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NASCAR acquires ARCA Series

ARCA Rattlesnake 150

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 16: Steve Arpin (R), driver of the #55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the ARCA Racing Series Rattlesnake 150 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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TALLADEGA, Ala. — NASCAR announced Friday that it is acquiring the ARCA Series.

Few details were announced at Talladega Superspeedway.

The ARCA Racing Series will continue to operate under its current structure through the 2019 season. This year’s schedule of 20 races includes nine events at NASCAR national series venues and three at NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks.

“Our business is racing, and that’s what we’re investing in,’' said Jim France, vice chairman and executive vice president of NASCAR.

Asked if the ARCA Series would replace the K&N Series, France said: “I think Ron (Drager, president of ARCA), Steve O’Donnell and Mike Helton (of NASCAR) in both organizations are going to work on formulating the ’20 and beyond plan. We’ve got some thoughts at this point that Ron said the cars line up well and there’s some crossover with teams. It’s a work in progress right now. We’ve just formalized the first step of it and we’ll be developing the plans.”

Drager touted what the move means for ARCA.

“We are trying to make it better, trying to make it stronger,’' he said. “That’s a big part of us joining NASCAR is our ability to make our product the best that it can be and strengthening it, just bring it together. I mean, I think the industry is stronger together than individually.’'

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