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Pit crews work on cars during practice before the General Tire 150 for the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series West at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona, on March 12, 2021. (Adam Glanzman/ARCA Racing)

PIT BOX: Previewing ARCA Menards races at Winchester, Colorado National

Those who enjoy stock car racing on the ARCA Menards platform — particularly the short track racing brand — are in for a treat Saturday night.

Two races are scheduled for the evening, one being the Calypso Lemonade 200 at Indiana’s Winchester Speedway, the 12th race of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season, the sixth round of the Sioux Chief Showdown and Round 3 of the CGS Imaging Four Crown.

The other is the NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150 at Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, located about 30 miles north of downtown Denver. The fourth race of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series West season is the series’ second on a short track.

Both tracks feature desirable characteristics. Winchester is a high-banked half mile known for producing incredible speeds for a short track. Colorado National is a 0.375-mile bullring known for producing physical racing.

Tickets are available for both the Winchester race (here) and the Colorado race (here).

The Calypso Lemonade 200 at Winchester is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150 at Colorado National is scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m. MT / 10:05 p.m. ET; it will be shown live on TrackPass.


Calypso Lemonade 200 at Winchester Speedway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Calypso Racelogo

The ARCA Menards Series is back on track for its fourth Saturday night short track race in as many weeks. The series has produced three different winners in that stretch.

The question at Winchester is whether Ty Gibbs, Corey Heim or Daniel Dye can prevent a fourth.

The defending winner at the high-banked short track, Gibbs has a chance to go back-to-back at a track for the second consecutive week. His victory at Iowa Speedway last week made him the first multiple-time winner at the venue in the ARCA Menards Series. Winchester hasn’t seen a back-to-back winner in the series since Frank Kimmel won three straight in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

That win at Iowa gave Gibbs the championship points lead by four over Heim, who at Winchester will be looking to return the punch. Dye is in the field, too, for his fourth ARCA Menards Series start after winning in just his second (Berlin Raceway on July 17).

The Calypso Lemonade 200 also marks Round 6 of the 2021 Sioux Chief Showdown, a 10-race series within the series run on road courses and short tracks; it’s designed to bring together the best of the ARCA Menards Series, the ARCA Menards Series East and the ARCA Menards Series West. Gibbs leads Heim in the standings for this series, too.

In addition, Saturday’s race at Winchester is Round 3 of the 2021 CGS Imaging Four Crown, a four-race series within the overall ARCA Menards Series that celebrates a diverse schedule with races contested on all four types of tracks the series visits: superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks and road courses.

Gibbs won both the superspeedway race (Kansas Speedway on May 1) and the road course race (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 4) ahead of this weekend’s short track race at Winchester. The Four Crown will conclude with a dirt track race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sept. 5.

The complete entry list for Saturday’s Calypso Lemonade 200 at Winchester Speedway can be viewed here.

RACING REFERENCE:

RACE FACTS

RACE Calypso Lemonade 200
PLACE Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Indiana
DATE Saturday, July 31, 2021
TIME 8 p.m. ET
TV/LIVE STREAM MAVTV / TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold
RADIO ARCARacing.com
TRACK LAYOUT Half-mile paved oval
LAPS 200
MILES 100
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday, July 31: Garage opens at 10:45 p.m.; Practice at 4:15 p.m.; Qualifying at 6 p.m.; Race at 8 p.m. (All times ET)
TWITTER @ARCA_Racing, @NASCARRoots, @FastestHalfMile, @MAVTV, @_TrackPass

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Calypso Lemonade 200 is limited to 24 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2021 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive laps qualifying. No adjustments or repairs may be made on car after taking the green flag at start/finish line. All cars must make a qualifying attempt, and all drivers must practice before they can qualify.

RACE PIT STOP: Break pit stop procedure. Breaks at or near the conclusion of Laps 75 and 125. All cars will be required to make at least one pit stop before 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 number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is six (6).


NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150 at Colorado National Speedway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Colorado Logo

A staple on the ARCA Menards Series West schedule, Colorado National Speedway is a popular stop for drivers and teams. They’ve all been looking forward to Saturday night since the checkered flag waved in their last race at California’s Irwindale Speedway on July 3.

The driver who dominated much of that Irwindale race before Jesse Love won, Dean Thompson is in the field again at Colorado after moving up to second in West Series points behind the leader and veteran racer Todd Souza, who’s also in the field Saturday night.

Thompson’s quasi-teammates at Sunrise Ford Racing, Trevor Huddleston and Jake Drew, will look to pick up the team’s first win at Colorado since Derek Thorn reached Victory Lane in 2018. Since then, it’s been the Bill McAnally Racing show at Colorado.

A BMR driver has won eight of the 18 West Series races contested at the bullring in Dacono, Colorado, dating back to 1995, including five of the past seven. In 2017, when Chris Eggleston won his second consecutive race at Colorado, BMR swept the podium.

West Series regulars Love and Cole Moore will run for BMR at Colorado this year. A third BMR entry at Colorado will feature Jolynn “Jo Jo” Wilkinson. The 17-year-old Hueytown, Alabama, driver — a participant in the BMR Driver’s Academy this year — will make her series debut.

The complete entry list for Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150 at Colorado National Speedway can be viewed here.

RACING REFERENCE:

RACE FACTS

RACE NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150
PLACE Colorado National Speedway in Dacono, Colorado
DATE Saturday, July 31, 2021
TIME 8:05 p.m. MT / 10:05 p.m. ET
TV/LIVE STREAM TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold
RADIO ARCARacing.com
TRACK LAYOUT 0.375-mile paved oval
LAPS 150
MILES 50
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday, July 31: Practice/qualifying at 4:30 p.m.; Race at 8:05 p.m. (All times MT)
TWITTER @ARCA_Racing, @NASCARRoots, @cnsracing, @_TrackPass

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the NAPA Auto Parts Colorado 150 is limited to 21 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2021 ARCA Menards Series West rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: Starting position will be set by each car’s fastest recorded lap in the practice / qualifying session.

RACE PIT STOP: Pitting during this event will be for making repairs and adjustments only; no tires or fuel can be changed or added.

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: The maximum tire use at track for the event is eight (8) tires for practice, qualifying and to begin race. Team representative must designate qualifying/race tires to ARCA officials at designated time.