FORTS USA 150 Notes
FORTS USA 150 Notes
- Although it started nearly an hour late due to the threat of lightning and rain, the FORTS USA 150 ran caution-free over its 60-lap, 150-mile distance. The average speed, 164.534 miles per hour, is an all-time series record for a series race at Pocono and the second-fastest race of the season. The 200-miler at Michigan International Speedway was just a touch quicker at 165.365 miles per hour.
- The FORTS USA 150 is the first time since August 2013 that at ARCA Menards Series race has gone green-to-checkered without a single caution flag to slow the pace. The last time it happened, coincidentally, was the second race of that season at Pocono Raceway, won by Corey LaJoie. He averaged a then-record 162.221 miles per hour over the 125-mile distance to score the win.
- In two ARCA Menards Series races at Pocono Raceway in 2019, there was only one caution flag for a total of six laps.
- There have been two ARCA Menards Series races in 2019 with a single yellow flag. In addition to the May race at Pocono, the race the next week at Michigan also ran with just one caution period. Counting the two races this season, there had been a total of five races with a single caution flag between the last caution-free race in 2013 and the FORTS USA 150.
- There have been a total of three caution-free ARCA Menards Series races at Pocono Raceway. In addition to Eckes’ victory on Friday and LaJoie’s win in 2013, Bob Schacht won a caution-free race in July 1987. He averaged 145.337 miles per hour over 100 miles in a Buick. All three caution-free series races at Pocono were in the second visit of the season.
- Christian Eckes’ victory continues a streak of 28 consecutive races without a repeat winner at Pocono Raceway. The streak began in June 2006 when Chase Miller earned his first, and to date, only career ARCA Menards Series victory. Over that stretch of time, Frank Kimmel, Chad McCumbee, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Justin Lofton, Craig Goess, Robb Brent, Tim George, Jr., Ty Dillon, Brennan Poole, Chad Hackenbracht, Chase Elliott, Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Justin Allison, Trevor Bayne, Cole Custer, Grant Enfinger, Chase Briscoe, Riley Herbst, Justin Haley, Harrison Burton, Zane Smith, Ty Majeski, and now Eckes have won on the triangular 2.5-mile racecourse.