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january 2012

  • Charles Evans Jr. adds three more races to schedule:  Team BCR Racing announced today that Charles Evans Jr. will add three more races to his previously announced 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule, giving him a 12-race slate in ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season. Evans has committed to participation at the Mobile (March 10), Salem (April 29), and Madison (August 27) races, in addition to all races televised on SPEED, starting with the May 4 event at Talladega. "I am really excited that we are able to add these tracks to our schedule," Evans said. "We are working on additional marketing partnerships in hopes of adding even more." Elevator Transport Services, Inc. will be Evans' primary marketing partner for the three newly-announced races. Team officials also announced that Evans will drive the No. 09 Ford Fusion this season. (Team BCR Racing PR) (01-31-12)
  • Spencer Gallagher planning full season UPDATE Owner points from Hixson?:  Spencer Gallagher plans to run the full season for Clark-Diederich Racing. He will pilot the No. 05 Allegiant Air Chevrolet. Gallagher made three ARCA starts last year with a best finish of 15th at Madison. (01-23-12)
    UPDATE: Spencer Gallagher is listed on the Daytona entry list driving the No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet for Clark-Diederich Racing. It appears that the team will use owner points from Hixson Motorsports for at least the Daytona race. (01-31-12)
  • Grant Enfinger focusing on NASCAR in 2012:  Grant Enfinger was asked whether he'll enter any ARCA races in 2012 after making 37 starts and finishing in the top-five 14 times over the past four years. "I still have one ARCA car that I ran on the mile-and-a-halfs," he said. "But right now, we're going to focus on the Truck stuff. I'd sure like to run some ARCA races, but it's whatever we can find money for. It's as simple as that." ( (01-26-12)
  • Drew Charlson to attempt Daytona:  Eighteen-year-old Drew Charlson and DC Racing will enter the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. Aluma Aluminum Trailers, Charlson's long-time sponsor in USAC Kenyon Series and Main Event Outlaw Series action, will act as his primary sponsor for the February 18 ARCA season opener, as well as stops at Talladega and Iowa on the ARCA Racing Series schedule. AgriGold Seed Company and Heitkamp Crop Insurance have joined the team as associate sponsors. ( (01-26-12)
  • Jeremy Petty attempting Daytona for Barry Fitzgerald/Peterson:  Jeremy Petty will return to the ARCA Racing Series this season for the first time since 2009 when he attempts the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona for Barry Fitzgerald and Wanye Peterson. Petty will be driving a Fitzgerald owned entry, with help from long time ARCA owner Wayne Peterson. The team plans to attempt Talladega with the same car if it remains in one piece after Daytona.  Additionally, Petty will attempt Mobile International Speedway with his own team and is looking for sponsorship to compete in additional events this season. (01-24-12)
  • Nelson Canache Jr. running full season for Venturini:  Nelson Canache Jr., a two-time champion in the Venezuelan Super Touring GT Class Series has signed with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series for the full 2012 season. “The ARCA racing series gives me the best opportunity to make the transition into stock car racing and prepare me for NASCAR Tucks or Nationwide racing in the future. Venturini’s reputation and the success they’ve had working with many drivers was a major factor in my decision to join the team and the series,” says Canache. (Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-24-12)
  • Ginny Quinones working to run Daytona with Schacht:  Ginny Quinones is hopeful to compete at Daytona with Bob Schacht Motorsports. Quinones tested for the team in December and is currently hoping a deal will be worked out. (01-24-12)
  • Sunny Hobbs focusing on Talladega and remaining televised races:  Sunny Hobbs, who tested for Fast Track Racing in December at Daytona, is focusing on securing funding to compete at Talladega and the other remaining televised ARCA races on the schedule. Hobbs was unable to secure funding for Daytona for a proper effort. (01-24-12)
  • Ryan Rust to run part-time?: 19 year-old Ryan Rust is expected to compete part-time in the ARCA Racing Series in 2012. Rust tested for Carter/Eminem Motorsports at Daytona and plans to compete at Toledo, Chicago, and the August Pocono race. (01-23-12)
  • Alex Bowman driving for Cunningham Motorsports at Daytona; seeking funding for full season:  Cunningham Motorsports and Alex Bowman will tackle the high banks of Daytona together, with sponsorship from eBay Motors and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 18 year old, from Tucson, Arizona competed in two ARCA Racing Series races in the 2011 season, where he won both of those races in his first two starts. An excited Bowman said, “I am really excited to join Cunningham Motorsports.  This is a great opportunity for me to work with an organization that has performed so well in the ARCA Racing Series.  The chance to work with Paul Andrews is the chance of a lifetime.  I am going to make the best of this experience.  While I am really looking forward to my first race at the famed Daytona International Speedway, we are still searching for funding to be able to run the whole season.” (Cunningham Motorsports PR) (01-23-12)
  • Peterson Motorsports acquires owner points from Richard Childress Racing UPDATE:  Peterson Motorsports has acquired the owner points from Richard Childress Racing's No. 31 entry from 2011. Tim George Jr, who drove the No. 31 car last year, will compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on a part-time basis along with Ty Dillon, who will race full time. The No. 31 entry finished 8th in owner points, which will guarantee Peterson Motorsports a starting position in the first four races of the season. (01-17-12)
    UPDATE:  Richard Childress Racing has given the owner points from its No. 31 entry to Peterson Motorsports. Peterson Motorsports released its 2010 owner points from the No. 0 entry to Richard Childress Racing at the beginning of the 2011 season to ensure that Ty Dillon would race if any of the first four qualifying sessions of the 2011 season were rained out. Richard Childress Racing will not field any full time entries in ARCA this season, so the team has given the owner points back to Peterson Motorsports. (01-23-12)
  • Joe Denette Motorsports fielding Daytona entry for Gresham:  Max Gresham today announced a promotional association with the Made In USA Brand Certification Mark for the 2012 racing season. Gresham, who will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, indicated the association will debut in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway next month. Gresham will drive JDM's No. 9 Chevrolet. He has one win in 12 ARCA Racing Series starts, but has never raced at Daytona. ( (01-22-12)
  • Coulter Motorsports signs Matt Lofton for 15 races:  Coulter Motorsports officials announced today that Matt Lofton has signed on to drive the team's No. 16 Chevrolet in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Team officials laid out the preliminary race schedule, which includes at least 15 ARCA races, comprised of the 10 events on SPEED and the races at Mobile, Salem (April and September), Winchester, and Madison. "We are thrilled to be announcing Matt's 2012 plans with Coulter Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series," said crew chief Jon Wolfe. "He is a very talented race car driver who has shown everyone he can get the job done. The whole team is looking forward to a great season with much success, kicking off at Daytona next month." Longtime supporter and sponsor will once again be joining Lofton, marking their seventh year as a dynamic sponsor and driver combination. (Coulter Motorsports PR) (01-20-12)
  • Tom Hessert returning for another season UPDATE Back with Schrader:  Tom Hessert is tight-lipped when asked about his plans for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season, but he promises to be at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on February 18. "I'm definitely planning on returning to the ARCA Racing Series in 2012," said Hessert, who completed just 52 of 80 laps in last year's season opener. "Whether it's full-time or on a part-time basis is yet to be sorted out. But I can tell you I'll be at Daytona in February, so definitely looking forward to that. We didn't have a real good Daytona last year, so definitely looking to come out this year on the better end." ( (01-19-12)
    UPDATE: Tom Hessert will return behind the wheel of the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota Camry for the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The first of 20 races for the new season marks the second year for the 25-year old pilot leading the helm for Ken Schrader Racing, a long-time fixture in the ARCA Racing Series community. “I’m glad to be back at Ken Schrader Racing with the support of Federated Auto Parts,” said Hessert, a second-generation driver. “Our season came to a close in style with a pole and fourth place finish at Toledo Speedway. I honestly feel like we can go to Daytona next month and pick up right where we left off in October.” (Tom Hessert PR) (01-20-12)
  • Empire Racing names crew chief for 2012: Empire Racing announced today that Ben Leslie has been named crew chief of the No. 82 Roush Yates Engines Ford driven by Sean Corr in the ARCA Racing Series. Leslie joins Empire Racing with an 18-year career in the motorsports industry. Leslie's background includes experience in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, where he worked with drivers such as Sprint Cup Series champions Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Bobby Labonte, and 2011 Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. "This is a great opportunity to be working with a growing team like Empire Racing," Leslie said. "I had the opportunity to work with Sean at Kansas last year. He has a very good feel for the car and excellent car control. The whole organization is dedicated to putting out the best equipment every race." ( (01-19-12)
  • Mason Mitchell testing for Bobby Gerhart Racing: Mason Mitchell Racing has signed an agreement with Bobby Gerhart Racing for a one day superspeedway test. As part of the agreement, Mason Mitchell will be testing one of BGR’s Chevrolet Imapalas at the 2.66 mile Talladega SuperSpeedway. The test will be conducted on January 30th. While the test could lead to a part time ARCA schedule for Mason and BGR, there are some obstacles that every new driver faces. “We need to have a good test for many reasons,” says Mason. “This test is key to getting ARCA approval, and also showing our potential marketing partners our full potential.” If all goes well, both teams are looking forward to working together during the 2012 ARCA Season. (Mason Mitchell Racing) (01-19-12)
  • Donnie Neuenberger to drive for Carter/Eminem Motorsports at Daytona:  Donnie Neuenberger will drive the No. 40 Dodge for Carter/Eminem Motorsports at Daytona, in place of Roger Carter II. Neuenberger has over 60 NASCAR starts in 12 years. (01-13-12)
  • Brian Keselowski Motorsports signs Sloan Henderson for Daytona:  Brian Keselowski Motorsports is happy to announce that Sloan Henderson will be piloting the No. 29 Dodge Charger, in the “Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200” at Daytona International Speedway, on February 18, 2012. “We really look forward to working with Sloan and will do everything we can to put forth our best efforts to help her launch her racing career in the right direction. I was very happy with her performance during our testing session and I am confident that she will put her best efforts into our team as well for a great outcome,” stated Keselowski. Henderson showed her excitement to drive the No.29 BKM Dodge Charger with the following statement, “I’m truly blessed to have this opportunity to work with BKM and run in the ARCA Racing Series, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway. After a great test session with the team, I'm excited about the possibility and feel comfortable that we can do very well.” (Brian Keselowski Motorsports PR) (01-11-12)
  • Andrew Ranger to join Cunningham Motorsports?: Canadian Andrew Ranger will take part in no less than 15 races in both the Nationwide and ARCA Series this season. Further negotiations with Cunningham Motorsports, one of the best teams in ARCA, are planned for the coming days. ( (01-11-12)
  • Mark Gibson Racing for sale:  Mark Gibson Racing has placed an advertisment on stating that the team is for sale. Inventory includes ten cars, three engines, and Pro Cup equipment. The team had hoped to find funded drivers for the 2012 season. (01-11-12)
  • Mildred Marcum passes away:  Mildred Marcum, the co-founder and matriarch of ARCA who passed away shortly after her 98th birthday over the weekend, leaves behind an enduring legacy. A career in motorsports that began in the mid-1940s and spanned eight different decades was only extinguished by her passing. In fact, she worked in the home ARCA office on her birthday before celebrating with her family at home on Saturday. (Full story at (01-11-12)
  • Tommy O'Leary IV looking for sponsorship; back with Peterson:  Tommy O'Leary IV will return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2012 for another part-time schedule with Peterson Motorsports. O'Leary made his ARCA debut last season at the sping Toledo race and competed in nine other events, with a career high finish of 23rd. He is seeking sponsorship and hopes to attempt Daytona. O'Leary is confirmed to attempt the second race of the season at Mobile International Speedway and most races after it. (01-09-12)
  • Michael Leavine to run limited schedule with Leavine Family Racing UPDATE: 21 year-old Michael Leavine will run a minimum of six ARCA Racing Series events in 2012 driving for Leavine Family Racing. He will drive the No. 95 entry starting at Mobile International Speedway on March 10th. Leavine is the grandson of Bob Leavine, who owns the team. (01-04-12)
    UPDATE: Michael Leavine is currently scheduled to compete at >Mobile International Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Pocono International Raceway on August 4th, and Kansas Speedway. (Leavine Family Racing) (01-05-12)
  • Kimmel Racing looking to expand:  Kimmel Racing has openings for two additional drivers at Daytona and other openings per race for the full 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Interested parties should contact Bill Kimmel for more information. ( (01-05-12)
  • Brian Keselowski Motorsports seeking drivers:  Brian Keselowski Motorsports is currently seeking drivers to drive in the ARCA and K&N East & West Series. Interested parties should contact Jennifer Calandrillo for more information. (Brian Keselowski Motorsports PR) (01-05-12)
  • Mike Senica renews sponsorship:  Mike Senica has re-newed his relationship with XS Energy Drinks. Senica had them onboard as an associate sponsor for the 2009 and 2010 ARCA seasons. "I am very excited to bring XS Energy Drinks back into the world of motorsports," Senica said. XS will be on the Senica's car starting with the Mobile, Alabama race. More races will be announced soon! (Miller Management Services) (01-05-12)
  • Bobby Gerhart re-signs Lucas Oil for Daytona: Bobby Gerhart has re-signed Lucas Oil on his fleet of No. 5 Bobby Gerhart Racing Chevrolets for the ninth consecutive season, and will be making a record 25th consecutive ARCA start at Daytona in the 49th annual Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on February 18. "I can't say enough about Lucas Oil. More so now than ever, corporations are very careful where they spend their dollars. For them to put their stamp of approval on our team for the ninth consecutive year, in this environment, is as big as a compliment as anyone can get." said Gerhart. ( (01-04-12)