ARCA Menards Series Championship Standings Shaken Up After Salem

ARCA Menards Series Championship Standings Shaken Up After Salem

The ARCA Menards Series standings were shaken up in a big way following Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway.

The championship leader going in to the first of two clashes on Salem’s high banks, Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), did not race on Sunday due to illness. Although he did not race on Sunday, Eckes did receive 25 points for entering and participating in the event, and he remains eligible for the 250-point bonus for participating in each race in the first of four five-race segments in the 2019 season. Eckes is now fifth, eighty points behind new leader Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford). Braden finished a disappointing 12th at Salem after scrubbing the wall just past the 80 lap mark. It’s the first time in his ARCA Menards Series career that he has led the series championship standings. Braden, who won in his ARCA Menards Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway in 2015, is a two-time ARCA/CRA Super Series late model champion.

Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), the winner on Sunday, jumped to second in the standings. After a 31st-place finish at Daytona, Self has won the last two ARCA Menards Series race and has closed to within five points of the series lead. Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavating/Southern States Bank Chevrolet) is third, 20 points out of the lead. Holmes finished tenth at Salem, his second consecutive top-ten run after being involved in a late-race crash at Daytona.

Self has scored 15 bonus points so far in 2019, ten bonus points for leading at least one lap at both Five Flags and Salem, and five bonus points for leading the most laps at Salem. Braden has yet to earn any bonus points so far in 2019.

Joe Graf, Jr (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) sits fourth in the standings, 55 points out of the lead, followed by Eckes in fifth.

Bounty Rookie of the Year contender Tommy Vigh, Jr. (No. 10 Extreme Kleaner/Menards Ford) is sixth, Daytona winner Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota) is seventh tied his car-mate Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota). Burton was not scheduled to race at Salem but substituted for Eckes at Salem and drove to an eighth-place finish. Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) is ninth, and Brad Smith (No. 48 HIE Publishing Ford) is tenth.

The battle for the ARCA Menards Series championship resumes Friday April 26 in the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. The day starts with practice at 9:30 am ET/8:30 pm CT, followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:35 pm ET/2:35 pm CT, and concludes with the General Tire 200 at 6 pm ET/5 pm CT. The race will be televised live on FS1 while ARCA for Me members can follow with live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid e-mail address at ARCARacing.com/login.

Comments
Jessica Ballard

WOO! #BradenNation

RobbyG83

Battle for the championship is going to be a exciting one this season .

Pete K.

Yep, that’s what it says in the article - 26th at 6:00 PM for the race.

John T

THE DRAMA!

Can't wait to see how it all shakes out

JB#21Fan

Isn't the race on the 26th?