ARCA Menards Series Standings Shaken Up Again After Nashville

ARCA Menards Series Standings Shaken Up Again After Nashville

For the fifth consecutive race, the lead in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings has changed hands.

On the strength of two wins at Five Flags and Salem, Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) entered the General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions with a five-point lead in the standings. Self ran strong in the early stages of the race at Nashville, but was eliminated in lap 73 when Tommy Vigh, Jr. lost control after contact from Ty Gibbs entering turn one. Vigh made contact with the right side of Self’s car sending it up the banking and hard into the turn two retaining wall. Crew chief Shannon Rursch and the team evaluated the damage but quickly determined the car to be too damaged to continue.

Self was frustrated to be eliminated in a crash for the second time in 2019. He finished 31st in the season-opener at Daytona after contact with another driver on lap three.

“Ty is a good driver but he has to have more patience,” Self said. “Tommy was five laps down. I know he was in the way but just pass him in the next corner. His granddad isn’t Joe Gibbs and can’t fix that. And because of that two cars got trashed because he couldn’t be patient.”

With Self sidelined, Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) was able to retake the top spot with an eighth-place finish. It was Braden’s fourth top-ten finish of the season and unofficially gives him a thirty-point advantage heading into the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Toledo Speedway on May 19.

“We had a good solid day,” Braden said. “This was a new car for us, and we’re just working the bugs out and getting used to it. It’s a good car and it’ll be our primary for the rest of the season. It’s a shame Michael had problems again but we’re focused on getting our cars better and getting our first win together as a team. We’ve put in a lot of hard work and we like the direction we’re headed.”

Bret Holmes finished fifth at Nashville and moved to third in the series standings, 60 points out of the lead.

“It’s never too early to start counting points but we’re working to get a win,” Holmes said. “We had a little bad luck here at Nashville but we still came out of here with a top five. I locked up the brakes trying to get by the 25 (Self) and couldn’t steer and we got into it a little bit. There was some damage to the left side but it’s just bodywork. We should have had a better run at Talladega than we did so it’s good to come out of here with some momentum. I am ready to get to Toledo.”

Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) and Nashville winner Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota) round out the top five in the ARCA Menards Series standings heading into the next series event at Toledo Speedway, the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 on May 19. Practice is scheduled for 12:30 pm ET on Saturday May 18, with General Tire Pole Qualifying to follow at 4 pm  ET. Round six of the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season will go green at 2 pm ET on Sunday, May 19. The race will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can follow live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live chat throughout all on-track sessions at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email address at ARCARacing.com/login.

 

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RobbyG83

congrats Travis for taking back the points lead...sorry for the 25 being wreckout but it will be good battle for championship and it will be a good one.