BY JASON CHRISTLEY WWW.ARCARACING.COM AUGUST 2, 2020
TOLEDO, Ohio — It took an extra day, and one last restart, but Sam Mayer completed the weekend sweep at Toledo Speedway.
Mayer took the lead on a late race restart just past halfway in the Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands, and then hoisted his second winner’s trophy in three days when the ARCA Menards Series race was called on Lap 127 because of rain.
The 17-year-old from Franklin, Wisconsin, picked up his first series win Friday night. After weather pushed Saturday’s scheduled event to Sunday, Mayer started third. He got by Chandler Smith, who led briefly, and chased after General Tire Pole Award winner Ty Gibbs, who paced most of the first 100 laps.
The caution came out briefly at Lap 103 for precipitation. The cars stayed on the track and kept the track dry; when they went back to green on Lap 117, Mayer’s No. 21 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet grabbed the top spot. Three laps later, Gibbs spun in Turn 4 trying to take the lead and brought out the caution. Rain returned shortly thereafter and series officials were forced to end the race.
Smith, the Sioux Chief Showdown points leader, wound up taking the runner-up spot, followed by Bret Holmes, ARCA Menards Series points leader Michael Self and Derek Griffith.
Friday’s win was Mayer’s first on the series. Now he has two in as many races.
In his last six ARCA starts, he has two wins, two seconds, a third and a fourth. He now has eight wins across the ARCA Menards, East and West series since the start of last year.
Hailie Deegan finished sixth, followed by Austin Green, Thad Moffitt and Drew Dollar. Gibbs wound up 10th, the last car on the lead lap, after his spin.
The race is No. 10 for the ARCA Menards Series and also the fifth round of the Sioux Chief Showdown.
Self’s lead over Holmes was sliced by another point, and is now seven. Dollar is third, 40 points back of Self. Deegan is fourth and Thad Moffitt fifth.
Smith leads Self by six points and Mayer by seven in the Sioux Chief Showdown, while Gibbs (-12) and Holmes (-13) are fourth and fifth, respectively.
The ARCA Menards Series will return to the track on Sunday, Aug. 9, with the VizCom 200 at Michigan International Speedway. The next Sioux Chief Showdown race will be Friday, Aug. 14, at the Daytona International Speedway Road Course.