For the 56th time, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway as it kicks off the 2019 stock car racing season with the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. Defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) will be back to go for his second consecutive victory, and he'll be faced with steep competition throughout the field. 
 
Self returns to Daytona brimming with confidence. Not only will he be chasing his second straight Daytona win, he'll be pursuing the ARCA Racing Series national championship for the first time. 
 
"As we focus on a championship for the first time, it's really important that we get things right and are as prepared as possible for Daytona," he said. "If we can go in and win again, obviously that's the best scenario for many reasons but ultimately this year is about the championship so coming out of Daytona clean with a solid finish is important on its own."
 
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With the kickoff of the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season right around the corner, everyone is excited to make the trip to Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. It is the first opportunity to see the 2019 drivers and teams on track, and it's also an opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the drivers, teams, and cars in the ARCA garage area on race day.
 
The ARCA Racing Series will open its garage area to fans who have purchased a Fan Zone ticket. Those fans  will have 90 minutes to walk through the garage, get autographs and selfies with the drivers, and get to see the racecars up close just before they are rolled to the grid for the start of the 56th annual Lucas Oil 200. Most, if not all, of the drivers entered will be at the back of their team transporters to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
 
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. may be in the booth now, but he can't seem to stay away from a little on-track action.


Next up, the fan favorite will find himself 
driving the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado pace truck to lead the field to green for the 61st running of Daytona 500 in February 2019. This is the first time the Daytona 500 will be paced by a pickup truck.


“I’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of success at Daytona over the years, and now I can’t wait to get out on that track in a Silverado,” said Earnhardt Jr. “Away from the track I’ve driven Chevy trucks all my life, and I’m excited to have this unique experience of pacing the Daytona 500 with the Silverado.” 


Earnhardt won two Daytona 500s and two July races at Daytona in his career. He has 
13 top-5 finishes and 19 top-10s in 36 Cup Series career starts at Daytona.

“Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the perfect choice to pace the race because of his enthusiasm for the sport, his long history with Chevrolet and his love of trucks,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “It’ll be exciting to have Dale lead the field to green in the strongest, most advanced Silverado ever.”


The Silverado pace truck is powered by a production 6.2L V-8 engine paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. 
Chevrolet has paced the Daytona 500 12 times, seven with Camaro and five with Corvette.

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