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  • Trista Stevenson driving for Venturini at DuQuoin; filling in for Griffin: Twenty-five year old, Trista Stevenson will make her ARCA Racing Series debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 4. Stevenson, a native of nearby Pocahontas, Illinois, will pilot the No.15 Stevenson BP Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. Stevenson, a former NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine participant, will replace Jake Griffin who was originally scheduled at DuQuoin but due to a scheduling conflict will miss his start. Griffin, who finished 9th behind the wheel of the No.15 at Springfield, will attempt to make the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Canadian Road Course race the same weekend. Asked about her upcoming series debut at DuQuoin, Stevenson replied. “It’s surreal, this is a dream come true. We’ve always talked about building a car for Springfield or DuQuoin but never pulled the trigger. So when the opportunity came to drive for Venturini Motorsports we jumped at the chance.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-25-16)
  • Max Force Racing; Thomas Praytor fined and penalized after Springfield: Based on ARCA Racing Series post-race technical inspection following the August 21 Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the Max Force Racing #9 team has been determined to be in violation of ARCA Rulebook page 83, Item 11 which references minimum weight. Due to the infraction, team driver and car owner Thomas Praytor has been penalized with a fine in the amount of $750 and the loss of 25 championship points (Driver, Car Owner and Short Track Challenge). (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-25-16)
  • Cassie Gannis suing Bobby Hamilton Jr; Kevin Hinckle's full story: A recent article by Joseph Shelton on SpeedwayMedia.com tells the full story of Hamilton-Hughes Racing drivers Kevin Hinckle and Cassie Gannis. Both had negative dealings with Bobby Hamilton Jr. Excepts can be found below:
    Kevin Hinckle:
    Court documents dated March of 2016 show that driver Kevin Hinckle of Kansas, filed a lawsuit against Hamilton, after Hamilton allegedly breached a contract that he and Hinckle had previously agreed to. According to Hinckle, after meeting with Hamilton in August of 2015, he and Hamilton signed a letter of intent for 18 races in 2016, excluding Daytona and Talladega. Full Story
    Cassie Gannis:
    Cassie Gannis was to make some starts in ARCA for Hamilton in 2016 as well. According to legal documents, an agreement was entered on January 11, 2016, for Gannis to drive a Hamilton-Hughes entry for two events, Talladega on April 29, and Lucas Oil Raceway on July 22. In consideration for Cassie’s exclusive racing rights, the Gannis family was to pay a $12,000 fee, which was paid in two installments on January 11 and February 1. Full Story (Speedway Media.com) (08-24-16)
  • Josh Williams injured at Springfield after steering wheel toss?: Rumors have surfaced that Josh Williams received facial injuries during last weekend’s race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds after he tossed his steering wheel at Ryan Unzicker’s car under caution. Unzicker tangled with Williams while racing for the lead, which resulted in Williams crashing. After allegedly tossing the steering wheel, the wheel is said to have bounced back into the face of Williams. A post on Josh Williams’ Twitter account afterward reported that Williams was fine and at the hospital after being a “little beat up.” (08-24-16) 
  • Alger Motorsports selling equipment; no longer racing?: Billy Alger and Alger Motorsports have posted classified advertisements on RacingJunk.com that states that their racecar and equipment are for sale. Alger lists his car for $10,000, while racing springs are being sold for $150. The Alger Motorsports team made three starts this season and had a best finish of 24th at Berlin Raceway. (RacingJunk.com) (08-24-16)
  • Crew chief change for Josh Williams prior to Springfield: Josh Williams, who is currently second in ARCA driver points, no longer has Danny Johnson (DJ) on his team as a crew chief. The change occurred prior to last weekend's race at Springfield. The pair had won at Nashville and Madison together, and had accumulated nine top-10 finishes in 14 starts. Josh’s father Kevin Williams served as the crew chief for the No. 6 entry last weekend. (08-24-16)  
  • Win-Tron Racing and AM Racing partner; fielding two cars in 2017: AM Racing and Win-Tron Racing have joined forces for the remainder of the 2016 and for the full 2017 racing seasons. The newly formed partnership leverages the cost efficiencies associated with shared assets and resources while exploiting the knowledge and experience of its two principle members, Kevin Cywinski and Tim Self. The joint effort will deliver cost efficient quality racing programs to selected drivers in both the NCWTS and the ARCA Series. Win-Tron is currently assembling a two car program for the 2017 ARCA Series. The No. 32 Toyota will have one full-time driver and the No. 33 Toyota will multiple developmental drivers behind the wheel. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (08-23-16)
  • Justin Haley wins at Springfield: #98 Justin Haley won the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, holding off #27 AJ Fike and #24 Ryan Unzicker on a late race restart. This is Haley's first career ARCA Racing Series victory. Fike finished second, while Unzicker, #22 Ken Schrader, and #77 Chase Briscoe completed the top five. #6 Josh Williams was battling for the lead with Unzicker with less than ten laps to go, but the two drivers collided. Williams was sent hard into the wall and ultimately finished 16th. Full Results (08-21-16)
  • Dustin Knowles NOT racing at Springfield; Cory Howard in No. 14 UPDATE: Jent Motorsports driver Dustin Knowles has posted on Facebook that he will not be behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as originally planned. Knowles was scheduled to return to the series after missing the last race at Berlin due to personal commitments.
    Knowles: "To my friends and fans. I will not be racing Springfield this weekend. I received a text last night saying that the team was not going. I really appreciate all the support from everyone this week. I was really looking forward to the dirt track." (08-20-16)
    UPDATE: A team member from Jent Motorsports is now stating that Cory Howard will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet at Springfield after last minute phone calls were made. The Jent team was unsure if it could race due to financial issues earlier this morning. (08-20-16)
  • 27 cars entered for Springfield: Twenty-seven cars are entered for the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100. Entries include #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #10 Tyler Speer, #11 Eric Caudell, #15 Jake Griffin, #16 Kelly Kovski, #22 Ken Schrader, #24 Ryan Unzicker, #55 Tanner Thorson, and #73 Dale Shearer. The race will be held on Sunday at 2:30 PM EDT and will air on American Sports Network. Full Entry List (08-20-16)
  • Kelly Kovski planning to enter both dirt races: Dirt track veteran Kelly Kovski plans to enter this year's events at Springfield and DuQuoin driving his own car. Kovski has competed in the races since 2004, earning a career high finish of 3rd at Springfield last year. The 35 year-old is well known for working with Grant Enfinger and other drivers previously as a crew chief. (08-18-16)
  • Frank Kimmel to drive for Cunningham Motorsports OFFICIAL: It was reported during the FOX Sports 1 broadcast of the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 that Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 22 for Cunningham Motorsports this season. Kimmel had been scheduled to run full time for Team Stange Racing, but sponsorship issues sidelined the Stange organization after Daytona. Although specific details were not mentioned, Cunningham has not publicly announced a driver for DuQuoin on September 4th or Salem on September 10th. (07-26-16)
    OFFICIAL: Cunningham Motorsports co-owner, Kerry Scherer announced today that Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 22 at Salem Speedway. In making his announcement, Scherer stated, “Having the greatest driver in the history of the ARCA Series driving for Cunningham at the 100th Salem race is awesome. It is an honor to have Frank Kimmel drive for us at a track where he has so much success.” That success for Kimmel includes 9 victories. After running a partial ARCA season in 2015, with only one start in 2016, Kimmel is looking forward to getting back on the race track. He commented, “I am really excited to have the chance to get back to the track, especially at Salem Speedway, my home track. There are so many great aspects of this opportunity, the 100th race at Salem, teaming up with Cunningham Motorsports, who will give me a great chance at another Salem checkered flag and the chance to get back in a Ford.” Continue to follow Cunningham’s twitter to see what unique throwback paint schemes will be on the No. 22 and No. 77. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (08-17-16)
  • NASCAR's Bobby Allison named Salem Grand Marshal: NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison has been named Grand Marshal of the historic 100th Salem ARCA race set to take place at Salem Speedway, reports track management. Allison, the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup champion, is certainly familiar with the Salem oval having won a 100-lap ARCA race on the high banks in 1975. "I remember Salem really well," said Allison. "A nice, fast high-banked half-mile in southern Indiana with a little air-strip right next to the track. I liked Salem right away, fell right into a nice rhythm.  The fast way around was right up against the wall in three and four, but a little more toward the center of the track in one and two." The Hueytown, Ala., driver, one of the original members of the famed "Alabama Gang", was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. (In part from ARCA Racing PR) (08-16-16)
  • Championship Awards Banquet to take place on Saturday, December 10th: The 2016 ARCA Racing Series post-season Championship Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, December 10 in Indianapolis. Once again the festivities will take place alongside the Performance Racing Industry’s annual convention and trade show in downtown Indianapolis. The Championship Awards Banquet will honor the 2016 series champions as well as other top series drivers and special award winners from the 64th season of ARCA racing. 2016 marks the fourth consecutive year that the black-tie Championship Awards Banquet will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center. Banquet tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, October 24 at which time ARCA Racing Series teams and sponsors may register and pay online. Non-members may contact Shalene Williams. In addition to team participants, banquet tickets are available to the general public. Anyone can attend. Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $100. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-16-16)
  • Teams to use throwback paint schemes for 100th Salem race: Every ARCA race at Salem Speedway is a special celebration of past and present, and none more so than when the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic takes off under the lights at Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 10. The historic event marks the 100th ARCA Racing Series race at Salem since the tour debuted on the legendary high-banked, half-mile track in 1955. The field for the 100th race at Salem will be sprinkled with cars utilizing throwback paint schemes going fender-to-fender with the rest over the 200-lap race. (In part from ARCA Racing PR) (08-11-16)
  • Tyler Speer to race at Springfield for Fast Track: Tyler Speer will be trading in his boat goggles for his ARCA helmet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mile Dirt in Springfield for the 54th annual running of the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100. Speer has been reunited with Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Racing team for his ARCA hurrah on the Springfield mile. "Looking forward to getting back in it. Last time we ran was DuQuoin two years ago. We wanted to get things together on the Ilmor motor before we came back. Last time we ran Springfield, we had a top-10 car for sure, but we had a little handling issue coming off the corners, our SB2 (engine) was down about 150 horsepower" said Speer. "Car's at the Fast Track shop now, Andy's (Hillenburg) guys are putting the motor package in it. We got the body straightened around from our last race at DuQuoin. I'm going to the shop this weekend, be there through Tuesday. We'll put our set-up on it, cross the T's, dot the I's. We have a really nice shock package going on the car. Gene Roberts from AROB Performance is doing that, he was Bill Elliott's crew chief back in the 80s when he was winning all those races." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-11-16)
  • Dick Doheny to drive for Max Force at Springfield and DuQuoin: Dick Doheny will slide behind the wheel for Max Force Racing for the Central Illinois Chevysuperstore.com 100 at Springfield and the General Tire Grabber 100 at the DuQuoin. “Excited to try an ARCA car on the mile dirt tracks,” said Doheny. “I’ve enjoyed working with the guys from Mobile and I’m looking forward to driving for them in a couple of weeks.” Doheny is on loan from his normal duties at Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing and is sitting in for Chris Bailey Jr. who has a scheduling conflict for the two dirt races. Bailey Jr. will be back at Salem. The Moose, Thomas Praytor will continue top pilot his #9 DK-LOK Ford. “Dick has been such a big help to our team this year I feel like Dick is part of our team. When we were changing motors every day in Pocono Dick really busted his butt to help us get all the motor changes accomplished,” offered Tommy Praytor. “Having Dick in the car for us will set a new record for our race team, he’s a year older than I am so he will become the oldest guy to drive for our team!” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-11-16)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh not approved to run Pocono?: Rumors are circulating that newcomer Codie Rohrbaugh was not approved to race at Pocono on July 29th. Rohrbaugh had a car and engine, but ARCA officials allegedly did not allow him to compete because he lacked experience. These rumors have drawn criticism of ARCA officials, as the 22 year-old driver has over 10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts on short tracks and ARCA experience from the January test session at Daytona. Furthermore, the series can determine a driver's eligibility at its sole discretion. Allowing Rohrbaugh to race would have added another competitive car to the Pocono field, which would have filled 29 of the 36 available positions. (08-11-16)
  • Darrell Basham Racing secures new sponsorship: Darrell Basham Racing has secured sponsorship from Bugsy's for several upcoming ARCA events. The Fredericksburg, Virginia auto body and repair shop will be prominently featured on the hood of Mike Basham's No. 34 Chevrolet. Bugsy's is owned by Willie Mullins, who partnered with the team this year for races at Daytona, Talladega, and New Jersey. Basham and Mullins have combined to run all events on the schedule so far this season. The racing duo currently rank 12th in owner points. (08-10-16)
  • Morgen Baird returning to Hixson Motorsports for Chicagoland: 23 year-old Morgen Baird will return to Hixson Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15th. Baird will be making his second start of the season, after finishing 17th at Michigan earlier this year. The Grass Lake, Michigan driver initially tested for Lira Motorsports in the January Daytona test session. (08-09-16)
  • Chase Briscoe explains Berlin battle with Josh Williams: After starting fifth on lap 118, [Chase] Briscoe worked his way to the front, battling for the lead on lap 182.  After making a couple of attempts to take the lead from Josh Williams, Briscoe gave the lead back to Williams. In an after-race interview he explained, “I got into (turn) three too hot... got into his (Williams) door and passed him, but I gave it back to him. Got into him again and gave the spot right back.” Still in a tight battle for the lead, Briscoe got under Williams to take the lead near the start/finish line.  Briscoe explains what happened next, “Once I passed him, I knew I was going to get hit down in one and two. Then coming off two, I felt like he ran me out off the track.”  On the backstretch, which has no backstretch fence, Williams (who had been running in the low lane) pushed Briscoe up to the very edge of the track, into the marbles and the dirt outside of the track.  Briscoe, with plenty of dirt track experience, held onto his car and managed to come back on track in the third spot. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (08-09-16)
  • Thomas Praytor loses power steering at Berlin: The first incident wrinkled the right front corner of [Thomas] Praytor’s Ford. Twenty laps in, the power steering fluid left the reservoir with a broken power steering line. Now the Moose was banged up and would have to make the last 185 laps with no power steering. “I didn’t get a lot of sympathy from the roof when I said I had no power steering, something something keep something digging.” Caution after caution Praytor was snaking his way towards the top 10 with an ill-handling Ford and trying to survive. Just past the halfway mark the Moose and [Landon Huffman] tangled with the Moose coming out on the short end of the stick spinning on the backstretch. This time the right rear quarter was ripped off the car. More time on pit road and the Ken Stabler Hall of Fame car was battered but things were just getting good. “Couldn’t hardly steer but we knew if we could stay out of trouble and go the distance we could end up with a good finish and a good points night.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-09-16)
  • Brad Dubil not planning to enter Springfield: 54 year-old Brad Dubil has no plans to enter this year's event at Springfield. Dubil has raced his own No. 89 Dubil Racing entry at the Illinois State Fairgrounds track dating back to 1997, but will be unable to do so again this year. The Iowa driver sells parts and other racing supplies to late model and open wheel modified teams in Bettendorf. (08-08-16)
  • Dalton Sargeant wins the Berlin ARCA 200: #55 Dalton Sargeant scored his first career ARCA victory at Berlin Raceway after holding off #77 Chase Briscoe and #52 Matt Kurzejewski on a late race restart. Sargeant inherited the lead when Briscoe and #6 Josh Williams collided, which resulted in both leaving the racing surface. Williams finished 10th after crashing, while Briscoe rebounded with a second place finish. Kurzejewski would claim third, while #23 Bret Holmes and #27 AJ Fike rounded out the top five. A big incident occurred earlier in the race that eliminated pole sitter #25 Tom Hessert, #05 John Wes Townley, #15 Landon Huffman, and #22 Clayton Weatherman. Hessert was able to continue, but the remaining drivers had to make extensive repairs. Full Results (08-07-16)
  • Mathew Vainner not racing at Berlin; leaves Peterson after disagreement: Michigan native Mathew Vainner will not race in his home state this weekend after separating from Peterson Motorsports following Toledo Speedway in May. Vainner had planned to race for the Wayne Peterson owned team at Lucas Oil and Berlin, but the deal quickly collapsed after a major financial disagreement. Both sides have varying takes on what transpired.
    Vainner:
    Mathew Vainner alleges that he gave $300 to Peterson Motorsports before the Toledo race. Vainner also told the team that he had a $500 sponsor, under the condition that he would run at least half of the event. The 22 year-old driver only completed 19 laps before Wayne Peterson called him in to park. Peterson allegedly insisted on being paid the full amount and took Vainner's HANS device as ransom after Vainner left it in Peterson's truck.
    Peterson Motorsports:
    Peterson Motorsports denies that Mathew Vainner paid any of the agreed upon money to the team. The team alleges that a deal was made for Vainner to start and park for $500. Vainner had said that he had a sponsor, but the deal fell apart. Peterson Motorsports offered no comment on the location of Vainner's HANS device. (08-05-16)
  • 25 cars entered for Berlin: Twenty-five cars are entered for Saturday night's Berlin ARCA 200. Entries include #05 John Wes Townley, #2 Eric Caudell, #10 Ed Pompa, #14 Cory Howard, #15 Landon Huffman, #22 Clayton Weatherman, #23 Bret Holmes, #30 Clair Zimmerman, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will be televised live on American Sports Network at 9:00 PM EDT. Full Entry List (08-05-16)
  • Cory Howard replaces Dustin Knowles at Berlin Raceway UPDATE: 24 year-old Cory Howard will replace Dustin Knowles behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Jent Motorsports this weekend at Berlin Raceway. Howard, who previously raced for Peterson Motorsports at Daytona, is rumored to be bringing money to the team. It's unclear if Knowles will return for more events later in the season. (08-03-16)
    UPDATE: Jent Motorsports has posted on social media that Dustin Knowles is taking the weekend off. Knowles will return to the No. 14 Chevrolet at Illinois State Fairground, while Cory Howard will run a second car (No. 85) in the event. (08-03-16)
  • Max Force Racing to honor the late NFL QB Ken Stabler: While the ARCA Series will be putting on some classic short track action at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, the NFL will induct its 2016 class in to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This year’s class will include longtime friend and sponsor Ken Stabler. “We’ve tried to figure every way we can to be in two places at one time and it just isn’t going to happen,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. “Mr. Kenny (Stabler) was such a big part of our race team I wish we could be there with Mrs. Kim and the Stabler family to celebrate his life and career.” The normal DK-LOK hood will be replaced with a replica Stabler jersey with NFL Hall of Fame at the bottom. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-03-16)
  • Clair Zimmerman joins Rette Jones Racing for Berlin: Veteran Clair Zimmerman has joined Rette Jones Racing to pilot the No. 30 Huntilar Corporation Ford in Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200. Zimmerman, the CEO of Huntilar, will be making his fifth start at the track. The 60 year-old driver and is hoping to improve on his 16th place finish that he had last year. (08-02-16)
  • Chris Bailey Jr. told to run full Pocono race: All season, Chris Bailey has been doing the yeoman’s job of being Max Force Racing's back up for Thomas “Moose” Praytor and testing different combinations for the #9 DK-LOK Ford. On Friday car owner Tommy Praytor had another plan. “Chris has been doing an awesome job for our race team all year in a crappy job. He’s like an NFL number 2 quarterback, he gets to practice and work hard on new ideas and then gets very little game time. Every week Chris and his Dad travel thousands of miles to be part of our team and every week without complaint,” said owner Tommy Praytor. Bailey qualified 21st and prepared to make a few laps of live testing during the ModSpace 150 and come in. After a few laps, team owner Praytor came over the radio and told spotter Chris Sr. to keep him on the track. “I was happy just getting to make laps 2, 5 or 10 I was all good and then Dad told me to stay out. He could probably see me smiling from the spotters stand," said Bailey. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-02-16)
  • Ryan Unzicker to return at Springfield and DuQuoin: 35 year-old Ryan Unzicker will return to ARCA competition this season for the dirt races at Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Unzicker has raced both events dating as far ack as 2003. The El Paso, Illinois has driven for Hendren Motorsports in the majority of his 11 career starts. (07-31-16)
  • Injured crew member recovering from pit road incident: Jon House, the jackman on Gus Dean's No. 98 Chevrolet, is recovering after a pit road incident at Pocono. House was hit when Dean had brake issues entering his pit stall. Although House was able to walk to an ambulance on pit road, he was taken to a local hospital for examination. Doctors diagnosed the veteran crew member with a concussion and a possible small bleed. A close or full recovery is expected. (07-30-16)
  • Tom Hessert works with new crew chief at Pocono: Venturini Motorsports made a crew chief change on Tom Hessert's No. 25 entry prior to Friday's race at Pocono. Dave Leiner replaced Ryan "Pickle" London, who has been with the organization since February 2015. Leiner previously worked with Tom Hessert at Andy Belmont Racing in 2008 and 2009. (07-30-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway: #77 Chase Briscoe won the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway, scoring his fourth ARCA Racing Series victory in a row. #05 John Wes Townley finished second, while #55 Dalton Sargeant, #32 Shane Lee, and #10 Kyle Weatherman completed the top five. Briscoe extended his points lead significantly over #6 Josh Williams, who finished 26th after having mechanical issues. Full Results (07-29-16) 
  • 28 cars entered for Pocono: Twenty-eight cars are entered for today's ModSpace 150. Entries include #05 John Wes Townley, #07 Brian Kaltreider, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #5 Bobby Gerhart, #10 Kyle Weatherman, #15 Christopher Bell, #19 David Sear, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Myatt Snider, #27 Ed Pompa, #32 Shane Lee, #48 Sean Corr, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 at 5:30 PM EDT. Entry List (07-29-16)
  • Chad Finley hopes to expand schedule in 2017; looking for sponsorship: With hopes of increasing their schedule for next season, the Finley’s know strong performances will aid in their attempt to find more sponsorship. “We hopefully have two races left this season and we just need to go out there and run like we did and hope it helps in the long-haul,” said Chad Finley. “My dad, Bruce and the guys want to do this more than four times a year in 2017 – but we’ll need some financial help to make it happen. The ARCA Racing Series has never been more affordable, thanks to the spec motor – but you still need sponsors to pay for the engines, tires, travel, etc. Believe me, I’m proud to be back in ARCA and just hope we can stay around for a little more longer this time.” (In part from Chad Finley Racing PR) (07-27-16)
  • Clayton Weatherman joins Cunningham for Berlin: Clayton Weatherman, 17 year old brother of Kyle Weatherman, will take his turn behind the wheel of the No. 22 when the ARCA Racing Series returns to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Weatherman will make his fifth series start, his first with Cunningham Motorsports. Weatherman commented, “I have never been so excited to race for a team as I am for Cunningham Motorsports! Ever since my brother (Kyle) raced for them I have always wanted to race at least one race for them. Any time I went to the race track last year, I knew Kyle had a chance to win. And now, I am getting that chance!” Weatherman, who will be guided by Paul Andrews, 1992 NASCAR championship crew chief for Alan Kulwicki, is the seventh driver piloting the No. 22 during the 2016 season. [Note: Will Kimmel was originally announced as the driver of the No. 22 for Berlin in June] (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (07-26-16)
  • John Wes Townley cleared to race at Pocono: John Wes Townley received medical clearance earlier today to resume racing in ARCA. He will compete in this weekend’s ARCA event at Pocono Raceway. Townley had been sidelined for the past four weeks while being treated for mild concussion-like symptoms. “I’d like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer and Brady Boswell for filling in for me,” Townley said. “I feel great and I’m looking forward to racing at Pocono this week.” (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (07-26-16)
  • Bret Holmes battles heat at Indy: Bret Holmes stepped out of his car Friday night with symptoms of heat exhaustion written all over his face. Sometime during the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, his helmet hose (which blows cool air onto his head) came undone. This created a long and very hot evening in Indiana. The heat was still no deterrent for the Munford, Alabama native, as Holmes ran in the top-10 for his third consecutive race of his young ARCA career. (In part from Bret Holmes Racing PR) (07-25-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins at Lucas Oil Raceway: #77 Chase Briscoe won the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, extending his points lead over #6 Josh Williams. Briscoe held off #8 Travis Miller who finished second. #22 Myatt Snider, Williams, and #51 Chad Finley rounded out the top five. #28 Kyle Benjamin dominated the first part of the race before he encountered trouble with his left rear brake caliper. Benjamin would recover to finish 8th. A multi-car accident occurred close to lap 130 that brought out the red flag. #2 Ray Ciccarelli, #48 Dylan Martin, #55 Dalton Sargeant, #74 Justin Haley, and #98 Brady Boswell all sustained major damage. Full Results (07-22-16)
  • 35 cars entered for today's race at Lucas Oil: Thirty-five cars are entered for today's Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. Entries include #05 Parker Kligerman, #5 Bobby Gerhart, #8 Travis Miller, #15 Christian Eckes, #17 Ty Majeski, #22 Myatt Snider, #23 Bret Holmes, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #48 Dylan Martin, #51 Chad Finley, #69 Brian Finney, #74 Justin Haley, #78 Gus Dean, and #80 Scott Reeves. Practice begins at 1:35 PM EDT, while qualifying takes place at 5:30 PM EDT. The race is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM EDT and it will air on FOX Sports 1. Entry List (07-22-16)
  • Christian Eckes making final start of the year with Venturini: Christian Eckes, will make his fourth and final ARCA Racing Series season start with Venturini Motorsports this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. Despite showing speed and a level of maturity behind the wheel far beyond his age, Eckes has been slowed during his last two outings due to issues outside his control. "I’m hoping we’ve used up all of our bad luck and can get back to showing our true potential and fight for a win this weekend,” said Eckes. “It’s been disappointing, we’ve been really good each time out, but just can’t catch a break.” Eckes will have one final shot Friday night to erase the disappointment of the last couple of races. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-22-16)
  • Project Semi Colon back with Praytor: With 11 races under their belt, Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK team head up to Indiana for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. This weekend the DK-LOK Ford is teaming back up with Project Semi Colon. The team will sport the newest Semi Colon T-shirt now available on Project Semi Colon’s website. “We joined the DK-LOK Team in Madison and the family run team and crew won us over. They have strong ties to what we stand for and are a great extension of us,” said Amy Bleuel. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (07-22-16)
  • Kyle Weatherman not entered for Lucas Oil: 18 year-old Kyle Weatherman is not entered for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Weatherman, who is third in driver points, was left without a full time team after Lira Motorsports closed. The Missouri driver has raced for Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Fast Track Racing since, but it appears that Weatherman will miss his first race of the season. (07-21-16) 
  • Brad Smith attempting to find Lucas Oil ride UPDATE Peterson & Hauck: Veteran Brad Smith is working to find a ride for Friday night's Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. Smith, who currently is 7th in ARCA driver points, has primarily driven for Hylton Motorsports this season. Hylton's number will be carried by Empire Racing and Dylan Martin in the event. (07-19-16)
    UPDATE: Brad Smith will drive the No. 31 entry for Peterson Motorsports and Hauck Enterprises Inc. Smith is rumored to be driving an entry from Peterson, with owner points from Hauck. The Shelby Township, Michigan driver has previously raced for Hylton Motorports and Max Force Racing this season. (07-21-16)
  • Parker Kligerman to substitute for Townley at Lucas Oil: John Wes Townley remains under treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete in Friday night’s ARCA Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway. Veteran driver and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will substitute for Townley. Townley is scheduled to be re-evaluated by his physician on Monday July 25th, when he anticipates gaining medical clearance to return to competition next week at Pocono Raceway. (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (07-18-16)
  • Iowa Speedway on 2017 ARCA Schedule: Iowa Speedway officials announced that the ARCA Racing Series would be returning in 2017 to race on the .875-mile Newton, Iowa oval. The 11th ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will again share the weekend line-up with the Verizon IndyCar Series, giving race fans a full complement of stock car and open wheel racing. The ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will be Friday, July 8, with the IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 the day after, July 9. "The combination of ARCA stock car racing and IndyCar open wheel racing has been a huge hit here at Iowa Speedway, so we’re very pleased to continue hosting the ARCA Racing Series in 2017," said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. "Iowa Speedway has become the launch-pad for the next superstars in motorsports, and the ARCA Racing Series continues to deliver an incredibly entertaining and competitive show for our fans." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-17-16)
  • Gus Dean to race at Lucas Oil with GREE sponsorship: Gus Dean is still reaping the benefits of his breakthrough victory from Talladega Superspeedway in April. Today, Mason Mitchell Motorsports announces that Dean and sponsor GREE, the world’s largest manufacturer of specialized Cooling & Heating Products, will compete in next Friday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX® in the No. 78 Chevrolet at Lucas Oil Raceway. “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the No. 78 GREE Cooling Products / Karl Chevrolet at Lucas Oil Raceway next weekend,” said Dean. “It’s because of Dave (Pearson) and all the folks at GREE who are allowing me to race and I want nothing more than to bring them another win in Indianapolis.” Lucas Oil Raceway will kick-off back-to-back races for the former CARS Pro Cup event winner. In addition to Lucas Oil Raceway, Dean will return to the MMM’s flagship No. 98 Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway the following week for the ModSpace 125 on July 29. (In part from Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR) (07-15-16)
  • Venturini's Jeff McClure placed on probation: As a result of an incident in the ARCA Racing Series garage area at Iowa Speedway July 9 after qualifying involving unsportsmanlike conduct, Venturini Motorsports crew chief Jeff McClure has been placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the 2016 season. The penalty was issued for violation of 2016 ARCA Rulebook Section 4, Page 10, #4 and #9, which references conduct by team members toward ARCA Officials and conduct or actions detrimental to the sport of auto racing. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-13-16)
  • Mark Littleton retired after nine years of racing: Veteran Mark Littleton retired from ARCA Racing Series competition at the end of the 2015 season. Littleton, who had competed at dirt tracks at Springfield and DuQuoin dating back to 2007, drove his own No. 5 Littleton Motorsports Chevrolet. The 44 year-old from Arenzville, Illinois had a career high finish of 14th, which came at last year's Allen Crowe 100. (07-12-16)
  • Christian Eckes loses cylinder in Iowa race: Christian Eckes finished a disappointing 11th after losing an engine cylinder early in the race in Saturday night’s ABC Supply Co. 150 at Iowa Speedway. After posting the fastest lap times within the first 10-laps, Eckes radioed his crew with trouble, stating he felt he was down on power. Urged by his team to stay focused, Eckes would manage to battle and work his way inside the top-10 by the midway point. Clearly down on horsepower, Eckes would fall a few positions before finishing in the 11th spot. After the race it was determined the plug wire replaced post qualifying came off at the onset of the race resulting in loss of power and only seven of the eight cylinders firing under the hood of Eckes’ Toyota. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-12-16)
  • Will Kimmel fills in for Nick Higdon at Iowa: Will Kimmel drove the No. 08 T&T Construction Chevrolet in place of Nick Higdon at Iowa this past weekend. Kimmel took to social media to describe what transpired Saturday night. "This weekend in Iowa was busy to say the least. Special thanks to Tommy and Nick for making the decision to let me run the car. Unfortunately after qualifying Nick got pretty sick, about 30 minutes before driver intros. The car was pretty good once I settled in. After about 60 laps I had to keep the brakes pumped in between turns. We had got up to 12th with about 30 to go but the RF caliber had lost a seal and shoved all the fluid out. At some point our luck will break." (07-11-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins ABC Supply 150 at Iowa: #77 Chase Briscoe won the ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway and extended his points lead. #28 Kyle Benjamin finished second, while #8 Harrison Burton, #55 Dalton Sargeant, and #22 Myatt Snider completed the top five. #10 Kyle Weatherman dominated the race early, but lost a right front tire and made contact with the wall. Weatherman went on to finish 9th. Full Results (07-09-16)
  • Kyle Benjamin wins Iowa pole: #28 Kyle Benjamin has won the pole for tonight's ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway. #15 Christian Eckes qualified second, followed by #10 Kyle Weatherman, #98 Brady Boswell, and points leader #77 Chase Briscoe. Eckes will have to drop to the back at the start due to unapproved adjustments (broken plug wire). FOX Sports 2 television coverage of race is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT or 8:00 PM CDT. Starting Lineup (07-09-16)
  • Chase Briscoe fastest in Iowa practice: Points leader Chase Briscoe was fastest in Iowa practice, turning a 24.137 second lap. #28 Kyle Benjamin was second. #8 Harrison Burton, #10 Kyle Weatherman, and #78 Mason Mitchell rounded out the top five. Qualifying will begin at 4:15 PM EDT (3:15 PM CDT) and the race is scheduled for 9:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM CDT). Full Practice Speeds (07-09-16)
  • 29 cars currently entered for Iowa UPDATE 2: Twenty-six cars are currently entered for the ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway. Entries include #05 John Wes Townley, #08 Nick Higdon, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #8 Harrison Burton, #15 Christian Eckes, #19 David Sear, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Myatt Snider, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #56 Josh Reeves, and #98 Brady Boswell. More cars are expected to be added soon. Preliminary Entry List (07-05-16)
    UPDATE: Twenty-nine cars are now listed for tonight's race at Iowa. Additional entries include #14 Dustin Knowles, #34 Mike Basham, and #69 Kevin Hinckle. James Swanson has replaced Brad Smith in the No. 48 for Hylton Motorsports. (07-09-16)
    UPDATE 2: Brad Smith is now back in the No. 48 Ford for James Hylton. (07-09-16)
  • Justin Haley and Braun Motorsports skip Iowa: Justin Haley and his Braun Motorsports team have decided to skip Iowa Speedway, which was originally on their partial schedule. The team did not feel that it would be properly prepared for the event. Haley and Braun are planning to return at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 22nd for their third race of the season. (07-09-16)
  • Ken Schrader to race at Springfield and DuQuoin: Veteran driver Ken Schrader will race at Springfield and DuQuoin this season for two premier ARCA Racing Series teams. Schrader will team up with Cunningham Motorsports and will drive the No. 22 on August 21st at Springfield. Afterward, Schrader will join Venturini Motorsports at DuQuoin on September 4th in the No. 55. The long time driver and car owner will be competing for his 19th win in the series. (07-07-16) 
  • Kyle Weatherman forms alliance with Hillenburg; racing at Iowa: Kyle Weatherman, in alliance with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track High Performance race team, has filed an entry for the ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway coming Saturday, July 9. Weatherman, currently third in ARCA Racing Series championship standings, is entered in the No. 10 St. Charles Glass-Fast Track Ford composite car. “Really looking forward to Iowa,” Weatherman said. “We’ve always run strong there no matter whose car we’ve been in. Love the track, can’t wait to get there and see what we’ve got.” Weatherman will compete in the same composite car that his younger brother Clayton Weatherman drove to a 14th-place finish at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville back in early April. The car is already equipped with the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine. Veteran crew chief Tony Furr, who crew-chiefed Travis Braden to victory lane last year at Lucas Oil Raceway, will call the shots on the pit box. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-06-16)
  • John Wes Townley out at Iowa; Cole Custer in: Athenian Motorsports driver John Wes Townley is undergoing treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete at Iowa Speedway. Cole Custer, who competed at Daytona with Ken Schrader Racing, will substitute for Townley in Saturday night’s ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores. (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (07-06-16)
  • Chris Bailey Jr. signs with Max Force for 7 more races: Chris Bailey Jr. will join Mobile, Alabama’s Max Force Racing for seven more races in 2016 beginning this weekend for the ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway. “Working with the Praytor’s this year has been a lot of fun and we are learning more every outing,” offered Bailey. “We are going to get a lot of opportunities to keep contributing to the program giving input on making cars better.” In addition to Iowa, Bailey will be behind the wheel at Lucas Oil Raceway, Pocono Speedway, Berlin Speedway, Salem Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Kentucky Speedway. “We are excited to have Chris back with us for the second half of the season,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. “When Chris is at the track it picks up the level of our whole race team.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (07-05-16)
  • Flexzilla sponsoring Tom Hessert and Venturini at Iowa: Tom Hessert will kick-off the second half of the season driving the No. 25 Flexzilla – Legacy Manufacturing Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. Earlier in the season Venturini and Legacy Manufacturing Company announced their strategic marketing partnership with core emphasis on promoting the company’s well-known Flexzilla brand. Legacy Manufacturing Company, with corporate headquarters in Marion, IA, is a manufacturer of high-quality, durable equipment for professional and domestic use. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-05-16)
  • John Wes Townley and Athenian returning for 8 more events: Daytona winner John Wes Townley will return for eight (8) more races this season with his Athenian Motorsports team. Townley will compete at Iowa, Lucas Oil, Pocono, Berlin, Springfield, Salem, Chicago, and Kansas. The Georgia driver will skip DuQuoin and Kentucky as he competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (07-02-16)
  • Harrison Burton to drive for Ranier Racing with MDM at Iowa: 15 year-old Harrison Burton will drive the No. 8 Dex Imaging Chevrolet for Ranier Racing with MDM at Iowa Speedway on July 9th. Burton, the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, has been competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. The ARCA 150 at Iowa will mark Burton's first career start in the series. (07-01-16)