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august 2012

  • Carter 2 Motorsports secures new sponsorship: When Carter 2 Motorsports rolls into DuQuoin on Monday they will have the support of a new partnership. Five Finger Death Punch, a heavy metal band based out of Los Angeles, will be the primary sponsor for the No. 04 Dodge driven by Dominick Casola and an associate sponsor for the No. 40 Dodge for the remainder of the season. “We have put together an awesome deal with the band Five Finger Death Punch, which have become great friends of mine,” said owner Roger Carter. “I want to thank Ivan Moody for his friendship and help with our race team for the next three races. We are happy to add this awesome band to the future of this team.” C2M has a history of working with great entertainers in the past, most recently partnering with rapper Eminem last year. (Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (08-31-12)
  • Caleb Armstrong entered to make ARCA debut at Salem: 20 year-old Caleb Armstrong is currently entered to make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Salem Speedway on September 15th. Armstrong is entered in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet. The New Castle, Indiana driver has considerable experience in midget cars and is the cousin of former ARCA driver Dakoda Armstrong, who currently competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with ThorSport Racing. (08-28-12)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports slowly finalizing 2013 plans: Carter 2 Motorsports is slowly finalizing its plans for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. The team is working on fielding a full time entry next year for Darren Hagen, while Dominick Casola will run at least seven races in a second entry alongside him. Carter 2 Motorsports continues to search for funded drivers and sponsorship for all events in the upcoming season. (08-28-12)
  • NDS Motorsports enters DuQuoin with Mike Perrotte: NDS Motorsports will compete at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with Mike Perrotte, a dirt-track racer and owner of the Airborne Speedway in Plattsburg, New York. Perrotte will drive the No. 53 Balemaster Dodge. (08-27-12)
  • Tom Hessert and Ken Schrader Racing returning at Madison: After sitting out last weekend’s race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Tom Hessert and Ken Schrader Racing return to the ARCA Racing Series in this weekend's race at Madison International Speedway. “I’m very excited about this weekend,” said Hessert. “We’re taking the same car we’ve run in the past two races and it has performed immaculately. We finished fifth last year, so we know we’ll have a pretty good baseline to start with." He added, “We’re not gunning for points anymore, we’re going after wins. It’s been a while since I’ve won a race in ARCA and even a longer time since a KSR car has been to victory lane. We have the next three races laid out to try and end those streaks. I feel like with the dedication and mindset of this team, our chances are as good as any.” (In part from Tom Hessert PR) (08-23-12)
  • Michael Lira hoping to compete in ARCA in 2013: 15 year-old Michael Lira from Port Orange, FL had hoped to make his ARCA Racing Series debut late this year, but it looks like he will wait until 2013 to make some ARCA short-track starts. Lira, whose family has close ties with Jack Roush, has been testing a pair of NASCAR Nationwide Series cars that his parents bought from Roush-Fenway Racing. He hopes to continue to gain experience before taking the leap into the ARCA Racing Series next season. (In part from Daytona Beach News-Journal) (08-23-12)
  • Reservations going fast for ARCA Awards Banquet on December 8th:  Reservations are filling up fast at hotels partnering with the International Motorsports Industry Show and ARCA for the ARCA Racing Series Championship Awards Banquet in Indianapolis this December. The 2012 Awards Banquet, which will mark the culmination of ARCA's 60th Anniversary Season, will be held in conjunction with IMIS, also taking place in the Indiana Convention Center December 6-8. ARCA banquet attendees (including the top 20 drivers, top 10 owners, and special guests) have the opportunity to reserve hotel rooms from any of the 17 IMIS partner property hotels in the downtown Indianapolis area. ( (08-23-12)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports adds Dominick Casola for dirt races UPDATE 2: Dominick Casola will drive the No. 04 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge at Springfield and DuQuoin. Casola, who competed in ARCA in 2007 and 2008, returns after nearly four years away from the series. He last drove for Andy Belmont Racing and Win-Tron Racing. (08-15-12)
    UPDATE: The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will sponsor the No. 04 Dodge this weekend driven by Dominick Casola. Team owner Roger Carter II works for the company on his off weekends.  The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience provides customers "with an authentic NASCAR racing experience." (08-16-12)
    UPDATE 2: Dominick Casola will also drive the No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge this weekend at Madison International Speedway. (08-23-12)
  • Race winner Chris Buescher and Roulo Brothers Racing penalized after Berlin:  During the standard post-race technical inspection of the top six finishers after the Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group at Berlin Raceway Saturday, the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Racing entry of race winner and new points leader Chris Buescher was found to be in violation of the rear quarter panel height rule per the 2012 ARCA Rule Book. ARCA officials notified crew chief Gary Roulo of the violation after the race Saturday evening. The No. 17 team was fined $1500 and penalized 25 points in the driver and owner championship standings. ( (08-14-12)
  • Venturini Motorsports and Erik Jones penalized after Berlin: The No. 55 Venturini Motorsports team of driver Erik Jones was penalized after Saturday's race. The car, which finished third, was found to be in violation of the minimum roof height rule per the 2012 ARCA Rule Book. The team was fined $1500 and penalized 25 points. ( (08-14-12)
  • Billy Venturini penalized, facing one-race suspension, on probation for unsportsmanlike conduct; APPEALING Penalty UPDATE: ARCA Racing Series officials have announced a penalty from last week's event at Chicagoland Speedway. As a result of an incident in the ARCA Racing Series garage area involving unsportsmanlike conduct after qualifying, Venturini Motorsports' Billy Venturini has been penalized. Venturini has been suspended for one race, fined $1,000, and placed on disciplinary probation for the remainder of the 2012 season. The penalty was issued for violation of 2012 ARCA Rule Book Section 3, Page 6, #3 and #10, which reference conduct by team members toward ARCA officials and conduct or actions detrimental to the sport of auto racing. Upon notification, Billy Venturini has appealed the penalty per the 2012 ARCA Rule Book, Section 12, Appeals Procedure. Until such time as the Appeals Board convenes its hearing, the penalty will be deferred pending the outcome of the appeals process. ( (07-25-12)
    UPDATE: The No. 25 entry, has dropped its appeal of a penalty assessed at Chicagoland Speedway in July. Billy Venturini was suspended for one race, fined $1000, and placed on disciplinary probation for unsportsmanlike conduct at that event. Venturini has dropped his appeal and will serve the suspension during Sunday's race in Springfield. ( (08-14-12)
  • Tyler Speer racing at the dirt tracks for Fast Track Racing: Tyler Speer and the TAS Racing team have added two more races for the 2012 season! The two races are the dirt track races in the ARCA Racing Series. The first one is in Springfield, Illinois on August 19th and the second race will be in Duquoin, Illinois on September 3rd. Tyler Speer will be driving the number 10 Mallory Marine, Proboat, and Fast Track Racing Chevrolet. ( (08-13-12)
  • Littleton Motorsports; Mark Littleton back for 2012: Littleton Motorsports and Mark Littleton will compete in both dirt track races at Springfield and DuQuoin in the ARCA Racing Series in 2012.  Littleton has been competing at these events since 2007, with a career high finish of 15th coming last year at Springfield. (08-13-12)
  • Josh Williams Motorsports intends to run remaining races: 19-year old Josh Williams intends to run all the remaining races in 2012 for his Josh Williams Motorsports team. Williams has lacked sponsorship this season, forcing him to miss Elko Speedway earlier in June. “I think everyone would be surprised if they knew what we’ve gone through to try and run this year without hardly any sponsorship. We’re trying all the time, but it’s still a tough market out there. If we can run to the end and finish inside the top-10 [in ARCA points], it will be a great boost for this team.” said Williams. (Josh Williams Motorsports PR) (08-09-12)
  • Clint King secures Berlin sponsorship; racing with Venturini: Sixteen-year-old rookie driver Clint King will be back behind the wheel for Venturini Motorsports this weekend when the ARCA Racing Series returns to Berlin Raceway for the annual Berlin ARCA 200. After grabbing the attention of Michigan-based Speedrack Products Group, King's No.15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota will feature the company as his primary sponsor as he pursues his goal of becoming the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series history. "We've had the fortune to follow Clint's career from the beginning," said Speedrack spokesperson Kim Erickson. "His continual growth on and off the track has been impressive and a contributing factor in our decision to take this first step with the development of a motorsports marketing campaign. We feel the time is right to position ourselves with Clint and his bright future. (Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-08-12)
  • Justin Lloyd joins Carter 2 Motorsports for Berlin: Justin Lloyd is teaming up with Carter 2 Motorsports this weekend to run the Berlin ARCA 200.  Lloyd will be taking a break from his studies at North Carolina State, where he is his finishing ba ioengineering degree, to race at Berlin. “Berlin is a driver’s track and is a place where I can try to showcase my talent. It is where I ran my first ever ARCA race. Having been there already and earning a top ten finish, I am looking to use experience to my advantage” said Lloyd. Justin Lloyd will be running the No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge with his long time crew chief Jeff McClure on the pit box. (In part from Justin Lloyd Racing PR) (08-08-12)
  • Brian Campbell returns to Berlin with D&B Motorsports/Kimmel Racing: Brian Campbell, the defending late model champion at Berlin, will be vying for his career-first ARCA victory in the No. 68 Chevrolet.  Kimmel Racing will serve as Campbell's crew for the race. Bill Kimmel will head the program as crew chief. The Don DeWitt owned car was prepared specifically for this race out of Kimmel's race shop. (In part from (08-08-12)
  • Brian Keselowski competing at Berlin with help from fans: Brian Keselowski will return to Berlin Raceway driving the No. 29 Brian Keselowski Motorsports Dodge this weekend with a partially fan sponsored car. Keselowski's parents will be part of his effort to win his third race at Berlin, as his dad Bob Keselowski will be his crew chief and his mom Kay Keselowski will in the spotters stand. “It means a lot to me to have my biggest fans here in my corner like when I was a kid, especially at Berlin where I saw victory lane two times. I am also excited to have a well sponsored car. The outpours of support from our fans who signed up to be on our car and companies who have stepped up to help get us here have been great. Hopefully we can do well and keep them on our car for many more races” stated Keselowski. (In part from Brian Keselowski Motorsports PR) (08-08-12)
  • CGH Motorsports; Hackenbracht penalized after Pocono win: ARCA Racing Series officials have announced penalties from Saturday's Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono Raceway. The CGH Motorsports No. 58 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Greg Hackenbracht and driver Chad Hackenbracht have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points for unapproved driver compartment air ducting. ( (08-07-12)
  • Cunningham Motorsports; Bowman penalized after Pocono:  ARCA Racing Series officials have announced penalties from Saturday's Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono Raceway. The Cunningham Motorsports No. 22 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Kerry Scherer and driver Alex Bowman have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points for violating the minimum roof height rule. ( (08-07-12)
  • Darren Hagen rejoins Carter 2 Motorsports for Berlin; rest of the season?: Darren Hagen will rejoin Carter 2 Motorsports for this weekend's event at Berlin Raceway.  Hagen last competed for the team at Lucas Oil Raceway, starting 15th and finishing 26th after suffering mechanical problems. The 26 year-old driver from Riverside, California is reportedly close to signing a deal with the team for the remainder of the season. Carter 2 Motorsports recently lost Larry Barford Jr due to sponsorship issues, which has opened up the seat in the No. 04 Dodge. (08-07-12)
  • Ricky Ehrgott to make ARCA debut after winning Blue Collar Driver Search:  Ricky Ehrgott, who won Fast Track Racing's 2012 Blue Collar Driver Search, will drive the No. 10 Fast Track Driving School Blue Collar Chevrolet this weekend at Berlin Raceway. Ehrgott has been driving USAC Midget cars since 2005 and is a student at Fordham University in New York. (08-07-12)
  • Larry Barford Jr leaves Carter 2 Motorsports due to lack of sponsorship: Rookie Larry Barford Jr will no longer drive the No. 04 Dodge for Carter 2 Motorsports due to sponsorship issues. Team owner Roger Carter stated on Facebook that it has "enjoyed working Larry and his entire family" and that it "wish[es] him the very best." Carter 2 Motorsports will continue to field two entries for the remainder of the ARCA season. (08-06-12)
  • Tony Marks Racing scaling back; focusing on improving program: Tony Marks Racing originally intended on competing in the full 2012 ARCA Racing Series season, but the team has elected to scale back and focus on improving their program after falling out of championship contention. The organization plans to test at Salem and Kansas in preparation for those events later on in the season. (08-03-12)
  • Aleks Gregory joins Coulter Motorsports for Pocono UPDATE 2:  Aleks Gregory will return to the ARCA Racing Series this weekend at Pocono Raceway driving the No. 61 Chevrolet for Coulter Motorsports. Gregory, who raced for Win-Tron Racing at Pocono in June, missed the Chicagoland event after "numerous issues" kept him from carrying on with  the team. (07-30-12)
    UPDATE: Aleks Gregory and sponsor The Mosquito Patch are pleased to announce that they are joining forces with Coulter Motorsports for a minimum of three races to wrap up the 2012 racing season.  Gregory will make his first start piloting the No. 61 The Mosquito Patch Chevrolet in this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway. “I am really excited; I can’t believe I am a part of Coulter Motorsports,” said 23-year-old Rookie Aleks Gregory. “They have an excellent team and they are, in my opinion, one of the most successful teams in ARCA right now. It seems like every time they are at the racetrack they have a top-five car.” (Coulter Motorsports PR) (07-31-12)
    UPDATE 2: Aleks Gregory's schedule includes Pocono, Madison, and the season ending race at Kansas.(08-04-12)
  • Mason Mingus expands schedule with Win-Tron Racing: Mason Mingus has expanded his 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule with Win-Tron Racing. Mingus has added Berlin, Springfield, Madison, and DuQuoin. The 17 year-old driver was orginally scheduled to run seven short track events entering the season, but that number has now increased to thirteen. (08-02-12)
  • Grant Enfinger rejoins Team BCR Racing; teams adds sponsor: Grant Enfinger will return to Pocono in Team BCR Racing's No. 09 entry, led by crew chief Howard Bixman. It's been over a year since Bixman and Enfinger have worked together but they certainly know how to make a good duo. "The whole team is excited to have Grant back in the No. 09 Casite/Roush Yates Performance Parts Ford Fusion," Bixman said. "We had great results back in 2010 with Grant driving the car and he had an excellent year in 2011, finishing fourth in the ARCA Racing Series driver points (for Allgaier Motorsports). Grant posted a second-place finish already this season so I know we'll have no problem getting the No. 09 Roush Yates-powered engine out front at Pocono." Team BCR Racing also welcomes The Casite Company, a national automotive chemical company, for the remainder of the 2012 season and the 2013 season. The relationship will begin at Pocono Raceway this weekend. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (08-02-12)
  • Universe Racing and Steve Fox featuring The SOUTHSIDE at Pocono: Steve Fox and Universe Racing will have a new supporter on the hood of the No. 3 Dodge this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The SOUTHSIDE, an indie feature motion picture that shares the tragic true story of 19 year old Robert Areizaga Jr.’s final months leading to his untimely death, will be proudly displayed on the team’s racecar. “Tony Aquilino, my car owner, is one of the actors in the motion picture and helping him promote the film is just one way to help with giving hom something back after everything that he’s done for my racing career over the years”, said Fox. “I hope that we have a car that is just as good or even better than the one that we had for the Pocono race last year. If so, we should be in great shape to get our best finish yet.” (In part from Universe Racing PR) (08-02-12)
  • Matt Merrell returns to Win-Tron for Pocono: Matt Merrell will return to the ARCA Racing Series tour reuniting with Win-Tron Racing for Saturday’s Pennsylvania ARCA 125 at Pocono. “First, I’m stoked about being back in a car with the guys at Win-Tron Racing,” said Merrell. “It feels like it’s been literally forever since I’ve been back at the race track. I love this team, I love the series and I love Pocono Raceway. No doubt that a few things have changed since I’ve last been behind the wheel but I’m okay with that. It just gives you the extra incentive to go out there and try and finish right where you left off.” Merrell says his long-term goal of returning to the ARCA scene on a more permanent basis looks optimistic. “We have a lot of stuff in the works and it looks promising, but we will see,” he said. “No doubt that a good run at Pocono will help us in those negotiations and we’ll see how everything unfolds. I’m hopeful, that’s for sure.” (Win-Tron Racing PR) (08-01-12)
  • Eddie Sharp Racing; Mitchell penalized after Lucas Oil: Based on post-race technical inspection after Friday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, Eddie Sharp Racing has been penalized for violations of the 2012 ARCA Rule Book. The Eddie Sharp Racing No. 6 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Jessica Sharp and driver Mason Mitchell have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points for violating the rear quarter panel height rule. ( (08-01-12)
  • Venturini Motorsports; Reed penalized after Lucas Oil: Based on post-race technical inspection after Friday's Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway, Venturini Motorsports has been penalized for violations of the 2012 ARCA Rule Book. The Venturini Motorsports No. 15 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Bill Venturini and driver Ryan Reed have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points for violating the minimum roof height rule. ( (08-01-12)