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ARCA Ends Sioux Chief Showdown

2022 ARCA Elko III pack racing - Greg Van Alst, No. 35 Van Alst Motorsports Ford (Credit: Matt Krohn/ARCA Racing used with permission)

The ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown has been discontinued, ARCA Communications Manager Charles Krall confirmed to Frontstretch.

The 10-race series within the main ARCA series was contested from 2020-2022. The events were held at short tracks, road courses and dirt tracks. Drivers as young as 15 were eligible to compete for the Showdown title.

Sam Mayer won the 2020 title, Ty Gibbs won the 2021 title and Sammy Smith won it in 2022.

“Sioux Chief is still involved in ARCA and they are 1000% supportive of our series,” Krall said. “They were also 1000% supportive of the Showdown, but we quietly decided to end it.

“In theory, it was a great idea. It allowed for young drivers, ages 15-17, to compete for a championship in the platform, as well as a merging of drivers from the East and West [ARCA Menards Series East and West] to run for another championship, but unfortunately, it never worked out in the way in which it was intended.”

Krall specifically noted how the Showdown detracted competitors from competing for the East championship. “Now, we’ve eliminated choices for 15-17-year-olds. If those young drivers want to compete for a championship in this platform, then their two options are either the East or the West.”

Series officials are already seeing dividends from eliminating the Showdown as five drivers are running full-time in the East in 2023.

ARCA has reallocated the finances from Sioux Chief into the overall series.

There will be five combination races with the main series in 2023. Phoenix Raceway will serve as a combination race with the West, also the West’s season opener. Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park, the Milwaukee Mile and Bristol Motor Speedway will be combination races with the East.

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