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december 2011

  • Randy Hill Racing separates from Spraker Racing Enterprises: Officials from Randy Hill Racing announced today that it has parted ways with Spraker Racing Enterprises, crew chief and team manager Jeff Spraker effective immediately. The change allows both entities sufficient time to solidify new opportunities and options for the approaching 2012 racing season. “We are extremely appreciative to Jeff (Spraker) and all of his employees for helping ignite our program in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and NASCAR Nationwide Series,” explained Randy Hill, owner of Randy Hill Racing. “Our team wishes them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.” (Randy Hill Racing PR) (12-28-11)
  • Milka Duno testing for Sheltra Motorsports at Daytona UPDATE Returning with Ford?: Sheltra Motorsports confirmed on its Facebook page that Milka Duno will test for the team this weekend at Daytona. Duno drove for the team last season, finishing 18th in driver points after missing seven races. (12-12-11)
    UPDATE: It appears that Milka Duno will return to the ARCA Racing Series next season with Sheltra Motorsports. The team participated in Daytona testing with Ford Fusions and Roush/Yates engines, which they are expected to use in February. (12-26-11)
  • James Hylton back full-time in 2012:  James Hylton will return to the ARCA Racing Series full-time in 2012. “I’m just not ready to walk away yet,” Hylton said. “There are still things I want to do. I’ll be getting another physical the first of the year. I had three full physicals in 2011 so I could race, and I passed them all, and as far as I can tell, nothing’s wrong. I have 20-20 vision, still have all my hair, except it’s gray now. And I still haven’t given up on the idea of making the Daytona 500 in a NASCAR Sprint Cup car,” he said, something he very nearly did in a 2007 comeback effort. (In part from NYTimes.com) (12-21-12)
  • Ross Chastain hoping to join Randy Hill Racing at Daytona:  Floridian and rising racecar driver Ross Chastain concluded three days of testing at Daytona this past weekend in the No. 08 Randy Hill Racing Ford Fusion in preparation for his proposed ARCA debut in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. Chastain hopes to secure sponsorship to join Randy Hill Racing's driver development program this season. (In part from Randy Hill Racing PR) (12-20-11)
  • Brandon McReynolds returning to Turner Motorsports for Daytona: 20 year-old Brandon McReynolds will race at Daytona in February driving for Turner Motorsports. McReynolds, son of two-time Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds, drove for the team at Talladega earlier this year after running a partial schedule for Eddie Sharp Racing in 2010. (12-17-11)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs Erik Jones to part-time schedule: Erik Jones will become the youngest driver to ever race in the ARCA Racing Series. It was announced on Saturday, December 10 that the 15-year-old from Byron, Michigan will be running a short track schedule in 2012 with Venturini Motorsports. “I can’t thank everyone enough who made this possible,” stated Jones during the press conference announcement. “To be able to run with a great team like Venturini Motorsports is one of the biggest opportunities I’ve had in my career. I have to thank ARCA for allowing me to squeeze in some short track races. I can’t be more excited for this opportunity and I hope to get a few wins in this season.” In between racing ARCA next year, Jones and his super late model team plan on running select races beginning with Speedfest at Lanier National Speedway in Georgia. (ErikJonesRacing.com) (12-15-11)
  • Trent Mayo testing at Daytona; running full schedule?: Atlanta-based Country music singer/songwriter, Trent Mayo, will be taking off his cowboy boots and putting on his driving suit this weekend as he takes to the high banks of Daytona for the first time in his racing career. Trent will take part of a three day test put on by the ARCA Racing Series in preparation for the 2012 Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 season opener. “I’m really excited to get suited up and back out on the track again, especially at such a historic place like Daytona!” says Mayo.  His two passions of music and racing will combine again as he will be driving a Dodge Charger prepped by Carter/Eminem Motorsports, a team co-owned by hip-hop icon Eminem and ARCA veteran Roger Carter. Trent will be announcing his official plans for his full return to racing in the ARCA’s 60th Anniversary Season in the weeks to come. (Music Thunder Racing PR) (12-14-11)
  • Joy Fair passes away: Joy Fair, the winningest driver in ARCA-sanctioned history, died Saturday morning, December 10. Fair was 81. Fair, who began his racing career in 1949, competed at many tracks, including Mount Clemens and Flat Rock. He drove in several different series, including ones sanctioned by NASCAR, USAC, ASA and ARCA. "Joy was a legend not only in Michigan but also in the entire Midwest as the driver of the school bus-yellow #1 car," said Dave DeHem, president of the Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club. (Jayski.com) (12-11-11)
  • Mikey Kile returns to ARCA with Andy Belmont Racing: Mikey Kile will make his return to the ARCA Racing Series for the full 2012 season driving the No. 14 Ford for Andy Belmont Racing. Cars will be powered by Roush Yates Engines and bodies will be done by Johnson Chassis. (12-10-11)
  • SPEED Channel to broadcast 10 races in 2012: Officials from ARCA and SPEED jointly announced the 2012 SPEED television schedule for the ARCA Racing Series, comprised of 10 events to be televised live or same-day delayed on the network at ARCA's annual end-of-season press conference. SPEED will kick off its live flag-to-flag ARCA coverage at Daytona with the 49th running of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at 4 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, February 18. In addition to Daytona, other events scheduled for live and/or same-day coverage in 2012 include Talladega on May 4, Toledo on May 20, events at Pocono on June 9 and August 4, Michigan on June 15, Iowa on July 13, Chicagoland on July 21, and the season finale at Kansas on October 19. The late July race at Lucas Oil will also be televised; series and track officials have not yet determined the race's exact date. (ARCARacing.com) (12-10-11)
  • Ryan Reed joins Venturini Motorsports for part-time schedule: Ryan Reed will be making the next step in his racing career as he joins Venturini Motorsports for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Ryan will compete in selective 2012 events under the Venturini banner in preparation for a full season effort. (Ryan Reed Racing PR) (12-10-11)
  • Mason Mingus joins Win-Tron Racing for short track races: Win-Tron Racing announced today that 17-year-old Mason Mingus has been tapped to drive the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig Toyota Camry in a minimum of seven short track contests in the ARCA Racing Series next season. Mingus, a native of Brentwood, Tennessee will make his 2012 debut in the second race of the year when the ARCA Racing Series tackles Mobile International Speedway. (Win-Tron Racing PR) (12-10-11)
  • Buster Graham joins Team BCR Racing: Officials from Team BCR Racing announced today that Buster Graham has joined the organization for a minimum of 10 ARCA Racing Series races in 2012 beginning with February’s season-opener at Daytona. Graham, a former Hydroplane racer, moves to Team BCR Racing after competing in four races in 2011 with Mark Gibson Racing. The move was not an easy decision by any means,” said Graham. “I do and will always have the up most respect for Mark (Gibson) and his organization. I am indebted to him for helping make my transition from water to asphalt a successful one. I wish him nothing but the best in the future. With that being said, I’m stoked about the opportunity to race with Team BCR Racing. I’ve been very impressed with the professionalism that the team has shown on the track and their ethics in the race shop. I’m looking forward to posting great results with the team next year.”  Batter’s Dream will continue to adorn the role as the primary marketing partner for Graham in 2012. (Buster Graham PR) (12-08-11)
  • Alli Owens returning for Daytona testing: Alli Owens will return to the ARCA Racing Series for the Daytona test that begins on December 16th.  Owens took the 2011 racing season off to welcome her daughter into the world in October. (12-06-11)
  • Peterson Motorsports has testing opportunities available:  Peterson Motorsports has opportunities available for the upcoming Daytona test. Drivers should contact Wayne Peterson and must submit their résumé. (12-06-11)
  • Leilani Münter hoping to run televised races in 2012: Leilani Munter hopes to run all televised races on the ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2012. Interviewed by Rob Tiongson of Motor Authority, Münter stated that she will be running an eco themed paint scheme. She will likely drive for Mark Gibson Racing, in which she made two starts for in 2010. (Motor Authority) (12-02-11)