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october 2008

  • 2009 schedule released: The ARCA RE/MAX Series has released its 2009 schedule to include 22 events in 13 states and Canada. A diverse combination of superspeedways, short tracks, dirt tracks and road course racing will make up the 2009 tour, in its 57th consecutive season of competition. The season will open at Daytona Int'l Speedway with the 46th annual ARCA 200 at Daytona on February 7th. The '09 tour will conclude at Rockingham Speedway on October 11th, the second of two appearances at "The Rock". In between, the series will appear at a wide variety of venues, including the 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park road course and a return trip to Cayuga Motor Speedway in Canada, giving the series international flavor. Superspeedways returning for events in 2009 include Daytona, Kentucky Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Michigan Int'l Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono Raceway and Talladega Superspeedway. Alterations to the superspeedway schedule include dates at Talladega and Kansas, both of which are changing in 2009. The traditional Talladega date, which had been in early October, will shift to April 24th in companion with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series. The date at Kansas, which had been in late April, will move to October 1st, also in conjunction with NASCAR's two top series. Short-tracks hosting events include Salem Speedway in Indiana, Toledo Speedway in Ohio, Berlin Raceway in Michigan, Iowa Speedway, Cayuga in Hagersville, Ontario, the annual mile-dirt races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee. [See full 2009 ARCA Schedule] (
  • Hessert III back at ABR in 2009 UPDATE: Tom Hessert III has resigned with Andy Belmont Racing for the 2009 season. (ARCA Thunder) (09-30-08)
    UPDATE: Andy Belmont Racing and Tom Hessert, III have announced that the duo will continue their relationship for a second season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Hessert steering the potent No. 1 Ford Fusion for the full 2009 slate. “I’m glad to be back with Andy Belmont Racing for another season,” said Hessert. “We had a positive learning year and with our success, we can build on it to propel ourselves to victory lane in 2009.” In addition to the re-signing of Hessert, Andy Belmont Racing announced that the veteran ARCA team will again utilize Roush Yates engines. (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (10-30-08)
  • Dillon to run part time in '09?: Austin Dillon may run a part time schedule for Richard Childress Racing next year. (ARCA Thunder) (10-30-08)
  • Love to ARCA?: Kevin Love, a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck series driver, is looking to run ARCA in 2009. (ARCA Thunder) (10-30-08)
  • Owens full time in 2009 OFFICIAL: Alli Owens has secured sponsorship and will compete full time next season. (ARCA Thunder) (10-09-08)
    UPDATE: Alli Owens will join Eddie D'Hondt Motorsports for the full 2009 season.  The team is expected to run a No. 19 Toyota. (ARCA Thunder)(10-15-08)
    UPDATE 2: D’Hondt Motorsports, LLC announced today the signing of twenty year old Alli Owens to drive the #19 entry in the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series. The team will be sponsored by the National Electrical Contractors Association, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers who together have formed the website dedicated to educating the public about career opportunities in the electrical industry.  “We are proud to have Alli join D’Hondt Motorsports” said team owner Eddie D’Hondt. “This is a great opportunity for all of us. We are all looking forward to representing and promoting and helping Alli reach the next steps of her own career goals.” (D’Hondt Motorsports PR) (10-24-08)
  • Dumarey leaves for Belgium: Max Dumarey has returned to Belgium and will not compete in ARCA next year.  Fadden Racing is looking for a driver and the team is hoping to compete full time in the upcoming season. (ARCA Thunder) (10-23-08)
  • Stenhouse Jr. back in 2009? UPDATE: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is expected to return to ARCA RE/MAX series competition with Aflac as a sponsor. (ARCA Thunder) (10-09-08)
    UPDATE: "I'm going to go to as many races as I can at the end of this year and learn as much as I can.  I don't know exactly what their plans are for me next year but I hope to be racing more than 21 times whether it's in ARCA or one of the NASCAR Series." ( (10-21-08)
  • Stott Classic Racing needs funded driver: Need a funded driver for the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series. Just drop me your email address and I will forward our 2009 package to you. One race, five races or the full season; we can get it done. (ARCA Classifieds) (10-21-08)
  • Kimmel Racing searching for funded driver: Kimmel Racing is looking for a FUNDED driver to drive the #44 Ford Fusion in ARCA RE/MAX Series. Top notch equipment with a guaranteed starting spot for the 2009 season. (ARCA Classifieds) (10-17-08)
  • D'Hondt looking to expand: D'Hondt Motorsports (DMS) is looking to grow to multiple teams in the ARCA Series. DMS is now fielding opportunities from drivers with financing looking to get in first class Toyota Camry's, capable of winning. For more information, log on to or call (704) 660-8800. (D'Hondt PR) (10-16-08)
  • Hmiel to return with Stringer Motorsports?: Shane Hmiel is rumored to be returning to ARCA full time next year. He will drive a second entry for Stringer Motorsports. (ARCA Thunder) (10-15-08)
  • Schrader full time?: Ken Schrader is considering running a full ARCA schedule in 2009. (ARCA Thunder) (10-15-08)
  • Jeff McClure out at #11: Jeff McClure has left Fast Track Racing. (ARCA Thunder) (10-15-08)
  • Speed penalized after wrecking Stenhouse Jr: Scott Speed, who was on probation for incidents earlier in the 2008 season, has been penalized with the loss of 50 points and fined $5,000 as a result of his actions while driving in Sunday's season finale at Toledo Speedway. The penalty was issued as a result of conduct detrimental to the sport of auto racing, specifically, retaliation for an on-track altercation earlier in the event. ( (10-15-08)
  • Hixson Motorsports selling 2009 sponsorship on eBay?: An auction on eBay offers full season sponsorship of the "#23 race car" for $500,000.00.  No word on if Hixson Motorsports will continue to use the No. 23 in 2009. (eBay) (10-11-08)
  • 45 entries on the Toledo entry list ( (10-11-08)
  • ARCA Nation 2.0 released: ARCA Nation is proud to announce the release of ARCA Nation 2.0.  This new release features an all new front page design and user interface. Drivers, Teams, and Sponsors can now post their news directly to the front page, and their news can even go directly to their individual web sites via built in RSS feeds.  Users now earn points by what they do for the community. Other improvements include: each user can have his own news section with an rss feed, improved photos page, improved videos page, ability to communicate directly to the ARCA staff via the ARCA staff section, improved searching, totally redesigned control panel, improved navigation, enhanced profiles and an all new profile design gallery. (ARCA Nation PR) (10-11-08)
  • Opportunities at Allgaier Motorsports: [Allgaier Motorsports] can set you up with anything from a race car to a complete race team. Also have a 2009 ARCA Registered Car Number that was top 5 in points for 2008. If you are ready to go ARCA racing [Allgaier Motorsports] can get you there - multiple cars, motors, transporter, etc. available for sale. For details call Mike Allgaier. (ARCA Classifieds) (10-09-08)
  • Basham Racing finds sponsor for Toledo: Darrell Basham Racing officially announced today that they will team up with Heatwell for the upcoming Hantz Group 200 at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, October 12th.  "We are happy to have Heatwell on board for the upcoming event at Toledo Speedway and hope that they will join us in the future for more events," stated Darrell Basham driver of the #34. (Darrell Basham Racing PR) (10-09-08)
  • Butler III looking elsewhere?: Ken Butler III might be looking at a NASCAR Nationwide series ride in 2009.  Rumors indicate that he will not return to Eddie Sharp Racing next year. (ARCA Thunder) (10-09-08)
  • Hanson to finish season for Win Tron: Win-Tron Racing has selected [Andy] Hanson to drive in the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. “I’m excited to be back,” said the 19-year old driver. “To have another shot in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Win-Tron Racing is a big deal to me. We had a great showing in May and I know we can come back here and do it again.” Long Haul Trucking and Auto Repair Service will serve as the primary sponsors on Hanson’s Dodge Charger for the season finale this weekend. (Win-Tron Racing PR) (10-09-08)
  • Thomson wins Cunningham ride: Brandon Thomson is headed to the ARCA season finale at Toledo, OH Speedway this Sunday after dominating the Thunder Car "Race To The Top" feature that was held as part of the 2008 INEX/600 Racing Asphalt Nationals last weekend at the Elko, MN Speedway. The win gives Thomson a Dodge development ride in the ARCA season finale at Toledo, OH Speedway this weekend. Thomson will wheel a Dodge Charger prepared by Cunningham Motorsports. ( (10-09-08)
  • EPSEC Corp. to sponsor Sheltra: Officials from Sheltra Motorsports announced today the signing of Environmental Protection Services and Engineering Concepts (EPSEC Corp.) as the primary marketing partner for Sunday’s Hantz Group 200 by Belle Tire & Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway. “We’re excited about this new partnership with EPSEC,” said Sheltra, who finished a career best second at Toledo Speedway this past May. “We had a stellar run at Toledo earlier this year and we’re coming back looking to finish the job. We’re looking at ending the season on a high note and how awesome it would be to take EPSEC to victory lane in their very first race.” (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (10-09-08)
  • Shriners on Ragan's car at Toldeo: [David] Ragan will have to race from the tail-end this Sunday at Toledo Speedway where the Unadilla, Georgia driver will join fellow Cup star Ken Schrader for the start of the Hantz Group 200 presented by Belle Tire and Federated Car Care. Both drivers are competing in the Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina Saturday night. "I talked to Schrader yesterday at Talladega about the ARCA race at Toledo. Since we're both coming from the back of the field, our plan is to help each other get to the front; basically, that means don't wreck each other. "Shriners Hospitals, my official charity, is going to be on our car so that worked out good to help promote those guys. We'll have some fun and help create some awareness for the Shriners Hospitals." ( (10-09-08)
  • Brad Smith withdrew from Talladega: Brad Smith Motorsports withdrew the No. 26 entry at Talladega Superspeedway to protect their car and to help Jones Group Racing. The team went to the race (with a borrowed car from Darrell Basham Racing) to maintain their Golden A owner status. (10-05-08)
  • Allgaier receiving help from Penske: [Justin] Allgaier is driving a No. 16 Hoosier Tire Midwest-AG Tech Dodge prepared by Penske Racing. Allgaier, who has competed in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in cars prepared by his family owned race team since 2003, recently signed a contract with Penske Racing to drive in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. ( (10-02-08)
  • Opportunities at Baker Curb Racing in 2009: Baker Curb Racing is expanding its driver development program for the 2009 season to include the ARCA RE/MAX Series and Camping World Series. Top Ford equipment includes Roush Yates Engine program. Successful drivers may be offered opportunity to move into BCR's Nationwide Series program. Funded drivers should contact David Morse. (ARCA Classifieds) (10-01-08)
  • Venturini driver lineup for Talladega: [Joey] Logano is entered in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 in the No. 15 Toyota owned by Venturini Motorsports. Logano took part in ARCA testing at Talladega last month, and he's in the ARCA race to help him hit the ground running in 2009, since the NASCAR season opens at Daytona, the circuit's other superspeedway. [Marc Davis will compete in the No. 8 Toyota, while Brian Scott will drive the No. 25] ( (10-01-08)