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june 2012

  • Kimmel Racing hopeful in sponsorship search; racing at New Jersey:  Despite funding issues that has kept Kimmel Racing from running full races during the month of June, the team will forge ahead and plans to run the entire distance in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon. “We’ve been talking about racing New Jersey for a while and we decided to go for it,” said team owner and crew chief Bill Kimmel. “Will doesn’t have a lot of experience turning rights and lefts – but I feel this weekend’s race will be a good opportunity for him to get some experience under his belt." With the summer stretch upon the tour, the Kimmel Racing team is upbeat about their chances of competitively competing in more races. “We’re working hard on some stuff,” Will Kimmel explained. “There are some races that we want to compete in within the next month – but we’re going to need to some help in order for that to happen. We’re thankful for the help we’ve had from all of the sponsors this season thus far and I know we have some things in the works, I just hope we get a break and actually do some racing this summer because I know this team with the right circumstances is capable of pulling off a win!” (Kimmel Racing PR) (06-30-12)
  • Tony Marks Racing; Jared Marks withdraw from New Jersey: Tony Marks Racing and driver Jared Marks will not compete at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend. The team will be back at Iowa Speedway, but will likely miss the the dirt races at     Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds as well. (06-30-12)
  • Peterson Motorsports selling owner points and equipment: Peterson Motorsports has posted an advertisment on's classfieds that the team is selling its owner points. Additionally, six cars and other race equipment are listed. (06-28-12)
  • Bill Martel Racing returning at Pocono: The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition has recently teamed up with Lebanon-based Bill Martel Racing to promote breast cancer awareness and education at August's ARCA Racing Series event at Pocono Raceway, the Pennsylvania ARCA 125. Race veteran Kyle Martel of Lebanon will drive one-of-a-kind pink vehicle during the Pocono race. "This unique event will take the message of breast cancer awareness and early detection to thousands of Pennsylvania families," said Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder of the PBCC. "We are extremely grateful to Bill Martel Racing for joining forces with the PBCC." (Bill Martel Racing PR) (06-28-12)
  • Team member from Coulter Motorsports penalized: ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards officials have announced a penalty to a member of the Coulter Motorsports team. Coulter Motorsports team member Chip Lofton has been fined $250 and placed on indefinite probation for violating ARCA Rule Book page 4, Section 2, Item A-9, which defines the ARCA policy relating to electronic image/video capture during an ARCA Racing Series race event. ( (06-28-12)
  • Cunningham Motorsports back at Winchester with Bowman: Cunningham Motorsports will field a car for Alex Bowman at Winchester Speedway this weekend. The team started the season with an eight race schedule and was seeking sponsorship for the full season. (06-19-12)
  • Richard Sheltra passes away UPDATE Arrangements: Richard Sheltra, the 2010 owner champion in the ARCA Racing Series and father of driving champion Patrick Sheltra, has passed away [from injuries sustained in a fire roughly two weeks ago]. Friends of the Sheltra family and ARCA teams had honored Richard Sheltra at Pocono Raceway with a special decal reading "Praying for (Pops) Rick Sheltra," a way to keep Sheltra in the thoughts of ARCA competitors and supporters while at the track. Richard Sheltra, who was 56, is survived by wife Grace and sons Patrick and Rickie. (in part from (06-09-12)
    UPDATE: Funeral arrangements have been set for Richard Sheltra, the 2010 ARCA Racing Series owner champion who passed away [June 9th]. A celebration of life for Richard "Pops" Sheltra will take place at the Holy Cross Catholic Church next Tuesday, June 19, at 5 p.m. The church is located at 15939 SW 150th St. in Indiantown. ( (06-19-12)
  • Chris Buescher wins at Michigan   Full Results
  • Brennan Poole wins the Pocono ARCA 200   Full Results
  • Michael Rodriguez settles NASCAR lawsuit; may race ARCA: A discrimination lawsuit filed by a former candidate for NASCAR’s Drive For Diversity program was settled Tuesday afternoon. Michael Rodriguez, a former two-time Pennsylvania karting champion, claimed in his lawsuit that he lost his opportunity to participate for appearing “too Caucasian,” and that’s why NASCAR rejected him at age 15 and 16 from trying out for the Drive For Diversity program in 2005 and 2006. Now 22 and not having driven in four years because of a lack of funding, Rodriguez said the settlement will allow him to compete in some ARCA races. ( (06-08-12)