Former ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner Chase Elliott scored his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen on Sunday afternoon. Elliott won at Pocono in 2013 at the age of 17, at the time making him the youngest ARCA winner on a superspeedway.
It should come as no surprise Elliott's first Cup Series win came on a road course. Elliott showed his prowess turning left and right in ARCA that season, when he made two road course starts and finished in the top five both; he was fourth at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America and third at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Elliott was fighting for the lead on the last lap at Road America when he made contact with Austin Dillon and then Chris Buescher, both of whom are now also NASCAR Cup Series regulars, which took away his chance to win. At NJMP, Elliott managed to finish third despite nearly passing out from heat in the cockpit on a 95-degree day.
Erik Jones, who won the ARCA Racing Series event at Berlin Raceway in 2013 at the age of 15, which at the time made him the youngest series winner ever, finished fifth. Other ARCA winners who scored a top-20 in the Go Bowling at the Glen included Kyle Busch in third, Kyle Larson in sixth, Alex Bowman in 14th, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in 16th, Michael McDowell in 18th, Ryan Newman in 19th, and Chris Buescher in 20th.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards had a well-deserved weekend off after completing an eleven-races-in-eleven-weeks stretch that started back in May at Toledo Speedway. After nearly 12,000 miles on the road between those eleven events, the series will take two weekends off before tackling five consecutive short track events starting with the Allen Crowe 100 at the Illinois State Fair on Sunday, August 19.
Flat Rock Speedway was in action on Saturday night with Jeff Metdepennigen scoring the win in the Corrigan Race Fuels 100 for the ARCA DTS Drive Train Specialists Street Stocks. Metdepennigen outlasted a furious charge by Greg Studt and Guy Fire to take home the win. Grant Hedges and Ray Morneau, Jr. rounded out the top five. Ian Jezylo took home the checkered in the 30-lap B-main over L.J. Farmer, Troy Brehmer, Jerry Farmer, and Anthony Camilli. Jeremy Vanderhoof won the 20-lap ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8 feature over Jeremy Miller, Billy Earley, John Lambert, and Ethan Lambert.
Flat Rock Speedway returns to action on Saturday, August 11 Flat Rock Speedway will host UAW Local 3000 Kids Night. All kids to age 12 will be admitted free and receive a free hot dog, compliments of the track. Round number four of the five-race Monroe News Enduro Series will hit the track for a 250 lap event, with action also slated for the Figure 8 and Street Stocks. The evening will be capped off with a wild Boat Figure 8 race.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series was off over the weekend but returns to action on Wednesday, August 8 at Kalamazoo Speedway. The 125-lap feature is part of the Kalamazoo Klash, the biggest night of racing of the year at the ultra-fast 3/8-mile oval. The series will then head to Berlin Raceway on Monday, August 13 for the Battle at Berlin 251.
The ARCA Midwest Tour also had the weekend off in preparation for Tuesday night's Dixieland 250 at Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. The series has two other races in the month of August, the annual Dairyland 100 at Golden Sands Speedway in Wisconsin Rapids on August 18, and the rescheduled Wayne Carter Classic at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, Illinois on August 25.
Toledo Speedway returns to action after a few weeks off on August 10 with R&M Recycling/Glass Bowl Lanes Everyone's a Kid Night. All tickets are just $3 for the night's card of ARCA Aramark Late Model Sportsman, ARCA Victory Lane Quick Oil Change Figure 8s, and ARCA Factory Stocks. There will also be a Kids Power Wheels Derby.