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ARCA Racing Series News and Rumors

  • Ty Majeski joins Cunningham Motorsports for five races: Cunningham Motorsports, in conjunction with Roush Fenway Racing, will add Ty Majeski to the roster for five races this season in the ARCA Racing Series. Majeski, a Roush Fenway Racing development driver, is set to make his debut with Cunningham at Pocono Raceway on June 9 in the No. 99 Ford Fusion. From there, the Seymour, Wisc. native will run at Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. “Cunningham is truly excited to help continue the development of Ty as a driver and have him race with us at a few events this year,” said Cunningham co-owner Kerry Scherer. “He’s a young driver and a great talent that is on the right path for a successful future in NASCAR. It’ll be fun to watch him later this season and see what he can do in a Cunningham car.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (04-24-17)
  • Mason Mingus to make second season start at Salem with Win-Tron: After earning a top-five finish as Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Tennessee driver Mason Mingus will return to the No. 33 Win-Tron Racing Toyota at Salem Speedway. Mingus is serving as a substitute driver for Justin Fontaine, who suffered a mild L1 vertebrae compression fracture at Daytona. The 22 year-old from Brentwood was the 2013 ARCA runner-up in final driver point standings when he competed full time with the team. (04-24-17)
  • Shore Lunch to sponsor Elko race: Officials from Southeastern Mills, Track Enterprises and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that Shore Lunch will sponsor ARCA’s return to Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota. Shore Lunch Soups, Breadings and Batters first partnered with ARCA series sponsor Menards in 2016 to become involved with the series through a team sponsorship with rookie driver Myatt Snider. The business-to-business relationship between Menards, the country’s third largest home improvement retail chain, and Southeastern Mills, a leading food company with brands such as Better Than Bouillon, The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce and Southeastern Mills Gravy and Baking Mixes, brings opportunities for Southeastern Mills to promote its Shore Lunch Brand products to the Menards customer base. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-23-17)
  • Leilani Munter to return at Talladega with Venturini: Leilani Munter will make her highly anticipated return to racing next month when she visits the crimson state for the running of the ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 on the high banks at Talladega Superspeedway. Leilani, coming off a career performance in the ARCA series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, will reintroduce her ever popular ‘Vegan Powered’ car with support from A Well-Fed World and World Animal News. “Leilani is an absolute inspiration to all of us with her commitment to her beliefs,” says Billy Venturini, Director of Competition and team co-owner of Venturini Motorsports. “Her performance at Daytona was impressive. I believe there are many sponsors out there looking for someone who stands for them so strongly and therefore makes her a very unique race car driver and representative.” Leilani will drive the No. 98 Vegan Powered – World Animal News entry. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (04-21-17)
  • Mark Meunier to drive for Peterson Motorsports at Salem: Kentucky driver Mark Meunier will return to Peterson Motorsports for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway on April 30th. The 52 year-old is scheduled to drive the No. 06 entry after joining the team late last year. While Meunier only has one event finalized, he could potentially compete in more races for the team later this season. (04-15-17)
  • Travis Miller returning at Salem with MDM Motorsports: 29 year-old Travis Miller recently announced that he will return to ARCA competition at Salem Speedway on April 30th. Miller will drive the No. 28 entry for MDM Motorsports. The Virginia native scored a 2nd place finish at Lucas Oil Raceway last year in his only start to date. Sheldon Creed recently piloted the car to top-10 result at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. (04-14-17)
  • Thomas Praytor takes over active ironman status: With his 83rd consecutive start in the Music City 200, Thomas “Moose” Praytor takes over as the ARCA active ironman. Currently Praytor has more consecutive starts in ARCA than any other active driver. “The idea that I’m still in the series, still coming to the track every week is just incredible. We were only supposed to make 3 starts five years ago and well we’re still going. I don’t really think about being the Ironman, I just think about how fortunate I am to have a ride and nothing is going to keep me out of it.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (04-14-17)
  • Venturini Motorsports; Toyota decide against backup for Raphaël Lessard: Major disappointment for Lessard’s clan and Venturini Motorsports after Raphaël had to retire before the start of his very first ARCA race tonight in Nashville. Lessard was attempting his first qualifying lap for the Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville when his #25 Musselman's BIG CUP Apple Sauce-Toyota-Camry car suddenly ended up in the wall. Even though a second car was available at the track, management for Toyota and Venturini Motorsports mutually agreed not to use it because it was already set up for the next ARCA race to take place on April 30th in Salem. “I am extremely disappointed and I just don't understand,” said Raphaël Lessard a few minutes after discussing with crew chief Dave Leiner. “I’m eager to discuss further with the team to understand what happened as I was so happy with my Camry’s performance during practice this afternoon." (In part from Raphaël Lessard Racing PR) (04-09-17)
  • Chris Reese's debut cut short due to practice accident: Chris Reese, who was making his debut at Nashville, sustained damage in practice that cut his day short.
    Reese:
    "Well our first race didn't go as planned as I fenced it in practice. Was able to make repairs and still qualify. But due to the damage on the car I had to start and park it. Definitely was not the showing I wanted for my first outing but I learned a lot and met some good people." (In part from Facebook.com) (04-09-17)
  • Chad Finley wins at Nashville: Chad Finley stepped up to earn his career-first ARCA Racing Series victory Saturday night at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Finley, who got a lap down early on, wasn't a factor most of the way, pitting out of sequence from the leaders for four General Tires on lap 156. The rest of the lead lap cars had already taken their final four tires just past the halfway point of the 200-lap race. Then Finley drove underneath [Kyle] Weatherman on a green-white-checker finish to win the 26th running of the Music City 200. "We weren't our best today, but somehow we kept our heads in it, kept tuning on it and finally got the job done," said Finley in Victory Lane. "We struggled all day. We finally got four fresh tires for the end and that made the difference." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-09-17)
  • Big Tine to sponsor both Cunningham Motorsports cars: Big Tine, year-round deer products to support a healthy and flourishing herd, is expanding its partnership with Cunningham Motorsports for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.  Big Tine will be the featured primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Shane Lee for the 2017 racing season, with select primary and associate sponsorship of the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Dalton Sargeant. The Music City 200 will be the debut of both Big Tine primary paint schemes for the 2017 season. “It’s great to have Big Tine on board for the entire season,” said Lee. “It’s a fun brand to work with and I think it’s going to shape up to be a pretty good year. Big Tine has had a good relationship with Cunningham for a year now, so hopefully I can come into this and bring them the same success they saw last year with Chase (Briscoe) and help continue to expand this sponsorship.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (04-05-17)
  • Mason Mingus rejoins Win-Tron Racing for Nashville: Win-Tron Racing proudly announced today that ARCA Racing Series veteran Mason Mingus will substitute for Justin Fontaine in Saturday’s Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Mingus, a native of nearby Brentwood, Tenn., will make his first ARCA start at the historic short track, but hopes to lean on his extensive Late Model background at Nashville. “I’m really stoked to get back to racing in the ARCA Racing Series and with Win-Tron Racing,” said Mingus. “I’ve only been in one ARCA race since 2013, so I’m anxious to get back behind the wheel and have a strong race for Justin (Fontaine), dsmamt and ProMATIC.” (In part from AM Racing PR) (04-05-17)
  • Austin Theriault; Ken Schrader Racing sign Nashville sponsor: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Music City Auto Auction of Nashville (MCAA) will serve as primary sponsor on its #52 entry, with driver Austin Theriault, for the April 8, 2017 Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. “We are excited to have the Music City Auto Auction on our Ford for the upcoming ARCA race in Nashville,” team owner Ken Schrader said.  “Its sister company, the Orlando Longwood Auto Auction, partnered with us in Daytona and we won the race. Making it to Victory Lane was thrilling not only for our team, but also the Auction folks. We’re hoping for a repeat in Nashville.” (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (04-03-17)
  • Peterson Motorsports enters drivers for Nashville: Peterson Motorsports has entered two cars for Saturday's Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The longtime ARCA team will have Mark Blasingim and Con Nicolopoulos behind the wheel of its entries.
    Mark Blasingim:
    Local Tennessee driver Mark Blasingim will drive the No. 06 entry in his ARCA Racing Series debut, taking over for Scott Edwards who raced the car at Daytona. The 48 year-old from Murfreesboro has competed in local late model and dirt modified races for several years. Blasingim will carry a logo on his hood for 4 year-old Brecklynn Allgood, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Pleuropulmonary Blastom) at age two.
    Con Nicolopoulos:
    Veteran Con Nicolopoulos returns to Peterson's No. 0 entry after competing in February's season opening race. Nicolopoulos, who joined the team in 2014, finished 11th in driver points last season after competing in 17 races. The 55 year-old from Columbus, Michigan is a mechanical and electrical engineer for the Chrysler Corporation. (04-02-17)
  • Willie Mullins to race at Nashville: [Willie] Mullins is now entered as the official driver of Basham's 34 car for the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Saturday night, April 8. "We decided that about a week ago," said Mullins. "Anything we can do to help Darrell, we'll do our best. That, and I only got 10 laps at Daytona, so I still have the itch." Mullins has never raced on an ARCA short track. "I needed to get more comfortable in the car...we're going to be doing this for Darrell later on this year at Elko. We had one of Andy Belmont's old short track cars here...thought we'd go out and give it a ride this weekend." So it'll be Mullins in the seat at Nashville with a whole bunch of Basham on the periphery. "It'll be a full Basham crew there to change tires," Mullins added. Mullins must be serious about the effort. He's already tested the car at some area short tracks, and has another test scheduled next week. "I'm really comfortable in the car, and that was the final decision for us...to make sure I was comfortable and ready to go." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-01-17)
  • Bo LeMastus to run partial schedule; three drivers in car: Bo LeMastus will not be behind the wheel of his No. 42 Crosley Brands Toyota at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway during the Music City 200. LeMastus, who regularly travels the world on behalf of the Crosley Brands company he owns, will be leaving Monday on a business trip to China. "I've got to stick to my day job...it's what pays the bills. I just ran out of minutes," said LeMastus. "I had a unexpected trip to China come up, so my plan is to plug someone into the 42 for Nashville." It won't be the only time this year we'll see a different driver in the 42 other than LeMastus. "We've got two drivers in mind who we can plug in as necessary...two serious wheelmen I can assure you that. Wherever I have attendance issues, we plan to sub them in." LeMastus says he'll be home in time to race at Talladega and Toledo with a sharp eye on the road course race coming to Road America. "I can't promise that the 42 will be at all the races this year, but we should be at several. With either of these two drivers that will be subbing, I really believe we'll have an honest shot. The whole goal is to win one." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (03-31-17)
  • Justin Fontaine medical update; returning at Elko?: ARCA Racing Series driver Justin Fontaine's recovery is going better than expected. 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 in Daytona Beach the next afternoon, Feb. 19. Since then, while following a strict routine from his doctors, a recent follow-up appointment revealed that Fontaine has approximately eight more weeks of recovery with an expected return to racing on the ARCA tour at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on June 3 for the Elko ARCA 250. “I’m feeling better, a lot better,” said Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C. “I am certainly appreciative of the support from everyone over the past month or so. From the phone calls, to the text messages and the outreach on social media, at times it’s been overwhelming, but I’m incredibly grateful. I just have to keep doing what the doctors ask and I’ll be back in a race car before I know it.” (In part from AM Racing PR) (03-31-17)
  • Chris Reese; Reese Motor Sports to debut at Nashville: Local Oklahoma dirt track driver Chris Reese will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 8th driving his own No. 62 Chevrolet. Reese, who has received assistance from Eric Caudell, will attempt two other races this season at Iowa and Kansas. The Chevrolet that he will drive is a former car from Rabenold Racing. (03-25-17)
  • Andy Hillenburg suffers back injury: Team owner Andy Hillenburg, the 1995 series driving champion and owner of Fast Track Racing, is hospitalized after suffering a back injury in a work-related auto accident. Hillenburg suffered his injury on Thursday March 23 and underwent surgery to his L-1 vertebra on Friday. He's conscious and alert and his recovery is on schedule. He expects to be released from the hospital in 2-3 days and will begin short term therapy at that time. “We had a little work-related mishap, but I’ve made the required unscheduled pit stop and as quickly as I’m able I plan to rejoin the race,” said Hillenburg. “I feel very fortunate that my injury was not more severe, and that I’ve got complete mobility. I look forward to seeing everyone at Nashville on April 8.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (03-25-17)
  • Dispute between Russell Henderson and drivers: A dispute developed during January’s ARCA test at Daytona International Speedway between a group of drivers and an owner, and now the group is seeking legal action. According to driver Kevin Fontana, Russell Henderson told multiple drivers that he would have a couple of cars ready for Daytona testing. However, upon arrival to the speedway, Fontana says that the drivers found that Henderson had, in fact, failed to bring any equipment for testing despite the drivers already paying him for the opportunity to drive. Full Story (SpeedwayMedia.com) (03-24-17)
  • Sheldon Creed joins MDM Motorsports for 9 races: Professional off-road driver Sheldon Creed has joined MDM Motorsports and will compete in nine (9) ARCA races. Creed, who drove for Lira Motorsports last season, will race at Nashville, both Pocono races, Michigan, Iowa, Lucas Oil, Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Kansas. The 19 year-old from California made his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut for the team in February at New Smyrna Speedway. (03-22-17)
  • D.L. Wilson comments on Russell Henderson: D.L. Wilson, who was originally scheduled to test with Henderson Motorsports at Daytona in January, has commented on Russell Henderson.
    Wilson: "Russell Henderson has a Felony Theft warrant out for his arrest in Texas. North Carolina and Michigan will follow soon on behalf of the drivers effected at the Daytona testing incident." (In part from Facebook.com) (03-19-17)
  • Ty Gibbs to compete in future ARCA events?: [14 year-old] Ty Gibbs – grandson of NASCAR owner Joe Gibbs - is part of the Driver Development Program at Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibbs knows this is a process and [is taking it] a series at a time as he cuts his teeth on short tracks such as Hickory Motor Speedway, Myrtle Beach and Greenville-Pickens in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. [He] hopes to then advance to Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) then the eventual move into NASCAR’s premier series. “My goal is to get to the top level of NASCAR but I know I need to run at each level, learn as much about the cars and setup as possible but my goals is to run at the top level of NASCAR,” Ty said. “Hickory is a track that I feel will help me a lot in learning how to use the brakes and how to handle a car – especially in traffic. I hope that in the next two to three years I can run some ARCA races.” (In part from HickoryRecord.com) (03-18-17)
  • Tony Mrakovich joins Ken Schrader Racing for Nashville & Salem: Pennsylvania native Tony Mrakovich has announced that he will drive for Ken Schrader Racing at Nashville on April 8th and Salem on April 30th. Mrakovich, who tested for MBM Motorsports at Daytona, stated that his sponsors wanted to join the Schrader organization after its victory with Austin Theriault in the season opening race. The Legend car standout also explained that he hopes to run more races this year in preparation for a possible full ARCA schedule in 2018. (03-16-17)
  • Natalie Decker joins Venturini for three races: 19-year old Natalie Decker from will join Venturini Motorsports for three races during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. Complementing VMS’ already stout driver lineup, Decker, with sponsorship support from N|29 Capital Partners, will make her ARCA Series debut in consecutive race weekends starting with Toledo Speedway (May 21), Elko Speedway (June 3) and Pocono Raceway (June 9). “This is definitely the biggest step in my racing career so far,” said Decker. “Racing takes sponsorship support, and it takes hearing a lot of No’s before you find a Yes. I’m so blessed and thankful to ‘N Twenty-Nine Capital Partners’ (N|29) for believing in me and providing this opportunity to compete with Venturini Motorsports.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (03-15-17)
  • Musselman’s Racing announces driver schedule: As previously announced Musselman’s Apple Sauce has partnered with Venturini Motorsports for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. As part of Musselman’s efforts to promote their retail brand of products and ongoing initiative to expand their national motorsports presence, Mussleman’s and VMS have created the ‘Musselman’s Family of Drivers’ program. The program, which will highlight the strength of VMS’ well-known driver development platform, will integrate a multi-driver rotation to carry out Musselman’s branding throughout the 2017 ARCA Racing Season. The Musselman’s brand will showcase their Musselman’s BIG CUP and Musselman’s Squeezables products in primary and associate branding on VMS’s No.25 and No.55 Toyota’s throughout the 20-race season. This will include primary branding in twelve races and associate branding across the remaining eight races.
    Raphael Lessard: 
    Raphael Lessard, the 2016 CARS Tour Super Late Model Racing Champion, will make his highly anticipated ARCA debut in the next series event taking place at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 8. A native of Quebec, Canada, the high school teenager will be the youngest competitor in the starting field. In addition to Nashville, Lessard will drive the Musselman’s colors at Salem Speedway (April 30) and at Winchester Speedway (August 6).
    Noah Gragson:
    Noah Gragson will return at Talladega Superspeedway (May 5).
    Zane Smith:
    Zane Smith, who’s running in eighteen series events, will feature the Musselman’s logo for ten events at Toledo Speedway (May 21), Elko Speedway (June 3), Pocono Raceway (June 9 & July 28), Michigan Int’l Speedway (June 16), Iowa Speedway (July 8), Lucas Oil Raceway (July 21), Road America (August 27), Kentucky Speedway (September 22) and Kansas Speedway (October 20).
    Tom Hessert:
    Six Time ARCA Series winner, Tom Hessert will represent Musselman’s at the Illinois State Fairground’s Dirt Mile (August 20), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 4) and at Salem Speedway (September 9).
    Others:
    Tanner Thorson will take the reins at Madison International Speedway (June 23) and recent NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner, Christopher Bell will bring Musselman’s to VMS’s home track at Chicagoland Speedway (September 14.) (In part from Musselman's Racing PR) (03-14-17)
  • American Sports Network to cease operations: American Sports Network was created in 2014 by Sinclair Broadcast Group to air college sports and provide local sports coverage to certain areas across the country. It appears that Sinclair is pulling the plug on the network after three years. TV news website FTV Live first reported that staffers were informed that their roles were being cut and the network was ceasing operation. It’s a sudden end for a network that in theory should have worked, but the execution and production didn’t quite catch on. The end of American Sports Network won’t leave the conferences in the dark, but it may leave several leagues scratching their proverbial heads. [Note: ASN aired several ARCA races during the 2016 season.] (In part from AwfulAnnouncing.com) (03-11-17)
  • Bryant Barnhill to run part time?: 18 year-old Bryant Barnhill has had discussions with ARCA Racing Series team to compete in a partial schedule this season. Barnhill, who tested for Fast Track Racing in January at Daytona, is hoping to make his ARCA debut as soon as possible. The South Carolina driver is being mentored by NASCAR veteran Chad McCumbee. (03-07-17)
  • Ty Majeski returning for a partial schedule: The NASCAR season started last week. For Ty Majeski it won’t for another couple of months yet. “Everybody knows how tough this business is,” said the Roush Fenway Racing development driver from Seymour. “The biggest thing is you’ve got to be patient.” At least the plans for Majeski are beginning to come together. His Xfinity Series debut is set for June 24 at Iowa Speedway, Eric Peterson, the team’s driver development coordinator, said Thursday. Then Majeski will run some sort of part-time schedule in ARCA and Xfinity. “We hope to have that shored up a little more in the next two weeks,” Peterson said. Roush hasn’t finalized details on which team Majeski will join for a handful of ARCA races on intermediate tracks this year, Peterson said. Majeski did drive a Cunningham Motorsports car in a test at Daytona, and the championship-winning team has strong ties to Ford. (In part from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) (03-05-17)
  • Travis Braden to attempt Talladega in May: West Virginia driver Travis Braden made his superspeedway debut at Daytona in February. Braden released the following statement about his next race: “After graduating from WVU last fall, my sole focus has been professionalizing my racing career, improving on the track and working with new and potential sponsors. Our team is really progressing, so I’m excited to get back out there at Talladega." (In part from Precision New Media) (03-05-17)
  • Kevin Hinckle adds Iowa to race schedule: Kimmel Racing driver Kevin Hinckle has added Iowa Speedway to his race schedule for the 2017 season. Hinckle, who previously announced that he would compete at Kansas, is also looking to secure sponsorship for races at Michigan and Road America. The Kansas native participated in the Daytona test earlier this year. (02-28-17)
  • Win-Tron Racing planning to field two cars full time: [Kevin] Cywinski's plan to run both cars, the 32 and 33 everywhere on the ARCA Racing Series tour, is still in play. "Justin (Fontaine) was supposed to run the first four for sure, then evaluate...he was leaning toward running the full season. Obviously, with the mild compression fracture in the L1, he's going to be out for two, three months. Hopefully, we'll get him back as soon as Toledo or Elko or possibly Pocono." Cywinski, who raced for decades, has been in the ownership role for the last 10 years. "Our goal all year is to run both cars in competition everywhere. Gus is in the 32 everywhere and we have a couple options for the 33 at Nashville and Salem. We'll get through that and see where Justin is in regards to getting back behind the wheel." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-28-17)
  • Ed Pompa climbs in for Thomas Praytor at Daytona: [Thomas] Praytor’s DK-LOK Ford was battered and bruised but it wouldn’t fire up, getting the Ford a ride back to the garage on a wrecker and the Moose a trip to the infield care center. The team quickly went to work on the machine and had it ready to return to action but didn’t have a driver. Praytor’s CO2 levels were too high in the infield care center and they had him held up until those levels returned to normal. Ed Pompa was involved in the same wreck but his Clemson car was done and the team recruited Pompa to finish the race. Pompa strapped in and just as the car was ready to return to the race the final caution flag flew and the race was called after a long red flag period ending this year’s Daytona race early. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (02-24-17)
  • Kelly Kovski struck by race car at Volusia Speedway Park: Springfield racer Kelly Kovski and two other people in a pit area were injured when they were struck by a race car that hit a barrier and catapulted over a 10-foot fence at a dirt speedway near Daytona Beach, Florida. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Sunday's crash at Volusia Speedway Park left one victim in extremely critical condition. The other two were taken to a hospital in stable condition. One was released Sunday night. WKMG-TV in Orlando reported Kovski to be in stable condition. Kovski, 35, annually drives in the ARCA Series stock car races at both the Springfield Mile and at the DuQuoin State Fair for Allgaier Motorsports. (In part from SJ-R.com) (02-24-17)
  • Justin Fontaine injured after Daytona crash: Justin Fontaine was involved in an accident during Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Daytona. Fontaine, 19, suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae and will be kept overnight at a local Daytona Beach, Fla. hospital for observation. “Justin is awake and alert following a hard crash at Daytona International Speedway,” said Win-Tron Racing owner Kevin Cywinski. “I’d like to thank ARCA and the Daytona International Speedway safety and medical teams for their amazing job attending to Justin following his accident. Justin is in good spirits and we hope to be able to provide a further update on his recovery time when it’s appropriate.” Fontaine added, “I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay and I’m thankful for the outreach of support. I also want to thank Win-Tron Racing for building me a safe race car. I’d also like to especially thank ARCA and the track for their quick actions after the accident. It looks like I’ll be out of the car for a while, but I’d like to thank ProMATIC Automation for giving me the opportunity to compete at Daytona.” (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (02-19-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins at Daytona: Multi-car wrecks, red flags and six cautions could not keep Austin Theriault from finding his way to victory lane at Daytona. Theriault, in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Orlando Longwood Auto Auction Chevrolet, kept himself up front most of the way and, as a result, out of harm's way to win the action-packed Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200. Theriault, who led just four laps, drove around the outside of Terry Jones on lap 73, and then held on up through lap 75, which ended up being long enough to win when the race officially ended five laps shy of the intended distance. "Just an amazing effort from my guys...Ken Schrader Racing brought a great Orlando Longwood Auto Auction Chevrolet," said Theriault. "I think we would have won even if we would have gone back to green...our car was that strong." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-19-17)
  • Tom Hessert wins Daytona pole: #25 Tom Hessert has won the pole for the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200. Hessert was in the sixth qualifying group and used the draft to his advantage. #18 Matt Tifft will start second, while #11 Bryan Dauzat, #78 Kyle Weatherman, and #34 Willie Mullins round out the top five. 42 drivers participated in qualifying. #67 Cody Lane and #71 Gene Paul missed the race. Starting Lineup (02-17-17)
  • General Tire becomes pole award sponsor: Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Racing Series kicks off the second consecutive year for General Tire as ‘The Official Tire of ARCA.’  A new addition to General Tire’s series support for 2017 will be the General Tire ARCA Pole Award which will offer $1,000 to the fastest qualifying driver of each race and a $10,000 bonus to the driver with the most Pole Awards at the end of the year. General Tire will once again support five races including the presenting sponsor of this weekend’s race at Daytona. “We feel that our initial season last year as a partner with the ARCA Racing Series was a great success,” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. “Adding the Pole Award is a natural progression to offering the type of support that we feel helps, not only our brand, but the overall health of the series and the drivers that compete in it.” (In part from General Tire PR) (02-17-17)
  • MAVTV to broadcast ARCA races in multi-year agreement: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and MAVTV announced today a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement for the ARCA Racing Series under which racing events will be televised on MAVTV during the 2017 through 2019 racing seasons. Ten races will be telecast on MAVTV in 2017, the first of the three-year agreement. Coverage begins Saturday night, April 8 with the first Live broadcast from Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to Nashville, races from Elko Speedway in Elko, Minn., Madison International Speedway in Wis. and the Illinois State Fairgrounds will also air Live on MAVTV.  “MAVTV continues its long-term commitment to motorsports,” said Bob Patison, president of MAVTV. “We see the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards as a premier property on our network, and are happy to begin our ARCA relationship with this new contract.” In addition to the Live events, MAVTV will provide coverage from an additional 6 ARCA Racing Series events, including delayed broadcast coverage from the 4-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., plus great short track action from Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Winchester Speedway in Ind., the dirt mile at DuQuoin Fairgrounds in Southern Ill. and both Salem Speedway events in Ind. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-17-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh attempting Daytona; schedule not finalized: Even though he hasn’t competed in an ARCA race at Daytona, Codie Rohrbaugh has turned enough laps around the [track] to make him feel like a veteran. Last month, his Grant County Mulch Racing (GCMR) team spent two days testing preparing their young driver for his superspeedway ARCA debut in Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200. His family-owned team led by industry veteran Mark Huff acquired a car from Allgaier Motorsports and will pilot that No. 7 Grant County Mulch Dodge in Rohrbaugh’s third career ARCA start. “Can’t wait to get to Daytona,” said Rohrbaugh. “It’s a bucket list item for our team. Though, it’s more than just going down there and getting into the field. We’d like to have a good shot at a good finish and I think we have an opportunity to do that.” Following Daytona, the team’s ARCA plans are still flux, but Rohrbaugh says the team does plan to compete in several events this season. “The more we’re able to run good, the more I think you’ll see us around,” sounded Rohrbaugh. “We know we have Daytona on the docket, then I’m sure we’ll pick a couple short tracks. If we come out of Daytona unscathed, we’ll probably go to Talladega. Don’t count out us for some of the bigger track races too. We’re working hard on nailing down a more firmer schedule, but we plan to be around a good bit this season.” Marketing partnership opportunities are available for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season and beyond. (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (02-15-17)
  • Tom Hessert; Venturini partner with Andrews Products: Veteran Tom Hessert is back in the driver’s seat ready to capture glory in this weekend’s season opening [race] at Daytona. Hessert, a mainstay on the ARCA circuit over the last decade, hopes to capture his first career win at the famed Florida speedway behind the wheel of his No. 25 Venturini Motorsports – Andrews Products Toyota. “Winning at a historic track like this is every racers dream,” says Hessert. “Who knows, this might be our year. We’ve got a really strong Andrews Toyota – my teammate Spencer Davis ran my car last month at the test and set quick time early on. These Venturini cars are solid on the plate tracks. We had a winning car last year before cutting a tire. I’d say we’ve got some unfinished business to take care of this weekend.” Hessert will be back at Daytona under the watchful eyes of crew chief Dave Leiner. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-15-17)
  • Big Tine returns to Cunningham Motorsports for Daytona: While the first race of the season for the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona is usually full of new faces, cars and paint schemes, Cunningham Motorsports (CMS) and Shane Lee’s No. 22 Ford will adorn a familiar look. Big Tine will be back on the hood as the primary partner for CMS at the famous 2.5-mile superspeedway this coming weekend in the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200. “I’m really excited to have Big Tine on the car for this race,” said Lee. “They were an important part of Cunningham last year and to be able to have them on my car is really special. It’s definitely big shoes to fill since the Big Tine car visited victory lane multiple times last season." (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (02-14-17)
  • Terry Jones; Rette Jones secure Daytona sponsorship: [Terry Jones and] his Rette Jones Racing [team is preparing] to make their 10th start at the “World Center of Racing” in their familiar No. 30 entry. “It’s a new year with the same agenda,” said Jones. “We’re going to Daytona with one goal of qualifying good and then letting the race play out for itself. Last year, I only had two laps in the race and a bunch of us were wiped out. I really hope that doesn’t happen this year, but I’m anxious to get down there with my team and hopefully have a good showing.” The band Buck Twenty and Nortrax will sport their logos on Jones’ No. 30 in Saturday afternoon’s 80-lap roar. Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold are a singer / songwriter duo. The two combine their distinct voices to create a trademark blend that listeners have recognized and proudly identify as Buck Twenty. Nortrax Inc., a John Deere company, operates John Deere construction and forestry dealerships throughout the United States and Canada. (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (02-14-17)
  • Phoenix Construction partners with Dalton Sargeant at Daytona: Phoenix Construction and Billy Ballew Motorsports’ return to [Daytona as a sponsor of Dalton Sargeant's No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports entry]. “The No. 77 Phoenix Construction, Billy Ballew Ford Fusion looks great and I couldn’t be more excited to make my first start with Cunningham Motorsports,” said Dalton Sargeant. “To have the opportunity to race a car with Phoenix Construction on the hood is really cool, James Finch and Billy Ballew had some great drivers in their cars throughout the years so its an honor to include my name on that list.  There’s a Florida connection with these group of guys and we’re all looking forward to a bit of a homecoming at Daytona this weekend.  Hopefully with all of us being from the sunshine state it will bring us some luck.” (In part from Dalton Sargeant Motorsports PR) (02-14-17)
  • Venturini Motorsports announces Bell, Thorson, Lessard schedules: Venturini Motorsports (VMS) unveiled the addition of Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson and Raphael Lessard to the team’s 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver roster. The trio of drivers will combine for seven races driving for Venturini Motorsports.
    BELL:
    Christopher Bell, 2017’s Midget Chili Bowl Nationals winner and full-time driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will drive the number No.15 at Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 20 and the No.25 Toyota Camry at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14.
    THORSON:
    Tanner Thorson, 2016’s USAC National Midget Champion and two-time National Midget Driver of the Year, returns to VMS after last season’s sole ARCA start at Springfield’s Illinois State Fairgrounds dirt-mile. The 20-year old Thorson will drive the No.25 Toyota Camry at Madison Int’l Speedway on June 23 and the No. 15 Toyota Camry at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt-mile on September 4.
    LESSARD:
    Raphaël Lessard, a native of St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada, will compete in three races with VMS driving the team’s No.25 Toyota Camry. Lessard, the youngest driver on the team’s roster, was the 2016 CARS TOUR Champion driving for David Gilliland Racing last season. Lessard will make his ARCA debut at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 8 in addition to making appearances at Salem Speedway on April 30 and at the high banks of Winchester Speedway on August 6. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-14-17)
  • Spencer Davis to compete in 7 events for Venturini: Spencer Davis made it official today signing with Venturini Motorsports for seven events in the upcoming 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. Eighteen year-old Davis will make his ARCA Series debut at Talladega Superspeedway on May 5th driving VMS’ No. 15 Toyota entry. The Dawsonville, Georgia native will also appear in the No.25 Toyota Camry at Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and in the series’ finale at Kansas Speedway on October 20. “This is an incredible opportunity at this stage in my career,” says Davis. “It’s exciting not only to drive for a high caliber team such as Venturini Motorsports but also because of the type of tracks we built my schedule around. Focusing on the intermediate and superspeedways will give me valuable experience down the road as my career moves forward.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-10-17)
  • Cody Lane to attempt Daytona with Students Survival: New Age Motorsports and Students Survival Dream Academy are excited to announce that Cody Lane Racing will be competing in their first race as the Dream Team of Pasco. Cody is a 21 year-old driver. His father and him created New Age Motorsports and Driver Development to help build the racing capabilities and help guide others. The kids in the Dream Academy are learning the ins and outs of racing. They are building the car from scratch. A Dodge body running a Ilmor Engine, the kids are learning to build and tune from the ground up. Ages 17-20, they will also be the pit crew at the race. (In part from Students Survival Dream Academy PR) (02-09-17)
  • FOX Sports 1 broadcast team announced: An all-star line-up of talent is ready to deliver live coverage of the ARCA Racing Series season-opening Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway, live on FS1 Saturday, Feb. 18. FS1 lead play-by-play commentator Kevin Lee will call the action alongside veteran color commentator Phil Parsons in the booth. Jim Tretow and Heather DeBeaux will handle the duties on pit road. “ARCA’s Daytona race is a strong element of our more than 100 hours of coverage from Speedweeks,” said Steve Craddock, FOX Sports SVP of Production. “This is always the first stock car race of the season and the fans are ready to get back to racing.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-09-17)
  • Thad Moffitt to run partial schedule for Empire Racing: Empire Racing, a driver development team for Richard Petty Motorsports, is full-ahead for what looks like a busier ARCA schedule in 2017 with Petty's grandson, Thad Moffitt, at the helm of the No. 46 car for several races. Moffitt's still 16, so [Sean] Corr plans to fill the gap on the speedways as necessary. "We're building new composite cars. We have the new one we built last year and we just finished our second composite car, and we already have our chassis lined up for the third one" said Corr. "I can't wait... I love running Daytona and Talladega. We're going to try and run the 46 all year... I may possibly do Michigan and both Poconos... still working through all that. The plan is to put Thad in the car for the short tracks... Nashville, Salem, Toledo... everything he can run he plans on running." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-08-17)
  • Vinnie Miller joins MDM Motorsports for six races: MDM Motorsports has added driver Vinnie Miller to the team in 2017 as part of the team's driver development program. The 19-year-old Ortonville, Mich., native will compete in six Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) events. Miller's ARCA debut is scheduled for Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on Saturday, April 8. "I am extremely excited about the opportunity to drive for MDM Motorsports," said Miller. "The team has been really competitive and has had success in the past, so I'm grateful for the opportunity. Having Harrison Burton, Sheldon Creed, and a few others as teammates to learn from will be invaluable. My crew chief, Jamie Jones, is a veteran crew chief in NASCAR and I know that he and I will work hard to make our sponsor, Master Manufacturing, proud this season." (In part from VinnieMillerRacing.com) (02-08-17)
  • Musselman’s Apple Sauce Partners with Venturini:  Venturini Motorsports and Musselman’s Apple Sauce have agreed to a one-year partnership for the upcoming 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. “Musselman’s family of brands are excited to announce this new partnership with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said Kevin Blacker, Knouse Food’s Director of Marketing. “Over the last several years, the ARCA Series with its demographic footprint and strong fan base has provided Musselman’s with a solid platform to promote our brand through a variety of marketing and retail initiatives. We see value in the relationship between the on-track activations and the off-track consumer engagements." The Musselman’s brand will be showcasing their Musselman’s BIG CUP and Musselman’s Squeezables products in primary and associate branding on the VMS’s race fleet during the 20-race season. This will include primary branding in twelve races and associate branding across eight races. VMS and Musselman’s will unveil their new partnership with Noah Gragson driving the No.55 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota on Saturday, February 18 during ARCA’s season-opening event at Daytona. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-07-17)
  • Will Kimmel becomes a father: It's official. William James Kimmel IV has finally arrived in the world. Will and Erica Kimmel are now proud parents of a beautiful baby boy, born on this day, Feb. 2, 2017. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-02-17)
  • Ricky Sanders joins Kimmel Racing for Daytona: If Kimmel Racing is minus a few familiar faces at Daytona, rest-assured good ole number 69 will still be in the house. Stockbridge, Georgia's Ricky Sanders is scheduled to climb aboard for all the fun. "It's been a longtime relationship with the Kimmels," said Sanders. "It goes back to the first ARCA race I ran in '91...it was Frank's rookie year. We were side-by-side in the ARCA garage at Talladega. We teamed up in the garage, drafted in practice and throughout the race. I've always enjoyed working with Bill, and I want to help Will as much as I can." Sanders will be in a faster "toy" at Daytona this year, the primary car for Kimmel Racing. "The car actually tested pretty good," Kimmel said. "We're just going back through it making sure everything's tight, then go race. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-02-17)
  • Caesar Bacarella to attempt Daytona for Finney: [Brian Finney] won't be in the cockpit at Daytona. Finney will be calling the shots atop the pit box as crew chief for newcomer Caesar Bacarella. "It's very exciting," said Bacarella. "We had a real good test and I know that Brian and all the guys at Finney Racing are doing the best they can to improve on it. The car was very easy to drive in the test, very predictable. We're still looking for a little more speed, but we know where it's at." Bacarella is a road racer by trade and finished second in the Ferrari Challenge circuit on the road course at Daytona in 2016. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-01-17)