Closer look at the 2014 ARCA schedule

(TOLEDO, Ohio – Jan. 9, 2014) – The 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule is complete. Here’s a snapshot of the 20-race schedule:

The breakdown: ARCA will visit eight superspeedways, nine short tracks, two dirt tracks and one road course.

The stretch: From July 19 to Sept. 1, the ARCA Racing Series will be at the track for seven consecutive weeks, the longest stretch of racing on the 2014 calendar.

Season opener: The 51st ARCA Racing Series race at Daytona International Speedway will be Saturday, Feb. 15. The Lucas Oil 200 presented by American MAV TV has a 4:15 start time.

States: Over the years, ARCA has visited more than 200 tracks in 28 states. In 2014, ARCA will visit 18 different tracks in 12 different states. The most races any one state will host in 2014 is Indiana, with four – including two at Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery, one at Winchester Speedway and one at Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Ind.

Holiday: ARCA will race on a couple of holiday weekends in 2014 – a special Fourth of July weekend celebration in Winchester, Indiana, plus the traditional Labor Day race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Ill.

Companion weekends: ARCA always has a good chunk of its races as companion events with at least one of the NASCAR series and the 2014 schedule is no different. ARCA will have companion races this season at Daytona International Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, twice at Pocono Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. The ARCA Racing Series will also visit Lucas Oil Raceway the same weekend that NASCAR is at the nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Home tracks: ARCA will visit its home short track May 18 when it races at Toledo Speedway and its hometown superspeedway when it travels to the Irish Hills area of Michigan and Michigan International Speedway June 13.

Milestones: When ARCA travels to Winchester Speedway for the Fourth of July week race, it will mark the 25th time the series has appeared at the half-mile oval. ARCA will be at Salem Speedway for the 95th and 96th time, at Toledo Speedway for the 73rd time and at Pocono Raceway for the 58th and 59th time.  

Night time: Of the 20 races, ARCA will be racing at least eight times during an evening or night time.

Returning: Lucas Oil Raceway comes back to the ARCA Racing Series schedule after a year off.

Halfway home: After the Winchester Speedway race in early July, the ARCA Racing Series season will be halfway to completion.