Friday, September 18, 2020

XFINITY: Bristol race hotly contested at both ends of the field as Stephen Leicht edges several drivers for last place

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Stephen Leicht picked up the 8th last-place finish of his NASCAR XFINITY Series career in Friday’s Food City 300 at the Bristol Motor Speedway when his #66 CrashClaimsR.us Toyota fell out with clutch issues after 11 of 300 laps.

The finish, which came in Leicht’s 154th series start, was his series-leading fourth in 2020 and his first since Kansas, nine races ago. In the XFINITY Series’ last-place rankings, it was the 9th for clutch issues, the 13th for the #66, and the 143rd for Toyota. Across NASCAR’s top three series, it was the 69th from clutch problems, the 78th for the #66, and the 346th for Toyota.

In so doing, Leicht scored the third consecutive last-place finish for Motorsports Business Management in the XFINITY Series, one each with the team’s three drivers. Last week, Chad Finchum was disqualified in the first race while Timmy Hill exited early in the second.

Like his two teammates, Leicht has enjoyed some solid runs when not on “start-and-park” duty for MBM. Following the short race in Kansas, he finished 22nd and 21st in back-to-back road course races at Road America and the Daytona infield road course, backing up his 21st-place run on the Indianapolis Grand Prix Circuit in July. Just last week in Richmond, he matched his best oval finish of the year by taking 22nd on Saturday, matching his run in the first round of the Dover double-header. Leicht’s run was also a solid effort for the MBM team, who repaired an axle issue in the first Richmond race to recover in Race 2.

For Bristol, Leicht drew the 36th and final starting spot in Friday’s field, and would run the #66 for the first time since Darlington, where he ran a “throwback” scheme honoring MBM team owner Carl Long. In place of the Darlington car, Leicht would run the same gold-and-white Toyota Camry that Timmy Hill ran in both XFINITY races last week. While 22nd-place Bayley Currey incurred a tail-end penalty after his #74 Back The Blue Chevrolet was docked for unapproved adjustments, Leicht was still the last car across the stripe at the start, already trailing by open track. 

While Leicht would ultimately take the last spot, he did not go unchallenged. On Lap 5, Brett Moffitt made an unscheduled stop for a flat tire on his #02 Robert B. Our Co. Chevrolet and was back up to speed on the apron on Lap 8. Meanwhile, on Lap 6, Dexter Bean was given the black flag by NASCAR for a start violation, dropping his #90 Sleep Well / Alpha Prime Chevrolet off the lead lap. Thus, by Lap 10, Moffitt had taken over last place, two laps down, with Bean in 35th, one down. 

Also on the 10th circuit, race leader Ross Chastain got under the now 34th-place Leicht off Turn 4 and put him a lap down. The next time by, Kyle Weatherman made a pit stop in his #47 Honor And Sacrifice Chevrolet, also costing him laps to the leader. Trouble again found Moffitt on Lap 12 for a second flat tire, and this time he was penalized for taking on fuel before the Lap 40 competition caution. By Lap 14, Bean was now in last place, three laps down, with Weatherman two down in 35th and Moffitt also two down in 34th. Soon after this, Leicht, who was one down in 33rd, was first to pull behind the wall, and he took over last place for good on Lap 17.

Ultimately, just one of these challengers besides Leicht – Kyle Weatherman – ended up in the Bottom Five. Weatherman went behind the wall at least twice, both on Lap 64 and Lap 80, and ultimately ended up 32nd. In so doing, he first climbed past Myatt Snider, who went to the garage as late as Lap 68 and dropped out after completing just 31 laps in the #93 Superior Essex Chevrolet.

Completing the group were two drivers involved in a heavy crash. JD Motorsports teammates Jeffrey Earnhardt and B.J. McLeod made contact off Turn 4, putting McLeod’s #6 Chevrolet hard into the outside wall. The impact knocked McLeod into the path of one of the cars he owned – the #99 Koolbox Chevrolet of Vinnie Miller. The resulting collision ended both driver’s nights, though McLeod would be released from the care center and climbed atop his pit box to call the rest of the race. Tommy Joe Martins, whose #44 Gilreath Farms Red Angus Chevrolet spun into the inside wall during the aftermath, recovered to finish 24th.

The rest of the MBM team ran well in the race. Timmy Hill, driving another Toyota Camry sponsored by CrashClaimsR.us, earned four “Lucky Dogs” and finished 15th, his #13 the second car one lap down behind Ryan Sieg. Chad Finchum took 20th in a new-look paint scheme on his #61 with sponsorship from Garrison Homes and Toyota of Knoxville. Nearly joining the duo was Mike Harmon Racing’s Bayley Currey, who after his pre-race penalty was running 15th in the final 100 laps when something failed in the right-rear suspension, leaving him 30th.

LASTCAR STATISTICS
*This marked the first last-place finish for the #66 in an XFINITY Series race at Bristol.
*This was also the first time an XFINITY Series driver finished last with clutch issues since November 17, 2018, when Vinnie Miller’s #78 JAS Expedited Trucking Chevrolet dropped out after 10 laps of the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #66-Stephen Leicht / 11 laps / clutch
35) #93-Myatt Snider / 31 laps / engine
34) #6-B.J. McLeod / 61 laps / crash
33) #99-Vinnie Miller / 61 laps / crash
32) #47-Kyle Weatherman / 62 laps / suspension

2020 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Motorsports Business Management (8)
2nd) Joe Gibbs Racing (3)
3rd) JD Motorsports, Jimmy Means Racing, JR Motorsports, Mike Harmon Racing, Shepherd Racing Ventures, SS-Green Light Racing (2)
4th) B.J. McLeod Motorsports, Jeremy Clements Racing, Kaulig Racing (1)

2020 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (15)
2nd) Toyota (11)

2020 LASTCAR XFINITY SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP


ARCA: After shoutout from Slugger Labbe, Wayne Peterson finishes last at Bristol

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by William Soquet
LASTCAR.info Guest Contributor

Wayne Peterson finished last for the 45th time in his ARCA Menards Series career in Thursday’s Bush’s Beans 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway when his #0 GreatRailing.com Chevrolet retired after two of the race’s 200 laps.

The finish came in Peterson’s 112th series start, and was his first since Kansas in 2019, seventeen races ago.

Wayne Peterson, now 82 years of age, has continued to field one of the longest-running ARCA teams in 2020. The full-time #06 retained Tim Richmond as primary driver, with Con Nicolopoulos piloting the car in select events. Nicolopoulos has been, up until Bristol, the sole driver of the part-time #0 entry that ran at marquee events. The Wayne Peterson Racing team is the epitome of what it means to be ARCA: with funding that doesn’t stack up to Cup-affiliated teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, the team still shows up and competes at every single race on the schedule, including a tough Thursday-Saturday doubleheader this week at Bristol and Winchester. The group received a little extra recognition on Thursday from one of the most prominent figures in the garage:

In the first ARCA race at Bristol in 51 years, 27 cars answered the call. It was the largest car count for the East Series this year, and the second-largest car count for the national series. The regular East Series contingent included Parker Retzlaff, Nick Sanchez, Chase Cabre, Mason Diaz, Justin Carroll, Max McLaughlin and Chuck Buchanan Jr. Fast Track Racing filled its 10 and 11 cars with Mike Basham and Owen Smith, and let Chad Bryant Racing use the owner points of the 12 car for a second entry, used to field Kris Wright. Derek Griffith ran CBR’s trademark #22 car. A number of ARCA part-timers emerged, including Gus Dean and Win-Tron Racing, Kyle Sieg and his RSS Racing/Cook Racing Technologies car, and Dave Mader III with his team. Con Nicolopoulos took the place of Tim Richmond in Wayne Peterson Racing’s #06 car for this race. Rounding out the field was the only series debut entered, Max Gutierrez. Gutierrez’s #53 entry showed up with little to no fanfare. It was owned by Troy Williams, and the car was a former Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Vizion Motorsports chassis. 

Rain washed out the prospective practice on Thursday afternoon, but that had no bearing on the starting lineup, as it was released shortly after the entry list. Due to this being Troy Williams’ first attempt as an owner in 2020, Gutierrez was slated to start in the 27th and final spot. Buchanan later withdrew, citing rain as a factor. Additionally, the Chad Bryant Racing crew had trouble on the Kris Bryant car, as it would not fire until the one-to-go lap.

By the drop of the green, however, the 12 car had joined the field, and Peterson and Gutierrez were noticeably slow, with both stopping on track around lap three. Peterson was able to go to the garage, ending his race; Gutierrez was able to make repairs on pit road and continue on, eventually finishing 14th.

Brad Smith was the next car to retire, as a spin off the bumper of Ty Gibbs ended his evening. Mike Basham retired after 34 laps complete, and a hard crash into the outside wall landed Chandler Smith a Bottom Five finish only 71 laps into the race. It has been nothing short of a brutal recent stretch of races in the ARCA Menards Series for Smith, who had a bushel of problems at Lebanon as well. Owen Smith finished 22nd, the victim of a car that leaked fluid on the racetrack and took him out of the race.
By virtue of Peterson’s finish, Chevrolet clinched the 2020 LASTCAR ARCA Manufacturers’ Championship.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
26) #0-Wayne Peterson / 2 laps / unknown
25) #48-Brad Smith / 33 laps / unknown
24) #10-Mike Basham / 34 laps / unknown
23) #20-Chandler Smith / 71 laps / unknown
22) #11-Owen Smith / 97 laps / unknown

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (10)
2nd) Toyota (5)
3rd) Ford (1)

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES OWNERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Fast Track Racing (8)
2nd) Wayne Peterson Racing (3)
3rd) Brother-In-Law Motorsports, DGR-Crosley, Kimmel Racing, Reeves Racing, Russ Lane Racing (1)

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP


Thursday, September 17, 2020

TRUCKS: Disappointing DQ negates Trevor Bayne’s sterling 5th-place run in Bristol

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Trevor Bayne
picked up the 1st last-place finish of his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career in Thursday’s UNOH 200 Presented by Ohio Logistics at the Bristol Motor Speedway when his #45 Proceller8 Chevrolet finished 5th, but was disqualified after completing all 200 laps.

The finish came in Bayne’s 3rd series start. In the Truck Series’ last-place rankings, it was the 3rd disqualification, the 4th for the #45, and the 394th for Chevrolet. Across NASCAR’s top three series, it was the 38th for the #45, the 39th by disqualification, and the 1,743rd for Chevrolet.

Josh Reaume picked up the 2nd last-place finish of his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series career in Thursday’s UNOH 200 Presented by Ohio Logistics at the Bristol Motor Speedway when his #33 Colonial Countertops Toyota fell out with suspension failure after 9 of 200 laps.

The finish, which came in Reaume’s 46th series start, was his first of the season and first since March 29, 2019 at Texas, 35 races ago. In the Truck Series’ last-place rankings, it was the 8th for the #33, the 15th for suspension problems, and the 39th for Toyota. Across NASCAR’s top three series, it was the 51st for the #33, the 45th for suspension issues, and the 346th for Toyota.

It was the subject of controversy when Al Niece announced that Trevor Bayne, the 2011 winner of the Daytona 500, had replaced newcomer Ty Majeski as the driver of the #45 Chevrolet, effective last week in Richmond. Ever since Majeski’s spectacular last-place finish in this year’s Daytona opener, the Niece team as a whole had been struggling after losing support from GMS Racing and their title contender Ross Chastain committing to full-time XFINITY competition. Through the season’s 15th race at Darlington, Majeski had two Top Tens with a best of 8th in Charlotte, but most often finished between 13th and 19th.

Bayne, meanwhile, had been out of NASCAR since late in the 2018 season, when Matt Kenseth closed out the season in his Cup ride with Roush-Fenway Racing. Bayne then opened Mahalo Coffee, a cafe in his native Knoxville, Tennessee, and seemed to have put his racing career behind him. That soon changed this past summer, when Niece tabbed Bayne to drive his #40 at Darlington, appropriately, for “Throwback Weekend.” Despite a 27th-place finish, the aforementioned news that he’d replace Majeski soon followed. Bayne ran 29th in Richmond, then looked ahead to his home track in Bristol, where he’d start 24th.

Following the withdrawal of both CMI Motorsports entries following a two-truck tangle between teammates at Richmond, 36 drivers rolled off on Thursday night. Taking last on the grid was NEMCO Motorsports, which returned to the circuit for the first time in five races. Driving the #8 Advanced Collision Chevrolet was Camden Murphy, who was making his first Truck Series start of the year and his first-ever at Bristol.

Prior to the start, Josh Reaume dropped from 29th to the tail end of the field, moving Murphy up a row. On Lap 4, the spot fell to Cody Erickson, who began losing laps. Erickson was making his first series start in over five years, and took the wheel of Dawson Cram’s #41 Magnum Contracting Chevrolet. Meanwhile, Reaume lost his first lap on the 6th circuit, at which point he ran 35th ahead of Erickson. Under the first caution for debris on Lap 8, Reaume pulled behind the wall, and Erickson returned before the end of Stage 1 to drop the #33 to last place. Reaume was declared out near the end of Stage 2.

Also declared out with Reaume was Norm Benning, who pulled his #6 H&H Transport Chevrolet behind the wall on Lap 50 after he lost his first lap around the seventh time by. Ultimately, he was declared out with suspension issues. Austin Wayne Self took 34th after he crossed the nose of Austin Hill heading into Turn 1, putting the #22 Go Texan / AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet into the outside wall. Stewart Friesen took 33rd after he lost power, then several laps, running on the apron for much of Stage 1 in his #52 Halmar “Racing To Beat Hunger” Toyota. He ended up on the same lap as Codie Rohrbaugh, who originally closed out the Bottom Five following brake issues on his #9 Pray For Joshua Chevrolet.

Bayne, meanwhile, turned in an impressive race. While he didn’t place in either of the two stages, he climbed into the Top 10 in the final laps and crossed the stripe in 5th – far and away the best finish of the year for the #45 team. But hours later, NASCAR Officials reported Bayne’s truck failed the height sticks in post-race inspection, resulting in an immediate disqualification. The DQ dropped Bayne to last behind Reaume and knocked Rohrbaugh back out of the Bottom Five.

LASTCAR STATISTICS
*This marked the first last-place finish by disqualification for the Truck Series at Bristol, and ties Ross Chastain’s DQ at Iowa last year - also in a Niece truck - for most laps complete by a DQ in the series.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #45-Trevor Bayne / 200 laps / disqualified
35) #33-Josh Reaume / 9 laps / suspension
34) #6-Norm Benning / 38 laps / suspension
33) #22-Austin Wayne Self / 153 laps / crash
32) #52-Stewart Friesen / 167 laps / running

2020 LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES OWNER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Reaume Brothers Racing (4)
2nd) Niece Motorsports, Norm Benning Racing, ThorSport Racing (2)
3rd) CMI Motorsports, DGR-Crosley, FDNY Racing, Halmar Friesen Racing, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, Spencer Davis Motorsports (1)

2020 LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (10)
2nd) Ford (4)
3rd) Toyota (3)

2020 LASTCAR TRUCK SERIES DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

PREVIEW: Only a few driver and team changes in store for Bristol weekend

Chad Finchum's #61 Toyota for Friday's XFINITY race.
IMAGE: @ChadFinchum

Thursday, September 17, 2020
TRUCKS Race 17 of 23
Round of 10: Race 1 of 3 
UNOH 200 Presented by Ohio Logistics at Bristol
2019 Last-Place Finisher: Jesse Little

ENTRY LIST
There are 36 drivers entered for 40 spots, the same number from last week in Richmond.

RETURNING: #8-NEMCO Motorsports
Bristol will see Monster Jam competitor Camden Murphy make his first NASCAR start of 2020, and the return of Joe Nemechek’s team for the first time since Mike Skeen ran the #8 on the Daytona infield road course. This will be Murphy’s first Truck Series start at Bristol.

MISSING: #17-DGR-Crosley
David Ragan was surprisingly not entered just one week after the David Gilliland-owned team acquired All Out Motorsports’ Owner Points to lock Ragan into the field. The All Out #7 is likewise not entered.

DRIVER SWAP: #33-Reaume Brothers Racing
DRIVER SWAP: #00-Reaume Brothers Racing
The two Joshs – Bilicki and Reaume – swap rides this week under the lights. Josh Bilicki will run the #00 for his first Truck Series start at Bristol while team owner Josh Reaume pilots the #33. Bilicki finished the best of the pair last week in Richmond, taking 25th ahead of his owner in 32nd.

DRIVER CHANGE: #41-Cram Racing Enterprises
Welcome back to Cody Erickson, who on Thursday will make his first Truck Series start since 2015 at Eldora, where he ran 25th for the Corr team. Magnum Contracting, one of his sponsors that night, will again back his effort in the #41, which last week ran 28th with Ryan Huff.

RETURNING: #42-Niece Motorsports
Ross Chastain will pull double-duty in both the Trucks and XFINITY this weekend as Al Niece has brought back his part-time third team for the first time since Mark Smith’s 36th-place run on the Daytona infield road course. Chastain will make his fifth series start at Bristol, where he has twice finished 3rd – once each in 2012 and 2019.

WITHDREW: #49-CMI Motorsports
WITHDREW: #83-CMI Motorsports
On Wednesday, the CMI team stated they would be withdrawing both entries this week – originally planned for Ray Ciccarelli in the #49 and Tim Viens in the #83 – following the damage suffered to the #49 last week in Richmond. In the meantime, the team plans to turn their focus to speedway races toward the end of the season, including Talladega.

RETURNING: #75-Henderson Motorsports
Parker Kligerman returns as Charlie Henderson will again enter the team’s home race, but this time carries a new JDR Graphics paint scheme with sponsorship from Luck’s Mixed Beans. Like Chastain, Kligerman has been strong at “Thunder Valley,” finishing no worse than 20th in all six of his previous starts with a best of 2nd in the same 2012 race where Chastain finished 3rd. He finished 13th in this race just last year.

CUP INVADERS: None

Friday, September 18, 2020
XFINITY Race 26 of 33
Regular Season Finale
Food City 300 at Bristol
2019 Last-Place Finisher: Mason Diaz

ENTRY LIST
There are 36 drivers entered for the regular season finale of the XFINITY Series, the same number of starters from last week in Richmond.

DRIVER SWAP: #13-Motorsports Business Management
DRIVER SWAP: #66-Motorsports Business Management
Two of the three MBM teammates will again swap rides this week as Timmy Hill drives the #13, putting Stephen Leicht back in the #66. Chad Finchum will remain in the #61 after his disqualification with that entry in the first round of the Richmond double-header.

DRIVER CHANGE: #21-Richard Childress Racing
Anthony Alfredo swaps back in for Kaz Grala, who finished 9th in both rounds of last week’s Richmond double-header. Carrying sponsorship from Death Wish Coffee, Alfredo will make his first short track start in his young XFINITY Series career and eyes a rebound after a disappointing early crash in Darlington.

DRIVER CHANGE: #78-B.J. McLeod Motorsports
Stefan Parsons announced this week a three-race deal with Springrates as primary sponsor, and will debut the deal this Friday, to be followed by both Texas and Martinsville this fall. Parsons takes the place of Mason Massey, who finished 21st last week in Richmond and hoisted himself out of last place after missing the start here in the spring.

DRIVER CHANGE: #07-SS-Green Light Racing
Gray Gaulding steps in for Joey Gase, who himself was a late swap for J.J. Yeley at Richmond, taking 20th and 23rd in the twin races that weekend. It will be Gaulding’s first start in the car since his season-best runner-up finish at Daytona last month, and comes one year after his track-best 6th-place finish in the 2019 Bristol race.

CUP INVADERS: None

Saturday, September 19, 2020
CUP Race 29 of 36
Round of 16: Race 3 of 3
Bass Pro Shops / NRA Night Race at Bristol
2019 Last-Place Finisher: Kevin Harvick

ENTRY LIST
There are 40 drivers entered in the first cutoff race of the Cup Series season, marking the first “full” field since the Daytona 400-miler three races ago, and only the 16th in 29 races this season.

RETURNING: #7-Tommy Baldwin Racing
Josh Bilicki returns to drive the #7 with Insurance King as sponsor, running double-duty with the Truck Series. The TBR team didn’t run last week at Richmond, and last turned laps at Darlington, where Bilicki took 32nd under the lights.

DRIVER SWAP: #15-Rick Wae Racing
DRIVER CHANGE: #27-Rick Ware Racing
Gray Gaulding will also pull double-duty - his with the XFINITY Series - as he takes the place of J.J. Yeley, 34th in Richmond. Gaulding brings returning sponsorship from Panini America, and in six previous Bristol starts on the Cup side has yet to finish better than 29th. UPDATE: Yeley will run at Bristol in the #15 as on Thursday it was revealed Brennan Poole, unsponsored last week, would miss his first race of the year. Yeley's Thriv5 sponsor will follow him to the #15.

RETURNING: #78-B.J. McLeod Motorsports
Welcome back B.J. McLeod’s single-car effort, which hasn’t made a Cup start since the Dover double-header, where McLeod himself finished 38th and 31st. McLeod was also on his way to a strong Top 25 finish at this track in May before he was collected in a late accident, leaving him 28th. This time, Garrett Smithley will drive the car for the first time since Talladega, where he took 34th.

TODAY IN LASTCAR HISTORY (September 17, 1950): The Langhorne Speedway still stands as one of the most treacherous tracks on which NASCAR has ever competed – a one-mile unpaved near-perfect circle with hardly any straightaways. On this day in 1950, 48 drivers were entered, but at least three didn’t start, all likely due to accidents in the lead-up to the race. Credited with last place was Braddock, Pennsylvania native Dick Burns, whose 1950 Mercury joined John Meekins and Bill Harrison on the early ride home.

Monday, September 14, 2020

ARCA: Part-time fixture Clifton scores first last-place finish of career

PHOTO: Melrose Photography, thank you @StartAndParkCar and @nascarcatholic

by William Soquet
LASTCAR.info Guest Contributor

Rick Clifton finished last for the first time in his ARCA Menards Series career in Saturday’s Royal Truck & Trailer 200 at Toledo Speedway when his #11 Asheville Propane Ford retired with brake problems after completing three of the race’s 200 laps.

The finish came in Clifton’s 42nd career start.

The 66-year-old Rick Clifton is an eleven-year veteran of the ARCA Racing Series. He got his start with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing in 2010, running two races with the team. Between Fast Track and James Hylton Motorsports, Clifton ran a few races a year, and made it to the finish in most of them. In 2015, he picked up backing from Ohio Ag Equipment and Asheville Propane, running a career-high seven races that year. The Ohio Ag Equipment sponsorship disappeared at the beginning of 2020, but like he has done in the past, Clifton is still running a partial schedule. He finished in the top ten for the first time at the first Toledo race this year, a small but important victory in his 40th career start.

The Royal Truck & Trailer 200 marked the first combination race for the ARCA Menards Series. Previously, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series had run combination events at tracks like Iowa Speedway and World Wide Technology at Gateway. However, in the shuffle of rescheduling this year, a new type of combination event was born: the ARCA Menards Series / ARCA Menards Series East Combination Race. As such, a number of East regular teams entered, as all drivers entered earned points for both the national and East Series. Rev Racing entered its drivers, Nick Sanchez and Chase Cabre; Parker Retzlaff and his Bruce Cook Technologies team entered; Venturini Motorsports entered their East Series driver, Mason Diaz; and the part-time family teams of the East, Justin Carroll and “Farmer Bob” Pawlowski, also entered. As for the regular national series teams, it was about the usual entry list. Noticeably absent again was Thad Moffitt, whose next confirmed race is at Memphis, and Chad Bryant Racing, who will return at Bristol with Kris Wright and Derek Griffith.

All 19 cars on the entry list participated in practice, where eventual race winner Sam Mayer topped the charts with a lap that clocked in at just over sixteen seconds. Clifton was last on the charts, three and a half seconds behind Mayer and eight-tenths of a second behind 18th-place Owen Smith. Qualifying was about the same story: Mayer got just under the sixteen-second mark and Clifton barely broke the nineteen-second barrier, although the lap still left him in last place.

At the drop of the green, the nearly-identical cars of Clifton and Smith trailed the field. Clifton held last place flag-to-flag, falling ten seconds back of the leaders by the time he exited the race on lap four. Two Smiths were next to retire, with Owen retiring after five laps and Brad ending his race after 41 laps. The last two spots in the Bottom Five were filled by crash victims. Chase Cabre had what looked like a tire go down, leading to an early exit after 55 laps. Drew Dollar claimed he got dumped by Parker Retzlaff and promised words for the Wisconsin driver after the race, although it is unclear if an exchange ever happened.

With the finish, Clifton clinched the 2020 LASTCAR ARCA Owners Championship for Fast Track Racing with the team’s eighth last-place finish of the year. Wayne Peterson Racing is currently in second with two. 

THE BOTTOM FIVE
19) #12-Rick Clifton / 3 laps / brakes
18) #11-Owen Smith / 5 laps / electrical
17) #48-Brad Smith / 41 laps / overheating
16) #4E-Chase Cabre / 55 laps / crash
15) #15-Drew Dollar / 86 laps / crash

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES MANUFACTURERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Chevrolet (9)
2nd) Toyota (5)
3rd) Ford (1)

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES OWNERS CHAMPIONSHIP
1st) Fast Track Racing (8)
2nd) Wayne Peterson Racing (2)
3rd) Brother-in-Law Motorsports, DGR-Crosley, Kimmel Racing, Reeves Racing, Russ Lane Racing (1)

2020 LASTCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP