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august 2008

  • Aflac to sponsor Stenhouse for the remainder of the season: Roush Fenway Racing announced today that as part of Aflac’s designation as “Official Supplemental Insurance Company of Roush Fenway Racing”, they will be carried as the primary sponsor on the No. 99 Ford in the ARCA RE/MAX Series for the remainder of the 2008 season. With six races to go, driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sits second in the overall point standings and is closing the gap on point’s leader Scott Speed. The Olive Branch, Miss.-native is proud to represent Aflac and is looking to give them a win and a championship before the year is out. Aflac will be running a new paint scheme showcasing its life insurance offering on the No. 99. “It’s great to have Aflac on the No. 99 Ford for the rest of this year,” said Stenhouse. “They’ve been a great sponsor for Carl (Edwards) and the entire Roush Fenway Racing organization so I’m proud to have them as part of our ARCA team. The Aflac Duck looks awesome on the No. 99 Aflac Ford, hopefully we can take him to victory lane soon.” (Roush-Fenway Racing PR) (08-31-08)
  • Glastetter to drive for HRE at DuQuoin: HRE has Midwest dirt racer and HRE crew member Brent Glastetter behind the wheel of the #01 AISIN Camry for [DuQuoin]. "I work on the HRE equipment at the shop. I've known the crew chief, Mike Abner, all my life. He and I grew up together, building and racing cars.  Knowing the quality of the HRE equipment and Toyota engines, there's no question that this is the opportunity of a lifetime for me to get to race the Aisin Camry," said Glastetter, who has raced twice before in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2001, when he and Abner teamed up to run DuQuoin and Springfield with a car they saved up money to rent.  "Brent and I have raced together all our lives. He drives the cars and works on them, I am usually the crew chief for him.  We have run at DuQuoin - we started 18th and finished 10th. And we raced at Springfield - we started 7th and finished 18th. We were probably in over our heads as far as coming to the track with a program that didn't have quite the backing it needed, but we learned a lot. We learned what I think will help us honor Shige Hattori and his sponsors, AISIN, AW AISIN and Advics with great results in Monday's Southern Illinois 100," said Abner. (ARCARacing.com) (08-30-08)
  • Buescher returns to Win-Tron: [James] Buescher has been tapped to drive the No. 32 Win-Tron Racing entry at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the traditional Labor Day Southern Illinois 100. Buescher will make his fourth start of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season, while also eyeing a return to top-10 status. "Dirt racing is a lot of fun," said Buescher, a native of Plano, Texas. "As a driver the dirt racing throws some different techniques your way, but that's good. I'm looking forward to getting dirty and ready for my first trip to DuQuoin." (Win-Tron PR) (08-30-08)
  • ARCA announces official graphic supplier: Officials from ARCA and CGS Imaging have announced a formal partnership positioning CGS Imaging as the "Official Wide Format Digital Printing Supplier of ARCA" and the latest company to join the ARCA RE/MAX Series' 2011 plan.  "We've been working with ARCA for some time, and we are proud to formalize the relationship," said CGS Imaging president and owner Chuck Stranc. "We see this relationship as nothing but win-win for both ARCA and CGS." CGS Imaging will offer ARCA RE/MAX Series teams a $200 per event product certificate, good towards a custom pit wall banner or other signage needs. In addition, the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship winning team will be offered a complete custom wrap of their racecar for the ARCA 200 at Daytona the following February. (ARCARacing.com) (08-28-08)
  • Moore joins Sheltra Motorsports: Sheltra Motorsports announced today the addition of Larry Moore as Director of Competition effective immediately. Moore will oversee the competition side of the team’s ARCA RE/MAX Series program beginning with Monday’s Labor Day tradition at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Moore comes to Sheltra Motorsports after a lengthy stint with Justin Allgaier Motorsports where Moore served as crew chief. “We’ve very excited about the addition of Larry Moore to our team,” said car owner Grace Sheltra. “With his knowledge and experience in Motorsports, we feel he can be an extreme asset to the organization.”  Driver Patrick Sheltra is also equally excited about the addition of Moore to the Whitesville, Kentucky-based operation. “We have a great team. And with the addition of Larry Moore, it makes our organization even better and stronger. We’re excited about having him on our side for the rest of the season and beyond.” (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (08-27-08)
  • Cunningham-Penske looking for development drivers: Cunningham-Penske Driver Development Team finalizing plans for 2009 season. Limited number races available in USAC Midgets, ARCA RE/MAX Series & NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. Funded drivers may contact Mark Gibson. (ARCARacing.com) (08-25-08)

  • The preliminary entry list for DuQuoin includes:

    01 Brad Glastetter 52 Ken Schrader
    14 Lance Stott 66 Bob Strait
    17 Eddie Pearson 73 Dale Shearer
    29 Ron Cox 96 Mark Littleton
                                                                           (ARCARacing.com) (08-17-08)
  • Frank Kimmel wins the Allen Crowe 100: Results - (ARCARacing.com) (08-17-08)
  • Riethmeyer to race for Win-Tron at Springfield: Win-Tron Racing announced today that Bradley Riethmeyer will take the reins of the team's No. 32 Red Line Oil Dodge Charger for his inaugural ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at the Illinois State Fairgrounds for Sunday's Allen Crowe 100. "I'm extremely excited and humbled by this opportunity to drive for Win-Tron Racing at Springfield," explained Riethmeyer. "Win-Tron Racing is an exceptional organization and I couldn't ask to be associated with a better team for my ARCA debut." Win-Tron Racing General Manager, Nate Thiesse commented on the addition of Riethmeyer to the team's roster this weekend at Springfield; "It's refreshing for the series to have a new face and we feel that Bradley has tremendous talent and will do a fine job this weekend. He is no slouch when he competes, so we believe he will fit in nicely here in ARCA's version of the dirt. We're looking for a strong finish this weekend and we feel that Bradley can deliver that on Sunday afternoon." (Win-Tron PR) (08-15-08)
  • Andy Belmont fined: As a result of unsportsmanlike conduct during the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday August 9, Andy Belmont Motorsports team owner Andy Belmont has been fined $2,500 and placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the 2008 season. The penalty was issued for violation of ARCA Rulebook Section 3, #10: Conduct or actions detrimental to the sport, unsportsmanlike...demonstration which impedes the orderly process of an event. (ARCARacing.com) (08-13-08)
  • Tyler driving for Woodland Racing at Springfield: Brian Tyler will be making his first ARCA REMAX Series Allen Crowe 100 start this Sunday on the Springfield, IL one-mile dirt oval. The Mt Pleasant, NC driver is anything but a rookie around the famed Springfield track, having been a two-time winner of the USAC Silver Crown event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. "Springfield is a fun weekend, and full of tradition," said Tyler, who will be driving the Rich Woodland Racing prepared No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota at Springfield. "So many great drivers have competed there, and you have the Illinois State Fair going on at the same time. The track is fast, has two grooves, and rewards a patient driver." Veteran ARCA REMAX Series Crew Chief Calvin Humphries will turn the wrenches for the No. 25 Toyota at Springfield. (ARCARacing.com) (08-13-08)
  • Phelps returns in 2009?: Michael Phelps is expected to be back at Cunningham Motorsports in 2009. (ARCA Thunder) (08-13-08)
  • RAB Racing to Nationwide?: John Wes Townley and RAB Racing are rumored to be competing in the NASCAR Nationwide series at Bristol next weekend. (ARCA Thunder) (08-13-08)
  • The preliminary entry list for Springfield includes:

    5 Doug Keller 17 Eddie Pearson 48 James Hytlon
    7 AJ Henriksen 25 Brian Tyler 57 Kyle Chady
    10 Charlie Vest 29 Ron Cox 66 Bob Strait
    12 AJ Fike 32 Bradley Rietmeyer 73 Dale Shearer
    14 Lance Stott 39 Kelly Kovski 96 Mark Littleton

                                                                                    (ARCARacing.com) (08-13-08)
  • Win-Tron releases Casola: UPDATE 2 Leaves, not released: Dominick Casola has been released from Win-Tron Racing. He was scheduled to drive at Nashville; no word on a replacement. (08-07-08)
    UPDATE: Casola has NOT been released from Win-Tron Racing. An official statement is expected soon. (08-08-08)
    UPDATE 2: Dominick Casola is looking to make a change in his racing career. Running a limited schedule this season with the WinTron Racing team out of Minnesota, Casola was able to get a couple of top ten finishes in their Dodge that carried the A.Casola Farms logo. "I have decided that the chemistry just was not there between us," said the veteran racer. "I had a couple of strong efforts but I just feel that it was time for a change. Certainly I wish them the very best in their future racing endeavors." Casola is currently seeking opportunities in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the USAR Hooters Cup Series. (Saxton Communications) (08-12-08)
  • Strait to attempt Springfield with Hendren: Hendren Motorsports has filed an entry with [Bob] Strait listed as the driver of its no. 66 Ford Taurus. The upcoming event will mark Strait's 18th attempt at Springfield since his first go there in 1986. "Springfield's a special place," said the 59-year-old driver. "It's close to home and I have a lot of friends there. We hang out and make a weekend out of it. You ask a lot of people, and they'll tell you they'd rather see that race (Springfield) than any others. We've had some good runs there, but never a win. I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather win. It's kind of like Earnhardt wanting to win at Daytona. I feel the same way about Springfield." (ARCARacing.com) (08-12-08)
  • Kimmel running full race at Springfield: Frank Kimmel practiced and qualified his No. 44 Ford Fusion at Nashville Superspeedway but made the decision to jump out of his car during the first caution period so that his nephew, Will, could complete the race for the team. The driver change was made as a precautionary health measure after the elder Kimmel took a hard hit at Pocono Raceway just one week prior to the Nashville race. The team finished 19th in the Toyota 150, the first car one-lap down. They plan to bring the same No. 44 Ford Drive One-GermaneRED Ford Fusion to the Illinois State Fairgrounds this weekend, where the elder Kimmel plans to complete the 100-lap race in its entirety. (ARCARacing.com) (08-11-08)
  • Chady to run both dirt races in 2008:  Kyle Chady, a 19 year-old midget driver, will attempt Springfield and DuQuoin.  Bill McCreery will supply a 2005 Ford Taurus for the effort. (08-10-08)
  • Casola starting own team?: Dominick Casola has posted a classified ad on RacingJunk.com searching for a driver with funding.  The advertisment mentions that the team will use Roush-Yates or Pro Motor engines. (RacingJunk.com) (08-09-08)
  • Buescher driving for Win-Tron at Nashville: Win-Tron Racing announced today that NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie James Buescher will pilot the No. 32 Red Line Oil Dodge in Saturday’s TOYOTA ARCA 150 at Nashville Superspeedway. Buescher returns to the seat of a Win-Tron Racing entry for a third time in 2008 this weekend. The Plano, Texas native made two ARCA RE/MAX Series starts earlier this season at Iowa Speedway and most recently at Cayuga Motor Speedway in June. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the No. 32 this weekend,” said Buescher. “I’ve never raced at Nashville Superspeedway but I’m confident that Mike (Chaffee, crew chief) will have a good setup that we can adjust from and put ourselves in contention Saturday afternoon.” Buescher replaces Dominick Casola who was originally entered for Saturday’s event. The team will announce their driver in time for the first of two events on the dirt at Illinois State Fairgrounds next week. (Win-Tron Racing PR) (08-08-08)
  • Wease running for Cunningham at Nashville: Penske Racing today announced that Billy Wease will drive the Cunningham Motorsports No. 29 Kenwood Dodge in the upcoming ARCA RE/MAX Series Toyota 150 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, August 9. The association of Penske Racing and Cunningham Motorsports, an established and proven team across the developmental racing ranks, was created to assist Cunningham's competitive programs, while allowing Penske Racing the ability to develop talented young drivers, crew and team members for the future.  "Billy has lots of short-track experience, and driving for Cunningham Motorsports in Nashville will provide him with a great opportunity at the next level," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing.  "Seat time in the highly competitive ARCA Series will be invaluable for Billy as we continue to evaluate his potential in stock cars." (ARCARacing.com) (08-08-08)
  • Rabenold to run for BW Motorsports full time in 2009: BW Motorsports, a new ARCA/REMAX Series team for the 2009 racing season, has presented Kory Rabenold with a letter of intent as being one of the team's primary drivers for next year and possibly beyond. BW Motorsports is owned and operated by former Daytona 500 champion and NASCAR driver, Geoffrey Bodine, former ARCA competitor and owner, Doc Watson and Francine Schill, owner of G&G Motorsports Marketing. Over the last three years the trio has focused much of their time scouting drivers for their team and also developing a wide range of resources for their 2009 debut in the popular ARCA/REMAX Series. The team first spotted Rabenold during an event at Pocono International Raceway last season. They have been watching him ever since. Two of the contributing factors for the team's interest in Rabenold are his raw talent and personality. (BW Motorsports PR) (08-07-08)
  • Blount to drive for Jones Group at Nashville: Chad Blount will make his return to action this Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway, driving the No. 30 Jones Group Racing Dodge Charger. Blount, the 2002 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year, claimed the 2005 win in the ‘Music City' and received the one-of-a-kind Gibson guitar trophy. "I really appreciate Terry Jones giving me this opportunity to make another start in the ARCA RE/MAX Series," said Blount. "To be teamed up with an organization like Jones Group Racing and having my dad, Bob, serve as my crew chief, is an honor and I couldn't be more excited. Nashville Superspeedway is a great racetrack that I have had a lot of success on in the past and I am looking forward to having another shot to get back in Victory Lane." (ISM PR) (08-07-08)
  • Knupp announces sponsor for Nashville: [Brandon] Knupp is returning to the ARCA RE/MAX Series this weekend at Nashville Superspeedway with a new primary sponsor, CASH4GOLD, America's No. 1 gold buyer. The CASH4GOLD logo will adorn the hood, quarter panels and tv panel of the No. 96 Ford Fusion beginning with the Toyota 150 on Saturday. "This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved," said Knupp. "We built this brand new car just for this race and to have CASH4GOLD come onboard makes it even better. All the people at CASH4GOLD are pretty pumped up about this deal, they've even given us our own toll free number 877-GOLD-026 and we plan on giving them a great debut and welcoming them with a win. We had a really good test at Nashville back in July. We found a few small things we can make a little better and with the Roush -Yates horsepower under the hood  and Larry Moore calling the shots we've got a pretty competitive set-up for the race." (BrandonKnupp.com) (08-07-08)
  • Venturini Motorsports, Allgaier to use #16 at Nashville: [Justin] Allgaier was originally slated to drive the No. 25 Venturini car but after his first speedway win in Pocono last week the team opted to put the No. 16 on the side of the Chevrolet.  The Venturini's felt that the No. 16 is what Allgaier normally races for his family owned team and with his recent successes they decided to keep his number.  The No. 25 Venturini Motorsports car will be driven by NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver, Brian Scott. (JustinAllgaier.com) (08-06-08)
  • Will Kimmel to sub for Frank at Nashville: Frank Kimmel has announced that he will not be competing in the entire Toyota 150 this Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. On the advice of his personal physician's recommendations, Kimmel plans to exit his no. 44 Ford Drive One Ford during the first caution period. "I've pretty much been cleared to do whatever I want to do," said Kimmel. "But my doctor strongly recommends that I stay as far away from another concussion as I can. Right now the plan is to get out at the first caution and put my nephew Will (Kimmel) in the car to run the race. But we're also talking to another team about putting someone else in the car, so it could change. At this point, it looks like Will will be the guy. Our plan is to run all day. While I'm in the car, my plan is to be as safe and smart as I can be. I won't put myself in any bad situation; at least I'll try not to." (ARCA PR) (08-06-08)
  • George to make ARCA debut at Nashville: Tim George Jr. will make his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut this Saturday in the Toyota ARCA 150 at Nashville Superspeedway. George, 27, will drive for TRG Motorsports in his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series start - driving the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet. “I think it’s going to be good,” said George of his debut. “It’s going to give me a good taste of what I’m in for next year. I’m just looking to get cleared for Daytona and this is the first step in that. I’ve been taking baby steps with late model stuff and have moved up to Super Late Model and now is a big step up to ARCA.” Pending the approval by ARCA, TRG intends to enter the New York, New York native in full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series competition in 2009. (TRG Motorsports PR) (08-05-08)
  • Kimmel to be kept overnight: UPDATE Frank Kimmel, who was involved in a three-car incident on lap 68 of Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway, was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. He is conscious and alert, and will be kept overnight for observation. He is in good spirits and expects to be released Sunday morning. (ARCARacing.com) (08-01-08)
    UPDATE: Frank Kimmel, who was involved in a three-car incident on lap 68 of Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX Series Pennsylvania 200 at Pocono Raceway, was released Sunday morning from a local hospital to the care of his primary physician. (ARCARacing.com)(08-05-08)