ARCA Menards Series

OBSERVATIONS: Dawn 150 at Kansas Speedway

By: Ashley McCubbin

The ARCA Menards Series has developed a good reputation for good racing while developing talent, and that’s shined through in previous events this season. Though it’s safe to say that Friday night was a bust.

The difficulty to pass at Kansas Speedway resulted in the field becoming spread out around the speedway, with everybody awaiting mistakes by drivers for something to happen. It’s a poor comparison after witnessing both the NASCAR Cup Series and Trucks Series put on solid shows the past two days, utilizing the grooves available all the way around.

The only passes that most fans are going to remember was Michael Self fading – more on that later, but that came at the expense of an ill-handling racecar. Cory Heim also got passed by Ryan Repko and Riley Herbst on the last lap, but that was the expense of a problem on the No. 12 Toyota.

The lack of competition is only emphasized by looking at the fact only 18 cars took the green, and the field is pretty much split in half in regards to those with teams capable of winning and not. When NASCAR announced they were merging the ARCA Menards Series with their East and West campaigns and making the cars close together, it was supposed to increase competition. However, none of those teams joined the regulars on the grid so the plan is failing thus far.

Bret Holmes made the most of the night, dominating en route to his first series victory. It’d be an utter shame to see the family team not run the full schedule due to a lack of funding as he has proven a legitimate threat against the heavy weights in Joe Gibbs Racing and Venturini Motorsports for the title.

His performance is only emphasized by the points leader Self scoring a sub-par sixth-place finish. While normally a threat to win, it looked as though the Sinclair dinosaur kept stepping on his tail as no matter the adjustments by Kevin Reed, they were unable to make their way forward.

With the series set to head back short track racing with a trip to Toledo Speedway for a double header, it’s certainly a welcome sight as hopefully the excitement will return that we are used to.

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