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The ARCA Menards Series West will celebrate its 1,000th race on Saturday at Evergreen Speedway, which has hosted the most races in series history with 59 total. (Lindsey Wasson/ARCA Racing)

PIT BOX: ARCA Menards Series West to reach 1,000-race milestone Saturday at Evergreen

Saturday will be a night of historical significance for the ARCA Menards Series West at Evergreen Speedway, as the division celebrates its 1,000th race with the running of the NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150.

The proud tradition of NASCAR’s western stock car division began all the way back in 1954, when Dick Rathmann won the inaugural race at Oakland Stadium. Many talented drivers have come through the West Series since that day, with some of the more notable names including Jack McCoy, Ray Elder, Hershel McGriff, Jimmy Insolo and many more.

Evergreen has hosted more events for the West Series than any other track with 59. Dick Bown took home a victory in the inaugural West Series event at Evergreen back in 1964, while current NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Blaine Perkins won the most recent race at the facility back in 2020.

While the past will be honored during pre-race ceremonies, the current generation of West Series drivers will look to make their own stamp on history by battling it each other for the opportunity to win the division’s 1,000th race.

Tickets to Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150 at Evergreen Speedway are available. Below is everything to know about the event.

NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150 at Evergreen Speedway

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

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In the past two months of West Series competition, no driver has been as dominant as Jake Drew.

After failing to win a race during his rookie season, Drew has since won the last three West Series events at Portland International Raceway, Sonoma Raceway and Irwindale Speedway. The efficiency displayed by Drew has allowed him to build a comfortable, 45-point advantage over Cole Moore in the point standings.

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As with most of the drivers entered in the NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150, Drew enters Saturday evening with little to no experience at Evergreen. Takuma Koga leads the field with the most starts at Evergreen, having raced there seven times between 2002 and 2020 with a best finish of ninth in his most recent appearance.

Drew and Koga will be joined by most of the other West Series regulars in Moore, Tanner Reif, Todd Souza, Joey Iest and Landen Lewis. Also making the trip to Evergreen is Sidney, British Columbia native David Smith, who is making his West Series debut.

The complete entry list for Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150 can be viewed here.

Jake Drew enters Saturday’s NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150 with a 45-point lead after enjoying a three-race win streak earlier in the summer.

RACING REFERENCE:

Race NAPA Auto Parts ARCA West 150
PLACE Evergreen Speedway
DATE Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022
TIME 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET
TV CHANNEL/LIVE STREAM USA (Delayed: Friday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. ET), FloRacing (Live)
RADIO ARCARacing.com
TRACK LAYOUT 5/8-mile paved oval
LAPS 150
EVENT SCHEDULE Sat. Aug. 20: Practice and qualifying from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. PT …  Race at 6:30 p.m. PT.

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the NAPA Auto Parts 150 is limited to 22 plus provisional positions. This event will be run under the 2022 ARCA Menards Series West 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 75. No adding or moving tires to or from pit box after race has started. All cars will be required to make at least one pit stop prior to last 10 laps of race

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: The maximum tire use at track for the event is 10. Per ARCA Rulebook, maximum number of tires allowed in pit box for use in race is four (4) – two for break and two for emergency.