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Cars in action during the Great Outdoors RV Superstore 100 for what's now the ARCA Menards Series East at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, on Aug. 2, 2019. (NASCAR)

PIT BOX: Watkins Glen entry list sees influx of NASCAR national series drivers

The 13th race of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season arrives Friday at Watkins Glen International, the speedy, 2.45-mile road course at the foot of Seneca Lake in New York.

Yet this will not be an ordinary event for the series regulars pursuing a championship.

Friday’s Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen, which also represents Round 7 of the 2021 Sioux Chief Showdown, is part of a weekend quadruple-header at Watkins Glen with the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

So several drivers who regularly compete in NASCAR’s three national touring series are entered in Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race attempting to gain experience ahead of the events Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets to Friday’s Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen are available. The race will broadcast live on FS1 starting at 6 p.m. ET with a live stream available on the Fox Sports App.

A radio broadcast of Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race will air live on MRN and SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981).


Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

21 Wgi Clean Harbors 100 4c

The entry list for Friday’s Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen is loaded with talent, and many of the drivers in the field are not ARCA Menards Series regulars.

The trio of NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday — the United Rentals 176 for the Truck Series (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, FS1), the Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey 200 for the Xfinity Series (Saturday, 4 p.m. ET, CNBC) and the Go Bowling at The Glen for the Cup Series (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN) — has attracted multiple NASCAR national series regulars to the ARCA Menards Series stage for Friday’s race.

Almost half of the drivers entered in Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen are pulling double-duty this weekend at Watkins Glen.

And one is attempting a tripleheader.

Sam Mayer, the two-time reigning ARCA Menards Series East champion, will run for Bret Holmes Racing in Friday’s ARCA race. He then will run both races Saturday, in the Truck Series race for Bret Holmes Racing and in the Xfinity Series race for JR Motorsports.

Ty Gibbs, the driver Mayer beat for last year’s East Series championship and the current leader in ARCA Menards Series points, will make his 10th Xfinity Series start Saturday driving for Joe Gibbs Racing at Watkins Glen after competing in Friday’s ARCA race.

Corey Heim, the driver Gibbs is battling for the ARCA Menards Series title in 2021, will make his second Truck Series start Saturday driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Watkins Glen.

Ty Gibbs
Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, in action during the Dawn 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on June 4, 2021. (Emilee Chinn/ARCA Racing)

Taylor Gray, a regular on the ARCA Menards platform, will make his Truck Series debut Saturday at Watkins Glen driving for David Gilliland Racing.

The other drivers competing in both Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race and Saturday’s Truck Series race are Austin Hill, Carson Hocevar, Jack Wood, Austin Wayne Self and Tyler Ankrum. All but Ankrum have experience on the ARCA Menards platform; Wayne Self was the runner-up in the 2015 ARCA Menards Series championship standings.

Beyond Mayer and Gibbs, the other drivers competing in both Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race and Saturday’s Xfinity Series race are Riley Herbst, Kris Wright and Brandon Jones. All have significant ARCA experience.

The lone driver who will race in both Friday’s ARCA Menards Series race and Sunday’s Cup Series race is Chase Briscoe. Just as he did in June at Sonoma Raceway, Briscoe at Watkins Glen will drive the No. 14 Huffy-Parker Boats Ford for Chad Bryant in the ARCA race before piloting his No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Cup race.

The complete entry list for Friday’s Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen can be viewed here.

Chase Briscoe
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Huffy-Parker Boats Ford, in action during the General Tire 200 for the ARCA Menards Series West at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California, on June 5, 2021. (Matt Cohen/ARCA Racing)

RACING REFERENCE:

RACE FACTS

RACE Clean Harbors 100 at The Glen
PLACE Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York
DATE Friday, Aug. 6, 2021
TIME 6 p.m. ET
TV/LIVE STREAM FS1 / Fox Sports App
RADIO MRN / SiriusXM (XM channel 391, online channel 981)
TRACK LAYOUT 2.45-mile road course
LAPS 41
MILES 100.45
EVENT SCHEDULE Friday, Aug. 6: Practice / qualifying at 3:15 p.m.; Race at 6 p.m. (All times ET)
TWITTER @ARCA_Racing, @NASCARRoots, @WGI, @FS1, @MRNRadio

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Shore Lunch 150 is limited to 25 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2021 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: Starting lineup set by practice/qualifying session results plus provisionals.

RACE PIT STOP: Break pitting procedure. Break at or near the conclusion of Lap 21. 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 (purchased plus from-home tires) is 16. Maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is eight (8). In the event of wet conditions, General Tire SC wet radial tires may be used on all four corners.