 200-lapper at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 27. That race will also be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.

Sam Mayer, the 2020 ARCA Menards Series East champion, won both the season-opener at New Smyrna and the finale at 5 Flags last season. The latter race originally was scheduled as the second event of the East season but was pushed to October as part of the series’ schedule changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the pair of East races to kick off that series’ season, the 2021 ARCA Menards Series schedule will begin in the same state on Saturday, Feb. 13 with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway. The race will be televised live on FS1. It will be the first time in the series’ 58-year history at Daytona that the race will take place the day before the Daytona 500, sharing the stage in a same-day doubleheader with the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

The annual ARCA Menards Series preseason test at Daytona is set for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, with Sunday, Jan. 17 reserved as the weather date.

Tickets are on sale for all three ARCA Menards races. Fans interested in attending can access ticket information and COVID-19 protocols for the ARCA Menards Series East race at New Smyrna at NewSmyrnaSpeedway.org.

Ticket information and COVID-19 protocols for all events at Daytona can be found at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com.

Ticket information and COVID-19 protocols for the ARCA Menards Series East race at 5 Flags Speedway can be found at 5FlagsSpeedway.com and TrackEnterprises.com.