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december 2007

  • Hylton to team with E&M Motorsports at Daytona:  Santa made a late delivery to the Inman South Carolina shop of James Hylton Motorsports in the form of good news!  John Carter, owner of EM Motorsports, informed James Hylton that he was selected to drive the team’s 2007 Dodge Charger in the 2008 ARCA Daytona 200 on February 9th.  The 2007 EM Motorsports Dodge Charger will be sponsored by Rhino Energy Drink of Austria. (JamesHylton.com) (12-30-07)
  • Todd Hansen partners with JDRF:  Todd Hansen began his racing career when he was 16 but his race for a healthy life started when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 13 months old. Now 25 years old, he is a driving force in raising awareness for diabetes. Hansen has recently partnered with the Minnesota Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He will appear at the Walk to Cure Diabetes on January 19, 2008, at Mall of America where he will be joining 18,000 plus participants. (ARCARacing.com) (12-30-07)
  • Teams fined: Based on violation of the established restrictor plate size and dimension rule during the ARCA sanctioned RE/MAX Series open test at Daytona Int'l Speedway December 14-15-16, penalties have been issued to two teams. The Rick Markle Racing team has been fined $1000 and the Mike Harmon Racing team has been fined $2000, due to a 2nd violation. (ARCARacing.com) (12-22-07)
  • Fischer to run Nationwide races in 2008: "We are very excited with Ryan [Fischer]'s performance. He hasn't had much seat time in a stock car so for him to go out there and run some fast laps is impressive. We are trying to get him as much time behind the wheel as possible and the partnership we have formed with Venturini Motorsports will assist us in doing that. The goal is to get Ryan comfortable enough in a stock car that we can run him in a few Nationwide Series races too," explained [CJM Racing] team owner Tony Mullet. (CJM Racing PR) (12-21-07)
  • Cunningham Motorsports expanding into USAC: Cunningham Motorsports announced today that it will be forming the Cunningham Motorsports Jr. Team, in conjunction with Dodge Motorsports, to compete in the USAC National Midget Series in 2008. "I am pleased to announce the formation of CMJT," said Kerry Scherer, managing partner for Cunningham. "We are providing a development platform for drivers that will allow them to start at a very young age and progress from USAC midgets, to ARCA, to the NASCAR truck series without leaving our team. This will allow Dodge and us to keep the development process in house and keep the programs consistent." (ARCARacing.com) (12-21-07)
  • Bourque announcement coming soon: The ARCA 200 race will get [Pierre] Bourque's 2008 stock car racing season started. The season already promises to be a very big one for Bourque. "We're working on putting the finishing touches on my plans for 2008," said Bourque. "There will be some announcements coming up soon and there are great things in the works. We will also have a major sponsor announcement for the ARCA 200 very shortly." (ARCARacing.com) (12-21-07)
  • Buescher returning to CJR in 2008: James Buescher will announce his 2008 plans at a later date but is expected to run select ARCA races next year for owner Kevin Cywinski. (>ARCARacing.com) (12-19-07)
  • RWI Racing entering Austin part time: RWI Racing plans on fielding a car for Chase Austin in five events next season. (12-18-07)
  • RAB Racing changing manufacturers: RAB Racing will not use Dodge cars in 2008. The team is expected to switch to Ford. (12-17-07)
  • Disdier attempting Daytona: Michel Disdier will test with Mike Harmon Racing during the Daytona tests and plans to race with the team at Daytona on February 9th in the ARCA race with subsequent races not yet scheduled. (Michel-Disdier.com) (12-16-07)
  • >Lafferty Motorsports testing Dugger: Russ Dugger is pleased to announce he will be driving the #89 Lafferty Motorsports ARCA RE/MAX car at the official ARCA series test in Daytona Beach, Florida the weekend of Friday, December 14th.  The test will provide Russ the opportunity to get certified for competition driving in the ARCA RE/MAX SERIES, as well as potentially clearing the way for competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Russ and his team owner, Chris Lafferty, are targeting the February races at Daytona to make Russ’ competition debut. (RussDugger.com) (12-15-07)
  • Theriault still looking for 2008: With the hopes of competing in the 2008 ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway, Michelle Theriault is taking the first step toward achieving her goal by participating in the December 14-16 ARCA RE/MAX Series open test session at the famed 2.5 mile superspeedway. The 21-year-old Bristol, Conn. native will pilot the No. 68 Chevrolet fielded by the newly restructured Rick Markle Racing. “At this point my plans for 2008 are still undecided,” explained Theriault.  “My goal is to compete full-time in ARCA but without proper funding, it is proving to be extremely difficult. Rick and Del Markle have been longtime supporters of me and my career. They offered me the chance to test in one of their cars at Daytona and I jumped at the opportunity. I really appreciate what the Markle’s and their entire organization have done for me. Right now, my plans for 2008 are wide open. If the Markle’s secure the funding to compete fulltime in 2008 I will certainly consider it. In the meantime, I’m entertaining all offers.” (MTR PR) (12-14-07)
  • Trevor Sanborn testing for Gerhart UPDATE: Trevor Sanborn, the 2007 Pro All Star Series Series rookie of the year, will test for Bobby Gerhart Racing in the upcoming Daytona test session.  He is expected to test for all three days.(12-09-07)
    UPDATE: Full Story - Christmas Rush (SunJournal.com) (12-14-07)
  • Andy Belmont Racing signs Hessert: Andy Belmont Racing officials announced today the signing of USAR Hooter's Pro Cup star Tom Hessert to pilot Belmont's familiar No. 1 Ford Fusion in the full 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. In addition, Hessert will gun for Rookie-of-the-Year honors. ABR also announced that Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting will back the New Jersey native's effort. Additional marketing partners will be announced before Daytona. (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (12-13-07)
  • Wayne Reutimann Jr. to attempt eight races: Entering his second full season at NASCAR’s top two levels, David Reutimann will become a team owner in 2008 as his cousin, Wayne Jr., an accomplished USAC and sprint car driver, attempts to switch to stock cars in the ARCA series. Reutimann had hoped to use his contacts to secure his cousin a ride with an existing team in the third-tier series, but said that owners wanted the driver to bring his own sponsor and infrastructure, in essence a $2-million investment. So Reutimann, who finished second in the Busch Series standings this season, took on the chore himself, having purchased three Toyotas from his Michael Waltrip Racing Cup team and plans to attempt eight races with a $35,000 budget. Fifteen thousand of that per-race total will lease engines from Toyota Racing Development. Reutimann’s Nationswide series crew had pledged to help. (St Petersburg Times) (12-13-07)
  • Humanic to drive for Basham UPDATE: Rookie Jackson Humanic will drive Darrell Basham's second car in as many as a half-dozen races in 2008. (ARCARacing.com) UPDATE: Jackson Humanic is expected to field the No. 94 car is possibly both dirt races and a few short tracks for the 2008 season. (DBR PR) (12-13-07)
  • Carter to drive for Tri-State Motorsports: Longtime car owner Larry Clement announced that Matt Carter, son of longtime NASCAR team owner Travis Carter, will drive Clement's no. 46 Ford Tauruses in 2008, the same ride recently vacated by Frank Kimmel. (ARCARacing.com)(12-12-07)
    UPDATE: The team has moved to Travis Carter's racing shop in Statesville, NC. (12-12-07)
  • Carl Long testing with E&M Motorsports: Carl Long will test for E&M Motorsports.  A driver has not been determined for the race. (12-12-07)
  • Jacob Francis signs with ABR; to drive #14: Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) announced today that ARCA newcomer Jacob Francis will pilot the team's second entry in the first six 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series events beginning at Daytona International Speedway with a full schedule on the table further pending sponsorship. Francis hopes to run for the coveted ARCA REMAX Series Rookie-of-the-Year honors as well. "I'm very excited to be apart of Andy Belmont Racing," said Francis, a native of Leroy, Ohio. "I was introduced to Andy last year and we immediately clicked. I watched his operation very closely this season and to now be apart of it, is a dream come true. I'm really looking forward to next year." ABR also announced that Francis will be piloting the No. 14 Ford Fusion next season. The team will replace the 14 from the team's No. 62 which netted two victories this season in ARCA. "The No. 14 has a great meaning to me and we're looking forward to bringing it back to life next year," added Andy Belmont. The team has secured sponsorship for Francis's entry and will make an announcement in the near future. ABR also announced that Francis Engineering will provide the horsepower for the No. 14 beginning with the series second event at Salem Speedway. (ABR PR)(12-12-07)
  • Kimmel aligns with Cunningham Motorsports: Frank Kimmel announced that Kimmel Racing has formed an alliance with Cunningham Motorsports, Kerry Scherer and Mark Gibson to run for the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship. Kimmel, who won eight of his nine championships in Fords, also announced that he would be switching to Dodges for 2008. (ARCARacing.com) (12-12-07)
  • Gerhart back with sponsors; Krisiloff to run second car at Daytona: Bobby Gerhart Racing (BGR) announced that 5-time Daytona ARCA 200 winner Bobby Gerhart, injured at Pocono Raceway in July of 2007, will return to the cockpit for the first time for the upcoming December 14, 15 and 16 ARCA RE/MAX Series open test at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Team owner/crew chief Bill Gerhart also announced that Lucas Oil, Eagle Warranty and AT Construction would be returning as sponsors of the no. 5 BGR Chevrolet for the 2008 season.  BGR also announced that Kyle Krisiloff would be the driver of its no. 7 Chevrolet Monte Carlo team car for Daytona. (ARCARacing.com) (12-12-07)
  • Butler III to run full time with ESR:  Eddie Sharp announced that Ken Butler III would be the driver of his no. 22 ESR Toyota for the full 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.  (ARCARacing.com) (12-12-07)
  • Sponsor back with Basham UPDATE: Anti Monkey Butt Powder will return to Darrell Basham Racing in 2008. (DarrellBashamRacing.com)(12-01-07)
    UPDATE: Darrell Basham Racing announced that Eagle Hoist & Winch Company would sponsor the team's no. 34 car in 2008 along with Anti Monkey Butt Powder. (ARCARacing.com) (12-12-07)
  • Rabenold testing at Daytona; hopes to run full ARCA schedule: Kory Rabenold and members of his team will make the long journey to Daytona, Florida on December 12, 2007. Rabenold Racing purchased a car from Bobby Gerhart Racing and Kory will be testing for Bobby Gerhart. With help from Rich Mummey of Interstate Batteries of Allentown, Billy and Bobby Gerhart, Scott Ritter of RPM Race Engine, and Buzzy’s Autobody, Kory is able to have this opportunity to attend the test session at Daytona. The Rabenold Racing Team is hoping to acquire valuable track time and experience on this super speedway that will help them qualify for the ARCA season opener on February 9th. Rabenold Racing is currently working on sponsorships that would help Kory compete in all 21 races on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Schedule. (Rabenold Racing) (12-11-07)
  • Mitchell moving to NASCAR:Marc Mitchell is making the move to the Craftsman Truck Series after driving in 12 ARCA races last season. He's making the switch to the prestigious truck series because it could be a faster course to racing cars on the NASCAR circuit. A decision on which team he'll race for could be made before the weekend, Mitchell said. Ergon, an oil refining company, also will continue to sponsor his ride. "I think I proved myself that I can drive at (ARCA) level at the speedways and super speedways," said Mitchell, 24. "I don't want to spin my wheels and keep racing ARCA. The best opportunity for me is to go into the truck series." (Tallahassee) (12-11-07)
  • Krug out at Hixson Motorsports: Josh Krug will not return to Hixson Motorsports in 2008. Krug is looking for another opportunity in NASCAR or ARCA, while Hixson Motorsports is searching for a driver that can bring sponsorship for next season. (11-19-07)
    UPDATE:
    Hixson Motorsports is still searching for a driver with funding for the 2008 season.  They have a car ready for the upcoming Daytona test. (12-11-07)
  • Sheltra returning in 2008 with Dodge:Sheltra Motorsports officially announced today that the Kentucky-based operation will return for a full championship effort next season with sophomore-bound and rising star Patrick Sheltra continuing to pilot the team’s familiar No. 60 entry.  Keith Strunk will return to the Sheltra Motorsports organization as team manger with veteran and former ARCA driver John Hayden serving as crew chief next year. The team also welcomes Kevin Huffine who joins the team as a full-time spotter and shock specialist. Last month, the team announced the addition of Chris Knight to its Pubic Relations department. In addition, Sheltra Motorsports also announced that the team will run two manufacturers throughout the course of the 21-ARCA RE/MAX Series race schedule next year. The team will spend the season running the Chevrolet and Dodge banners with Chevrolet taking precedence at the superspeedway (Daytona and Talladega) and short track events and the Dodge hosting it’s presence at all remaining races. The team purchased the Dodges from North Carolina based Penske Racing South. Clements Automotive Engineering will continue to provide the horsepower from the team’s Chevrolet bowtie. The team is zeroing in on an organization to field the Dodge steam with the announcement expected to come next month. (PatrickSheltra.com) (12-10-07)
  • TC Motorsports Looking for Drivers and Sponsors: TC Motorsports is looking for drivers with funding and/or sponsors for the 2008 season. TC Motorsports has cars that are competitive in either ARCA or the NASCAR Nationwide Series. (TC Motorsports) (12-10-07)
  • Silas back with Fast Track; McClure to crew chief: Fast Track Racing has announced that veteran Motorsports crew chief Jeff McClure will lead the No. 11 ARCA RE/MAX Series team with driver Bryan Silas for the 2008 season beginning immediately with preseason testing next weekend at Daytona International Speedway. McClure, a former driver himself, joins Fast Track Racing with an impressive resume and was responsible for leading driver Ken Butler III to his first ARCA RE/MAX Series victory at Toledo Speedway last May. McClure also assisted rookie Dominick Casola to his career best third-place performance at Talladega Superspeedway in October.  (ARCARacing.com) (12-10-07)
  • RE/MAX Extends Title Sponsorship through 2011:  Officials of the ARCA racing sanctioning body and global real estate franchisor RE/MAX International have announced a series title sponsorship extension under which RE/MAX will continue in its role as the exclusive title sponsor of ARCA's premier racing series, the ARCA RE/MAX Series, through 2011. (ARCARacing.com) (12-09-07)
  • SPEED Channel extends partnership with ARCA: Officials of the ARCA RE/MAX Series and SPEED have announced a four-year agreement under which SPEED will continue to televise ARCA RE/MAX Series events through 2011. "SPEED and ARCA have a strong relationship dating back to 1997," said Rick Miner, Senior VP Production & Network Operations. "And in 2008, we look forward to continuing that relationship. The ARCA RE/MAX Series provides great racing with wonderful storylines, already scoring some of the best motorsports ratings on the network. With more live racing in 2008, we believe the fans will support this series like never before. We expect this to be a classic 'win-win' for ARCA and SPEED." (ARCARacing.com) (12-09-07)
  • Hylton Motorsports running full schedule:  James Hylton Motorsports is looking forward to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX season, and to the ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 9th.  "We are going to run the entire ARCA RE/MAX series in 2008, out of our shop here in Inman, S.C." stated the 73 year old racing legend James Hylton, "We are looking for the right driver/sponsorship situation to allow us to be competitive." (JamesHylton.com) (12-09-07)
  • E&M Motorsports to test at Daytona:  E&M Motorsports (which fields the #08 entry in Sprint Cup) will participate in the Daytona test session with an unnamed driver. (12-09-07)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports not returning: Carter 2 Motorsports will not return in 2008. Roger Carter II has been arrested on a parole violation and has released all but three crew members on the #48 team. (12-09-07)
    UPDATE: All of the employees are now released.The team shop has been closed and the assets will be auctioned off. (12-09-07)
  • Car available at Mike Harmon Racing UPDATE: Mike Harmon Racing has a car available for Daytona testing. (12-01-07)
    UPDATE: Steve Kerrigan will test for the team. Kerrigan is expected to test for at least one day.
  • Speed completes test session at Rockingham: Former Formula One driver and ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Scott Speed completed a two-day test session at Rockingham Speedway this week in preparation for the Carolina 500, which is slated to roll off on May 4th, 2008.  During the test, Speed evaluated tires for the 312-lap race at The Rock - the longest race on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. (ARCA Racing.com) (12-05-07)
  • JR Heffner to test at Daytona: JR Heffner and the 74 Operations L.L.C team announced that Park East Sales has taken an ownership role. The team has purchased a car from DEI and will test in the upcoming Daytona test session. (JRHeffner.com) (12-04-07)
  • Opportunities at Stott Classic Racing: Stott Classic Racing will race in the 2008 ARCA season. Race or season packages are available to drivers that bring funding. (12-04-07)
  • Allison Racing selling equipment: Allison Racing will not return in 2008. The team is selling 12 cars, 20 engines, pit equipment, and other racing related parts. (12-02-07)
  • Black Jack Racingliquidation sale: Black Jack Racing and Dexter Bean will have a two day liquidation sale on November 30th and on December 1st.  See www.blackjackracing.net for more information. (12-01-07)
  • Foy testing at Daytona: Michael Foy will participate in the three day Daytona test in December. (12-01-07)
  • Charlson joins Bowsher Racing: Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports announced today that 14 year old USAC Kenyon midget racer Drew Charlson will be joining the team in a driver development position for 2008. Although Charlson is not quite of age to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race events, he will turn 15 in February. Plans are to participate in the ARCA test sessions on the short tracks in 2008 behind the wheel of a 2006 Ford Fusion out of the Bowsher stable, in preparation for the 2009 season. Coaching and mentoring will be provided by current veteran driver and 3 time ARCA RE/MAX Series Most Popular Driver Todd Bowsher. (WhoWon.com) (12-01-07)