ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards announces full 2014 season schedule

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards announces full 2014 season schedule

(TOLEDO, Ohio – December 2, 2013) – The 20-race, 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule is complete, series officials announced today.

The 2014 season – the 62nd in series history – starts with the 51st ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway with the annual Speed Weeks race on Saturday, Feb. 15, and ends with its championship weekend at Kansas Speedway Friday, October 3. In between, the series will visit historic short tracks, two dirt mile tracks in Illinois and New Jersey Motorsports Park, meaning ARCA will once again showcase its diversity by racing on superspeedway and short paved ovals, dirt and road courses.

“Our 2014 schedule carries forward our long term commitment to maintaining the identity of the series and challenging drivers and teams with a broad a range of venues,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Given our industry position, we’ll continue to provide the opportunity for racers to get valuable, meaningful experience in a single season.”

The only new track on the 2014 schedule is anything but new to the ARCA Racing Series. Lucas Oil Raceway in Clermont, Indiana, is back on the schedule after a one-year hiatus. The series will visit the speedway for a Friday night race on the same weekend NASCAR holds its Brickyard 400 activities and race at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The series will make four stops in Indiana, including Winchester (Ind.) Speedway. The Winchester race will be on a different weekend than in 2014. The series spent the last weekend in June there in 2013, but will headline a new, three-day Freedom Festival weekend full of activities surrounding the Fourth of July holiday in 2014. Three days of racing are planned at the track, plus fireworks and other events in Winchester.

Two weeks later, at Chicagoland Speedway, ARCA will start a stretch of seven consecutive weekends of racing, the longest streak of races during the season.

“The schedule reflects both the long term relationships we’ve developed with tracks that have been on our schedule for decades, as well as focusing on Midwest venues where our brand is particularly strong and where we can complement the regional focus of our biggest marketing partner, Menards,” said Drager. 

The series will have one race in February, one in March, one in April and two in May as the series gears up for the season. There are four races in June, three in July, four in August, three in September and one in October.

ARCA will be a companion event with NASCAR races at Daytona, Talladega, Pocono, Michigan, Chicagoland, Pocono, Kentucky and Kansas. Track and series officials are still determining whether the ARCA race at Talladega will be Friday May 2 or Saturday May 3.

The only tracks hosting two ARCA events in 2014 will be the most-visited track in series history, Salem (Ind.) Speedway, and Pocono Raceway, the most-visited superspeedway in series history. Salem has hosted 94 ARCA races in its history while Pocono Raceway has hosted 57 ARCA events.

Other short tracks on the schedule include Mobile International Speedway, Toledo Speedway, Elko (Minn.) and Berlin Raceway in western Michigan.

The ARCA series will race on the one-mile dirt tracks of the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. and the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

The final three races of the season will be night races.

The season begins later this month when dozens of drivers head to Daytona International Speedway for a three-day test session. The test serves as a preamble to the season opener in February.

The 2014 TV schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

2014 ARCA RACING SERIES PRESENTED BY MENARDS

Day, Date

Track

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Daytona International Speedway

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mobile International Speedway

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Salem Speedway

May 2/3, 2014 (date TBA)

Talladega Superspeedway

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Toledo Speedway

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New Jersey Motorsports Park

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pocono Raceway

Friday, June 13, 2014

Michigan International Speedway

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Elko Speedway

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Winchester Speedway

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chicagoland Speedway

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lucas Oil Raceway

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pocono Raceway

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Berlin Raceway

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Madison International Speedway

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Salem Speedway

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Kentucky Speedway

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Kansas Speedway

 

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