NASHVILLE (Feb. 19, 2018) — Now that the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has completed their season opening event at Daytona International Speedway, preparation has begun for the Music City 200 at Nashville’s (TN) Fairgrounds Speedway. The Track Enterprises-promoted event has turned into a fan favorite, as three of the top Super Late Model tours will also be on track. The April 7 event is expected to draw some of the best fields of cars for short track racing in 2018.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2018) — Former Daytona polesitter Sean Corr posted the fastest speed in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards final practice Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire.
Corr, in the No. 43 NESCO-Empire Racing Chevrolet, put up the fastest lap of the week after two practice sessions with a speed of 181.785 mph.
“This new Chevy 43 car is really good,” said Corr. “Between practices and tests we finally figured out the right gear. This thing (new composite body) is a brick compared to the old steel cars. This thing really punches a huge hole through the air; but as far as drafting and being able to catch a pack so quickly…you can really run down a pack. The cars just love it.”
Other new entries for the open test include two from Empire Racing with series veteran Sean Corr and rookie Thad Moffitt. Moffitt is the grandson of “The King” Richard Petty.
With several more drivers expected, here’s another look at the latest and official ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards entry list for the open test at Daytona. Sunday, January 14 is being reserved as a rain date, in the event either Friday or Saturday’s activities are affected by weather.
Only composite body cars will be permitted at this year’s open test. In fact for the first time in series history, the entire ARCA field at Daytona will be made up exclusively of the newer composite material, flange-fit bodies. The composite bodies debuted in the Series on short tracks in 2015 and were approved on tracks over a mile for the 2016 season, excluding Daytona and Talladega.
ARCAracing.com will feature Live Timing, Scoring and an open Chat Board of the open test from Daytona.
The ARCA Racing Series kicks off “Speedweeks” 2018 at Daytona with the 55th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire Saturday, Feb. 10, Live on FS1. The annual ARCA show-opener also marks the start of ARCA’s 66th consecutive season of competition.
Thad Moffitt, grandson of seven-time Cup champion Richard Petty, is the latest member of the Petty family to pilot a car at Daytona International Speedway.
Moffitt, 17, made his Daytona debut Friday in an ARCA Racing Series test session driving a No. 46 Ford for Empire Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports’ driver development team.
Moffitt, the oldest son of Brian and Rebecca Petty-Moffitt, will compete in three ARCA races this year.
He made his series debut last year and made three starts. His best finish was 11th at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.
The ARCA season begins Feb. 10 at Daytona. Moffitt would be the first member of the Petty family to race at Daytona since Kyle Petty competed in the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Richard Petty won 10 points races at Daytona, including a record seven Daytona 500 victories. His father, Lee Petty, won the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.
Moffitt’s 2018 plans include competing in Late Model events and CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour races.
In 2016, Moffitt won the championship in the Southeast Limited Late Model Series.
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NEWS: @ThadMoffitt, grandson of Richard Petty, made his @DISupdates debut Friday during @ARCA_Racing testing. Moffitt will run a partial @ARCA_Racing schedule in 2018 with Empire Racing Group and Grumpy’s Performance Inc.