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04/28 2018

NASCAR ACQUIRES THE ARCA RACING SERIES… “(AND RR-AZ HOPES THEY DO NOT RUIN IT LIKE THEY DID THE USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES)”

 

NASCAR has acquired the ARCA Racing Series, but there is much to be decided while both sides work to finalize the agreement.PHOTO BY ARCA RACING SERIES

Changes will not become apparent until after the 2019 season

BY:  MATT WEAVER

In a move that has widespread industry implications, NASCAR announced on Friday morning at Talladega Superspeedway that it has acquired the ARCA Racing Series effective immediately.

With that said, ARCA will continue operating independently until after the 2019 season, at which point NASCAR plans to better align its interests beyond just the three national tours — currently known as Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks.

What wasn’t made clear on Friday was to what extent NASCAR had purchased the assets of ARCA. In addition to the national series, ARCA also owns Toledo Speedway (Ohio) and Flat Rock Speedway (Mich.) and also sanctions two Super Late Model tours based out of Indiana (CRA) and Wisconsin (Midwest Tour), respectively.

So there is much to be decided over the next 15 months.

“This is one of the most exciting announcements we’ve had in our lifetime,” said NASCAR’s Jim France. “The ARCA organization has been closely associated with the France family before there was a NASCAR and before there was an ARCA.

“It’s a big moment for stock car racing in America.”

ARCA features a mostly short-track schedule, complete with two dirt tracks, while also racing in tandem with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Its engine package is nearly identical to the Truck Series, while its body rules are completely identical to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series.

ARCA was founded in 1953 as MARC, the Midwest Association for Race Cars, a northern counterpart to NASCAR. It was founded by John Marcum, a friend of Bill France, who was eventually persuaded by NASCAR to change its name to a more national sounding ARCA.

“We are proud of the history and tradition of the ARCA Racing Series and the relationship we’ve built over six decades with NASCAR,” said ARCA president Ron Drager, Marcum’s grandson. “We look forward to the opportunity to be more fully integrated with NASCAR and help shape the future of our sport.”