FAST FACTS: Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare

FAST FACTS: Menards 250 presented by MatrixCare

 FAST FACTS: Menards 250

 Where:                                    Elko Speedway, Elko New Market, Minnesota

When:                                     Saturday, July 13, 2019, 10 pm ET/9 pm CT

Television:                             MAVTV, Live

Track Length:                        0.375 miles

Most Recent Winner:            Gus Dean, July 14, 2019, 62.570 miles per hour

Most Recent Pole Winner:   Christian Eckes, July 14, 2019, 94.300 miles per hour

Track Qualifying Record:     Justin Haley, June 21, 2014, 94.525 miles per hour

 

  • Elko Speedway is the shortest track on the ARCA Menards Series schedule at just 0.375 miles in length. The race is scheduled for 250 laps, which translates to just 94 miles. While it is the longest race on the schedule in terms of lap count it is the shortest scheduled race length, in miles, in the 2019 season.
  • There have been five previous ARCA Menards Series races at Elko Speedway dating back to the series’ first visit to the three-eighths mile oval in 2012. There has not been a repeat winner in those five previous visits. Winners include Brennan Poole in 2012, Frank Kimmel in 2013, Grant Enfinger in 2014, Austin Theriault in 2017, and Gus Dean in 2018.
  • There have been five previous General Tire Pole Award winners in the five previous ARCA Menards Series races at Elko Speedway: Alex Bowman in 2012, Ken Schrader in 2013, Justin Haley in 2014, Riley Herbst in 2017, and Christian Eckes in 2018.
  • The General Tire Pole Award winner has yet to win a race at Elko Speedway. The best finish for the pole starter was in 2018 when Christian Eckes finished second to winner Gus Dean.
  • The deepest a winner has started in the field was seventh when Gus Dean won in 2018.
  • Two Elko Speedway winners have gone on to win the ARCA Menards Series championship: Frank Kimmel won in 2013 on his way to his record tenth series title while Austin Theriault won in 2017 on his way to his first series crown.
  • The last two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners are former General Tire Pole Award winners at Elko. Alex Bowman earned his first Cup Series win two races ago at Chicagoland Speedway. He won the pole for the first ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway in 2012. Justin Haley scored his first Cup Series win in just his second series start in the rain-delayed, rain-shortened Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Haley set the track record with his pole run in 2014.
  • Elko New Market, Minnesota, is a suburb of Minneapolis-St. Paul, known as The Twin Cities. There are over 700,000 people in the Twin Cities, and over a million people in Hennepin County. Per capita, there are more golfers in Minnesota than any other state. Despite Minneapolis-St. Paul being known as the Twin Cities, research suggests the rate of twin births is higher in several other states including New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The “Land of Ten-Thousand Lakes” branding is on point, though, and there is one recreational boat for every six Minnesota residents.
  • There has yet to be a first-time ARCA Menards Series winner at Elko Speedway.
  • Only one driver has earned his last or most recent ARCA Menards Series victory at Elko Speedway: Gus Dean in 2018.
  • The record for most cautions in an ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway is eight, three times in 2013, 2017, and 2018. The record for most caution laps is 77 set in 2017.
  • The record for the fewest cautions in an ARCA Menards Series race at Elko Speedway is four, set in the series’ first visit to the track in 2012. The record for fewest caution laps, 26, was also set in 2012.
  • The record for most lead changes, 12, was set in 2018. The fewest times the lead was exchanged was four, set in 2012 and matched in 2014.
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