Each season, the ARCA Menards Series offers teams and drivers the opportunity to race for unique special awards that include year-end bonus cash. These special awards are supported by a variety of partners such as CGS Imaging, Cometic Gasket, Racing Electronics, General Tire and S&S Volvo.
Teams are given the option to pursue these awards simply by placing the associated decals on their race cars for each ARCA Menards Series event. Teams who choose not to run decals related to each specific special award are not eligible for any bonuses associated with them.
Here is a look at the special award winners form the 2023 ARCA Menards Series season.
CGS Imaging Four Crown: Andres Perez (No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet)
The CGS Imaging Four Crown is one of the longest running special awards in the ARCA Menards Series. This special award provides a direct link to the series’ roots by featuring a diverse combination of tracks during any given season.
Each year, the CGS Imaging Four Crown includes a short track, speedway, road course and dirt track. Points are accumulated by the driver, and the year-end championship and trophy are awarded to the driver who earns the most race points in the four selected races.
This year, the four CGS Imaging Four Crown races were at Talladega Superspeedway, Elko Speedway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
The 2023 CGS Imaging Four Crown championship was won by rookie Andres Perez, who secured the title by scoring 150 race points at the four selected events combined. His finishes of fourth at Talladega, fifth at Elko, 15th at Mid-Ohio and second at the Illinois State Fairgrounds were enough to give him the CGS Imaging Four Crown title ahead of Frankie Muniz.
Perez will take home an additional $3,000 year-end cash bonus for earning the CGS Imaging Four Crown championship.
Cometic Crew Chief of the Year: Matt Ross (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
The Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Award is determined based on a team’s year-long point total based on both qualifying and finish position.
Point totals are equal to each eligible team’s starting and finishing position, meaning a qualifying or finishing position of first is worth one point, second is worth two points, etc. The crew chief with the lowest point total at the conclusion of the season is named the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year.
This season, the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Award was claimed by Matt Ross, crew chief of the No. 18 Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing.
With drivers William Sawalich, Connor Mosack and Taylor Gray all sharing seat time in the No. 18 Toyota, Ross’ leadership allowed the team to earn five ARCA Menards Series victories and six General Tire Pole Awards.
Ross will take home a $3,500 year-end cash bonus for earning the Cometic Crew Chief of the Year Award.
General Tire Speedway Challenge: Joe Gibbs (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
The General Tire Speedway Challenge is a points championship within the ARCA Menards Series that is specific to the larger speedways on the circuit, specifically Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Kansas Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway.
Eligibility for 2023 season Speedway Challenge is based on event pre-registration, and being present and accounted for at all superspeedway race events. A $35,000 cash bonus will be paid to the top-10 car owners who have entered and competed in all specified superspeedway events and accumulated the most ARCA Menards Series championship points in those events.
This year, the overall General Tire Speedway Challenge winner is Joe Gibbs, owner of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.
With drivers Connor Mosack and Taylor Gray driving the No. 18 on the speedways, the team was able to accumulate 280 points to secure the crown ahead of the No. 20 Venturini Motorsports Toyota owned by Billy Venturini and driven by Jesse Love.
Racing Electronics Lightning Challenge: Max Siegel (No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet)
The Racing Electronics Lightning Challenge is a year-long special award available to eligible race teams that is based on accumulating the most ARCA Menards Series championship points throughout the season.
As with all other special awards, display of the Racing Electronics decal is required to be eligible for this special award.
This year, the Racing Electronics Lightning Challenge bonus was won by Max Siegel, owner of the No. 2 Rev Racing Chevrolet driven by Andres Perez and, for the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, Lavar Scott.
The No. 2 team accumulated 746 points throughout the season toward the Racing Electronics Lightning Challenge, which was more than enough to earn Siegel the $2,500 year-end cash bonus associated with this special award.
S&S Volvo Long Haul Award: Jon Garrett (No. 66 Veer Motorsports Chevrolet)
The S&S Volvo Long Haul Award is a unique award available to the eligible race team that completes the most laps throughout the ARCA Menards Series season. As with all other special awards, display of the S&S Volvo decal is required to be eligible for this special award.
This year, the S&S Volvo Long Haul Award was earned by Jon Garrett, team owner and driver of the No. 66 Veer Motorsports Chevrolet. Working in association with Fast Track Racing and team owner Andy Hillenburg, Garrett was able to complete 2,064 laps throughout the course of the 2023 season, 229 laps more than runner-up William Sawalich from Joe Gibbs Racing.
Garrett will take home an additional $1,000 year-end cash bonus for earning the S&S Volvo Long Haul Award.