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  • 34 entries on preliminary Kentucky entry list UPDATE: 34 cars are currently entered for Friday night's ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Entries include #6 Josh Williams, #10 Rick Clifton, #12 Tyler Audie, #15 Brennan Poole, #20 Tom Berte, #28 Mike Buckley, #41 Ben Rhodes, #42 Bo LeMastus, #52 Matt Tifft, #55 Cody Coughlin, #60 Kyle Weatherman, #66 Daniel Suarez, #68 Michael Lira, #72 Brandon Gdovic, and #88 Justin Allison. Full Entry List (09-17-14)
    UPDATE: #19 David Sear, #34 Darrell Basham, and #56 Devin Steele have been added. The #49, #95, #99 entries have been withdrawn. 34 cars remain on the entry list. (09-18-14)
  • ZLOOP sued for nearly $28 millon: ZLOOP, LLC has been sued for nearly $28 million by one of the company's investors for fraud, conversion, breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and detrimental reliance. ZLOOP was co-founded by Justin Boston's father Bob Boston, who is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. It remains to be seen if this case will affect ZLOOP's racing sponsorships. The company has sponsored Venturini Motorsports and Justin Boston for the past two seasons. (Mosing v ZLOOP) (09-18-14)
  • John Wes Townley out at Kentucky; Poole in: Brennan Poole will once again be subbing for driver John Wes Townley due to a scheduling conflict surrounding Friday’s ARCA Kentucky event and Saturday afternoon’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series New Hampshire event. “I can’t thank Zaxby’s enough for the opportunities they’ve given me this year. I can’t wait to wheel it Friday night and hopefully bring home another strong finish for Venturini and Zaxby’s,” said Poole. Friday’s ZLOOP 150 from Kentucky will mark the third time this season Poole will sub for Townley. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-17-14)
  • Venturini Motorsports selling equipment: Venturini Motorsports has posted a classified on ARCARacing.com advertising the complete assets of one of its teams. A semi truck, trailer, two short track cars, two intermediate cars, one roller chassis, and other parts are listed for sale. The team did not enter its No. 66 entry last weekend at Salem Speedway. (09-16-14)
  • Ross Kenseth testing for RACE 101 at Kentucky: Ross Kenseth, the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth, will participate in the postponed Kentucky Speedway test tomorrow with RACE 101. RACE 101's current driver Karl Weber will take part in the test as well. (09-16-14)
  • Tom Hessert wins at Salem: #77 Tom Hessert won the Federated Car Care ARCA Fall Classic at Salem Speedway after passing #98 Mason Mitchell late in the event. Mitchell dominated the majority of the race, but Hessert prevailed with fresher tires after trapping the majority of the field at least one lap down by not pitting under green flag conditions. Mitchell crossed the finish line in second. #22 Austin Wayne Self, #90 Grant Enfinger, and #52 Ken Schrader completed the top five. #25 Justin Boston and #44 Frank Kimmel both suffered mechanical issues and finished outside of the top 15. Mason Mitchell extended his points lead over Grant Enfinger with two races remaining. Full Results (09-13-14)
  • 34 cars entered for Salem UPDATE:  Thirty-four cars are currently entered for Saturday's race at Salem Speedway. Notable entries include #1 Clayton Weatherman, #10 Ed Pompa, #11 Blake Hillard, #27 AJ Fike, #34 Darrell Basham, #37 Kyle Benjamin, #55 Cody Coughlin, #60 Kyle Weatherman, #72 Anderson Bowen, #80 Brian Finney, and #82 Cody Erickson. Full Entry List (09-11-14)
    UPDATE: #15 Brennan Poole has replaced John Wes Townley. Townley will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Chicagoland Speedway after it was delayed due to rain. #27 AJ Fike, #49 Hylton Motorsports, #91 Alex Malycke, and #99 Roulo Brothers Racing have all withdrawn. (09-13-14)
  • Daniel Suarez joins Venturini Motorsports for Kentucky: Venturini Motorsports announces today that Daniel Suarez will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Kentucky Speedway during the ZLOOP 150 on Friday, September 19th, in the No. 66 ARRIS Toyota. Last month in a highly publicized announcement, Joe Gibbs Racing revealed the 22-year old Suarez would join the organization in 2015 to compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide (XFINITY) Series with ARRIS as the primary sponsor. “I’m excited to race with Venturini Motorsports at Kentucky in the ARCA Series as I continue to prepare for next season and running full time with Joe Gibbs Racing in the Nationwide Series, said Suarez. “I’m looking forward to representing my new sponsor ARRIS and I’m thankful to ARRIS and everyone involved for giving me this opportunity as I make the next step in my career.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-10-14)
  • Turner Scott Motorsports; Ben Rhodes attempting Kentucky: Turner Scott Motorsports is pleased to announce that Ben Rhodes will pilot the No. 41 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevy in the upcoming ARCA Racing Series event at Kentucky Speedway on September 19, marking a homecoming for the Louisville, Kentucky native and the first time the 17-year-old will compete at his home track. Rhodes currently competes full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for TSM and this past weekend officially clinched the 2014 NKNPSE championship. (In part from Turner Scott Motorsports PR) (09-09-14)
  • Empire Racing to enter Salem with Cody Erickson: Empire Racing will field a car for Cody Erickson at Salem Speedway on September 13th. Erickson attempted the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway for the team earlier this year. The 25 year-old driver from Ulen, Minnesota is hoping to gain Daytona approval for 2015. (09-06-14)
  • Clayton Weatherman to debut at Salem: Clayton Weatherman, the younger brother of Kyle Weatherman, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Salem Speedway on September 13th. He is expected to drive an old Penske Racing car prepared by his family owned team. (09-01-14)
  • Brandon Gdovic joins Cunningham at Kentucky, Kansas: Brandon Gdovic will debut in the ARCA Racing Series at Kentucky Speedway driving the No. 72 American Messaging Dodge for Cunningham Motorsports. Gdovic is a veteran in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with 46 starts in the series over 4 seasons. Following his debut at Kentucky Speedway, Gdovic will return at Kansas Speedway on October 3rd, 2014. The No. 72 team will be led by veteran crew chief Paul Andrews. Gdovic will be sponsored by American Messaging. American Messaging provides critical messaging services throughout the US and is one of the largest critical messaging companies in the country. (In part from Precision Performance Motorsports PR) (09-01-14)
  • Benjamin Motorsports; Kyle Benjamin penalized after Madison: Based on post-race technical inspection after Sunday’s race at Madison Int’l Speedway, the Benjamin Motorsports #37 team has been fined $750 and team owner Steve Benjamin and driver Kyle Benjamin have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. The penalty is for non-compliance of the 2014 ARCA Rulebook page 16, #4, which references the minimum roof height. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-28-14)
  • Josh Williams Motorsports seeking funded drivers: Josh Williams Motorsports is seeking funded drivers for all remaining events on ARCA Racing Series schedule. Additionally, the team has openings for the upcoming Daytona test and 2015 races. The family owned operation had competed in ten events season before missing Lucas Oil Raceway. (08-25-14)
  • Dave Leiner suffers heart attack: Dave Leiner, current Venturini Motorsports crew chief and former ARCA Racing Series car owner, suffered a heart attack Sunday morning prior to the race at Madison International Speedway. Leiner had been working with the No. 55 team and rookie driver Cody Coughlin. (08-25-14)
  • Hylton Motorsports signs Kenny Mathews; will race at Madison UPDATE Kimmel Racing: Officials at Hylton Motorsports have announced Kenny Mathews will make his ARCA Racing Series debut in the upcoming Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway. Mathews, 24, will be driving for a cause in the No. 48 Ford. Teaming up with Mathews is the Epilepsy Foundation, who has a special connection with the Ypsilanti, MI driver. Mathews was diagnosed with Epilepsy at a young age, but overcame the disease and was seizure free by age 15. (In part from Impact Management PR) (08-15-14)
    UPDATE: A change of plans has been made for rookie driver Kenny Mathews this weekend at Madison Int’l Speedway. Mathews will now enter in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 with Kimmel Racing in the No. 69 Epilepsy Foundation Ford. (In part from Impact Management PR) (08-22-14)
  • Kyle Benjamin to drive for family owned team: 16 year-old Kyle Benjamin has left Roulo Brothers Racing and will drive for his family owned team at Salem Speedway. Bejamin, who has 13 career starts and two wins, will drive the No. 37 Benjamin Racing Ford in the event. Kevin Reed is rumored to be his crew chief. (08-20-14)
  • Ben Rhodes joins Venturini Motorsports: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point leader Ben Rhodes will make his ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend at Madison International Speedway. Rhodes, 17, has five pole’s and has five wins already this season in the K&N East Series. “I want to thank Alpha Energy Solutions, Alliance Comfort Systems, and Venturini Motorsports for the opportunity to make my first ARCA start at Madison this weekend,” Rhodes said. “I have followed the series this year and there has been some great racing action just about everywhere they go.” Rhodes will be led by his K&N crew chief Mark McFarland on Sunday. (In part from Venturini Motorsports) (08-20-14)
  • Team Stange Racing announces driver for Madison: Team Stange Racing is proud to announce that the team’s Driver Development Arm, The Race to the Cup, has a participant that will compete at Madison International Speedway on August 24th. Christian Ceyla, a 20 year old Hispanic racer, will pilot the number 47 Team Stange Racing Ford in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison. The race will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 3:00 PM EST. Christian and Team Stange Racing have spent days testing and have produced great data and results. “The kid is a natural racer and will go places if he stays on the right path” states team manager Dave Weltmeyer. Christian Ceyla comes from the Baja racing ranks and is an up and coming racer in the Off Road Racing World. Christian won the Baja 250 this past spring. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (08-15-14)
  • Crew chief changes at Mason Mitchell Motorsports; Venturini Motorsports: Mason Mitchell Motorsports has elected to make a change at the crew chief position. Effective immediately, veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will move over from the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports entry to the No. 98 MMM team. Matt Weber will move from the No. 98 MMM team to the No. 15 VMS team. “I can’t begin to thank Matt Weber for his time and dedication to MMM,” Mason Mitchell said Wednesday morning. “He helped build this program from the ground up and did a great job coming on as crew chief at Toledo earlier this year. Matt was a big part in putting this team on the map. I am looking forward to working with Jamie Jones starting this weekend. Jamie and I have worked well together in the past and have successful results with one another.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-13-14)
  • John Wes Townley out at Springfield; Kevin Swindell to substitute: Kevin Swindell reunites with Venturini Motorsports this weekend to substitute for driver John Wes Townley at the famed Springfield Mile driving the No.15 Zaxby’s Toyota. Townley will miss his third consecutive ARCA race after an accident at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014. “It’s an unfortunate situation John (Townley) won’t be able to return this week but I’m glad for the opportunity Zaxby’s is providing me to return to the series driving the No.15 car,” stated Swindell. “The last time I ran here with Venturini we had a winning car but I got blocked in on pit road and it cost of the win. I’m looking forward to going back to Springfield and battling for the victory.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-13-14)
  • Team BCR Racing signs John Lowinski-Loh to partial schedule: Team BCR Racing welcomes John Lowinski-Loh to the team for a limited schedule in 2014, with plans on competing for the 2015 Rookie of the Year and championship in the ARCA Racing Series. Lowinski-Loh was the Rookie of the Year in the 2013 ACT Late Model Series. He was also named the 2012 Rookie of the Year and Track Champion in the NASCAR Whelen Series at Thompson International Speedway, holding 10 victories. “We’re really excited to welcome John to the team,” says team manager, Howard Bixman. “He has an incredible background and a tremendous amount of experience in a variety of series.” Serving as the primary marketing partner with John and Team BCR is Auto Go INC out of Milford, MA. Additional marketing partners and a complete schedule will be released at a later date. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (08-12-14)
  • Team Stange Racing to compete at Springfield and Madison?: Team Stange Racing announced on its Facebook page that it is currently in the final stages of securing sponsorship to compete at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th. Additionally, the team stated that it would have an announcement concerning its plans for Madison Int'l Speedway soon. (08-09-14)
  • Tony Marks Racing files lawsuit against VR-12: Tony Marks Racing filed a lawsuit against VR-12 last month in Ohio Northern District Court. The team had been sponsored by the cooling system additive company in 2011. VR-12 logos were removed from the team's cars nearly halfway into the season. (08-08-14)
  • Brennan Poole to fill in for John Wes Townley at Berlin: Brennan Poole will sub for his Venturini Motorsports teammate, John Wes Townley, in Saturday’s ARCA race at Berlin Raceway. Poole will pilot the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota Camry. Last week at Pocono, Townley was involved in an incident during ARCA qualifying. Townley is now in good health, but sat out of both the ARCA and NASCAR Truck events at Pocono as a precautionary measure. “As a precaution, John Wes Townley will sit out Saturday night’s ARCA event at Berlin Raceway,” said a team spokesperson. “Townley did not compete in last week’s ARCA race at Pocono Raceway following an incident during qualifying earlier in the day.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-06-14)
  • Hendren Motorsports returning at Sprinfield with two cars: Bob Strait will drive for longtime ARCA Racing Series car owner Bill Hendren and his partner Brian Smith [at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th]. “Bob’s all fired up,” said Hendren, who hails from El Paso, Illinois. “He still feels like he can get the job done. We started talking on the phone; we were already committed to fielding a car for Ryan (Unzicker), but since this happened, we’re going to field a two-car team for Springfield and DuQuoin; at least that's the plan.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-06-14)
  • ARCA announces new engine package option for 2015: Automobile Racing Club of America President Ron Drager announced that the ARCA Racing Series will introduce a progressive and innovative engine package option for use in competition beginning in 2015. “I am pleased to announce today the conclusion to a long and extensive search to find the right strategic partner to help us address the challenges of rising costs in our series,” stated Drager. “It is my pleasure to announce that Ilmor Engineering has partnered with us to develop the ARCA Ilmor 396, engine technology which provides a long term, stable platform delivering an economical and competitive option to our existing engine configurations.” The ARCA Ilmor 396 engine will be a purpose-built powerplant, developed and assembled by legendary engine builder Ilmor Engineering. The ARCA Ilmor 396 will deliver 700 horsepower and 500 ft. lbs. of torque, with durability and performance standards. “We’ve partnered with ARCA to construct a durable, reliable engine capable of running 1500 miles between re-builds,” affirmed Paul Ray, President of Ilmor Engineering. “The teams will be able to use the same ARCA Ilmor 396 at short tracks or a superspeedway, a road course or the mile dirt tracks. We have begun to conduct extensive testing, and our plan calls for the first engines to be available for purchase by the teams by early December,” Ray concluded. The ARCA Ilmor 396 will be fuel injected, with Holley EFI technology regulating the Electronic Control Unit and the fuel injection system. ARCA Racing Series teams will have the option of utilizing the new ARCA Ilmor 396 beginning in 2015, or can continue to use the open motor rules package currently in place. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-06-14)
  • John Wes Townley to miss Pocono after qualifying accident: John Wes Townley will not compete in the ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway after crashing in qualifying. Townley was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and was later released. However, he has not cleared to race. B.J. McLeod, who will compete in tomorrow's NASCAR Camping World Truck series event, will start and park the No. 15 Toyota in place of Townley. (08-01-14) 
  • Brennan Poole returns with Venturini Motorsports for four races: Sidelined for most of the last two seasons due to sponsorship woes, 5-time ARCA winner Brennan Poole is set to make his ARCA Racing Series return on August 1st at Pocono Raceway. Poole, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, will make his first series start since 2013 driving the Venturini Motorsports prepared No. 66 The Identical Movie Toyota in Friday’s ARCA ModSpace 150. In addition the team announced today that Poole will drive at Madison International Speedway on August 24th and both ARCA dirt races at Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield) (8/17) and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (9/1). “I can't thank Venturini Motorsports, So Good! Entertainment and everybody on The Identical project enough. I'm truly blessed to have this opportunity,” said Poole. “Our team has ran very well at all four tracks and we are determined to build upon those successes. We want to bring home four trophies for the mantle.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-30-14)
  • Grant Enfinger to drive for GMS Racing at Lucas Oil OFFICIAL: Ray Dunlap is reporting that Grant Enfinger will drive for a different ARCA Racing Series team at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 25th. Enfinger has been driving for Team BCR Racing, which continues to search for primary sponsorship for the remainder of the season. Dunlap subtlety mentioned that GMS Racing is the team that Enfinger would join. (Ray Dunlap Twitter) (07-20-14)
    OFFICIAL: Grant Enfinger will close out the final nine races of the ARCA Racing Series season in the No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite, Allegiant Travel Chevrolet for GMS Racing. Enfinger will make his GMS Racing debut when the team fields an entry for the ARCA Racing Series event at the Lucas Oil Raceway on July 25. “I would like to thank Howard (Bixman) and Team BCR Racing for getting me to this point in my career,” Enfinger said, who has raced for Team BCR Racing much of this season for team owner Howard Bixman. “I am thankful to Howard for allowing me this opportunity with GMS Racing. This alliance will provide me the opportunity to move to the next level in my career. We started the year off strong, and I look forward to finishing the season with GMS Racing as strong as I started.” Teammate Spencer Gallagher will continue to race in the ARCA Racing Series on a limited schedule, along with his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. (In part from GMS Racing PR) (07-24-14)
  • Buster Graham joins Team Stange Racing for Chicagoland: Buster Graham has joined Team Stange Racing for the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19th. Graham will drive the No. 47 Rope, Soap 'N Dope Ford in the event. Rope, Soap 'N Dope provides industrial, safety, and janitorial supplies to business and is located in Broussard, Louisiana. Graham last competed at Talladega in May with Roulo Brothers Racing. (07-14-14) 
  • Mike Affarano returning at Chicagoland: Mike Affarano has filed an entry for the Ansell ActivArmr 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19th. Affarano will drive the No. 03 Chevrolet with sponsorship from WON n DONE Automotive Car Products. The Shorewood, IL driver last competed in the series in 2012, making five starts. (07-12-14)
  • Leilani Münter finds primary sponsorship; to race at Chicagoland: Leilani Münter will bring her renewable energy message to diverse communities across seven states, policy makers in Washington, DC, and to race fans at Chicagoland Speedway. Münter will begin an electric road trip from her home in Charlotte, N.C. to Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, June 13. On Saturday, July 19, Münter will slip behind the wheel of her other machine to race at Chicagoland with PrairieGold Solar as the primary sponsor on her No. 66 Venturini Motorsports ARCA Racing Series entry. PrairieGold Solar is an innovative company focused on developing, owning, and operating solar projects across North and South America. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-12-14)
  • Brandon Jones; Turner Scott fined and penalized after Winchester win: Based on post-race technical inspection following Winchester Speedway, the Turner Scott Motorsports No. 4 team has been penalized for violating 2014 ARCA Rulebook Page 32, 21B, which states in part “the upper and lower coil spring mounts must support the front coil springs for a minimum of 270 degrees of each coil spring mount”. Team owner Steve Turner has been fined $3000, and he and driver Brandon Jones have penalized with the loss of 100 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-12-14)
  • GMS Racing; Spencer Gallagher not racing at Winchester: GMS Racing and Spencer Gallagher have elected to not compete in this weekend's race at Winchester Speedway. The team will focus on its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series effort instead. While the team has stated that it will not release the remainder of its ARCA schedule, GMS Racing is planning on fielding a car at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19th. (07-03-14)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports co-owner an absconder from probation: Dana Royal (alias Dana Carter) was convicted in July 2013 and placed on probation for 30 months for her involvement in an RV rental scam. The RV rental scam was the same crime that Roger Carter II was convicted of, which sent him to prison in November 2013. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety's website lists Royal as an absconder from probation. It encourages anyone that has information on Royal's whereabouts to contact the adult corrections division at 1-888-646-0024. (NC DPS Offender Public Information) (07-01-14)
  • Shannon McIntosh to drive for Cunningham at Lucas Oil Raceway: Shannon McIntosh has been waiting a long time for her ARCA Racing Series debut. That day will come when she joins her Cunningham Motorsports team at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 25th. Originally planned for April at Salem Speedway, McIntosh’s debut had to be pushed back to July, due to sponsorship woes. The delay has only intensified her resolve to make the most of her opportunity, as she said, “I can’t wait to get back to Indianapolis, especially during the Brickyard 400 weekend. The opportunity to race for Cunningham Motorsports is absolutely huge for me and I intend to give the team the results we are capable of getting in July.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (07-01-14)
  • Brian Rose accused of $15 million Ponzi scheme: Brian Rose, whose father, David Rose, served about four years in prison for swindling investors out of millions of dollars, has been now been indicted himself for allegedly running his own $15 million Ponzi scheme. The younger Rose, 34, is accused of borrowing from his father's playbook to mastermind a scam that ripped off 164 investors in four states who thought they were investing in coal mines. Rose, who was arrested June 17 in Tennessee and indicted with eight co-defendants on charges of fraud and money laundering, is accused of using the money to buy thoroughbred racehorses and race cars and to pay for living expenses and gambling junkets to Las Vegas. Rose, whose father was released from federal prison last year, is being held without bail after a federal magistrate judge found that he posed a danger to others and was a flight risk because the government has yet to account for $10 million of the money invested in the alleged conspiracy. Rose — who the indictment says operated under the name John Hankins — has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer, Jerry W. Laughlin, of Greeneville, Tenn., said he had just been appointed and that it was too early for him to comment on the case. (In part from Courier-Journal.com) (07-01-14)
  • Jami Weimer raising money for Winchester debut: 19 year-old Jami Weimer is raising money in hopes of making her ARCA Racing Series debut at Winchester Speedway. The Cumming, Georgia driver has experience in pro-trucks, legend cars, and has testing experience in ARCA. Weimer would drive for Carter 2 Motorsports if she can secure the necessary funds to race. (06-24-14)
  • Brandon Jones; Turner Scott Motorsports entered at Winchester: Brandon Jones will try once again to make his ARCA Racing Series debut. Jones was on the ARCA entry list for the April race at Salem Speedway. He later withdrew, however, after a scheduling conflict. Now, the 17-year-old Atlanta native is entered in a Turner Scott Motorsports car for the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway July 6. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-24-14)
  • Team Stange Racing announces new driver development program:  Team Stange Racing [has] announced the launch of “THE RACE TO THE CUP.” The Race to the Cup is a premiere driver development program developed around “Stock Car” racing for the serious race car driver that is passionate about a career in motorsports. “The Race to the Cup will cover everything that a driver needs to do to make it to the NASCAR level through this very personalized program” stated Ashley Stange, Team Stange Racing co-owner. “We will assist the driver in making themselves marketable and promotable to sponsors and fans as well as providing them with the right driver coach to help them sharpen their driving skills” [added] John Stange, Jr. [of] Team Stange Racing. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (06-17-14)
  • CBS Sports Network announces broadcast team: The first of three live ARCA Racing Series races on CBS Sports Network is coming soon, beginning with the Akona 250 at Elko Speedway Saturday, June 21. Veteran motorsports television anchor/analyst Rick Benjamin will serve as play-by-play announcer for all three telecasts alongside color analyst Andy Hillenburg, the 1995 ARCA driving champion. Longtime NASCAR pit road analyst Dr. Dick Berggren will cover pit road for two of the three events while Todd Lewis, veteran of NASCAR Canadian Tire, Champ Car, and IndyCar coverage, will handle the pit road duties at Elko. Benjamin’s production company, Carolinas Production Group, will produce the shows. In addition to the Akona 250 at Elko, CBS Sports Network’s coverage, part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, will include the Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway on July 6 and the Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway August 24. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-15-14)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports adds associate sponsorship: Mason Mitchell and Mason Mitchell Motorsports welcomed Musselman’s as a marketing partner at Pocono Raceway. Musselman’s served as an associate sponsor on the No. 98 Thermal Technology Services Ford on June 8th and it will return at Pocono again on August 1st. A third race will be announced at a later date. “I’m very excited to welcome Musselman’s” Mitchell added. “I feel that we can we can introduce Musselman’s to our fans and enhance their current markets.” (In part from Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR) (06-15-14)
  • Austin Theriault to drive for Venturini at Michigan: 20 year-old Austin Theriault will drive the No. 66 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports at Michigan International Speedway on June 13th. Theriault has Super Late Model and Pro All Star Series (PASS) experience, along with one NASCAR Nationwide start for JR Motorsports. Billy Venturini will serve as his crew chief. (06-11-14)
  • Kyle Larson wins Pocono ARCA 200 pole: #4 Kyle Larson won the pole at Pocono Raceway, edging #15 Brennan Poole. Poole qualified John Wes Townley's car while Townley competes at Texas Motor Speedway in NASCAR Camping World truck series competition. #88 Justin Allison, #98 Mason Mitchell, and #22 Austin Wayne Self completed the top five. #25 Justin Boston, who was quick in practice, will start from the back of field after crashing on his qualifying attempt. Starting Lineup (06-06-14)
  • Roulo Brothers Racing withdraws from Pocono: Roulo Brothers Racing has withdrawn its cars from Saturday's race at Pocono Raceway. Both the No. 17 and No. 99 entries will lose Golden A owner status. The team will return at Elko Speedway on June 21. This will be the first race that Roulo Brothers Racing has missed since 2010. (06-06-14)
  • Turner Scott Motorsports enters Kyle Larson for Pocono: Turner Scott Motorsports has filed an entry for NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson at Pocono Raceway. Larson will drive the No. 4 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet. Larson has two previous ARCA starts with a best finish of second in the 2013 Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. (06-02-14)
  • John Wes Townley working with new crew chief: Billy Venturini, general manager and competition director at Venturini Motorsports, announced on Twitter that Brad Parrott has joined the team to work with John Wes Townley for the remainder of the season. Parrott replaces Rich Lushes. (06-02-14)
  • Andrew Ranger wins the Great Railing 150 at New Jersey: #53 Andrew Ranger won at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday after suffering a flat tire early in the race. Ranger held of #55 Brian Wong who finished second, #52 Matt Tifft, #90 Grant Enfinger, and #44 Frank Kimmel. Enfigner extended his points lead to 55 heading to Pocono this weekend. Full Results (06-02-14)