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july 2008

  • Leslie penalized after Berlin: Based on post-race technical inspection after Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Berlin Raceway, the Creative Motorsports #18 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Tracy Leslie and driver Billy Leslie 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. ( (07-30-08)
  • Almirola to attempt Pocono with DEI: Aric Almirola, already tapped as the driver of the no. 8 DEI car in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in 2009, has filed an entry for the upcoming August 2nd Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono in a DEI-prepared Chevrolet. Almirola made one start in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition at Talladega in 2005 under the Joe Gibbs Racing banner, but got caught up in a wreck, relegating the Tampa, Florida driver to a 37th place finish. [Almirola will use owner points from Hixson Motorsports #29] (SPEED TV) (07-30-08)
  • Sheltra team member issues fundraising challenge: As the ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend, many people are still feeling the effects of the absence of ARCA chaplain Bill Krick who was missing in action last weekend at Berlin Raceway after successfully recovering from open-heart surgery. With Krick expected to be on the sidelines for a majority of the second-half of the ARCA season and with limited income coming in, Sheltra Motorsports Public Relations Representative Chris Knight is stepping in and announcing a personal challenge to the other teams competing in Saturday’s Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway. For every mile that ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Patrick Sheltra completes Saturday afternoon Knight will donate $1.00 out of his personal pocket to Bill and Diana Krick. Should the Pennsylvania 200 extend into overtime, Knight will donate $2.00 for every mile completed until Sheltra takes the checkered flag. If Sheltra is able to capture his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory Saturday, Knight, a longtime Motorsports Public Relations Representative will throw in an additional $200.00 bonus. “Bill has done some many wonderful things for so many people including me,” said Knight, who has been covering and working in the ARCA RE/MAX Series since 2000. “It’s very unfortunate what the entire Krick family has had to endure within the last week but I want to be able to do my portion to give my thanks. While Bill’s presence at the track is priceless, I know that even when he’s not there, he still is, in spirits.” Knight continued, “I am challenging any members of the ARCA community whether team or sanction to match my challenge with the hopes to raise a minimum of a thousand dollars this weekend. I know that every penny counts for the Krick family and this is the best way I know how to give back quickly.” Anyone interested in joining the challenge are urged to contact Sheltra Motorsports. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (07-30-08)
  • Wallace to make ARCA debut at Pocono UPDATE: Chrissy Wallace will make her ARCA RE/MAX series debut at Pocono driving for Hattori Racing Enterprises. She is also scheduled to drive for the team at Talladega Superspeedway later this year. (ARCA Thunder) (07-24-08)
    UPDATE: Chrissy Wallace will make her ARCA RE/MAX Series debut this weekend at Pocono Raceway driving in the Hattori Racing Enterprises no. 01 Germain Toyota Camry.  Wallace is the daughter of NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace, who had much success at Pocono Raceway in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition back in the mid-90s. "When we tested Pocono Raceway in the spring, it was my first trip to that track," said Wallace. "I definitely think the tunnel turn is the trickiest part of the track. If you go in there too fast, you're completely sideways all the way through it and if you go too slow, you'll get passed. I thought it was a fun track to drive." (Germain PR) (07-30-08)
  • Mattioli announces sponsorship: A&A Auto Stores, a division of Keystone Automotive Operations, will be part of Chase Mattioli's Team Liquid Fence for the remainder of the 2008 racing season, starting with the ARCA-RE/MAX 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 2nd.  The August 2nd event will mark Mattioli's 2nd appearance at Pocono, the 2.5 mile NASCAR Sprint Cup venue operated by his Grandparents, Dr. Joe & Dr. Rose Mattioli.  Coming events for A&A with Mattioli's Team Liquid Fence will include Lime Rock, CT (August 16th) and Mansfield, OH (August 23rd) and Millville, NJ, September 28th). "We are thrilled to be partnered with Chase Mattioli and Team Liquid Fence," commented Chance Mercure, General Manager of A & A.   "A&A was founded by racing and automotive enthusiasts 50 years ago and we are thrilled to support the career of this remarkable 18 year old Pennsylvania native." (Mattioli PR) (07-30-08)
  • Rabenold returns to Pocono with new marketing partner: Kory Rabenold Racing is hard at work preparing for the Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono International Raceway. They are working both to prepare and field a car for the race weekend activities and are working hard to develop some new marketing partners for the team and this event. Interstate Batteries of Allentown, Pa. owned and operated by Rich Mummey of Walnutport, Pennsylvania will be back on board with KRR as the primary sponsor and marketing partner.  KRR is excited to have a top notch organization such as his on board. Rich Mummey states, "Interstate Battery of Allentown sees the ARCA series and the Rabenold Racing team as a great way to locally promote our battery line." (Rabenold PR) (07-30-08)
  • Johnson to attempt Pocono: Jarit Johnson announced an entry today into the ARCA Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday August 2nd. Johnson will pilot the GermaneRED / Germane Tooling Group Chevy for the 200-mile event. Team owner, John Fox contacted Johnson less than two weeks ago to inquire about driving for the team at Pocono. Fox primarily operates a modified team around the northeast with driver Steve Fox. GermaneRED / Germane Tooling Group came aboard as the primary sponsor allowing the team to move forward with signing Johnson and entering the event. Other sponsors that have joined support for the program include: Fox Realty, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships and The Jimmie Johnson Foundation. Johnson and the team will receive support as well from Johnson Excavation and RFL Clothing. ( (07-29-08)
  • Kimmel on CN8 (Thursday): Frank Kimmel is scheduled to make a live appearance on "It's Your Call with Lynn Doyle" as part of the program's "Trackside 101" series. The programming airs in front of race fans live at Pocono Raceway on Thursday, July 31st from 9-10 p.m. Eastern. "Trackside 101" is a behind-the-scenes look at the world of racing/NASCAR. The series airs on CN8, The Comcast Network, and is available in 10 million homes from Washington, D.C., through Maine. More information is available at (ARCA RacingPR) (07-29-08)
  • ARCA Chaplain undergoes surgery: ARCA Chaplain Bill Krick remains hospitalized [as of July 26th] following heart surgery earlier this week but the ARCA community continues to support the long-time champlain of Focus Motorsports Ministries. Saturday afternoon at Berlin Raceway, ARCA members Andy Belmont, Mark Gibson and Mike Allgaier led the charge. Belmont, Gibson and Allgaier, who have been long-time supporters of Krick's ministry, updated the ARCA family on Krick's condition and spoke of hope. They also led a forum discussing ways to raise funds for the Krick family as Bill embarks on a long recovery process. (ARCA Racing PR) (07-29-08)
  • Hixson makes crew chief change: Hixson Motorsports has tapped Travis Sharpe to help turn around the season for Donny Kelley, driver of the #23 Porter Glass Chevrolets. Sharpe, 27 of Martinsville, VA, brings a wealth of knowledge to the struggling 23 team.  Sharpe, whose new duties began last week prior to the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150, will provide setup information for the team as well as oversee race weekend activities.  Another of Sharpe's duties will be to call the race, directing the team's pit strategy and adjustments.  Under Sharpe's guidance at Kentucky, Kelley posted his best qualifying run of the season with a 13th place start, and ran very strong in the early stages of the race until a spin forced him behind the wall for repairs. Sharpe comes to the #23 from Bobby Hamilton Racing, where he served as Truck Chief for Dennis Setzer in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.  Prior to that, he was the lead mechanic for Johnny Benson's truck at Bill Davis Racing.  Looking further into Sharpe's career, he served as Crew Chief for David Gilliand at Clay Andrews Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, as well as Truck Chief for Brenden Gaughn at Orleans Racing.  In the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Sharpe has worked as Crew Chief for Josh Allison, Paul Beregszaszy, and Bobby Santos.  Sharpe even has 1 ARCA RE/MAX Series start as a driver, coming at Iowa Speedway in 2006. (Hixson PR) (08-25-08)
  • Harmon looking to sell? UPDATE: Mike Harmon is seeking an investor for Mike Harmon Racing. If nothing is found, Harmon will concentrate on the NASCAR Nationwide series. (ARCA Thunder) (06-24-08)
    UPDATE: Mike Harmon Racing has confirmed that Mike Harmon will drive at Berlin and at Pocono. Although the team has not been sold, it is still looking for a buyer or investors.  There are no current plans to shut the team down. (07-24-08)
  • Stancill to debut at Nashville: Ben Stancill is scheduled to make his first qualifying attempt in the ARCA/REMAX Series on August 9th at Nashville Super Speedway in Tennessee.  Stancill has partnered with Greg Sarff of Capital City Motorsports and is slated to drive the #48 in Chicago and Talladega as well.  "I'm really excited to have this opportunity.  I don't have a lot of experience racing on big tracks and these three races will just help me be better prepared for the 2009 season." said Stancill. Ben is currently competing in selected races in the Camping World Series. He competed full time in Hooters Pro Cup last year and came through the ranks of go-karts and legend cars. (Ben Stancill PR) (07-24-08)
  • New crew chief for Allgaier UPDATE 2: Larry Moore is no longer with Allgaier Motorsports.  Allgaier will have a new crew chief starting this weekend at Kentucky. (ARCA Thunder) (07-16-08)
    UPDATE: Phil Parsons reported that Larry Moore is working with Jones Group Racing during SPEED Channel's coverage of Kentucky qualifying. (07-21-08)
    UPDATE 2: Jim Pohlman has been named as the new crew chief for Justin Allgaier. Pohlman joins the team after serving as the car chief for Dario Franchitti in NASCAR Sprint Cup. (07-23-08)
  • Scott Speed, Eddie Sharp Racing penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection after Friday's Kentukcy 150 ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Kentucky Speedway, the Sharp Racing Enterprises #2 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Eddie Sharp and driver Scott Speed 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. ( (07-23-08)
  • Sheltra Motorsports names sponsor for Berlin: Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today that Holland, Michigan based Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant will join the Whitesville, Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX Series organization as the primary marketing partner for the No. 60 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and driver Patrick Sheltra for Saturday’s Berlin ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway. Sitting on the shores of Lake Macatawa and being downtown Holland’s only waterfront restaurant, Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant offers family friendly casual dining, waterfront views, indoor and outdoor dining, banquet facilities, catering services and a convenient full menu takeout. “We are excited about this partnership with Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant,” said Sheltra, who finished fourth in his first trip to Berlin Raceway in 2007. “Berlin Raceway is a track we feel that we can win at. What a victory it would be not only for our team but for the great people at Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant. We’re thankful for the opportunity to partner with them and we’re looking forward to a strong race.” (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (07-21-08)
  • Dodson leaves #90 team: Barry Dodson has left Stringer Motorsports. No replacement has been named. (ARCA Thunder) (07-16-08)
  • Save-A-Lot to sponsor Stenhouse Jr at Kentucky: For the first time in 2008, the No. 99 ARCA RE/MAX Series Ford will carry the Save-A-Lot Food Stores colors this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. ARCA point’s leader, and rookie, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will pilot the No. 99 Save-A-Lot Ford this Friday, July 18 hoping to capture win number two at the 1.5-mile oval. "I’m really happy to have Save-A-Lot on board for this weekend," said Stenhouse. "Save-A-Lot has thousands of associates and customers in the area of the speedway so I’m glad to have them as part of our team this weekend. I’m proud to carry the same stars and stripes paint scheme that the No. 60 Ford carries and hopefully it will bring us just as much luck. They’ve already been to victory lane with Carl (Edwards, driver No. 60 Save-A-Lot Ford) this year so we’re hoping to take them to ARCA RE/MAX Series victory lane." (Roush-Fenway PR) (07-16-08)
  • Knupp to return:  Brandon Knupp will return to the ARCA RE/MAX series at Nashville.  His family owned team will compete part time for the remainder of the 2008 season. (ARCA Thunder) (07-16-08)
  • ARCA signs another sponsor: ROADCARE PLUS, one of the largest suppliers of towing and roadside assistance in the U.S., has reached an agreement with the Automobile Racing Club of America for the position of "Official Roadside Assistance Company of ARCA." "We are excited to partner with ROADCARE PLUS through an official sponsorship position," said Mark Gundrum, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for ARCA. "The benefits and services provided to ROADCARE PLUS members offers a great sense of security for those who travel by car or truck." (ARCA PR) (07-16-08)
  • Sheltra to add sponsorship UPDATE: Sheltra Motorsports has secured additional sponsorship for Kentucky and Berlin.  Announcements will be made next week. (ARCA Thunder) (07-09-08)
    UPDATE: Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today that Groupe Beton Brunet will return as the primary marketing partner for the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) next stop at Kentucky Speedway for next Friday night’s Kentucky ARCA 150. “We’re thrilled to have Groupe Beton Brunet back on board for Kentucky,” said driver Patrick Sheltra. “While we were disappointed with our Cayuga finish, everyone including Groupe Beton Brunet was pleased with the performance. We’re heading back to Kentucky Speedway, our hometown track looking for a win. Hopefully all the components will play out and we can celebrate in victory lane.” (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (07-15-08)
  • Official polish of ARCA announced: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and Mo'sGold Automotive Cleaner and Polish have announced a marketing sponsorship within the ARCA Performance Program, positioning Mo'sGold as the Official Polish sponsor of the ARCA RE/MAX Series. "We are extremely proud to be named the Official Polish of the ARCA RE/MAX Series," said Joe Mobley, president of Mo'sGold. "This is a growing series, with a lot of talented drivers and we are excited to be a part of it. Mo'sGold became the official Polish of the Indy Pro Series in 2007, and our new association with ARCA was a natural transition. This is an important relationship for us and we believe our involvement with the ARCA RE/MAX Series will provide a growing awareness of Mo'sGold. The racers, as well as the loyal fans of the drivers and teams competing in the series, are the type of folks we want to use our product. We want all the fans to know that Mo'sGold is not just for race cars, it's for everyone's car." (ARCA Racing Series PR) (07-15-08)
  • Allgaier to the #25; Scott in the #16 at Nashville UPDATE: CJM Racing will once again team up with Venturini Motorsports entering a car for the upcoming Toyota ARCA 150, ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Nashville Superspeedway, August 9, 2008. Piloting the No. 25 car for the race will be will be young driving phenom Justin Allgaier. Allgaier, who normally drives for his family owned No. 16 Chevrolet ARCA RE/MAX car, will step out from behind the wheel for the August ARCA race. Brian Scott, another Venturini Motorsports driver, will be moonlighting from his full time ride in the No. 16 NASCAR Craftsman Truck, will step into the No. 16 ARCA RE/MAX Series car. "This is a phenomenal opportunity for me," Allgaier said.  "The Venturini's have always had great equipment and I know they are putting together an excellent car for me in Nashville.  It's all about the equipment, and I know I'm in nothing but the best equipment here. The opportunity that CJM Racing and the Venturini's have given me is really exciting.  I just hope to bring home a solid finish or a win for them in Nashville." (Allgaier Motorsports PR) (07-09-08)
    UPDATE: Brian Scott will run a minimum of five more races for Venturini Motorsports. Kentucky, Pocono, Toledo, and Talladega are on his schedule. (07-09-08)
  • Merrell in the #32 at Kentucky: [Matt] Merrell will make his second career ARCA RE/MAX Series start for Win-Tron Racing in the No. 32 Red Line Oil Dodge Charger at Kentucky Speedway in the Kentucky ARCA 150. “The more seat time, the better,” Merrell sounded. “I’m extremely grateful for the time I’ve had in the USAR Hooter’s Pro Cup but I’m anxious to return to the ARCA RE/MAX Series for Win-Tron Racing. A good run this weekend will give me the added confidence to give the team their fourth top-10 finish of the season.” (Win-Tron PR) (07-09-08)
  • Cope twins entered at Kentucky: "Amber & Angela Cope are entered for Kentucky in the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150 race. We [Derrike Cope Inc.] tested there on Tuesday of last week and they both did a very good job. I [Derrike Cope] was really pleased with how well they did. I know they are really looking forward to getting to race. We will see what happens there and look forward from there." ( (07-07-08)
  • Gerhart to compete part time: Bobby Gerhart and Bobby Gerhart Racing will only run the remaining speedway races on the 2008 schedule. (ARCA Thunder) (07-06-08)
  • Shepherd to run more races?: Pete Shepherd III has purchased an ARCA RE/MAX series car and is looking to run more races if sponsorship is found. (ARCA Thunder) (07-06-08)