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  • 21 cars entered for tonight's Montgomery Ward 200: Twenty-one cars are entered for tonight's Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #3 Rick Tackman Jr, 10 Dick Doheny, #15 Christian Eckes, #25 Tanner Thorson, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will begin at 9:00 PM EDT or 8:00 PM CDT. It will air live on MAVTV. Full Entry List (06-23-17)
  • Tanner Thorson making first season start for Venturini: Tanner Thorson returns to the seat driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway. Thorson, who made his ARCA Racing Series debut last season on the Illinois State Fairground’s dirt-mile, will pilot the team’s No. 25 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Toyota for his first series pavement short track event of his career. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-23-17)
  • Max Force Racing carrying special sticker at Madison: The DK-LOK [No. 9 Max Force Racing] Ford will carry a special sticker this weekend in honor of Amy Bluel. Amy’s Project SemiColon for suicide prevention was [Max Force's] primary sponsor last year in Madison. Amy left us way too soon in March of this year. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (06-22-17)
  • Win-Tron Racing; Gus Dean fined and penalized after Michigan: Based on post-race technical inspection following the June 16 Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway, the Win-Tron Racing #32 team has been penalized for violating 2017 ARCA Rulebook Page 51, #3 M. ii which states in part “hoses connected to NACA duct must be connected to blower or cooler and must exhaust outside driver compartment…connections must be point to point” and 2017 ARCA Rulebook Page 30, #3 i and page 44, #3 I. vii which reference, respectively, minimum roof height and minimum rear body height. Crew chief Todd Myers has been fined $1500 per violation, total $3000, and car owner Kevin Cywinski and driver Gus Dean have each been penalized with the loss of 25 points per violation, total 50 championship points, as a result of the violations. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-20-17)
  • Jeffery MacZink withdraws from Michigan after engine issues: Michigan driver Jeffery MacZink was forced to withdraw from Friday's Corrigan Oil 200 after experiencing engine issues on Thursday. MacZink published the following message on his Facebook page: "Well no racing today. Engine broke towards the end of practice. So going to spend the time with the family. Thanks for the effort from the guys on the team. Thanks for everyone giving us good wishes." (In part from Facebook.com) (06-18-17)
  • Brandon Jones wins the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan: #8 Brandon Jones won the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway after making a late race pass. Jones earned his second consecutive win at the track and MDM Motorsports' third win of the season. Points leader #52 Austin Theriault finished second, while #77 Dalton Sargeant, #23 Bret Holmes, and #32 Gus Dean completed the top five. #55 Zane Smith suffered a hard crash after cutting a right front tire near the halfway point in the race. Smith was later treated and released from the infield care center. Full Results (06-16-17)
  • Vinnie Miller fastest in Michigan practice: [Vinnie Miller] stung the competition in practice Thursday afternoon at Michigan Int'l Speedway with a sizzling top speed of 189.999 mph, fastest among the 30 drivers who posted time and speed in preparation for Friday's Corrigan Oil 200. He's especially "good" so far at Michigan. "This is only my second speedway race. I'm a little surprised to be P-1. I figured we'd be top-10 but I wasn't expecting this. I'm really proud of what we were able to accomplish today. My first time here, this place is pretty straight up…put the pedal to the metal and turn left" [said Miller]. Full Practice Speeds (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-16-17)
  • 30 cars entered for Michigan: Thirty cars are entered for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #3 Rick Tackman, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Brandon Jones, #10 Morgen Baird, #15 Kyle Benjamin, #19 David Sear, #25 Spencer Davis, #28 Sheldon Creed, #51 Chad Finley, #65 Jeffery MacZink, #69 Nick Higdon, #88 Wayne Peterson, and #99 Ty Majeski. Full Entry List (06-16-17)
  • Ty Majeski; Cunningham Motorsports fined & penalized after Pocono: Based on post-race technical inspection following the June 9 General Tire Anywhere Is Possible 200 at Pocono Raceway, the Cunningham Motorsports #99 team has been penalized for violating 2017 ARCA Rulebook Page 51, #3Mii  which references “hoses connected to NACA duct must be connected to blower or cooler and must exhaust outside driver compartment. Connections must be point to point.” Crew chief Matt Weber has been fined $1500 and car owner Briggs Cunningham and driver Ty Majeski have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-14-17)
  • Vinnie Miller; MDM Motorsports add new sponsor for Michigan: MDM Motorsports and Vinnie Miller are excited to announce a new partnership with Peerless Steel for Friday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Peerless Steel will be the primary sponsor of Vinnie Miller’s No. 41 MDM Motorsports entry. “To have a local company like Peerless Steel join us at Michigan this weekend is awesome,” Vinnie Miller, driver of the No. 41 said. “The quality of their products and service are just a couple of the reasons why they are an industry leader. I’m looking forward to sporting the Peerless Steel brand on my car this weekend.” (In part from MDMMotorsports.com) (06-14-17)
  • Peterson Motorsports back with 3 cars at Michigan: Peterson Motorsports will field three cars in the ARCA Racing Series for the second consecutive week. The Tennessee based team will have Con Nicolopoulos, Mark Meunier, and Wayne Peterson behind the wheel of its entries. Nicolopoulos continues his season long effort, while Mark Meunier returns to the team after competing at Salem, Toledo, and Elko. Team owner Wayne Peterson will make his season debut after finishing 18th in 2016 driver points. (06-14-17)
  • Kyle Benjamin returning to Venturini Motorsports at Michigan OFFICIAL: NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Kyle Benjamin will return to Venturini Motorsports for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 16th. He will drive the No. 15 Toyota as the team pursues the ARCA owner's championship. The 19 year-old driver began his ARCA career with Venturini in 2013, earning his two career wins at Madison and Salem. Benjamin would later make another start for the organization at Pocono in June 2015. (06-04-17)
    OFFICIAL: Kyle Benjamin returns to the ARCA Racing Series driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Benjamin, a two-time ARCA Series winner with VMS, will reunite with his former team to pilot the organizations No.15 GO PUCK Toyota entry at Michigan. “It’s a great feeling to come back to the ARCA series to run Michigan,” says Benjamin. “Breaking into the series a few years back with the Venturini’s provides a big advantage going into the weekend – we’ve had a lot of success together. I’m very familiar with the team and know the effort Billy’s (Venturini) guys put into every race. I’m happy to be back.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-13-17)
  • New Age Motorsports planning on 3-4 more races; full 2018 season: New Age Motorsports, owned by Kevin and Cody Lane, plans to compete in three to four more races this season in preparation for a full schedule next year. The team's next race is tentatively the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway on July 28th. Students Survival Dream Academy partnered with the Lane family this season, which has given students an opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of racing. Cody Lane, who drives the No. 67 entry, has a best finish of 19th after attempting three races in 2017. (06-11-17)
  • Riley Herbst scores first win at Pocono Raceway: According to Riley Herbst, it was "a long time coming." In reality, it took just six races for the 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada rookie to find his way to Victory Lane. Herbst, in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink-UFC Gym Toyota, took the lead on lap 37 of the 80-lap race and never gave it up, coming home the winner of the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. Herbst beat second-place finisher Brandon Jones to the final stripe by nearly two seconds to earn his career-first ARCA Racing Series victory, and the first for Joe Gibbs Racing on the ARCA side. Herbst also set a new ARCA race record for Pocono, finishing the race in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 55 seconds. The new mark surpassed the old mark of 1:25:29 set by Scott Riggs back in 2004. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-10-17)
  • Frankie Kimmel fills in for Bryan Dauzat at Pocono: Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, fortunately for Frankie Kimmel. When ARCA Racing Series racer Bryan Dauzat's daughter's wedding landed on Pocono race weekend, Dauzat climbed out of his own No. 57 O.B. Builders Chevrolet and Kimmel climbed in. Dauzat managed to get to Pocono for Wednesday's open test, but bailed for bigger things back home. "My daughter's getting married Saturday and the rehearsal dinner's Friday night," said Dauzat. "I need to be there, or else I'd be disowned by my family." That opened the door for Kimmel who tested the same car Wednesday after his dad, Frank, Sr., shook it down. "Bob Rahilly and Frank have been friends for years," Dauzat said. "This all developed about three weeks ago. We originally started talking to Frank about driving the car at Pocono, but Frank's obligated as a spotter for Spencer Davis, so he couldn't do it. Frank's suggested his son, and we liked the idea. I was glad to get a little seat-time in yesterday, I'm planning on running Pocono in July." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-10-17)
  • 34 cars entered for Pocono: Thirty-four cars are entered for today's General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway. Entries include #07 Dan Bainey, #3 Steve Fox, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Brandon Jones, #11 Tony Mrakovich, #12 Sheldon Creed, #15 Spencer Davis, #41 Vinnie Miller, #46 John Ferrier, #57 Frankie Kimmel, #69 Nick Higdon, #96 Bobby Dale Earnhardt, and #99 Ty Majeski. The race will air at 5:30 PM EDT on FOX Sports 1. Full Entry List (06-09-17)
  • Brandon Jones announces Pocono sponsor: Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 8 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet, enters Friday’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway as the veteran for MDM Motorsports with three career ARS victories. The 20-year-old driver finished third in the ARS Pocono Raceway event last season. “Our Anderson’s Maple Syrup team is headed into this weekend’s race at Pocono on a mission. We were headed for victory lane last year, but a blend line violation leaving pit road midway through the race cost us the win. You hate to lose a race because of something like that, so we’re definitely looking for redemption this weekend.” (In part from Brandon Jones Racing PR) (06-09-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh running next two events at Pocono & Michigan: Driving for his family-owned Grant County Mulch Racing team, [Codie] Rohrbaugh blasted to second quickest in his Pocono Raceway track debut – leaving many to ponder what the impressive rookie still has left for Friday’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. “Man, I’m stoked,” said Rohrbaugh, driver of the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet. “Pocono is such a cool place – it’s like a short track, superspeedway and a road course all in one. I had a blast and we have a strong car to boot. I’m hoping for good things in the race on Friday.” No matter the outcome though, Rohrbaugh is embracing the diversity and relationships he’s experiencing in ARCA. “From Daytona to Talladega to Pocono and Michigan next week, we’re taking each race in with a positive outlook and reasonable goals and expectations. If we have some good results in this two race stretch, we should be able to race more this summer.” (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (06-09-17)
  • Kirk Horton testing at Pocono for Norm Hutton Racing; planning on July race: Veteran dirt racer Kirk Horton will test for Norm Hutton Racing at Pocono Raceway tomorrow in preparation for the ModSpace 150 on July 28th. Horton, who is a regular competitor at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, will be attempting to make his ARCA debut. Norm Hutton Racing has previously competed at Daytona and Talladega this year with David LeBeau. (06-06-17)
  • Derrick Lancaster reduces ARCA schedule; may return: Virginia's Derrick Lancaster had planned to increase his ARCA schedule to six to ten events in 2017. However, those plans changed when the 44 year-old business owner purchased more tire stores and towing locations. Although these new opportunities have taken up a lot of Lancaster's time, he still has not ruled out a return this season for a more limited schedule. (06-06-17)
  • Tony Mrakovich competing at Pocono for Fast Track Racing: Pennsylvania driver Tony Mrakovich will join Fast Track Racing for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on Friday, June 9th. The 18 year-old rookie has been driving for Ken Schrader Racing, but the team had prior commitments that prevented two cars from being entered. Mrakovich is expected to rejoin the Schrader organization later in the season. He also may compete in more races for Fast Track Racing as well. (06-05-17)
  • Michael Self back in ARCA for four (4) more races: Michael Self and the “Dino Car,” powered by Sinclair Oil Corporation, will return to the racetrack for eight events in 2017. Race fans can catch Dino in both the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The Sinclair white, green and red livery will return to the No. 28 Chevrolet with Self behind the wheel of an ARCA entry at Pocono Raceway on June 9, followed by Iowa Speedway on July 8, then re-join MDM Motorsports at Lucas Oil (Ind.) Raceway Park on July 21 and return to Kansas for the series finale on Oct. 20. “It’s such an honor to continue working with Sinclair Oil and be in equipment that really showcases the commitment to excellence that epitomizes their brand,” said Self. “They’re truly my dream partner – we’ve been able to do some really cool things together off the track, as well as make a lot of noise in the sport with the Dino Car." (In part from Michael Self Racing PR) (06-05-17)
  • Peterson Motorsports fielding three cars at Pocono: Peterson Motorsports will field three cars at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9th for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. The team's driver lineup will include Con Nicolopoulos, Dale Matchett, and Don Thompson. Nicolopoulos is expected to compete in all races this year, while Matchett and Thompson are planning to run select events. (06-04-17)
  • Zane Smith transported to hospital after Elko crash: 17 year-old Zane Smith was transported to a local hospital after a crash on the final lap of the Shore Lunch 250 Saturday night. Smith was complaining of pain, but was treated and released. All other drivers in the accident were unhurt. (06-04-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins at Elko Speedway: With cars wrecking every which way in his mirror, Austin Theriault edged Christian Eckes by about two feet at the final stripe to win the wild Shore Lunch 250 Saturday night at Elko Speedway. Theriault, in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, nudged Eckes out of the way inside of four laps remaining before Eckes rooted Theriault off the bottom lane coming to the checkered flag. With their cars locked together off turn four, Theriault held firm on the high side just long enough to earn his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. "This hasn't really set in yet," said Theriault. "We need a little time to process this one. We were running fourth or fifth through the middle of the race. Then we put four General Tires on it…that's when it came to life. Those last few laps were rough, definitely a lot of back and forth. We got some marks on the car but we got the win." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-04-17)
  • 22 cars entered for Elko Speedway: Twenty-two cars are entered for Saturday night's Shore Lunch 250 at Elko Speedway. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #3 Bobby Dale Earnhardt, #15 Christian Eckes, #25 Natalie Decker, #28 Robert Bruce, #33 Justin Fontaine, #34 Willie Mullins, and #69 Will Kimmel. The event will take place at 9:00 PM EDT and will be televised live on MAVTV. Full Entry List (06-02-17)
  • MDM Motorsports enters four (4) cars for Pocono: MDM Motorsports has entered four (4) cars for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9th. The North Carolina based team (owned by Matthew Miller, Doug Fuller, and Mark McFarland) is expected to field entries in the event for Brandon Jones, Sheldon Creed, Michael Self, and Vinnie Miller.
    BRANDON JONES (#8):
    20 year-old Brandon Jones is entered in the No. 8 Toyota for team owner Doug Fuller. Jones returns to the organization after competing in a five race schedule last year, which was highlighted by a win at Michigan. The Atlanta, Georgia driver will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY race the next day for Richard Childress Racing.
    SHELDON CREED (#12):
    Sheldon Creed, who joined MDM Motorsports earlier this year, will continue his nine race schedule in the No. 12 Toyota. Creed finished 6th at Nashville driving the No. 28. The Super Truck and off-road racing competitor is also running multiple events in the NASCAR K&N Series this year.
    MICHAEL SELF (#28):
    Utah's Michael Self is the listed driver of the No. 28 Toyota for Matthew Miller. Self, who had a career high 3rd place finish at Kansas last year, is expected to make his second start of the season after being collected in an accident at Daytona. The 26 year-old is a veteran of the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series.
    VINNIE MILLER (#41):
    ARCA newcomer Vinnie Miller will look to improve on his first career top 10 finish at Pocono in the No. 41 Toyota, owned by Matthew Miller. The Michigan driver is planning to run a total of six (6) ARCA races this season. He has also competed in several NASCAR K&N Pro East Series races earlier this year for the development team. (06-02-17)
  • David Sear returning at Michigan with Ebert Motorsports: Southern California driver David Sear will return to ARCA competition with Ebert Motorsports for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on June 16th. Sear, who has 10 career starts, has driven for the Mark Ebert owned operation since 2015. Spectro Performance Oils and Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will serve as sponsor. While Michigan is the only planned race at this time, more events could be added to Sear's schedule at a later date. (06-01-17)
  • Justin Fontaine medically cleared to race; returning at Elko: Officials from AM Racing and Win-Tron Racing jointly announced today that ARCA driver Justin Fontaine has been medically cleared to return to competition, effective immediately. Fontaine, 19, suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae during a late-race accident at Daytona. He was released from Halifax Medical Center the following afternoon. With his clearance, Fontaine will return to ARCA and compete at Elko Speedway aboard the No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota. “Daytona’s accident was a disappointment, but I realized it could have been much worse. I’m just thankful to my team, colleagues and my friends and family who went out of their to stay in touch during my recovery. I can’t wait to get back on the track Saturday and have a good finish” [said Fontaine]. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (05-30-17)
  • Robert Bruce preparing for ARCA debut; driving No. 28:  Veteran Virginia short track late model racer Robert Bruce has had the chance to do a lot during his lengthy racing career, but on June 3 he’ll be able to fulfill a life-long dream. Bruce, 49, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Elko Speedway in a second car fielded by Mullins Racing. “I’m really excited. I can’t thank Mullins Racing enough for giving me the opportunity to run an ARCA race. It’s kind of like a dream come true,” said Bruce, who hails from Fredricsburg, Va. “Hopefully it’ll be a great weekend.” The opportunity for Bruce to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut came about thanks in large part to the addition of sponsor CW Metals. Team owner and driver Willie Mullins wanted to put on as good a show as possible for CW Metals and its staff, so the decision was made to field a second car for the Shore Lodge 250. NOTE: Robert Bruce will carry the No. 28. MDM Motorsports is not competing in the event. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (05-29-17)
  • Natalie Decker adds Road America to ARCA schedule: On the heels of her successful debut in the ARCA Racing Series at Toledo Speedway, nineteen-year old Natalie Decker announced today the addition of Road America to her remaining 2017 ARCA schedule driving for Venturini Motorsports. Decker, a popular Midwest late model driver hailing from Eagle River, Wisconsin, will make her first professional road course appearance when the ARCA Series returns to Road America located in Elkhart Lake, WI on August 27 for the Road America 100. Already scheduled to compete in upcoming ARCA Series events at Elko Speedway and Pocono Raceway, Decker with sponsorship support from Madison, WI based N29 Capital Partners is excited for the chance to race in her home state. “This (Wisconsin) is where my racing career started,” says Decker. “I’ve raced hundreds of races in Wisconsin but to get the opportunity to compete at this level in front of my home state fans and sponsor is awesome. I can’t thank N29 Capital Partners, Venturini Motorsports and Toyota enough for giving me this opportunity,” says Decker. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-25-17)
  • ARCA issues statement in response to Brian Finney fire: In the wake of Brian Finney’s fiery incident at Toledo Speedway during practice for the Menards 200, the ARCA Racing Series has released a statement reaffirming their commitment to safety at their race events. Finney’s car caught fire just before the start-finish line on a practice run Saturday, rolling to a stop at the exit of Turn 2 and quickly becoming engulfed in flames. While Finney was able to exit the car and was uninjured, his car and ARCA Ilmor 396 engine were a complete loss, with videos circulating social media showing safety officials doing nothing to help Finney exit the car or extinguish the blaze. Ultimately, Finney himself — with the aid of Cunningham Motorsports crew chief Chad Bryant — put out the fire with the help of a nearby extinguisher, drawing outcry from fans who questioned ARCA’s track response crews and their care for the drivers in their series. Tuesday night, ARCA President Ron Drager responded to those questions, issuing a statement exclusively to Race Chaser Online regarding the incident and admitting that the safety response shown Saturday was not up to the level that the series and sanctioning body expects.
    ARCA STATEMENT:
    “We review our safety policies and procedures on an ongoing basis, and our combined track and series safety response to this incident falls short of the standards we have established,” said Drager. “Our review of the incident is ongoing; however, we made adjustments in several areas prior to Sunday’s race, including vehicle placement, equipment and assignment of duties of the response team. I’ve spoken directly with Brian, both Saturday after the incident and today (Tuesday), as well as with our staff, in reviewing how we can best respond to such circumstances. Throughout our 65-year history in the sport, we have placed safety at the forefront and are committed to continuing to do so.” (In part from RaceChaserOnline.com) (05-23-17)
  • Team Stange Racing returning for partial schedule: Team Stange Racing, formed by John and Ashley Stange of Illinois, plans to return to ARCA Racing Series competition after finishing 5th at Daytona with Frank Kimmel in 2016. The Forest Park, IL team will run two to four races, which will include events at Road America and Chicagoland. Although a driver has not been announced, the team is said to have sponsorship secured. (05-23-17)
  • Harrison Burton scores first win at Toledo: Once Harrison Burton cleared Dalton Sargeant for the lead with eight laps to go, the Huntersville, North Carolina driver set sail for victory lane, winning the Menards 200 Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. Burton, in the No. 28 Dex Imaging Toyota, worked hard for the victory, coming from the back to the front just in time to track down the leader in the closing laps. "This No. 28 Dex Imaging Camry was on point today, probably the best race car I've ever driven," said Burton. "I really appreciate all my guys on this MDM team for not giving up on me. Dalton's a great driver, the difference between us and him was our cars. We struggled on short runs, but on long runs, we just mowed him down." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-23-17)
  • Tyler Dippel to race at Toledo with Rette Jones Racing: AM Racing’s development team Win-Tron Racing announced in a partnership with Rette Jones Racing (RJR) that Tyler Dippel will compete in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series race at Toledo Speedway. Making his first ARCA start since 2015, Dippel, a full-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series competitor will drive the No. 33 TYCAR Trenchless Technologies / D and A Concrete Contractor Toyota in the Menards 200 for his fourth series start. “This is a cool opportunity for me to take advantage of the weekend off in K&N and return to the ARCA Racing Series at Toledo,” said Dippel. “I appreciate the hard work of AM Racing, Win-Tron Racing and Rette Jones Racing for going to extreme measures to put this program together quickly. I’ve never been to Toledo in an ARCA car, but I’m anxious to get things going.” (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (05-18-17)
  • Ken Schrader Racing announces Toledo sponsors: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Midwest Logistics Systems and K & L Ready Mix will serve as sponsors for its #52 Entry with driver Austin Theriault, for the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. Midwest Logistics Systems located in Celina, Ohio served as an associate sponsor with Ken Schrader at the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. K & L Ready Mix, headquartered in Ottawa, Ohio, has been one of the Ken Schrader dirt team sponsors for five years and also participated in the 2016 truck race at Eldora. The family-owned company has been in business since 1957. K & L Ready Mix is the leading supplier of ready mix concrete, brick, block and building supplies, serving Northwest Ohio. (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (05-17-17)
  • Thad Moffit returning at Toledo with Performance Plus: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that development driver Thad Moffitt will partner with Performance Plus Motor Oil for two ARCA Racing Series short track events this season. Moffitt will compete at Toledo Speedway on May 21 and at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on July 21. Performance Plus will also be an associate sponsor of Moffitt and Empire Racing Group for the remainder of the year in NASCAR late model competition. Moffitt, the grandson of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty, made his first ARCA start earlier this year at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, finishing 16th in an Empire-prepared car. Empire will once again field the No. 46 Ford for Moffitt and Performance Plus, beginning next weekend, with additional support from Transportation Impact, Hostetler Ranch and Jacob Companies. (In part from Richard Petty Motorsports PR) (05-17-17)
  • Richard Hauck returning for partial schedule: Veteran driver Richard Hauck will return to ARCA Racing Series competition in 2017 for a partial schedule. Hauck, who lost his primary car due to a crash at Kentucky last year, has been preparing a new Dodge for Toledo Speedway on May 21st. The Howell, Michigan driver also plans to compete at Madison, Iowa, Lucas Oil, Winchester, and Salem. Additional speedway events could be added at a later date. (05-13-17)
  • Bobby Dale Earnhardt‏ to drive for Hixson Motorsports at Toledo: Bobby Dale Earnhardt, the grandson of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo Speedway on May 21st driving for Hixson Motorsports. The 29 year-old former ARCA Truck Series competitor will race the team's No. 3 entry that Mike Senica recently vacated. Earnhardt and Hixson Motorsports are seeking sponsorship for the event. (05-12-17)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports crew chief and car owner fined after Talladega: As a result of incidents in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards garage area during technical inspection and on pit road during the race involving unsportsmanlike conduct while interacting with ARCA Officials, Mason Mitchell Motorsports #78 crew chief and #88 team owner Kevin Reed has been fined $2,500 and placed on disciplinary probation for an indefinite period of time for violation of the 2017 ARCA Rulebook Section 4, Pages 12-13, #5 and #10, which references conduct by team members toward ARCA Officials and conduct or actions detrimental to the sport of auto racing. Reed was also fined $750 for violation of ARCA Procedure—unapproved transfer of tires identified for #78 into the pit box of #88 during the race. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-12-17)
  • Bob Schacht fined after violating post-race Talladega procedure: As a result of violation of ARCA procedure governing post-race retrieval of ARCA-issued equipment, Bob Schacht Motorsports #75 team owner Bob Schacht has been fined $250. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-12-17)
  • Mullins Racing to field two cars at Elko; Robert Bruce debut: Mullins Racing will now focus on the upcoming Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care, which will be held at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway on June 3. For the first time the team plans to field two cars at Elko, one for Mullins and a second for veteran Virginia short track driver Robert Bruce, who will be attempting to make his ARCA Racing Series debut. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (05-10-17)
  • Valvoline extends sponsorship of ARCA: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced that Valvoline has extended its Official Motor Oil of the ARCA Racing Series partnership through 2018. “The Valvoline Pro-V racing line has achieved outstanding success over the past two seasons across a variety of racing series,” said Jamal Muashsher, Valvoline’s vice president of marketing and customer experience. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the ARCA Racing Series, helping teams, drivers and crews reach victory lane.” The announcement, made Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, includes the news that Valvoline Pro-V Racing 0W30 motor oil will continue to be the exclusive oil for use in the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-07-17)
  • Justin Haley wins the General Tire 200: Justin Haley's first trip to Talladega Superspeedway turned out to be one for the ages. Haley, in his first-ever plate-track start, went from the back to the front in the No. 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 200 Saturday afternoon. Haley held off the pack in a one-lap shootout to earn the biggest victory of his career. "That was crazy," said Haley. "We had to work our way from the back. We had a battery issue and made an unscheduled pit stop and went from fourth to 30th. I've always wanted to run Talladega; I can't thank these MDM guys enough. My spotter Kevin Hamlin helped me through it. I didn't know what I was doing but I listened and did what they told me, and it worked out." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-07-17)
  • Gene Paul; ESP Motorsports withdraw from Talladega: Gene Paul and his ESP Motorsports team withdrew from Saturday's General Tire 200 event at Talladega Superspeedway due to a seat issue. The Florida driver posted the following message on his team's page.
    Paul:
    "We have to cancel our Talladega entry. Very disappointed. A small mistake on an SFI date on my seat was discovered and ARCA is taken a non-compromising stance on letting me use the seat. The fact that the race was in April the last couple of years and this year it shifted to May also complicated things. I take total responsibility but I think there could have been a waiver." (In part from ESP Motorsports Facebook) (05-07-17)
  • Dalton Sargeant wins at Salem: Dalton Sargeant settled into his own zip code Sunday afternoon at Salem Speedway, and put a major-league whooping on the field to win the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200. Sargeant, who was himself a lap down at one point, got four fresh General Tires under caution late in the going and checked out from there to earn his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. In the end, Sargeant, in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford, was the only driver to complete all 200 laps. "The biggest thing was working on long green flag runs…the guys at Cunningham Motorsports did an awesome job," said Sargeant. "The General Tires were incredible." "We got a lap down on that long green flag run. My crew chief Chad Bryant just kept reiterating…take your time…just race the race track, and it paid off. This is definitely a difficult race. Our No. 77 Big Tine Cunningham Ford was amazing. I'm looking forward to Talladega." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-01-17)