ARCA Menards Series

OBSERVATIONS: General Tire 150 at Kentucky Speedway

By: Mitchell Breuer

The ARCA Menards Series race at Kentucky Speedway, just like the season so far, proved to be all about Toyotas, as the manufacture captured its fifth straight win Saturday.

The beginning of the race was controlled by points leader, Michael Self, who started from the pole. However, as has become a running theme in the past few weeks, Ty Gibbs quickly made his way to the front and began closing the gap. A caution caused by Scott Melton diminished Self’s lead and allowed the driver of the No. 18 to take the control heading into the first break of the race.

During this opening stretch the theme of the high being the preferred lane that was seen during both of the NASCAR Xfinity Series events this week continued and proved to be a factor all race.

Towards the second break, it remained all about Gibbs, who looked to replicate his dominate day a few weeks ago at Pocono Raceway. After the pause, though, the race turned to an event with a lot of aggressiveness. This started out front, with Self sliding into Gibbs as they battled for the lead, nearly taking them both out of contention. Fortunately for both, they were able to continue on without any problems.

That was not the case for Hailie Deegan, who entered the race second in points. The driver of the No. 4 Ford for DGR-Crosley had been up inside the top-five all day, but slammed the wall after contact with Drew Dollar. This effectively ended her race, and as a result, Deegan will drop to fourth in points.

The aggressiveness did not end there, as Gibbs had recovered and was again on the move to the lead; however Bret Holmes did not roll over. This eventually led to the No. 18 giving the No. 23 a nudge, which finally allowed him to retake the top spot.

After that, it was back to being the Ty Gibbs show, who walked away from the field to capture his second win in the series this season. Self was able to recover as well, as he brought back his No. 15 to finish in third and, expand his points lead.

One week after seeing all of their team cars scoring a top-five finish, DGR-Crosley only saw one top-10 Saturday, with Tanner Gray place ninth. The team saw more cars done early, as Thad Moffitt, like his teammate Deegan, also wrecked out during the 100-lap race.

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