February 26, 2021
Sunshine and Racecars
There is no better duo than sunshine and racecars and that’s what we will have for the fourth week in a row as on February 27th the ARCA Menards East Series heads to 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida for the Pensacola 200 Presented by Inspectra.
There are 14 cars expected to show up for the event, not the biggest entry list, however it is an entry list that contains top competition at the ARCA level including drivers from 10 different states and D.C. and one driver from Mexico. The driver from Mexico is Max Gutiérrez who is the winner of the series’s only race so far this season. Gutiérrezas was able to win a thriller in the Jeep Beach 175 at New Smyrna Speed that saw a photo finish between him, Sammy Smith, and Taylor Gray who also entered into the race this weekend.
There is a wide variety of age and experience that is scheduled to race this weekend including a couple ARCA Menards Series veterans, Brad Smith and Wayne Peterson. Some of the young rising stars in the racing world including Parker Retzlaff, Daniel Dye, and Carson Kvapil, the son of 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Travis Kvapil.
Also racing this weekend in Pensacola is the Vores Compact Touring Series, as they will be running their season opener a $1,500 to win race in the Bash at the Beach Presented by Pest Doctor. The event has 35 competitors entered representing 11 different states from across the country.
The action will all be able to be watched on NBC Sports Gold with the Track Pass option as the Vores Compact Series kicks off the night going live at 4:30 PM EST and then the main event of the night the Pensacola 200 takes the green at 6 PM EST.
Another Florida ¼ mile bull ring is in action Saturday night as Showtime Speedway in Pinellas Park, FL. hosts round two of the Triple Crown for Super Late Models with $10,000 to win. The latest winner at Showtime Speedway, Steve Dorer is excited for the race as he returns to the track in the Tim Curry owned car which he won Florida Fest in. Other drivers entered into this race are Michael Atwell and Anthony Sergi.
Not the type of car to sit quietly in the shadows of the Super Late Models are the non-winged sprint cars competing in the Dave Steele Memorial World Championship with $5,000 on the line for the winner of this race. Two names to watch for Saturday night are Tyler Roahrig and Dakoda Armstrong.
If you’re unable to make the trip to the tack, this race can be seen on Speed51.TV.
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