It’s time for a few weeks off for the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East, taking center stage in the meantime is the ARCA Menards Series West, which returns the spotlight for some road racing, and they’re bringing out some major names to the show this weekend.
This weekend will mark the ninth time that the ARCA West Series has visited Portland International Speedway. The series’ first visit was back in 1986 (K&N West Series) when Hershel McGriff took home the checkered flag.
Other, previous winners at the 12-turn, 1.967-mile road course include Jim Inglebright, Luis Martinez Jr, Greg Pursley, Jake Drew, and last year’s winner Taylor Gray.
Pacing in the Pacific Northwest
Looking to this weekend’s event, some familiar faces and big stars will be part of the field this weekend as the West Series shares the track with the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
Cup and Xfinity Series winner Cole Custer will hop behind the wheel of the second entry for High Point Racing, joining teammate Trevor Huddleston who sits fourth in ARCA West points standings.
Fellow Stewart-HAAS Xfinity teammate Riley Herbst also joins the field and makes his return to the ARCA platform for the first time since 2021, and his first West race since 2019. The Las Vegas native will drive an entry for Jerry Pits.
Other Xfinity drivers joining the ARCA field are Parker Retzlaff, driving the no. 02 for Young’s Motorsports, and Kyle Sieg, who takes the wheel for the Lowden-Jackson Motorsports no. 46 from RJ Smotherman.
While some of NASCAR’s stars are coming to share the track, there is still a good crop of ARCA West Series drivers fighting to show their strength this weekend.
Sean Hingorani is looking to go three in a row and pick up another win for Venturini Motorsports this season. The 16-year-old currently sits third in the points stands, only nine back of the lead.
ARCA East Series points leader William Sawalich is making the trip west for his second career West Series start with Joe Gibbs Racing and the no. 18 car.
Both drivers for Billy McAnally Racing, Caleb Sharder, and Eric Johnson Jr, will be making their West Series debut at the road course. Roxali Kamper will also join them for her debut in the no. 39 Chevrolet with Tuttle-Kamper Racing.
Other entries include West Series regulars, including points leader Landen Lewis, Phoenix winner Tyler Reif and his brother Tanner Reif, Todd Souza, Bradley Erickson, Kyle Keller, and Takuma Koga.
Official Entry List for the Portland 112
|1||02||Parker Retzlaff||Young's Motorsports|
|2||04||Ethan Nascimento||Nascimento-Joiner Racing|
RAILBAR Protein Bar
|3||05||David Smith||Shockwave Racing|
Shockwave Marine Suspension Seating
|4||4||Eric Nascimento||Nascimento-Joiner Racing|
|5||5||Riley Herbst||Jerry Pitts Racing|
|6||7||Takuma Koga||Jerry Pitts Racing|
|7||13||Todd Souza||Central Coast Racing|
Central Coast Cabinets
|8||14||Davey Magras||Davey Magras Racing|
|9||15||Sean Hingorani||Venturini Motorsports|
|Kevin Reed, Jr.|
|10||16||Tanner Reif||Bill McAnally Racing|
|11||17||Landen Lewis||McGowan-Cook Motorsports|
|12||18||William Sawalich||Joe Gibbs Racing|
Starkey / Sound Gear
|13||19||Eric Johnson, Jr.||Bill McAnally Racing|
|14||24||Dylan Lupton||Bill McAnally Racing|
|15||32||Dale Quarterley||1/4-Ley Racing|
Van Dyke Recycling Solutions
|16||39||Roxali Kamper||Tuttle-Kamper Racing|
|17||41||Tyler Reif||Lowden-Jackson Motorsports|
|18||46||Kyle Sieg||Lowden-Jackson Motorsports|
|19||50||Trevor Huddleston||High Point Racing|
|20||52||Ryan Philpott||Philpott Racing|
Mattos Equipment Rentals
|21||55||Cole Custer||High Point Racing|
|22||70||Kyle Keller||Kyle Keller Racing|
|23||88||Bradley Erickson||Naake-Klauer Motorsports|
|24||99||Caleb Shrader||Bill McAnally Racing|
You can watch the Portland 112 live on FloRacing on Friday at 8 P.M. ET/5 P.M. PT.