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ARCA West History: May 1, 1999, the 700th Race

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net The 700th race in the history of the current ARCA Menards West Series, then called the NASCAR Winston West Series was held on May 1, 1999 at California Speedway located in Fontana, CA. This large 2-mile oval hosts the fourth race of the season, the California 200. The West Series has been […]

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ARCA West History: May 17, 1992, the 600th Race

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net The 600th race in the history of the current ARCA Menards West Series, then called the NASCAR Winston West Series was held on May 17, 1992 at Mesa Marin Raceway located in Bakersfield, CA. It is therefore the legendary half-mile oval that hosts this race. Now defunct, it was replaced by Kern […]

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ARCA West History: November 29, 1981, the 500th Race Petty

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net The 500th race in the history of the current ARCA Menards West Series, then called the NASCAR Winston West Series was held on November 29, 1981 at Phoenix International Raceway located in Avondale, AZ. The Warner W. Hodgdon 250 being the 14th and final race of the season. A season […]

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West Series History: Remembering Don Hall, Kevin Culver

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net Recently two former drivers of the current ARCA Menards Series West left us. They are Don Hall and Kevin Culver. They were not the best known to the general public, nor did they have a national career in the spotlight. Yet they have made and participated in making the beautiful history of […]

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Former West Series Driver Ron Esau Passes Away

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net October 9, 1954 – January 24, 2022  Native of San Diego, CA, the popular driver Ron Esau left us this Monday, January 24, 2022. His eternal smile topped with a beautiful mustache having left his mark in the memory of fans of the various NASCAR series in which he participated during over […]

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Bill McAnally – 30 Years of Dedication to the West Series

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net    BMR. Three letters synonymous with excellence. They have resonated in the West Series for 30 years. They make young drivers in search of glory who have the chance to drive for the team dream as much as they give a cold sweat to those who ride for the other teams.  BMR or […]

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Get to Know ARCA Official Becky McBride

By Vincent Delforge, special to KickinTheTires.net   A native of San Diego, CA, Becky McBride is a character all to herself. An emblematic figure of the West Series, she has been working there in one way or another since 1981. She has done almost everything! Since 1998, she has worked for NASCAR / ARCA. She went from the clan […]

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In Memory of West Series Driver Kristi Schmitt 

By Vincent Delforge, Special to kickinthetires.net Today, October 2, Kristi Schmitt would have celebrated her 41st birthday. The sport misses her smile, her kindness, and her passion.  Kristi Bee Schmitt was not the best known of the many women that drove in the NASCAR Winston West Series, what is now known as ARCA Menards Series […]

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