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Automobile Racing Club of America

Automobile Racing Club of America
Sport Stock car racing
Jurisdiction United States
Founded 1953
Headquarters Toledo, Ohio
President Ron Drager
Official website

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is an auto racing sanctioning body in the United States, founded in 1953 by John Marcum. The current president of ARCA is Ron Drager, who took over the position 1996 following the death of Bob Loga.[1] The ARCA Series races stock cars similar to those seen in past years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and indeed most cars used in the ARCA Racing Series were previously used in NASCAR. ARCA's competitors contain a mix of both professional racers as well as hobby racers alike, in addition to younger competitors trying to make a name for themselves, sometimes driving as part of a driver development program for a NASCAR team. Most ARCA Racing Series races are broadcast on either Fox Sports 1 or CBS Sports Network, they have been previously on ESPN, MavTV, NBCSN, TBS & TNT. ARCA also sanctions a truck-racing series called the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series and owns both the Toledo Speedway and Flat Rock Speedway. ARCA formerly sanctioned the ARCA Midget Series from 1988 until 2002.


John Marcum founded the Midwest Association for Race Cars (MARC) in 1953 as a regional Sports Car Club of America). ARCA started racing at Daytona International Speedway in 1964, during the Daytona Speedweeks, at the request of Bill France, Sr., who had raced against Marcum in the 1940s.

The ARCA/NASCAR relationship continues today. The series frequently schedule events at the same track on the same weekend. The ARCA event is frequently the Saturday support race to the Sunday NASCAR Cup event.[2] For several decades, ARCA used older NASCAR Cup race cars at their events, and with the advancement of the Car of Tomorrow, teams have been able to sell off older cars to ARCA teams; current Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano drove in ARCA in 2008, driving veteran Sprint Cup cars after the move to the COT.[2]

Former NASCAR drivers, such as Benny Parsons, Kyle Petty (who won the 1979 Daytona ARCA 200; first race he ever competed in), Ken Schrader and others, have competed in and advanced through the ARCA series on the way to successful NASCAR careers.[2] ARCA has been used throughout its history as a stepping stone for hopeful NASCAR drivers.[3][4]

Point system

ARCA uses a relatively simple point system to determine champions. There is only one scale for points awarded per finishing position. Every finishing position between 1st and 40th is separated by 5 points, with the winning driver receiving 200 points and the 40th place driver receiving 5 points. Any driver who finishes behind 40th will receive 5 points. Points are also awarded for qualifying, with: 15 points awarded to the pole position, 10 points for the second fastest qualifier, and 5 for the third fastest qualifier.

There are many ways to score bonus points. Any driver who leads an official lap will receive 5 bonus points. The driver who leads the most official laps will receive an additional 5 points. All drivers who pre-enter and compete in a race will receive an additional 25 points. Any driver who enters and competes in each pre-designated 5 race leg of the overall schedule will receive an additional 250 points.[5]


List of fatal ARCA Accidents

Driver Date of accident Race Circuit Series During
Eric Martin[7] October 9, 2002 EasyCare Vehicle Services Contracts 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series Practice
Blaise Alexander[8] October 4, 2001 EasyCare Vehicle Services Contracts 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway ARCA RE/MAX Series Race
Scott Baker.[9] June 23, 2000 Jasper Engines & Transmissions 150 Toledo Speedway ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Race
Chad Coleman[10] August 28, 1998 Georgia Power 200 Atlanta Motor Speedway ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Race
Chris Gehrke[11] May 7, 1991 Poulan Pro 500k Talladega Superspeedway ARCA Permatex SuperCar Series Race
Slick Johnson[12][note 1] February 14, 1990 ARCA 200 Daytona International Speedway ARCA Stock Car Series Race
Tracy Read[13] July 25, 1987 Permatex 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway ARCA Stock Car Series Race
Stuart Lyndon[14] June 2, 1985 ARCA 500K Atlanta International Raceway ARCA Stock Car Series Race
Francis Affleck[15] February 7, 1985 Daytona ARCA 200 Daytona International Speedway ARCA Stock Car Series Practice
Ken Kalla[16] April 30, 1983 ARCA 500 Alabama International Motor Raceway ARCA Stock Car Series Race
Gene Richards[17] July 31, 1982 ARCA 200 Alabama International Motor Raceway ARCA Stock Car Series Race



  1. ^ Kernan, Sean. "ARCA's Drager Willing to Delegate". Daytona Beach, FL: The Daytona Beach News-Journal, February 7, 1997. Page 02R.
  2. ^ a b c d ARCA at 50; Stock Car Racing magazine, accessed 2008-02-26.
  3. ^ "TRUCKS: NCWTS Announcer Phil Parsons To Host ARCA Banquet".  
  4. ^ Ackerman, Lee (July 2012). Omaha World-Herald . Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
  5. ^"ARCA RE/MAX Series Point System Explanation" Retrieved February 8, 2009
  6. ^ a b Kallman, Dave (November 13, 2012). "Midwest Tour joins ARCA stock-car family for 2013".  
  7. ^ "ARCA driver killed in practice crash".  
  8. ^ "Busch driver Alexander killed in ARCA race wreck".  
  9. ^ "ARCA: Frank Kimmel takes Toledo; Scott Baker fatally injured". June 24, 2000. 
  10. ^ "ARCA: Kimmel Wins 8th of Season; Coleman Fatally Injured". August 30, 1998. 
  11. ^ Bailey, Greg. "Crash Mars Horton's Victory in ARCA Race".  
  12. ^ Pearce, Al (February 19, 2001). "Driver On Life-support System After Crash".  
  13. ^ Harris, Mike (July 26, 1987). "Driver killed in ARCA race".  
  14. ^ "ARCA driver killed in wreck at Atlanta".  
  15. ^ "Driver dies at Daytona". Gadsden Times. Associated Press. February 8, 1985. 
  16. ^ "Driver Killed in Crash At Alabama Speedway".  
  17. ^ "Richards killed in ARCA 200". The Item. August 1, 1982. 
  1. ^ Johnson died two days after the February 12th race.

External links

  • Official ARCA Website
  • ARCA RE/MAX Series Sim Racing
  • The Pit Lane - ARCA Racing News
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