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june 2011

  • Kyle DeLisle to make debut at Berlin with Jones Group Racing?:  ARCA Sportsman driver Kyle DeLisle is rumored to be making his ARCA Racing Series debut at Berlin Raceway on July 9th with Jones Group Racing. A second race at the season ending Toledo Speedway is reportedly in the works. (06-27-11)
  • Roger Carter opens new website; plans to race at Iowa:  Roger Carter II has opened a new website and plans to race at Iowa Speedway on July 16th. A sponsorship announcement is expected sometime this week. (RogerCarter2Racing.com) (06-27-11)
  • Cunningham Motorsports to return soon? UPDATE 2 At Winchester:  Cunningham Motorsports tweeted that the team will miss next weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.  However, Cunningham will be testing at Winchester and Indy for a possible return this season. (Cunningham Motorsports Twitter) (06-11-11)
    UPDATE:  Dakoda Armstrong tested for Cunningham Motorsports at Winchester on Monday. (Cunningham Motorsports Twitter) (06-14-11)
    UPDATE 2: Dakoda Armstrong will tackle Winchester Speedway on Saturday with sponsorship from Cardinal Ethanol, ICM, Inc., and Murex.  "(I am) excited about racing again at Winchester," Armstrong said. "I really like the track. After our test last week and the similarities Winchester has to Salem, where we run well, I am expecting a good run." (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (06-23-11)
  • Ryan Blaney and John Blankenship complete test for Venturini UPDATE: Venturini Motorsports wrapped up a single-day test at Winchester Speedway in preparation for the upcoming Winchester ARCA 200. The team tested on the historic, half-mile, high-banked oval with dirt late model driver John Blankenship and third-generation racer Ryan Blaney. "It went remarkably well," Venturini said. "Ryan Blaney was really, really fast. He was up to speed right off the truck. He's going to be very tough. He's a very good young driver. We should be really good when we come back." Both Blaney and Blankenship are expected to make their ARCA Racing Series debuts at Winchester. (ARCARacing.com) (06-02-11)
    UPDATE: Ryan Blaney and John Blankenship will make their ARCA Racing Series debuts at Winchester this Saturday. Blaney will drive the team's No. 25 Chevrolet while Blankenship will be the No. 55. (06-20-11)
  • Chad McCumbee's protégé becomes teammate at Winchester: Terry Evans will make his ARCA Racing Series debut driving Andy Belmont Racing's No. 14     TheIndustrialDepot.com Ford at Winchester Speedway on Saturday night. Evans, from Supply, NC, has been competing for Chad McCumbee Racing in late models since 2009. (06-20-11)
  • Mystic Motorsports to attempt second Pocono event: Mystic Motorsports and driver Brian Kaltreider plans to compete in one more race this season at Pocono Raceway. Kaltreider hopes to improve on his earlier 25th place Pocono finish to attract sponsorship for the 2012 season. (06-20-11)
  • Tim George Jr, RCR pick up sponsorship for remainder of the season: Potomac Family Dining Group announced today that it will be the primary sponsor for the remainder of the 2011 racing season of Tim George Jr., driver of the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. The PFDG sponsorship commences with the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway today. The Washington, D.C.-based restaurant group is the exclusive franchisee of 30 Applebee's® restaurants in southern Maryland, northern Virginia, and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. "Our association with Tim has been very rewarding," said Jim Rieger, CEO of Potomac Family Dining Group. "It brings a new level of excitement to our family of guests and employees." (Richard Childress Racing PR) (06-17-11)
  • Roger Carter Racing returning at Michigan UPDATE: Roger Carter Racing is expected to return to ARCA competition at Michigan on June 17th.  Veteran car owner and part time driver Roger Carter II will pilot his own No. 40 Dodge in his home state race. Carter is best known for his involvement in Carter-2-Motorsports that competed on a regular basis in 2007. (06-07-11)
    UPDATE: Roger Carter will compete at Michigan International Speedway driving the No. 40 Trevor Coleman Dodge. Trevor Coleman, a 14 year-old boy from Cardington, Ohio, was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s Disease and Autism shortly after he was born. Carter was inspired by Coleman's story and decided to use his racecar to raise funds needed to purchase a handicapped-accessible Toyota Sienna van for him. (In part from Hylton Motorsports PR) (06-16-11)
  • Bryan Silas, Eddie Sharp Racing pick up Michigan sponsorship: Bryan Silas will make his 97th series start in Friday's RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway, and Michigan-based Weaver Media is along for the ride. The wrap for Silas's No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota will feature the livery of Weaver Media, a leading full-service experiential marketing agency based in Commerce Township, Mich. Weaver Media creates super-wide format banners, custom vehicle wraps, and stadium graphics at many of ARCA and NASCAR's host track facilities nationwide, and in joining with the No. 6 car has created a product on the track as well. (Eddie Sharp Racing PR) (06-15-11)
  • Owner point swap occurred before Chicagoland:

    Team Selling Owner Points Team Receiving Owner Points
    No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports No. 58 CGH Motorsports
    No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports No. 68 Kimmel Racing
    No. 63 Sheltra Motorsports No. 82 Empire Racing

    (RaceTalkRadio.com) (06-14-11)
  • Joey Coulter and Coulter Motorsports back at Michigan: Joey Coulter, and his Coulter Motorsports, No. 16 Rip It Energy Fuel Chevrolet will be back in action for the third time this season [at Michigan International Speedway].  “It’s great to get back racing in the ARCA Series this weekend,” said Coulter. “I always enjoy getting to race with all of these guys, and wish we could run even more this season. My Coulter Motorsports team has been working hard to provide me with the best Chevrolet Impala this weekend and I am excited to have Rip It Energy Fuel back on board, with their new 3-Way flavor.” (Coulter Motorsports PR) (06-14-11)
  • Clay Rogers returns at Michigan: Clay Rogers will return to the ARCA Racing series at Michigan International Speedway driving the No. 42 Beard Oil Racing Chevrolet after last competing at the track in 2010. The 30 year-old Mooresville, NC driver hopes to compete in additional races that do not conflict with his NASCAR Camping World truck series schedule. (06-14-11)
  • Chase Mattioli driving for Fast Track Racing at Pocono: Chase Mattioli will make his 2011 debut in the ARCA Racing Series this weekend driving Andy Hillenburg's No. 11 CollegeComplete.com Ford. The No. 11 that Mattioli will drive commemorates 2011 as the year in which his sponsor, College Complete, has assisted 50,000 students in furthering their education, a service provided at no cost to the student. (ARCARacing.com) (06-09-11)
  • Steve Fox teams with Peterson Motorsports for Pocono: Steve Fox will drive the No. 06 GreatRailing.com Chevrolet for Peterson Motorsports in Saturday's Pocono ARCA 200. Fox, a part time driver for Universe Racing, was left without a ride after Universe Racing’s entry had been withdrawn from the event when the team could not complete necessary repairs on its car in time. "I can’t thank Wayne and his bunch enough, they’re a great group of people” said Fox.  "This still gives us the awesome opportunity to not only compete, but also to be around the ARCA scene, which is really important in motorsports today." (In part from Universe Racing PR) (06-09-11)
  • Mark Gibson Racing returns at Pocono with Buster Graham: Mark Gibson Racing will return to competition Saturday at Pocono after a brief sabbatical with a freshman driver. Buster Graham, a former Hydroplane racer, will make his inaugural ARCA Racing Series start at one of the sanction’s toughest tracks. “It’s completely night and day between boat racing and stock car racing but, I’m having a blast,” said Graham, a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. To prepare for his transition to ARCA, Gibson and Graham have been competing in the USARacing Pro Cup Series. Batter’s Dream will adorn the primary marketing role of Graham’s No. 59 entry in the seventh race of the 2011 ARCA season. (Mark Gibson Racing PR) (06-08-11)
  • Roulo Brothers Racing fined $1500; loses 25 points: Based on post-race technical inspection at Chicagoland Speedway, the Roulo Brothers Racing No. 17 team of owner Russ Roulo and driver Chris Buescher has been fined $1500 and penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. The No. 17 team's violation of ARCA Rulebook page 24, Item 7A references engine lubrication reservoir tanks being properly sealed. (ARCARacing.com) (06-07-11)
  • Ken Schrader Racing fined $1500; loses 25 points: Based on post-race technical inspection at Chicagoland Speedway, the Schrader Racing No. 52 team of owner Ken Schrader and driver Tom Hessert has been fined $1500 and penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. The No. 52 team's violation of ARCA Rulebook page 25, Item 9A references carburetor throttle bore maximum venturi size. (ARCARacing.com) (06-07-11)
  • Mike Allgaier fined $250: Team owner Mike Allgaier was fined $250 for his team removing ARCA-issued equipment without the presence and permission of an ARCA Official at Chicagoland Speedway. (ARCARacing.com) (06-07-11)
  • Robb Brent joins Eddie Sharp Racing for two races: Officials from Robb Brent Racing confirmed today that Robb Brent will join Eddie Sharp Racing for two upcoming events beginning with next Friday’s race at Michigan International Speedway. Brent will pilot the No. 2 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota Camry in The RainEater Wiper Blades 200. Additionally, he will pilot a second ESR entry in the summer Pocono Raceway event. “To have the opportunity to drive for a high caliber operation like Eddie Sharp Racing is literally a dream come true,” said Brent. “I’ve come to know Eddie and what his organization is all about for the last three years or so and I know that he delivers nothing but a first class operation." (Robb Brent Racing PR) (06-07-11)
  • Barry Fitzgerald running additional races UPDATE ONLY CHICAGOLAND: Barry Fitzgerald will return to Andy Belmont Racing's No. 14 entry for the next three races at Chicagoland, Pocono, and Michigan. Fitzgerald has made one prior start with Belmont this year, finishing 22nd at Talladega. (05-24-11)
    UPDATE:  "The engine blowing at Chicago is forcing us not to race at Pocono and Michigan. Future schedule will be determined." (Fans of Barry Fitzgerald) (06-06-11)
  • Sheltra Motorsports ceases operations: Sheltra Motorsports has ceased operations due to lack of funding and will likely miss the rest of the season. The team previously announced that Milka Duno would compete in the full season, but it did not show up at Chicagoland Speedway. (06-05-11)
  • Cunningham Motorsports will not compete at Chicagoland: Cunningham Motorsports tweeted that the team will not compete at Chicagoland because it does not have any sponsored drivers. Cunningham has been searching for funded drivers after Tom Hessert left for Ken Schrader Racing after the 2010 season.  Dakoda Armstrong only resigned with the team for select events this season. (06-03-11)
  • Universe Racing and Steve Fox withdraw from Pocono: After a hard crash last August at Pocono, Steve Fox and the Universe Racing crew went to work to rebuild the racecar that Fox pilots in the ARCA Racing Series. Even with limited fund, the team was determined to have a good showing with the #50 Universe Towing/FireHouse Dodge Charger this June in the ARCA 200 at Pocono. Unfortunately, the plan to compete in the upcoming event flip flopped following a meeting this week with Fox and his car owner, Tony Aquilino. “The car wasn’t 100% ready and we only have a week left before heading to Pocono”, Fox said Monday evening. “Both myself and Tony feel horrible to withdraw our entry for the Pocono 200 in June, but missing this event will give us more time to better prepare for the Pennsylvania 125 at Pocono this August”, he said. (Universe Racing PR) (06-02-11)
  • Grant Enfinger; Allgaier Motorsports hoping to run full season: Grant Enfinger is currently fourth in points and in the midst of what he hopes is his first full ARCA Racing Series season, driving a car from Allgaier Motorsports. “We’re going as far as (team owner) Mike Allgaier wants to go,” Enfinger said. “We’ve been trying to find a little bit of help along the way to keep him motivated and keep everybody pumped up. I think staying up there in the points would help that as well. If we can just stay up there toward the front and have a shot at it, and have some guys help us along the way, I think we’ll keep it going for a while.” (ARCA Media) (06-01-11)