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october 2011

  • Bob Schacht Motorsports searching for funded drivers:  Bob Schacht Motorsports has posted an advertisement on stating that the team has 2012 opportunities available in the ARCA Racing Series. It lists single events or the entire season as options. ( (10-31-11)
  • Hixson Motorsports seeking funded drivers for Daytona test: Hixson Motorsports is seeking funded drivers for the December test session at Daytona. The team fielded two full time entries in 2011; which finished 13th and 16th in owner points. (10-31-11)
  • Mark Gibson Racing hoping to field cars next year: Mark Gibson has been a fixture in the ARCA Racing Series community since the mid 1980’s. The former full-time driver now turned car owner is focused on keeping a presence in the garage area beginning with next February’s season-opener at Daytona. “I have a fleet of race cars,” said Gibson. “We’re trying to be as cost efficient as possible but still get the job done. Even though I have a limited crew, we’re still prepping our speedway car and getting it ready for the Daytona test in December should something fuse between now and then." Gibson refuses to utilize the word “give up” and is determined to field an entry in ARCA’s version of the Super Bowl. “We can do a full schedule, partial schedule, five races or one race,” Gibson added. “We’re flexible. We’re here trying to build quality race cars and get them to the track safely and be competitive once they hit the pavement.” Interested parties are urged to contact Mark Gibson. (Mark Gibson Racing PR) (10-28-11)
  • Jared Marks running full time in 2012: Jared Marks, the son of car owner Tony Marks, will be running full time next season with the possible exception of the first few races of the season.  Marks turns 18 on May 28th. 2011 ARCA rules stated that drivers must be 18 in order to run at tracks one or more miles in length. Marks ran seven ARCA events in 2011 with his highest finish coming at the second Salem Speedway race, in which he placed 4th. (10-26-11)
  • Chad Hackenbracht back in 2012:  Chad Hackenbracht stated on RaceTalkRadio's Thunder Crew radio show that he will be back with CGH Motorsports next year with his team from 2011 virtually intact.  Hackenbracht hopes that a second car will be added for more at-track data that his team can use. (10-26-11)
  • Carter/Eminem Motorsports disqualified for using old tires UPDATE 2 WITHIN-RULEBOOK:  Carter / Eminem Motorsports owner Roger Carter reported on his team's Facebook page that it was disqualified for not buying new tires. (10-16-11)
    UPDATE: Last weekend's race at Toledo Speedway featured plenty of controversy, including some before the event even started. Carter/Eminem Motorsports was disqualified from the event on Saturday after qualifying 21st and 26th with drivers Nick Tucker and Roger Carter II, respectively. The team was initially told by officials that it would have to drop to the rear of the field if it used old tires in qualifying. Both Carter/Eminem cars went through pre-qualifying inspection without any indication that this would lead to disqualification. However, ARCA officials informed the team that it was disqualified from the field when the team went to select pit stalls for Sunday's race. Carter stated that the team was not disqualified at Madison earlier this year after qualifying on old tires. No wording can be found on the use of tires in qualifying under ARCA Qualifying Procedures in the 2011 Rulebook (Page 8, Section 7). (10-18-11)
    ARCA RULE ON USED TIRES: In 18.B.4 [of the 2011 ARCA Racing Series Rulebook] it is stated that “On all tracks under one mile, tires that are used for qualifying must be purchased at race track from Hoosier and remain in ARCA impound area until car is ready to go through technical inspection for qualifying attempt. Teams receiving permission to qualify on approved non-impound tires will be limited to eligibility for provisional starting position only.”
    ARCA STATEMENT: The Nos. 04 and 40 cars qualified on old tires and still had a chance to make the race, but teams with new tires are automatically ranked higher in the order of qualifying times than teams with old tires. Based on the order those teams fell into in the “shuffle” of positions, they did not qualify. It’s not a disqualification, as they did not originally make the race per our procedure. (ARCA Racing Series PR) (10-20-11)
  • Frank Kimmel searching for new team? UPDATE Coulter Motorsports?: Frank Kimmel is reported to be searching for another team for the 2012 season. (10-17-11)
    UPDATE: Frank Kimmel is rumored to be joining Coulter Motorsports in 2012 with Menards sponsorship. The team will likely switch to Ford if the deal is completed. (10-18-11)
  • Venturini Motorsports, Alex Bowman penalized after Kansas: Based on post-race technical inspection after the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series race at Kansas Speedway, the Venturini Motorsports No. 55 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Billy Venturini and driver Alex Bowman have each been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. ( (10-18-11)
  • Andy Belmont Racing signs Kyle Brinkmann; testing at Caraway: Kyle Brinkmann will participate in a private ARCA Racing Series test session with Andy Belmont Racing at Caraway Speedway on Monday, October 24. “I have been dreaming about racing on the professional level all my life,” 16-year old Brinkmann said. “This is definitely a dream come true for me. I am very thankful to have this opportunity that ABR has provided me. I want to go out there and exceed the expectations.” Belmont recently named Brinkmann as part of the ABR development driver program. Running a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series, the Elkhorn, Wis., native will compete in select events next year as funding becomes available. ( (10-18-11)
  • Ty Dillon, RCR add sponsorship for Toledo: Bass Pro Shops will join Richard Childress Racing in celebrating Ty Dillon's first career championship by sponsoring the No. 41 Chevrolet at Toledo Speedway this weekend. When Dillon takes the green flag in Sunday's Federated Car Care 200, he will officially clinch the 2011 ARCA Racing Series championship. "We are proud to partner with Richard Childress Racing in sponsoring Ty Dillon as he races for the ARCA Racing Series Championship," said Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris. (Richard Childress Racing PR) (10-15-11)
  • Mike Senica leaves Carter/Eminem, joins Hixson:  Mike Senica has parted ways with Carter/Eminem Motorsports to pursue other opportunities. Senica is entered at Toledo this weekend driving the No. 29 Cox Masonry Chevrolet for Hixson Motorsports. He plans on competing in the full race. (10-14-11)
  • Drew Charlson returns at Toledo:  Drew Charlson will make his ARCA Racing Series debut in Sunday's Federated Car Care 200 at Toledo Speedway after failing to qualify for Daytona earlier this year. Charlson just completed the Main Event Racing Series season, finishing sixth in points, just one point out of the top five and only 100 points behind the champion. Charlson will race his family owned No. 20 Dodge. (In part from (10-13-11)
  • Roby Bujdoso joins Andy Belmont Racing for Toledo: Roby Bujdoso will campaign the No. 10 Andy Belmont Racing Ford in the Toledo ARCA 200 at Toledo Speedway on October 16. Bujdoso, a four time World Karting Associaton Manufacturer’s Cup national champion, joined Andy Belmont Racing at the Caraway Speedway to complete his first ARCA test on October 11th. ( (10-13-11)
  • Jack Sprague driving for Beard Oil Racing at Toledo: Jack Sprague will wheel a car owned by Mark Beard in next Sunday's ARCA race at Toledo Speedway. The entry was confirmed today while the Beard Oil team prepares for a race tonight at Kansas. Sprague was scheduled to also compete at Kansas, but tagged the wall in testing at the track last week. ( (10-07-11)
  • Carter/Eminem Motorsports withdraws from Kansas: Carter/Eminem Motorsports has withdrawn its entry at Kansas Speedway after the team's transporter broke down on the way to the track. The team was unable to repair the transporter in time to compete in the event. (10-07-11)
  • Venturini Motorsports enters five cars at Kansas: Venturini Motorsports will field 5 teams in Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series Kansas Lottery 98.9 event at Kansas Speedway.  Returning to competition under the Venturini banner will be Scott Lagasse, Jr. (No. 20), Max Gresham (No. 25), Alex Bowman (No. 55), John Blankenship (No. 15) and Tom Berte (No. 35), who will make his final appearance of the 2011 ARCA Season. Venturni Motorsports PR) (10-05-11)
  • Buster Graham; Mark Gibson Racing returns at Kansas: Buster Graham returns to the ARCA Racing Series this week looking to earn a place in the spotlight in his No. 59 Batter’s Dream Ford Fusion in his fourth career start under the lights Friday night. “I’m looking forward to going back to Kansas this week,” said Graham. “To me, the track is incredibly fast and smooth and should be a blast to race on. I feel like going out and testing will help us tremendously this week. I’m also looking forward to competing with a Ford. RoushYates Engines are stout and I think our chassis is one of the best on the track, I’m anxious to see what we can put together.” Looking to increase his schedule in 2012, Graham initiated his thoughts on competing in the ARCA Racing Series. “This series is so cool,” he offered. “Everyone is real nice and willing to help out. The competition is strong and you really have to fight every lap for every spot on the racetrack. I’m looking forward to being a round a little bit more in 2012 and I think with some more testing, confidence and luck; we can raise some eyebrows and be considered a threat when the green flag drops.” (Mark Gibson Racing PR) (10-05-11)
  • Tom Hessert and Ken Schrader Racing running pink scheme:  Federated Auto Parts and its drivers Ken Schrader and Tom Hessert have gone pink. The Federated teams will showcase pink-themed paint schemes for the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hessert's car will make its first appearance at  Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. on October 7, and then again in the season finale, the Toledo 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio on October 16. (Ken Schrader Racing PR) (10-04-11)