TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 2, 2017) -- The General Tire 200 coming to Talladega Superspeedway Friday, May 5 represents the end of an era for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
The steel-bodied cars will be making their final laps at Talladega to make way for the newer ARCA composite material bodied cars which will be mandatory at both Daytona and Talladega in 2018. The composite bodies, manufactured by Five Star Bodies, are easily identifiable as Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry cars. As the bodies have become prevalent in the series, teams have benefited from cost containment in repairs as well as standardized body panels and reduced investment in aerodynamic research and development.
The ARCA composite bodied cars were first eligible in 2015 on tracks one mile and less in length. Eligibility was expanded in 2016 to all tracks except the restrictor plate events at Daytona and Talladega. Effective in 2018, the composite body is the only eligible body for Daytona and Talladega, while both composite and steel bodies remain eligible for competition at all other events.
The upcoming 202-mile race at Talladega, Live on FS1, is just five days following the 200-lap race at Salem Speedway.
The General Tire 200 at Talladega will be the 55th ARCA race at Talladega since the inaugural event in 1969. Former ARCA winners at Talladega include Ramo Stott, Mark Martin, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, Grant Adcox, Mike Wallace, Frank Kimmel, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon and Gus Dean.
Outside of teching cars the day before, it all happens in one day at Talladega with practice for the General Tire 200 Friday morning (May 5) from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. General Tire Pole Qualifying (group format) follows at 2:30 p.m. The General Tire 200 is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 5 Friday afternoon.
The General Tire 200 at Talladega is live on FS1. All on-track activities will be featured on live timing and scoring at arcaracing.com, plus live chat.