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  • Chad Finley hopes to expand schedule in 2017; looking for sponsorship: With hopes of increasing their schedule for next season, the Finley’s know strong performances will aid in their attempt to find more sponsorship. “We hopefully have two races left this season and we just need to go out there and run like we did and hope it helps in the long-haul,” said Chad Finley. “My dad, Bruce and the guys want to do this more than four times a year in 2017 – but we’ll need some financial help to make it happen. The ARCA Racing Series has never been more affordable, thanks to the spec motor – but you still need sponsors to pay for the engines, tires, travel, etc. Believe me, I’m proud to be back in ARCA and just hope we can stay around for a little more longer this time.” (In part from Chad Finley Racing PR) (07-27-16)
  • Clayton Weatherman joins Cunningham for Berlin: Clayton Weatherman, 17 year old brother of Kyle Weatherman, will take his turn behind the wheel of the No. 22 when the ARCA Racing Series returns to Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Weatherman will make his fifth series start, his first with Cunningham Motorsports. Weatherman commented, “I have never been so excited to race for a team as I am for Cunningham Motorsports! Ever since my brother (Kyle) raced for them I have always wanted to race at least one race for them. Any time I went to the race track last year, I knew Kyle had a chance to win. And now, I am getting that chance!” Weatherman, who will be guided by Paul Andrews, 1992 NASCAR championship crew chief for Alan Kulwicki, is the seventh driver piloting the No. 22 during the 2016 season. [Note: Will Kimmel was originally announced as the driver of the No. 22 for Berlin in June] (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (07-26-16)
  • John Wes Townley cleared to race at Pocono: John Wes Townley received medical clearance earlier today to resume racing in ARCA. He will compete in this weekend’s ARCA event at Pocono Raceway. Townley had been sidelined for the past four weeks while being treated for mild concussion-like symptoms. “I’d like to thank Parker Kligerman, Cole Custer and Brady Boswell for filling in for me,” Townley said. “I feel great and I’m looking forward to racing at Pocono this week.” (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (07-26-16)
  • Frank Kimmel to drive for Cunningham Motorsports?: It was reported during the FOX Sports 1 broadcast of the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 that Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 22 for Cunningham Motorsports this season. Kimmel had been scheduled to run full time for Team Stange Racing, but sponsorship issues sidelined the Stange organization after Daytona. Although specific details were not mentioned, Cunningham has not publicly announced a driver for DuQuoin on September 4th or Salem on September 10th. (07-26-16)
  • Bret Holmes battles heat at Indy: Bret Holmes stepped out of his car Friday night with symptoms of heat exhaustion written all over his face. Sometime during the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, his helmet hose (which blows cool air onto his head) came undone. This created a long and very hot evening in Indiana. The heat was still no deterrent for the Munford, Alabama native, as Holmes ran in the top-10 for his third consecutive race of his young ARCA career. (In part from Bret Holmes Racing PR) (07-25-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins at Lucas Oil Raceway: #77 Chase Briscoe won the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, extending his points lead over #6 Josh Williams. Briscoe held off #8 Travis Miller who finished second. #22 Myatt Snider, Williams, and #51 Chad Finley rounded out the top five. #28 Kyle Benjamin dominated the first part of the race before he encountered trouble with his left rear brake caliper. Benjamin would recover to finish 8th. A multi-car accident occurred close to lap 130 that brought out the red flag. #2 Ray Ciccarelli, #48 Dylan Martin, #55 Dalton Sargeant, #74 Justin Haley, and #98 Brady Boswell all sustained major damage. Full Results (07-22-16)
  • 35 cars entered for today's race at Lucas Oil: Thirty-five cars are entered for today's Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. Entries include #05 Parker Kligerman, #5 Bobby Gerhart, #8 Travis Miller, #15 Christian Eckes, #17 Ty Majeski, #22 Myatt Snider, #23 Bret Holmes, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #48 Dylan Martin, #51 Chad Finley, #69 Brian Finney, #74 Justin Haley, #78 Gus Dean, and #80 Scott Reeves. Practice begins at 1:35 PM EDT, while qualifying takes place at 5:30 PM EDT. The race is scheduled to start at 9:00 PM EDT and it will air on FOX Sports 1. Entry List (07-22-16)
  • Christian Eckes making final start of the year with Venturini: Christian Eckes, will make his fourth and final ARCA Racing Series season start with Venturini Motorsports this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway. Despite showing speed and a level of maturity behind the wheel far beyond his age, Eckes has been slowed during his last two outings due to issues outside his control. "I’m hoping we’ve used up all of our bad luck and can get back to showing our true potential and fight for a win this weekend,” said Eckes. “It’s been disappointing, we’ve been really good each time out, but just can’t catch a break.” Eckes will have one final shot Friday night to erase the disappointment of the last couple of races. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-22-16)
  • Project Semi Colon back with Praytor: With 11 races under their belt, Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK team head up to Indiana for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. This weekend the DK-LOK Ford is teaming back up with Project Semi Colon. The team will sport the newest Semi Colon T-shirt now available on Project Semi Colon’s website. “We joined the DK-LOK Team in Madison and the family run team and crew won us over. They have strong ties to what we stand for and are a great extension of us,” said Amy Bleuel. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (07-22-16)
  • Kyle Weatherman not entered for Lucas Oil: 18 year-old Kyle Weatherman is not entered for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Weatherman, who is third in driver points, was left without a full time team after Lira Motorsports closed. The Missouri driver has raced for Mason Mitchell Motorsports and Fast Track Racing since, but it appears that Weatherman will miss his first race of the season. (07-21-16) 
  • Brad Smith attempting to find Lucas Oil ride UPDATE Peterson & Hauck: Veteran Brad Smith is working to find a ride for Friday night's Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200. Smith, who currently is 7th in ARCA driver points, has primarily driven for Hylton Motorsports this season. Hylton's number will be carried by Empire Racing and Dylan Martin in the event. (07-19-16)
    UPDATE: Brad Smith will drive the No. 31 entry for Peterson Motorsports and Hauck Enterprises Inc. Smith is rumored to be driving an entry from Peterson, with owner points from Hauck. The Shelby Township, Michigan driver has previously raced for Hylton Motorports and Max Force Racing this season. (07-21-16)
  • Parker Kligerman to substitute for Townley at Lucas Oil: John Wes Townley remains under treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete in Friday night’s ARCA Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Raceway. Veteran driver and NASCAR on NBC analyst Parker Kligerman will substitute for Townley. Townley is scheduled to be re-evaluated by his physician on Monday July 25th, when he anticipates gaining medical clearance to return to competition next week at Pocono Raceway. (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (07-18-16)
  • Iowa Speedway on 2017 ARCA Schedule: Iowa Speedway officials announced that the ARCA Racing Series would be returning in 2017 to race on the .875-mile Newton, Iowa oval. The 11th ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will again share the weekend line-up with the Verizon IndyCar Series, giving race fans a full complement of stock car and open wheel racing. The ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 will be Friday, July 8, with the IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 the day after, July 9. "The combination of ARCA stock car racing and IndyCar open wheel racing has been a huge hit here at Iowa Speedway, so we’re very pleased to continue hosting the ARCA Racing Series in 2017," said Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small. "Iowa Speedway has become the launch-pad for the next superstars in motorsports, and the ARCA Racing Series continues to deliver an incredibly entertaining and competitive show for our fans." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-17-16)
  • Gus Dean to race at Lucas Oil with GREE sponsorship: Gus Dean is still reaping the benefits of his breakthrough victory from Talladega Superspeedway in April. Today, Mason Mitchell Motorsports announces that Dean and sponsor GREE, the world’s largest manufacturer of specialized Cooling & Heating Products, will compete in next Friday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX® in the No. 78 Chevrolet at Lucas Oil Raceway. “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the No. 78 GREE Cooling Products / Karl Chevrolet at Lucas Oil Raceway next weekend,” said Dean. “It’s because of Dave (Pearson) and all the folks at GREE who are allowing me to race and I want nothing more than to bring them another win in Indianapolis.” Lucas Oil Raceway will kick-off back-to-back races for the former CARS Pro Cup event winner. In addition to Lucas Oil Raceway, Dean will return to the MMM’s flagship No. 98 Chevrolet at Pocono Raceway the following week for the ModSpace 125 on July 29. (In part from Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR) (07-15-16)
  • Venturini's Jeff McClure placed on probation: As a result of an incident in the ARCA Racing Series garage area at Iowa Speedway July 9 after qualifying involving unsportsmanlike conduct, Venturini Motorsports crew chief Jeff McClure has been placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the 2016 season. The penalty was issued for violation of 2016 ARCA Rulebook Section 4, Page 10, #4 and #9, which references conduct by team members toward ARCA Officials and conduct or actions detrimental to the sport of auto racing. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-13-16)
  • Mark Littleton retired after nine years of racing: Veteran Mark Littleton retired from ARCA Racing Series competition at the end of the 2015 season. Littleton, who had competed at dirt tracks at Springfield and DuQuoin dating back to 2007, drove his own No. 5 Littleton Motorsports Chevrolet. The 44 year-old from Arenzville, Illinois had a career high finish of 14th, which came at last year's Allen Crowe 100. (07-12-16)
  • Christian Eckes loses cylinder in Iowa race: Christian Eckes finished a disappointing 11th after losing an engine cylinder early in the race in Saturday night’s ABC Supply Co. 150 at Iowa Speedway. After posting the fastest lap times within the first 10-laps, Eckes radioed his crew with trouble, stating he felt he was down on power. Urged by his team to stay focused, Eckes would manage to battle and work his way inside the top-10 by the midway point. Clearly down on horsepower, Eckes would fall a few positions before finishing in the 11th spot. After the race it was determined the plug wire replaced post qualifying came off at the onset of the race resulting in loss of power and only seven of the eight cylinders firing under the hood of Eckes’ Toyota. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-12-16)
  • Will Kimmel fills in for Nick Higdon at Iowa: Will Kimmel drove the No. 08 T&T Construction Chevrolet in place of Nick Higdon at Iowa this past weekend. Kimmel took to social media to describe what transpired Saturday night. "This weekend in Iowa was busy to say the least. Special thanks to Tommy and Nick for making the decision to let me run the car. Unfortunately after qualifying Nick got pretty sick, about 30 minutes before driver intros. The car was pretty good once I settled in. After about 60 laps I had to keep the brakes pumped in between turns. We had got up to 12th with about 30 to go but the RF caliber had lost a seal and shoved all the fluid out. At some point our luck will break." (07-11-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins ABC Supply 150 at Iowa: #77 Chase Briscoe won the ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway and extended his points lead. #28 Kyle Benjamin finished second, while #8 Harrison Burton, #55 Dalton Sargeant, and #22 Myatt Snider completed the top five. #10 Kyle Weatherman dominated the race early, but lost a right front tire and made contact with the wall. Weatherman went on to finish 9th. Full Results (07-09-16)
  • Kyle Benjamin wins Iowa pole: #28 Kyle Benjamin has won the pole for tonight's ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway. #15 Christian Eckes qualified second, followed by #10 Kyle Weatherman, #98 Brady Boswell, and points leader #77 Chase Briscoe. Eckes will have to drop to the back at the start due to unapproved adjustments (broken plug wire). FOX Sports 2 television coverage of race is scheduled to begin at 9:00 PM EDT or 8:00 PM CDT. Starting Lineup (07-09-16)
  • Chase Briscoe fastest in Iowa practice: Points leader Chase Briscoe was fastest in Iowa practice, turning a 24.137 second lap. #28 Kyle Benjamin was second. #8 Harrison Burton, #10 Kyle Weatherman, and #78 Mason Mitchell rounded out the top five. Qualifying will begin at 4:15 PM EDT (3:15 PM CDT) and the race is scheduled for 9:00 PM EDT (8:00 PM CDT). Full Practice Speeds (07-09-16)
  • 29 cars currently entered for Iowa UPDATE 2: Twenty-six cars are currently entered for the ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway. Entries include #05 John Wes Townley, #08 Nick Higdon, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #8 Harrison Burton, #15 Christian Eckes, #19 David Sear, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Myatt Snider, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #56 Josh Reeves, and #98 Brady Boswell. More cars are expected to be added soon. Preliminary Entry List (07-05-16)
    UPDATE: Twenty-nine cars are now listed for tonight's race at Iowa. Additional entries include #14 Dustin Knowles, #34 Mike Basham, and #69 Kevin Hinckle. James Swanson has replaced Brad Smith in the No. 48 for Hylton Motorsports. (07-09-16)
    UPDATE 2: Brad Smith is now back in the No. 48 Ford for James Hylton. (07-09-16)
  • Justin Haley and Braun Motorsports skip Iowa: Justin Haley and his Braun Motorsports team have decided to skip Iowa Speedway, which was originally on their partial schedule. The team did not feel that it would be properly prepared for the event. Haley and Braun are planning to return at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 22nd for their third race of the season. (07-09-16)
  • Ken Schrader to race at Springfield and DuQuoin: Veteran driver Ken Schrader will race at Springfield and DuQuoin this season for two premier ARCA Racing Series teams. Schrader will team up with Cunningham Motorsports and will drive the No. 22 on August 21st at Springfield. Afterward, Schrader will join Venturini Motorsports at DuQuoin on September 4th in the No. 55. The long time driver and car owner will be competing for his 19th win in the series. (07-07-16) 
  • Kyle Weatherman forms alliance with Hillenburg; racing at Iowa: Kyle Weatherman, in alliance with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track High Performance race team, has filed an entry for the ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway coming Saturday, July 9. Weatherman, currently third in ARCA Racing Series championship standings, is entered in the No. 10 St. Charles Glass-Fast Track Ford composite car. “Really looking forward to Iowa,” Weatherman said. “We’ve always run strong there no matter whose car we’ve been in. Love the track, can’t wait to get there and see what we’ve got.” Weatherman will compete in the same composite car that his younger brother Clayton Weatherman drove to a 14th-place finish at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville back in early April. The car is already equipped with the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine. Veteran crew chief Tony Furr, who crew-chiefed Travis Braden to victory lane last year at Lucas Oil Raceway, will call the shots on the pit box. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (07-06-16)
  • John Wes Townley out at Iowa; Cole Custer in: Athenian Motorsports driver John Wes Townley is undergoing treatment for a possible concussion and will not compete at Iowa Speedway. Cole Custer, who competed at Daytona with Ken Schrader Racing, will substitute for Townley in Saturday night’s ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores. (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (07-06-16)
  • Chris Bailey Jr. signs with Max Force for 7 more races: Chris Bailey Jr. will join Mobile, Alabama’s Max Force Racing for seven more races in 2016 beginning this weekend for the ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway. “Working with the Praytor’s this year has been a lot of fun and we are learning more every outing,” offered Bailey. “We are going to get a lot of opportunities to keep contributing to the program giving input on making cars better.” In addition to Iowa, Bailey will be behind the wheel at Lucas Oil Raceway, Pocono Speedway, Berlin Speedway, Salem Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Kentucky Speedway. “We are excited to have Chris back with us for the second half of the season,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. “When Chris is at the track it picks up the level of our whole race team.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (07-05-16)
  • Flexzilla sponsoring Tom Hessert and Venturini at Iowa: Tom Hessert will kick-off the second half of the season driving the No. 25 Flexzilla – Legacy Manufacturing Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. Earlier in the season Venturini and Legacy Manufacturing Company announced their strategic marketing partnership with core emphasis on promoting the company’s well-known Flexzilla brand. Legacy Manufacturing Company, with corporate headquarters in Marion, IA, is a manufacturer of high-quality, durable equipment for professional and domestic use. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-05-16)
  • John Wes Townley and Athenian returning for 8 more events: Daytona winner John Wes Townley will return for eight (8) more races this season with his Athenian Motorsports team. Townley will compete at Iowa, Lucas Oil, Pocono, Berlin, Springfield, Salem, Chicago, and Kansas. The Georgia driver will skip DuQuoin and Kentucky as he competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. (07-02-16)
  • Harrison Burton to drive for Ranier Racing with MDM at Iowa: 15 year-old Harrison Burton will drive the No. 8 Dex Imaging Chevrolet for Ranier Racing with MDM at Iowa Speedway on July 9th. Burton, the son of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, has been competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks. The ARCA 150 at Iowa will mark Burton's first career start in the series. (07-01-16)
  • Danny Glad acquires Crosley points; fielding a car for Josh Reeves: Engine builder and crew chief Danny Glad has acquired owner points from Crosley Sports Group and will field the No. 56 car for Josh Reeves at Iowa Speedway. While it is unknown why Bo LeMastus is no longer racing, it has created an opportunity for these former members of his team. Glad and Reeves do not have a final schedule in place for this season, but will operate on a race to race basis. (06-30-16)
  • ARCA teams swap parts, trade, exchange, and help each other out: Max Force Racing owner Tommy Praytor has written a great piece on how ARCA teams help each other out during the season. Find an excerpt and a link to the full article below: "After having spent years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Xfinity, and the Camping World Truck Series it hit me on Sunday afternoon how truly unique the ARCA Series is. On Sunday in Winchester Josh Reeves was ready to race but his over the wall crew didn’t show up. Our UNOH crew volunteered and went over the wall for him as well as pitting the #9 of Thomas “Moose” Praytor. That may seem strange to most but the previous week in Madison, Josh’s day ended early and he (Reeves carrying for the 9) climbed out of his car and was carrying tires for the Moose. We were the ones short that week. While I was watching our team pitting the 42 I started thinking of all the swaps, trades, exchanges and borrows that occurred at or leading up to Winchester." Read More (06-30-16)
  • Hamilton-Hughes Racing claiming return and new ownership: Hamilton-Hughes Racing has published a message on Facebook claiming that the team will return for four (4) more races this season under a new owner and team name. Although announcements are said to be made, it remains to be seen if these will occur. Sources close to the situation have stated that Hamilton-Hughes no longer has Ilmor engines, haulers, or a crew to compete in any future events. (06-29-16)
  • Matt Tifft to undergo surgery: [Venturini Motorsports] driver Matt Tifft will undergo surgery for removal of a low-grade glioma in the brain. The slow-growing tumor was found during treatment and evaluation for a recent disc condition in his back. Tifft is expected to undergo surgery and rehabilitation soon and once cleared by physicians is expected to return to racing. [Tifft is scheduled to race at Kentucky and Kansas later this year for the Venturini team.] (In part from Joe Gibbs Racing PR) (06-28-16)
  • Max Force Racing overcomes obstacles to race at Winchester: After five consecutive weeks of travel about as far North as you can get from Mobile, Alabama, Thomas “Moose” Praytor were looking for an easy week going to Winchester for the Herrs Potato Chips 200. It didn’t happen. On Thursday the team was going through the final check of the Project Semi Colon/DK-LOK Ford and found the motor had water pouring out of the exhaust. “Really surprising and disappointing, we checked the motor out early in the week and it was all good. After we put all of the front end back together we wanted to check it out one more time and with everything hooked up it just didn’t hold up. On Monday bad head gaskets are a problem on Thursday it’s a disaster.” A 911 call to James Patrick at Professional Engine and everyone went to work. Motor out, broken down and the heads went to machine shop, by 5:00 AM the motor was back in and by 11:00 AM the team was in route to Winchester thinking the worst was behind them. At 9:00 PM the hauler started blowing tires and by 10:00 PM the team was at a complete stand still looking for trailer tires on a Friday night. Another 911 call to Quinton at Trailer World in Lexington, Kentucky and the guys were opening up the doors at midnight to get the team some spares. By 4:00 AM on Saturday the team was back on the road to Winchester, the problem was they were still 8 hours away and they should be checking at 8:00 AM. Proving that your story is never over the team pulled in the race track at 1:00 PM and made the final practice at 2:20 PM. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (06-28-16)
  • No Pit Crew for Crosley Sports Group; Max Force Steps In: Speaking of teams having a tough weekend, the No. 42 Crosley Brands car driven by Josh Reeves was ready to race but the pit crew set for the weekend was a no show. [Max Force Racing crew members from UNOH] stepped up and volunteered to pit both cars. The crew was doing double duty and pitted Praytor first, then hopped down a stall pitting Josh Reeves. Both cars [were] down and away without losing their positions. (In part from Max Force Racing) (06-28-16)
  • Chase Briscoe scores Herr's Potato Chips 200 victory: #77 Chase Briscoe won the Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Winchester Speedway after starting from the pole. Briscoe made a late race pass on #55 Dalton Sargeant and held on for his first career victory. Sargeant finished second, while #98 Kyle Weatherman, #52 Matt Kurzejewski, and #25 Tom Hessert rounded out the top five. #6 Josh Williams, who entered the race second in points, lost ground to Briscoe in the title fight after finishing in sixth. The series heads to Iowa Speedway for the next race of the season on July 9th. Full Results (06-26-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins Winchester pole: #77 Chase Briscoe has won the pole for tomorrow's Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Winchester Speedway. Briscoe was fastest in both practice sessions earlier in the day and is looking to score his first career victory. #55 Dalton Sargeant will start second. #22 Will Kimmel, #6 Josh Williams, and #98 Kyle Weatherman complete the top five. #30 Cory Deuser, who will make his ARCA debut, qualified seventh after posting strong times in practice. Qualifying Results (06-25-16)
  • Josh Williams to run NASCAR next season?: Josh Williams is currently second in ARCA [point] standings and has taken his family-owned No. 6 to victory lane twice this season. The first came at Nashville. He followed it up with a second victory last weekend at Madison that confirmed his status as a bonafide contender. “You always want to run well,” Williams said. “Winning the championship is the overall team goal. We’re doing everything as a group to win the championship and to have good finishes. To do that, we just need to keep putting good runs together." Williams has a single start in both the NASCAR Xfinity and the Truck Series and hopes to return to National Touring regardless of how the ARCA campaign season turns out. “We’re working to run about six races in the Truck Series next season,” Williams said. “We want to expand and do this out of our own shop. This is what we want to do. There’s no sense in accomplishing the same goal twice. Hopefully we win the championship as a group and we can look to take the next step as a group. We’d like to turn the ARCA team into a driver development program and use that to help us put some NASCAR pieces together. But we want to do it in house and just keep growing.” (In part from MotorsportsTribune.com) (06-25-16)
  • Josh Reeves driving for Crosley at Winchester; full race: For the second consecutive race, Bassett, Virginia's Josh Reeves will steer the No. 42 Crosley Brands-T&T Contstruction Toyota in ARCA Racing Series competition, this time at Winchester Speedway. Reeves started the car at Madison Int'l Speedway last week but did not run the whole race. Different story here at Winchester, where Reeves is expected to go the distance in the 42 car wtih Danny Glad calling the shots as crew chief. This will be Reeves' first ARCA attempt at Winchester. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-25-16)
  • 23 cars entered for Winchester: Twenty-three cars are entered for Sunday's Herr's Potato Chips 200 at Winchester Speedway. Entries include #2 Eric Caudell, #10 Dick Doheny, #15 Dakoda Armstrong, #22 Will Kimmel, #30 Corey Deuser, #42 Josh Reeves, #64 Mike Senica, #69 Nick Higdon, and #98 Kyle Weatherman. The race will air on American Sports Network at 2:00 PM EDT. Full Entry List (06-24-16)
  • Corey Deuser to make ARCA debut with Rette Jones: Corey Deuser joins Rette Jones Racing after competing in the JEGS / CRA All-Star Tour Series for the past three seasons, including scoring a noteworthy win in 2013 at Winchester Speedway. For his ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend at Winchester Speedway, 18-year-old Deuser not only wants to impress, but the Rette Jones Racing development driver is eager to fit in. “I’ve been counting down the days,” said Deuser. “This is a great opportunity thanks to Mark (Rette), Terry (Jones) and the Rette Jones Racing team. I don’t have any desire to let them down. For me, this will be the biggest race of my career and I plan to make the best of it.” (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (06-24-16)
  • ARCA Television Ratings Up 31%: The ARCA Racing Series announced to drivers and team owners that the series TV ratings on Fox Sports Channels were 31% higher in 2016 as compared to the same broadcast in 2015. An impressive increase in an ever shrinking sports TV market. Series president, Ron Drager attributed the increase in ratings to the teams active social media campaigns. “We are extremely proud to be part of the ARCA success story in 2016. Before the season started Venturini Motorsports, Cunningham Motorsports and our Praytor Management Group (PMG) all teamed together in a concerted effort to improve the series social media profile and it has paid off,” said PMGs Tommy Praytor. The trio of Venturini, Cunningham and Praytor represent 7 out of the top 10 teams in the series including a double handful of drivers outside the top 10. (In part from Praytor Management Group PR) (06-22-16)
  • PADD Sponsoring Tom Hessert; Venturini at Winchester: Tom Hessert, a five-time winner in the ARCA Racing Series, will carry [a message to stay focused behind the wheel] onboard his Venturini Motorsports’ backed No. 25 People Against Distracted Driving (PADD®) Toyota in Sunday’s Herr’s Potato Chip 200 at Winchester Speedway. “It’s an honor to partner with ‘People Against Distracted Driving’. If we can help educate one fan on the dangers of distracted driving and possibly save one life, we’ve done our job,” said Hessert. "Distracted driving is quickly becoming an epidemic. With literally almost everyone connected to social media through some sort of personal electronic device it’s no wonder why distracted driving car accidents and fatalities are on the rise.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-22-16)
  • Matt Tifft injured; will not race at Winchester UPDATE Dakoda Armstrong to drive: 19 year-old Matt Tifft will not race at Winchester Speedway this weekend as originally planned. Tifft, who was to drive the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, recently underwent a procedure on his back and will not be able to compete. The Venturini team is expected to name a replacement driver soon. (06-20-16)
    UPDATE: NASCAR driver Dakoda Armstrong will substitute for Matt Tifft in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester Speedway. Tifft, who sat out this past weekend at Iowa on advice from his doctor, was scheduled to race with Venturini Motorsports in this coming Sunday’s ARCA Series Herr’s Potato Chip 200, but will again sit out as he recovers from a recent medical procedure to alleviate a lower back problem. A mainstay in the XFINITY Series, New Castle, Indiana’s Dakoda Armstrong will return to the ARCA Series for his first time since winning the 2011 Winchester Speedway event while driving for Cunningham Motorsports. Armstrong will make his first series appearance in five years driving the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota. “We’re all wishing Matt a speedy recovery,” said Armstrong. “Obviously the circumstances brought us together last minute but I’m very thankful for the opportunity. Everything just seemed to fall into place with the XFINITY schedule and this now gives me a chance to stay in the car on what would’ve been a week off.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-21-16)
  • Josh Williams wins at Madison International Speedway: #6 Josh Williams won the Montgomery Ward Father's Day 200 at Madison after holding off #98 Kyle Weatherman in the closing laps of the race. Weatherman finished second, while #55 Nicole Behar, #17 Ty Majeski, and #25 Tom Hessert rounded out the top five. Points leader #77 Chase Briscoe finished sixth, losing points to Williams in the championship fight. The series heads to Winchester next weekend for another short track event. Full Results (06-19-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins Madison pole: #77 Chase Briscoe has won the pole for tomorrow's Montgomery Ward Father's Day 200 at Madison International Speedway. The Indiana driver earned his fourth pole of the season and valuable bonus points towards a possible championship. #98 Kyle Weatherman qualified second and will start alongside. #55 Nicole Behar, #22 Will Kimmel, and #15 Christian Eckes completed the top five. #17 Ty Majeski was fastest in both practice sessions, but will be starting 7th in his ARCA Racing Series debut. Qualifying Results (06-18-16)
  • Roulo Bros. Racing; Ty Majeski announce Madison sponsorship: Roulo Bros. Racing has announced the addition of Forest County Potawatomi and Montgomery Ward as marketing partners for this Sunday’s Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison Speedway. “It’s great to have both the Potawatomi and Montgomery Ward on board for my first start,” commented Majeski. Gary Roulo added, “We are honored to represent the Potawatomi tribe and an iconic brand like Montgomery Ward. We really appreciate the support.” (In part from Roulo Bros. Racing PR) (06-17-16)
  • Brandon Jones fined $2,000 after Michigan: Brandon Jones, winner of the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan Int’l Speedway June 10, has been fined $2,000 for violation of 2016 ARCA Rulebook page 11, Section 4, #14 and the Official Event Entry, which collectively reference proper display of designated sponsor logos on driver uniform by winning driver. [Jones wore a patch from the NASCAR XFINITY Series on his uniform.] (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-17-16)
  • Justin Haley and Ryan Reed violate video policy; fined $250 each: ARCA Racing Series drivers Justin Haley and Ryan Reed have each been fined $250 and placed on probation for violation of 2016 ARCA Rulebook page 5, Section 2, Item A-11 which defines the ARCA policy relating to video capture during an ARCA Racing Series race event. The violations occurred at Pocono Raceway June 2-3. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-17-16)
  • 23 cars entered for Madison: Twenty-three cars are entered for Sunday's Montgomery Ward Father's Day 200 at Madison International Speedway. Entries include #2 Mike Senica, #10 Ed Pompa, #15 Christian Eckes, #17 Ty Majeski, #22 Will Kimmel, #55 Nicole Behar, and #98 Kyle Weatherman. The race will air on American Sports Network. Full Entry List (06-16-16)
  • Bo LeMastus decides not to race at Michigan; not running full time UPDATE: After a qualifying accident at Michigan on Friday, Bo LeMastus and his No. 42 Crosley Sports Group team decided not to race in the Corrigan Oil 200. The team had a backup car at the track and LeMastus was medically cleared to compete. It's unclear if LeMastus will run all remaining events as initially planned. (06-14-16)
    UPDATE: Crosley Sports Group will enter the No. 42 this weekend at Madison, but the team is not currently planning on running the full race. Additionally, Bo LeMastus is not scheduled to be behind the wheel. Another driver is expected to perform start and park, which will mantain the team's Golden A point status. (06-17-16)
  • Kyle Weatherman joins Mason Mitchell Motorsports for Madison: Veteran driver Kyle Weatherman has joined Mason Mitchell Motorsports and will drive the No. 98 Chevrolet at Madison. Weatherman previously drove for Lira Motorsports, which closed on Monday. The Wentzville, Missouri is currently 4th in points and continues to compete for the driver's championship. (06-17-16)
  • Ty Majeski to make debut at Madison; Roulo Bros. returns: Ty Majeski has officially been entered in the Roulo Bros. No. 17 Ford for this weekend’s Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison Speedway. The 21-year-old late model standout from Seymour, Wisconsin was announced last month as Roulo Bros. Racing's driver. “We were able to test last week and I felt very comfortable in the car,” Majeski commented. “The goal is to always be competitive and up front, but I also know there is going to be a learning curve. I am excited to be making my first start.” (In part from Roulo Bros. Racing PR) (06-15-16)
  • Project Semicolon joins Max Force Racing: Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his DK-LOK Team are joining forces with Project Semicolon for the Montgomery Wards Father’s Day 200 at Madison International Speedway. Project Semicolon is a global non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury. “In the last couple of years all of our lives have been touched by friends, family members, and acquaintances that have either suffered from anxiety, depression or we lost to suicide. Our social media team, Hayley (Praytor) and Whtiney (Patterson) have championed this project from the beginning,” offered team owner, Tommy Praytor. “Saving just one life, changing just one life, reaching that one person is what we are after but if you know our girls it will be more than one.” Project Semicolon was founded in 2013 by Amy Bleuel who wanted to honor her father that she lost tragically to suicide. Finding her inspiration to fight mental illness, led Amy to sharing her testimony across the country as a motivational speaker. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (06-15-16)
  • Lira Motorsports closes; no longer fielding ARCA entries: Lira Motorsports effectively closed on Monday, laying off all but four employees. Those individuals were told to start seeking work elsewhere as the team ceases operations. Lira started the season with four full time teams, but scaled back to two for #58 Kyle Weatherman and #38 Sheldon Creed after Toledo Speedway. Weatherman is expected to make an announcement, while Creed's plans are not immediately known. The Lira Motorsports organization began in 2015 and had scored multiple wins. It fielded cars for drivers such as David Levine, Michael Lira, Brandon Lynn, Jairo Avila Jr, Ryan Reed, and Tyler Dippel in its two year existence. (06-14-16)
  • Nick Higdon plans five race schedule: 36 year-old Nick Higdon plans to compete in five (5) races this season for his own Higdon Racing team. Higdon is scheduled to attempt Iowa, Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Kansas after making his season debut in the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan. The Big Clifty, Kentucky driver recovered from an incident in qualifying by finishing a strong 15th. (06-13-16)
  • Ebert Motorsports secures sponsorship from Spectro Oils: Mark Ebert, President and CEO of Ebert Motorsports, is pleased to announce a partnership with Spectro Oils of Ohio. Spectro's products span the range of fully-synthetic, semi-synthetic, and petroleum lubricants for all classes of “powersport” engine and transmission applications. Ebert Motorsports’ primary driver David Sear was behind the wheel of their No. 19 Chevrolet at Michigan. Sear was having a respectable run, climbing to 18th after starting towards the back of the 35 car field. However, he was forced to the garage with a blown motor at lap 40. While Sear will again be behind the wheel of the No. 19 at Iowa, Pocono, and Kentucky, Mark Ebert is still looking for qualified drivers to fill the seat for many of the remaining races on the 2016 ARCA schedule. Mark can be reached at (508) 292-7223. (In part from Ebert Motorsports PR) (06-12-16)
  • Lira Motorsports fields extra Michigan car for ARCA; FOX Sports 1: Lira Motorsports entered the No. 36 Ford for Michael Lira in the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan as a favor to the ARCA Racing Series. The race was televised on FOX Sports 1, which meant a high car count was desired. Michael Lira started the race and pulled off the track after seven (7) laps, finishing in 29th position. (06-12-16)
  • Ed Pompa returning to Fast Track at Madison: Veteran driver Ed Pompa will return to Fast Track Racing for the Montgomery Ward Father's Day 200 at Madison International Speedway on June 19th. Pompa, who has a season high finish of 13th at New Jersey, will be making his sixth start of the season for the team. (06-12-16)
  • H&H Motorsports announces team formation; racing partial schedule: Veteran ARCA Truck Series driver Russell Henderson and business partner Michael Haubrich have announced the formation of H&H Motorsports. The newly created team will begin fielding cars in the ARCA Racing Series this season in select events, starting at Kentucky Speedway on September 23rd. H&H Motorsports plans to return next year beginning at Daytona in February. Team officials have already named Kevin Hinckle as a driver for one of their cars, along with long time ARCA owner Mike Koch as a crew chief. H&H plans to use multiple drivers throughout their racing campaign. Duck Commanders (Homes for Hope for Children), Iconik LED, and Optima Batteries will sponsor the organization. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Russell Henderson at (501) 749-0061. More announcements regarding sponsors, events, and crew members will be made at a later date. (In part from H&H Motorsports PR) (06-11-16)
  • Will Kimmel rejoins Cunningham for three races: Will Kimmel [will return to Cunnnigham Motorsports] to run three races. The Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at Madison International Speedway is set as the first scheduled race, followed by Winchester Speedway, and Berlin Raceway in August. Kimmel, who is running select races for his family-owned Kimmel Racing team this season, will take over the reins of the Paul Andrews-led No. 22 team. The 28 year old will become a teammate to fellow Indiana native, Chase Briscoe, who he has mentored and coached throughout the early 2016 season. Prior to the announcement Kimmel stated, “I’m really looking forward to running with the Cunningham organization again. I appreciate the opportunity Briggs and Kerry have given me. We have such a great relationship between our two teams. I can’t wait to go to the track and focus on only driving the car.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (06-11-16)
  • Brandon Jones wins the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan: #8 Brandon Jones won the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway, picking up his third career victory. The Atlanta, Georgia driver held off points leader #77 Chase Briscoe who finished second. #28 Kyle Benjamin, #01 Travis Braden, and #15 Matt Tifft completed the top five. #6 Josh Williams and #25 Tom Hessert both had mechanical issues during the race, finishing 20th and 21st respectively. #77 Chase Briscoe now has a significant lead in driver points with twelve races remaining on the schedule. Full Results (06-10-16)
  • Myatt Snider fastest in both Michigan practice sessions: #22 Myatt Snider was fastest in both practice sessions for Friday's Corrigan Oil 200. Snider, who won in his ARCA debut at Toledo, edged out teammate #77 Chase Briscoe for the top spot in the final session of the day. #55 Dalton Sargeant, #8 Brandon Jones, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #38 Sheldon Creed, and #01 Travis Braden were other cars that showed speed. Final Practice Results (06-09-16)
  • 35 cars entered for Michigan: Thirty-five cars are currently entered for Friday's Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Entries include #01 Travis Braden, #08 Nick Higdon, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #8 Brandon Jones, #15 Matt Tifft, #19 David Sear, #20 Tom Berte, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #31 Richard Hauck, #36 Michael Lira, #51 Chad Finley, #65 Jeffery MacZink, and #69 Will Kimmel. Full Entry List (06-08-16)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports leasing engines from Hamilton-Hughes: Mason Mitchell Motorsports recently entered into an agreement with Hamilton-Hughes Racing to lease Ilmor engines. The engines are said to belong to Eric Caudell, who reportedly has one his engines back after the Mitchell team fielded two cars at Pocono. Mason Mitchell is rumored to be returning Caudell's other engine following the Madison event on June 19th. (06-08-16)
  • Michigan unable to accommodate ARCA haulers; working to fix: ARCA haulers will be unable to stay in Michigan International Speedway's paddock area this weekend, as the track was never designed to accommodate three racing divisions at once. Haulers will enter on Thursday morning and must park in an alternative location later in the afternoon. MIS officials are aware of issue and plan to redesign the space as part of their master plan. Other projects have taken priority, such as installing safer barriers and performing critical maintenance needs. Track president Roger Curtis asks "every stakeholder to remain patient" even though the situation may be frustrating to those who are involved. (06-06-16)
  • Travis Braden to race at Michigan: 22 year-old Travis Braden will return to ARCA competition at Michigan International Speedway this Friday. Braden will drive the No. 01 Chevrolet after participating in the open test on May 19th. The full-time engineering student will be attempting his fourth career start. Braden scored a win at Lucas Oil Speedway last year, and had two other strong finishes at Kentucky and Kansas to close out his season. (06-06-16)
  • Rette Jones Racing signs Corey Deuser; racing at Winchester: Officials from Rette Jones Racing announced the signing of Corey Deuser to the company’s driver development program, effective immediately. Corey Deuser, 18, joins Rette Jones Racing after competing in the JEGS / CRA All-Star Tour Series for the past three seasons, including scoring a noteworthy win in 2013 at Winchester Speedway. “This is a real honor for me,” said Deuser of joining the Rette Jones Racing driver development program. “Great things are happening for the team right now and I don’t think I could have joined the team at a better time. I’m looking forward to working with Mark (Rette) and Terry (Jones) and the rest of the RJR team and see what kind of results we can put together.” Deuser’s 2016 full schedule and marketing partners are forthcoming, but his tentative first start is the upcoming ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester Speedway on June 26. (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (06-04-16)
  • Grant Enfinger wins at Pocono Raceway: Defending ARCA champion #23 Grant Enfinger won the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway after holding off #99 Austin Cindric on the final lap. Enfinger used pit strategy to gain the lead and scored the first win for his Bret Holmes Racing team. Cindric finished second, while #8 Brandon Jones, #55 Dalton Sargeant, and #98 Brady Boswell completed the top five. Points leader #77 Chase Briscoe finished in the 10th position, while his closest points rival #6 Josh Williams finished 11th. Full Results (06-03-16)
  • Austin Cindric fastest in both Pocono practice sessions: #99 Austin Cindric was fastest in both practice sessions for Friday's General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. #55 Dalton Sargeant, #15 William Byron, #22 Myatt Snider, and #28 Kyle Benjamin also showed speed, all finishing in the top five in final practice results. The race is scheduled for 5:45 PM EDT tomorrow, with qualifying at 1:45 PM EDT. Final Practice Speeds (06-02-16)
  • 37 cars entered for Pocono: Thirty-seven cars are entered for Friday's General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. Entries include #5 Bobby Gerhart, #8 Brandon Jones, #11 Chris Bailey Jr, #13 George Cushman, #15 William Byron, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Myatt Snider, #23 Grant Enfinger, #28 Kyle Benjamin, #32 Shane Lee, #37 Steve Fox, #38 Ryan Reed, #57 Bryan Dauzat, #74 Justin Haley, and #99 Austin Cindric. Full Entry List (06-01-16)
  • Farron Shepard to drive second Jent car at Michigan: Darrell Jent Jr. announced this afternoon that Farron Shepard will drive the No. 85 entry at Michigan International Speedway on June 10th for the Jent Motorsports team. Shepard is the president of Shepard's Wrecking, which has appeared on the No. 14 Chevrolet this season. (06-01-16)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching; RACE 101 withdraw after Pocono test crash: Sarah Cornett-Ching and her RACE 101 team have withdrawn from Friday's event at Pocono Raceway after a crash in testing on Tuesday. The team is currently working on preparing an entry for the next race at Michigan International Speedway. (06-01-16)