|2018 ARCA Racing Series|
The 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards was the 66th season of the ARCA Racing Series. The season began on February 10 with the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway and ended on October 19 with the Kansas ARCA 150. Races were broadcast on FS1, FS2 and MAVTV. Sheldon Creed won the championship, ahead of his MDM Motorsports teammate Zane Smith.
Teams and drivers
|Chevrolet||Allgaier Motorsports||16||Kelly Kovski||2|
|Bret Holmes Racing||23||Bret Holmes||11|
|Wayne Peterson Racing [N 5]||Wayne Peterson||2|
|Bobby Gerhart Racing||5||Bobby Gerhart||7 [N 6]|
|Brother-In-Law Racing||57||Bryan Dauzat||5|
|Chad Finley Racing||51||Austin Hill||1|
|Grant County Mulch Racing||7||Codie Rohrbaugh||8|
|Grynewicz Motorsports||40||Tovia Grynewicz||1|
|KBR Development||35||Carson Hocevar||3|
|Kimmel-Finney Racing||69||Scott Reeves||1|
|Mason Mitchell Motorsports||78||Max Tullman||8|
|Norm Hutton Racing||37||Kirk Horton||1|
|Our Motorsports||02||Andy Seuss||3|
|Patriot Motorsports Group||38||Jerry de Weerdt||1|
|Spraker Racing Enterprises||63||Dave Mader III||3|
|Win-Tron Racing||33||Daniel Sasnett||1|
|ZR Racing [N 7]||1||Zach Ralston||1|
|Dodge||Hixson Motorsports||2||Eric Caudell||5|
|Ford||Chad Bryant Racing||22||Tyler Dippel||2|
|Clubb Racing||03||Alex Clubb||3|
|Dale Shearer Racing||73||Dale Shearer||1|
|Kimmel Racing||68||Baden Stewart||1|
|Max Force Racing||99||Ronnie Osmer||1|
|MBM Motorsports||66||Mark Thompson||1|
|Mullins Racing [N 8]||2||Andrew Belmont||1|
|Mystic Motorsports||07||Brian Kaltreider||2|
|Rette Jones Racing||30||Grant Quinlan||1|
|Scott Melton Racing||67||Scott Melton||1|
|Toyota||DGM Racing||71||L. B. Skaggs||3|
|Fast Track Racing [N 9]||22||Ed Pompa||1|
|Hendren Motorsports||24||Ryan Unzicker||2|
|J. J. Pack Racing||61||J. J. Pack||2|
|Jack Dossey Motorsports||99||Jack Dossey III||2|
|Joe Gibbs Racing||19||Drew Herring||1|
|MDM Motorsports||12||Harrison Burton||8|
|Venturini Motorsports||55||Tom Hessert||1|
|Empire Racing||43||Sean Corr||2|
|Hixson Motorsports||3||Joe Cooksey||3|
|Ken Schrader Racing||52||Will Rodgers||5|
|Brandon Grosso (R)||5|
|Max Force Racing||9||Thomas Praytor||4|
|Wayne Peterson Racing||0||Con Nicolopoulos||3|
- Iwuji's races were Patriot Motorsports Group entries using Darrell Basham Racing's owner points.
- Rick Clifton was scheduled to drive the No. 10 Toyota at Berlin Raceway on July 21 and the No. 11 Ford at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on September 7 for Fast Track Racing but since the races were postponed, he didn't return and Tyler Hill replaced him in both races.
- Entries were fielded in a collaboration with ZR Racing.
- It was a Fast Track Racing entry using Wayne Peterson Racing's owner points.
- Peterson's races were Wayne Peterson Racing entries using Bret Holmes Racing's owner points.
- Bobby Gerhart was scheduled to run at Berlin Raceway on July 21 but since the race was postponed to August 25, he didn't return and was scored last as did not start in the postponed race.
- Entry was fielded in a collaboration with Fast Track Racing.
- All entries were fielded using owner points from Hixson Motorsports.
- It was a Fast Track Racing entry using Chad Bryant Racing's owner points.
- Cunningham Motorsports, due to the failing health of owner Briggs Cunningham, was put up for sale after the conclusion of the 2017 season. On January 9, 2018, the sale of the team was announced to longtime crew chief Chad Bryant. Bryant formed Chad Bryant Racing but kept the same cars, numbers and personnel that had been with the team previously.
- Mullins Racing cut ties with Basham Racing, whose owner points they had used in past years. Mullins formed a new alliance with Hixson Motorsports, and Mullins used Hixson's No. 3 in some events.
- Patriot Motorsports Group formed an alliance with Basham Racing to use Basham's No. 34 in select races.
- DGR-Crosley debuted with Noah Gragson at Daytona.
- Kimmel Racing entered an alliance with Finney Racing for Finney to use Kimmel's No. 69.
- Mason Mitchell Motorsports ceased operations on July 30.
- Following the deaths of James Hylton and his son James Jr., the team's driver, Brad Smith, took over operations of the 48 team, which was rebranded as Brad Smith Motorsports.
- Zane Smith drove full-time for MDM Motorsports in 2018. Smith had competed for MDM and Venturini Motorsports in 2017.
- Natalie Decker drove full-time for Venturini Motorsports in their No. 25 entry. She ran part-time in the No. 25 during the 2017 season.
- Travis Braden ran full-time in RFMS Racing's No. 27 entry. He ran part-time in the No. 27 last year.
- Sheldon Creed ran full-time in MDM Motorsports' No. 28 entry. He drove part-time for MDM in multiple cars last year.
- Chase Purdy full-time in MDM Motorsports' No. 8 entry. He ran part-time for Mason Mitchell Motorsports in 2017.
- Michael Self raced with Venturini Motorsports for half of the season. He drove part-time for MDM Motorsports and Mason Mitchell Motorsports in 2017.
- Brandon Grosso took over Ken Schrader Racing's No. 52 car. The entry was previously driven in 2017 by champion Austin Theriault. Grosso began his schedule at Nashville after Will Rodgers piloted the car at Daytona; Grosso was not old enough to compete. Grosso eventually left the team, and the No. 52 team shut down as well.
- Joe Graf Jr. made his first foray into ARCA, teaming with Chad Bryant Racing for all races except Daytona.
- Four drivers made their debuts at Salem in the spring: Colby Howard with Mason Mitchell Motorsports, Josh Berry with Chad Bryant Racing, Jack Dossey III with his family team, and Matt Dooley with Fast Track Racing.
|No.||Race title||Track||Date||Time (EDT)||TV|
|1||Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire||Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach||February 10||4:45 p.m.||FS1|
|2||Music City 200||Fairgrounds Speedway, Nashville||April 7||9:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|3||Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200||Salem Speedway, Salem||April 22||2:15 p.m.||MAVTV|
|4||General Tire 200||Talladega Superspeedway, Lincoln||April 27||6:00 p.m.||FS1|
|5||Menards 200||Toledo Speedway, Toledo||May 20||2:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|6||General Tire 150||Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord||May 24||9:00 p.m.||FS1|
|7||General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond||June 1||5:45 p.m.||FS2|
|8||Zomongo 200||Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn||June 8||6:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|9||Herr's Potato Chips 200||Madison International Speedway, Oregon||June 15||9:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|10||PapaNicholas Coffee 150||Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison||June 22||9:00 p.m.||FS2|
|11||Scott 150||Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet||June 28||8:00 p.m.||FS1|
|12||Fans With Benefits 150||Iowa Speedway, Newton||July 7||9:00 p.m.||MAVTV*|
|13||Sioux Chief PowerPEX 250||Elko Speedway, Elko||July 14||9:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|14||ModSpace 150||Pocono Raceway, Long Pond||July 27||4:00 p.m.||FS1|
|15||Allen Crowe 100||Illinois State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Springfield||August 19||2:30 p.m.||MAVTV|
|16||Primera Plastics 200||Berlin Raceway, Marne||August 25||8:30 p.m.||MAVTV|
|17||General Tire Grabber 150||DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack, Du Quoin||September 3||4:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|18||Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic||Salem Speedway, Salem||September 15||7:15 p.m.||MAVTV|
|19||Shore Lunch 200||Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, Brownsburg||October 6||9:00 p.m.||MAVTV|
|20||Kansas ARCA 150||Kansas Speedway, Kansas City||October 19||8:30 p.m.||FS2|
†: The Primera Plastics 200 was originally scheduled on July 21 but was postponed because of persistent rain and rescheduled for August 25.
†: The Shore Lunch 200 was originally scheduled on September 7 but was postponed because of Tropical Storm Gordon and rescheduled for October 6.
- *Tape delayed
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, and Berlin Raceway all return to the schedule. The series had last visited Gateway in 2007 and Charlotte in 2004. The only road course on the 2017 schedule, Road America, was taken out for 2018. The races at Winchester Speedway and Kentucky Speedway were also taken off the schedule. The races at Elko Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway shifted significantly. Elko moved to the middle of July because the first Pocono date was moved to the weekend that Elko had in 2017, and Lucas Oil moved to September because the NASCAR Indianapolis weekend was moved to September.
Results and standings
(key) Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position set by final practice results or rainout. * – Most laps led.
|8||Joe Graf Jr.||16||11||2||3||18||7||5||12||8||13||5||3||26||16||1||11||11||13||21||4000|
|39||L. B. Skaggs||14||11||23||510|
|40||Tommy Vigh Jr.||15||13||13||495|
|57||Dave Mader III||28||16||18||380|
|67||Jack Dossey III||18||15||295|
|71||D. L. Wilson||25||19||Wth||265|
|85||Jerry de Weerdt||11||175|
|90||C. J. McLaughlin||20||155|
|J. J. Pack||Wth||Wth||0|
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- 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
- 2018 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
- 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
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- 2018 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series
- 2018 NASCAR Whelen Euro Series
- Herbst, Alex. "ARCA:Cunningham Motorsports officially shutting down". Beyond the Flag. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- Radebaugh, Don. "Chad Bryant purchases assets of Cunningham Motorsports; LeMastus in at Daytona". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- "2018 Brings a New Number for Mullins Racing". ARCA Racing Press Releases. 2018-01-02. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- Soquet, William. "ARCA: Osmer Trails Almost-Full Field in Daytona Debut". LASTCAR. Blogger. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
- "Mason Mitchell Motorsports to Cease Operations". Mason Mitchell Motorsports. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
- "Zane Smith Returns to MDM Motorsports for 2018 ARCA Racing Series season". MDM Motorsports. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- "Natalie Decker signs with Venturini Motorsports for full 2018 ARCA schedule". ARCA Racing.
- Herbst, Alex. "ARCA:Travis Braden joins RFMS Racing full-time in 2018". Beyond the Flag. FanSided. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- Bonner, Brian. "Sheldon Creed Will Race for the 2018 ARCA Crown With MDM Motorsports". Newswire. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- "Chase Purdy joins MDM for full ARCA season in 2018; Talladega testing next". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- "Michael Self, Sinclair Oil partner with Venturini Motorsports for 2018 ARCA Season". Sinclair Oil Corporation. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- Soquet, William. "ARCA: Mike Basham falls out first in Darrell Basham Racing's 2018 debut". LASTCAR. Blogger. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- "16-year-old Colby Howard preparing for ARCA debut at Salem". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- "JR Motorsports ace Josh Berry ready for ARCA debut at Salem with CBR". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
- Radebaugh, Don. "Dossey and Dossey ready for ARCA debut at Salem". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- Soquet, William (23 April 2018). "ARCA: Meunier trails for third time in rough underdog weekend". LASTCAR. Blogger. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- Weaver, Matt. "2018 ARCA Racing Series Schedule includes return to Charlotte, Gateway". Autoweek. Crain Communications. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- "2018 ARCA schedule released; Charlotte, Gateway, Berlin return". ARCA Racing. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
- Utter, Jim. "ARCA's 2018 schedule includes return to Charlotte on Coke 600 weekend". Motorsport. Retrieved 2018-01-11.
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