ARCA Announces 2020 Official, Showdown Series Schedules

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ARCA Menards Series Points Leader Christian Eckes drives around Lucas Oil Raceway during practice before last week's penultimate ARCA Menards Series event. Photo Credit to ARCA

Ever since NASCAR bought the ARCA Menards Racing Series a couple of years ago, it’s been long wondered what the organization would decide to do with it’s three competing series.

The pre-owned NASCAR K&N East and West series were already in conjunction with the same types of talent and, depending on what your view was, ARCA was not too far ahead/behind.

Now that the essential merger between the three series has been announced, ARCA has been cleared to release the 2020 campaign with some different nicks and challenges for their drivers.

The 2020 schedule includes the road course at Mid-Ohio, which is a first in over 50 years for the series.

Though with addition to a 20-race schedule, comes subtraction. Both Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola and Toledo Speedway in Ohio will lose their ARCA races.

Toledo has hosted the series a lot longer than Pensacola, but seeing both depart from the schedule isn’t much fun for an ARCA fan. The silver lining is that the series that covers basically every type of track stock cars can race on is finally heading to a road course next year.

The full schedule for the 2020 season can be found below:

2020 ARCA Menards Series Schedule

DATE TRACK CITY
Saturday, Feb. 8 Daytona International Speedway Daytona, Fla.
Friday, March 6 ISM Raceway Avondale, Ariz.
Sunday, April 19 Salem Speedway Salem, Ind.
Friday, April 24 Talladega Superspeedway Talladega, Ala.
Thursday, May 21 Charlotte Motor Speedway Concord, N.C.
Friday, May 29 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
Friday, June 5 Michigan International Speedway Brooklyn, Mich.
Thursday, June 18 Chicagoland Speedway Joliet, Ill.
Thursday, June 25 Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Pa.
Friday, July 3 Lucas Oil Raceway Brownsburg, Ind.
Saturday, July 11 Elko Speedway Elko, Minn.
Friday, July 17 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 1 WWT Raceway at Gateway Madison, Ill.
Friday, Aug. 7 Madison International Speedway Madison, Wisc.
Friday, Aug. 14 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Sunday, Aug. 23 Springfield Mile at Illinois State Fairgrounds Springfield, Ill.
Saturday, Sept. 5 Magic Mile at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds DuQuoin, Ill.
Thursday, Sept. 17 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
Saturday, Sept. 26 Memphis International Raceway Millington, Tenn.
Friday, Oct. 16 Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kan.

Part of the merger between the series included the ARCA Showdown – which is a series of 10 races that are mostly Midwest based that will serve as combination races between the three previously existing series.

Below you can find the entire schedule for the 10 combination series – all of which are official 2020 ARCA Menards Series events.

2020 ARCA Showdown Schedule

DATE TRACK CITY
Friday, March 6 ISM Raceway Avondale, Ariz.
Sunday, April 19 Salem Speedway Salem, Ind.
Friday, May 29 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio
Friday, July 3 Lucas Oil Raceway Brownsburg, Ind.
Saturday, July 11 Elko Speedway Elko, Minn.
Friday, July 17 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 1 WWT Raceway at Gateway Madison, Ill.
Friday, Aug. 14 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Thursday, Sept. 17 Bristol Motor Speedway Bristol, Tenn.
Saturday, Sept. 26 Memphis International Raceway Millington, Tenn.

The ARCA Menards Series will conclude their 2019 season with the finale race at Kansas Speedway next Friday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The race will be televised by FS2.

Christian Eckes will enter with a 15-point lead in the points standings over Michael Self – essentially three positions on the track.

The ‘ARCA West’ and ‘ARCA East’ schedules have yet to be unveiled.

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