ARCA - Automobile Racing Club of America
Imagine what NASCAR Winston Cup racing would be like if they still ran the dirt tracks and the bull rings that they ran in the '50's and '60's and you have a good idea of what is going on in ARCA. The series actually runs two races on dirt as well as Daytona, Talladega, Pocono and a host of short tracks ranging from 1/4 to 1/2 mile.
ARCA has had a close relationship with NASCAR since it's inception in 1953. The late John Marcum, who started the series actually ran in and worked for NASCAR in the earliest years.
In that first year the winners list included one J.H. Petty, none other than Lee's brother. Winners in subsequent years have included the Flock brothers, Ramo Stott, Darrell Dierenger, Fred Lorenzen, Benny and Phil Parsons, Kyle Petty and most recently, Kerry Earnhardt.
ARCA has always been to me like the ultimate touring Late Model series - definitely the big time that many a Saturday night racer has aspired to. The competition is fierce and no other series can touch it for diversification.
I believe that one secret to the lasting success of the ARCA Series is that the competitors and the promoters have always cherished their roots and been proud of their history. In this spirit you will find a wealth of stories and photos from their past on their web site. It is well worth a visit.
Every event is televised on either ESPN or Speedvision.
Some of the tracks that the ARCA Series runs on are among the most historically significant in American Short Track Racing and are known by millions whether they have ever been there in person or not.