The 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule was released on Wednesday and includes 20 races across 13 states.
Most notably, the campaign includes the return of Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway. Those additions come at the expense of Road America, Winchester Speedway and Kentucky Speedway.
The date at Charlotte will be the 21st ARCA race at the 1.5-mile speedway since 1964, and ends a 14-year hiatus. The last time ARCA competed at Gateway was 2007 when Bryan Clauson went to victory lane.
ARCA president Ron Drager touted the tour’s dedication to track diversity.
„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,“ he said in a press release. „We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway.“
The series will kick off the 2018 campaign with the 55th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona February 10. And for the seventh consecutive year, the ARCA Racing Series champion will be crowned under the lights October 19 at Kansas Speedway. In between Daytona and Kansas the tour will host events on seven superspeedways, nine paved short tracks and two dirt tracks.
The schedule features companion events with both NASCAR and the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Prior to the 2018 season, series officials will celebrate the 2017 season one final time. National champion driver Austin Theriault and owner Ken Schrader will be honored at the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards awards banquet at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis Saturday, December 9.
The complete schedule can be viewed below.
Feb. 10, Daytona International Speedway
Apr. 7, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville
Apr. 22, The Salem Speedway
Apr. 27, Talladega Superspeedway
May 20, Toledo Speedway
May 24, Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1, Pocono Raceway
June 8, Michigan International Speedway
June 15, Madison International Speedway
June 22, Gateway Motorsports Park
June 28, Chicagoland Speedway
July 7, Iowa Speedway
July 14, Elko Speedway
July 21, Berlin Raceway
July 27, Pocono Raceway
Aug. 19, Sprinfield
Sept 3, DuQuoin
Sept. 7, IRP
Sept. 15, The Salem Speedway
Oct. 19, Kansas Speedway