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ARCA Menards Series at Iowa Speedway in 2021.
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PIT BOX: Stars of two ARCA divisions head to Iowa Speedway for Calypso Lemonade 150

For the first time this season, the ARCA Menards Series will team up with the ARCA Menards Series East for a combination race this Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.

The Calypso Lemonade 150 will be the sixth race on the ARCA Menards Series schedule and the fifth race on the East Series schedule. The event is also the second race of the Sioux Chief Showdown, the series that brings together the best of the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West.

Saturday’s race at the 0.875-mile paved oval is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET and will be available to watch live on MAVTV and FloRacing.

This will be the 16th time the ARCA Menards Series has visited Iowa Speedway and the 20th time the East Series has raced at the track located in Newton, Iowa. Both divisions teamed up to compete at Iowa Speedway last year, with Ty Gibbs emerging as the winner at Iowa for the second straight season.

Tickets to Saturday’s Calypso Lemonade 150 are available. Below is everything to know about the event.


Calypso Lemonade 150 at Iowa Speedway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Calypso 150 4cWith five races complete and 15 still to go, Rajah Caruth finds himself alone atop the ARCA Menards Series standings entering the Calypso Lemonade 150 at Iowa Speedway.

Caruth remains in search of his first ARCA triumph, something he is hoping to cross off his bucket list Saturday night. If he hopes to do that, he’ll have to defeat the most recent ARCA Menards Series winner.

Brandon Jones, who reached Victory Lane in his return to ARCA competition two weeks ago at Charlotte Motor Speedway, makes his second of an expected five starts this season at Iowa Speedway in the No. 81 Toyota. He has one previous ARCA start at Iowa, which resulted in an 11th-place finish in 2015.

East Series championship leader Sammy Smith will join Jones as a Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate at Iowa. Smith has won three of the four East Series races run this season and will attempt to collect his first ARCA Menards Series triumph during Saturday’s combination event.

Smith will be joined by East Series title rival Taylor Gray, who will again pilot the No. 17 Ford for David Gilliland Racing at Iowa. In two previous ARCA starts at Iowa, Gray has never finished worse than fifth.

Cars line up for the start of the Shore Lunch 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on July 24, 2021. (Matthew Putney/ARCA Racing)
Cars line up for the start of the Shore Lunch 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on July 24, 2021. (Photo: Matthew Putney/ARCA Racing)

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Nick Sanchez, who has two victories in five starts this year for Rev Racing in ARCA competition, will look to improve upon his fifth-place finish last season at Iowa. GMS Racing’s Daniel Dye, fresh off his first road course race last weekend at Portland International Raceway in West Series competition, finished second last year at Iowa and will be among the contenders to watch.

Venturini Motorsports is bringing four cars to Iowa Speedway, with Toni Breidinger, Jesse Love, Conner Jones and Jonathan Shafer set to tackle the tricky, 0.875-mile oval. Love is the only member of the group who has raced at Iowa in ARCA competition.

Other entries for Iowa include Leland Honeyman Jr., Amber Balcaen, Greg Van Alst, Zachary Tinkle, Tim Richmond and Alex Clubb, among others.

The complete entry list for Saturday’s Calypso Lemonade 150 can be found here.

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RACE FACTS

RACE Calypso Lemonade 150
PLACE Iowa Speedway
DATE Saturday, June 11
TIME 8 p.m. CT / 9 p.m. ET
TV CHANNEL/LIVE STREAM MAVTV / FloRacing
RADIO ARCARacing.com
TRACK LAYOUT 0.875-mile paved oval
LAPS 150
EVENT SCHEDULE Saturday, June 11: Practice at 4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m. CT … General Tire Pole Qualifying at 6 p.m. CT … Start of the Calypso Lemonade 150 at 8 p.m. CT

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Calypso Lemonade 150 is limited to 25 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2022 ARCA Menards Series rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

QUALIFYING: Starting lineup set by each car’s fastest lap during timed qualifying session.

RACE PIT STOP: Break pit stop procedure. Breaks at or near the conclusion of Laps 50 and 100. All cars will be required to make at least one pit stop prior to last 10 laps of 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: The maximum tire use at track (total, “from home” plus purchased at track) for the event is 14. Per ARCA Rulebook, maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is six (6).