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april 2008

  • Benson subbing for Schrader: Johnny Benson will practice and qualify Ken Schrader's #52 Dodge at Rockingham. Schrader is attempting the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Richmond this weekend. (04-30-08)
  • Graham returns at Kentucky: John Graham will race the #14 Andy Belmont Racing Ford at Kentucky. (04-30-08)
  • Stringer Motorsports signs associate sponsor: Doug Stringer (owner of Stringer Motorsports) has announced the signing of Lucas Oil as a product sponsor on the #90 Great Clips Toyota Camry driven by Gabi DiCarlo. “We are extremely proud that Lucas has come on board with our team,” said Stringer. “Lucas produces the finest lubricants in racing and teaming up with their company will be a boost to our whole operation.” “With Lucas Oil our team will be running with a proven winner, it only makes us stronger,” said NASCAR Championship Crew Chief Barry Dodson who now guides the efforts for Stringer. (Stringer Motorsports PR) (04-30-08)
  • Rogers to attempt Rockingham with Schacht: Clay Rogers has teamed up with Bob Schacht Motorsports for the ARCA RE/MAX Series Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway on Sunday May 4. "I'm really excited about this Rockingham race." said Rogers, "I like running at "The Rock" it's always good racing and I'm looking forward to getting back there." Rogers added, "I want to thank Bob Schacht for the opportunity to drive his car for this race and also thanks to Killingsworth Environmental and Rusty Wallace Ford for coming on board for the Carolina 500, we couldn‘t do it without them." Bob Schacht said of teaming with Clay Rogers, "We're looking forward to a strong run at Rockingham, Clay is a racer just like I am and I'm confident that together we can get the job done." (Schacht PR) (04-30-08)
  • Bill Davis Racing penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection after Friday's Kansas Lottery $150 Grand ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Kansas Speedway, the Bill Davis Racing #128 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Bill Davis and driver Michael Annett have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. The penalties were issued for violation of the rear quarter panel height rule per the 2008 ARCA Rulebook. (ARCA PR) (04-29-08)
  • Marks to attempt Rockingham with HRE: Shigeaki Hattori has founded Hattori Racing Enterprises, HRE, a race team designed for developing young, talented drivers. Hattori will see HRE compete in it's first race this weekend at Rockingham Speedway in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Justin Marks will drive the no. 01 AW North Carolina Camry in his second ARCA race this season. "I am very excited about this weekend at Rockingham Speedway. The track is very challenging and the racing action should be very good. HRE has worked very hard to give Justin Marks and AW Aisin the best Camry possible and we are very anxious to see the race begin on Sunday," said team owner Hattori. HRE has plans which include more ARCA RE/MAX Series races this year. HRE will race at both Kentucky events, Michigan, Nashville, Duquoin, Salem and Talladega. (HRE PR) (04-29-08)
  • Tucker to run third Cunningham entry at Rockingham: Cunningham Motorsports has added another entry to its ARCA RE/MAX Series stable for this Sunday's Carolina 500 at Rockingham Speedway. What started as a two-car team has grown to a three-car effort. Cunningham Motorsports, which fields Dodges for rookies' Tayler Malsam and Michael Phelps, announced today that they have selected rookie Nick Tucker to pilot the #59 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger for the Carolina 500. Tucker who resides in Kannapolis, North Carolina, is originally from Bremerton, Washington. Tucker is also an aero test driver for Gillette Evernham Motorsports. He has seven starts in the ARCA REMAX Series with a top-10 finish and has competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with five starts. "I'm really excited about the opportunity to drive for Dodge Motorsports and Cunningham Motorsports for this event," said Tucker. "Making this step up to a professional and proven organization will allow me to be competitive and showcase my talents. We had a good test at Rockingham and were fast. I know that this opportunity will go a long way in developing my skills. I would like to thank DCI, Comp-Cal, Allsquare and Mannhardt Farms for their support in this event." (Cunningham PR) (04-29-08)
  • Jones Group Racing penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection after Saturday's Prairie Meadows 250 ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Iowa Speedway, the Jones Group Racing #30 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Terry Jones and driver Jesse Smith have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. The penalties were issued for violation of the minimum roof height rule per the 2008 ARCA Rulebook. (ARCARacing.com) (04-24-08)
  • Enfinger driving #14 at Kansas: Grant Enfinger has been tapped to pilot the #14 Ford Fusion for Andy Belmont Racing this weekend in the Kansas Lottery $150 Grand at Kansas Speedway. Enfinger has been working at the ABR shop since early this season, learning the ropes of ARCA RE/MAX Series competition from the ground up. “I have a tremendous desire to learn the ropes of the ARCA Series and Andy Belmont Racing has given me a great opportunity,” said. I’ve done so many things so far, including fab work, electrical, body work, preparing the car for qualifying- I’ve even driven the transporter. Now I can actually get behind the wheel. That’s why I came to ARCA- to have the chance to learn all the different processes of competition from the ground up. I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed into a specialization.” (Belmont PR) (04-23-08)
  • Aaron's Outdoors joins Sheltra Motorsports: Aaron’s Sales and Lease, America’s premier name in retail furniture, partners with the Brannen Family to bring you Aaron’s Outdoors.  Aaron’s Outdoors can be found on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) every Saturday morning at 8:30am for all hunting and fishing enthusiasts. This show brings you an up close and personal look at the South’s best game. Aaron’s Sales and Lease brings you the largest selection of brand new, brand name furniture, appliances, electronics and computers. “We are thrilled with our new relationship with Aaron’s Outdoors,” said Sheltra, who has been self-promoting Aaron’s Outdoors with the camouflage cap the past two races. “It’s exciting that Aaron’s has a new program that involves the outdoors and the apparel they are sporting virtually matches our race car which attracts us like a magnet. We are excited about our new relationship with Aaron’s Outdoors and we hope to deliver them a good finish Friday.” (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (04-23-08)
  • Taylor Barton to run ARCA?: [Taylor] Barton, who drives for a team he owns, said he has half the funding secured for what he needs to run some ARCA stock car races and possibly a few in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. (Las Vegas Review-Journal) (04-22-08)
  • Sheltra's Dodge schedule announced: Sheltra Motorsports announced today it’s plan to run a Dodge Charger in a minimum of 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series events this season beginning with the fourth race of the season at Kansas Speedway on Friday, April 25, 2008. Starting with Kansas Speedway this weekend, Sheltra Motorsports and driver Patrick Sheltra plan to run the Dodge emblem in nine other events consisting of Kentucky Speedway (May and July), Pocono Raceway (June and August), Michigan International Speedway (June), Nashville Superspeedway (August), Illinois State Fairgrounds (August), DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September) and Chicagoland Speedway (September). During the off-season, Sheltra Motorsports purchased three Dodge Chargers from North Carolina’s Penske Racing while also transforming one of the team’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a Dodge Charger. RC Consultants, a longtime engine builder in ARCA competition has partnered with the Whitesville, Kentucky based operation to provide the horsepower for the season. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (04-22-08)
  • Alli Owens’ reaction to Danica Patrick’s victory: “What Danica Patrick achieved is monumental. It wasn’t a question of if a female would win in a major racing series, but when. I’m very proud of what she’s accomplished. The question now becomes, when will a female win in a major stock car series? I hope to one day answer that question. She’s an inspiration to all of us trying to reach that goal. “Next weekend, both Danica and I will be racing at Kansas Speedway. I’m looking forward to congratulating her in person.” (Alli Owens PR) (04-21-08)
  • Opportunities at Bob Schacht Motorsports: Bob Schacht Motorsports has opportunities still available to funded or sponsored drivers for the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season and beyond. (04-19-08)
  • Brandon Kelley to miss races; Donny Kelley to drive: ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year contender Brandon Kelley, who was recently announced as the driver for the #23 Hixson Motorsports Chevrolets for 2008, will miss several upcoming races.  Kelley, whose strong run at Daytona in February caught a lot of people's attention, is dealing with some private personal problems. The decision was made to replace Kelley in the car while he continues to deal with those issues. Kelley hopes to return to the driver's seat later this spring. "We are committed to having Brandon Kelley as our driver," team owner Wayne Hixson said Monday from his race shop. "Brandon has some problems that he is dealing with, and we respect that. We have to keep moving forward as a team, so we have named a replacement driver for the next few events and will keep working and looking forward to having Brandon back in the car.  Out of respect for Brandon's privacy, our team will have no further comment about his absence from the car." Team owner Wayne Hixson did not have to look long or far in finding a replacement driver.  Donny Kelley, Brandon's father and an accomplished late model racer in his own right, will fill in as the driver of the #23 during Brandon's absence. Donny Kelley, 48, began racing motorcycles in the 1970's.  He then moved on to Go-Karts, Allison Legacy cars, and has spent the past four years in the ASA Late Model Series.  In 2004, Kelley made one ARCA RE/MAX Series start at South Boston Speedway, having a very strong run until a mechanical failure late in the race.  When he is not racing, Kelley manages his business, Porter Glass and Mirror, located in Porter, Texas. "This is by no means the way I wanted to get on the track this season," Kelley said Monday. "When we put this deal together for Brandon, Wayne (Hixson) and I planned for me to run a second car out of his shop a few times later this season. I wasn't expecting to get behind the wheel this soon and I can't say that I am happy with the current situation, but you have to play the cards you are dealt.  We had some bad luck this last weekend at Salem, but I am looking forward to going to Iowa and Kansas.  After that we will evaluate where we are at and make some more decisions. At Daytona I worked with the team, so I knew going into Salem that I have a good team to work with, with Wayne (Hixson), Mark (Haehn), and the guys. I would like to ask everyone to keep Brandon in their thoughts and prayers, and hopefully we will have him back in the car soon." (Hixson Motorsports PR) (04-16-08)
  • Owens returns at Iowa: Alli Owens will return to ARCA RE/MAX Series competition this weekend at Iowa Speedway for the Prairie Meadows 250. The event marks her first time competing since being involved in a motorcycle accident in March. The 19-year-old Daytona Beach, Florida native suffered several broken bones and wasn't expected to recover in time to compete in the Iowa event; but as has been typical of Owens throughout her career, she completed a task quicker than expected. "When the doctor told me that I might miss Iowa I thought no way," said Owens, driver of the No. 12 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet. "I focused all my energy on recovery. I worked as hard as I could with my trainer and followed my doctor's orders and everything worked out. I feel great." (Electric Careers PR) (04-16-08)
  • Koch using Chevrolet and Ford: Mike Koch will use Chevrolet and Ford cars during the 2008 season. (ARCA Thunder) (04-16-08)
  • Disdier to compete in more events: Michel Disdier is expected to compete in 4-6 additional races with Bowsher Racing.  His next race is expected to be at Toledo. (ARCA Thunder) (04-16-08)
  • Clemons fined: ARCA has fined Josh Clemons $500 for lead found in his water bottle during the Salem weekend. (ARCA Thunder) (04-16-08)
  • Sarff returns to ARCA: Greg Sarff will return to ARCA competition this season.  He is expected to drive in a minimum of 15 events using the number from Hytlon Motorsports and equipment from Penske Racing South. Phil Bozell will be the crew chief. (ARCA Thunder) (04-16-08)
  • Lofton switching to #20: Justin Lofton and Eddie Sharp Racing will switch to the #20.  Owner points from the #93 will carry over. (ARCA Thunder) (04-16-08)
  • Pennington's wife passes away: Free Pennington's wife passed away after giving birth to the family's second child. (ARCA Thunder) (04-16-08)
  • Mad Croc Energy Drink joins Hansen Motorsports: As a popular energy drink overseas, great tasting Mad Croc is now in the U.S.Looking to gain exposure to race fans, Mad Croc has agreed to a sponsor program with Hansen Motorsports.  The team is excited to have Mad Croc on-board and feels it is a way for an up-and-coming team to help promote an up-and-coming energy drink … and vice-versa! “Race teams go through a lot of beverages during the race season, and energy drinks are a large part of the mix”, reports Todd Hansen, team driver.  He further stated that Mad Croc tastes great and there is both regular and sugar free that doesn’t have an affect on his blood sugar levels. Mad Croc will supply the team with energy drink throughout the season and other fun items to be given to fans.  “Both kids and adults will love wearing the Mad Croc logo on a cap or T-Shirt”, says team owner Bill Hansen. (Hansen Motorsports) (04-14-08)
  • Team Keselowski switches to Chevrolet: Team Keselowski will field Chevrolet cars for Robb Brent in a minimum of 11 races. (04-14-08)
  • Hawkins begins part time schedule at Iowa:  Matt Hawkins will begin his part-time schedule at Iowa.  In addition to Iowa, he plans on competing at Kentucky, Nashville, and Chicagoland. (04-14-08)
  • Bourque adds more races to schedule: Eddie Sharp Racing announced today that Pierre Bourque has added three races to his 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The Ottawa, Canada resident will pilot the No. 02 for Eddie Sharp Racing at Iowa, Kansas, and Rockingham speedways. "I'm very excited to continue my driving with Eddie Sharp Racing," stated Bourque. "ESR has a strong program and I'm looking forward to working more with Crew Chief David Leiner and the entire team." (ESR PR) (04-13-08)
  • Fire Protection Services to sponsor Basham: Darrell Basham Racing officially has officially announced that Fire Protection Services, Inc. out of Louisville, Kentucky will be a sponsor on the No. 34 DBR Chevrolet for the upcoming Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Salem Speedway. "We are extremely happy to have Fire Protection Services, Inc. as a sponsor for this race and hope to continue our relationship with them at other events," stated Darrell Basham, who will be making his 210th ARCA RE/MAX Series career start at Salem. "We at DBR are excited to promote Fire Protection Services, Inc. and feel that we can help them to expand their market by carrying their company logo on our car.  Fire protection is a very serious matter both on and off the track and we hope to gain public awareness in the process of our relationship with Fire Protection Services, Inc.," exclaimed Sandy Sparrow, PR Director for DBR. (Basham PR) (04-13-08)
  • Kimmel back to Ford: After a one-race departure, nine-time and defending ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Frank Kimmel is back with the manufacturer with which he won seven consecutive titles from 2001-2007. Kimmel, who this year formed Kimmel Racing with his brother and crew chief, Bill, will drive the No. 44 Ford Fusion for the rest of the season, starting with this weekend's (April 13th) Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 by Federated Auto Parts at Salem (Ind.) Speedway. Kimmel started the 2008 season off in a Dodge at Daytona. "It's really great to be back in a Ford," said Kimmel, who also won series championships in 1998 and 2000. "It's been our home for a number of years, and we've had so much success with Ford all the way back to the Taurus - and now the Fusion. Now that we're back, we're real happy." "We're pleased to be back with the Kimmels, and very happy that we were able to put together this deal that keeps them on the race track, where they belong," said Doug Hervey, manager, North American Racing Operations for Ford. "They've been committed to us for a long time and we are committed to that loyalty, and we look forward to another successful season with them." (ARCARacing.com) (04-09-08)
  • Disdier to attempt Salem MORE: On April 13 in Salem, Indiana, Michel Disdier will join the ranks of other international drivers including Montoya, Villeneuve and Franchetti by racing in the ARCA / Remax series. His objective is clear: to compete in as many races on oval tracks as possible in 2008 prior to making his move to NASCAR trucks. Michel Disdier is the only Frenchman holding an official ARCA license.  While he would like to be the first Frenchman to make his mark in NASCAR, Disdier wants to move forward prudently, gaining as much experience as he can on the oval tracks before making the big move. "For me, this is a dream come true,” says Disdier.  “It’s been a long time now that I have wanted to race in NASCAR.  I’ve given myself entirely to this project and am surrounded by supportive people who have helped me all the way.  This year will allow me to discover a lot of new things, and I am ready more than ever to live my American dream!" Racing with the team of Todd Bowsher on April 13 in Salem will be Michel Disdier’s big start.  The combination of a top level team like Jack Bowsher and Associates Motorsports and Michel’s desire to succeed will certainly put him on the right course for achieving his NASCAR goals. (Michel Disdier PR) (04-06-08)
    MORE: Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports and race car driver Michel Disdier have joined forces for the April 13th Kentuckian Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway.  Disdier will make his ARCA RE/MAX debut driving the famed No. 21 Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports Ford on the tricky half-mile oval. “We are extremely excited about Michel joining Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team,” stated team manager Todd Bowsher.  “We are looking forward to helping Michel gain experience in these 3,400 pound stock cars and preparing him for his ultimate goal to race in the elite NASCAR Series.  I am excited about working with him as his racing career continues to grow. I am quite confident that the experience the Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports team brings along with the rich history, we will be able to make Michel’s learning curve a fast one.  The ARCA RE/MAX Series and Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports are both what Michel needs to get off to a good start in his stock car career.” (Bowsher PR) (04-08-08)
  • Francis leaves Belmont; to start own team: ARCA RE/MAX Series rookie Jake Francis failed to make the ARCA 200 at Daytona back in February, but he won't let that get him down. After parting ways with team owner Andy Belmont, Francis has teamed up with Mike and Dave Simko for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Salem Speedway Sunday afternoon, April 13th. "I can't say enough about Dick Bonner and Steve Sanders," said Francis. "They have both helped me along in my career. Mr. Sanders has been with me since the start, and Mr. Bonner came onboard back in 2005, and has been crucial to the success of our team ever since. "I am trying to build a new team - Jake Francis, Inc., and Salem will be our first challenge. I have worked with Simko's in the past, and I feel that we can field a competitive racecar, and win races. "I have to thank my dad; he's always believed in me and I don't know if I'll ever be able to repay him. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be where I am at now, and I wouldn't have the opportunities that I have had." (Francis PR) (04-02-08)
  • Art Seeger unveils new website: Art Seeger Racing is proud to unveil its new website for 2008. Please visit ArtSeegerRacing.com to check out Art Seeger Racing’s brand new design for a new season. (Seeger Racing) (04-01-08)>
  • Lofton signs with Eddie Sharp Racing Full Season UPDATE 2: NASCAR West driver Justin Lofton has signed a deal with Eddie Sharp Racing.  He will compete in 10 races. (02-08-08)
    UPDATE: Justin Lofton has signed with Eddie Sharp Racing to drive a partial season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2008. Lofton will pilot the No. 20 Dodge for ten events at the Salem Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Nashville Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, and Toledo Speedway. "I am really looking forward to driving for Eddie Sharp Racing," stated Lofton. "It is a stand-up organization and I think I will have a lot of success there. I'm really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the [No.] 20 and taking the green flag at Salem." (ARCARacing.com) (03-03-08)
    UPDATE 2: California-native Justin Lofton has signed to drive the entire 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season for Eddie Sharp Racing. "We are extremely excited to have Justin on board with us for the rest of the year," stated team owner Eddie Sharp. "Justin is a very talented driver. I've been impressed to see the quick progress made by that team at recent tests. They will certainly be tough competitors in this series." (ARCARacing.com) (04-01-08)