Daniel Dye will make his ARCA Menards Series East debut on Monday, February 10 at New Smyrna Speedway (FL) as part of a recently announced five-race schedule in the series with Ben Kennedy Racing.
The Daytona Beach, Florida native will compete in five of the series’ eight races in 2020, starting with the season opener at New Smyrna as part of the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Dye won New Smyrna’s Pro Late Model track championship in 2019.
"I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the ARCA car,” Dye said. “It’s an awesome opportunity to expand what we’ve been doing at Ben Kennedy Racing and I think we’re all ready for the challenge. It’s pretty great to have the support and trust from those guys, too.”
Dye hopes the experience gained this season in the ARCA East car can be parlayed into a full-season bid in 2021.
“ARCA is a big deal and a very competitive area of the sport so we’re looking to gain some experience this year and run up front, and then hopefully next year run the full season with those guys.”
Dye will also compete in the second race of the ARCA East season at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on March 14. Dye’s other three ARCA East starts will take place at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway (TN) on May 2, Toledo Speedway (OH) on May 15 and Berlin Raceway (MI) on July 25.
Along with his Pro Late Model track championship at New Smyrna in 2019, Dye finished fourth in the Pro Late Model Rattler 125 at South Alabama Speedway last year. Dye started the 2020 season with a third-place finish in the Pro Late Model portion of the Red Eye 50/50 at New Smyrna and a fifth-place finish in the CRA SpeedFest 125 for JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Pro Late Models.
Dye will also be competing throughout the week in Late Model competition at New Smyrna Speedway during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing. Racing begins Friday, February 7 with five classes of feature racing.
Speed51 will have Trackside Now coverage throughout the World Series, including Monday’s ARCA East event. Speed51’s Trackside Now coverage will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday, with racing starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Florida half-mile.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51 Photo