Gracie Trotter, a 19-year-old from Denver, Colorado, drove away with the win in the ARCA Menards Series West General Tire 150 last weekend at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, becoming the first female winner of an ARCA Racing sanctioned event.
This is Trotter’s first year in the ARCA Menards Series West as she is piloting the No. 99 ENEOS Toyota for Bill McAnally Racing. In addition to eight starts in the West, she’s run three ARCA Menards Series races and an ARCA Menards Series East race. She also drives on the East Coast for Rev Racing as part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program and won her first Late Model race at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway last week.
Trotter fended off BMR teammate Gio Scelzi on a late-race restart with 10 laps to go and then drove away to win by .821 seconds.
Trotter, who had five top fives in her first seven starts — including a runner-up finish at Oregon’s Douglas County Speedway in August — made a three-wide pass for the lead on Lap 54.
Trotter led three times for a race-high 95 laps.
In the 68-year history of ARCA Racing, the highest finish for a female has been second. In addition to Trotter in the ARCA Menards Series West, Shawna Robinson (1999), and Erin Crocker Evernham (2005 and 2006) accomplished that feat. Hailie Deegan became the first female to win a West Series race with her victories in 2018 and 2019 under the NASCAR banner. This is the first season both the East and West series are part of ARCA Racing.