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january 2008

  • Hattori Woodland Racing to run ARCA UPDATE: Brian Tyler and Shigeaki Hattori will attempt ARCA events in 2008. (01-30-08)
    UPDATE: Shige Hattori and Rich Woodland have partnered to form Hattori Woodland Racing. The No. 01 Hattori Woodland Racing Toyota Camry will debut in the ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway during Speedweeks. Brian Tyler will drive the entry for the ARCA 200, and for the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. Hattori Woodland Racing, based in Concord, NC, brings a unique combination of both owners and personnel to the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Hattori is a native of Tokyo, Japan and veteran driver of both the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, The Indy 500, and the IndyCar Series. Woodland, a native of Templeton, CA, is a veteran owner and former driver in the  ARCA RE/MAX Series. Open wheel veteran Steve Ragan will serve as Team Manager. Ragan is a native of Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, and lived for 22 years in Japan. Dave Smith of Gaffney, SC will serve as Crew Chief. "We're looking forward to our first race together as a team," said Hattori, who has 10 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts as a driver. "The crew has worked very hard to give Brian Tyler a competitive car for Daytona." "This is the kind of opportunity I've been looking for," said Woodland, who has competed both as an owner and driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and in the NCTS. "This combination of driver, team manager, crew chief, and ownership is going to turn a lot of heads before this season is over," added Woodland, who has 32 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts as a driver. ( (01-31-08)
  • Kentucky date change: Officials from Kentucky Speedway, NASCAR, and ARCA have announced a date change to the July NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series/ARCA RE/MAX Series race event weekend for 2008. The ARCA RE/MAX Series Kentucky 150, originally scheduled for Friday, July 11th, will now take place one week later on Friday, July 18th, 2008. "We're pleased to cooperate with Kentucky Speedway, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Speed Channel in moving our event date to July 18," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "We have great relationships with all three entities and this kind of lead time allows everyone associated with the ARCA RE/MAX Series to plan for July 18." The ARCA RE/MAX Series will begin converging at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday, July 17th. The weekend includes a two hour, fifteen minute practice session beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, followed by SIM Factory Pole Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. and the Kentucky 150 at 8 p.m. Eastern. (ARCA PR) (01-31-08)
  • Sheltra, Silas and DiCarlo to make Florida appearance: They're back at it again. You could even call them the three musketeers as ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers Patrick Sheltra (No. 60), Bryan Silas (No. 11) and Gabi DiCarlo (No. 90) will reunite to make an appearance in Florida this Sunday, February 3rd at The Corner Bar in Ft. Pierce, Florida from 12:00pm-4:00 EST.  The full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers will meet and greet with fans and sign autographs while discussing the upcoming season which kicks off on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Daytona live on SPEED at 4:00pm local time and concludes on ARCA's hometown turf at Toledo Speedway in October. (Sheltra Motosports PR) (01-31-08)
  • Owens Co-Grand Marshal of Motorsports Parade: Alli Owens, a Daytona Beach native, is proud to announce that she will serve as the Co-Grand Marshal for the Inaugural Community Motorsports Parade. The event, which marks the start of Daytona Speedweeks festivities, is being held on February 2, 2008 in conjunction with the Community Motorsports Festival. NASCAR driver Mike Skinner is the other Co-Grand Marshal. "It's a great honor to be a part of this event," said Owens. "I grew up in Daytona and Speedweeks is always an exciting time of year. Being a part of it this year is a dream come true." (Owens PR) (01-31-08)
  • Kimmel Racing adds another sponsor: We [Kimmel Racing] are happy to announce Prestolite Wire has signed on to be a major associate sponsor. ( (01-31-08)
  • Baker-Curb Racing seeking driver UPDATE 3: Baker-Curb Racing (formally known as Brewco Motorsports) is looking for a well experienced driver with funds to pilot the #47 ARCA RE/MAX series car for the 2008 season. (11-19-07)
    UPDATE: Baker Curb Racing is still searching for a driver with sponsorship. (01-03-08)
    UPDATE 2: Brad Baker and Blake Feese were mentioned as possible drivers on ARCA Thunder. (01-30-08)
    UPDATE 3: Racing's first "Green Team" car, owned by Baker Curb Racing and sponsored by EnvirOx, LLC, will debut on the Ford Fusion at the ARCA 200 Race on February 9, 2008 at the Daytona International Speedway.  "We couldn't think of a more appropriate partnership to unveil our Green Team car," states Gary Baker, co-owner of Baker Curb Racing. "EnvirOx transformed the professional cleaning industry with its revolutionary hydrogen peroxide technology and continues to create innovative cleaning solutions that are healthier for humans and the environment."  The Green Team car is ARCA team number 47, driven by Brad Baker, who captured Rookie of the Year honors at the Nashville Speedway his first year of professional racing. Baker has competed in 37 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1999 through 2007. (EnvirOx PR) (01-31-08)
  • Brad Keselowski running part time in 2008?: ARCA Thunder reported that Brad Keselowski may run part time in the ARCA RE/MAX series for JR Motorsports this season. (01-30-08)
  • Bill Hendren Racing returning with Reffner and Strait: Bryan Reffner and Bob Strait will drive for Bill Hendren Racing in 2008.  Reffner's schedule will include Iowa, Kentucky, and Chicagoland.  Strait will run both dirt races. (Race Talk Radio) (01-30-08)
  • Yontz withdrawing Daytona entry?: Alex Yontz may not attempt the Daytona 200.  ARCA Thunder reported that Yontz has not secured sponsorship for the event.  (01-30-08)
  • Sacks attempting Daytona: Greg Sacks has reached an agreement with Bobby Jones Racing to attempt the Daytona 200.  Woody's BBQ will sponsor the car.  (01-30-08)
  • New team; HL Motorsports: Bruce Hibbs Jr., a 16-year old racing phenomenon; is busy putting the teenage stereotype to bed. He has spent the past decade running full throttle towards the finish line. Hibbs Jr. has spent time competing on both dirt and asphalt tracks across the nation while mingling with the likes of NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup series teams. With 13 years of experience already under his belt, Hibbs plans to take his past and build a solid future in NASCAR. “Right now, our goal is to run some of the 2008 Busch East schedule and ARCA too. But eventually, I’d like to see myself in Nextel Cup.” ( (01-30-08)
  • ARCA Thunder airing second show of 2008: Race Talk Radio’s ARCA Thunder will begin their second show of the 2008 season tonight beginning at 8:00pm EST with an action-packed show jammed into two hours of the latest from ARCAville. The ARCA Thunder crew will welcome back Bryan Silas, driver of the No. 11 Nortrax-Rockingham Speedway Ford Fusion for Fast Track Racing. Silas is expected to talk about his upcoming sophomore season in ARCA competition, the addition of crew chief Jeff McClure and his powerful results at last week’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series test at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Race Talk Radio also officially announced today that Silas will be a monthly contributor to ARCA Thunder throughout the 2008 season. (Race Talk Radio PR) (01-29-08)
  • Seeger to run three races; may attempt more UPDATE: Art Seeger will compete in three ARCA RE/MAX series races in 2008.  Seeger's schedule includes NJ Motorsports Park and both Pocono events.  The schedule might expand if corporate sponsorship is found. (01-21-08)
    UPDATE: Art Seeger Racing is still searching for additional funding for the 2008 season. Interested parties can contact tonyl (at) or art (at) for more information. (01-29-08)
  • DMT Motorsports to attempt Daytona:  Following a successful completion of the ARCA RE/MAX Series open test session at Daytona International Speedway in December, Michael Phelps and the Bowen Family Homes/DMT Motorsports team are focusing their attention on the season opener of the ARCA RE/MAX series. Phelps, a freshman at Auburn University, will be switching gears from studying engineering to mastering the banks of the 2.5 mile superspeedway at Daytona. "I went to Daytona not knowing what to expect but testing went well and I think we're ready. It's truly an awesome experience running at a track with such a rich history and knowing that the greatest drivers in the world have all competed here." In 2008, Phelps and DMT Motorsports plan to race in the ARCA RE/MAX series as well as the USAR HOOTERS Pro Cup Series. The team will unload at Daytona with Bowen Family Homes as their sponsor. Bowen Family Homes is a leading creator of new home communities in major markets nationwide, including Florida, Texas, and metropolitan Atlanta. (DMT Motorsports PR) (01-29-08)
  • Kelley to attempt Daytona UPDATE:  Brandon Kelley will attempt the Daytona 200 with Hixson Motorsports. (01-28-08)
    UPDATE: Late Model driver Brandon Kelley will be behind the wheel of the Wayne Hixson owned #23 Chevy Monte Carlo SS when the ARCA RE/MAX Series rolls into Daytona for the 45th ARCA 200 at Daytona. The native of Humble, Texas will be looking to make his first career start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.  "I have been racing for most of my life," Kelley said while watching the team prepare the car Saturday morning for his first laps around the giant speed plant. "Starting on dirt bikes when I was about 6 years old, up through the ASA Late Models which I've run the last four years. I want to keep taking steps toward the top tier of racing, and the ARCA RE/MAX Series is the next step." (Hixson Motorsports PR) (01-29-08)
  • Alli Owens announces sponsorship: The National Labor Management Cooperation Committee (NLMCC), a joint entity of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), announced that it has signed on as sole sponsor of 19-year-old racing phenom Alli Owens, powering her quest to become the first woman to successfully climb the ladder in stock car auto racing. The sponsorship will run through the 2008 racing season featuring Alli in the ARCA Remax Series. Says Ed Hill, IBEW president, "By backing Alli in her quest for history we hope to bring attention to the opportunities that exist for young people in our industry and union.  Our Web site,, is just one more way we are  working to ensure that America has the skilled electricians it needs to meet the growing demand, both now and in the future." (NLMCC PR) (01-25-08)
  • Official Clutch of ARCA: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and EXEDY Globalparts Corporation (USA) have announced a marketing sponsorship within the ARCA Performance Program, positioning EXEDY as the Official Clutch sponsor of the ARCA RE/MAX Series. The one year agreement includes a $500 per race contingency award, point fund sponsorship and marks Exedy's entry into the oval stock car racing discipline. During the terms of the company's industrial advertising program with the ARCA RE/MAX series, Exedy is considering the development of 5 1/2" and 7 1/4" inch multi-plate clutches for oval track stock car racing. (ARCA Racing Series PR) (01-25-08)
  • D’Hondt Motorsports running limited schedule: Eddie D'Hondt announced today that his team will field Toyota Camry's in a limited ARCA RE/MAX Series effort out of his new shop located in Lakeside Business Park - Mooresville, NC. Piloting the #19 D'Hondt Motorsports entry in the upcoming February 9 Daytona ARCA event will be driver, Jack Bailey. Under the banner of D'Hondt Motorsports, LLC, Bailey will also pilot the # 19 Toyota Camry at, Pocono, Michigan, and Talladega. As the season progresses, there is a strong possibility of additional ARCA races for Bailey, as well as, other drivers competing in DMS cars in both the ARCA Series and some selected NASCAR Nationwide Series events. The D'Hondt Motorsports team is currently making available its ARCA cars and team for the remainder of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season events for interested parties with financing. (D'Hondt Motorsports PR) (01-25-08)
  • Robb Brent selling sponsorship on eBay: Robb Brent Racing is selling associate sponsorship for the Daytona race on eBay. Visit the auction for more information. (01-24-08)
  • Tim Mitchell returning with Wayne Peterson Racing: [Tim] Mitchell is preparing for another season driving the #06 for Wayne Peterson Motorsports. "We have a better engine program now, and I think we are better prepared heading into the season than we have been in past years," said Mitchell about the upcoming season. "Not having a big sponsor keeps us out of the top-10. I have to do the best with the equipment I have and not try to over-drive. It's really comes down to using common sense to take care of my equipment while giving my best effort." Two initiatives are planned to boost Mitchell's visibility and attract sponsors this season.  First, Mitchell will be launching a weblog to chronicle his season. Mitchell is offering individual race sponsorships that will allow businesses or organizations to be involved in auto racing without the huge financial commitment associated with being a full-season sponsor. Also, a "Race Fan's Dream" package is being developed that will enable an individual to buy a single race sponsorship. The Race Fan's Dream can be the ultimate gift for a special occasion such as birthday, anniversary, graduation, or Father's Day. "I know how special it is to be involved with ARCA as a driver, and I think the Race Fan's Dream sponsorship opportunity would be a great way for others to experience the thrill of being a part of ARCA too," said Mitchell of the plan. The channels that will be used to sell these unique sponsorship packages are as non-traditional as the sponsorships: eBay and Craigslist. ( (01-24-08)
  • Lucky Dog rule in ARCA:  ARCA Thunder on reported that ARCA will implement the Lucky Dog rule in 2008. The Lucky Dog rule has been used in NASCAR since 2003. It allows the first car not on the lead lap to automatically regain a lap when a caution flag is displayed. (01-24-08)
  • Craig Goess to run 10 races with Eddie Sharp Racing?: Chris Knight reported on ARCA Thunder that Craig Goess, a development driver for Eddie Sharp Racing, will run in a fourth Eddie Sharp Racing entry in at least 10 ARCA RE/MAX series events. (01-24-08)
  • Second car at Fast Track Racing: Andy Hillenburg stated on ARCA Thunder radio that he may run a second part time car in 2008. Ed Pompa was mentioned as a possible driver for one of the Pocono races. (01-23-08)
  • Berte to return part-time: ARCA Thunder reported that Tom Berte will run five races in 2008. (01-23-08)
  • Spraker Racing to receive points from Black Jack Racing: Answering many emails and questions, Bean and Spraker Racing Enterprises will be locked into the ARCA 200 at Daytona after transferring the points from the No. 6 in 2007 to the No. 37 this season. This guarantees Bean entry into his third start at Daytona while also giving Spraker Racing Enterprises sponsor GLOCK, the glory of attending the biggest ARCA race of the year. ( (01-23-08)
  • Fischer anticipating full season:  [Ryan] Fischer, who made two starts for the organization last year is anticipating running all 21-races in 2008. ( (01-23-08)
  • Fadden Racing attempting five races with Dumarey:  Fadden Racing together with driver Max Dumarey announced today an aggressive 20-race schedule for the 2008 season that kicks off with the ARCA RE/MAX Series 200-mile race at Daytona International Speedway. Dumarey will compete in a full NASCAR Camping World East Series schedule, five ARCA RE/MAX Series races, and two NASCAR Camping World West Series events. ARCA RE/MAX Series races will include stops at Kansas  Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Nashville Superspeedway, and Talladega Superspeedway in October. Dumarey will sport the #94 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series events. “We’ll be leasing the number from Darrell Bashin Racing in the ARCA events. It’s a win-win situation for both of us. He’ll benefit by ways of the contingency program while we’ll have a little bit more of a safety net at the five races we compete in should it rain or something,” explained car-owner Mike Olsen. (Fadden Racing PR) (01-23-08)
  • Nur Ali joins Cunningham Motorsports UPDATE: Cunningham Motorsports announced today that A1GP World Cup open wheel veteran Nur Ali will pilot the #45 Dodge Charger at Daytona International Speedway in the ARCA 200, February 9, 2008. Cunningham Motorsports is excited to be a part of Ali's transition to stock car racing. "This is another great opportunity for Nur and our team," said Kerry Scherer, Managing Partner for Cunningham Motorsports. "Nur brings a unique perspective from his open wheel experience that we believe will contribute to the overall success of Cunningham Motorsports. We welcome Nur to Cunningham Motorsports for his inaugural Daytona event and beyond." (Cunningham PR) (01-21-08)
    UPDATE: Nur Ali plans on running the full season. (01-23-08)
  • ARCA Thunder on Race Talk Radio:  Race Talk Radio is officially kicking off their 2008 coverage of the ARCA RE/MAX Series with the return of the program that brought exclusivity to race fans last season starting tonight with a new time and a new name beginning live at 8:00pm Eastern Time. ARCA Thunder presented by Rockingham Speedway is the show’s new title name and will include the same group of expert Motorsports analysts that brought the ARCA RE/MAX Series to life on the Race Talk Radio internet radio network in 2007. Spin Out Zone’s Mike Harper will again lead the show for a second consecutive season, he will be joined by Race Talk Radio’s Dennis Michelsen, War Wagon’s Lori Munro and Motorsports Public Relations Representative and editor Chris Knight will close out the group for the 2008 season. Guests scheduled for tonight include two-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion and new Rockingham Speedway owner Andy Hillenburg and Westby, Wisconsin native Dexter Bean, who joined Spraker Racing Enterprises and sponsor GLOCK in the off season.  Tune in tonight live at 8:00pm on for ARCA Thunder presented by Rockingham Speedway. (RTR PR) (01-22-08)
  • New sponsors at Frank Kimmel Racing: Eibach Springs signed on as the official springs of Kimmel Racing and TEX Racing is back on board for the 2008 season as the official Drive Train Specialists of Kimmel Racing. We [Frank Kimmel Racing] will have more on Eibach Springs and TEX Racing on our new website coming February 2008. ( (01-20-08
  • Sheltra participating in Motorsports 2008 Race Car Show:  With the Holidays over and plenty of rest and relaxation, sophomore bound ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Patrick Sheltra is ready to get back to business. To officially kick off the New Year, Sheltra will participate in this weekend’s Motorsports 2008 Race Car Show presented by VP Racing Fuels held at the Atlantic City New Jersey Convention Center from Friday, January 18 to Sunday, January 20, 2008. Sheltra is the only ARCA RE/MAX Series driver scheduled for all three days of festivities where he will sign autographs at the Pocono Raceway booth while also talk about his upcoming season and his thoughts on returning to Pocono, where Sheltra notched finishes of 24th and 11th respectively last season. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (01-17-08)
  • Townley to run full schedule OFFICIAL: "We're going to run the full ARCA schedule," said [John Wes] Townley. "We're going to run ARCA and fill in open spots, probably with Hooters and NASCAR's Camping World East series. "The best thing you can do is race," he quoted his father as saying. "The more of that I can get, the better I'll be." (JD PR) (12-23-07)
    NOTE: Townley is expected to join RAB Racing. Zaxby's will sponsor.
    OFFICIAL: A new year brings new changes for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard as they announce the arrival of new primary sponsor, Zaxby's, and rookie driver, John Wes Townley, for the full 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. The team has also announced a change in car number from the 65 to the 09, matching that of current Zaxby's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Joey Clanton.  "We are excited to be a part of the RAB Racing team," Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of Zaxby's, Tony Townley stated. "We think RAB Racing is a great family and everyone is down to earth with a common sense approach methodology being used. We think Zaxby's will benefit from this as well as RAB Racing, so we are excited to be on board." (RAB PR) (01-15-08)
  • Rabenold to attend Motorsports Race Car Show:  Kory Rabenold will be attending the 2008 Motorsports Race Car Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center on January 18th, 19th, & 20th. Kory’s Interstate Batteries of Allentown #63 car will be on display all three days and Kory will be on hand to sign autographs. (Rabenold Racing) (01-15-08)
  • Stenzel hoping to run 10 races: [Scott] Stenzel attended Finish Line Racing School December 11-12, and a few days later tested at the Daytona International Speedway in a Chevy Monte Carlo owned by Bob Schacht of Bob Schacht Motorsports.  After his second test run, he posted the 13th fastest time of the day, running at just over 178 miles per hour. Stenzel returned to the track the next day and ran enough laps to obtain his ARCA license, which would allow him to run in the series this coming season, which kicks off in February. “This was one of the most exciting weeks of my life,” Stenzel said. “I’d need about $100,000 to run the February race in Daytona,” he said of the season kickoff. “My goal is to sign a 10-race deal, and race all of the televised ARCA events this season.” (Alexandria Echo Press) (01-12-08)
  • Daytona field size increases to 43: ARCA RE/MAX Series officials have announced that the starting field for this year's ARCA 200 at Daytona will increase from 41 traditional starters to 43. "We're doing what we can to help our series regulars - the teams that support the series on a fulltime basis," said ARCA President Ron Drager. "As our entries continue to grow each and every year for the ARCA 200 at Daytona, it's getting more and more challenging to make this race."  The first 32 positions for this year's race will consist of the 32 fastest speeds from SIM Factory Pole Award Qualifying Friday afternoon. Positions 33 through 36 will be based on the previous year's car owner point standings. Positions 37 through 42 will be based on "Golden A Plan" teams from the previous season. Golden A Plan teams are defined as teams that compete with the same car owner and driver out of the same hauler at every race. The 43rd and final position is reserved for a past champion's provisional. ( (01-10-08)
  • ABR testing at Talladega: Andy Belmont Racing will test at Talladega on January 16, 2008. (01-10-08)
  • Benning testing Sprint Cup car: Norm Benning Racing has secured a Car Of Tomorrow and engine. NBR will be testing in Daytona for the Daytona 500. (Norm Benning Racing) (01-09-08)
  • Gosselin racing at Daytona; looking for sponsorship: Oddly enough, [Mario] Gosselin and his team still have both primary and associate sponsorship position available for the upcoming event. [Daytona] Though he has some support from returning sponsors and friends for the race, he definitely needs to locate additional sponsors for this big race.   As Gosselin recently put it, "We are very thankful for the support we have, but we really do need to make a deal with a primary sponsor and some new associate sponsors who can benefit by all that we have to offer.   Sponsors make this all possible.  Without them, we simply can't afford to compete." (DGM PR) (01-09-08)
  • Belmont announces new marketing partner: Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) announced today that Salt Lake City, Utah’s Zotes Sunflower Seeds joins the long-time ARCA organization for the full 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) season with rookie drivers Tom Hessert, Jr (No. 1) and Jacob Francis (No. 14) beginning with the 2008 season opener from Daytona International Speedway, the ARCA 200 at Daytona set for Saturday, February 9, 2008. “We’re very excited to have Zotes Sunflower Seeds onboard here at Andy Belmont Racing,” said Belmont, a long-time ARCA competitor. “It has always been our position at ABR to bring strong companies into the ARCA REMAX series and show them the true benefits of being a marketing partner. We’re looking forward to having them a part of our team.” (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (01-09-08)
  • K&K Racing cars stolen: The K&K Racing Team sent three cars to a shop in Cornelius, North Carolina to get some work done. After months of trying to contact the person and the shop to get the cars back, we [K&K Racing] finally got a hold of someone. So the team drove from Arkansas to North Carolina to retrieve the cars after getting a hold of the shop owner. They called and talked to him while waiting for four hours. After the four hours of waiting the team contacted the authorities. We [K&K Racing] have not had any contact with the owner since. (K&K Racing) (01-07-08)
  • Franchitti to race at Daytona: [Dario Franchitti] will compete in the ARCA race at Daytona before trying to dice with the NASCAR drivers during Speed Weeks. (Scene Daily) (01-06-08)
  • BGR Car for Lease: Bobby Gerhart Racing has a car available for lease at Daytona. (01-03-08)
  • Pre-Orders available for ARCA Sim Racing: The Sim Factory, LLC, maker of the PC simulation title "ARCA Sim Racing," has announced that customers will be able to pre-order their software copies beginning on January 1, 2008, at 6:00 PM ET. TSF has also announced that out of all those who pre-order, every purchaser will be entered into a random drawing for a custom Sim Factory racing cockpit valued at $2799.00 and comes complete with a 24" LCD monitor, Logitech G25 wheel, Logitech sound system, and racing seat. Other prizes will also be offered through the pre-order period. ( (01-03-08)