Magic Number 50 For ARCA At Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will kick off its 2013 season Saturday with a significant milestone event in the series’ 60-plus years.
The Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona Int’l Speedway will be the 50th anniversary ARCA race at the “World Center of Racing”‘ in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The series held its inaugural race there in 1964. And, just as it did in 1964, the 200-mile ARCA race will jump start the 2013 stock car racing season for Daytona Beach and the rest of the stock car nation.
“If you had to list the most significant occurrences in ARCA’s 60-year history, the first ARCA race at Daytona in 1964 would be in the top-five,” said ARCA President Ron Drager.
The annual ARCA event at Daytona has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in the sport, including drivers like 1969 winner Benny Parsons, 1979 winner Kyle Petty and 2004 winner Kyle Busch.
“The entire ARCA community is just very proud and appreciative of the opportunity to race at Daytona,” Drager said. “It’s been a great relationship, and it’s evolved into the longest-running annual race on our schedule.”
Drager said having the ARCA race launch the stock car racing season each year has been a tremendous boost to the series and to stock car racing in general.
“Bill France, Sr. foresaw that inviting John Marcum’s Midwest-based stock car tour to Daytona would be mutually beneficial, providing unique inventory to his vision of February ‘Speedweeks’ and carrying the Daytona brand into a distant region of the country throughout the ARCA season,” Drager said.