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  • Preliminary Daytona entry list released: The preliminary entry list for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona has been posted. Notable entries include #00 Barry Fitzgerald, #06 Ed Pompa, #0 James Swanson, #8 Austin Hill, #23 Grant Enfinger, #54 Matt Kurzejewski, #68 David Levine, #78 Mason Mitchell, #82 Patrick Starapoli, #83 Derrick Lancaster, and #94 Dalton Hopkins. Additional entries are expected to be added soon. Preliminary Entry List (01-24-15)
  • DGM Racing to field Daytona entry for Russ Dugger: Russ Dugger is excited to announce his return to Daytona's famed high banks, with sights firmly set on running up front in the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200. Dugger will again be in top notch equipment when he climbs behind the wheel of his [DGM Racing] Chevrolet for what may be the finale of his professional driving career. Tanda Racing, a kart racing organization based in Norman, Oklahoma will be the primary sponsor for Dugger's entry for the Valentine's Day race, highlighting their "Promoting Youth In Motorsport" mission. (In part from Russ Dugger Racing PR) (01-24-15)
  • Ken Schrader Racing back full time in 2015 UPDATE 2 Campbell and Thompson at Daytona; Tifft returning?: Veteran race car driver Ken Schrader was on stage Saturday as the sixth-place owner. He said he wasn’t sure of the details for Ken Schrader Racing in 2015, but said the team expects to have plenty of the ARCA Racing Series in its future. “I’m very glad to be part of the ARCA series and we’ll be there for all 20 races with Federated Car Care as our sponsor,” Schrader said. “I’m very excited about the new body with the ARCA Ilmor engine and very excited for the new season.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-15-14)
    UPDATE: Clay Campbell and Mark Thompson are the rumored Ken Schrader Racing drivers for Daytona in February. Campbell, the president of Martinsville Speedway, drove for the team at Daytona and Talladega last year. He also participated in the Daytona open test in December. Mark Thompson is also expected to drive a second car. Thompson owns Phoenix Air and has been a long time competitor in the series, most recently driving for Turner Scott Motorsports and Venturini Motorsports. (01-08-15)
    UPDATE 2: There is more good news coming from the ARCA Racing Series – expect to see a lot of Ken Schrader Racing on the tour in 2015. The team is expected to return in 2015 with much the same cast of drivers to include Schrader, Clay Campbell and, more than likely, 18-year-old Matt Tifft. “Right now, we’ve got Clay Campbell in for Daytona and Talladega,” Schrader said. “I can tell you that I’ll be driving in the first Salem race, Toledo, Winchester, IRP (Lucas Oil Raceway), DuQuoin and the last Salem for sure, maybe more. Outside of that, I’m confident that you’ll see some Matt Tifft appearances in there too.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (01-24-15)
  • Group qualifying for Daytona: For the first time in ARCA history at Daytona, Menards Pole Qualifying will be conducted in a group qualifying format, similar to the procedure at Talladega Superspeedway last year. This will include the element of “drafting,” which will likely produce speeds significantly higher than last year. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (01-19-15)
  • Frank Kimmel to join Venturini Motorsports OFFICIAL Sharing car with Brandon Jones: Frank Kimmel is expected to join Venturini Motorsports for Friday’s open-test session at Daytona International Speedway, CATCHFENCE.com has learned. Kimmel with backing from longtime partner Ansell and Menards has left Win-Tron Racing and is certain to fill the spot for graduated driver Justin Boston. The Jefferson, Indiana native is expected to compete for the team in the 2015 season-opener next month on February 14. While details of the once former rivals is still forthcoming, sources close to the situation say that Kimmel has funding for at least 10 ARCA races this season. Kimmel, 52, has hoisted the No. 44 in ARCA Racing Series competition since 2008, but it’s likely that Kimmel will campaign with the iconic Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 this season. Kimmel is expected to be joined by Cody Coughlin, Leilani Munter and Daniel Suarez as Venturini Motorsports teammates for the Lucas Oil 200. (In part from Catchfence.com) (01-13-15)
    OFFICIAL: Officials from Ansell Protective Products and Menards announced today that they will move their ARCA Racing Series team sponsorship program to Venturini Motorsports in 2015. In addition to the team sponsorship announcement, Ansell and Menards disclosed that 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel would run a 10-race schedule in 2015, with development driver Brandon Jones driving the Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry in the remaining 10 events. The car will be the No. 25, the flagship car of Venturini Motorsports. “As the sponsorship world changes, we all know how difficult it is to run a full season, so we had to get creative with our sponsors Ansell and Menards,” Kimmel said. “It’s a situation where we all had to pool our resources to make this program go.” Ansell and Menards will be co-primary sponsors on the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota for 15 events and each will serve as associate sponsors on the remaining five events. Kimmel will be a driver, mentor, coach and spokesman at Venturini Motorsports. In addition to Daytona, Kimmel is expected to compete at Toledo Speedway; both Pocono events; Michigan International Speedway; Chicagoland Speedway; Berlin Raceway; the mile dirt tracks at both Springfield and DuQuoin, and the fall Salem event. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-15-15)
  • Team BCR Racing to field entry for Cole Powell at Daytona: Cole Powell has signed with Team BCR Racing to drive the #88 Tricar Ford at Daytona for the Lucas Oil 200. Before making his Daytona debut in 2014, Powell was named the 2013 NASCAR Whelen Modified Rookie of the Year; the first Canadian to win this title. Powell made his ARCA Racing Series Daytona debut in 2014, where he  was involved in a multi-car incident early in the race. Cole Powell said, "I am really looking forward to 2015, and starting it off with Team BCR is very exciting. Their proven track record, equipment and crew members are very promising, and I feel that I have a great shot at winning this race." (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (01-15-14)
  • Blake Jones testing for Cunningham; preparing for Daytona race: As long as Blake Jones can remember, he’s dreamed of the day when he would be old enough to drive at Daytona. That dream will come true Friday, January 16 when the 18-year-old driver climbs aboard the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge for the open test in preparation for the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200. “It’s surreal,” Jones said. “It’s a dream come true. I don’t think it has really set in yet, but I am sure that it will become more real on Friday at the test. But, the test will be just a taste of the entire experience. It’s crazy how God works….two-and-a-half years after we began our association, I am preparing to race at Daytona with Cunningham Motorsports. To be working with Paul Andrews (NASCAR championship crew chief) and spotter Rusty Webb completes my dream.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (01-13-15)
  • Cole Custer to run partial ARCA schedule for JR Motorsports: JR Motorsports will field cars for [Cole] Custer in select NASCAR K&N Pro Series events as well as a limited number of ARCA races. He has four career K&N Pro Series victories. (In part from NASCAR.com) (01-13-15)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching to drive for RACE 101 at Daytona: On Feb. 14, Sarah Cornett-Ching, 23, will be behind the wheel of a stock car at the challenging Daytona 200. "I am pretty excited, and it still feels a little bit surreal," said Cornett-Ching. Racing in such a prestigious race doesn't seem like such a long shot, when Cornett-Ching's background is taken into consideration. She has been a part of the high speed world since she was a little girl, going to races with her dad Joe Cornett-Ching. "At first I liked hanging out with my dad, but then I started to like the more competitive side of racing," she said. By 12, she was racing cars herself at the Penticton Speedway. There were some memorable wins along the way, but a turning point for her was winning a scholarship for a driving school in North Carolina called Race 101. "I spent a year doing that, on and off, in 2011," she said. "I learned a ton from that program from the technical side of cars, the way cars handle, to the marketing side as well." Since then, she has raced her late model stock car around BC and had a few wins. She also stayed in touch with the owner of Race 101, Tony Blanchard, and got the opportunity to go test at Daytona in 2013. Cornett-Ching couldn't race in the Daytona 200 that year, however, because she didn't have funding. To raise money for the race in 2015, she took 2014 off, working as a welder in BC and Saskatchewan. She has raised most of what she needs to participate, but still has a way to go. No matter what, she plans to race on Feb. 14. After the Daytona 200, Cornett-Ching hopes to race the rest of the ARCA season. Her ultimate goal is to race in NASCAR and make a living as a race car driver. "That would be awesome if I could do that," she said. (In part from Castanet.net) (01-09-15)
  • Max Force Racing separates from Hixson; changes car number: With sponsorship from DK-LOK USA Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his Mobile, Alabama based Max Force race team will attempt to become the first full time ARCA team based out of Mobile, Alabama. The last two seasons Praytor and Max Force Racing have been paired with Soddy Daisy, Tennessee’s Hixson Motorsports.  “This is a huge opportunity for our race team,” said Thomas Praytor. “We really could not have gotten here without Pam and Wayne Hixson believing in me and making the last 2 years possible. We wish them the best with the 2 car and the 3 car in the future.” There will be a lot of changes for Praytor’s Max Force team in 2015. The team has acquired owner’s points from Cunningham Motorsports and will be changing from the number 2 to the number 9. While changes will be a theme in 2015 some things will remain the same, the Moose will continue to pilot DK-LOK Fords powered by rock solid Roush Yates Horsepower. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (01-07-15)
  • Mark Rette leaves Win-Tron to form own team with Terry Jones OFFICIAL: ARCA champion crew chief Mark Rette has left Win-Tron Racing and Frank Kimmel. He has formed his own team for the 2015 season with driver Terry Jones. The two veterans will compete in the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. An official announcement is expected soon. (12-07-14)
    OFFICIAL: A new ARCA Racing Series team headquartered in a 10,000 square foot Mooresville, North Carolina shop will debut next month at Daytona International Speedway. On Tuesday, veteran ARCA Racing Series driver Terry Jones announced the creation of Rette Jones Racing, a new team started by the Amherstburg, Ontario native and 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship crew chief Mark Rette. Together, the two racers will field a part-time ARCA Racing Series team beginning with February’s Lucas Oil 200. The team also hopes to expand into other racing divisions, such as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series as they build their platform. “I’m excited to be back on an ownership level in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with partner Mark (Rette),” said Jones. “Together, we are both determined to build a successful and winning organization that will field cars not only in ARCA, but in other series too. It’s a big task for us to put together a competitive program for Daytona next month, but Rette Jones Racing is determined to debut strong and show everyone what we’re capable of.” The team will also concentrate on breeding new young talent at the ARCA Racing Series level behind the wheel of their newly acquired race fleet in select races. Jones will debut for RJR in the 2015 ARCA Racing Series opener next month behind the wheel of the No. 30 Toyota Camry. The team will also utilize the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package throughout the season. Further key announcements from Rette Jones Racing are forthcoming in the coming weeks. (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (01-06-15)
  • Team Stange Racing announces sponsorship for Chicagoland; Iowa: Team Stange Racing will race the No. 46 Ford with co-primary sponsorship from Shooters Restaurant Group for the June 20th ARCA 150 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois and on July 17th for the Iowa ARCA 150 in Newton, Iowa. “Today it is great pleasure to announce the first step of our 2015 ARCA plans as we work towards announcing more races to our 2015 ARCA schedule. We are working very hard and I am still hopeful to announce a Daytona program for next month as well” said Ashley Stange, co-owner Team Stange Racing. A driver for the No. 46 Ford for Chicagoland and Iowa has not been chosen as of this time. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (01-05-15)
  • Our Motorsports to run partial schedule with Tommy Barrett Jr: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour team owner Chris Our arrived in the series in 2012 with no history in the division and quickly made it clear he was building an organization to be reckoned with. Now Our is taking the steps to take that organization to a much larger stage. Our will field a car part-time for Tommy Barrett Jr. on the ARCA Racing Series in 2015. “We purchased a speedway car,” Our said. “We’re going down to test on [January 16] and then we’re going to go back for the Daytona race and take it from there. The goal right now is to run from two to four races this year and see how it goes. The opening race will tell the story about where we’re at and how we’re going to do. We leased a fresh motor from a top team that should be very stout. It’s a real good piece. So we should be good that way. And it’s a beautiful car.” (In part from Our Motorsports PR) (01-03-15)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports fined after Daytona test: Based on violation of the established restrictor plate size and dimension rule during the ARCA sanctioned open test at Daytona Int’l Speedway December 19-20, Carter 2 Motorsports team owner Roger Carter has been fined in the amount of $1,000. (ARCARacing.com) (01-03-15)
  • Tom Hessert rejoins Cunningham for first five races of 2015:  Tom Hessert will climb into the Cunningham Motorsports No. 77 Dodge this weekend at Daytona, testing the ARCA Racing Series car as a prelude to racing at the 2.5-mile superspeedway in February. According to Cunningham Motorsports officials, Hessert has plans to compete in the first five races of the 2015 season with the team – which would include Daytona, Mobile, Nashville, Salem and Talladega. Cunningham Motorsports is expected to make more announcements about its 2015 season soon, company officials said. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-19-14)
  • David Levine to drive full season for Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports is excited to welcome David Levine to its driver lineup in 2015. Levine will be the newest member of Lira Motorsports, the local race team based out of Port Orange, Florida. Levine plans to run a full schedule in 2015 in the ARCA Racing Series. Levine has made a career as a road course specialist thus far, focusing on sports cars, stock cars, and open wheel formula cars. In 2013, Levine was the closing driver in the Ford Mustang Boss 302 for Racers Edge and he also drove the No. 43 in three ARCA races for the Richard Petty organization, including a top-10 finish in the Scott 160 at Road America. (In part from Anthem Motorsports PR) (12-19-14)
  • Cody Coughlin returns to Venturini Motorsports for 10 races: Cody Coughlin [will] compete at Daytona Int'l Speedway in what will be his first of ten scheduled ARCA Racing Series events in 2015 with Venturini Motorsports in the number-55 Toyota Camry. "This is something I've always wanted, to be able to do in my chosen profession, so I am excited about it,"said Coughlin, who just turned 19. "Venturini Motorsports has always had fast cars at Daytona, including winning the pole for last year's event." Coughlin will once again have Dave Leiner as his crew chief for the 2015 season. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (12-13-14)
  • ARCA revises bonus point system, qualifying rain-outs, free pass; introduces short track challenge: The ARCA Racing Series announced some changes to its point system and qualifying procedure Friday, changes that will take effect beginning with the 2015 season opener at Daytona International Speedway February 14. “We are looking at our 63rd season of racing,” ARCA President Ron Drager said. “And, one of the things we pride ourselves on is staying on top of what we need to do to be around another 63 year.
    Point System - [Five] bonus points for winning a race, changing the qualifying points to award only a five-point bonus to the pole winner. Previously, the top three qualifiers earned points.
    Qualifying - If qualifying is rained out and a practice session was completed, ARCA will set the 2015 race lineup by the practice speeds, not owner points. Provisional spots will still be awarded when necessary.
    Free Pass - The free pass [will be awarded to drivers all race, instead of just in the last 10 laps].
    Also new in 2015 will be the introduction of a new short track challenge, a championship points standings for drivers and owners at tracks a mile and less, plus road courses. The series has long had the Hoosier Superspeedway Challenge, a similar series within the overall series point system. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-12-14)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports announces Austin Wayne Self as driver: Austin Wayne Self will drive the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford for Mason Mitchell Motorsports in 2015. The announcement was made Friday at the annual ARCA Racing Series press conference during the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show. “I think the goal, realistically, going into 2015, is to compete for the championship,” Mitchell said. “Austin is a talented race car driver. The combination of our team and Austin will be able to compete for wins and compete for the championship again.” Self said he was looking forward to the 2015 season, starting with the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 14. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-12-14)
  • Grant Enfinger has no current plans in place for next season: Even though [Grant] Enfinger is now an established driver, he also added that making money in the offseason has to be a priority. "After the ARCA season was over I got a day job at GMS Racing up in North Carolina," he said. "I've been on the road with the trucks teams and stuff like that, but it's tough watching them when you're working and you want to be driving. "As of right now, I don't have anything lined up for 2015. All of it is sponsorship pending. There's just so much that goes into it but, the longer I'm in it, the longer I'm involved, the more I appreciate every opportunity I get. I've definitely been blessed." (Pensacola News Journal) (12-11-14)
  • Bobby Gerhart Racing re-signs Lucas Oil: Bobby Gerhart Racing has announced that it has re-signed Lucas Oil for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. "The 2015 season marks our 12th year with Lucas Oil,” Bobby Gerhart said. “We are very proud of our association with Lucas Oil and the success that we have enjoyed together at Daytona. We are looking forward to another strong effort in the 2015 Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-11-14)
  • John Wes Townley has no ARCA plans for 2015: John Wes Townley has no current plans to compete in the ARCA Racing Series in 2015. Townley competed in 15 events this past season, missing several races due to a hard crash at Pocono Raceway while qualifying. The 24 year-old plans on concentrating on NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World events next season. (12-10-14)
  • Garrett Smithley attempting Daytona race with Rick Ware Racing/MacDonald: Garrett Smithley will be back behind the wheel of an ARCA Racing Series stock car at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. The Kannapolis (NC) based driver will pilot the MacDonald Motorsports/Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet Impala stock car in preparation for the 200 mile season opener on 14th February before making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series a week later. Smithley is eager to get back to the track. "There is nothing like driving at Daytona. The first time I tested there in 2012, I was admittedly nervous, but after making more laps at Daytona with the Richard Petty Driving Experience and racing at Talladega earlier this season, I’m very confident going back.” (In part from Garrett Smithley Racing PR) (12-10-14)
  • Entry list for ARCA Daytona Test: The ARCA Racing Series has published a tentative entry list for the Daytona open test that will be held on December 19th and 20th. Forty-six drivers are entered, including #12 Tyler Audie, #46 Christian Celaya, #55 Cody Coughlin, #75 Benny Chastain, #87 Derrick Lancaster, Mike Affarano, David Levine, and Raul Orlandini. View the complete entry list on ARCA's official website. Full Entry List (12-09-14)
  • Multiple crew chief changes for 2015?: While drivers are currently finalizing their 2015 plans, ARCA crew chiefs are doing the same. It is rumored that Ryan “Pickle” London has left GMS Racing and has joined Mason Mitchell Motorsports to become Austin Wayne Self's new crew chief. Jamie Jones is reported to be no longer with the championship winning team. Matt Weber, who was traded to Venturini Motorsports with six races remaining in the 2014 season by Mason Mitchell Motorsports, will replace Teddy Brown at Team BCR Racing. (12-07-14)
  • Team BCR Racing signs Will Carroll for partial schedule: Beginning in the 2015 season, Will Carroll will make his ARCA Racing Series debut with Team BCR Racing and Development Team. Carroll plans to compete in a limited schedule in 2015, with the goal to run for a Championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 2016.  “Team BCR is excited and proud to welcome Will to the team,” says Team Manager, Howard Bixman. “We’ve been working with Will over the last few years, where he has developed into a NASCAR Champion driving for Anthony Campi Racing (ACR 81). The next step in his career is the ARCA Racing Series, where this developmental driver will be competing at tracks such as Daytona International Speedway to the historic Salem Speedway. We are looking forward to being a part of this two-year development program with Will to further his career into the top ranks of NASCAR.”Marketing partners and complete 2015 debut schedule will be announced at a later date. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (12-03-14)
  • Alex Malycke released from detention center: Alex Malycke was released from the Loudoun County Detention Center following a 7-month stay. He was charged with a string of Attempted Grand Larcenies (Copper) and one B&E along with a rash of driving penalties (14 infractions since January) and a Probation Violation - Weapons Offense. We now know the reason for the season long Withdraw's from ARCA #91. (In part from RaceRap.com) (12-03-14)
  • 2015 ARCA Schedule Announced; Elko and Madison lose dates: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America released the full 2015 ARCA Racing Series schedule Wednesday, and the tour once again has something for everyone. The 63rd season of the nationally-renowned stock car racing series will again include stops at superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks and a road course over a 20-race season. And, for the first time since 1992, the ARCA Racing Series will race at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville, Tenn., bringing the .596-mile short track back into the series fold. Also returning to the schedule after a one-year absence is Iowa Speedway, where ARCA raced every year from 2006-2013.“We’re proud of the diversity of the track configurations, the tradition inherent in the venues, and the markets represented by the 2015 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Maintaining the 20-race schedule is important to the team owners and our marketing partners, and we appreciate the opportunity to share the track with so many great racing series on any given weekend. We feel our schedule is unique in motorsports, and provides a challenging platform for race teams and an exciting, compelling showcase for race fans.” Full Schedule (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-26-14)
  • Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville added to 2015 schedule: The ARCA Racing Series will return to tradition-rich Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2015, officials from ARCA, the Fairgrounds and Track Enterprises announced today. The national championship stock car tour will contest a 200-lap race on the .596-mile, high banked paved oval on Saturday, April 11. Since the series’ inception in 1953, there have been 23 races at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, but none since David Green won there in 1992. “Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville is a destination track for racers and fans, and is located in an important market for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Our Series has a rich history of racing at the track, and we look forward to bringing our superspeedway-style full-size stock cars, featuring racing with live pit stops, back to Nashville in a long distance event.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-24-14)
  • Andy Seuss Motorsports to test at Daytona; seeking drivers: Andy Seuss had a very successful 2014 racing season [winning] the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour championship [and earning] the Most Popular Driver award for the Tour. Like many racers across the country, driving racecars is a sideline for Seuss.  Unlike many of those other racers though, Seuss has been able to make much of his living by working on other people’s racecars.  Last year alone, Seuss worked as a consultant on everything from NASCAR Truck Series machines to ARCA Racing Series cars to other Modifieds.  Now, Seuss is going to take another step forward in that career path by teaming up with fellow competitor Brian Dauzat to form Andy Seuss Motorsports. Andy Seuss Motorsports will compete in the ARCA Racing Series.  Two superspeedway cars are currently being prepared for next month’s ARCA Open Test at Daytona International Speedway.  The team has open seats available for the test dates and for upcoming ARCA races as well. (In part from Andy Seuss Motorsports PR) (11-20-14)
  • Team BCR Racing renews partnership with Motor Honey: Officials at Team BCR Racing are pleased to announce the team will renew their partnership with longtime National Marketing Partner Motor Honey for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season with driver Brennan Poole. Motor Honey will serve as a Primary Marketing partner with Team BCR for select races throughout the 2015 season beginning at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200. CEO and President of Casite’s Motor Honey brand, John Antakli said, “We are very excited to build upon last year's successful season with Howard Bixman and Team BCR, teaming up with Brennan Poole in 2015.  The ARCA Racing Series continues to be a great spot for Motor Honey to be as we focus on grass roots motorsports marketing and young, up-and-coming drivers - and winners - of the future.” (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (11-18-14)
  • Leilani Munter to enter Daytona with Venturini; working on full schedule:  Leilani Munter announced on her personal Twitter account that she will attempt the season opening ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona in February with sponsorship from Energy Freedom. Munter also stated that she is working on a full schedule for 2015. The 40 year-old environmental activist from Rochester, MN ran a partial schedule this past season and has seven total career starts. (11-16-14) 
  • Optional composite body allowed for short tracks in 2015: Teams competing in the ARCA Racing Series will have the option of running new flange-fit, modular panel, composite material bodies at tracks one mile and less in length beginning in 2015. Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and Five Star Race Car Bodies announced today the details of the new optional body package for the upcoming 2015 ARCA Racing Series season, including availability and pricing. ARCA teams will have the option at short track venues in ’15 to compete with showroom stock-appearing Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Chevrolet SS body packages, constructed with state of the art, composite laminate blend materials engineered to be lightweight and durable, and to resist deflection at high speeds. The complete body is comprised of 12 flange-fit modular panels, for ease of installation and quick replacement, and weighs less than 135 pounds. The ease-of-installation design allows teams to install the entire body in their respective shops, and to perform replacement of damaged panels at the team’s shop or at the track, resulting in significant savings in time and labor required for repairs. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-04-14)
  • Brandon Jones joins Richard Childress Racing driver lineup: Richard Childress Racing is adding NASCAR K&N Pro Series driver Brandon Jones to their NASCAR XFINITY Series lineup on a part-time basis for the 2015 season. “I have been watching Brandon the past few years and like what I see in him as a driver and a person,” said Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of RCR. “Adding him to our developmental program and putting him in our No. 33 Chevrolet is a good move for us and his career. I look forward to seeing his progression next year and welcome him to the RCR family.” Jones also plans to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Series on a limited basis in 2015. (In part from Richard Childress Racing PR) (11-03-14)
  • Brennan Poole to drive part time for Team BCR Racing next season: Brennan Poole has signed a partial schedule with Team BCR Racing. The schedule will begin at Daytona for the annual Lucas Oil 200. “I’m looking forward to working with Team BCR this year,” says Poole. “They are a great team with a strong reputation, and they have given me an awesome opportunity. I feel really blessed to be a part of this team!” Brennan Poole has signed for a minimum of ten races this season, which include the televised races on Fox Sports 1 and 2. If additional funding is secured, the team will plan to run for the 2015 Championship. Marketing partners, along with a race schedule, will be announced in the next few weeks. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (11-01-14)
  • Scotty Hubler tentatively planning on partial 2015 schedule: 22 year-old Scotty Hubler is tentatively planning on competing in another partial ARCA schedule next season with Bobby Gerhart Racing. The Coplay, PA driver plans to race at Daytona, Talladega, both Pocono events, and possibly more at other tracks if sponsorship can be found. Hubler made two starts this year and recorded his best finish at Talladega, where he finished in 24th position. (10-30-14)  
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports releases statement concerning 2015 plans:  Mason Mitchell Motorsports has released a statement concerning the team's 2015 ARCA Racing Series plans. The statement in its entirety is as follows:
    Mason Mitchell Motorsports was built to become the premier TRUE driver development camp, for young drivers that show the ability on and off the track, and the level of dedication its young founder MASON MITCHELL has shown to become the best drivers in ARCA Series, so that MMM's drivers can graduate from MMM annually with ARCA wins and championships and truly get the attention of top NASCAR teams that will offer Driver Developement opportunities to MMM drivers who have graduated with full honors in every area, as Mason Mitchell has demonstrated throughout the 2014 season.
    - MMM is a strict place, and funds alone will not get you accepted at MMM, you must have talent and people skills to make up a whole package we can build upon.
    - MMM has signed a driver to run the number 98 for the ARCA championship in 2015, (TBA at PRI show).
    - MMM has a fleet of all new cars on the ground for its second team, the #78 team, plus still more new cars being built as we speak, all to accommodate the needs of drivers that have to get tested at the 1.5 - 2.5 mile tracks and to race at those tracks to get the proper experience to transition to their NASCAR rides.
    - MMM is currently taking inquires from drivers interested in those tests and 1-4 race packages with the 78 team.
    - For drivers and Nascar teams who are interested in specific tests and races with the MMM team #78, you can call MMM Driver Development Directly at the Mooresville, N.C. office, at 515-493-9345 and ask for Russ. (Mason Mitchell Motorsports PR) (10-29-14)
  • Team Stange Racing finalizing 2015 schedule: Team Stange Racing is working on fielding two cars at Daytona in February and one car for the full 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. The team has sold old cars, but has purchased three new ones for the upcoming season. Additionally, Team Stange hopes to compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series on a part time basis in the upcoming year. (10-29-14) 
  • Kyle Weatherman to return to Roulo Brothers Racing next year: 17 year-old Kyle Weatherman will return to Roulo Brothers Racing next season for a partial schedule. ARCA’s minimum age restrictions will prevent the Roush-Fenway Racing development driver from racing full time.  Weatherman competed in eight (8) events for the team in 2014, earning a season high fourth place finish at Berlin Speedway in August. (10-27-14)
  • Crosley Sports Group back in 2015; partial schedule with LeMastus and Steele:  Crosley Sports Group will run a partial ARCA schedule in 2015 with Bo LeMastus and Devin Steele as its drivers. Bo LeMastus formed the team in 2013 after acquiring the assets of Mark Gibson Racing. LeMastus serves as the CEO of Crosley Radio. (10-27-14)
  • GMS Racing has no official plans for 2015; not selling equipment: GMS Racing has no official plans for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series season. However, the team is not currently selling its ARCA equipment. The Charlotte, NC based organization fielded cars for championship runner-up Grant Enfinger and veteran Spencer Gallagher this past season. Gallagher announced in victory lane at Kansas Speedway that he would be competing in the truck series for his family owned team full time next year, which raises speculation on whether the team will continue in the ARCA series in 2015. (10-27-14)
  • Mason Mitchell wins championship; Gallagher scores first victory: #98 Mason Mitchell clinched the 2014 ARCA Racing Series championship Friday night at Kansas Speedway. Mitchell finished 5th, but only had to start the event to earn his first title. #23 Spencer Gallagher scored his victory after starting from 32nd. #6 Josh Williams, #3 Ross Kenseth, and #55 Cody Coughlin all earned top five finishes as well. The race was slowed due to several accidents, including one that involved #60 Galen Hassler. Hassler was transported to a local area hospital for observation before being released. Full Results (10-05-14)
  • Austin Wayne Self to Mason Mitchell Motorsports in 2015?: Ray Dunlap reported during the Kansas Speedway broadcast that Austin Wayne Self will return to ARCA competition next year with a championship caliber team. Dunlap stated that Self would not be back with Cunningham Motorsports. AM Technical Solutions, which sponsors Self, appeared on Mason Mitchell's championship winning car Friday night. (10-05-14)
  • Spencer Gallagher leaving ARCA: Spencer Gallagher announced in victory lane at Kansas that he would not return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2015. Gallagher stated that he would move to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series full time next year with GMS Racing. (10-05-14)
  • 34 cars on Kansas entry list: 34 cars are currently entered for Friday night's season ending ARCA Racing Series event at Kansas Speedway. Entries include #08 Justin Allison, #09 John Lowinski-Loh, #3 Ross Kenseth, #6 Josh Williams, #10 Ed Pompa, #23 Spencer Gallagher, #42 Bo LeMastus, #52 Matt Tifft, #55 Cody Coughlin, #60 Galen Hassler, #66 Leilani Munter, #72 Brandon Gdovic, and #88 CJ Evans. Full Entry List (10-02-14)