ARCA unveils 2018 schedule with returns to Berlin, Charlotte and Gateway

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/Short Track Spotlight)

By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

As the majority of the stock car series nationwide settle in for their brief off-seasons and begin to plan for the year to come, the ARCA Racing Series have made their 2018 schedule known.

ARCA officials revealed the schedule for the tour’s 66th season on Wednesday afternoon.

For the fifth-straight year, the tour will consist of 20 races. However while the number of races being ran remains consistent next season, the schedule does see change with a handful of venue swaps.

The most notable schedule alteration is ARCA’s return to NASCAR’s home track – Charlotte Motor Speedway. The tour will make a stop at the 1.5-mile North Carolina oval for the first time in 14 years on May 24 – the Thursday prior to the Coca-Cola 600.

ARCA will also return to Gateway Motorsports Park for the first time in a decade, running at the oval on June 22 as a preliminary race to the weekend’s signature NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. ARCA last ran at Gateway in 2007, when the late Bryan Clauson earned his only series victory.

The final 2018 return will come at Berlin Raceway, where ARCA will again race after taking a year off. The tour had previously competed on the Marne, Michigan oval for 18-consecutive seasons from 1999 through 2016.

“We are pleased to announce our complete 20-race, 2018 schedule,” ARCA President Ron Drager said in a release. “From superspeedways recognized among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks and mile dirt tracks, the schedule highlights the long standing diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway.”

With the addition of three tracks comes the loss of another trio. ARCA won’t return to Kentucky Speedway, Winchester Speedway or Road America next season. The Kentucky event was notably lost with the NASCAR XFINITY Series’ removal of its’ standalone weekend in the fall. NASCAR’s second series will instead become part of a second tripleheader weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season.

The leave of Road America comes after a one-off run at the Wisconsin road course in 2017, while the loss of Winchester follows a streak of seven-consecutive years at the half-mile oval. ARCA will still run three races in the state of Indiana, with one race at Lucas Oil Raceway and two events at Salem Speedway on the tour.

The ARCA season will begin with the traditional season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 10 and run for eight months before concluding at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 19.

The full schedule can be seen below.

2018 ARCA Racing Series Schedule

Round Date Track
1 10-Feb Daytona International Speedway
2 7-Apr Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
3 22-Apr Salem Speedway
4 27-Apr Talladega Superspeedway
5 20-May Toledo Speedway
6 24-May Charlotte Motor Speedway
7 1-Jun Pocono Raceway
8 8-Jun Michigan International Speedway
9 15-Jun Madison International Speedway
10 22-Jun Gateway Motorsports Park
11 28-Jun Chicagoland Speedway
12 7-Jul Iowa Speedway
13 14-Jul Elko Speedway
14 21-Jul Berlin Raceway
15 27-Jul Pocono Raceway
16 19-Aug Illinois State Fairgrounds
17 3-Sep DuQuoin State Fargrounds
18 7-Sep Lucas Oil Raceway
19 15-Sep Salem Speedway
20 19-Oct Kansas Speedway

 

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