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Kicking It With Cacti, Previewing The General Tire 150 At Phoenix Raceway

ARCA Menards Series West Phoenix General Tire 150

The ARCA Menards Series heads west to team up with it's Pacific Coast friends of the ARCA Menards Series West. PC: Zac PC; Zac/ARCA Racing

After what can only be described as one of the latest nights I’ve had covering the ARCA Menards Series, teams now travel west to continue their year and help kick off the 2024 ARCA Menards Series West season at Phoenix Raceway.

This Friday’s General Tire 150 marks the fifth time that the ARCA Menards Series has hit the mile oval, while it is the 52nd for the West Series.

Former winners include Cale Yarborough, Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, Alan Kulwicki, Bobby Hamilton, Kenny Schrader, David Gilliland, Ty Gibbs, Taylor Gray, and last year’s winners Tyler Reif and William Sawalich.

Henderson, NV native Reif will look to strike once again in March after pulling off the upset last spring and taking home his first career win in the ARCA series with Lowden-Jackson Motorsports. After a mid-season change last year, he’ll look to do the same with Central Coast Racing’s No. 13, formerly piloted by ARCA Menards Series West legend Todd Souza.

Fellow former winner at Phoenix, William Sawalich, will look to play spoil for Reif’s return.

The Eden Prarie, MN native was dominant in both races last season but got caught up in a wreck in the spring. He was able to find redemption in that fall, leading 93 of the 100 laps en route to his first win in the west.

Returning to the series since their owner’s title in 2023, Cook Racing Technologies is bringing some changes, including new driver Marco Andretti for his second career start in the ARCA Menards Series platform. The Nazareth, PA driver came home 25th after a wreck early on at Daytona.

As for last year’s West Series driver champion, Sean Hingorani has a new hope. The Champ now finds himself driving for Hattori Racing Enterprises piloting the No. 61 for several races across the ARCA platform. It’s unclear as of now if he’ll be attempting to defend his title, but he and the team will be ready to duel in the desert.

Venturini Motorsports also looks to continue their team success after winning the season opener with Gus Dean. Full-time drivers Kris Wright, Toni Breidinger, and Amber Balcaen all look to rebound after a tough season opener. Joining them in making her ARCA platform debut is Isabella Robusto in the No. 55 for VMS.

Other notable faces kicking off the West Series include Danica Dart, Jack Wood, Eric Johnson Jr, Trevor Huddleston, and several others. Joining them from the ARCA Menards Series include Greg Van Alst and teammate Isaac Johnson, Andy Jankowiak, Caleb Coster, Christian Rose, and several others.

You can catch the General Tire 150 live from Phoenix Raceway on FS1 on Friday at 8 PM E.T.

Official Entry List for the General Tire 150

Car No.DriverHometownSponsorOEMTeam OwnerCrew Chief
1Robbie Kennealy *Madera, CASetting The Stage-American Swim-Wiley XFordHarley KennealyCharlie Wilson
2Andres PerezMexico City, MexicoMax Siegel IncChevyMax SiegelGlenn Parker
3Todd SouzaAromas, CACentral Coast CabinetsToyotaKelly SouzaJason Dickenson
6Lavar Scott *Carney’s Point, NJMax Siegel IncChevyMax SiegelDanny Johnson
7Takuma KogaNagoya, Hichi, JapanYamadaToyotaJerry PittsDenny Moyer
10Brayton Laster *Greenwood, INCarAggio MotorsportsFordAndy HillenburgNathan Davis
11Brad PerezHollywood, FLSebetka Bail BondsFordAndy HillenburgChris Vanscoy
12Ryan Roulette *Minot, NDVFW-Bellator Recruiting AcademyFordMichelle HillenburgJeremy Petty
13Tyler ReifHenderson, NVCentral Coast CabinetsToyotaKelly SouzaMichael Munoz
15Kris WrightWexford, PAFNB CorporationToyotaBill VenturiniLarry Balsitis
16Jack WoodLoomis, CANAPA Auto CareChevyBill McAnallyKevin Bellicourt
17Marco Andretti *Nazareth, PAGroup 1001-MMI-Sunwest CoastChevyBruce CookSean Samuels
18William Sawalich *Eden Prairie, MNStarkey-Sound GearToyotaJoe GibbsMatt Ross
19Eric Johnson Jr *Antelope, CAPacific Office AutomationChevyBill McAnallyJohn Camilleri
20Gio Ruggiero *Seekonk, MAJBLToyotaBilly VenturiniShannon Rursch
22Amber BalcaenWinnipeg, ManitobaIcon DirectToyotaCathy VenturiniDave Fuge
23Grant EnfingerFairhope, ALGMS Fabrication-SPS-Allegiant AirlinesChevyJoe FarréJeff Stankiewicz
24Joe Farré *Las Vegas, NVSPS-Fisher Industries-American Eagle Ready MixChevyJoe FarréChris Bray
25Toni BreidingerHillsborough, CARaising Cane’sToyotaCathy VenturiniCayden Lapcevich
27Bobby Hillis JrPhoenix, AZCamping World-First Impression PressChevyBobby Hillis JrTony Huffman
28Connor MosackCharlotte, NCChevrolet PerformanceChevyMark WebbShane Huffman
31Garrett Zacharias *Candor, NYHottle Livestock-Master K’s BBQChevyTim GouletTim Goulet
32Christian RoseMartinsburg, WVWest Virginia Department of TourismFordKevin CywinskiRyan London
34Isaac Johnson *Martinsville, INIAC-Endress+HauserFordGreg Van AlstKevin Shannon
35Greg Van AlstAnderson, INPrescott Tire ProsFordGreg Van AlstJim Long
41John Borneman IIIRamona, CATilly’s-Stoney’sFordChris LowdenTony Jackson
42Tanner ReifHenderson, NVVegas Fastener MAFG-MMI-Sunwest CoastChevyBruce CookJerry Babb
48Brad SmithShelby Township, MICopraya.comChevyBrad SmithRand Bitter
50Trevor HuddlestonSomix, CAHigh Point Racing-Racecar FactoryFordTim HuddlestonJeff Schrader
55Isabella Robusto *Fort Mill, SCMobil 1ToyotaBilly VenturiniKevin Reed Jr
61Sean Hingorani *Newport Beach, CAFidelity CapitalToyotaShigeaki HattoriMark McFarland
63John Aremendia *New Braunfels, TXFirst Call Plumbing Heating & AirChevyParis WixonJeff Spraker
70Kyle KellerMadera, CASetting The Stage-Battle Born-Argus ConstructionFordFran KennealyBrian Kizer
71Nick JoanidesNorthridge, CAJan’s TowingFordJan QualkenbushRip Michels
73Andy JankowiakBuffalo, NYGalactic AcresToyotaKevin LapierreMike Dayton
77Cody Kiemele *Perris, CAKing Taco-Toyota of Redlands-Burgesons Htg & AirToyotaJoe NavaRyan Sebek
88Jake Bollman *Huntington Beach, CAPacific Coast PropaneFordMike NaakeMike Naake
93Caleb Costner *Dallas, NCStrapinnoChevyAaron WeaverDarrell Phillips
99Michael Maples *Choctaw, OKDon Ray Petroleum LLCChevyDustin HillenburgMike Sroufe
03Alex ClubbMorris, ILYavapai Bottle Gas-Race Parts LiquidatorsFordAlex ClubbBrian Clubb
05David SmithSidney, British ColumbiaShockwave Marine Suspension SeatingToyotaDavid SmithBrandon Carlson
06Cody Dennison *Madison, ALKarrusToyotaWayne PetersonNate Moeller
07Danica Dart *Ephrata, WAEvers Farms-Pioneer Performance-Ebco ConstrctnChevyHarley KenneJohn Keller
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