2020 is the year of the dinosaur according to the Chinese calendar. Don’t fact check that, but it might just be in ARCA.
After a disappointing end to his 2019 season where he watched teammate Christian Eckes hoist the ARCA Championship, Michael Self appears to be on a revenge tour in 2020.
Last year’s runner-up opened up his 2020 campaign with a dominating victory in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona to kick off the ARCA season. Self led a race-high 60 laps on his way to capturing his second win at Daytona.
ARCA Gonna ARCA
It wouldn’t be an ARCA race unless a number of head-scratching things happened. From a first-lap wreck to a door panel falling off, to debris on track for 20 laps, to taping the entire side of a car, ARCA gives you everything.
On the first lap of the race, Andy Suess spun himself off the nose of David Gravel’s #28 Chevy.
Then we had a girl dump the clutch and nearly loop it on pit road because why not let’s get crazy.
ARCA renewed an annual rivalry as well. The pack v. a lap car, a tradition unlike any other.
Hailie Deegan did Hailie Deegan things and dumped poor Chuck on the backstretch.
Tanner Gray in his #17 DGR-Crosley Ford was in the process of blowing up for about five laps when he was running 4th. As smoke started to billow out from behind the car, then the wheel wells the team told him to stay out. “Might just be a tire rub” they told him. It was not. The Illmor spec engine expired leaving everyone to wonder, do Illmor engines actually want to be engines?
Then there was David Gravel who lost the entire door panel off the right side of the car. The team proceeded to put bear bond on the entire right side of the car. David couldn’t even see. This is why you love ARCA.
Michael Self is the championship favorite in 2020, winning at Daytona was merely a warning notice for the rest of the field this season.
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