ARCA and the K&N Pro Series will operate as separate entities through 2019. In 2020, however, both series will race under a new competition framework with a model said to preserve both series’ short-track history stretching back more than 60 years.
The new layout, set to be implemented in 2020, will give drivers the chance to race in a total of four championships: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, ARCA Racing Elite Series presented by Menards and the brand-new Stock Car Invitational.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule will feature a total of six to eight races on familiar short tracks as in years past.
The new ARCA Racing Elite Series championship calendar will be made up of around 20 races, with at least half of those races on speedways (longer than 1 mile), including traditional companion events in both ARCA and Pro Series.
The Stock Car Invitational will be made up of the remaining 10 races of the ARCA Elite Series on premier short tracks. In order to be eligible for the three-way combination series, East and West competitors must compete in a minimum number of races across those series (the exact number will be announced at a later date).
In related news, NASCAR President Steve Phelps said the series would likely implement guidelines in the rulebook on sports betting next year.
Dover International Speedway, which hosted the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) playoff race over the weekend, featured its on-site betting kiosks. Dover is the only track that allows sports gambling since Delaware launched full-scale sports betting in June.
Phelps noted next year would likely be different as drivers and team members were not prohibited from betting on the race over the weekend.
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