The ARCA Menards Series returns to Elko Speedway on Saturday, June 24 for the annual Menards 250 Presented by Starkey, and fans can “Save Big Money” on their general admission tickets by purchasing them in advance at Minneapolis/St. Paul area Menards stores for just $20, a savings of $10 from the race day price at the gate.
Johnston, Iowa native Sammy Smith dominated last year’s race, leading 233 of the race’s 250 laps from the pole. Now a winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, Smith was the eighth different driver to win in eight ARCA Menards Series races at the tight 0.375-mile bullring, the smallest venue on the 20-race ARCA Menards Series circuit.
Smith has been replaced by Eden Prairie native William Sawalich, a 16-year-old prodigy who leads the ARCA Menards Series East standings with two wins already to his credit in 2023. Sawalich is running a partial schedule in the ARCA Menards Series and already has a pole to his credit earlier this season at Phoenix Raceway.
Other winners at Elko Speedway include Brennan Poole, now racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for JD Motorsports, ten-time series champion Frank Kimmel, 2013 series champion and current NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series championship contender Grant Enfinger, 2017 series champion Austin Theriault, two-time ARCA Menards Series winner Gus Dean, who won while driving for Minnesota-based team owner Kevin Cywinski, ten-time ARCA Menards Series winner and recent NASCAR Xfinity Series winner Chandler Smith, and 2021 ARCA Menards Series championship runner-up and two-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner Corey Heim.
The ARCA Menards Series will have a full day of on-track activity, including practice at 3 pm CT, General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 pm CT, an on-track autograph session at 6:45 pm CT, and the headlining Menards 250 at 8 pm CT. Elko Speedway’s NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series Power Stock and Super Late Model division will also join the card for feature events only.
Race fans can visit Menards stores in the follow locations to purchase advance discount tickets: Burnsville, Apple Valley, Dundas, Cottage Grove, Eden Prairie, Richfield, West St. Paul, Golden Valley, St. Paul Midway, Fridley, Oakdale, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Red Wing, Mankato, Blaine, Stillwater, Coon Rapids, and Buffalo in Minnesota, and Hudson, Wisconsin.
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