The heart of ARCA Menards competition as a whole, especially in the ARCA Menards Series East, is short track racing.
So Southern National Motorsports Park is the perfect venue for this particular brand of motorsports.
Despite this ideal match of series and venue, the Southern National 200 presented by Solid Rock Carriers on June 12 marks ARCA’s first visit to the 4/10-mile paved oval in Lucama, North Carolina. The race is the fifth of eight on the 2021 East Series schedule.
Southern National Motorsports Park features a blend of characteristics that typically creates exciting racing, starting with the 17-degree banking in the corners that produces sustained high speeds. And the entirety of the oval is wide enough to promote advantageous side-by-side racing.
Below is everything you need to know about the track ahead of ARCA’s first visit.
Track Profile: Southern National Motorsports Park
|Track||Southern National Motorsports Park|
|Location||Lucama, North Carolina|
|Opened||1993 (reopened in 2012)|
|Banking||17 degrees in turns; Seven degrees in straights|
Though the June 12 race marks the first time Southern National Motorsports Park has hosted the ARCA Menards Series East, a NASCAR touring division, multiple stock car racing greats have competed on the half-mile oval located between Raleigh and Greenville.
The venue opened as a weekly track in 1993. Five years later, Southern National joined the NASCAR world as a member track in what is now the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series.
Scott Riggs won the track’s first two championships in the Late Model Stock Car division in 1993 and 1994 before he went on to compete in all three of NASCAR’s national series.
In 1997, a young driver by the name of Jimmie Johnson ran his first race in a stock car at Southern National. He of course went on to win seven NASCAR Cup Series championships.
Current Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin also is a Southern National alum; he won the 2003 track championship a year before he started racing in NASCAR’s national series. Hamlin also won Southern National’s Thanksgiving Classic in 2003 and 2007.
Other notables who have competed on a weekly basis at Southern National include Jamey Caudill, Joey Coulter, Brandon Brown, Tommy Lemons Jr., Brandon Setzer, Kate Dallenbach, Steven Wallace and Harrison Burton.
Southern National Motorsports Park closed in 2008, but in 2011, current owners Michael Diaz and Jerry Brown purchased the track and reopened it the next year under the NASCAR banner.
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