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The field takes the green flag for a wet Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. (Kirk Irwin/ARCA Racing)

ARCA Menards Series standings: Breaking down the top 10 in points after the Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio

Despite a chaotic conclusion to Friday’s Dawn 150 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the top three drivers in the ARCA Menards Series maintained their respective positions in the official point standings.

Rajah Caruth entered the ninth race of the 2022 season with a small advantage over his Rev Racing teammate Nick Sanchez, with GMS Racing development driver Daniel Dye following closely behind in third.

RELATED: Complete Mid-Ohio results

Misfortune plagued all three drivers in the Dawn 150, a race won by David Gilliland Racing’s Taylor Gray, to the point where none ended up finishing on the lead lap. By the time the checkered flag was displayed, Caruth extended the gap between him and Sanchez from five to six points, while Dye erased one point from his deficit to now trail by eight.

The front three have created a sizable advantage over Venturini Motorsports’ Toni Breidinger in the standings and appear poised to settle the ARCA Menards Series championship amongst themselves as the series embarks on the second half of the 2022 season.

Below is a breakdown of the how the top 10 drivers in the standings fared in the Dawn 150, as well as a complete look at the ARCA Menards Series standings.

Daniel Dye (43) and Rajah Caruth (6) battle for position during the Dawn 150 for the ARCA Menards Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.(Kirk Irwin/ARCA Racing)
  1. Rajah Caruth: 390 points

Caruth soldiered through an eventful Dawn 150 that saw him endure several spins and off-track excursions in the rain to maintain solid track position. A solid-but-eventful outing for Caurth was ultimately derailed when he illegally pitted for fresh slick tires under caution, which relegated him to ninth after he was penalized two laps.

  1. Nick Sanchez: 384 points

As the track conditions changed from wet to dry, Sanchez during the race break took advantage of the opportunity to pit for slick tires, allowing him to easily overtake John Hunter Nemechek for the lead in the closing stages. Like his teammate, Sanchez was assessed a two-lap penalty for pitting again for slicks, but he ended up finishing outside the top 10 after getting tangled up with Nemechek and Kris Wright on the final lap.

  1. Daniel Dye: 382 points

A rough start to the afternoon for Dye prevented him from contending for the win in the Dawn 150, but he still managed to finish in front of Caruth and Sanchez following their late issues. Dye’s eighth-place finish at Mid-Ohio gets him closer to striking distance of the points lead as he continues to search for his first victory of the season.

  1. Toni Breidinger: 332 points 

Friday’s Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio was nothing to write home about for Breidinger. She kept her car in one piece to finish in 13th two laps behind race-winner Taylor Gray, but Breidinger is still searching for her first top-five finish with Venturini in 2022.

  1. Greg Van Alst: 329 points 

The veteran short track competitor survived the treacherous track conditions at Mid-Ohio to settle for a 12th-place finish. Although the performance snapped Van Alst’s streak of top-10 finishes dating back to Kansas Speedway, he has excelled at keeping his car out of trouble, only failing to finish the second race of the year at Phoenix Raceway due to handling issues.

  1. Amber Balcean: 319 points

A spin under caution during the first lap of Friday’s Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio served as a microcosm of Balcean’s day. She struggled to keep pace with the leaders before ultimately finishing seven laps down in 15th.

  1. Brad Smith: 267 points 

A long-time ARCA veteran, Smith’s day ended after just three laps due to an ignition failure. The mechanical issue ended a five-race streak that saw Smith finish inside the top 20.

  1. Zachary Tinkle: 248 points

Funding issues ultimately prevented Tinkle from taking the green flag in the Dawn 150. In eight starts this year, Tinkle’s best finish is 11th, which he obtained at Kansas.

Sammy Smith makes a lap around Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during Friday’s Dawn 150. (Kirk Irwin/ARCA Racing)
  1. Sammy Smith: 226 points 

Late contact with Nemechek for the lead ultimately prevented Smith from adding another victory to his growing ARCA resume. Despite the frustration from the spin, in which he took out Nemecheck in the final corner, Smith still finished in third, continuing a streak that has seen him finish inside the top three in every single ARCA appearance this year.

  1. D.L. Wilson: 203 points

Wilson ended up finishing 21st after brake problems sidelined him from the Dawn 150 after just five laps. Wilson has competed in all but one race so far this year, scoring a season-best finish of 12th at Kansas.

ARCA Menards Series standings

Pos.  Driver Races Wins Top fives Top 10s Poles Laps Laps led Average start Average finish Points Diff.
1    Rajah Caruth 9 0 4 7 0 1138 34 10.4 6.6 390  –
2    Nick Sanchez 9 2 2 6 0 1134 65 7.3 8 384 -6
3    Daniel Dye 9 0 4 7 1 1078 224 6.6 7.6 382 -8
4    Toni Breidinger 9 0 0 3 0 1101 0 11.7 12.7 332 -58
5    Greg Van Alst 9 0 1 5 0 992 0 11.6 13 329 -61
6    Amber Balcaen 9 0 0 3 0 703 0 16.2 14.1 319 -71
7    Brad Smith 9 0 0 1 0 693 0 22.9 19.9 267 -123
8    Zachary Tinkle 8 0 0 0 0 440 0 18.4 19.3 248 -142
9    Sammy Smith 5 2 5 5 2 796 385 3 2 226 -164
10    D.L. Wilson 8 0 0 0 0 456 0 18.8 18.6 203 -187
11    Taylor Gray 5 2 4 4 0 711 46 4.8 5.6 200 -190
12    Jesse Love 5 0 3 4 1 791 72 3.6 5.8 194 -196
13    Parker Chase 5 0 2 3 0 429 1 4.8 9.6 173 -217
14    Corey Heim 4 1 3 3 2 307 156 3 5.5 165 -225
15    Connor Mosack 4 0 3 4 0 504 6 5 5.5 155 -235
16    Bryce Haugeberg 6 0 0 0 0 677 0 23.7 20 144 -246
17    Ryan Huff 4 0 0 2 0 317 0 19 11.3 131 -259
18    Gus Dean 3 0 3 3 0 248 0 9.7 4.7 118 -272
19    Drew Dollar 4 0 0 1 1 218 51 3.5 16.3 114 -276
20    Alex Clubb 4 0 0 0 0 435 0 24.3 17.3 107 -283
21    Ron Vandermeir, Jr. 3 0 0 3 0 494 0 11 9 105 -285
22    Brandon Jones 2 2 2 2 1 250 64 3 1 96 -294
23    Andy Jankowiak 3 0 0 1 0 192 0 13.7 12.3 95 -295
24    Willie Mullins 3 0 0 1 0 394 0 15.3 12.7 94 -296
25    Sean Corr 3 0 1 2 0 195 6 14.7 15 88 -302
26    Tom Hessert III 2 0 1 2 0 450 0 5 4 80 -310
27    Tim Richmond 3 0 0 0 0 130 0 12.3 23.3 80 -310
28    Tim Monroe 4 0 0 0 0 73 0 19.8 25.8 73 -317
29    Will Kimmel 3 0 0 1 0 180 0 14.3 20 72 -318
30    Dale Quarterley 2 0 0 1 0 120 0 12.5 11 66 -324
31    Tony Cosentino 2 0 0 1 0 106 0 15.5 14.5 59 -331
32    Christian Rose 3 0 0 0 0 248 0 19.7 24.7 58 -332
33    Rita Thomason 2 0 0 0 0 68 0 19 15.5 57 -333
34    Bryan Dauzat 3 0 0 0 0 136 0 21 25.3 56 -334
35    Arnout Kok 1 0 0 0 0 38 0 17 14 55 -335
36    Dallas Frueh 2 0 0 0 0 6 0 14 18 52 -338
37    Brayton Laster 2 0 0 0 0 128 0 24 19.5 49 -341
38    Max Gutierrez 2 0 0 1 0 131 0 21.5 21 46 -344
39    Bret Holmes 1 0 1 1 0 68 0 16 2 42 -348
40    John Hunter Nemechek 1 0 1 1 1 42 31 1 4 42 -348
41    Landon Pembelton 1 0 1 1 0 250 0 3 3 41 -349
42    Thad Moffitt 1 0 1 1 0 68 0 25 4 40 -350
43    Jonathan Shafer 1 0 1 1 0 150 0 7 4 40 -350
44    Jason Kitzmiller 2 0 0 0 0 119 0 16.5 24 40 -350
45    Jake Drew 1 0 1 1 0 154 0 9 5 39 -351
46    Conner Jones 1 0 1 1 0 150 0 3 5 39 -351
47    Kris Wright 1 0 0 1 0 42 3 7 6 39 -351
48    Leland Honeyman 1 0 0 1 0 150 0 12 6 38 -352
49    Mason Diaz 1 0 0 1 0 80 0 4 7 37 -353
50    Stanton Barrett 1 0 0 1 0 42 0 14 7 37 -353
51    Dave Mader III 1 0 0 1 0 80 0 24 8 36 -354
52    Josh Berry 1 0 0 1 0 154 0 11 8 36 -354
53    Brian Kaltreider 3 0 0 0 0 87 0 35.7 32 36 -354
54    Derek Kraus 1 0 0 1 0 154 0 14 9 35 -355
55    Con Nicolopoulos 2 0 0 0 0 76 0 28.5 26.5 35 -355
56    Cole Moore 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 19 11 33 -357
57    Paul Pedroncelli 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 32 38 33 -357
58    Todd Souza 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 13 12 32 -358
59    Matt Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 95 0 15 12 32 -358
60    Joey Iest 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 12 13 31 -359
61    Colton Collins 1 0 0 0 0 238 0 13 13 31 -359
62    Austin Herzog 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 16 14 30 -360
63    Scott Melton 2 0 0 0 0 123 0 22.5 29 30 -360
64    Chuck Hiers 1 0 0 0 0 80 0 10 15 29 -361
65    Tanner Reif 1 0 0 0 0 154 0 17 16 28 -362
66    Ed Bull 1 0 0 0 0 35 0 20 16 28 -362
67    Jason White 1 0 0 0 0 80 0 25 17 27 -363
69    Colby Howard 1 0 0 0 0 32 0 6 17 27 -363
70    Takuma Koga 1 0 0 0 0 151 0 20 18 26 -364
71    Blaine Perkins 1 0 0 0 0 27 0 13 18 26 -364
72    Tim Spurgeon 1 0 0 0 0 150 0 18 19 25 -365
73    Thomas Praytor 1 0 0 0 0 67 0 29 19 25 -365
74    Eric Caudell 2 0 0 0 0 69 0 24.5 31.5 25 -365
75    Tanner Allen 1 0 0 0 0 52 0 19 20 24 -366
76    Michael Lira 1 0 0 0 0 79 0 18 21 23 -367
77    Jon Garrett 1 0 0 0 0 66 0 8 21 23 -367
78    Tommy Vigh, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 17 0 21 21 23 -367
79    Stephanie Moyer 1 0 0 0 0 22 0 17 21 23 -367
80    Ryan Roulette 1 0 0 0 0 144 0 30 22 22 -368
81    Dick Doheny 1 0 0 0 0 16 0 23 22 22 -368
82    Bridget Burgess 1 0 0 0 0 142 0 27 23 21 -369
83    A.J. Moyer 1 0 0 0 0 61 0 33 23 21 -369
84    Casey Carden 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 23 21 -369
85    Benny Chastain 1 0 0 0 0 78 0 35 25 19 -371
86    Sebastian Arias 1 0 0 0 0 126 0 26 25 19 -371
87    Richard Garvie 1 0 0 0 0 48 0 6 25 19 -371
88    Josh White 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 24 25 19 -371
89    Jack Wood 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 25 19 -371
90    Bobby Hillis, Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 124 0 31 26 18 -372
91    Chris Lowden 1 0 0 0 0 54 0 34 31 13 -377
92    Kyle Keller 1 0 0 0 0 45 0 24 32 12 -378
93    Andrew Tuttle 1 0 0 0 0 26 0 37 35 9 -381