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  • 2015 ARCA Schedule Announced; Elko and Madison lose dates: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America released the full 2015 ARCA Racing Series schedule Wednesday, and the tour once again has something for everyone. The 63rd season of the nationally-renowned stock car racing series will again include stops at superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks and a road course over a 20-race season. And, for the first time since 1992, the ARCA Racing Series will race at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., bringing the .596-mile short track back into the series fold. Also returning to the schedule after a one-year absence is Iowa Speedway, where ARCA raced every year from 2006-2013.“We’re proud of the diversity of the track configurations, the tradition inherent in the venues, and the markets represented by the 2015 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Maintaining the 20-race schedule is important to the team owners and our marketing partners, and we appreciate the opportunity to share the track with so many great racing series on any given weekend. We feel our schedule is unique in motorsports, and provides a challenging platform for race teams and an exciting, compelling showcase for race fans.” Full Schedule (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-26-14)
  • Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville added to 2015 schedule: The ARCA Racing Series will return to tradition-rich Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2015, officials from ARCA, the Fairgrounds and Track Enterprises announced today. The national championship stock car tour will contest a 200-lap race on the .596-mile, high banked paved oval on Saturday, April 11. Since the series’ inception in 1953, there have been 23 races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but none since David Green won there in 1992. “Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is a destination track for racers and fans, and is located in an important market for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Our Series has a rich history of racing at the track, and we look forward to bringing our superspeedway-style full-size stock cars, featuring racing with live pit stops, back to Nashville in a long distance event.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-24-14)
  • Andy Seuss Motorsports to test at Daytona; seeking drivers: Andy Seuss had a very successful 2014 racing season [winning] the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship [and earning] the Most Popular Driver award for the Tour. Like many racers across the country, driving racecars is a sideline for Seuss.  Unlike many of those other racers though, Seuss has been able to make much of his living by working on other people’s racecars.  Last year alone, Seuss worked as a consultant on everything from NASCAR Truck Series machines to ARCA Racing Series cars to other Modifieds.  Now, Seuss is going to take another step forward in that career path by teaming up with fellow competitor Brian Dauzat to form Andy Seuss Motorsports. Andy Seuss Motorsports will compete in the ARCA Racing Series.  Two superspeedway cars are currently being prepared for next month’s ARCA Open Test at Daytona International Speedway.  The team has open seats available for the test dates and for upcoming ARCA races as well. (In part from Andy Seuss Motorsports PR) (11-20-14)
  • Team BCR Racing renews partnership with Motor Honey: Officials at Team BCR Racing are pleased to announce the team will renew their partnership with longtime National Marketing Partner Motor Honey for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season with driver Brennan Poole. Motor Honey will serve as a Primary Marketing partner with Team BCR for select races throughout the 2015 season beginning at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200. CEO and President of Casite’s Motor Honey brand, John Antakli said, “We are very excited to build upon last year's successful season with Howard Bixman and Team BCR, teaming up with Brennan Poole in 2015.  The ARCA Racing Series continues to be a great spot for Motor Honey to be as we focus on grass roots motorsports marketing and young, up-and-coming drivers - and winners - of the future.” (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (11-18-14)
  • Leilani Munter to enter Daytona with Venturini; working on full schedule:  Leilani Munter announced on her personal Twitter account that she will attempt the season opening ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona in February with sponsorship from Energy Freedom. Munter also stated that she is working on a full schedule for 2015. The 40 year-old environmental activist from Rochester, MN ran a partial schedule this past season and has seven total career starts. (11-16-14) 
  • Optional composite body allowed for short tracks in 2015: Teams competing in the ARCA Racing Series will have the option of running new flange-fit, modular panel, composite material bodies at tracks one mile and less in length beginning in 2015. Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and Five Star Race Car Bodies announced today the details of the new optional body package for the upcoming 2015 ARCA Racing Series season, including availability and pricing. ARCA teams will have the option at short track venues in ’15 to compete with showroom stock-appearing Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet SS body packages, constructed with state of the art, composite laminate blend materials engineered to be lightweight and durable, and to resist deflection at high speeds. The complete body is comprised of 12 flange-fit modular panels, for ease of installation and quick replacement, and weighs less than 135 pounds. The ease-of-installation design allows teams to install the entire body in their respective shops, and to perform replacement of damaged panels at the team’s shop or at the track, resulting in significant savings in time and labor required for repairs. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-04-14)
  • Brandon Jones joins Richard Childress Racing driver lineup: Richard Childress Racing is adding NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Brandon Jones to their NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup on a part-time basis for the 2015 season. “I have been watching Brandon the past few years and like what I see in him as a driver and a person,” said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of RCR. “Adding him to our developmental program and putting him in our No. 33 Chevrolet is a good move for us and his career. I look forward to seeing his progression next year and welcome him to the RCR family.” Jones also plans to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Series on a limited basis in 2015. (In part from Richard Childress Racing PR) (11-03-14)
  • Brennan Poole to drive part time for Team BCR Racing next season: Brennan Poole has signed a partial schedule with Team BCR Racing. The schedule will begin at Daytona for the annual Lucas Oil 200. “I’m looking forward to working with Team BCR this year,” says Poole. “They are a great team with a strong reputation, and they have given me an awesome opportunity. I feel really blessed to be a part of this team!” Brennan Poole has signed for a minimum of ten races this season, which include the televised races on Fox Sports 1 and 2. If additional funding is secured, the team will plan to run for the 2015 Championship. Marketing partners, along with a race schedule, will be announced in the next few weeks. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (11-01-14)
  • Scotty Hubler tentatively planning on partial 2015 schedule: 22 year-old Scotty Hubler is tentatively planning on competing in another partial ARCA schedule next season with Bobby Gerhart Racing. The Coplay, PA driver plans to race at Daytona, Talladega, both Pocono events, and possibly more at other tracks if sponsorship can be found. Hubler made two starts this year and recorded his best finish at Talladega, where he finished in 24th position. (10-30-14)  
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports releases statement concerning 2015 plans:  Mason Mitchell Motorsports has released a statement concerning the team's 2015 ARCA Racing Series plans. The statement in its entirety is as follows:
    Mason Mitchell Motorsports was built to become the premier TRUE driver development camp, for young drivers that show the ability on and off the track, and the level of dedication its young founder MASON MITCHELL has shown to become the best drivers in ARCA Series, so that MMM's drivers can graduate from MMM annually with ARCA wins and championships and truly get the attention of top NASCAR teams that will offer Driver Developement opportunities to MMM drivers who have graduated with full honors in every area, as Mason Mitchell has demonstrated throughout the 2014 season.
    - MMM is a strict place, and funds alone will not get you accepted at MMM, you must have talent and people skills to make up a whole package we can build upon.
    - MMM has signed a driver to run the number 98 for the ARCA championship in 2015, (TBA at PRI show).
    - MMM has a fleet of all new cars on the ground for its second team, the #78 team, plus still more new cars being built as we speak, all to accommodate the needs of drivers that have to get tested at the 1.5 - 2.5 mile tracks and to race at those tracks to get the proper experience to transition to their NASCAR rides.
    - MMM is currently taking inquires from drivers interested in those tests and 1-4 race packages with the 78 team.
    - For drivers and Nascar teams who are interested in specific tests and races with the MMM team #78, you can call MMM Driver Development Directly at the Mooresville, N.C. office, at 515-493-9345 and ask for Russ. (Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR) (10-29-14)
  • Team Stange Racing finalizing 2015 schedule: Team Stange Racing is working on fielding two cars at Daytona in February and one car for the full 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. The team has sold old cars, but has purchased three new ones for the upcoming season. Additionally, Team Stange hopes to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series on a part time basis in the upcoming year. (10-29-14) 
  • Kyle Weatherman to return to Roulo Brothers Racing next year: 17 year-old Kyle Weatherman will return to Roulo Brothers Racing next season for a partial schedule. ARCA’s minimum age restrictions will prevent the Roush-Fenway Racing development driver from racing full time.  Weatherman competed in eight (8) events for the team in 2014, earning a season high fourth place finish at Berlin Speedway in August. (10-27-14)
  • Crosley Sports Group back in 2015; partial schedule with LeMastus and Steele:  Crosley Sports Group will run a partial ARCA schedule in 2015 with Bo LeMastus and Devin Steele as its drivers. Bo LeMastus formed the team in 2013 after acquiring the assets of Mark Gibson Racing. LeMastus serves as the CEO of Crosley Radio. (10-27-14)
  • GMS Racing has no official plans for 2015; not selling equipment: GMS Racing has no official plans for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. However, the team is not currently selling its ARCA equipment. The Charlotte, NC based organization fielded cars for championship runner-up Grant Enfinger and veteran Spencer Gallagher this past season. Gallagher announced in victory lane at Kansas Speedway that he would be competing in the truck series for his family owned team full time next year, which raises speculation on whether the team will continue in the ARCA series in 2015. (10-27-14)
  • Mason Mitchell wins championship; Gallagher scores first victory: #98 Mason Mitchell clinched the 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship Friday night at Kansas Speedway. Mitchell finished 5th, but only had to start the event to earn his first title. #23 Spencer Gallagher scored his victory after starting from 32nd. #6 Josh Williams, #3 Ross Kenseth, and #55 Cody Coughlin all earned top five finishes as well. The race was slowed due to several accidents, including one that involved #60 Galen Hassler. Hassler was transported to a local area hospital for observation before being released. Full Results (10-05-14)
  • Austin Wayne Self to Mason Mitchell Motorsports in 2015?: Ray Dunlap reported during the Kansas Speedway broadcast that Austin Wayne Self will return to ARCA competition next year with a championship caliber team. Dunlap stated that Self would not be back with Cunningham Motorsports. AM Technical Solutions, which sponsors Self, appeared on Mason Mitchell's championship winning car Friday night. (10-05-14)
  • Spencer Gallagher leaving ARCA: Spencer Gallagher announced in victory lane at Kansas that he would not return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2015. Gallagher stated that he would move to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full time next year with GMS Racing. (10-05-14)
  • 34 cars on Kansas entry list: 34 cars are currently entered for Friday night's season ending ARCA Racing Series event at Kansas Speedway. Entries include #08 Justin Allison, #09 John Lowinski-Loh, #3 Ross Kenseth, #6 Josh Williams, #10 Ed Pompa, #23 Spencer Gallagher, #42 Bo LeMastus, #52 Matt Tifft, #55 Cody Coughlin, #60 Galen Hassler, #66 Leilani Munter, #72 Brandon Gdovic, and #88 CJ Evans. Full Entry List (10-02-14)
  • Justin Allison leaves Team BCR; creates own team: Justin Allison has left Team BCR Racing and has formed his own ARCA Racing Series team. The Pocono Raceway winner will drive the No. 08 HAVACO Sales Ford at Kansas Speedway in the season ending ARCA event. Allison was seeking assoicate sponsorship for the race last week. (09-30-14)
  • CJ Evans Jr. returns to Team BCR for Kansas: Charles (CJ) Evans Jr. will make his first ARCA Racing Series start since 2013 with Team BCR Racing this Friday at Kansas Speedway. Evans will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Elevator Transportation Services Ford. “I’m really looking forward to going back to Kansas Speedway,” stated Evans. “Last time we were there, we had a really fast car. I’m very excited to work with Howard (Bixman) and the whole BCR team again. We've had top-ten runs together and with the amount of winning success the team has had in 2014, I feel that we will be very competitive.” Although Evans has not driven in the ARCA Racing Series since 2013, doesn’t mean he still isn’t actively involved in the racing community. Evans is the current points leader in the NASCAR BWFS Truck Series at Houston Motorsports Park in Texas with only two races left to go. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (09-30-14)
  • Galen Hassler forms Hassler and Associates Racing Enterprise; to debut at Kansas: Galen Hassler, who has competed part time in the past two seasons, has formed his own ARCA Racing Series team. Hassler and Associates Racing Enterprise will debut at Kansas Speedway with sponsorship from Miller Construction. The team will use Chevrolet cars and has gained approval to carry the No. 45. Hassler states that the team has eight (8) total cars and plans to compete in the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. (09-27-14) 
  • Ross Kenseth to drive for RACE 101 at Kansas NOTE: Ross Kenseth will attempt to make his first ARCA Racing Series start of 2014 at Kansas Speedway. Piloting the No. 3 RACE 101 Chevrolet, Kenseth, son of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, looks to make his first career start at a track more than one mile in distance. “First off, I’m grateful to Tony (Blanchard) for giving me this shot,” said Kenseth, from Little Chute, Wis. “I’ve worked with the team a little over the past couple months before we tested together at Kentucky. I thought the test went well and I’m excited to go to Kansas and see what we can do.” (In part from RossKenseth.com) (09-26-14)
    NOTE: Karl Weber, the team's current driver, does not meet ARCA's minimum age requirements to compete at Kansas. (09-26-14)
  • Brennan Poole; Venturini Motorsports fined and penalized after Kentucky win: Based on post-race technical inspection after Friday’s race at Kentucky Speedway, the Venturini Motorsports #15 team has been fined $1,500 and team owner Bill Venturini and driver Brennan Poole 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) (09-24-14)
  • Spencer Gallagher to race at Kansas: Spencer Gallagher will race at Kansas Speedway on October 3rd for GMS Racing. Gallagher reduced his ARCA schedule earlier this season to focus on NASCAR Camping World Truck series events. The 24 year-old driver from Las Vegas, NV is currently 11th in driver points. (09-24-14)
  • 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)