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july 2009

  • Kevin Belmont to drive No. 20 at Pocono UPDATE Mike Holt: As the hunt for a replacement driver in the No. 20 continues, Kevin Belmont will climb behind the wheel in Pocono this weekend in order to keep the car in contention in the point standings. ( (07-28-09)
    UPDATE: The Pocono entry list shows Mike Holt as the driver of the No. 20 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota. Mike Holt previously competed in ARCA at Rockingham Speedway in 2008. (07-31-09) 
  • Steve Arpin joins Venturini Motorsports for Pocono: Steve Arpin announced yesterday that he will be joining forces with Venturini Motorsports for this weekend's Pennsylvania ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway. The arrangement will put Arpin in the driver's seat of the Venturini Motorsports No. 25 Toyota Camry. "We had a good start this year with ESR with all the guys and we all came a long ways each and every week," said Arpin. "It's hard for me to leave behind a team that I have worked so hard with, but at the same time I am very excited looking forward." ( (07-28-09)
  • PGM Racing for sale: PGM Racing has posted an advertisement on ARCA Classifieds stating that the team is for sale. Cars and points are included. (07-27-09)
  • Sheltra Motorsports hires driver coach: Sheltra Motorsports announced today that NASCAR veteran Ted Musgrave has joined the team as a driver coach for Patrick Sheltra beginning with Saturday night's [race at Berlin Raceway]. Musgrave will work with "Mr. Showtime" on all the aspects of racing hoping to guide Sheltra back toward the front in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship chase and most importantly victory lane. (Sheltra Motorsports PR) (07-23-09)
  • Stephan McCurley moving to NASCAR: [Stephan McCurley's] ARCA program is being put on hold and Stephan is focusing on putting a NASCAR truck series program into place. ( (07-22-09)
  • Venturini secures drivers for Berlin: Pete Shepherd III and Justin Lloyd will drive Venturini Motorsports Chevrolets at Berlin Raceway. (07-20-09)
  • Jesus Hernandez competing at Kentucky with Truex Jr UPDATE: [Jesus] Hernandez will compete [at Kentucky] in a car entered by Martin Truex Jr. Hernandez will drive the no 56 Chevrolet with support from Lavendar Boutique and G.C. Pollex and Associates.  The team, made up of many Sprint Cup employees moonlighting on this project, has made this a true grassroots effort. The team has worked for nearly eight months preparing this car for Saturday night's race. ( (07-16-09)
    UPDATE: Jesus Hernandez qualified 12th fastest with a 30.807-second lap but made contact with the turn two wall during his second lap of qualifying. There was significant damage to his Chevrolet, and with no back-up car, the driver [was] unable to start [at Kentucky]. ( (07-20-09)
  • Charlie Vest driving for Andy Belmont Racing at Kentucky: Charlie Vest has signed with Andy Belmont Racing to run the LoanMax No 1 Ford Fusion for Kentucky Speedway’s Click It or Ticket Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150. Vest has three prior starts in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (07-17-09)
  • Brad Sweet to make debut at Kentucky UPDATE: USAC Sprint and Midget Car series driver Brad Sweet will attempt to make his ARCA debut at Kentucky driving for Stringer Motorsports. (07-14-09)
    UPDATE: Stringer Motorsports is pleased to announce that Brad Sweet will pilot the No. 90 Great Clips Toyota Camry in this Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX race at Kentucky Speedway. "I am so thankful to Doug Stringer for giving me this opportunity," said Sweet.  "This will mark my first career stock car race and I can't wait to get on the track." (Stringer Motorsports PR) (07-17-09)
  • Eddie Sharp Racing seeking replacement for No. 20: "Steve [Arpin] has been unable to secure the necessary funding for him to continue past Berlin. He's a talented racer and we wish him the best," team owner Eddie Sharp said. "Our driver development program really speaks for itself," said Sharp. "We're looking for a serious racer who can bring funding to the No. 20 and join a very strong team." ( (07-16-09)
  • Darrell Basham Racing team members injured: Faye Briley and Laura Blalock, ARCA members of Darrell Basham Racing, were seriously injured in a car accident Wednesday in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Both are in the University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky located at 530 S. Jackson St.  Faye is the sister of ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Darrell Basham. ( (07-16-09)
  • ABR joins Fortune Hi Tech Marketing: Andy Belmont is pleased to announce the joining of Fortune Hi Tech Marketing, a program that he believes will change the way that a racer of any level will attract new sponsorship revenue. "I have been around this business for longer than I care to admit", joked Belmont.  "I have been a part of some of the strongest business to business sponsorship models to date but none of them has made me as excited as the Fortune Hi Tech Marketing program.  The company is debt free and rock solid, the marketing partners are powerful and the compensation plan is unparalleled". (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (07-16-09)
  • Buster Bennet to attempt Iowa UPDATE Chicagoland:  Buster Bennet will attempt to make his ARCA RE/MAX series debut at Iowa driving a No. 98 Ford for Bennet Miles Racing.  The team is currently seeking sponsorship. (06-21-09)
    UPDATE: [Bennet-Miles Racing] is happy to announce that Buster [Bennet] will be making his ARCA Remax Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on August 28th. ( (07-15-09)
  • Josh Richards partners with Venturini, Valvoline: [Josh] Richards has partnered with Venturini Motorsports to field the No. 25 Valvoline Chevy for his ARS speedway debut at Kentucky Speedway. “I was able to test with the Venturini team earlier this month and am looking forward to reuniting with them for my first speedway race" noted a thankful Richards. (Josh Richards Racing PR) (07-15-09)
  • Justin Lofton finds sponsor for Iowa: Justin Lofton's No. 6 Toyota Camry will don the colors of J.D. Heiskell & Company for the Prairie 200 at Iowa Speedway this Saturday. Established in 2000, J.D. Heiskell & Company began as a feed company in California. Today, J.D. Heiskell & Company has expanded across Mexico, the Pacific Rim and the Far East with assets spanning the Western states and Canada. ( (07-11-09)
  • Tim George Jr. signs associate sponsor: [Tim] George Jr. is pleased to announce the addition of new associate sponsor, Metromint, a refreshing mint flavored water. "I'm psyched to have another product endorse my racing program that I actually use on a weekly basis. Metromint is truly one of my favorite beverages, and I look forward to introducing this refreshing drink to all of my fans and fellow competitors," George Jr. proclaimed. ( (07-11-09)
  • Brett Butler, Ken Butler III to drive No. 1 ABR Ford: Andy Belmont Racing and LoanMax have reached an agreement to field the No.1 LoanMax car for the remainder of the 2009 ARCA Re/Max Season.  The schedule will be split between Brett Butler and his brother Ken Butler, III.  The Butler brothers will be racing the No.1 LoanMax Ford Fusion with Roush/Yates motors. (Butler Brothers Racing) (07-07-09)
  • Kory Rabenold joins ABR: Andy Belmont Racing announced today that Kory Rabenold has aligned with ABR to drive the remaining 12 ARCA RE/MAX Series events in 2009 beginning with the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway. ABR driver Kevin Belmont has stepped aside to provide this opportunity for Rabenold. ( (07-07-09)
  • Andy Belmont Racing and Tom Hessert part ways UPDATE to RAB Racing: reported on Tuesday night that Andy Belmont Racing and Tom Hessert have parted ways.  Kevin Belmont will reportedly move to the No. 1 while the team looks for another driver for the No. 14. (06-25-09)
    UPDATE: Tom Hessert posted on his Twitter page that he has joined RAB Racing. (06-30-09)
    UPDATE 2: reports that Ken Schrader Racing will support the No. 09 team in ARCA. (07-01-09)
    OFFICIAL: RAB Racing announced today that Tom Hessert III will pilot the No. 09 Cherry Hill Classic Cars Ford Fusion for the remainder of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season. "I am very excited about the opportunity to drive for RAB Racing," stated Hessert. "The reputation and dedication to excellence that this team has is something that I look forward to becoming a part of." ( (07-07-09)
  • Chad Hackenbracht to attempt Iowa: 17 year-old Chad Hackenbracht will attempt to make his ARCA debut at Iowa Speedway driving for his family owned team, CGH Motorsports. The No. 58 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Tastee Apple Inc. Tastee Apple Inc is owned by the Hackenbracht family. (07-02-09)
  • Dakoda Armstrong back at Iowa with Cunningham: Dakoda Armstrong is scheduled to return to ARCA at Iowa Speedway driving the No. 4 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge. (07-02-09)
  • Larry Clement, Matt Carter returning at Iowa: Larry Clement and Matt Carter will be reuniting for the running of the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway July 11. The event will mark the return of both to ARCA RE/MAX Series competition since the season-opening ARCA 200 at Daytona. "I've been trying to put a package together for this race," said Clement. "This is my hometown, and the track is very important to me." ( (07-02-09)
  • Venturini Motorsports tests Johanna Long at Iowa: Pensacola, Florida driver Johanna Long, in a Venturini Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet, made her first laps in an ARCA RE/MAX Series car Tuesday in the open test at Iowa Speedway. Long, 17, recently made headlines at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida with a victory in the super late model Blizzard Series. ( (07-01-09)