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may 2008

  • Annett to race NASCAR trucks: Driver Michael Annett will celebrate his 22nd birthday two days early when he joins the Bill Davis Racing’s No. 22 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team in June at The Milwaukee Mile. Annett is part of Bill Davis Racing’s driver developmental program, and he will shift his focus from the ARCA RE/MAX Series ranks to one of NASCAR’s premiere divisions. Annett will share the seat of the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing Toyota Tundra with Red Bull Racing's Scott Speed for the remainder of the 2008 season. (Michael Annett Racing) (05-30-08)
  • Racing For Wildlife 200: Further strengthening its commitment to preserving the environment and its natural resources, Michigan International Speedway will proudly host the Racing For Wildlife 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series event for the next three years, track officials announced today. The race entitlement is a joint venture with The Conservation Fund and the Ryan Newman Foundation, which formed Racing for Wildlife in 2007. That partnership is a first-of-its-kind initiative that invites sports fans, race sponsors and other conservation-minded individuals to join NASCAR driver Newman and The Conservation Fund to save America's scenic lands. (MIS PR) (05-30-08)
  • Former Indy 500 winners attempting Pocono: Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish Jr. [are racing in the Pocono 200] in search of Pocono seat-time to help with their respective SPRINT Cup efforts. Both are former Indy 500 winners and IndyCar Series champions. Both, like Juan Pablo Montoya before them, are trying to make the stock car transition from the open wheel ranks. Franchitti, who drives for Ganassi Racing, has two career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts at Talladega in 2007 and Daytona in 2008. The Edinburgh, Scotland driver finished a career-best 10th at Daytona and 17th at Talladega. Hornish, in a Penske Racing Dodge, made one career ARCA RE/MAX Series start at Michigan Int'l Speedway in 2007 where the three-time IndyCar Series champion finished second after leading 29 laps from the pole. (ARCA PR) (05-28-08)
  • Greg Sarff leasing cars: 2008 Penske Dodges for lease. Short track, Intermediate and Superspeedway cars. Featherlite transporter and race winning Greg Lossi motors. Professional NASCAR over the wall pit crew for 14 second stops. Top 10 fast at Kansas, lead Kentucky and ran top 3! 1 race to multi race packages. You must be a funded driver! Serious inquires only. (05-28-08)
  • Ragan penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection after Sunday's Hantz Group 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Toledo Speedway, the Roulo Brothers Racing #39 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Russ Roulo and driver David Ragan 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. (ARCARacing.com) (05-21-08)
  • Sheltra penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection after Sunday's Hantz Group 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Toledo Speedway, the Sheltra Motorsports #60 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Grace Sheltra and driver Patrick Sheltra 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) (05-21-08)
  • Car owner's mother passes away: Mrs. Hettie Lee Hixson, 84, mother of Hixson Motorsports team owner Wayne Hixson, and grandmother of ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Ron Cox, passed away Monday morning, May 19th, 2008, after a brief illness. (Hixson PR) (05-21-08)
  • Stan Yee passes away: Stan Yee, legendary ARCA late model car owner, passed away over the weekend while vacationing in Las Vegas. He would have been 76 on May 20. (ARCARacing.com) (05-19-08)
  • Brandon Kelley back at Toledo? UPDATE Brandon Kelley is expected to return to the #23 Porter Glass Chevrolet at Toledo. (04-30-08)
    UPDATE: Brandon Kelley is now expected to be back at Pocono next month. (05-15-08)
  • Hanson to make ARCA debut in Toledo with Win-Tron Racing: While Holmdel, New Jersey native Dominick Casola has spent the first six races in the No. 32 Dodge Charger, Casola will sit out the seventh race of the season allowing ASA Late Model Series phenomenon Andy Hanson to take the helm of the familiar Win-Tron entry. Hanson has enjoyed a very stout career in the ASA Late Model Series and with his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut on deck this weekend at Toledo Speedway, the Ramsey, Minnesota native is looking at making the best of it. "I'm thrilled about the opportunity to race for Win-Tron Racing this weekend at Toledo," said the 19-year old Hanson. "The team is coming off a strong run at Kentucky Speedway and I would like to keep their turn-around season alive with a strong run in Sunday's race." (Win-Tron PR) (05-15-08)
  • Mattioli back in the #14 at Toledo:  Eighteen-year-old Chase Mattioli, the grandson of Pocono patriarchs' Dr. Joe and Rose Mattioli, has filed an entry for Sunday's Hantz Group 200 presented by Federated Car Care. "Outside of a picture on the website, I've never seen the place [Toledo], but I'm really excited, especially since we finished 12th at Salem. I've done about 300 laps at Toledo on the ARCA SIM game so that's helped some. And we're going to test at Hickory this Thursday. I've also got AP tests (college preparatory exams) on Wednesday and Friday, so it's going to be a really busy week for me." Mattioli will be driving the no. 14 Pro Tech & Associates Ford out of Andy Hillenburg's shop. Veteran crew chief Dave McClure, who worked with Chad McCumbee during his ARCA tenure, will be the crew chief on the car at Toledo. (ARCARacing.com) (05-15-08)
  • Rhyne hospitalized: Long time ARCA RE/MAX Series sponsor and engine builder Joe Rhyne suffered a heart attack and underwent emergency surgery Tuesday, May 13. Rhyne is resting comfortably at Community Hospital, 901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster IN 46361, where messages of cheer can be sent. Rhyne has maintained a strong and consistent presence in the Series since 1988, and is a past recipient of the ARCA Spirit Award, which is presented annually to the individual who best displays dedication and support of the ARCA RE/MAX Series and earns the respect of his peers by being supportive, helpful and positive in attitude. (ARCARacing.com) (05-15-08)
  • Disdier to attempt Toledo with Bowsher Racing: The continuous adventure for Michel Disdier. the French driver, will take part Sunday, May 18 in Toledo (Ohio) with its 2nd race of the ARCA championship. After beginnings full with promises carried out on April 13 in Salem (Indiana) where it was classified with a very beautiful 13th place, the continuous adventure for Michel which controls Ford in the TEAM of Jack Bowsher. "My objective is to confirm the good result of the first race and to continue to garner experiment while trying to finish with best places possible", announces Michel who knows already the oval of Toledo: "we tested there before Salem, which was very good. I have a very good feeling with this track ". Of good forecasts before these meeting again with the American public which really adopted the "Frenchie." "Around my arrival in this competition, it there had a passion of the public, organizers and media", continues Michel, still surprised by the many requests of the American press. Monday, Michel Disdier will fly away for New York where he has appointments with journalists. Friday, it will go to Toledo where the tests qualifiers will begin the following day. During these timed tests, the French will try to place the best possible one on the starting grid in order to continue his American dream at the time of the race of Sunday. (Michel Disdier PR) (05-14-08)
  • ARCA official's mother passes away: Condolences to longtime ARCA official and ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series director Mike Hewer, whose mother, Phyllis L. Hewer, passed away Saturday, May 10th. Visitation is today, Monday, May 12th at the Schrader- Howell Funeral Home, 280 S. Main St., Plymouth MI 48170 (734) 453-3333 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Funeral Services are Tuesday, May 13th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions, in memory of Phyllis L. Hewer, may be made to the Plymouth Community United Way, 960 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Suite 2, Plymouth, Michigan 48170. (ARCARacing.com) (05-12-08)
  • Caisse joins HRE at Kentucky: After the team's debut at Rockingham Speedway with Justin Marks, Hattori Racing Enterprises is set for the second of eight ARCA RE/MAX Series races on the team's partial-season schedule that will prepare HRE for a full, ARCA RE/MAX Series season in 2009. The team was organized by owner Shigeaki Hattori and the team's sponsorship group to give young, talented drivers a chance to compete in the best equipment possible. For Kentucky Speedway, Sean Caisse will pilot the no. 01 Advics Camry for HRE. Advics, with a facility in nearby Hebron, KY, is sure to show support for Caisse in Saturday's Drive Smart! Buckle Up 200. "HRE was formed so that the sponsors, AISIN, AISIN AW and Advics, and Hattori Racing Enterprises, can give young, developing drivers a chance to compete in excellent racing equipment. We are working with young drivers this year in preparation for a full season of competition in ARCA in 2009," said Hattori. "Sean Caisse is a good, young driver who has won many races and I think he will do a good job for HRE in the Advics Camry." (Germain PR) (05-08-08)
  • Congratulations to the Bowsher family: Ashlynn Renee Bowsher was born on Sunday, May 4, 2008 at 11:56 a.m. She made her appearance at 20 1/2" long and weighing 7 lbs. 3.6 oz. Mother [Alfie Bowsher] and baby are doing great and Dad [Todd Bowsher] is ecstatic! (Bowsher Racing) (05-08-08)>
  • Kapfhammer attempting six races in 2008: Frank Kapfhammer is on the fast-track to Kentucky Speedway for the May 10th Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150. Kapfhammer owns and operates five Long John Silver's franchises in Louisville and five Subway franchises in southern Indiana. Kapfhammer's no. 7 Chevy Monte Carlo will carry title sponsorship from Long John Silver's for the upcoming race at Kentucky. "The Long John Silver's sponsorship is from corporate," said Kapfhammer. "We're very fortunate to have them as a marketing partner on our ARCA RE/MAX Series program. "My dad (also named Frank) started the first ever Long John Silver's franchise in the country in 1969 here in Louisville. Five stores later, we're still here." Between racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and running 10 fast food franchises, Kapfhammer is staying plenty busy. "On the Long John Silver's side of things, we've got 104 employees. On the Subway end of it, we've got an additional 86 employees, so we're plenty busy chasing the whole thing." On the ARCA RE/MAX Series side of things, he's got no employees. "My crew is strictly volunteers. We'll probably have nine or ten crew people at Kentucky, but they're all family and friends of family. We've got Joe Rhyne motors under the hood." Kapfhammer has announced his plans to race in as many as six ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2008 to include both races at Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Nashville Superspeedway and Chicagoland Speedway. He's leaving himself the option of running one more at his discretion. The car will carry title sponsorship from Long John Silver's at each event with associate sponsorship from Pepsi, Dr. Pepper and Fenley Construction. (ARCA PR) (05-06-08)
  • Kimmel on Wind Tunnel: Nine-time ARCA RE/MAX Series national champion Frank Kimmel is scheduled to be a live studio guest tonight (Sunday May 4) on Wind Tunnel, which airs on SPEED from 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm Eastern. Show host Dave Despain will no doubt recap today's race at Rockingham Speedway as well as touch on the future of Kimmel Racing. (05-04-08)
  • Driving instructor racing at Rockingham: Jeff Boyer has been the lead driving instructor at the Buck Baker racing school for ten years. He has shown over 50 current drivers in various series from ARCA, Craftsman Truck, Nationwide to Nextel/Sprint Cup Series drivers the correct way to handle some of the toughest tracks in NASCAR. With 10,000 laps of experience at ‘The Rock' under his belt, a used Tony Stewart car, a heart bigger than a lion or a ‘tiger', Jeff Boyer could use a few good hands in his corner. "If I qualify up front, then I`ll try to run away from them, but up high, using the ‘Petty line', saving my tires all the time. If I have to start near the middle or back, I`ll let them go and just drive by when it`s time to go " said the confidant challenger. "I have all I own tied up in this deal and I plan on going for it, it`s all I can do". Every panel on the car is for sale, anyway, anyhow, some sponsor or sponsors can be a part of racing history and have a great time while getting exposure if they come on board and I win this race. Let`s make a deal!" (Boyer PR) (05-01-08)