ARCA Menards Series releases 2020 schedule

The ARCA Menards Series has announced its schedule for the 2020 season, which includes 20 races at 20 different race tracks.

ARCA also announced the 10-race schedule for the inaugural ARCA Showdown, which will include the top teams in the ARCA Menards Series as well as the ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West.

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The overall season begins on Saturday, Feb. 8 at Daytona International Speedway and will conclude on Friday, Oct. 16 at Kansas Speedway.

The first race of the ARCA Showdown will be the second event in the overall schedule, a first trip to ISM Raceway in Phoenix, on Friday, March 6. The ARCA Showdown will end on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Memphis International Raceway.

Other schedule highlights:

– The ARCA Menards Series will visit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Friday, May 29, the first visit there since Ohio’s Jack Bowsher scored the victory in 1965.

– In addition to Daytona and Phoenix, the ARCA Menards Series will be part of NASCAR Cup Series weekends at Talladega Superspeedway on Friday, April 24; Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday, May 21; Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 5; Chicagoland Speedway on Thursday, June 18; Pocono Raceway on Thursday, June 25; Watkins Glen International on August 14; Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday, Sept. 17 and Kansas Speedway on Oct. 16.

All 20 races are scheduled for live television coverage; eight races will be televised on FS1 and FS2 and 12 races will be televised on MAVTV.

Here are the 2020 schedules:

2020 ARCA Menards Series Schedule

DATETRACKCITY
Saturday, Feb. 8Daytona International SpeedwayDaytona, Fla.
Friday, March 6ISM RacewayAvondale, Ariz.
Sunday, April 19Salem SpeedwaySalem, Ind.
Friday, April 24Talladega SuperspeedwayTalladega, Ala.
Thursday, May 21Charlotte Motor SpeedwayConcord, N.C.
Friday, May 29Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington, Ohio
Friday, June 5Michigan International SpeedwayBrooklyn, Mich.
Thursday, June 18Chicagoland SpeedwayJoliet, Ill.
Thursday, June 25Pocono RacewayLong Pond, Pa.
Friday, July 3Lucas Oil RacewayBrownsburg, Ind.
Saturday, July 11Elko SpeedwayElko, Minn.
Friday, July 17Iowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 1WWT Raceway at GatewayMadison, Ill.
Friday, Aug. 7Madison International SpeedwayMadison, Wisc.
Friday, Aug. 14Watkins Glen InternationalWatkins Glen, N.Y.
Sunday, Aug. 23Springfield Mile at Illinois State FairgroundsSpringfield, Ill.
Saturday, Sept. 5Magic Mile at DuQuoin State FairgroundsDuQuoin, Ill.
Thursday, Sept. 17Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tenn.
Saturday, Sept. 26Memphis International RacewayMillington, Tenn.
Friday, Oct. 16Kansas SpeedwayKansas City, Kan.

The following races will also count toward the ARCA Showdown championship:

2020 ARCA Showdown Schedule

DATETRACKCITY
Friday, March 6ISM RacewayAvondale, Ariz.
Sunday, April 19Salem SpeedwaySalem, Ind.
Friday, May 29Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseLexington, Ohio
Friday, July 3Lucas Oil RacewayBrownsburg, Ind.
Saturday, July 11Elko SpeedwayElko, Minn.
Friday, July 17Iowa SpeedwayNewton, Iowa
Saturday, Aug. 1WWT Raceway at GatewayMadison, Ill.
Friday, Aug. 18Watkins Glen InternationalWatkins Glen, N.Y.
Thursday, Sept. 17Bristol Motor SpeedwayBristol, Tenn.
Saturday, Sept. 26Memphis International RacewayMillington, Tenn.