DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 5, 2019) – The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire serves as the 67th season opener for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, but it will also serve as the opening round of the 2019 General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, a nine-race series-within-a-series that takes place on tracks longer than one mile in length.
ARCA has awarded a superspeedway championship each year dating back to 1984 when Davey Allison drove his own self-owned car to the big track title. Last year’s winner was team owner Matthew Miller, who fielded cars for overall series champion Sheldon Creed.
Notable previous Superspeedway Challenge winners include Cathy Venturini (1987, 1991, 2012), James Finch (1993, 1994), Larry Clement (1998, 2001, 2005, 2006), Ken Schrader (1999, 2017), Bill Gerhart (2004), Ray Evernham (2007), and Billy Venturini (2016).
Races on the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge schedule for 2019 after Daytona include the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on May 31, the Zomongo 200 at Michigan International Speedway on June 7, the ARCA Gateway 150 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 22, the ARCA Chicagoland 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 27, the ARCA Pocono 150 at Pocono Raceway on July 26, and the ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on October 18.
The races sponsored by General Tire, events at Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, and Pocono, will be double-points events.
Each of the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge races with the exception of the event at Gateway will be televised live on FS1 or FS2. The Gateway race will be shown live on MAVTV.
FOX Sports Announces Broadcast Team for ARCA Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona
FOX Sports has announced its talent lineup for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Lucas Oil 200 driven by Menards at Daytona International Speedway.
Veteran motorsports broadcaster Dave Rieff will anchor the Daytona broadcast alongside long-time ARCA color analyst Phil Parsons. They will be joined on pit road by Dillon Welch and, for the first time, Kim Coon.
Rieff comes to the ARCA broadcasts after spending several years calling NHRA action for FOX Sports. Rieff had spent 12 years working the pits for NHRA broadcasts for ESPN before transitioning into the play-by-play role in 2013. He made the move to FOX Sports when the network acquired the NHRA rights in 2017.
“While the last three decades have included plenty of dirt roads, straight lines and the occasional oval, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the ARCA Racing Series in 2019,” Rieff said. “The mix of young guns and savvy veterans, the complete change in racing philosophy to drag racing and the opportunity to share a microphone with Phil Parsons are just a few ‘drops’ in the bucket of excitement that I am trying to contain.
“Challenge? Sure. But one I look forward to beginning at Daytona in just a few days.”
Parsons is an accomplished driver, having scored wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series along with a win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. He is the younger brother of 1968 and 1969 series champion Benny Parsons and has been part of ARCA telecasts since 2003.
Welch, son of fellow FOX Sports broadcaster Vince Welch, worked pit road for the Daytona race in 2018. He also has called turn action for MRN Radio and worked pit road for select NASCAR broadcasts on NBCSN. He also continues to compete in a limited number of open wheel midget races throughout the course of each year, most recently in the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
Coon, who served as Miss Sprint Cup for four years, will be making her FOX Sports debut with the ARCA broadcast at Daytona. She has served in a number of roles for MRN Radio since 2015, including as a pit reporter, ISM Vision reporter, and social media reporter. She currently co-hosts the popular “Glass Case of Emotion” podcast with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney.
“I can’t wait to join the team for coverage of the ARCA Racing Series,” Coon said. “Some of racing’s most well-known drivers have cut their teeth here, and I am excited to help showcase the current crop of talent. My work at MRN has helped prepare me for this, and I look forward to this opportunity.”
FS1’s coverage of the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire will go live at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates throughout practice, qualifying, and the race free for ARCA for Me members. New users can register for free at ARCARacing.com/login.