With the exception of Ty Gibbs, everybody in the field for the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway is hoping Saturday night’s race does not play out in a manner similar to the last time the ARCA Menards Series raced on a 1.5-mile tri-oval.
Earlier this month, Gibbs led every lap at Kansas Speedway. On top of that, he recorded the best lap in an ARCA Menards test session at Charlotte on May 11.
So yes, the 18-year-old driver who leads the ARCA Menards Series with three wins in 2021 will be among the favorites to emerge victorious again at Charlotte. And in this case, a win in the ARCA Menards Series could mark his second trip to Victory Lane in one day.
Gibbs is one of a few drivers entered in the General Tire 150 who will run double-duty at Charlotte, as the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series also are in town for the weekend.
Fans will be able to attend the ARCA Menards Series race at Charlotte (buy tickets), which is the second leg of a Saturday doubleheader with the Xfinity Series.
The General Tire 150 will broadcast live on FS1 with a live stream available on Fox Sports Go beginning at 7 p.m. ET. A radio broadcast can be heard on MRN or SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981).
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In the case of Gibbs, he will run two races in one day.
Included in his part-time slate of Xfinity races for 2021, Gibbs will make his sixth series start when he runs the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Charlotte, a track at which he has no experience beyond the ARCA Menards test session earlier this month.
Of course, a lack of experience has not been an issue for Joe Gibbs’ grandson. Ty Gibbs has four top-five finishes in his first five Xfinity races, including a win at the Daytona International Speedway road course in his series debut in February.
After the Xfinity Series race (1 p.m. ET on FS1), Gibbs will climb into the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and try to win his fourth consecutive ARCA Menards race, including his triumph in the East Series at Dover International Speedway two weeks ago.
On Friday night at Charlotte, Dollar will make his second start driving the No. 51 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Truck Series. A part-time driver for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Menards Series, Dollar finished 10th in his Truck Series debut at Daytona in February.
He’ll run the No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota for VMS in the General Tire 150 on Saturday night.
Wood is the other ARCA Menards Series driver entered in Friday night’s Truck Series race at Charlotte (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1). He’ll run the No. 24 Chevrolet for GMS Racing after making his series debut in the same truck last weekend at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Wood’s GMS Racing machine for the ARCA Menards Series race Saturday night features the same chassis with which he finished a career-high fourth at Kansas.
“We tested at Charlotte earlier this month and we found some speed in our Chevy,” said Wood, who has never raced at Charlotte. “I think it will be a difficult race, because Charlotte is a lot more challenging compared to Kansas, but running the truck race Friday night will definitely help me be prepared.”
Additionally, the Sieg brothers collectively will run double-duty Saturday at Charlotte, with Ryan Sieg entered in the Xfinity Series race and Kyle Sieg entered in the ARCA Menards Series race.
Bret Holmes is not entered in the General Tire 150, but the reigning ARCA Menards Series champion will race in the Truck Series on Friday night for his family-owned team.
The complete entry list for Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series race at Charlotte can be viewed here.
|RACE||General Tire 150|
|PLACE||Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina|
|DATE||Saturday, May 29, 2021|
|TIME||7 p.m. ET|
|TV/LIVE STREAM||FS1 / Fox Sports Go|
|RADIO||MRN / SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981)|
|TRACK LAYOUT||1.5-mile paved tri-oval|
|EVENT SCHEDULE||Saturday, May 29: Garage opens at 9:30 a.m.; Practice/Qualifying at 4:30 p.m.; General Tire 150 at 7 p.m. (All times ET)|
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CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the General Tire 150 at Charlotte is limited to 30 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2021 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.
QUALIFYING: Field will be set by practice/qualifying session plus provisionals.
RACE PIT STOP: Modified live pit stop procedure. There will be a competition caution at or near Lap 50. All cars will be required to make at least one pit stop prior to the last 10 laps of the race. No adding or moving tires to or from pit box once race has started.
The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Per ARCA Rulebook, maximum tire usage for this event is 16 (four sets). Maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is eight (8).