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Special Article

Dec 29 - 2020
Read Time 2 Min

2020 Season In Review: Arca and Dirt Racing

 2020 Season in Review:ARCA and Dirt Racing2020 Season In Review: Arca and Dirt Racing

It was another outstanding season for Toyota’s young stars in the ARCA Menards Series, USAC Racing and POWRi Series .

Chandler Smith started the season strong with a win in Phoenix.
Toyota drivers began the ARCA Menards Series season with seven straight victories, including a Daytona wins for Michael Self, three victories for Ty Gibbs, two triumphs for Chandler Smith and a first-career win for Drew Dollar at Talladega Superspeedway. 
Ty Gibbs earned several wins in the ARCA East and the national series in 2020.
Toyota drivers broke an all-time ARCA record for most consecutive victories with Gibbs’ win at Iowa Speedway in July. The streak began in July 2019 at Elko Speedway and ran through the next 15 straight races.
Corey Heim scored Toyota’s 100th ARCA win.
Toyota was not only successful on national ARCA tour but continued to drive to success on the ARCA West tour. Bill McAnally drivers Jesse Love, Gio Scelzi and Gracie Trotter all earned their first career wins, with Trotter’s Las Vegas victory being truly historic. 
Drew Dollar celebrates his first career win.Corey Heim scored Toyota’s 100th ARCA win.
Venturini Motorsports driver Corey Heim added to the milestones for Toyota in 2020 when he drove to his first career-victory in the season finale in Kansas. Heim’s win gave Toyota its 100th national ARCA victory. 
Gracie Trotter became the first female winner in ARCA competition in 2020.
She became the first woman ever to win an ARCA-sanctioned event. The 15-year-old Love had his own history in 2020 as he became the youngest driver to ever win a NASCAR championship as he earned the ARCA West title with three wins and 10 top-10 finishes in 11 events. 
Cannon McIntosh talks with Jay Drake at the Chili Bowl.

The ARCA Menards Series ranks were not the only series that saw Toyota milestones in 2020. Toyota drivers earned yet another Chili Bowl win and helped the manufacturer score its 300th national midget victory. Toyota driver Chris Windom scored the USAC championship, while Keith Kunz Motorsports drivers Buddy Kofoid, Cannon McIntosh and Daison Pursley all drove to their first victories. Kaylee Bryson also drove to a runner-up finish, tying the best ever finish by a female in a national midget event.

Rico Abreu dives into the corner.

The dirt racing action will be the first series back on track in 2021 as the annual Chili Bowl in Tulsa brings racing action back in the middle of January. The ARCA Menards Series will return to action in February.