LAS VEGAS — Two races, two checkered flags, two trophies, two wins for Sam Mayer.
Not a bad way to start off 2020.
The reigning ARCA Menards Series East champion was dominating for the Star Nursery 150 at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, earning his second consecutive win to kick off the season.
Mayer won the ARCA East season opener at New Smyrna Speedway a week and a half ago and made the trek with GMS Racing to Sin City to honor Spencer Clark, who got his start racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Clark was killed in an automobile accident near Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2006 at the age of 19.
Although Mayer had no connection to Clark due to the age gap, he admits that he feels a special connection driving the paint scheme, taking him back in time, allowing him to
“feel like (he) can relate to it.”
“I don’t want to pinch myself because I hope I’m not dreaming,” says Mayer after the win. “This is a heck of a way to start a year for sure. New era, new freakin’ everything. Obviously it’s a new me too. Hopefully we can continue this grind of getting wins left and right and hopefully get into Victory Lane all the time.”
Jesse Love finished second and led 12 total laps in his first career ARCA Menards Series West start. Sunrise Ford’s Blaine Perkins came home third in his first start with the team, as Gracie Trotter and Trevor Huddleston round out the top-five.
Lawless Alan, Jack Wood, Todd Souza, Austin Reed, and Gio Scelzi complete top-ten.
The Star Nursery 150 is scheduled for broadcast on NBCSN Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. EDT.
The next race for the ARCA Menards Series West is taking place at Irwindale Speedway on Saturday, March 28.