The Championship 4 have been set for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and the contenders in each series all have plenty of experience – and in most cases success – within the ARCA Menards Series platform.
NASCAR Cup Series
Joey Logano – The 2019 NASCAR Cup Series champion leads the way into the finale at Phoenix Raceway. He’s scored three wins in 2022, backed up with 10 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Logano has 30 Cup wins and 30 NASCAR Xfinity Series wins. He made four ARCA Menards Series starts, two each in 2008 and 2009, and racked up wins at Pocono Raceway and Rockingham Speedway. He won the 2007 ARCA Menards Series East championship with five wins and 10 top-five finishes in 13 starts.
Christopher Bell – Bell made an improbable charge to the Championship 4 with a pair of victories at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL and Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. One might say much of Bell’s career is improbable as he was already in his 20s when his rise to stardom started, much older than many other drivers. Bell is the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. He has four career Cup wins, 17 NASCAR Xfinity wins, and seven Truck wins. He has three ARCA Menards Series wins – two at Salem in 2016 and another at Chicagoland Speedway in 2017 – in six career starts.
Ross Chastain – The Melon Man made one of the greatest moves in the history of racing to lock into the Championship 4, holding his foot the floor and riding the wall in turns three and four at Martinsville Speedway to gain enough positions to advance to Sunday’s championship round. Chastain earned his first two career Cup victories in 2022 to go along with a pair of Xfinity Series wins and four Truck wins. Chastain has the least amount of experience on the ARCA platform, with just a pair of starts in the ARCA Menards Series East with a best finish of sixth at Columbus Motor Speedway in 2014.
Chase Elliott – The 2020 Cup Series champion led the series with five wins in 2022. Elliott is also the 2014 Xfinity Series champion, a feat he managed in his rookie year. Elliott has 26 career ARCA Menards Series East starts with his lone win coming at Iowa Speedway in 2012 when he was just 16. Elliott also has one ARCA Menards Series win, coming at Pocono Raceway in 2013. He also won an ARCA Menards Series West race at Sonoma Raceway in 2016.
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Noah Gragson – The Las Vegas native has had a career year in 2022 with eight wins, 20 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 finishes in 32 starts. He’s led 975 laps and racked up an impressive four consecutive wins at Darlington Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway and Texas Motor Speedway early in the playoffs. Gragson finished second in the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings. Gragson has five career ARCA Menards Series West wins and a pair of wins in the East. He finished second in the West standings in 2015 and third in 2016.
Ty Gibbs – The reigning ARCA Menards Series champion has been one of the most dominant drivers in whatever series he has raced in since he made his ARCA debut in 2019. He won twice in his first ARCA season, then followed it up with six more wins in a partial season in 2020. His only full season came in 2021 when he won half of the season’s 20 races on his way to the championship. He also won four times in the NASCAR Xfinity Series – including in his series debut on the road course at Daytona International Speedway – before positioning himself as a championship contender in 2022. He has six wins, including a win at Martinsville Speedway in the final race of the semi-final round, this year.
Josh Berry – Berry has five career ARCA Menards Series East starts, with a best finish of second at Dover in 2021 and another third at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2019. Berry made a pair of ARCA Menards Series starts, with a fourth-place finish at Salem Speedway in 2018 being his best finish. Berry has five NASCAR Xfinity Series wins in 61 career starts.
Justin Allgaier – The 2008 ARCA Menards Series champion is racing for his first Xfinity Series title. He won three times in 2022 to bump his career total to 19 wins in 404 total starts. Allgaier has eight ARCA Menards Series wins, including six in his championship season which saw him win the final three races of the season to close a large points gap in the final race of the year and drive away with the title.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Ty Majeski – A four-time ARCA Midwest Tour super late model champion, Majeski ran a limited six-race schedule in the ARCA Menards Series in 2019 and won half of his starts. Majeski is in his first full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season driving for ThorSport Racing and won at Bristol Motor Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway to lock himself into the Championship 4 at Phoenix Raceway.
Zane Smith – The runner-up in the battle for the 2018 ARCA Menards Series championship has been the dominant force in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2022 with three wins, 13 top-five finishes and 18 top-10 finishes. He has four ARCA Menards Series wins in 38 career starts, including the closest finish in series history when he won at Talladega Superspeedway by inches ahead of Joe Graf Jr.
Ben Rhodes – The defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion is also the 2014 ARCA Menards Series East champion, a season that saw him win five times in 16 starts and lead 778 laps. Rhodes is a six-time Truck winner and won this season on the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Chandler Smith – Smith has three wins in 2022 and has won five of his 60 career Camping World Truck Series starts. Smith was a phenomenon in his ARCA Menards Series career, starting from the pole in each of his first four career series starts and winning twice, at Madison International Speedway and Salem Speedway, at just 15 years of age. Smith won five more times in 2019 and twice in 2020, and then scored his tenth career series win earlier this season at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park.