ARCA Menards Series West at Portland International Raceway – Portland 112 Pre-race Notes 

  • The Portland 112 is the third race of 12 for the ARCA Menards Series West in 2024. It will be the ninth ARCA Menards Series West race at Portland International Raceway and the 150th road course race in West series history.
  • Reigning series champion Sean Hingorani (No. 5 Fidelity Capital Toyota) enters the Portland 112 with a two-point lead in the ARCA Menards Series West standings over Tyler Reif (No. 13 Central Coast Cabinets Ford). Hingorani will be driving for team owner Jerry Pitts, who won the most recent West race at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway with Kole Raz driving. Hingorani is the only driver to finish in the top five in both ARCA Menards Series West races in 2024; he finished fifth at Phoenix and fourth at Kevin Harvick’s Kern Raceway.
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Brandon Jones (No. 42 Sprecher Chevrolet) will make his second career and first ARCA Menards Series West start since he finished 17th in the 2013 season finale at Phoenix Raceway. Jones won in his last ARCA Menards Series platform road course start at Watkins Glen International in 2022.
  • Reigning ARCA Menards Series East champion William Sawalich (No. 18 Starkey/SoundGear Toyota) will make his second West start of 2024 in the Portland 112; Sawalich won the season-opening race at Phoenix Raceway, a combination race with the ARCA Menards Series.
  • Marco Andretti (No. 17 Group 1001 Chevrolet) will make his first appearance in a stand-alone West race; he finished 21st in the season opener at Phoenix. He has two previous starts at Portland International Raceway in the NTT Data IndyCar Series; he was eliminated in a first-lap crash in 2018 and finished 13th in 2019. Andretti will be driving for Cook Racing Technologies, the team that won the Portland race in 2023 with Landen Lewis driving.
  • Trevor Huddleston (No. 50 High Point Racing/Racecar Factory Ford) enters the Portland 112 third in the series standings, nine points out of the lead. Huddleston finished a close second in the series’ most recent race at Kern and has a best career finish of seventh at Portland in 2021.
  • Bill McAnally Racing will have two drivers in the field, Jack Wood (No. 16 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet) and Eric Johnson, Jr. (No. 19 Pacific Office Automation Chevrolet). Wood is fourth in the West standings, 10 points behind Hingorani.
  • Venturini Motorsports will field three entries in the Portland 112 for Jake Finch (No. 15 Phoenix Construction Toyota), Gio Ruggiero (No. 20 First Auto Group Toyota), and Isabella Robusto (No. 55 Yahoo Toyota). Finch won the Daytona ARCA 200, while Ruggiero won the ARCA Menards Series East season opener at Five Flags Speedway. Robusto tied the record for best finish by a female driver in the ARCA Menards Series East, second, in her first series start at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in May.
  • Two-time ARCA Menards Series West winner Tanner Reif (No. 88 Vegas Fastener Manufacturing Ford) will make his second start of the season; he finished 14th in the season opener at Phoenix. The older Reif brother is running a partial schedule across the ARCA Menards Series platform in 2024.
  • Robbie Kennealy (No. 1 Setting the Stage/American Swim Academy/Coverease Chevrolet) will race in the Portland 112 instead of walking across the stage in the graduation ceremony for Sherman Thomas Charter School in Madera, California.
  • Previous ARCA Menards Series West winners at Portland International Raceway include Hershel McGriff (1986), Patrick Long (2010), Luis Martinez, Jr. (2011), Greg Pursley (2012), Taylor Gray (2021), Jake Drew (twice, 2022), and Landen Lewis (2023).
  • The ARCA Menards Series West track qualifying record was set by Derrike Cope in 1986 at 71.275 seconds/98.440 miles per hour.
  • The ARCA Menards Series West race record at Portland International Raceway was set by Hershel McGriff in 1986 at 82.080 miles per hour.
  • There will be a five-minute break at or near lap 27; teams will be permitted to add fuel, make adjustments and repairs, but will not be permitted to change tires. The only time teams can change tires is if a tire is damaged; all changes will need to be approved by an ARCA official.
  • Should the race need to be extended into overtime, there will be one attempt at a one-lap “green and white together” finish.


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