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High Banks and High Speeds: Previewing the ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200 at Talladega

2022 ARCA Series Champion Nick Sanchez pulls into victory lane after winning at Talladega in 2022 / Photo Credit: ARCA Racing

After almost two months of being off, the ARCA Menards Series returns this weekend, and in a big way at the series’ biggest track. The General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway is set to go green at 12:30. It’s been a bit though, so let’s look at this weekend and look back at past trends.

Heading into this weekend, the 2023 winners are still guys you wouldn’t have predicted. Greg Van Alst looks to repeat the magic on the Superspeedways after his upset win at Daytona to open the 2023 season.

Currently, Van Alst leads the points, with rookie Frankie Muniz sitting second 10 points back. Tony Cosentino, Jesse Love, and Christian Rose round out the rest of the top five.

Looking back at the history of ARCA at the 2.66-mile superspeedway, the patterns are that there isn’t one with unpredictability. Previous winners include Charlie Glotzbach, Tim Steele, Frank Kimmel, Justin Haley, Zane Smith, and last year’s ARCA Champion Nick Sanchez.

Venturini Motorsports won two of the last three races with Drew Dollar in 2020 and last week’s Truck Series winner Corey Heim in 2021. VMS will try to reestablish itself after a rocky start to the 2023 ARCA campaign. Jesse Love will make his Talladega debut and is joined by Amber Balcaen, Gus Dean, and Toni Breidinger flying the V for the race weekend.

After a stellar top-five finish in her first superspeedway race, Mandy Chick will hop back behind the wheel for her second ARCA start of the season and look to continue the great start to 2023.

Rev Racing hopes to go back-to-back at Talladega with Andres Perez de Lara and Jack Wood driving for the team. This will be Perez de Lara’s first career superspeedway start after not starting the race at Daytona.

Former ARCA Winner and part-time Truck Series driver Taylor Gray will come back for the event. Making his season debut, and debut with Joe Gibbs Racing driving the no. 18. Gray racked up three wins last year at Phoenix, Mid-Ohio- and Phoenix. This also marks his first-ever Superspeedway start.

Other notable drivers are former ARCA Champion Brett Holmes, Jason White who finished ninth in the season opener at Daytona, Whelen Modified Tour driver Patrick Emerling, who will make his ARCA debut, and several others.

The General Tire 200 goes green at 12:30 PM EST on Saturday. You can watch the race live on FS1, and listen on the Fox Sports App and MRN. Tickets are still available for the race here.

Entry List: ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200 at Talladega

No.DriverTeamCrew chief
0Kevin HinckleWayne Peterson Racing
Parsons Farm
Nate Moeller
03Alex ClubbClubb Racing IncBrian Clubb
06A.J. MoyerWayne Peterson Racing
River’s Edge Cottages & RV Park / JRC Transport
Michael Peterson
2Andres Perez de LaraRev Racing
Max Siegel Inc
Jamie Jones
6Jack WoodRev Racing
Velocity Racing / Max Siegel Inc
Steve Plattenberger
7Eric CaudellCCM Racing
Coble Ent / RedTide Canopies / Bellator Cyber Guard
Jeremy Petty
8Sean CorrEmpire Racing
Mike Cheek
10Ed PompaFast Track Racing
HYTORC of New York / Double H Ranch
Todd Parrott
11Bryce HaugebergFast Track Racing
Magnum Contracting
Dick Doheny
12TBAFast Track Racing
Tim Monroe
15Amber BalcaenVenturini Motorsports
ICON Direct
Dave Leiner
18Taylor GrayJoe Gibbs Racing
Mobil 1
Matt Ross
20Jesse LoveVenturini Motorsports
Shannon Rursch
23Bret HolmesBret Holmes Racing
Golden Eagle
Jerry Baxter
25Gus DeanVenturini Motorsports
Dean Custom Air
Kevin Reed Jr
27Tim RichmondRichmond Motorsports
Immigration Legal Center
David Richmond
30Frankie MunizRette Jones Racing
Mark Rette
32Christian RoseAM Racing
West Virginia Department of Tourism
Ryan London
35Greg Van AlstGreg Van Alst Motorsports
CB Fabricating
Jim Long
44Jason WhiteFerrier McClure Racing
Powder Ventures Excavating
Jeff McClure
45Tony CosentinoTamayo Cosentino Racing
Peppers Polarized Sunglasses
Tony Cosentino
48Brad SmithBrad Smith Motorsports
Terry Strange
53Patrick EmerlingEmerling Gase Motorsports
Wayne Carroll
55Toni BreidingerVenturini Motorsports
Cayden Lapcevich
57Hunter DeshautelleBrother-in-Law Motorsports
Brother In Law Motorsports
Dick Rahilly
62Steve Lewis Jr.Steve Lewis Jr.
Telco Construction / Jeffery Machine
Steve Lewis Sr
63Logan MisuracaSpraker Racing Enterprises
Jeff Spraker
66Jon GarrettVeer Motorsports
Weinstein Law Firm
Mike Sroufe
69Scott MeltonKimmel Racing
Melton McFadden Agency / Donna’s Donuts
Bill Kimmel
73Andy JankowiakKLAS Motorsports
Mike Dayton
74Mandy ChickTeam Chick Motorsports
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
Steve Chick
75Bryan DauzatBrother-In-Law Motorsports
Bob Rahilly
82Kevin CampbellKC Motorsports
MU Tigers
Mason Campbell
93Caleb CostnerCostner Weaver Motorsports
Innovative Tiny Houses / Lickety Lew’s
Derek Kearns
97Jason KitzmillerCR7 Motorsports
A.L.L. Construction
Todd Myers
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