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february 2009

  • Mansfield replaces Nashville: Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio will play host to an ARCA RE/MAX Series race on June 20, replacing an event previously scheduled for that date at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee. The change in venue was approved by ARCA officials after promoter Joe Mattioli III reached an agreement with Mansfield Motorsports Park owner Mike Dzurilla to run the event at Mansfield. ( (02-24-09)
  • Eddie Sharp Racing, Cunningham penalized after Daytona: Based on post-race technical inspection after Daytona, two teams have been penalized for violation of the minimum front spring rate requirement. The Sharp Racing Enterprises #6 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Eddie Sharp and driver Justin Lofton have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points; and the Cunningham Motorsports #4 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Kerry Scherer and driver Ken Weaver have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. ( (02-24-09)
  • Hixson Motorsports still looking for funded driver: Hixson Motorsports has an opportunity for a funded driver to take over the #23 for the remainder of the season. We have affordable packages available. Funded Drivers should contact Wayne Hixson or Roy Shipley. (ARCA Classifieds) (02-18-09)
  • Matt Hawkins passes away:Matt Hawkins has passed away at the age of 21. Hawkins lost his life after an incident involving an accidental gun discharge Friday night in Georgia. (SPEED 51) (02-14-09)
  • Sheltra - Compression fracture in back: Patrick Sheltra was involved in a lap 74 incident in Saturday’s running of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona for the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Following the incident, Sheltra was transported to a local hospital where he remains conscious and alert. The 22-year old driver will remain at the local medical facility overnight for observation. Further updates will be released when available. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (02-08-09)
    UPDATE: Patrick Sheltra remains hospitalized at a local Daytona Beach, Florida hospital Sunday evening following an incident in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The 22-year old driver underwent several tests Saturday night and into the day Sunday with most of the results returning negative. Nevertheless, Sheltra is suffering from a compression fracture in his back from injuries sustained in the first ARCA race of the season. At this time, no surgical procedures are planned for Sheltra. The family and the Whitesville, Kentucky-based Sheltra Motorsports team has expressed extreme gratitude and appreciation of Sheltra’s well-being and recovery. The outpouring support of emails, phone calls, prayers, text messages and voicemails have been overwhelming. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (02-08-09)
    UPDATE 2: Sheltra Motorsports officials confirmed Monday afternoon that Patrick Sheltra was released from a local Daytona Beach, Florida hospital following an incident in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Sheltra with the help of a back brace has begun his recovery mode for the next couple weeks before following up with family physicians with the intention of gaining clearance to run the next ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Salem Speedway on April 5. “I am extremely appreciative of everyone who has shown concern over the accident,” said Sheltra leaving Halifax Medical Center. “The amount of support has been unbelievable and I cannot continue to thank everyone for everything.” (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (02-09-09)
  • Terry Jones to compete part-time:  Terry Jones stated on that he will run a partial season in 2009.  He will run a minimum of 10 races. (02-06-09)
  • Harmon finds sponsorship for Daytona: Mike Harmon Racing has announced that will be the sponsor of veteran driver Mike Harmon's #24 Chevrolet in the February 7th, Lucas Oil Mist 200 at Daytona International Raceway.  MHR Owner/Driver Mike Harmon states:  "Having Hotjackets come on as a sponsor for the entire car is such a fantastic partnership. We appreciate everything Thomas [Bietz owner of LLC,] has done and continues to do for us. We are headed in the right direction, which is UP. We will try our best to finish this race in the top 15 and be as competitive as possible.” (Mike Harmon Racing PR)(02-06-09)
  • Mikey Kile to race part time for Keselowski: [Mikey] Kile will pilot No. 29 Greased Lightning Chevrolet in the season-opening event in Daytona. After that, Kile will partner with BKR and Greased Lightning for eight additional ARCA events and seven Camping World Truck Series races during the 2009 season. "I can't wait for the season to get started," said Kile. "Being able to be a part of BKR is an honor. After our test at Daytona, I knew this was the right place for me. It makes you feel good when you know your team wants to win as bad as you do." That team will be led by crew chief Wayne Setterington Jr., a veteran crew chief and former racer. ( (02-03-09)
  • George, Eddie Sharp Racing find Daytona sponsorship UPDATE: Ruby Tuesday will sponsor Tim George Jr's No. 2 Toyota Camry in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. (01-29-09)
    UPDATE: Eddie Sharp Racing announced today that Ruby Tuesday will sponsor the No. 2 car of Tim George Jr. for the inaugural 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway on February 7, 2009.  "We couldn't be happier," said team owner Eddie Sharp. "Partnering with a national brand like Ruby Tuesday is great for the team and for the sport. We promise to give it our all to ensure Ruby Tuesday experiences success both on and off the track." (ESR PR) (02-03-09)
  • All Eddie Sharp Racing cars locked in:  All four Eddie Sharp Racing entries will be locked in based on 2008 owner points.

    2009 2008
    #81 Craig Goess Jr. #2 Scott Speed
    #2 Tim George Jr. #22 Ken Butler III
    #20 Steve Arpin #20 Justin Lofton
    #6 Justin Lofton #37 Dexter Bean
                                                                          (Eddie Sharp Racing PR) (02-02-09)
  • Brent to drive for Allgaier Motorsports UPDATE:  Robb Brent will drive for Allgaier Motorsports in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. (01-28-09)
    UPDATE: Robb Brent wasn't planning on running in Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, but an opportunity emerged last week that will allow Brent another shot at making his debut at Daytona International Speedway. Brent will drive the No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for Allgaier Motorsports. "This is a spectacular opportunity," said Brent. "I wasn't planning on running the race this weekend, but we were presented with an opportunity that we could not refuse. We were able to gain backing from Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Washington Township, Michigan, so we're off to Daytona with big smiles!" ( (02-02-09)