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  • Nick Sanchez wins at Michigan: Sometimes the fastest car doesn’t win the race and on Saturday at Michigan, Nick Sanchez emphatically proved that point. The 21-year-old held off challenges from Corey Heim and Daniel Dye in the final laps to earn his third ARCA victory of the season. “My team brought me a really fast car, but we were not the fastest one,” Sanchez said. “We had to capitalize on restarts like we always do and we did that and just played defense and took the air away from everyone.” Heim had started from the pole and dominated the first 30 laps of the event before giving up the lead following an unscheduled second pit stop during the first of two race breaks. Sanchez was able to take the lead during the ensuing restart and held it until Lap 63, when Heim was able to retake the lead after starting from the tail of the field. The second race break came at Lap 70 and Sanchez took advantage of the restart that followed, snatching the lead away from Heim. This time his stay at the front was brief as Heim quickly regained the lead and started to put distance between himself and the rest of the field. However, a caution on Lap 86 for Scott Melton’s damaged Toyota gave Sanchez another shot at the lead. When the race resumed Sanchez took his shot. Using a push from Dye, Sanchez was able to reclaim the lead through Turns 1 and 2. From there it was a chess match for Sanchez, who bobbed and weaved down the straightaways as he did his best to block runs from Dye and Heim. Heim briefly gave up second to Dye on the final lap but was able to inch ahead to reclaim the position at the checkered flag. Dye finished third, with Sammy Smith and Gus Dean completing the top-five. Rajah Caruth, Bret Holmes, Cody Coughlin, Greg Van Alst and Morgan Baird were sixth through 10th, respectively. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-07-22)
  • 21 cars entered for Michigan: Twenty-one cars are entered for Saturday's race at Michigan International Speedway. Noteable entries include #11 Morgen Baird, #15 Gus Dean, #20 Corey Heim, #23 Bret Holmes, #65 Jeffery MacZink, #69 Scott Melton, #72 Cody Coughlin, and #97 Jason Kitzmiller. Full Entry List (08-05-22)
  • Gus Dean returns to Venturini Motorsports at Michigan: Gus Dean invades Michigan International Speedway for Saturday afternoon’s Henry Ford Health 200 looking to earn a victory in the Irish Hills. Dean, a native of Bluffton, S.C. returned to the ARCA Menards Series in 2022 after a two-year hiatus and has delivered three top-five finishes at Daytona, Talladega and his most recent race at Kansas in May. Returning to one of his better tracks throughout his ARCA tenure, the two-time ARCA Menards Series winner would love nothing more than to deliver Venturini Motorsports another win in 2022. "I’m looking forward to being back in our No. 15 Dean Custom Air Toyota Camry this weekend at Michigan," said Dean. "This has been one of the more favorable tracks for myself on the ARCA Menards Series schedule and I feel like I have some unfinished business there too, so I look forward to getting down to business on Saturday and see if I can’t get back to Victory Lane." (In part Gus Dean Racing PR) (08-05-22)
  • Rita Thomason joining Tim Goulet Enterprises for Watkins Glen: Tim Goulet Enterprises announced that Rita Thomason will join the organization for her final race of 2022 at Watkins Glen. Rita made her [ARCA] debut in June with Clubb Racing Inc, at Berlin Raceway. Rita works full time as a police sergeant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and races the #31 Chevrolet for Tim Goulet Enterprises. While the 2023 ARCA schedule is not yet published, the first race of 2023 is always during “Speedweek” at Daytona International Speedway in February, and Rita is excited to race her first superspeedway event at this historic track. (In part from Tim Goulet Enterprises PR) (08-03-22)
  • Cody Coughlin racing at Michigan for family-owned team: Another notable driver on the entry list for Saturday evening’s race at Michigan is Cody Coughlin, who is scheduled to make his first ARCA Menards Series start since 2015. Coughlin is an accomplished short-track racer who also has 53 truck series starts on his resume. He will race a family-owned car with Kevin Hamlin as his crew chief. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-03-22)
  • Chandler Smith wins at IRP: It was a battle of two Smiths on Friday night at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. When the checkered flag waved, it was Chandler Smith who bested Sammy Smith to earn his first ARCA Menards Series victory of the season during the Reese’s 200 at the 0.686-mile asphalt oval. The event was also part of the Sioux Chief Showdown schedule. The triumph also marked Chandler Smith’s third-straight ARCA Menards Series victory at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park dating back to 2019. “Track position was pretty big,” said Chandler Smith, who is also one of 10 Playoff drivers who will battle for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship starting Friday night at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. “You wouldn’t think short track racing (that) aero matters, but it really does. After you’ve done some mile-and-a-half races in Trucks you start coming back and picking up on this a little bit.” Sammy Smith started from the pole in the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota and led the opening 88 laps, but Chandler Smith was able to wheel his No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota to the lead during a restart on Lap 89. Once in front of the field, Chandler Smith would hold the lead for the remainder of the event despite pressure from Sammy Smith during multiple restarts and scraping the outside wall on the final lap in Turns 3 and 4. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-29-22)
  • Mandy Chick making ARCA debut with family owned team: Mandy Chick has a lot of reasons to be excited. The 20-year-old native of DeSoto, Kansas, is set to make her ARCA Menards Series debut this Friday evening in the Reese’s 200 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park. She’ll do so aboard the No. 74 Toyota fielded by her family team that is led by her father, Steve Chick Jr. “I just can’t even put it into words. It’s so surreal,” Chick said about her impending ARCA debut. “I started racing when I was 6 years old, so about 14, almost 15 years ago. I’ve been working so hard to break into NASCAR, and so now we’re doing companion races with the Trucks and all of that. It’s so surreal to me and hasn’t quite hit yet, but I am so excited.” The Chick family is hardly new to motorsports. The elder Chick fielded a part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entry for three seasons from 2002-04 for drivers Aaron Daniels and Eric Jones. However, for the last 15 years, the focus has been on Mandy Chick, who has slowly been working her way toward her ARCA Menards Series debut this Friday. After racing Late Models for the last seven years, the Chick family decided it was time for Mandy Chick to take the next step and advance into the ARCA Menards Series this season. We’ve taken a long holding period on Late Models just to learn about the cars,” Chick said. “I personally have been able to learn about the cars and work on them hands on since I was 12 or 13, and that’s something I’m really passionate about.” The family evaluated their options for much of the year before ultimately deciding to purchase equipment from Visconti Motorsports to launch their own ARCA program. “We really got to the point where ARCA started becoming a feasible thing for us,” said Chick, who hasn’t raced anything since last October while her family searched for the right opportunity to enter ARCA competition. “We started looking this offseason and evaluating our program and that we really wanted to step up. We happened to be scrolling across Facebook and talking to some people who are in the NASCAR and ARCA worlds and came across John Visconti’s equipment as we were looking for ARCA cars.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-28-22)
  • Rev Racing announces sponsorship for remainder of season & beyond: Rev Racing announced today a partnership agreement with Group 1001 and Gainbridge to be the primary sponsors for the remainder of the 2022 season and beyond. Group 1001, a financial services enterprise, is known for investing in strategic partnerships as part of its mission to transform communities through sports and education. Gainbridge, a Group 1001 company, and digital platform offering financial products is fully invested in racing as a vehicle for brand growth. Together they will support Rev Racing’s efforts to drive more diversity into the field of motorsports. “We are thrilled to enter into a partnership agreement with Gainbridge and Group 1001,” said Rev Racing owner Max Siegel. “They are best-in-class in their market and have continued to show commitment to creating cultural impact through their strategic partnership alignments.” Rev Racing, which is responsible for developing female and ethnically diverse drivers along with pit crew members for future competition at NASCAR’s highest levels, saw immediate alignment with Group 1001 and Gainbridge and their shared mission and focused-initiatives within the sport and beyond. “We’re excited to see Rev Racing continuing to elevate the program by establishing a strategic partnership with Group 1001 and Gainbridge,” said Brandon Thompson, NASCAR’s VP of Diversity & Inclusion. “NASCAR and Rev Racing are committed to developing female and ethnically diverse athletes in stock car racing. A mission that aligns with Group 1001’s promise to the advancement of communities through sports and education.” The Gainbridge brand will be debuted in the ARCA Menards Series schedule at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on the No. 2 Gainbridge Chevrolet of Nick Sanchez and the No. 6 Gainbridge Chevrolet of Rajah Caruth on July 29th. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-27-22)
  • Taylor Gray wins the General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono: [Taylor Gray] was declared the winner of the General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday when the race was called 16 laps early due to encroaching darkness. While Gray led more than half of the event, he lost a lap during the first of two schedule race breaks after a slow pit stop meant he didn’t beat the pace car off pit road. He would be forced to race his way back onto the lead lap. A timely caution for the stalled car of Parker Chase on Lap 46 allowed Gray to get back on the lead lap. Gray’s crew chief Chad Johnston wisely called his driver to pit road to top off with fuel during the caution period while the leaders stayed out. "All props to Chad Johnston for making a good call," Gray said. "Heck of a call by Chad being able to make it on fuel." Nick Sanchez was within a second of Gray in the final laps, but the caution for Love’s spin ended his hopes of scoring his third victory of the season. Brandon Jones crossed the finish line third, followed by Rajah Caruth in fourth and Daniel Dye in fifth. Connor Mosack, Jake Finch, Kris Wright, Jason Kitzmiller and Toni Breidinger completed the top-10 finishers. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-23-22)
  • Nick Sanchez fastest in ARCA test session at Pocono: #2 Nick Sanchez was fastest in Thursday's ARCA Menards Series open test session at Pocono Raceway. #18 Sammy Smith was second, while #6 Rajah Caruth, #20 Jesse Love, and #23 Connor Mosack completed the top five. A total of twenty-four drivers participated in the test session in preparation for Friday's General Tire Delivers 200. Full Results (07-22-22)
  • Dylan "Mamba" Smith to drive for Young's Motorsports at Lucas Oil: [Dylan “Mamba” Smith] is set to make his ARCA Menards Series debut in the Reese’s 200 at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on July 29. Smith, a native of Haiti who grew up in Randolph, Vermont, under his adopted parents, will race at the 0.686-mile asphalt oval in Tyler Young’s Chevrolet with support from NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger. “I’m not trying to go Cup racing; that’s not what I expect to come from this,” Smith said with his infectious smile. “I want to enjoy the experience. I’m definitely looking forward to cracking open some beers with the guys after the race and just sitting on pit road for a minute and enjoying that.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-22-22)
  • 28 cars entered for Pocono Raceway: Twenty-eight cars are entered for Friday's General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway. Noteable entries include #02 Kris Wright, #06 Zachary Tinkle, #8 Sean Corr, #10 Jon Garrett, #15 Parker Chase, #23 Connor Mosack, #42 Christian Rose, #44 Ed Pompa, #55 Jake Finch, #57 Bryan Dauzat, #69 Scott Melton, #73 Andy Jankowiak, #81 Brandon Jones, and #97 Jason Kitzmiller. Full Entry List (07-21-22)
  • Christian Rose gets married; racing at Pocono for Cook Racing Technologies: Pocono will be the first race for [Christian] Rose as a husband as he and his girlfriend Brooke tied the knot in western North Carolina two weeks ago. "Life has been a journey of ups and downs," sounded Rose. "I had no idea when I moved to Charlotte to chase my dream the best thing to ever happen to me would be waiting on me. Brooke stole my heart on night one and I still get butterflies every time I see her. I’m a lucky guy." (In part from Christian Rose Racing PR) (07-21-22)
  • Kris Wright back with Young's Motorsports for Pocono: Young’s Motorsports welcomes back Kris Wright after competing for the team in the majority of the 2021 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. Friday evening’s General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway is Wright’s ARCA Menards Series debut with the family-owned organization. “I am excited to return to my friends at Young’s Motorsports for Friday night’s ARCA Menards Series race" said Wright. "Without a doubt, the extra track time on Thursday and Friday will help with the bigger picture which is the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday afternoon. I’m hoping we can have a successful race with the No. 02 Big Dog Energy Chevrolet SS.” (In part from Young's Motorsports PR) (07-21-22)
  • Con Nicolopoulos not racing at Pocono after Richmond withdraws: Con Nicolopoulos is no longer expected to race in the ARCA Menards Series event at Pocono Raceway this Friday, July 22, 2022. The ownership of Tim Richmond Racing has chosen to withdraw from the event, citing issues with the structural integrity of the Pocono car which they committed to provide for Con and his sponsors. Per mutual agreement with our partners, [Con Nicolopoulos Racing has] secured space aboard Brad Smith’s #48 Chevrolet for Mountain View Property Management and Track Dogs Racing. Quantum eSports has been refunded. “It was a total gut punch to learn that Tim Richmond Racing will not be able to supply a car as expected for Pocono" said Nicolopoulos. "I was extremely proud to have the opportunity to take a step forward in my racing career through the support of our partners, and it is a shame that the race did materialize to honor their commitments. While my disappointment is immense, I must extend thanks to my old friend Brad Smith for stepping in to fulfill our obligations to Ryan at Mountain View Property Management and Josh at Track Dogs Racing. I look forward to meeting them at the track and cultivating potential future partnerships with all three organizations." (In part from Con Nicolopoulos Racing PR) (07-21-22)
  • Taylor Gray wins the Dawn 150 at Mid Ohio: [Taylor] Gray moved Kris Wright out of the lead coming to two laps to go [and] coasted to his second ARCA victory. “First of all I want to say sorry to Kris,” Gray said. “I didn’t want to race him like that; I wanted to race him clean. He bobbled getting into [Turn] 12, and I took the bottom, and it’s just so slick down there I lost the front and doored him. But we got the win. That’s all that matters.” Gray led only the last two laps of what was a wild race at Mid-Ohio. The event began with rain falling all over the track, forcing teams to begin on wet tires. Wet conditions defined the first half of the race, as cars struggled to remain on track. John Hunter Nemechek dominated that portion of the race on wet tires after starting on the pole. Nemechek was in command after the mid-race break, too, until Sammy Smith tracked him down and took the lead with 14 laps to go. Nemechek, though, battled back to the top spot with 13 laps to go. That’s when the madness turned up a notch. During the race break Nick Sanchez had acquired slick tires designed for dry track conditions, a strategy call for Rev Racing that initially hurt the No. 2 Chevrolet’s speed. But as the track continued to dry, Sanchez’s tires gave him more and more of an advantage. That change in conditions culminated in Sanchez taking the lead with nine laps to go. But a caution with seven laps to go - and the mistake Sanchez’s team made during that caution - once again changed everything. Both Sanchez and his Rev Racing teammate Rajah Caruth pitted for fresh tires. The problem was both had already changed from wet to dry tires during the race break, and ARCA rules prohibit teams from changing slicks to more slicks. “At the end of the day, it’s my bad and my screw-up on it,” said Matt Bucher, Sanchez’s crew chief. Being one of the drivers whose team passed on slicks during the race break before taking them during the last caution, Gray was able to use his fresh rubber and solid track position to get the win. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-08-22)
  • John Hunter Nemechek joins Venturini for Mid Ohio: Venturini Motorsports announced today that John Hunter Nemechek will join VMS at Mid-Ohio on Friday, July 8. The 25-year-old from Mooresville, NC will pilot the No. 55 Mobil 1 Toyota Camry, with team owner and seasoned crew chief Billy Venturini atop the pit box. "Working with TRD opens the availability for us to work with some incredible young drivers," said Billy. "He’s more experienced than most of the drivers when I get them. It’s a privilege to have John Hunter be a part of Venturini Motorsports and hopefully we can bring home the win for Toyota." Nemechek, a Toyota Racing Development driver, currently competes full-time in the NCWTS for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Nemechek will be pulling double-duty at Mid-Ohio running the ARCA race on Friday, July 8 and the NCWTS race on Saturday, July 9th. "I’m looking forward to running Mid-Ohio this weekend with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports, with Mobil 1 on board,” said John Hunter. “Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite road courses to go to and being able to run two races there this weekend and get extra laps before the truck race is very valuable and a huge opportunity. Ready to go chase a couple checkered flags this weekend." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-06-22)
  • Stanton Barrett returning to Fast Track Racing for Mid-Ohio: Fast Track Racing is pleased to announce the return of a familiar face to their team, Stanton Barrett. Carrying the colors of his family’s company, Stanton Barrett Family Wines, Barrett looks to improve upon the 6th place run from last year’s Dawn 150 with his friend and often time co-worker Andy Hillenburg. Barrett has enjoyed dual 30+ year careers as both a Hollywood Stuntman, and a Professional Racecar Driver. With over 200 film/tv credits and 250 starts across NASCAR’s divisions and IndyCar to his name, Stanton is an established and respected veteran of both industries. Stanton will make his first start in the #11 car this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and if his schedule allows, would like to return to the car at Watkins Glen International. (In part from Fast Track Racing PR) (07-06-22)
  • Con Nicolopoulos joins Tim Richmond Racing for Pocono: Con Nicolopoulos Racing is pleased to announce a partnership with Tim Richmond Racing to compete in the ARCA Menards Series General Tire Delivers 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday, July 22, 2022. Con will make his seventh career Pocono start behind the wheel of the No. 27 Tim Richmond Racing Toyota sponsored by Mountain View Property Management, Track Dogs Racing, and Quantum eSports. “I’m thrilled to have the chance to partner with the Richmond family and our amazing sponsors to race in the ARCA Menards Series at Pocono this July" said Nicolopoulos. "What began as a favor between friends to run just a few laps for points reasons has now evolved into one of the most exciting opportunities of my career. This would not have been possible without the support of my sponsors Mountain View Property Management, Track Dogs Racing, and Quantum eSports who came on board to back a full race effort. Thank you to Dave, Tim, Spencer, Darrell, Ryan, Josh, and David for making this race possible for me.” (In part from Con Nicolopoulos Racing PR) (07-02-22)
  • Joe Cooksey & Ken Schrader join Fast Track Racing for DuQuoin: [Joe] Cooksey has no idea who will be on his crew at DuQuoin. What he does know for now is that he’ll be driving a car fielded by Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing team in the Sept. 4 Southern Illinois 100. As a bonus, Cooksey will be a teammate to three-time DuQuoin ARCA winner Ken Schrader, who is also driving for Hillenburg. According to Cooksey, the plan is to have a great time yet when it comes down to business, neither driver will be sharing any serious notes. “He’ll do his thing and I’ll do mine,” Cooksey said. “We’ll poke around with each other and have a great time but we’re each in it to win it. Besides, the last time I asked Schrader for advice, all he said was, ‘You’ve got three pedals and a steering wheel; just figure it out.’ “We’re definitely serious about it, but no matter what it’s going to be a good time. Andy (Hillenburg) is generally excited. We’ll come out with years of stories out of one weekend. It’s gonna be good, but he (Hillenburg) also knows he’ll have a better chance with the two of us in his cars. But when the race starts, I’m as serious as a heart attack. It doesn’t matter who it is. Once we start racing, it’s every man (and woman) for himself.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-30-22)
  • Clubb Racing fielding two cars at Mid Ohio for Rita Thomason & Casey Carden: When the field takes the green on Friday, July 8 for the Dawn 150 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, Clubb Racing will have two cars in the field: Rita Thomason in the team’s flagship No. 03, and Casey Carden in the No. 3. Thomason, known as “The Racing Cop,” will make her second start in the ARCA Menards Series. She finished 12th earlier this season in the Zinsser Smart Coat 200 at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway. Thomason is looking for a good run, as she will feel back at home on a road course. Thomason started racing in 2018 with autocross and then moved into spec Miata before making the jump to the ARCA Menards Series. Carden will make his ARCA Menards Series debut at Mid-Ohio. He comes from a road racing background with starts in a variety of sports cars, including the former IMSA Continental Tire Challenge Series and Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. Carden currently manages Denton Carden Racing, which specializes in sports car racing preparation as well as driver coaching. Carden will be driving the No. 3 Beachy Blooms/Denton Carden Racing/Layne Denton Band Ford Fusion. Clubb Racing will be borrowing the No. 3 from Willie and Dinah Mullins of Mullins Racing in the same fashion the No. 03 was used for races at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year. Sponsorship opportunities are still available for both cars. The Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, July 8, and the race will broadcast live on FS1 with a live stream available on the Fox Sports App. (ARCARacing.com) (06-29-22)
  • Sammy Smith dominates at Elko Speedway: Last week Sammy Smith needed a bit of luck to win his first ARCA Menards Series race at Michigan’s Berlin Raceway. That wasn’t the case Saturday at Elko Speedway as the driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports dominated the Menards 250 to earn his second ARCA Menards Series victory in as many weeks. “This one feels way better, to win it like this. We kicked their butts today,” Smith said after his dominant run. “Thanks to the whole team.” Smith swept the day at Elko Speedway. He opened the afternoon by topping practice and followed that up by earning the General Tire Pole Award for the Menards 250 during qualifying. [Jesse] Love chased Smith, but he was never able to seriously challenge him and was forced to settle for second. Landon Pembelton, making his ARCA Menards Series debut, finished a strong third for Venturini Motorsports in the No. 15 Toyota after racing within the top-five throughout the evening. Taylor Gray finished fourth after spinning to bring out the first caution of the race and Daniel Dye completed the top-five. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-26-22)
  • 20 cars entered for Elko Speedway: Twenty cars are entered for tomorrow's Menards 250 at Elko Speedway. Noteable entries include #03 Alex Clubb, #7 Colton Collins, #11 Bryce Haugeberg, #12 Willie Mullins, #15 Landon Pembelton, #17 Taylor Gray, #20 Jesse Love, #27 Dallas Frueh, #55 Tom Hessert, and #66 Ron Vandermeir Jr. Full Entry List (06-23-22)
  • Colton Collins making ARCA debut at Elko with CCM Racing: CCM Racing is excited to announce that 17-year-old Oklahoma native Colton Collins will be making his ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend at Elko Speedway. Collins, who is a regular crew member for CCM Racing, will be piloting the No. 7 Chevrolet in this weekend’s Menards 250 with sponsorship from Safari Joe’s H2O, a Tulsa-based water and adventure park about 20 miles east of Collins’ hometown of Mannford. Much of Collins’ racing background comes from quarter midgets, having earned multiple championships and race wins around the state of Oklahoma and Midwestern United States over the course of his career. More recently he has competed in the Baby Grand and Super Trucks classes at Bolivar Speedway in Missouri. Getting to race in a major stock car racing series like ARCA is the fulfillment of a long-time dream for him. "I’m very excited to be making my ARCA debut this weekend," said Collins. "I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this for a long time and am hoping to make the best of it. Thank you to CCM Racing and team owner Eric Caudell for the opportunity and to Safari Joe’s H2O for coming on board, along with our other partners, RedTide Canopies and Coble Enterprises." (In part from CCM Racing PR) (06-23-22)
  • ARCA announces new technology partner: The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Creek Enterprise have reached an agreement that will designate the Adrian, Michigan-based company an official technology partner of the ARCA Menards Series. Creek Enterprise becomes ARCA’s first IT services partner and a founding member of organization’s new Tech Partner Platform. Creek Enterprise will also have the ability to create partnerships with the entire portfolio of ARCA partners. The company offers a wide variety of technical services ranging from Infrastructure, Network, Applications Management, Cloud, Fiber, Voice, Technical Protection, Security, Surveillance and Access Control Services. "There are a lot of motorsports fans at Creek Enterprise, and we are very much looking forward to kicking off our partnership with the ARCA Menards Series,” said Jason Derby, president of Creek Enterprise. “We were led to a partnership with ARCA through a previous partnership in the NASCAR series. We’ve already learned a lot, including the incredible knack ARCA has for creating solid business-to-business partnerships. ARCA has a long history with a sizeable and dedicated fan base, but we still feel like this opportunity is one of the best kept secrets in racing.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-23-22)
  • Sammy Smith wins at Berlin Raceway: With 10 laps left, it appeared as though Sammy Smith would have to settle for second during the Zinsser SmartCoat 200 Saturday at Berlin Raceway. Then, in the blink of an eye, everything changed. Race-long leader Daniel Dye suddenly slowed with a mechanical problem with seven laps left, allowing Smith to chase down and pass him to take the lead. Smith would lead the final half dozen laps aboard the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota to earn his first ARCA Menards Series victory in his sixth series start. Saturday’s race was also apart of the Sioux Chief Showdown. “That sucks for them. They deserved to win that one. We got lucky today,” Smith said. “Some days it’s better to be lucky than good.” Smith had raced inside the top-five throughout the evening, but admitted that he had nothing for the dominant Dye until the No. 43 GMS Racing Chevrolet suddenly slowed in the final laps. “We weren’t the best car today and I feel like we need to get better,” Smith said. “We’ll continue to work hard and move on to Elko.” Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-19-22)
  • Ryan Unzicker & Hendren Motorsports returning for dirt races: [Ryan] Unzicker and team owner Bill Hendren have indicated to ARCA Menards Series officials they will once again return to the one-mile dirt ovals at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds to chase not only the victory trophies, but the Performance Seed Dirt Double $50,000 bonus, as well. For the first time in series history, if a driver can win both races on the two one-mile dirt tracks, they will earn a $50,000 bonus. The last time a driver swept both dirt races in the same season was 2009, when Parker Kligerman won them both. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-17-22)
  • Illinois State Fairgrounds signs title race sponsor: Atlas Roofing Corporation has signed on as the title sponsor of the ARCA Menards Series race on the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. The Atlas 100 is set for 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 21 and will be televised live on MAVTV. It marks the first involvement for Atlas with the series. Based in Atlanta, Atlas Roofing Corporation manufactures roof shingles, polyiso insulation, molded polystyrene, and paper and coated facers for new construction, remodels, and renovations. "We always look forward to the summer months because that’s prime roofing season," said Stanley Bastek, sales and marketing vice president for the Shingles and Underlayments division at Atlas. "It’s exciting for all of us to see the Atlas name as the entitlement sponsor for an ARCA Menards Series race, and even better for us to be associated with one of the most unique and traditional races on the schedule." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-15-22)
  • Brandon Jones wins at Iowa Speedway: Brandon Jones had to wait out a three-hour weather delay and battle through a handful of challenges from the likes of Sammy Smith and Jesse Love. But ultimately, nothing was going to stop the 25-year-old from winning Saturday night’s Calypso Lemonade 150 at Iowa Speedway. Jones, the NASCAR Xfinity Series regular, used a long run at the end of the 150-lap race to overtake Smith and cruise to the victory. Jones, now has a pair of wins in his two ARCA starts in 2022. "Charlotte kind of went the same way," Jones explained after taking the checkered flag in the sixth race of the 2022 ARCA Menards Series season. "Long run toward the end there. Kind of came to life at the end. I had to work for it, though. These guys were really tough on me today. Jesse Love, obviously Sammy Smith was really quick. Those dudes were really hard to race. But all in all, we had a better Toyota Camry there in the long haul, I think." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-12-22)
  • ARCA announces Performance Seed Dirt Double for Springfield & DuQuoin: Tradition is important to the ARCA Menards Series, and there are few races more laden with tradition and connection to the sport’s roots than the two races on the one-mile dirt tracks at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Both of those races date back to before ARCA’s founding in 1953, and both have been a staple of the schedule since 1983. For 2022, a new twist has been added with the Performance Seed Dirt Double, which will offer a $50,000 prize to any driver who can drive to victory in both events. Should that bonus go unclaimed, the driver with the best combined average finish at Springfield and DuQuoin will claim a $5,000 bonus. “The two races at Springfield and DuQuoin are the direct connection to the foundation of the sport,” said ARCA president Ron Drager. “There are thousands of race fans in the heartland of the country who attend those races, and many have been coming to them for decades. Having dirt races has kept us connected to the grassroots of the sport and it has meant a driver who can win the ARCA Menards Series championship has to succeed on a wide variety of racetracks." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-11-22)
  • 23 cars entered for Iowa Speedway: Twenty-six cars are entered for Saturday night's Calypso Lemonade 150 at Iowa Speedway. The race is the first ARCA premier and ARCA East combination event of the season. Notable entries include #10 Tanner Allen, #11 Bryce Haugeberg, #15 Conner Jones, #17 Taylor Gray, #18 Sammy Smith, #20 Jesse Love, #23 Connor Mosack, #27 Tim Richmond, #44 Ron Vandermeir Jr, #55 Jonathan Shafer, and #81 Brandon Jones. Full Entry List (06-09-22)
  • Rev Racing & Rajah Caruth add new partner for Iowa, Berlin, and Elko: Rev Racing announced the addition of a new partnership in conjunction with Rajah Caruth. The team will partner with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority through the month of June, in celebration of National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. This sponsorship initiative hopes to bring attention to the archipelago nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as it positions itself as The Caribbean You’re Looking For in vacation destinations. Caruth, a second generation Caribbean-American driver, will run the St. Vincent and Grenadines brand on the hood and rear of his No. 6 Chevrolet. This partnership will expand over the next three races of the ARCA Menards Series schedule at Iowa Speedway, Berlin Raceway and Elko Speedway, respectively. “The fact that I can not only go out and race, but represent where I’m from is really meaningful,” said Caruth. “It means a lot to be a representative of the Caribbean Island, and I can’t wait to make them proud.” (In part from RevRacing.net) (06-09-22)