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december 2008

  • Miller looking for sponsorship: Charles "Gator" Miller is looking for sponsorship to compete in ARCA next season. The 38 year-old driver has experience in dirt late models and is hoping to run a full season for Hixson Motorsports. (12-31-08)
  • DiCarlo will run a minimum of 13 races: Stringer Motorsports is pleased to announce that the Great Clips race team with driver Gabi DiCarlo will again compete in the ARCA RE/MAX Series during the 2009 season. The team plans to run a majority of the series races while also competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. "We will run a minimum of 13 races and maybe more depending on what transpires between now and the other races on the schedule," said Doug Stringer, owner of Stringer Motorsports. "And we're also looking for some options that would allow us to compete for the entire season." "I really am looking forward to getting back to racing," said DiCarlo. "We were running our best at the end of the season and I hated for the year to end." Crew Chief Randy Nelson will head the Great Clips crew in what will be his first full season with Stringer Motorsports. (Stringer Motorsports PR) (12-30-08)
  • Allgaier Motorsports returning? UPDATE: Allgaier Motorsports is looking for a funded driver for the 2009 season. The team wants to compete for the championship next season. (ARCA Thunder) (12-11-08)
    UPDATE: Allgaier Motorsports has placed an ad on that states that the team is ready for the 2009 season if a funded driver is found. (ARCA Classifieds) (12-30-08)
  • Belmont to test at Talladega: ABR will be testing at Talladega on Saturday, January 17th, 2009. Teams interested in sharing the track that day are welcome to contact Andy Belmont Racing. Space is limited to 6 teams total by the speedway. (ARCA Classifieds) (12-25-08)
  • EM Motorsports / Hylton teaming up again UPDATE: EM Motorsports and James Hylton will join forces to compete in the ARCA RE/MAX series next season.  The team will use Formula Renault series veteren Markus Fux and James Hylton as its drivers. (12-06-08)
    UPDATE: Leilani Münter has joined the team and she will likely race at Daytona in February. (12-24-08)
  • P.J. Jones to drive for Spraker?: Several well known racing personalities were seen in the ARCA garage during the test, including PJ Jones. So just what was Jones doing in Daytona, testing the #37 Spraker Racing Chevrolet? "PJ and I go way back, and we're trying to put a deal together for him to run here in '09," stated Jeff Spraker, the team owner. "It's interesting. I've been out trying to put some sponsorship together for next year, and one of the companies I talked to was looking for a way to make a little more impact. When I mentioned the possibility of PJ, they said ‘Parnelli's kid?' I said yes, and we agreed to continue to talk." ( (12-21-08)
  • Roderick to run part time?: Bill Elliott was behind the wheel Wednesday of his own ARCA car early in the test session to get a base line set up and then assumed the role of driver coach for Casey Roderick the 16 year old phenomenon who was getting his first laps on a superspeedway. Roderick is hoping to come back next spring and race in the Carolina 200 ARCA Series race on April 19th, 2009 as well as the season ending ARCA race on October 11th, 2009. ( (12-19-08)
  • Lucas Oil to sponsor Daytona: Lucas Oil will sponsor the season-opening ARCA RE/MAX Series event at historic Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 7, President Robin Braig announced. The 80-lap, 200-mile event that serves as a prelude to the Budweiser Shootout NASCAR Sprint Cup Series non-points All-Star event will be known as the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 At Daytona. "We're thrilled to welcome Lucas Oil as the sponsor for the ARCA RE/MAX Series season opener," Braig said. "The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 will kick off the stock car portion of DIRECTV Speedweeks and showcase racing's future stars. Combined with the Budweiser Shootout, it's going to be an exciting Saturday night doubleheader for race fans at Daytona." ( (12-19-08)
  • Carter has half sponsorship: Matt Carter and Clement Racing has secured sponsorship for half of the 2009 season.  Carter and Clement Racing plan on competing full time. (ARCA Thunder) (12-11-08)
  • George Jr. joins Eddie Sharp Racing full time: Tim George, Jr. will move into the world of stock car competition with Eddie Sharp Racing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. "I was very fortunate with success this past year and learned a lot in Rolex," said George. "I am looking forward to carrying that momentum into my stock car career with Eddie Sharp Racing. ESR has proven success on track and I am excited to be a part of such a strong team in the No. 2 Toyota." (ESR PR) (12-10-08)
  • Team Lacross Motorsports scheduled to run in both Pocono races; maybe Daytona: Team Lacross Motorsports [#97] will compete in both Pocono races next year.  The team is currently working on its restrictor plate engine program and it hopes to attempt Daytona and Talladega.  It is also working on a short track car for development drivers in ARCA or in the NASCAR Camping World East series. (12-09-08)
  • Win-Tron Racing to make announcements: Win-Tron Racing will make driver announcements in the near future.  The team will compete full time in 2009. (12-09-08)
  • Clemons Racing to run limited schedule: Clemons Racing will run a limited schedule in 2009 with Josh Clemons as the driver. (12-09-08)
  • Fischer returning to Venturini full time UPDATE #15: Venturini Motorsports announced that the Concord, North Carolina-based team would be fielding a full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series team in 2009 with Ryan Fischer as the driver. Venturini Motorsports also announced that veteran crew chief Steve Darne would be crew chiefing for Fischer. ( (12-06-08)
    UPDATE: Ryan Fischer will use the No. 15 in 2009 as a car number. (12-08-08)
  • Schacht in negotiations: Bob Schacht Motorsports is currently in negotiations with drivers for the 2009 ARCA season.  An announcement will be made in the near future in regards to its plans. (12-08-08)
  • Bowsher running part time: Jack Bowsher & Associates Motorsports will field a part time entry for Todd Bowsher in the upcoming season.  The team is searching for other drivers to run in additional races. (12-08-08)
  • Knupp searching for sponsorship: Brandon Knupp Racing is seeking sponsorship to compete in ARCA, NASCAR Camping World Truck, and NASCAR Nationwide events. (12-08-08)
  • SPEED announces limited ARCA TV schedule: Officials of the ARCA RE/MAX Series and SPEED released the 2009 SPEED TV schedule for the ARCA RE/MAX Series to include 10 events, eight of which will be live, and the remaining two will be same-day-delayed. The announcement is part of an agreement under which SPEED TV will air a minimum of 10 ARCA RE/MAX Series events each season through 2011. SPEED's coverage of the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2009 begins at Daytona Int'l Speedway Saturday, February 7 with live, flag-to-flag coverage of the 46th ARCA 200 at Daytona at 4:00 pm eastern, and concludes with the season championship finale at Rockingham Speedway October 11. In addition to Daytona and the Rockingham finale, events scheduled for live coverage in '09 include Rockingham on April 19, Talladega Superspeedway on April 24, both events at Pocono Raceway on June 6 and August 1, Michigan Int'l Speedway on June 12, Kentucky Speedway on July 18, Chicagoland Speedway on August 28 and Kansas Speedway on October 1. ( (12-06-08)
  • Logano driving for Venturini: Venturini Motorsports announced a continued alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing under which NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano would be running at least two ARCA RE/MAX Series races for Venturini Motorsports in 2009 at Daytona and Pocono. ( (12-06-08)
  • Sheltra Motorsports back for a third season: Sheltra Motorsports announced today that the team will return for a third consecutive full season. Patrick Sheltra will once again pilot the team’s familiar No. 60 entry with Grace Sheltra carrying the ownership roles. Dodge will serve as the team’s primary manufacturer of choice beginning with pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway later this month. Currently, Sheltra Motorsports plans to hoist the Dodge Charger model in a minimum of 18 ARCA RE/MAX Series events next year with the remaining four races ran under the Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS model. The team is zeroing in on an organization to field the Dodge steam with the announcement expected to come next month. Clements Automotive Engineering will continue to service the horsepower for the team’s Chevrolet bowtie program. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (12-06-08)
  • Hansen Motorsports will return: [Hansen Motorsports] will return to the ARCA RE/MAX series in 2009.  With a new engine program firmed up in late 2008, the team is certain to be even more competitive in 2009.  HMS’ core crew will return and will leverage and build on its 2008 experience to launch a successful campaign in the new year.  In addition, HMS is looking forward to growing its relationship with Mad Croc Energy Drink as a sponsor. The team is actively pursuing additional sponsors for both partial and full-season programs. (Hansen Motorsports PR) (12-06-08)
  • Harmon part time?:  Mike Harmon Racing plans on running full time in the NASCAR Nationwide series next year.  The team has been unable to find sponsorship for its ARCA program, but it hopes to compete part time. (12-05-08)
  • Peterson Motorsports to return in 2009: Peterson Motorsports [#0, #06] will return to the ARCA RE/MAX series in 2009.  The team plans to field two cars for Tim Mitchell and Wayne Peterson, but it is seeking a funded driver to replace Peterson so he can concentrate on being an owner/crew chief. Mitchell's team is still searching for additional funding for the upcoming season. (12-04-08) 
  • Arpin joins Eddie Sharp Racing: Steve Arpin has signed with Eddie Sharp Racing to drive a partial season in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2009. The Open-Wheeled Dirt Modified phenom from Canada will drive for ESR in the 12 speedway events at Daytona International Speedway, Rockingham Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Kentucky Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Kansas Speedway. "We've worked really hard for a lot of years in racing," said Arpin. "We did a lot of research looking for the best team, best equipment, and best people possible in any series to make the next step. We truly feel that Eddie Sharp Racing is the best of those three scenarios and are looking forward to competing in the ARCA RE/MAX Series in 2009. We think this is the best team to be with to further my career." (ESR PR) (12-03-08)
  • ESR signs driver UPDATE Goess, #81: Eddie Sharp announced on ARCA Thunder that he has a driver signed for the No. 2 car in 2009. (10-23-08)
    UPDATE: Craig Goess has renewed his contract to drive for Eddie Sharp Racing in 2009. Goess will pilot the No. 81 Greenville Toyota Camry in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with 2008 Cometic Crew Chief Patrick Donahue calling the shots from the pit box. Goess competed in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Division in 2008 for ESR. "I'm really excited to get back in the car this month at the Daytona test," said Goess. "I've been going stir crazy at home with nothing to race. These regular Camrys on the lot aren't as fun to drive as the ones at the race shop. I'm looking forward to moving up to the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and am very thankful to be doing it with Eddie Sharp Racing." (ESR PR) (12-01-08)