ARCA West Begins With Return to The Bullring

The ARCA Menards Series got it going at Daytona International Speedway, and the East put on a show at New Smyrna Speedway.

 

Now it’s the West’s turn.

 

The ARCA Menards Series West will get into the action Thursday at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the series’ first trip to the venue since 2012. The fast .375-mile surface

 

After two years racing on The Dirt Track at LVMS, the series shifts to the neighboring .375-mile oval.

 

The Bullring, which hosts NASCAR Weekly Series action, has had seven West races – beginning with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.’s win in 1994 up through Greg Pursley’s back-to-back wins in 2011-12.

 

The next chapter is ready to be written.

 

STAR NURSERY 150 AT THE BULLRING AT LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

 

On the heels of their uncharacteristic performance at New Smyrna, Bill McAnally Racing’s talented rookie foursome of Gio Scelzi, Holly Hollan, Gracie Trotter and Jesse Love will look to rebound, along with their fifth teammate, Lawless Alan.

 

The four drivers finished outside the top 10 at the Florida short-track, atypical of the reigning championship organization. With five series rookies, BMR will look to start anew as the organization looks for its 100th series win and its 10th championship. The northern California race team has had its share of success at LVMS: Brendan Gaughan won the 1.5-mile speedway, while Austin Cameron (2002) and Jim Inglebright (2003) won on the Bullring, and Hailie Deegan won at the Dirt Track last year.

 

They won’t have to look far for competition:

 

Trevor Huddleston returns for a third season with Bob Bruncati’s Sunrise Ford after finishing fourth in points last year. He’ll be joined by Blaine Perkins, who swept the NASCAR Late Model titles at California’s Irwindale Speedway and Kern County Raceway Park in 2019.

 

There will be a pair of new faces in Idaho’s Zach Telford, who scored a pair of top 10s in his two starts last year as a 15-year-old, and Joey Iest, from Madera, California – who turned 17 last week. Telford finished third in the 2019 NASCAR Weekly Racing Series’ Idaho standings, while Iest won the 51FIFTY Jr Late Model Series championship.

 

Series veterans Todd Souza and Takuma Koga also return for their 13th and 10th campaigns, respectively.

 

RACE FACTS

RACE

STAR NURSERY 150

PLACE

The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

DATE

Thursday, February 20, 2020

TIME

7:40 p.m. EST

TELEVISION

TrackPass (live), 8 p.m. EST; NBCSN – Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. EST

TRACK LAYOUT

0.375-mile paved oval

EVENT SCHEDULE

Garage opens: 10 a.m. PST; Practice: 1-1:45 p.m.; Final practice: 2-2:45 p.m.; Qualifying: 5 p.m.; Driver autograph session: 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Driver introductions: 7:45 p.m. Star Nursery 150: 8 p.m.

TWITTER

@LVMotorSpeedway, @NASCARRoots, @ARCA_Racing

HASHTAG

#StarNursery150, #ARCAMenards

 

CREW CHIEF HANDOUT: The starting field for the Star Nursery 150 is limited to 24 starters plus provisional positions. The first 20 drivers will secure starting positions based on qualifying for the Star Nursery 150. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. This event will be run under the 2020 ARCA Menards Series West rules, procedures, regulations and specifications.

 

QUALIFYING: Two consecutive laps qualifying. No adjustments or repairs may be made on car after taking the green flag at Start/Finish line. All cars must make a qualifying attempt, and all drivers must practice before they can qualify.

 

RACE PIT STOP: Restricted pitting procedure in effect for this event.

 

The Star Nursery 150 will be 150 laps (56.25 miles) and is to be run in one (1) segment.

 

The maximum tire allotment available for this event is as follows: Four (4) tires for practice and four (4) tires to qualify and race with for a total of eight (8) tires.

 

A team representative must designate qualifying and race tires to NASCAR Officials at the designated time. Teams will be allowed to bring one (1) set of tires from home to register for practice session(s). Tires must be proper code and registered with NASCAR Officials prior to the beginning of the practice sessions.

 

Kyle Busch To Take On Super Late Model Field

 

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch will return to his roots and run the Super Late Model event at The Bullring. The Star Nursery 100 will serve as a doubleheader with the ARCA Menards Series West opener.

 

Busch compiled more than 50 wins on LVMS property between 1999 and 2003, as well as a U.S. Legends-Pro season points championship in 2000. He last competed at the Bullring in 2007 in the Fall Classic.

 

Busch, along with all other drivers in both the super late model and ARCA races, will take part in a pre-race autograph session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on race day. The Super Late Models race begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Star Nursery 150 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the doubleheader can be purchased here.

 

-ARCA Racing Press Release

-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo

ARCA West Begins With Return to The Bullring