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ARCA Menards Series standings: Breaking down the top 10 in points after Elko Speedway

The top three drivers in the 2022 ARCA Menards Series standings did not change with Saturday night’s Menards 250 at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway, the eighth race on the schedule.

What did change, though, are the gaps between championship leader Rajah Caruth, second-place Nick Sanchez and third-place Daniel Dye.

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Caruth entered the Elko race with a one-point advantage over his Rev Racing teammate in the ARCA Menards Series standings. Sanchez’s 11th-place finish thanks in part to a spin on Lap 137 of the Menards 250, though, coupled with Caruth’s seventh-place effort, grew Caruth’s points lead to five.

Dye notched his fourth top-five finish of the season at Elko with his fifth-place run, a result that leaves him nine points back from Caruth’s championship lead with 12 races remaining in 2022.

Below is a breakdown of how the top 10 drivers in the standings fared in the Menards 250, plus a complete look at the ARCA Menards Series standings.

Rajah Caruth and Nick Sanchez
Rajah Caruth and Nick Sanchez pictured at Iowa Speedway (Photo: Matthew Putney/ARCA Racing)

1. Rajah Caruth: 355 points

Caruth did not run as well as he might have liked at Elko, with his seventh-place run earning him 37 points for the night. But he’ll take an extended lead in the ARCA Menards Series standings. The finish also marked his sixth top 10 of the year, tied with Sanchez and Dye for the most in the series.

2. Nick Sanchez: 350 points

Sanchez battled issues all night at Elko, with the trouble culminating in a spin in the second half of the race and resulting in an 11th-place finish. Still, he is the only driver in the top three of the championship standings with something in the win column this year thanks to his victories at Talladega Superspeedway and Kansas Speedway.

3. Daniel Dye: 346 points

Fresh off a heartbreaker at Berlin Raceway, where an electrical issue with just a few laps to go ruined what likely would have been a cruise to the checkered flag, Dye turned in a strong run at Elko with a fifth-place finish. He, Sammy Smith and Caruth are tied atop the board with four top-five finishes this season.

4. Toni Breidinger: 301 points

An early spin did not help Breidinger’s efforts to gain points at Elko. She ultimately finished 12th.

5. Greg Van Alst: 297 points

Van Alst finished eighth at Elko, a notable result. He extended his streak of consecutive top-10 finishes to five, making him the only driver who has finished in the top 10 in each of the last five ARCA Menards Series events.

6. Amber Balcaen: 290 points

Balcaen’s rough day at Elko began with a mechanical issue her team discovered prior to qualifying, forcing her to start the race from the back of the pack. She then was forced to retire from the race with an engine issues after 56 laps, leaving her with a 17th-place finish.

7. Zachary Tinkle: 248 points

Tinkle is another driver who was forced to deal with car issues Saturday night at Elko. He was able to run only 15 laps because of an overheating issue, and he finished 18th.

8. Brad Smith: 245 points

On the subject of overheating issues at Elko, they knocked Smith out of the race, too. Smith was able to run 116 laps before retiring from the event and settling for a 16th-place finish.

Sammy Smith
Sammy Smith (Photo: Matt Krohn/ARCA Racing)

9. Sammy Smith: 184 points

Smith won his second consecutive ARCA Menards Series race Saturday at Elko, and he did it in dominant fashion, leading 233 of 250 laps. Despite having run only four ARCA Menards Series (national) races thus far this season, he is now tied with Sanchez for the most victories in 2022 with two. Now 18, Smith plans to run the rest of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports. The question is whether he can compete for a title despite running four fewer races than the other contenders.

10. D.L. Wilson: 180 points

Wilson is another driver who dealt with car issues at Elko. A brake problem forced him out of the race after just 15 laps. He finished 19th.

ARCA Menards Series standings

Rank Driver Races Wins Top fives Top 10s Poles Laps Laps led Average start Average finish Points Diff.
1    Rajah Caruth 8 0 4 6 0 1098 34 11.1 6.3 355  –
2    Nick Sanchez 8 2 2 6 0 1094 62 7.9 7.6 350 -5
3    Daniel Dye 8 0 4 6 1 1037 224 6 7.5 346 -9
4    Toni Breidinger 8 0 0 3 0 1061 0 11.3 12.6 301 -54
5    Greg Van Alst 8 0 1 5 0 952 0 11.5 13.1 297 -58
6    Amber Balcaen 8 0 0 3 0 668 0 16 14 290 -65
7    Zachary Tinkle 8 0 0 0 0 440 0 18.4 19.3 248 -107
8    Brad Smith 8 0 0 1 0 690 0 22.6 19.6 245 -110
9    Sammy Smith 4 2 4 4 2 754 384 3.3 1.8 184 -171
10    D.L. Wilson 7 0 0 0 0 451 0 18.3 18.3 180 -175
11    Corey Heim 4 1 3 3 2 307 156 3 5.5 165 -190
12    Connor Mosack 4 0 3 4 0 504 6 5 5.5 155 -200
13    Jesse Love 4 0 2 3 1 749 72 2.3 6 155 -200
14    Taylor Gray 4 1 3 3 0 669 43 4 6.8 153 -202
15    Bryce Haugeberg 6 0 0 0 0 677 0 23.7 20 144 -211
16    Ryan Huff 4 0 0 2 0 317 0 19 11.3 131 -224
17    Parker Chase 4 0 1 2 0 387 0 5 11.5 130 -225
18    Gus Dean 3 0 3 3 0 248 0 9.7 4.7 118 -237
19    Drew Dollar 4 0 0 1 1 218 51 3.5 16.3 114 -241
20    Alex Clubb 4 0 0 0 0 435 0 24.3 17.3 107 -248
21    Ron Vandermeir, Jr. 3 0 0 3 0 494 0 11 9 105 -250
22    Brandon Jones 2 2 2 2 1 250 64 3 1 96 -259
23    Andy Jankowiak 3 0 0 1 0 192 0 13.7 12.3 95 -260
24    Willie Mullins 3 0 0 1 0 394 0 15.3 12.7 94 -261
25    Sean Corr 3 0 1 2 0 195 6 14.7 15 88 -267
26    Tim Richmond 3 0 0 0 0 130 0 12.3 23.3 80 -275
27    Tom Hessert III 2 0 1 2 0 450 0 5 4 80 -275
28    Tim Monroe 4 0 0 0 0 73 0 19.8 25.8 73 -282
29    Will Kimmel 3 0 0 1 0 180 0 14.3 20 72 -283
30    Christian Rose 3 0 0 0 0 248 0 19.7 24.7 58 -297
31    Bryan Dauzat 3 0 0 0 0 136 0 21 25.3 56 -299
32    Dallas Frueh 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 14 18 52 -303
33    Brayton Laster 2 0 0 0 0 128 0 24 19.5 49 -306
34    Max Gutierrez 2 0 0 1 0 131 0 21.5 21 46 -309
35    Bret Holmes 1 0 1 1 0 68 0 16 2 42 -313
36    Landon Pembelton 1 0 1 1 0 250 0 3 3 41 -314
37    Jason Kitzmiller 2 0 0 0 0 119 0 16.5 24 40 -315
38    Thad Moffitt 1 0 1 1 0 68 0 25 4 40 -315
39    Jonathan Shafer 1 0 1 1 0 150 0 7 4 40 -315
40    Jake Drew 1 0 1 1 0 154 0 9 5 39 -316
41    Conner Jones 1 0 1 1 0 150 0 3 5 39 -316
42    Leland Honeyman 1 0 0 1 0 150 0 12 6 38 -317
43    Mason Diaz 1 0 0 1 0 80 0 4 7 37 -318
44    Brian Kaltreider 3 0 0 0 0 87 0 35.7 32 36 -319
45    Dave Mader III 1 0 0 1 0 80 0 24 8 36 -319
46    Josh Berry 1 0 0 1 0 154 0 11 8 36 -319
47    Derek Kraus 1 0 0 1 0 154 0 14 9 35 -320
48    Tony Cosentino 1 0 0 1 0 98 0 12 9 35 -320
49    Cole Moore 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 19 11 33 -322
50    Dale Quarterley 1 0 0 0 0 80 0 15 12 32 -323
51    Todd Souza 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 13 12 32 -323
52    Matt Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 95 0 15 12 32 -323
53    Rita Thomason 1 0 0 0 0 41 0 15 12 32 -323
54    Joey Iest 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 12 13 31 -324
55    Colton Collins 1 0 0 0 0 238 0 13 13 31 -324
56    Scott Melton 2 0 0 0 0 123 0 22.5 29 30 -325
57    Austin Herzog 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 16 14 30 -325
58    Chuck Hiers 1 0 0 0 0 80 0 10 15 29 -326
59    Tanner Reif 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 17 16 28 -327
60    Jason White 1 0 0 0 0 80 0 25 17 27 -328
61    Paul Pedroncelli, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 153 0 15 17 27 -328
63    Takuma Koga 1 0 0 0 0 151 0 20 18 26 -329
64    Eric Caudell 2 0 0 0 0 69 0 24.5 31.5 25 -330
65    Tim Spurgeon 1 0 0 0 0 150 0 18 19 25 -330
66    Thomas Praytor 1 0 0 0 0 67 0 29 19 25 -330
68    Tanner Allen 1 0 0 0 0 52 0 19 20 24 -331
69    Michael Lira 1 0 0 0 0 79 0 18 21 23 -332
70    Jon Garrett 1 0 0 0 0 66 0 8 21 23 -332
71    Tommy Vigh, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 17 0 21 21 23 -332
72    Stephanie Moyer 1 0 0 0 0 22 0 17 21 23 -332
73    Ryan Roulette 1 0 0 0 0 144 0 30 22 22 -333
74    Dick Doheny 1 0 0 0 0 16 0 23 22 22 -333
75    Bridget Burgess 1 0 0 0 0 142 0 27 23 21 -334
76    A.J. Moyer 1 0 0 0 0 61 0 33 23 21 -334
77    Benny Chastain 1 0 0 0 0 78 0 35 25 19 -336
78    Sebastian Arias 1 0 0 0 0 126 0 26 25 19 -336
79    Richard Garvie 1 0 0 0 0 48 0 6 25 19 -336
80    Josh White 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 24 25 19 -336
81    Bobby Hillis, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 124 0 31 26 18 -337
82    Con Nicolopoulos 1 0 0 0 0 76 0 33 29 15 -340
83    Chris Lowden 1 0 0 0 0 54 0 34 31 13 -342
84    Kyle Keller 1 0 0 0 0 45 0 24 32 12 -343
85    Andrew Tuttle 1 0 0 0 0 26 0 37 35 9 -346
86    Paul Pedroncelli 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 32 38 6 -349