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  • Brad Smith & Hylton Motorsports returning for full 2018 schedule: Veteran driver Brad Smith will return to Hylton Motorsports and will compete in the full 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule. Smith, who won the General Tire Spirit Award in 2016, finished 8th in driver points this season after competing in all 20 events. The Michigan native has over 300 career ARCA starts and is expected to drive the No. 48 Ford again. (11-23-17)
  • ARCA releases full 2018 schedule; Charlotte & Gateway back: The 66th consecutive season for the ARCA Racing Series is now in place, as Series officials have released the 2018 schedule to include 20 race-dates across 13 states. Another healthy mix of superspeedways, intermediate tracks, paved short tracks and dirt tracks will highlight the 2018 tour, including returns trips to Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway. The race date at Charlotte will be the 21st ARCA race at the 1.5-mile speedway since 1964, and ends a 14-year hiatus. The last time ARCA raced at Gateway was 2007, when Bryan Clauson was the winner. “We are pleased to announce our complete 20-race, 2018 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “From superspeedways recognized among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks and mile dirt tracks, the schedule highlights the long standing diversity of the ARCA Racing Series. We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway." Full Schedule (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-23-17)
  • Pocono & Iowa back on the schedule in 2018: ARCA officials have announced that Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway will return to the ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2018. Pocono will hold two events, while Iowa will have one.
    POCONO:
    The ARCA Racing Series is headed back to Pocono Raceway in 2018 for its 66th and 67th appearances on the 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is coming Friday, June 1, serving as a show-opener for the NASCAR events Saturday and Sunday. ARCA will return July 27 for the ModSpace 150. "The ARCA Series races have become staples on our schedule for the last 30-plus years," said Nick Igdalsky, president and CEO of Pocono Raceway. “The mix of seeing younger drivers clash with veterans is something Pocono race fans have truly come to enjoy."
    IOWA:
    ARCA is making its way back to Iowa Speedway for another summertime, short track classic on the .875-mile Newton, Iowa oval. The 12th ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 is coming Saturday night, July 7, 2018. The race is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Central start. The Iowa 150 will serve as the preamble to the next-day IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300, bringing together a high-profile stock car tour with the top open wheel circuit in America. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-19-17)
  • Berlin Raceway returns to the ARCA schedule: It's a milestone 60 years in the making, but it will be well worth the wait when the ARCA Racing Series returns to Berlin Raceway for the 30th running of the Berlin ARCA 200 Saturday, July 21, 2018. The 200-lap race is scheduled to go under the lights with a 9 p.m. start time. "Berlin Raceway is unique among the short tracks on our schedule, in terms of its configuration and the pit road," said ARCA President Ron Drager. “It’s a track with very dedicated race fans and a long rich history, including ARCA races dating back to 1958. Berlin Raceway's location in Michigan’s Grand Rapids market is also important to us as a series." Berlin's short-track layout is more circle than oval, has no backstretch wall, and requires drivers to make a 90-degrees turn onto pit road, and a 180-degrees turn to come off pit road. It all combines to make one of the most event-filled and exciting short track shows of the season. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-18-17)
  • Bret Holmes to work with Matt Weber in 2018: After announcing that he'd be returning to the ARCA Racing Series tour full-time in 2018, Munford, Alabama's Bret Holmes has also announced the addition of crew chief Matt Weber to his Bret Holmes Racing (BHR) team. "It's a performance-based decision," said Holmes. "Matt's performance speaks for itself and we're certainly excited to welcome him to our team. Our goal is to improve performance and we think Matt's the guy to help us get there." Weber worked with Ken Schrader Racing in 2017, crew-chiefing second cars as necessary as well as crew-chiefing for Ty Majeski. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-17-17)
  • Mullins Racing seeking funded drivers for Daytona test: Mullins Racing is seeking funded drivers for the Daytona open test on January 12th and 13th. The team posted the following message on its Facebook page: "It's that time of year again! We have a few open spots for funded drivers for the 2018 Daytona open test Jan 12th & 13th. We will have 2 new composite body cars with the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine in both. Contact us for more details." (In part from Mullins Racing Facebook) (11-15-17)
  • Daytona race date officially announced: The ARCA Racing Series kicks off "Speedweeks" 2018 at Daytona Int'l Speedway with the 55th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire Saturday, Feb. 10. The annual ARCA show-opener also marks the start of ARCA's 66th consecutive season of competition. The race, which gets the green flag at approximately 4:45 p.m., will take on a new look as the entire field will be made up of the flange-fit composite body cars. ARCA announced in May of 2016 that all teams racing at Daytona and Talladega in 2018 would be required to run the composite material body. On-track activities begin Thursday, Feb. 8 with practice from 4 - 6 p.m.. There will also be a final morning practice Friday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying (Group Qualifying) at 3:30 p.m. The action on raceday Saturday includes practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, followed by ARCA driver introductions at 4:15 p.m. The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire caps the day's activities, the race ending under the lights Saturday night. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-15-17)
  • David Sear joins Kimmel Racing in 2018 for at least two races: David Sear has joined Kimmel Racing for at least two races in 2018. Sear, who drove for Ebert Motorsports this year, will compete at Iowa, Michigan, and possibly another race. The Kimmel Racing team is preparing a steel body car with a Roush Yates engine for the 63 year-old California native. (In part from Kimmel Racing Facebook) (11-14-17)
  • Jim Tretow to host the 2017 ARCA awards banquet: Veteran motorsports television analyst Jim Tretow will again be hosting the ARCA Racing Series national championship awards banquet in Indianapolis. This year's 65th annual formal awards ceremony takes place Saturday night, December 9. "I am honored to be on stage with the deserving ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers and award recipients," said Tretow. "I'm grateful to Ron Drager and Mark Gundrum for allowing me to share the stage on December 9 with all the deserving honorees." The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native's broadcast roots reach back more than 30 years, beginning with his own radio show that he started in 1985. Since then, Tretow added television to his roster of broadcast responsibilities, announcing national ASA and ARCA race events for nearly 25 years. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-14-17)
  • Former driver CW Smith passes away: ARCA Racing Series driver and retired Pennsylvania State Trooper C.W. "Skip" Smith, 70, passed away peacefully Nov. 4 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Smith raced in ARCA from 1994 - 2004, making 24 career ARCA starts. He finished an ARCA career-best 6th at Pocono Raceway in 1997. Other top-10 runs for Smith include 7th and 9th at Talladega Superspeedway and a trio of 10th-place finishes at Pocono. His best ARCA qualifying run was 5th at Pocono. Smith was a 1965 graduate of Montoursville High School, a graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Smith served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper from 1971 - 2005, retiring as a criminal investigator. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-14-17)
  • Sheldon Creed full time with MDM in 2018: Sheldon Creed announced today that he will return to MDM Motorsports to race the full 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule, with the intention of bringing home the championship. Creed’s regular spotter and top driver development expert, Lorin Ranier, is happy to see Creed return to MDM for a shot at the title. “I think that Sheldon came a long way this season, especially since the drivers he was competing against grew up racing on asphalt and Sheldon still has probably run less than 50 asphalt races in his life,” said Ranier. “He showed tremendous speed very often and his race craft improved as the year went on. MDM really came into their own this season as well, and I have no doubt Sheldon and MDM will be hard to beat for the ARCA title in 2018.” (In part from MDMMotorsports.com) (11-08-17)
  • Zane Smith back with MDM Motorsports next year: MDM Motorsports announced the second driver to its ARCA Racing Series lineup with 18-year-old Zane Smith committing to the organization for 2018. Smith will be teamed with veteran crew chief Mardy Lindley for the upcoming season. Lindley led Harrison Burton to the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and was a part of four ARCA wins this season, most recently at Kansas Speedway in the season finale. “I had the chance to work with Mardy and the team at MDM at multiple events late this year, and we were fast right off the truck at each track, so there’s a level of confidence going into a new season that I haven’t felt before,” Smith stated. “Going to Talladega this week for the superspeedway test with the composite bodies, for me, is more about building chemistry with my team.  They have certain things they want to accomplish with the aerodynamics of the race car, and I’m there to give my feedback and help us jell as a race team.  This wouldn’t be possible without my sponsors La Paz Mixes, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, KMC Wheels and SPEEDVEGAS, and it’s our goal to take each and every one of them to Victory Lane next year. (In part from MDMMotorsports.com) (11-07-17)
  • Bret Holmes returning for full 2018 schedule: The open test at Talladega Superspeedway is going to have some hometown flavor on the charts. Munford, Alabama's Bret Holmes grew up about 15 minutes away from the famous superspeedway and cut his racing teeth on the dirt track across the street. "I'm pretty excited about this one," said Holmes. "I've never got to test at Talladega. The guys are working hard at the shop…had to build a whole new speedway car for that deal. Just finished setting it up." Holmes, driver of his own No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet, is also eager to get a jumpstart on the 2018 season. "We're going to run the whole season, take what we learned last year and improve on it. Right now, obviously the focus is on the composite car for Talladega. We've got a new piece…hopefully we can keep improving on this car. There's a lot of work that goes into building a speedway car to get maximum performance out of it." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-07-17)
  • Cunningham Motorsports being sold?: Rumors are circulating that Cunningham Motorsports is for sale. Briggs Cunningham III, who jointly owns the organization with Kerry Scherer, is said to be in declining health and no longer wants to continue his ownership role with the team. Cunningham first entered the ARCA Racing Series in 1996 when he formed CSG Racing with Scherer and Mark Gibson. The team would go on to win the ARCA championship with Chase Briscoe in 2016. Scherer's role in a potential team buyout with other crew members remains unclear. (11-04-17) 
  • Kevin Reed rejoins Venturini Motorsports: Veteran crew chief Kevin Reed has rejoined Venturini Motorsports for the 2018 ARCA Racing Series season. Reed, who worked with the team full time in 2013 and 2014, is expected to oversee the No. 15 entry with Christian Eckes behind the wheel. (10-29-17)
  • Will Kimmel to run at least seven races in 2018: Will Kimmel will return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2018 for at least seven (7) races. The 29 year-old will compete at both Salem races, Springfield, DuQuoin, Chicagoland, Kansas, and another track that will be announced at a later date. FASS Fuel Systems will return to the Kimmel Racing team and will support the effort. (10-29-17)
  • Chase Purdy joins MDM Motorsports for full 2018 season: Chase Purdy is still two weeks away from his 18th birthday, but the current NASCAR Next member received an early birthday gift and will celebrate in style leading into his milestone event. Purdy and MDM Motorsports announced today that they will embark on an ARCA Racing Series championship run in 2018 that will commence at next month’s ARCA-sanctioned composite body test at Talladega Superspeedway November 7 – 8. Purdy will once again be paired with veteran crew chief Charles “Cully” Barraclough and will have continued sponsorship support from Bama Buggies and Textron Off Road. “We expect to win a good bit and certainly contend for a championship,” said Purdy, who also competed in three ARCA Series races this season with a pair of top-10 finishes. “The Rookie-of-the-Year title is a top goal, and I’ll be surrounded by good people and good equipment, so we want to have fun and be successful. I finished second five times this year in the K&N Series and I’m looking for that one spot better where we can celebrate at the end of one of these races. I ran a few ARCA races this year after we decided it was going to be the next step in my driving career, so I have a few races on radial tires and with live pit stops, which I think are the biggest challenges moving from the K&N Series. This is the next step and I’m going to make the most of it to further advance my racing career while getting closer to the ultimate goal of racing on Sundays with the big boys.” (In part from MDM Motorsports PR) (10-26-17)
  • Austin Theriault secures 2017 championship; Riley Herbst ROTY: Austin Theriault clinched the ARCA Racing Series national championship in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Ford, despite finishing 25th after he brushed the wall early on. "We overcame a lot of challenges this year," said Theriault. "We had a tremendous year…the support from back home, the crew... the all-nighters. I couldn't be more proud of the effort from everyone who shared in this championship." While Theriault took home the biggest prize, Riley Herbst, who finished ninth, wrapped up the 2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year title. "We didn't win but we got the end result we came for…pretty good payday all the way around," said Herbst. "Thanks to all my Joe Gibbs Racing guys and all their hard work, and thanks to SCOTT for the Rookie of the Year. We're coming back next year to go after the championship." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-21-17)
  • Michael Self wins at Kansas; earns first career victory: Michael Self was the meat in the middle of a five-wide sandwich on the final restart at Kansas Speedway and barely squeezed through as the leader off turn two. From there the Salt Lake City, Utah driver held off a spirited charge from Ty Majeski to win the Kansas 150 Friday night, his career-first ARCA victory. "I knew it was going to get hairy... I just kept my foot in it," said Self. "Once we got out in clean air, it was all about hitting your marks." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-21-17)
  • Natalie Decker signs with Venturini for full 2018 season: Hours before the start of Friday’s ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas Speedway, Venturini Motorsports announced that driver Natalie Decker will compete full time in the ARCA series in 2018. Decker, a 20-year old native of Eagle River, WI, will pilot Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 Toyota with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner at the controls. “It’s an incredible feeling sitting here today making this announcement,” says Decker. “It’s really a dream come true! I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports, Toyota Racing and N29 Capital Partners enough for giving me this opportunity.” The popular rookie driver has made six ARCA starts this season highlighted by two top-10 finishes and a career best seventh-place finish at Road America. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (10-20-17)
  • 29 cars entered for Kansas: Twenty-nine cars are entered for tonght's race at Kansas Speedway. Entries include #08 Kevin Hinckle, #3 Bobby Dale Earnhardt, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #10 Ed Pompa, #12 Sheldon Creed, #15 Cole Rouse, #25 Natalie Decker, #27 Travis Braden, #28 Michael Self, #41 Zane Smith, #51 Chad Finley, #55 Spencer Davis, #57 Bryan Dauzat, and #99 Ty Majeski. The Kansas 150 will begin at 8:30 PM EDT and will air on FOX Sports 2. Full Entry List (10-20-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh hopes to build momentum for 2018 at Kansas: Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team have made the best of their appearances in the ARCA Racing Series in 2017. Set for eighth ARCA start of the season in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150, Rohrbaugh and his family-owned team are determined to end the year on a high note with their second top-10 finish in his second appearance in the land of Oz. “I can’t believe it’s the end of the year,” said Rohrbaugh. “It seems like this year went incredibly fast but we’ve made a ton of gains from when we took the green flag this season and hope to make some more when the checkered flag falls on Friday night.” With a career-best eighth place finish earned in June at Michigan International Speedway, the Petersburg, West Virginia native says his team has had the speed and car capable of earning better finishes, but when it boils down to lady luck, it hasn’t been on their side. “We’ve had some bad luck at Chicago and Kansas, but I’m hoping we can right the ship and return to Kansas with some speed and shake the monkey off our back and give us some momentum to get ready for 2018.” (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (10-19-17)
  • Gus Dean running Breast Cancer Awareness Month paint scheme: For Friday night’s anticipated thriller, [Gus] Dean will boast a black and hot pink based paint scheme hoping to bring further attentiveness to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On the hood, Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons will fly in memory of Marian Bussey (Nana), Gus’s grandmother. The quarter panel will carry a message of love to the family of Peggy Shultz (Cotton), a relative of the Dean family who lost her courageous battle with an illness last week. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (10-18-17)
  • Max Force Racing promoting breast cancer awareness at Kansas: Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his Mobile based race team have teamed up with long time WKRG TV 5 Sports anchor Randy Patrick for Real Men Wear Pink at Kansas Speedway. Patrick and a group of two dozen male community leaders have joined forces to promote Breast Cancer Awareness while raising money for the American Cancer society. The annual contest pits some of Mobile’s heaviest hitters against each other as a unique way for men to support Women in their fight against breast cancer. “I think everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. We recently lost one of our Channel 5 family to breast cancer, it is just a horrible disease,” said Patrick. “The Praytors have always given back to our community and having them part of my campaign, helping promote the cause on National TV is really cool.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (10-14-17)
  • Chris Reese not running at Kansas; focusing on 2018 plans: Chris Reese will not attempt the season ending Kansas 150 on October 21st as originally planned. The Oklahoma driver crashed in practice at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, which caused extensive damage to his No. 62 Dustin's Dream Chevrolet. This damage ended his season, as he only has one car and a limited budget. The dirt track veteran is focusing on returning in 2018 at Nashville again. (10-07-17)
  • Travis Braden back with RFMS Racing at Kansas: Travis Braden is the latest entry received for the ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas Speedway Oct. 20. Braden initially subbed in the [No. 27 MatrixCare Ford] at Winchester Speedway where he responded with a solid fourth-place finish in his first attempt in the car. Then Braden got the call to run the same short track car at Chicagoland and Kentucky where he finished 11th and 8th respectively. Braden also led 12 laps at Chicagoland and was in the top-five late in the going before he fell back on older tires. Braden's been in Fike's RFMS Racing shop in Brownsburg, Ind. a couple days each week to help prepare a newer purpose-built intermediate 27 car for Kansas. "That's the plan," said Braden. "I talked with Don (Fike) and he's on the same page with that. I'm really excited. This is a huge opportunity for me at the very least to run these extra races and to be able to take advantage of the seat-time. Things are looking very positive over there." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-30-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins the Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky: It was survival of the fittest tonight at Kentucky Speedway. It was also a daring four-wide move that included Austin Theriault on a late-race restart that paid off handsomely for the Fort Kent, Maine driver. In the end, Theriault, in the No. 52 Cross Insurance Ford, held off Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith over a green-white-checker finish to win the wild Crosley Brands 150 Friday night, his seventh ARCA Racing Series victory of the season. "We had good position on the bottom and could run wide open down there," said Theriault. "You could run two, three, four wide for a while but eventually the speeds were too high to sustain it. The guys above us were taking the air off each other. Fortunately, we got the lead before anything else happened. Thanks to the 22 (Shane Lee) for giving us the good push Daytona style to help get the lead." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-23-17)
  • 30 cars entered for Kentucky Speedway: Thirty cars are entered for tonight's race at Kentucky Speedway. Entries include #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Zane Smith, #10 Dick Doheny, #15 Cole Rouse, #25 Spencer Davis, #27 Travis Braden, #28 Sheldon Creed, #33 Justin Fontaine, #41 Vinnie Miller, #42 Bo LeMastus, #55 Natalie Decker, #90 James Swanson, #94 Dale Shearer, and #99 Ty Majeski. The Crosley Brands 150 begins at 8:00 PM EDT and will air on FOX Sports 1. Full Entry List (09-22-17)
  • Austin Theriault; Ken Schrader Racing secure Kentucky sponsorship: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced that Cross Insurance of Bangor, Maine, will serve as the primary sponsor for its #52 ARCA Racing Series Ford at Kentucky Speedway. Cross Insurance is a family owned insurance agency made up of a network of wholly-owned subsidiary insurance agencies throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. “We are honored to partner with Austin and the rest of the team at Ken Schrader Racing,” Jonathan Cross, COO, Cross Insurance said. “We are looking forward to many more successful races together.” (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (09-21-17)
  • Will Kimmel; Kimmel Racing penalized & fined after DuQuoin: The Kimmel Racing #69 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team has been fined $1,500 for violation of 2017 ARCA Rulebook Pages 85-86, #10, which references ARCA-approved tires. In addition, team owner Bill Kimmel and driver Will Kimmel were each penalized with the loss of 50 championship points. The violation occurred at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Sept. 4. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-21-17)
  • Noah Gragson, Mike Senica, & Brandon Jones fined after Chicagoland: ARCA Racing Series drivers Noah Gragson and Mike Senica have been fined $250 for violation of ARCA Rulebook Page 13, Section 4, #15, and the Chicagoland Speedway Official Event Entry Blank, which collectively reference proper display of designated required sponsor logos on driver uniform. The violation occurred at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 14.
    Jones:
    Brandon Jones has been fined $500 for his 2nd violation of ARCA Rulebook Page 13, Section 4, #15, and the Chicagoland Speedway Official Event Entry Blank, which collectively reference proper display of designated required sponsor logos on driver uniform. The violation occurred at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 14. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-21-17)
  • Spencer Davis honoring Ted Christopher at Kentucky: Spencer Davis returns to the ARCA Racing Series set to make his sixth season start in Friday night’s General Tire Super Weekend; Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Davis will reunite with last week’s winning crew chief, Dave Leiner, taking over the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 Street Toys Automotive and Truck Accessories Toyota. Holding a heavy heart Davis will pay tribute to auto racing legend Teddy Christopher who tragically lost his life in a plane crash last weekend in Connecticut. Christopher, one of the leading and most diverse short track drivers in the country over the last two decades, was one of Davis’ true childhood hero’s. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-20-17)
  • Natalie Decker adds Kentucky to ARCA schedule: Venturini Motorsports has announced the addition of rookie driver Natalie Decker to team’s driver lineup for Friday’s Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Selected to pilot the No. 55 N29 Capital Partners Toyota, Decker’s originally unscheduled start comes on the heels of her early season success and the continued support from her driving partner, N29 Capital Partners, LLC. “I couldn’t be anymore happy right now,” says Decker. “Our next race was not supposed to be until next month at Kansas – but the guys from N29 Capital Partners called yesterday and told me I’m running Kentucky. It’s awesome – totally caught me off-guard. I can’t thank them enough.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-19-17)
  • Cole Rouse Joins Venturini for Kentucky & Kansas: Venturini Motorsports announced today that 20-year old Cole Rouse will compete in the final two ARCA Racing Series season events starting with Friday’s Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Rouse, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, will make his ARCA series debut driving the VMS prepared No. 15 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota at Kentucky Speedway. He’ll also drive in the series’ season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 20. “This is an exciting opportunity – one we’ve been working on for some time,” said Cole Rouse. “The ARCA Series has long been a great launching pad for so many drivers, and to make my first start this week at Kentucky with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports is a huge honor.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-19-17)
  • Christopher Bell wins at Chicagoland: They may not have had the best car, but they had the best strategy. Christopher Bell bolted on four fresh General Tires during the final caution; then, with a bold, bonsai move on the high-side, charged from the eighth starting position to the front over a green-white-checker finish to win the thrilling ARCA Racing Series SCOTT 150 Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Bell, in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-Musselman's Apple Sauce-JBL Toyota, had barely a top-five car but got a big break with 10 laps to go when leader Michael Self, who led 29 laps, cut a right-front tire and brought out the final caution. Bell, under the direction of his crew chief Dave Leiner, came down pit road for his last set of tires, which gave the Norman, Okla. driver the magic he needed to get the lead. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-18-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh donates to hurricane victims; back at Chicagoland: The 2017 Hurricane season has been brutal for the United States and even though Codie Rohrbaugh lives in Petersburg, WV, it didn’t stop him from giving back. While his team was readily preparing his No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for Thursday night’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, Rohrbaugh was overseeing two semi-tractors loaded with water that Rohrbaugh donated to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. The shipments arrived in Texas this past Friday and will be distributed to victims by local officials throughout the week. “It felt really good to do something great for the people of Texas,” said Rohrbaugh. “We’re a long way away from Texas, but we wanted to do what we can to help with the relief effort. Some people lost everything and I’m blessed to be able to go race a stock car at Chicagoland Speedway this week. It was the right thing to do.” Keeping Texans in his thoughts and prayers, Rohrbaugh’s partner Grant County Mulch has donated its hood for the 100-lap race Thursday night which will adorn the Texas state flag with the message “Prayers for Texas.” (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (09-12-17)
  • Ken Schrader Racing secures Chicagoland sponsorship: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Unicover, Inc., of Britt, Iowa will serve as the primary sponsor on the #52 car for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Theriault, current ARCA points leader will drive the Unicover Ford. Theriault has won six races this season with the Concord, North Carolina team. Unicover Inc. manufactures aluminum, fiberglass and commercial grade pickup truck caps. The company has over 200 dealers in the Midwest and Canada. (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (09-12-17)
  • Christopher Bell returns to ARCA at Chicagoland: Christopher Bell returns to competition with Venturini Motorsports and the ARCA Racing Series for Thursday’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to rejoining VMS behind the wheel of the team’s prepared No. 25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce / JBL Audio Toyota Camry in a rare Thursday night series feature, the 22-year old Norman, Oklahoma native also looks to wrap up the NCWTS regular-season championship in Friday night’s Chicagoland 225. “It’s exciting coming back to the ARCA Series, especially with Venturini Motorsports,” said Bell. “They’re just a fun bunch to be around... I’ve always enjoyed racing with them and we’ve had a lot of success together over the last couple of seasons. And the ARCA race is just really good preparation for the Truck race.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-12-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins at Salem; earns third consecutive victory: [Austin] Theriault, driving a special blue and white Bowsher Throwback scheme, hunted down Zane Smith in the closing laps, passed him with four laps to go, then drove away to win the 102nd running of the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic. It was Theriault's sixth win of the season and third consecutive in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Ford. "What an honor to win here... this seems like everybody's favorite track," said Theriault. "This place will beat you up. I didn't know Jack (Bowsher) obviously but to be mentioned in the same sentence with him is an honor. A lot of his family was here tonight and with me in Victory Lane... pretty special to be a part of that. Maybe he was riding with us tonight." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-10-17)
  • 23 cars entered for Salem Speedway: Twenty-three cars are entered for tonight's Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway. Entries include #3 Darrell Basham, #10 Ed Pompa, #15 Christian Eckes, #28 Zane Smith, #31 Josh Williams, #33 Justin Fontaine, #55 Bo LeMastus, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will begin at 7:15 PM EDT and will televised at a later date. Full Entry List (09-09-17)
  • Gus Dean to run Kevin Cywinski throwback scheme at Salem: Gus Dean returns to Salem Speedway for Saturday night’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 looking for his second career win. Competing at one of his favorite tracks on the ARCA circuit, Dean is hoping that carrying a special paint scheme recognizing his car owner Kevin Cywinski’s success in his early years of Late Model competition will produce the magic for Dean to celebrate in Victory Lane with his retro No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry. “I can’t wait to get back to Salem,” said Dean who idles fourth in the championship standings with four races remaining in 2017. “The last three weeks have been unique for me. From a dirt track to a road course to another dirt track. It’s been a little overwhelming, so I’m eager to get back to some familiar territory and put this special Kevin Cywinski-paint scheme in the winner’s circle.” Dean’s GREE race car will sport Cywinski’s ride from his 1993 Late Model season where Cywinski raced across the Midwest with sponsorship from Valvoline and routinely found himself in Victory Lane. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (09-09-17)
  • Zane Smith making MDM Motorsports debut: Zane Smith will make his debut with MDM Motorsports at Salem Speedway located in Salem, Ind., on Saturday. He will drive the No. 28 KMC Wheels Toyota in the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 by Meadow View/Salem Crossing. Smith, 18, has scored nine top-10 finishes and four top-five finishes in 13 career ARS starts. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native joins an organization that has won four ARS races this season with four different drivers. “MDM Motorsports has proven that it is a winning organization,” said Smith. “To be able to pilot a Toyota Camry out of that shop is an honor. I can’t wait to get to work at Salem this weekend.” (In part from MDM Motorsports PR) (09-09-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins the General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin: Austin Theriault put an exclamation point on a picture-perfect day for Ken Schrader Racing Monday afternoon at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt. Right after bossman Ken Schrader wheeled his own modified to victory lane, Theriault steered Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota to the winner's circle in the ARCA Racing Series General Tire GRABBER 100, the 64th edition of the Southern Illinois 100. Theriault, from outside row one, out-hustled leader Shane Lee into turn one during the second green-white-checker attempt and pulled away while Lee got the chrome horn from Sheldon Creed. While Creed and Lee banged around back and forth, Theriault drove away from everyone, winning by just over a second at the final stripe. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-06-17)
  • 24 cars entered for General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin: Twenty-four cars are entered for Monday's General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Entries include #3 Joe Cooksey, #10 Tyler Speer, #11 Brandon Grosso, #15 Tanner Thorson, #24 Ryan Unzicker, #25 Tom Hessert, #27 AJ Fike, #33 Tyler Dippel, #45 Payton Taylor, #55 Frankie Kimmel, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will take place at 3:00 PM CDT and will air tape delayed on MAVTV at a later date. Full Entry List (09-03-17)
  • Tyler Dippel racing at DuQuoin despite K&N race conflict; full time in 2018?: The postponement of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race from Langley Speedway has forced Rette Jones Racing to make an adjustment to its driver lineup for the rescheduled Visit Hampton Virginia 150 on Mon., Sept. 5. Tyler Dippel, who was originally slated to pull double-duty for Rette Jones Racing at Langley and compete in Monday afternoon’s ARCA Racing Series race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds will forgo the K&N East race from Langley and honor his ARCA commitments for AM Racing and their development partner Win-Tron Racing in a collaborative effort with Rette Jones Racing. Dippel will make his third ARCA Racing Series start of the year in the General Tire Grabber 100 aboard the No. 33 TYCAR Trenchless Technologies / D and A Concrete Contractor Toyota. Team owner Mark Rette spoke about the team’s changes to their driver lineup. “It took us a couple of days to really decide what we wanted to do,” said Rette who co-owns Rette Jones Racing with business partner Terry Jones. “With our focus on moving our K&N East program to a full-time ARCA program with Tyler (Dippel) next year, we felt it was important for him to get more experience in an ARCA car and prepare for 2018." (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (09-03-17)
  • Brandon Grosso to drive second Ken Schrader car at DuQuoin: Brandon Grosso will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois Labor Day Monday Sept. 4. Fresh off a solid second-place finish at Concord Speedway in North Carolina in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race, Grosso is preparing to take his success on dirt and asphalt this year and combine those skills for the DuQuoin "Magic Mile" dirt. “This race means a lot to me and will be the biggest of my career,” said Grosso. “To be able to make my first ARCA Racing Series start with Ken Schrader Racing is an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Matt and the team and especially excited knowing that Kenny will be there to provide advice is a big boost for me.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (09-02-17)
  • Clubb Racing teamed with Roger Carter at Springfield?: Rumors are circulating that Alex Clubb teamed with former ARCA car owner and wanted North Carolina absconder Roger Carter to compete in the Herr's Potato Chips 100 at Springfield on August 20th. Alex Clubb previously drove for Carter's organization in 2015 and allegedly received financial support from him this year.
    SOURCE:
    An anonymous source states that Alex Clubb originally formed Clubb Racing with another business partner. Clubb's original partner purchased the car with the agreement that Clubb would pay the partner back for half of the cost. The partner decided to walk away from the deal after Clubb refused to accept money from funded drivers that would put Clubb Racing on track. Since the car was outdated and needed countless new parts to be race ready, Clubb allegedly accepted a deal that he was previously offered by Roger Carter that gave him enough money to race. Clubb was to run Carter's car number (97) and pay him back over time as he entered more races and acquired more equipment. After wrecking the car at Springfield, Clubb still owes both Carter and his original business partner money. It is unknown if Clubb is still working with Carter to race in future events.
    CLUBB:
    Alex Clubb has denied any involvement with Roger Carter in regards to his Springfield effort. Clubb has stated that he took Carter's No. 97 as his own since he ran events with it in the past. He also states that some of his equipment was acquired from Carter 2 Motorsports when the team went under. The Illinois driver "figure[d] the rumor mill would start when [he] showed up with [Carter's] old number." (09-01-17)