ARCA: Talladega Signals End Of Steel-Body Era In The Draft

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The General Tire 200 will be the final race for ARCA’s current generation steel-bodied cars on a restrictor-plate track. (ARCA photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio – The General Tire 200 coming to Talladega Superspeedway on May 5 represents the end of an era for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

The steel-bodied cars will be making their final laps at Talladega to make way for the newer ARCA composite material bodied cars which will be mandatory at both Daytona and Talladega in 2018.

The composite bodies, manufactured by Five Star Bodies, are easily identifiable as Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry cars. As the bodies have become prevalent in the series, teams have benefited from cost containment in repairs as well as standardized body panels and reduced investment in aerodynamic research and development.

The ARCA composite bodied cars were first eligible in 2015 on tracks one mile and less in length. Eligibility was expanded in 2016 to all tracks except the restrictor plate events at Daytona and Talladega.

Effective in 2018, the composite body is the only eligible body for Daytona and Talladega, while both composite and steel bodies remain eligible for competition at all other events.

The upcoming 202-mile race at Talladega is just five days following a 200-lap race at Salem Speedway on April 30. The General Tire 200 at Talladega will be the 55th ARCA race at Talladega since the inaugural event in 1969.

Former ARCA winners at Talladega include Ramo Stott, Mark Martin, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, Grant Adcox, Mike Wallace, Frank Kimmel, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon and defending race winner Gus Dean.

CREDIT: ARCA Communications

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