NASCAR ARCA Menards Series Kicks off Action at MIS

The ARCA Menards Series drivers put on a show at Michigan International Speedway to Start-Up the NASCAR racing weekend.

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Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI — August 20, 2021

Racing with fans in the stands at Michigan Internal Speedway. The ARCA Menards Series got things started with the Henry Ford Health System 200 on Friday night. Ty Gibbs from Joe Gibbs Racing sat on the pole for the start of the race.

Ty Gibbs(18) gets ready to enter his race car prior to the start of the Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan Internal Speedway / Lasco Press Photo

Ty’s grandfather and team owner Joe Gibbs was on hand to see how his grandson finished.

Joe Gibbs at MIS / Lasco Press Photo

Another youngster with a famous grandfather but not so well known of a name, Thad Moffitt started in 4th position.

Thad Moffit(46) awaits the start of the Henry Ford Health System 200 at Michigan Internal Speedway / Lasco Press Photo

Who is Thad’s Granddad? Thad’s mom is Rebecca Petty-Moffitt, daughter of the King, Richard Petty, NASCAR’s Cup Series winningest driver.

Gracie Trotter(25) lined up with the boys to race as the only girl in the event. She started 6th in the field of 20.

Gracie Trotter(25) at MIS / Lasco Press Photo

The green flag flew shortly after 6 pm with the sun casting long shadows around the 2-mile track in the beautiful Irish Hills region of Southern Michigan.

Lasco Press Photo

The Race

Gibbs held off all challenges on multiple restarts during the crash-filled affair. Corey Heim(20) put some pressure on Gibbs late in the race, However, Gibbs stayed cool and drove off with the victory. The race wrapped up just as the sun was beginning to set on the west side of the speedway.

Ty Gibbs, the Winner at Michigan International Speedway / Lasco Press Photo

Moffitt had a tough day, getting caught up in an incident with Drew Dollar(15) on Lap 1. Gracie Trotter ran well for 3/4 of the race but got knocked out of the event after 74 laps when she was involved in an incident, not of her own making.

Racing continues Saturday and Sunday with the NASCAR Xfinity Series New Holland 250 Saturday at 3:30 pm and the FireKeepers Casino 400 for the NASCAR Cup Series is set for 3 pm on Sunday, August 22

Camping options, ticket packages, premium clubs, race day extras can all be booked and purchased online at https://www.mispeedway.com/, and kids tickets are free for Friday and Saturday races.

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Results of the Henry Ford Health System 200 from Michigan International Speedway
Position Number Driver Laps Interval
1 18 Ty Gibbs 100 –.—
2 20 Corey Heim 100 0.237
3 2 Nick Sanchez 100 0.883
4 23 Sam Mayer 100 3.942
5 28 Kyle Sieg 100 14.434
6 35 Greg Van Alst 100 16.688
7 10 Morgen Baird 100 21.18
8 46 Thad Moffitt 98 2 laps
9 65 Jeffery MacZink 96 4 laps
10 11 Brandon Varney 95 5 laps
11 48 Brad Smith 86 14 laps
12 97 Jason Kitzmiller 75 25 laps
13 25 Gracie Trotter 74 26 laps
14 69 Scott Melton 47 53 laps
15 6 Zachary Tinkle 42 58 laps
16 2 Connor Mosack 33 67 laps
17 27 Tim Richmond 20 80 laps
18 15 Drew Dollar 18 82 laps
19 12 D L Wilson 8 92 laps
20 1 Jason Miles 0 –.—