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may 2009

  • Patrick Sheltra denies blame for Toledo last lap crash: Two days following [Toledo], ARCA officials handed down [Patrick Sheltra's penalty]: fined $500 and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2009 season for retaliatory driving. "Five-hundred dollar fine and probation for the rest of the year. I was not happy about that, and I certainly don't agree with it. As I've said all along, there was nothing intentional up there. My left-front tire was flat; and I was doing all I could to stay with it. The last thing on my mind was wrecking someone" [said Sheltra]. ( (05-31-09)
  • Cayuga race cancelled: Officials of the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and Cayuga Motor Speedway today announced that the ARCA RE/MAX Series race scheduled for June 28 at Cayuga, has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. "We at Cayuga Motor Speedway accept responsibility for this unfortunate circumstance," said track President Jerry Santucci. "ARCA is a first class racing organization and we regret the inconvenience this causes the series, its teams, sponsors and fans. We worked diligently, but as deadlines approached it became increasingly apparent we would not be able to promote and conduct the event successfully due to issues within our ownership group." ( (05-27-09)
  • Chad Beahr to attempt Pocono UPDATE Herd Racing: USAR ProCup driver Chad Beahr will attempt Pocono with Faith Motorsports.  He will drive a No. 89 Dodge. (05-18-09)
    UPDATE: Herd Racing will attempt the June 6 ARCA Re/Max Series event at Pocono Raceway, fielding veteran driver Chad Beahr in the #89 Racing With Jesus Dodge, the team announced May 27. Herd Racing's usual car number, 75, is being used by another team in the ARCA Series. The #89 ARCA entry will bear associate sponsorship from Smith's Construction, a West Virginia-based residential and remodeling contractor, as well as associate sponsorship from ECO-FIRST and Fidelity Printing. (Herd Racing) (05-27-09)
  • Andy Belmont Racing signs development driver: Tyler Shoemaker is proud to announce that he has signed a driver development contract with Andy Belmont Racing (ABR). Shoemaker comes to ABR as an established midget & 410 sprint car driver. “I am very excited about teaming up with Andy & his team in the ARCA RE/MAX series,” said Tyler. “Andy Belmont Racing is a strong team and I am looking forward to working them. I’ll be looking for the seat time and experience to learn the tracks.” ( (05-22-09)
  • Patrick Sheltra fined for retaliatory driving: Driver Patrick Sheltra has been fined $500 and placed on probation for the remainder of the 2009 season for retaliatory driving. ( (05-21-09)
  • Andy Hillenburg fined: Car owner Andy Hillenburg has been fined $250 for unauthorized distribution of audio content from the [Menards 200 at Toledo]. ( (05-21-09)
  • Paul Menard returning to ARCA at Toledo: NASCAR driver Paul Menard gives credit to the ARCA RE/MAX Series for helping him develop as a driver on the way up to the Sprint Cup Series. So, when the opportunity to revisit his short track roots in the series' visit to Toledo Speedway came his way, Menard jumped at the chance to enter Sunday's Menards 200. "I love short track racing and I'm looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of an ARCA car," said Menard. "From what I've seen, this year has proved to be one of the most competitive seasons in ARCA RE/MAX Series history, so the Menards 200 should be a great race to take part in. My thanks goes out to Frank Kimmel and the entire Kimmel Racing team for preparing the car that I'm going to drive on Sunday." [Matt] Crafton will practice and qualify the No. 98 Johns Manville Ford on Saturday before turning the wheel over to Menard. ( (05-12-09)
  • Peterson Motorsports adds new driver for Toledo: Zach Gibson from Richwood, Ohio will make his ARCA RE/MAX debut in the No. 0 '05 Monte Carlo.  Zach clinched the 2008 Buckeye Super Sprint Series Championship by August 23rd at Sandusky Speedway, in the series inaugural season. ( (05-11-09)
  • Norm Benning selling team:  Norm Benning Racing is for sale.  The team has five cars and owner points from the No. 84. (ARCA Classifieds) (05-11-09)
  • Chad Finley running partial schedule: [Chad Finley] will make five appearances on the ARCA circuit with his debut set for May 16-17. 2009 at the series home base of Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio! Finley will also make appearances at Iowa Speedway, Berlin Raceway, back to Toledo in September, and the season finale at Rockingham Speedway. ( (05-10-09)
  • Dakoda Armstrong to make ARCA debut at Toledo:  17 year-old USAC Sprint Car veteran Dakoda Armstrong will make his ARCA debut at Toledo driving for Venturini Motorsports-Schrader Racing.  He will drive a No. 15 Chevrolet. (05-10-09)
  • Ruby Tuesday extends sponsorship with George Jr: Ruby Tuesday, Inc. has announced a long-term partnership agreement with ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Tim George Jr.  "A great partnership starts with a great Driver and a great Team," said Mark Young, Ruby Tuesday SVP/Chief Marketing Officer. "Both Tim George Jr. and Eddie Sharp Racing represent what we believe in as a brand. They are passionate about what they do, committed to always doing it the right way, and strive to be the best in all aspects of their business." ( (05-10-09)
  • Bobby Gerhart Racing looking for funded driver for car #5: Bobby Gerhart Racing #5 Car Available for single or multiple events from Kentucky Speedway on. Includes New Jersey Motorsports Park, all short tracks and speedways. For funded drivers only looking for excellent equipment. (ARCA Classifieds) (05-07-09)
  • Kevin Belmont takes over #14 for remainder of the season: After a seven year hiatus, Kevin Belmont will be back in the driver's seat for the Drive Smart Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday, May 9. Additionally, Belmont plans to compete in the remainder of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season.  Brothers Andy & Kevin Belmont are not strangers to working as a team in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. Not only did Kevin drive for Andy Belmont Racing, but he served as Andy's crew chief during the 2001 season with Andy finishing third in driver's points. "I'm really happy to be back with Andy Belmont Racing & the ARCA RE/MAX Series," Kevin said. Marketing partner announcements for ABR & Kevin Belmont are forthcoming. (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (05-07-09)
  • Michel Disdier signs 10 race contract UPDATE: Michel Disdier has signed a contract for ten races this season with [Bowsher Racing].  Disdier’s objective is to garner as much experience as possible to achieve his goal of racing in NASCAR in 2010. (Michel Disdier PR) (04-30-09)
    UPDATE: Michel's new sponsor is the French brake pad maker Carbone Lorraine whose brake pads require no break-in period.  The immediate grip of the Carbone Lorraine brake pads which are made exclusively for racing cars, insure tremendous performance stability. (Michel Disdier PR) (05-07-09)