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february 2011

  • Chris Lawson to return at Talladega: After a respectable finish at Daytona, Chris Lawson plans on competing in the ARCA Talladega 250. Lawson finished on the lead lap in 22nd after starting the race 29th. He made the race based on his qualifying time and kept himself clear of trouble during the race. Lawson managed at Daytona with only weeks of preparation, limited crew members, and a shoestring budget. Announcements about sponsorship are hoped to be announced soon. (Chris Lawson Motorsports PR) (02-21-11)
  • Tony Marks Racing to announce new sponsor UPDATE: After successful qualifying for her ARCA Racing Series debut, Maryeve Dufault and team owner Tony Marks welcome a new sponsor to their team for the full 2011 ARCA Racing Series calendar. Maryeve Dufault, Tony Marks, and a special guest will talk about the exciting new partnership on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 10:45 a.m. Eastern. (Tony Marks Racing PR) (02-12-11)
    UPDATE: Officials from Tony Marks Racing and Freezetone® Products, the manufacturer of VR-12, announced this morning from Daytona that VR-12 has aligned itself with Maryeve Dufault for the full 2011 season as the title sponsor of the No. 12 entry beginning with this afternoon’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. VR-12 is a revolutionary green product that is used to guard against coolant problems. “We’re very excited about today’s announcement with VR-12,” said Tony Marks, owner of TMR. “This partnership with VR-12 fits the platform that we believe in at TMR and it is a product that I personally endorse." (Tony Marks Racing PR) (02-12-11)
  • Benny Chastain running eight races for Bob Schacht Motorsports:  Benny Chastain, driver of the No. 75 Bob Schacht Motorsports ARCA car, will again team with AARP in 2011 to chase his stock car racing dreams—this year while helping a cause.  AARP, BSM and Chastain announced a renewal of their sponsorship deal that will put Chastain in a Drive to End Hunger (DTEH) race car for eight races during the 2011 ARCA Racing Series season. DTEH is an initiative of AARP and AARP Foundation to increase awareness of hunger among older Americans, raise funds and find solutions to combat hunger. “I’m thrilled to take my racing to the next level while serving a cause that can help millions of American seniors,” Chastain said. “This is a chance to rally the ARCA racing community around a terrible problem and help find solutions.” (AARP PR) (02-12-11)
  • John Ferrier pairs with Andy Belmont Racing for Daytona: John Ferrier will be a name to watch when the ARCA Racing Series pulls into Daytona.  Paired with team owner Andy Belmont along with teammate Chad McCumbee, Ferrier has high expectations for a strong run on Daytona's high-banks. "My expectations are very high," said Ferrier.  "I have a very competitive race car with Roush/Yates power. It has had a lot of really good aero work done to it by AJ Johnson.  He built a brand new body for us, specifically for Daytona, so my expectations are high.  My goal is to come out of Daytona with a top-10 finish." (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (02-10-11)
  • Industrial Depot sponsoring Belmont cars in 2011: Industrial Depot has announced primary sponsorship of Darrell Basham's No. 34 car and co-sponsorship of Chad McCumbee's No. 1 car for Andy Belmont Racing's 2011 team in the ARCA Racing Series. After working together with Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) for five years, this will be the first time the Industrial Depot has been the primary sponsor on an ABR car. Darrell Basham's No. 34 car will have an achromatic color scheme with green lettering displaying Industrial Depot's new logo. The Industrial Depot will provide all of the official hardware and supplies needed for the race cars.  (Andy Belmont Racing PR) (02-10-11)
  • Matt Merrell driving for Win-Tron at Daytona: Matt Merrell and Win-Tron Racing are reuniting for Saturday’s Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. “I cannot begin to describe how excited I am about returning to Win-Tron Racing,” said Merrell. “To get the call from Nate (Thiesse, Win-Tron Racing co car-owner) and Kevin (Cywinski, Win-Tron Racing co car-owner) to drive their piece in what undoubtedly will be the biggest race of my career is not only humbling but an honor.” For Thiesse, the decision to put Merrell back in the driver’s seat wasn’t hard. “Matt showed in 2009 that he could get the job done,” sounded Thiesse. “He is an incredible kid with a lot of talent. When the seat became available, it wasn’t difficult to pin-point who we really wanted to put in the Red Line Oil Toyota. We feel that Matt will pick up right where he left off.” (Win-Tron Racing PR) (02-08-11)
  • Hal Martin and Venturini Motorsports add sponsorship: Hal Martin and the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota will receive primary sponsorship from NOLA Motorsports Park in Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. The race is the first of five that Martin plans to enter with Venturini Motorsports this season. "I've done a lot of preparation coming into this race - it's the most important race of the year," Martin said in a press release this morning. "I couldn't ask for a better fit for sponsorship, because NOLA Motorsports Park is an up-and-coming race track in my local area. I'm an up and coming driver in the ARCA (Racing) Series, and I look to prove that even more on the track." ( (02-07-11)