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  • Austin Theriault rejoins Venturini Motorsports for Pocono: Austin Theriault will reunite with Venturini Motorsports for the ARCA Racing Series ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 1st. Theriault, in his only previous ARCA series start, drove to victory lane at Michigan International Speedway (2014) driving for Venturini Motorsports. Theriault will feature sponsorship backing from Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster) on his No. 55 VMS prepared car. Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster), a sustainability certified trap fishery, provides customers with fresh MAINE lobsters, guaranteed. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-28-15)
  • Roger Carter II arrested; in custody UPDATE 2 Arrested in Kentucky: Carter 2 Motorsports owner Roger Carter II is back in custody after being arrested by the Robertson County Sheriff department on Tuesday, June 23rd. Carter was incarcerated for several months last year and is still on probabtion in North Carolina. (Robertson County Sheriff) (06-28-15)
    UPDATE: Carter 2 Motorsports team owner Roger Carter was released on Tuesday, June 30th one week after his arrest. Carter's charge is described as a fugitive from justice on Robertson County Sheriff's website. (
    Robertson County Sheriff) (07-01-15)
    UPDATE 2: After Roger Carter was released in Tennessee, records show he was arrested in Kentucky on May 30th for writing cold checks for less than $10,000. Carter's bond was set at $2,000. (Arrests.org) (07-28-15)
  • 34 cars entered for Lucas Oil Raceway: 34 cars are currently entered for Friday night's race at Lucas Oil Raceway. Entries include #5 Bobby Gerhart, #10 Clayton Weatherman, #25 Brandon Jones, #29 Brian Keselowski, #52 Ken Schrader, #55 William Bryon, #68 Brian Finney, #69 Matt Walllace, #74 JJ Haley, and #99 Chase Briscoe. Full Entry List (07-22-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs William Byron for Lucas Oil: 17-year old William Byron will make his ARCA Racing Series [debut] driving for Venturini Motorsports at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 24th. The Charlotte native will drive the No. 55 Liberty University car for Venturini Motorsports. “I’m thrilled to become a part of Venturini Motorsports this weekend for the ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Byron. “The ARCA Series will be a new adventure for me. I’m confident in this program and know we have a shot at a strong finish. I love new challenges and I’m ready to compete this weekend.” Byron, who’s currently leading the 2015 NKNPSE championship point standings driving for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, is in the midst of a breakout rookie season notching four wins, two pole awards, five top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes in just eight series events. Byron also continues to compete for NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Late Model program at JR Motorsports on weekends the K&N Series does not compete. (In part from Venturini Motorsports) (07-22-15)
  • Mason Mitchell wins at Iowa: #78 Mason Mitchell won at Iowa Speedway after passing #22 Kyle Weatherman on a late race restart. Weatherman finished second, while #77 Tom Hessert, #99 Austin Cindric, and #52 Matt Tifft completed the top five. Point leader #23 Grant Enfinger finished eighth and unofficially leads by the standings by 95 over #77 Tom Hessert. Unofficial Results (07-18-15)
  • Team Stange Racing sidelined due to sponsorship issues CORRECTION: Team Stange Racing had previously announced that it would compete at Chicagoland and Iowa this season with sponsorship from Shooters Restaurant Group. Due to that sponsorship failing to mature, the team was forced to withdraw from those events. Team Stange Racing is working to return to ARCA competition in the future. (07-18-15)
    CORRECTION: Shooters Restaurant Group vendors were unable to raise the sponsorship that was needed, not the company itself. Team Stange Racing officials guarantee that the team will return to ARCA competition. (07-18-15)
  • Cody Coughlin no longer with Venturini: Cody Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, is no longer with Venturini Motorsports. Coughlin had raced in six (6) events this season of a scheduled eight (8). The 19 year-old driver raced in 11 events with the team last year. (07-16-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports, Fast Track Racing fined after Winchester: Two ARCA Racing Series teams were penalized for ARCA Rulebook violations following the June 28 Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway. The Fast Track High Performance Driving #10 team and the Venturini Motorsports #55 team were each fined $500 for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 94, Item 11 which references ballast weight being painted white and having proper car number or team identification on each piece. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-16-15)
  • Todd Gilliland returning to Venturini Motorsports: Todd Gilliland will make his second career start in Friday’s #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway. Gilliland will reunite with Venturini Motorsports for the first time since finding victory lane in his ARCA debut at Toledo Speedway earlier in the year. At 15-years old, Gilliland became the youngest all-time winner in ARCA’s 62-year history. Todd Gilliland – the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland - will mark his return piloting the No.55 Renton Coil Springs Toyota Camry. Jeff McClure, who was Gilliland’s winning crew chief at Toledo, will be back calling the shots from the pit box. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-15-15)
  • Blake Jones joins Lira Motorsports for Iowa: Blake Jones will pilot the No. 38 Lira Motorsports Ford in the #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 17th. The 18-year-old, recent high school graduate has competed in three previous ARCA Series races, with his win at Talladega coming in his second career series start. Friday’s race will be Blake’s first time on the track at Iowa Speedway. "We are very excited to have Blake come over and drive for us in Iowa," said team owner Carlos Lira. "We’ve had our eyes on him in all three of his ARCA starts this year, and we’re very impressed with his talent behind the wheel.” Blake’s primary sponsors for the race will Asphalt Services of TN and the Blake Jones Racing Center. Additionally, season-long Lira Motorsports sponsors Momo, Ford Performance and TraqGear will serve as associate sponsors on his number 38 Ford. (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (07-15-15)
  • Brad Smith recovering; hoping to return to competition at Kentucky: Veteran driver Brad Smith is still recovering from injuries that he sustained during the Talladega Superspeedway race in May. "As far as the injuries go, all the fractures in the tibia/fibia, shoulder bone and collarbone are healing well" says Smith. "The separated shoulder is also healing to the point that I can now put some weight on it. That is significant because that will allow me to use a scooter or crutches instead of the wheelchair." The Shelby Township, Michigan driver also added that his left ankle is healing the slowest, as he has needed two skin graphs and additional time for torn tendons and ligaments to mend. "I still need to keep the leg elevated 24 hours a day to prevent swelling" explains Smith. "That is why I have not attended any ARCA races since Michigan. I want to speed the healing process so I can get back in the car this year. Being back at the track for those two races was great fun and it was great to see everyone, especially being treated like a big hero, but it was affecting the healing process." Smith is hoping to return to competition at Kentucky Speedway in late September, which is on target with his initial 12 weeks prognosis. Smith also emphasized that all race tracks should use SAFER barriers, calling it remarkable technology that saves lives. (07-11-15)
  • Austin Cindric to make debut at Iowa for Cunningham Motorsports: Cunningham Motorsports [has] announced that 16-year-old Austin Cindric will make his ARCA Racing Series debut for the team in the July 17 race at Iowa Speedway. Cindric has established himself as a very diverse driver at a young age. The ARCA Series race at Iowa will mark his seventh different series of competition in a 12-month period. He will drive the No. 99 Ford. "We are excited to work with Austin Cindric in his first opportunity to race in the ARCA Series,” said Kerry Scherer, Managing Director of Cunningham Motorsports. “Austin has experience racing in many different cars and we always look forward to helping young drivers grow and develop their skills. It will be great to work together with Austin at Iowa.” Cindric, the son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric, currently races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series where he drives one of the new Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustangs. He also drives full time in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series where he is already a two-time winner in the Lites division and a former X-Games medalist. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (07-11-15
  • Bobby Hamilton Jr leaves Carter 2 Motorsports UPDATE 2 Forming Team: Veteran driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. has left Carter 2 Motorsports. Hamilton Jr. is said to be searching for another team to complete the season. The Greenbrier, Tennessee driver was 9th in driver points entering this weekend's race at Winchester. Eric Caudell will replace Hamilton Jr. in the No. 97 Dodge. (06-28-15)
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s bid for his first full season in a stock car since 2008 took an abrupt and sudden halt entering the ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester Speedway. Hamilton was scheduled for a full season driving the No. 97 Dodge for Carter 2 Motorsports, but 10 races through the ARCA season, the partnership has suddenly ended. A source close to the situation added that Hamilton and the team could not come to terms on the remainder of their agreement, which eventually led to their separation. A Lira Motorsports spokesperson also said that Hamilton contacted their organization to put together a third entry for his Winchester debut, but the team could not prepare a car in time. (In part from Catchfence.com) (06-28-15)
    UPDATE 2: After competing in the first 10 events in 2015, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. has officially parted ways with Carter 2 Motorsports. Hamilton was noticeably absent from the line-up at Winchester. “We’re starting our own team, and we couldn’t be more excited about our future. We’ve already got us a shop in Springfield, Tennessee. We’re hanging lights, building a fab shop…our guys are so energized about the possibilities, and so am I” Hamilton said.  “Main thing I want people to know is that we have our own team. This is us. It’s still in the formative stages, but we’re definitely putting things in place. We’re in meetings with sponsors…we’ve got really good companies looking at us. We don’t even have a name yet, but we’re talking about it. We don’t really want to name it after anybody in particular, but whatever name we choose, we want people to eventually associate performance with our company name. Our goal is to compete for an owner’s championship in 2016. I’d like to drive a few and then put someone else in the car for the balance of the schedule…groom some young drivers…but we definitely want to compete for an owner’s championship. We may and try and run a couple yet this year, possibly Salem but nothing set in stone. We definitely have our sights set on the Daytona test in December. We don’t want to rush anything though…we want to do this the right way." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-01-15) 
  • Justin Boston returns to Venturini Motorsports for Winchester: Justin Boston will reunite with Venturini Motorsports for this weekend's Herr's Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway. Boston currently races full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports. “It feels like I’m coming home,” Boston said on his return to the ARCA Racing Series. “This is really exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and getting back together with my old team. We’ve had a lot of success the last two years and I’m confident we’ll pick up where we left off.” Boston, a two-time ARCA winner and 2013 SCOTT Rookie of the Year, drove for VMS during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He will mark his return driving the No.55 Hydraulics Cylinders Inc. Toyota. Boston has two previous starts at Winchester Speedway, earning a best third-place finish in 2014. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-24-15)
  • 31 cars entered at Chicagoland: Thirty-one cars are currently entered for this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Entries include #5 Bobby Gerhart, #6 Tyler Audie, #10 Ed Pompa, #14 Ryan Heavner, #15 Daniel Suarez, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Josh Williams, #25 Frank Kimmel, #38 John Lowinski-Loh, #48 James Swanson, #52 Matt Tifft, #54 Matt Kurzejewski, #58 Ryan Reed, and #69 Will Kimmel. Full Entry List (06-20-15)
  • Ryan Reed driving for Lira Motorsports at Chicagoland: Ryan Reed will pilot the No. 58 Lira Motorsports Ford in the ARCA race at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, June 20. Reed, who competes full time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for Roush Fenway Racing, captured six top-10 finishes in a partial ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2012. He will return to the series this weekend behind the wheel of Lira's No. 58 Ford, with primary sponsorship from Lilly Diabetes. "We are very excited to have Reed with us for Chicagoland," commented team owner Carlos Lira. "As we build our team into a championship-caliber organization, and plan for future growth and expansion, receiving feedback from a driver of his experience and talent will be invaluable." “I’m so grateful for the opportunity to return to the ARCA Racing Series this weekend with Lira Motorsports,” said Reed. “The team has proven they are here to compete for wins and it would be great to get one for them this weekend.” (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (06-20-15)
  • Ryan Heavner enters Chicagoland event: Ryan Heavner Racing is in the final preparations stage as they get the race car and driver ready for a return to the ARCA Racing Series. The North Carolina team will be hitting the road shortly for the 750 mile trip to Chicagoland Speedway. Viking Steel has returned as the primary sponsor of the Heavner Team #14 and makes their 2015 debut on the car. The family business, Triple H Diesel, will also be present on the machine of the family owned racing team. The team is excited to unload the hauler at Chicagoland Speedway. They are also looking ahead and hope to add a few more events to the 2015 schedule, sponsorship pending. (In part from Ryan Heavner Racing PR) (06-20-15)
  • 27 cars on Michigan entry list: Twenty-seven cars are currently entered for Friday's Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Entries include #10 Rick Clifton, #22 Blake Jones, #25 Frank Kimmel, #28 Mike Buckley, #48 James Swanson, #52 Ross Kenseth, #58 Cole Powell, #65 Jeffrey MacZink, and #69 Will Kimmel. Entry List (06-09-15)
  • Josh Williams to drive for Cunningham at Chicagoland: Josh Williams will pilot the #22 when the Cunningham Motorsports team races at Chicagoland Speedway on June 20. Co-owner Kerry Scherer announced [yesterday] that the 21 year old, who stands second in championship points, will take over the reins of the Paul Andrews-led Ford for the Chicagoland weekend. While Williams currently sits 2nd in driver championship points, his car owner (mother, Theresa) is 5th in car owner points. The team will fill the #6 seat at Chicago with Tyler Audie. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (06-03-15)
  • Cole Powell to return to Lira Motorsports at Michigan: Cole Powell will reunite with Lira Motorsports for the upcoming ARCA Racing Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The Mount Brydges, Ontario driver, who raced to a third place finish in his debut with Lira Motorsports at Talladega Superspeedway earlier this year, will get behind the wheel again for the team in less than two weeks for the June 12th Corrigan Oil 200. Powell will drive the teams Number 58 entry, with primary sponsorship from Tricar. “We are so excited to have Cole back with our team for Michigan,” stated team owner Carlos Lira. “Along with Cole, we want to thank Joe Carapella, the owner of Tricar, for making this possible. Tricar has been a great sponsor for Cole, and we greatly appreciate their support in giving Cole the opportunity to make a run for another great finish at Michigan.” (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (06-03-15)
  • Kyle Weatherman wins at New Jersey: #22 Kyle Weatherman won the ARCA 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, leading the final five laps for his career-first ARCA Racing Series win. Weatherman gained the lead from Cole Custer on lap 62, then survived a late race restart. He somehow managed to keep the lead, however, staying in front of Cunningham Motorsports teammate Tom Hessert and Josh Williams. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-30-15)
  • 29 cars on New Jersey entry list UPDATED: Twenty-six cars are currently entered for Sunday's ARCA 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Entries include #00 Cole Custer, #10 Ed Pompa, #15 Brian Wong, #25 Brandon Jones, #52 Matt Tifft, #70 Billy Alger, #75 Bob Schacht, and #86 Robert Mitten. Entry List (05-19-15)
    UPDATED: Twenty-nine cars are now listed on the New Jersey entry list. Additional entries include #08 Mike Abram and #24 Steve Minghenelli. (05-22-15)
  • Brian Wong returns to Venturini for New Jersey: Brian Wong will return with Venturini Motorsports in search of victory during this weekend’s ARCA 150 [at New Jersey Motorsports Park]. “This will be my third year at New Jersey, and I think we’re as ready as we’ll ever be,” stated the 26-year old. “Every year we’ve improved, and now that I’m in my third year with the folks at Venturini Motorsports, I feel very comfortable headed in to the weekend. It’s a great event, and it’s great to be back in a stock car, I can’t thank everyone at Nuts.com, Nitty, and World Stage Racing enough for their support to get us here.” Wong will enter this weekend’s race [in] the No. 15 Nuts.com / Nitty Toyota [and] will join Venturini teammates, Brandon Jones and Cody Coughlin. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-22-15)
  • RFMS Racing, AJ Fike fined and penalized after Toledo: The RFMS Racing #27 team has been fined $750 and driver A.J. Fike and team owner Don Fike have been penalized with the loss of 25 Driver, Owner and Short Track Challenge points for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 49, Item 3 which references rear body height measurements. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-22-15)
  • Josh Williams Motorsports, Josh Williams fined after Toledo: The Josh Williams Motorsports #6 team has been fined $500 for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 94, Item 11 which references ballast weight being painted white and having proper car number or team identification on each piece. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-22-15)
  • Max Force Racing, Thomas Praytor fined after Toledo: The Max Force Racing #9 team has been fined $250 for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 11, Item 9 which references conduct detrimental to the sport and/or ARCA. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-22-15)
  • Todd Gilliland wins at Toledo; becomes youngest ARCA race winner: 15 year-old Todd Gilliland became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series competition by winning Sunday's Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. #77 Tom Hessert finished second, while #6 Josh Williams, #27 A.J. Fike, and #22 Kyle Weatherman completed the top five. Points leader Grant Enfinger lost power in the race, which caused a multiple car accident. Enfinger would finish in 19th and maintains his points lead over Josh Williams. Full Results (05-19-15)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching released from hospital: Sarah Cornett-Ching was treated and released from an area hospital after being transported there during the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. Cornett-Ching, who completed 154 of 200 laps, exited her car under her own power and was examined in an ambulance before being transported. [Note: Cornett-Ching tweeted that she lost her cool box and was breathing in fumes during the race.] (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-19-15)
  • Grant Enfinger wins pole at Toledo: #23 Grant Enfinger has won the pole for Sunday's Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. #22 Kyle Weatherman will start second, while #77 Tom Hessert and #58 Michael Lira will start in row two. The race will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 2:00 PM ET. Full Lineup (05-16-15)
  • Blake Jones returning to Cunningham at Michigan: Blake Jones will make his 3rd ARCA Racing Series start with Cunningham Motorsports on June 6 at Michigan International Speedway.  After some uncertainty about sponsorship, the 18 year old from Sevierville, TN, notified co-owner Kerry Scherer that he would be taking another shot at victory lane. Jones, who was in the right spot to take advantage of teammate Tom Hessert’s misfortune when he ran out of fuel on the final lap, took his first career ARCA victory at Talladega Superspeedway in just his second start.  With the guidance of Eddie D’Hondt and NASCAR Championship crew chief, Paul Andrews, Jones plans to continue to gain experience on the speedways. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (05-16-15)
  • Cunningham Motorsports signs Chase Briscoe for Lucas Oil: 20 year-old Chase Briscoe, the second generation racer from Mitchell, IN, has announced that he will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway this July. Briscoe will pilot a #72 Ford for car owners Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer. "I can't thank Briggs and Kerry enough for believing in me and giving me a shot," Briscoe said.  "It is great equipment so I am excited to get onto the track and make a big impression on the ARCA world." The event is a culmination of a three year effort by Briscoe to ascend the stock car racing ladder after a productive young career in Indiana Sprint Cars. After finishing runner-up in the inaugural televised PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, Briscoe made three NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West starts in 2013. He qualified in the top-ten twice and scored a best finish of eighth at Albuquerque, New Mexico in his first three ever stock car starts. (In part from Chase Briscoe PR) (05-16-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports, Brandon Jones fined and penalized UPDATE: Based on post-race technical inspection following the May 1 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, the Venturini Motorsports #25 team [has] been penalized for violating 2015 ARCA Rulebook Page 52, #3L iii, which states in part “All openings, hoses and blowers installed in the interior area of car must be securely connected to a NACA duct. The ducts must be properly installed…All NACA ducts must be connected to a hose or sealed off”. Team owner Cathy Venturini (#25) [has] been fined $1500 and driver Brandon Jones [has] been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-05-15)
    UPDATE POINTS RESCINDED: The ARCA Appeals Committee conducted an appeal hearing requested by Venturini Motorsports Friday, May 15 regarding the post-race technical inspection penalty issued following the May 1 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. The ARCA Appeals Committee upheld the $1,500 fine issued to the team but rescinded the 25 point penalty to #25 car owner Cathy Venturini and driver Brandon Jones. The team was penalized for violating 2015 ARCA Rulebook Page 52, #3L iii, relating to openings, hoses and blowers installed in the interior area of car. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-16-15)
  • 32 cars entered for Toledo: Thirty-two (32) cars are entered for Sunday's Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. Notable entries include #03 Kevin Rutherford, #06 Dale Matchett, #1 Bubba Pollard, #10 Richard Doheny, #25 Frank Kimmel, #31 Richard Hauck, #38 James Swanson, #48 Rick Clifton, #52 Ken Schrader, #55 Todd Gilliland, #58 Michael Lira, #68 Brian Finney, and #69 Matt Wallace. Full Entry List (05-15-15)
  • James Swanson leaves Peterson Motorsports; joins Hylton: James Swanson has left Peterson Motorsports after making 46 total starts with the team in four seasons. Swanson began driving for Peterson's team in 2012 and finished a career high 9th in driver points last year. The Clarksboro, New Jersey driver has joined Hylton Motorsports and will drive the No. 38 Kan Do Dodge in this weekend's race at Toledo. (05-15-15)
  • Trevor Bayne to drive at Pocono for Cunningham Motorsports: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Trevor Bayne is entered to drive the No. 22 Ford for Cunningham Motorsports in the Pocono ARCA 200. Cunningham Motorsports partnered with Roush Fenway Racing to become Roush Fenway's driver development team earlier this year, which made it an ideal fit for Bayne to gain experience at Pocono before the Sprint Cup race on June 7th. (05-15-15)
  • Rick Clifton to substitute for Brad Smith at Toledo: Brad Smith is now home resting and recuperating from injuries sustained in a crash at Talladega. The Shelby Township, Michigan driver was released from the University Alabama Birmingham Medical Center Wednesday morning and traveled home with his sister Debra Dunn. Circleville, Ohio’s Rick Clifton will be substituting for Smith in the No. 48 Radon.com Ford for this Sunday’s Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. “As badly as I want to be driving this weekend at Toledo, the fastest way back to the 48 is to give my full attention to my recovery,” Smith said. “I’m not sure yet if I’m coming to Toledo or not, but if not, I’ll be home watching the race on CBS Sports Network cheering on the 48. I’ve been in communication with James (Hylton/car owner) throughout this whole process and we feel what’s best for the 48 this weekend is to put Rick (Clifton) in the car to get the very best possible result.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-15-15)
  • Todd Gilliland to drive at Toledo for Venturini: Todd Gilliland, the son of current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut with Venturini Motorsports at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 17th. Gilliland will make his ARCA debut behind the wheel of his No. 55 Core Power-Hostetler Almonds Toyota. Veteran crew chief, Jeff McClure, will be atop the pit box. Todd Gilliland, who will celebrate his 15th birthday just two days before his first ARCA start, will also become age eligible to compete the same day under ARCA’s minimum age requirement. In doing so Gilliland will become the youngest driver in series history to start a race. “It’s super exciting getting an opportunity to run an ARCA race in really good equipment. Of course I want a solid finish but the main goal is to gain experience and earn the respect of the other drivers. I just want to make the most of this opportunity,” said Gilliland. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-11-15)
  • Kurzejewski Motorsports, Matt Kurzejewski fined and penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection following the May 1 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, Kurzejewski Racing #54 [has] been penalized for violating 2015 ARCA Rulebook Page 52, #3L iii, which states in part “All openings, hoses and blowers installed in the interior area of car must be securely connected to a NACA duct. The ducts must be properly installed…All NACA ducts must be connected to a hose or sealed off”. Team owner Dan Kurzejewski (#54) [has] been fined $1500 and driver Matt Kurzejewski [has] been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-05-15)
  • Brad Smith injured at Talladega UPDATE: ARCA driver Brad Smith underwent surgery overnight for injuries to both ankles and a laceration to the left ankle sustained during Friday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. He is awake, alert and in stable condition this morning. Smith, 46, was admitted to University Alabama Birmingham Medical Center following an accident on lap 53 of Friday’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200. He will remain hospitalized for further observation and treatment. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-02-15)
    UPDATE:
    Brad Smith continues to rest and recover in an Alabama hospital today as he recuperates from injuries sustained in a crash in the ARCA race Friday at Talladega. “I’m banged up and sore but overall, I’m going to be okay,” Smith said Sunday from the hospital. “There is tendon and ligament damage to my left ankle, and although it’s not actually broken, there’s a possibility the doctors will do a skin graft on it due to the nature of the injury,” Smith said. “My right ankle injury is not as bad, but I do have a fracture there. Beyond that, there have been lots of tests and monitoring. We’re discussing when we can finish up any further procedures here so I can be released to doctors at home in Michigan.” Smith’s sister, Debra Dunn, is with him in Birmingham. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-04-15)
  • Ken Schrader wins at Salem: #52 Ken Schrader won Sunday's race at Salem Speedway, holding off #22 Kyle Weatherman, #55 Dominic Ursetta, #74 J.J. Haley, and #98 Austin Wayne Self. Six cautions slowed the race for 43 laps. Point leader #23 Grant Enfinger finished in 13th position after breaking a rear track bar late in the race. #6 Josh Williams, who entered the weekend second in points, finished in 19th after losing power in the first half of the race. Full Results (04-27-15)
  • Levi Youster severely injured: Former ARCA driver Levi Youster was severely injured on Friday, April 17th when he was struck by a car in a Chattanooga, TN parking lot around 2:00 AM. The impaired driver of the car continued driving with Youster trapped underneath it for nearly four blocks. Youster was transported to a local hospital and is expected to live, despite losing half the flesh on his body. A GoFundMe account has been created to help with medical expenses. (04-27-15)  
  • 26 cars on Salem entry list UPDATE: Twenty-four cars are currently entered for this Sunday's race at Salem Speedway. Notable entries include #3 Josh White, #22 Kyle Weatherman, #25 Brandon Jones, #34 Darrell Basham, #52 Ken Schrader, and #55 Dominic Ursetta. Full Entry List (04-20-15)
    UPDATE: The entry list has increased to 26 cars. #10 Clayton Weatherman, #15 Frankie Kimmel, #68 Mark Meunier, and #74 JJ Haley have all been added as drivers or new entries. (04-24-15)
  • Josh Williams adds Salem sponsor: Josh Williams and his family-owned team will have local support from Fields Auto Parts, as well as backing from longtime supporter, Southwest Florida Cable Construction [at Salem Speedway]. “Everyone at Josh Williams Motorsports is appreciative of the support from Field’s Auto Parts,” Williams said. “With their continued devotion to the local community, as well as a welcoming atmosphere to others, their model is much like everyone at Josh Williams Motorsports, treat everyone as family." In addition to Field’s Auto Parts and Southwest Florida Cable Construction, JWM has also support from Sundog Eyewear and Racin’ Nation. (In part from Josh Williams Motorsports PR) (04-24-15)
  • Frank Kimmel to drive third Venturini car at Talladega: [Venturini Motorsports has] focused its efforts on fielding its flagship No. 25 Ansell-Menards car in a split season for Frank Kimmel and Brandon Jones. Both drivers were originally scheduled to split the 20-race ARCA schedule with 10 races each with Talladega reserved for Jones.  Thanks to a collaborative effort between VMS, Menards, Tide, 101 Ranch Records and Richmond Water Heaters, the team will now field both drivers at Talladega. Jones will pilot the No. 25 Tide-Menards Toyota, while Kimmel will slide behind the wheel of the No. 15 101 Ranch Records-Menards Toyota. Jones will be debuting the bright orange Tide colors. Additionally, VMS will field the No. 55 JEGS Toyota driven by Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, Cody Coughlin giving the team a solid three-car effort in an event where teammates can make or break your chances to visit victory lane. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (04-24-15)
  • Team owner Brad Hill passes away: Sad news has arrived from Illinois where ARCA car owner Brad Hill passed away Friday morning at Carbondale Memorial Hospital in Carbondale, Illinois. He was 63. Brad owned cars that were most recently driven by Shane Cockrum annually at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. "Brad was one of the most loyal friends I ever had," Cockrum said. "He didn't have a lot of family so his friends were his family. He was a loyal friend to so many. He was a wonderful man and I am deeply saddened by his passing. We're all in a state of shock." Brad Hill Racing was planning to compete at both events at Springfield and DuQuoin in 2015, with additional plans to add Chicagoland Speedway to their schedule. More news regarding the passing of Brad Hill will be forthcoming. Funeral arrangements are pending. (In part from ARCARacing.com ) (04-24-15)
  • Kyle Benjamin to race at Pocono with Venturini Motorsports: Chris Knight, from Catchfence.com, has tweeted that Kyle Benjamin will drive for Venturini Motorsports at Pocono Raceway later this year. Benjamin has 15 ARCA career starts in the last two season. He recently won the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol Motor Speedway this past weekend. (Twitter) (04-20-15)
  • Brad Smith to run full season for Hylton Motorsports: Brad Smith will compete in all ARCA Racing Series events this season for Hylton Motorsports. Smith's website states that he will use the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine on all intermediate tracks, while he will use older engines on short tracks. This will be Brad Smith's first full ARCA season since 2010. (04-13-15)
  • Bubba Pollard, Goodson Racing unable to race at Nashville: Bubba Pollard and Goodson Racing had hoped to make their ARCA Racing Series season debut last weekend at Nashville, but were unable to due to a missing SFI certification sticker on the car's driver seat. The team posted on its Twitter account that it plans to race next at Toledo in May. (04-13-15)
  • Grant Enfinger wins at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville: #23 Grant Enfinger won the Troop Aid 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville for his third straight victory of the season. #52 Matt Tifft was second, while #98 Austin Wayne Self, #25 Brandon Jones, and pole winner #22 Kyle Weatherman completed the top five. Three cautions slowed the race for 34 of the 200 total laps. Full Results (04-13-15) 
  • 31 cars on Nashville entry list: Thirty-one (31) cars are currently entered for Saturday's Troop Aid 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Entries include #03 Kevin Rutherford, #1 Bubba Pollard, #5 Clair Zimmerman, #10 Rick Clifton, #14 Ryan Heavner, #27 AJ Fike, #55 Clay Greenfield, #68 Brian Finney, #80 Chris Bailey Jr, and #81 Kevin Campbell. Full Entry List (04-07-15)
  • Lira Motorsports announces Cole Powell as Talladega driver: Lira Motorsports is excited to announce the addition of Cole Powell to our ARCA Racing Series driver line-up. Powell will be joining our team for the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1st. The Mount Brydges, Ontario driver has two previous ARCA Racing Series starts at Daytona International Speedway in 2014 and 2015. Before making his ARCA Racing debut in 2014, Powell won NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, becoming the first Canadian to capture this title. “We kept our eyes on Cole at Daytona in February, and he impressed us, running up front for a good portion of the race," stated Lira Motorsports team owner Carlos Lira. “We’re confident that his consistency and precision behind the wheel will lead to a great finish in Talladega. We’re happy to have him as a part of our Ford Performance team.” (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (04-03-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs Clay Greenfield for Nashville: Clay Greenfield and Venturini Motorsports have teamed up for the Troop Aid 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Greenfield, a Clarksville, TN, native has raced partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedules over the last 4 seasons. Excited for the opportunity, Greenfield will drive VMS’s No. 55 Seal Master of Nashville/1-800-SEALCOAT/Southern Pipe & Supply Toyota. “This is the most excited I’ve been about any race in my career,” said Greenfield. “As a middle Tennessean I have strong emotional ties with the Fairgrounds. After all the controversy surrounding the fate of the track it’s great to have a national touring series (ARCA) return and put the racing spotlight back on this historic track.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (04-02-15)
  • Win-Tron Racing seeking partially funded drivers: Win-Tron Racing has placed an advertisement on ARCARacing.com in hopes of securing partially funded drivers for Talladega and beyond. Win-Tron had competed in the series full time for several seasons. The team has not raced in ARCA since losing Frank Kimmel and Menards sponsorship to Venturini Motorsports early this year. (04-01-15) 
  • Ryan Heavner returning at Nashville: Ryan Heavner is set to make his return to the ARCA Racing Series. The family owned North Carolina team will hit the road for the April 11th [Nashville] event. The team will enter the short track as independently owned Ryan Heavner Racing. This is after a busy off season filled with preparation. Ryan Heavner Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors. These include; Triple H Diesel, Viking Steel Services, Cutting Edge Stoneworks, Printing Pro, The Bleeding Cross, Tim Meadows and family, Lawing Marble and LJ Designs. (In part from Ryan Heavner Racing PR) (04-01-15)