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  • Jent Motorsports not expected back in 2017; equipment repossessed?: Despite announcing Chris Bailey Jr. and Dustin Knowles as drivers for the 2017 season, Jent Motorsports is not expected to return to ARCA competition next year. The team has been in financial trouble and has allegedly not met its financial obligations to creditors and crew members. Furthermore, rumors indicate that Jent's cars and equipment were recently repossessed. Team owner Darrell Jent Jr. started the team this past January after settling a workplace injury lawsuit for $3 million in April 2012. Jent allegedly used money from selling one of his houses to fund the team, as he reportedly cannot pull money out of a maturity bond without taking a significant financial hit. Jent Motorsports made 17 starts this season with drivers Dustin Knowles, Cory Howard, Michael Whipple, and Morgen Baird. Knowles recorded the team's best finish of 12th at Winchester in June. An email to Jent Motorsports officials was not returned. (12-07-16)
  • Willie Mullins racing again at Daytona; team offering second car: Road course specialist Willie Mullins will return to ARCA in February for the season opening event at Daytona. Mullins, who scored an 8th place finish last year, will again drive the No. 34 Crow Wing Recycling Ford. Andy Belmont is scheduled to be back as his crew chief, along with associate sponsor Bugsy's Automotive. In addition to fielding the No. 34 Ford, Mullins Racing is looking to run a second entry with a funded driver. Interested parties can receive more information by calling (218) 330-9022 or sending a message through the team's website. (12-07-16)
  • Tom Hessert to return to Venturini Motorsports?: ARCA veteran Tom Hessert is rumored to be returning to Venturini Motorsports in 2017. Hessert, who was the championship runner-up this year, joined the organization in January and went on to score a win at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey driver would begin his eleventh career season by competing at Daytona in February. (12-06-16)
  • Casey Johnson and Dalton Armstrong testing at Daytona: The ARCA Racing Series "Road to Daytona" is wide open for Casey Johnson and Dalton Armstrong. Johnson, the 2016 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year, and Armstrong, the 2016 ARCA/CRA Super Series Rookie of the Year, have earned the opportunity to participate in ARCA's Road to Daytona at the ARCA-sanctioned open test at Daytona Int'l Speedway in mid-January, 2017. Each champion from the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour earn the opportunity to go to Daytona and participate in the Road to Daytona. However, ARCA/CRA champ Cody Coughlin has already raced in competition at Daytona while ARCA Midwest champ Ty Majeski has participated in ARCA's Road to Daytona twice before. Consequently, the Road to Daytona program defers to the Rookies of the Year, and in this case, Johnson and Armstrong. Andy Hillenburg, the 1995 ARCA driving champion and two-time Daytona ARCA 200 winner, will help coach this year's Road to Daytona drivers. His Fast Track High Performance Driving School, ARCA's Official Driving School, will provide a Chevrolet ARCA car and additional team support for the test. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-06-16)
  • Gus Dean to run full time in 2017 with GREE sponsorship; returning to Win-Tron Racing?: [Gus Dean] has locked up GREE Cooling Products in a multiyear sponsorship deal, set to run a full ARCA schedule next year with an eye on moving into the NASCAR pipeline perhaps as soon as 2018. "We can't thank GREE enough for everything they've done, the massive amount of faith they've put into me," Dean said Tuesday. "I'm watching my dreams unfold before my eyes." The 22-year-old driver can set his calendar for the entire 20-race ARCA schedule, beginning with a return trip in February to Daytona International Speedway. "We know Gus has the ability to continue his winning ways in his first full season of ARCA competition and contend for a championship, while also looking ahead on the horizon to a path in NASCAR," said Dave Pearson, president of Tradewinds Climate Systems. "We can't wait for Daytona to get here." (In part from IslandPacket.com) (11-30-16)
    UPDATE: Rumors are circulating that Gus Dean will return to Win-Tron Racing in 2017. Dean joined the team this year for the season ending Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway, where he finished 25th. The South Carolina driver is expected to announce his plans on Thursday, December 8th at the PRI trade show in Indianapolis, Indiana. (12-05-16)
  • JJ Pack working on Daytona deal; forming own team in 2017: Super Cup Stock Car Series champion JJ Pack is currently in talks with multiple teams to run the ARCA season opener at Daytona in February. Pack, who attempted the race last year with Cushman Racing, also plans to run an undetermined number of races afterward with his own team. The newly formed JP Racing organization will announce specific races and details at a later date. (12-04-16)
  • Dalton Sargeant to join Cunningham Motorsports?: Dalton Sargeant, the 2016 ARCA Rookie of the Year, is rumored to be joining Cunningham Motorsports next season. The Florida driver competed in 15 events this year and scored his first victory at Berlin Raceway in August. Sargeant would potentially drive the No. 77, replacing champion Chase Briscoe who is rumored to be heading to NASCAR. A Cunningham Motorsports spokesperson has stated that the team will have a press conference during the Performance Racing Industry trade show on Saturday, December 10 at 2:00. The team will make at least two announcements, including one that will name a driver for the upcoming season. (12-03-16)
  • Justin Fontaine expected to drive for AM Racing/Win-Tron: 19 year-old Justin Fontaine is expected to drive for AM Racing/Win-Tron in ARCA competition next year. Fontaine joined the team in October for the NASCAR Camping World Series event at Martinsville, where he finished 26th. The North Carolina driver has three years of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series experience and four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts for Martin-McClure Racing. AM Racing and Win-Tron Racing announced a partnership in August and stated that it would field two cars in 2017. (12-02-16)
  • Gene Paul; ESP Motorsports back for Daytona and Talladega: Veteran SCCA stock car road course driver Gene Paul will return to ARCA competition in 2017 for the superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega. Paul, who used owner points from Roulo Bros. last year, will not carry the No. 17 again and will likely have to make the Daytona race on speed. The Florida driver already has secured associate sponsorship from RacingRadiosDirect.com and FanScanLinkAndTalk.com, but needs additional financial support to lease an Ilmor engine. Paul has ARCA veteran Mario Gosselin assisting him, as he attempts to place a Dodge in the Daytona starting lineup for the last time before ARCA rules make it ineligible to compete. (12-01-16)
  • JRi Shocks renews sponsorship with ARCA: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced today that JRi Shocks has renewed its ARCA Performance Partners Program as an Official Product sponsor through 2019. "The mandated shock absorber program is vital to ARCA’s restrictor plate race rules package," said Mark Gundrum, ARCA VP of business development and corporate partnerships. "JRi’s continued support as an official product sponsor provides a safe, stable environment for our competitors." JRi Shocks returns to the ARCA Performance Partners Program as an official sponsor for a third contract term, and will offer a JRi contingency card program for teams displaying the JRi decal on the front fenders of the cars, and using identified JRi Shocks. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-30-16)
  • David Sear returning for another partial schedule: Financial professional and ARCA driver David Sear plans on returning for another partial schedule in 2017, but he is currently unsure of which team he will drive for. Sear may be back with Ebert Motorsports for a third season, but has yet to finalize a deal. He also could race for Kimmel Racing, which has been seeking funded drivers during the offseason. (11-29-16)
  • Kimmel Racing to split season between multiple drivers?: Don Radebaugh has published a historical article on Bill Kimmel and the Kimmel Racing family on ARCARacing.com. In the piece, Bill Kimmel describes plans for the 2017 season. "We're doing our best to put a full season together for the 69 car. Right now, Daytona is a little up in the air. Will and Erica are expecting a baby right in the middle of February. Rather than put pressure on them to run the race, he (Will) may just sit out for Daytona... not sure who'll run it. If I don't lease it... maybe Ricky Sanders. But if I can sell a deal, I gotta sell it. After Daytona, we're planning on Nick (Higdon) running the first race at Nashville... we'll probably follow that up with Will at Salem. We'll spread the season out between Will and Nick. We may run a few other guys at times too." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-29-16)
  • Mark Thompson to drive for MBM Motorsports at Daytona in final race: Veteran Mark Thompson will attempt to make his final ARCA start at Daytona in February driving for MBM Motorsports. Thompson has driven for the team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series since 2015, competing at Daytona, Talladega, and Kentucky. The Georgia driver has over 90 starts in his career, with wins at Charlotte and Michigan. Thompson has competed in the series since 1991 and had a career high driver point finish of third in 1997. (11-28-16)
  • Derrick Lancaster returning for expanded ARCA schedule: Virginia driver Derrick Lancaster will return to ARCA competition next year and will increase his schedule to six to ten events. Lancaster has attempted superspeedway races since 2014, but is scheduled to run tracks like Nashville, Pocono, and Kentucky for the first time. The veteran sportsman driver will have Don Akers and Steven Lane on his pit box serving as co-crew chiefs. (11-27-16)
  • Scott Edwards to drive for Peterson at Daytona; fan package: 31 year-old Scott Edwards recently announced that he will drive the No. 06 entry for Peterson Motorsports in the season opening race at Daytona. Edwards, who has three career ARCA starts, is also offering 50 fans a unique fan appreciation package for $249. The package includes a race ticket, signed t-shirt, VIP meet and greet, hero card, and a chance to win the gloves that Edwards will wear on race day. Fans can purchase the package by visiting SERFanLove.com. (11-25-16)
  • Brad Smith returning to Hylton Motorsports next year: Brad Smith announced on Rowdy Maglite's radio show Monday night that he will return to Hylton Motorsports for the full 2017 ARCA season. The veteran driver will feature Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit (a charity organization) on his car in each race. Smith finished a career high 6th in driver points this year, after returning from injuries that he sustained at Talladega in 2015. (11-21-16)
  • Zane Smith joins Venturini for 18 races in 2017: Seventeen year-old Zane Smith has signed on with Venturini Motorsports to pilot the No. 55 Toyota Camry during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. Smith, a native of Huntington Beach, California, will appear in 18 of 20 scheduled series events starting at the second race of the season in Nashville. Due to ARCA age restrictions, Smith will not participate at Daytona Int’l Speedway or Talladega Superspeedway as both tracks require drivers to meet the minimum age of 18. "Joining Venturini Motorsports and having the opportunity to race in the ARCA series is definitely one of the biggest highlights of my career," says Smith. "The last couple of seasons I've bounced around series to series running a bunch of different super late model races. It's going to be awesome to concentrate my efforts primarily in one series with one team." Running for SCOTT Rookie of the Year honors, Smith will be teamed with crew chief Billy Venturini. Sponsorship announcements will come at a later date. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (11-18-16)
  • Noah Gragson to compete in four events for Venturini: Noah Gragson will drive VMS’s No. 55 in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway (February 18) and again at Talladega Superspeedway (May 5). Gragson will also pilot the No. 15 VMS Toyota entry at Pocono Raceway (July 28) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 14). (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (11-18-16)
  • Bobby Gerhart Racing selling equipment: Bobby Gerhart Racing has published classified ads on ARCA Racing's website that indicate that the team is selling or leasing equipment. Gerhart lists four cars that are for sale or lease, along with two used ARCA Ilmor 396 engines. (In part from ARCA Classifieds) (11-15-16)
  • Daytona Opportunities at Mike Affarano Motorsports: Team owner and driver Mike Affarano has posted on Facebook that he is seeking funded drivers for the 2017 Daytona test and race. Affarano states that the test price is $2,500, while the race will cost $30,000 (in-house engine) or $50,000 (Ilmor). The Illinois driver has six career ARCA Racing Series starts. His last came at Pocono in 2014, where he finished 14th. (In part from Affarano Motorsports Facebook) (11-15-16)
  • 2017 ARCA Schedule Released; Berlin & NJMP removed; Elko & Road America added: ARCA Racing Series officials released the 2017 schedule Thursday to include 20 race-dates across 13 states. Another healthy mix of superspeedways, paved short tracks, dirt tracks and a road course will highlight the 2017 tour, including returns trips to Elko Speedway in Minnesota and Road America in Wisconsin. ARCA raced at the Elko short track 2012-2014 and once at the Road America road course in 2013. “We are pleased to announce our full and complete 20-race, 2017 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “From superspeedways recognized as among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks, to mile dirt tracks and road course venues, the schedule highlights the long standing diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Elko Speedway and Road America.” The series will kick off the 2017 campaign with the 54th running of the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona February 18 which precedes NASCAR's Unlimited later that night. For the sixth consecutive year, the ARCA Racing Series will crown the Series champion at Kansas Speedway where ARCA's race season concludes under the lights October 20. Full Schedule (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-10-16)
  • New Jersey Motorsports Park off schedule in 2017: New Jersey Motorsports Park will lose one of its biggest races of the season in 2017. NJMP General Manager Mark Verrastro confirmed Wednesday the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Racing Series will not return to the Millville race track next year. ARCA plans to run only one road course, and it won’t be at NJMP. “We don’t think it’s a big loss,” Verrastro said. “With our major event announcements coming up in the near future, we’ll definitely have a lot more going on, but the ARCA series for us is not a loss.” ARCA ran 20 races in 2016, and Millville has been an annual destination since 2008. NASCAR’s Parker Kligerman won the most recent race May 28. Verrastro said it was a scheduling issue that kept ARCA out of Millville for 2017. (In part from PressOfAC.com) (11-04-16)
  • 2017 General Tire Superspeedway Challenge announced: ARCA Racing Series officials have released the 2017 General Tire Superspeedway Challenge schedule featuring eight race dates across seven states at seven superspeedways. "These tracks provided exciting race action in our inaugural season and just as we hoped, the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge came down to the end," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. "We can't wait to get back to these tracks to see what the 2017 season will bring. We know it will be worth watching." ARCA's General Tire Superspeedway schedule kicks off at Daytona Int'l Speedway with the 54th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Saturday afternoon, February 18. Talladega Superspeedway will host the tour next with the 55th annual General Tire 200 on the 2.66-mile superspeedway May 5. Michigan Int'l Speedway is back on board for its annual Corrigan Oil 200 on Father's Day weekend Friday, June 16. Pocono Raceway, an ARCA tradition since 1983, returns with two races, the General Tire #Anywhere Is Possible 200 on June 9, followed by the ARCA Series 150 on July 28. The ARCA races at Pocono will be the tour's 64th and 65th on the 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway. The 2017 season wraps with three consecutive superspeedway races at Chicagoland Speedway (Sept. 14), Kentucky Speedway on General Tire Super Weekend (Sept. 22) and the season finale at Kansas Speedway October 20. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-28-16)
  • Daytona preseason testing to be held in January: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced that the test dates for the ARCA Racing Series at Daytona International Speedway are on Friday and Saturday, January 13 and 14, 2017.  The announcement marks the second consecutive year ARCA’s annual pre-season testing sessions will be held exclusively in January. The series had historically held its test sessions in December. “Testing in January proved to be very favorable with the teams last year,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “The Daytona test has always been an important part of our schedule and our racing season, and testing in January will once again be beneficial in a number of ways, for our teams, drivers and for the Series.” A third day of on-track activity has been scheduled for Sunday, January 15. The Sunday agenda is slated exclusively for testing of the Five Star Composite body, scheduled to debut at Daytona in February of 2018. Series officials announced this fall that 2017 would be the final year that steel bodied cars would be eligible for competition at the two superspeedways annually on the ARCA Racing Series schedule (Daytona and Talladega). (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-28-16)
  • ARCA office destroyed by fire UPDATE Electrical Related: The home office of the ARCA Racing Series in Temperance, Michigan was destroyed by a fire early this morning. The building suffered significant damage, but no injuries were reported. ARCA's President Ron Drager released the following statement: "We know we've lost some documents, computers and some historical artifacts we can't replace; however, we know we're racing today at Winchester Speedway, racing today at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, and we're full ahead for Friday's Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-09-16)
    UPDATE: The cause of the ARCA Racing office fire Oct. 9 has been deemed electrical related. Bedford Township fire Chief Ron Whipple reported on the cause after reviewing the case. There were no injuries, but quite a bit of damage resulted to the office and its contents at 8117 Lewis Ave. after a business alarm sounded about the fire. In the meantime, ARCA has moved its headquarters into a home that is on the same property as the building that used to serve as its office. (In part from MonroeNews.com) (10-21-16)
  • Chris Bailey Jr. joins Jent Motorsports for full 2017 schedule: 26 year-old Chris Bailey Jr. announced today that he will drive for Jent Motorsports full time in 2017. The South Park, Pennsylvania driver competed with Max Force Racing this year, running in 10 events and completing full races at Pocono and Kansas. Bailey commented in a Jent Motorsports team release that he is "extremely excited for the future" and that "it's a dream come true, not just for [him] but for [his] whole family." (In part from Jent Motorsports Facebook) (10-18-16)
  • Kyle Weatherman released from hospital following Kansas crash: Kyle Weatherman was released from a local hospital early Monday morning following a multi-car accident during the Kansas 150. Weatherman took to Twitter to thank his fans for their support: "Good morning. Thanks for everyone's support, last night was the hardest wreck I've ever been in. Got released from the hospital at 1:30 last night. Very blessed everything did its job in the wreck, also very blessed God was watching over everyone involved in the wreck. Everything is okay with me just very sore. Thanks again everyone." (In part from KyleWeatherman Twitter) (10-15-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins race; championship at Kansas: #77 Chase Briscoe won the Kansas 150 and secured the 2016 ARCA Racing Series championship. Briscoe took the lead when #55 Dalton Sargeant had ignition issues and held off #99 Austin Cindric in the closing laps for his sixth victory of the season. #28 Michael Self finished third, while #8 Brandon Jones and #15 Noah Gragson rounded out the top five. A multi-car accident occurred on lap 49 that collected #08 Nick Higdon, #10 Kyle Weatherman, #14 Morgen Baird, #22 Myatt Snider, and #23 Bret Holmes. Kyle Weatherman was transported to a local hospital and released early Monday morning. Full Results (10-15-16)
  • 36 cars entered for Kansas: Thirty-six cars are entered for the season ending Kansas 150. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #08 Nick Higdon, #2 Eric Caudell, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Brandon Jones, #10 Kyle Weatherman, #14 Morgen Baird, #15 Noah Gragson, #17 Ty Majeski, #23 Bret Holmes, #28 Michael Self, #32 Shane Lee, #33 Gus Dean, #57 Bryan Dauzat, #69 Kevin Hinckle, #85 Scott Edwards, and #99 Austin Cindric. The race to begin at 8:30 PM EDT. FOX Sports 1 will have television coverage. Full Entry List (10-13-16)
  • Michael Self joins Ranier Racing with MDM for Kansas race: Michael Self, a NASCAR K&N Pro Series West six-time winner, will be making his debut for Ranier Racing with MDM this Friday at Kansas Speedway for the ARCA Racing Series finale while piloting the No. 28 Sinclair Chevrolet. Self and Ranier Racing with MDM have teamed up with Sinclair, which will be the primary sponsor for the No. 28 Chevrolet as they make their way to Kansas this weekend. Self has had one previous start at Kansas Speedway just last year, but this will mark his first ever ARCA Racing Series start at this particular speedway. (In part from Ranier Racing with MDM PR) (10-12-16)
  • Roulo Bros. Racing; Ty Majeski to compete in Kansas 150: Ty Majeski has officially entered the ARCA Racing Series finale in the Roulo Bros. No. 17 Forest County Potawatomi Ford for this Friday’s Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway. The announcement comes on the heels of a big weekend for Majeski, who won the Oktoberfest 200 for the first time at LaCrosse Speedway. His performance at the 47th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend helped him clinch his third ARCA Midwest Tour championship, making Majeski the first person to ever win three ARCA Midwest Tour championship titles. This will be Majeski’s second start on a mile and a half and first start at Kansas Speedway. (In part from Roulo Bros. Racing PR) (10-11-16)
  • Noah Gragson joins Venturini Motorsports for Kansas: Noah Gragson will join Venturini Motorsports for the ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 14. "The last couple weeks have truly been amazing," says Gragson. "Running with Venturini Motorsports at Kansas is an exciting opportunity and just another step towards my integration into the Toyota family. The Venturini Motorsports group has a strong reputation in the series and a proven track record. I'm looking forward to working with Billy (Venturini) and the guys on the team. It's going to be an exciting week!" A current member of the NASCAR Next program, the 18-year old Gragson will make his VMS debut driving the team's No. 15 SpeedVegas / Alert ID Toyota Camry and will be paired with two-time season winning crew chief Jeff McClure. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (10-11-16)
  • Gus Dean joins Win-Tron Racing for the Kansas 150: Gus Dean and GREE, the world's largest manufacturer of specialized Cooling & Heating Products officially announced today the Bluffton, South Carolina native has joined Win-Tron Racing for the ARCA Racing Series season finale next Friday night at Kansas Speedway. Dean will drive the No. 33 GREE / Cab Installers Toyota Camry, the same marketing partnership he had for his Talladega Superspeedway debut which resulted in his first career ARCA victory in just his second career start. Dean’s Toyota will also be decked out in shades of pink to showcase their support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. “I’m excited to join Win-Tron Racing,” said Dean. “This is a great opportunity for myself, GREE and Cab Installers to cap off the season on a high note while also allowing me to get some more experience on a mile and a half track. “I’m appreciative to Kevin (Cywinski) and the entire Win-Tron Racing team for welcoming us for the ARCA season finale and allowing us to help spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness.” (In part from Gus Dean Racing PR) (10-06-16)
  • G-Force Racing partners with Chris Bailey Jr; Max Force: Roswell, Georgia’s G-Force Racing Gear is teaming up with Chris Bailey for the final ARCA race of the 2016 season in Kansas. “Chris has been on our radar since his ARCA Truck Series Championship and we are excited about getting to work with him for the first time,” said G-Force National Sales Manager Jeremy Curtis. “Chris has been wearing one of our custom suits for years and we enjoy supporting those guys who are part of our program.” Bailey is a former ARCA Truck Series Champion and has been testing and driving cars in 2016 for Mobile, Alabama’s, Max Force Racing. The South Park, Pennsylvania native has been in a support role to Thomas “Moose” Praytor giving valuable feedback helping the Moose to the best season of his ARCA career. In Kansas the support role will be pushed aside for a full blown 150 lap effort for Bailey. “Really pumped up about the opportunity in Kansas. G-Force made my first custom suit and all of their equipment is always top notch,” offered Bailey. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (10-06-16)
  • Kevin Hinckle returns to Kimmel Racing for Kansas: Kevin Hinckle will return to Kimmel Racing to compete in the season ending Kansas 150 on October 14th. Hinckle will drive the No. 69 Ford with sponsorship from E3 Spark Plugs. The Kansas native made two ARCA Racing Series starts last year and attempted the Iowa race this year before mechanical issues ended his weekend early. (10-06-16)
  • Jack Hughes speaks out against Bobby Hamilton Jr: Allegations continue to be made against former NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. following the claims made by ARCA drivers Kevin Hinckle and Cassie Gannis in August. Both drivers are pursuing legal action against Hamilton, with Hinckle and Gannis both filing breach of contract lawsuits. Hamilton’s former partner at Hamilton-Hughes Racing, Jack Hughes, also came forward with allegations leveled towards the 38-year-old driver. Beginning in 2015, Hughes said he had agreed to rent Roger Carter his equipment for his Carter 2 Motorsports organization, the team that Hamilton ran 10 events for in 2015. After Carter’s checks to Hughes for his equipment kept bouncing, Hughes took a trip to the ARCA event at Chicagoland to collect the money from Carter and to see what was going on. Hughes stated that it was at this meeting to receive money that Carter owed Hughes, that he first came in contact with Hamilton. Full Story (SpeedwayMedia.com) (10-06-16)
  • Morgen Baird to join Jent Motorsports for Kansas: 23 year-old Morgen Baird has announced that he will drive the No. 14 entry for Jent Motorsports at Kansas Speedway on October 14th. Baird has two previous this starts this season for Hixson Motorsports at Michigan and Chicagoland, where he finished 17th both times. The Michigan driver also tested for Lira Motorsports to begin the year. He received Carlos Lira's recommendation for the Jent opportunity. (10-01-16)
  • Matt Tifft fined $250 after Kentucky: ARCA Racing Series driver Matt Tifft has been fined $250 for violation of ARCA Rulebook Page 11, Section 4, #14, and the Kentucky Speedway Event Entry Blank, which collectively reference proper display of designated sponsor logos on driver uniform. Tifft finished third in the race, driving the No. 28 Chevrolet for Ranier Racing with MDM. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-01-16)
  • Donate to Double H Ranch; be featured on Ed Pompa's car: ARCA Series veteran Ed Pompa is looking to close out the 2016 season on a high note on and off the track with the Double H Ranch. Racing insiders are aware Pompa has driven over 40 ARCA races with Double H Ranch on the hood donating over $140,000 to the Ranch. Now you can be part of the fun and excitement while contributing to a worthwhile cause! Located in upstate New York, The Double H Ranch serves kids with serious medical issues year round. The Ranch has the capacity to accommodate 126 kids at a time with the cost for each camper at $2,100. There is never a charge to the campers or their families, but the money needed to keep campers coming is huge. For as little as $150 you or your company can have a sticker on the Double H Ranch Ford in Kansas and you can be a part of Racing For the Ranch 2016. The larger the donation, the larger and more prominent your logo will be on the car. 100% of your donation goes to the Double H Ranch. To be part of Racing For the Ranch in 2016 call or email Ed Pompa (bedrock5@nycap.rr.com) or Max Yurenda (maxyurenda@doublehranch.org). (In part from Ed Pompa Racing PR) (10-01-16)
  • Dylan Martin leaves Empire Racing; no ARCA plans in 2017: Dylan Martin has posted an update regarding his 2017 racing plans on Twitter. His message is as follows: "It saddens me to say that tomorrow will be my last day at working and driving at Empire Racing & Saturday will be my last day in North Carolina. Hopefully not for good. But as of right now I am moving back to Florida. Due to our unsuccessful fight for 2017 sponsorships I will not be racing in the ARCA Racing series [in 2017] (as of now)." (In part from Dylan Martin's Twitter) (10-01-16)