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september 2012

  • Founder of Hoosier Tire passes away: Bob Newton, founder of Hoosier Tire, passed away Wednesday at age 85. For over half of a century, Newton was the face of one of America's top race tire companies and a key figure in ARCA's growth. A native Indianan, the story for Newton began in the 1950s when he and wife Joyce raced on short tracks in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. It was in short track racing at Michigan's Flat Rock Speedway in 1953 that Netwon began his association with ARCA - then MARC, or the Midwest Association for Race Cars. Still today, Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. produces the Official Tire of the ARCA Racing Series and is part of one of the longest-standing sponsor relationships in ARCA's 60-year history. Newton is survived by his wife Joyce, four children and many grandchildren and great children. Funeral arrangements are pending. ( (09-28-12)
  • George Cushman Racing seeking sponsorship for 2013:  George Cushman Racing and driver George Cushman are seeking sponsorship to run the full 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. The team plans to test at Daytona in December in preparation for the season opener in February. (09-25-12)
  • Kimmel Racing searching for funded drivers: Kimmel Racing has placed an advertisement on ARCA's website stating that the team is searching for funded drivers for the 2013 season. The team is offering full or partial schedules. (09-20-12)
  • Evan Pardo to run full time for Carter 2 Motorsports in 2013?:  It appears that Evan Pardo will run full time for Carter 2 Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series next year.  Pardo has joined forces with and is rumored to be competing in 7 NASCAR Nationwide events for the team as well. A formal announcement from the team is expected to be made soon. (09-18-12)
  • Kimmel Racing; Will Kimmel to run retro scheme at Salem:  The No. 69 Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Ford [driven by Will Kimmel] will slightly have a different look when it unloads on Saturday. The team’s automobile will adorn a similar paint and number scheme to retro Bill Kimmel Sr. look from his 1973 Fairgrounds Motor Speedway championship as well as the 1973 American Speed Association (ASA) owner’s championship. “It’s pretty cool to flash back in time and honor my Grandfather with his colors for Saturday night,” remarked the 24-year old Kimmel. “He had a lot of success in 1973. Who knows we might make new records of our own with this look.” (Kimmel Racing PR) (09-14-12)
  • Blake Hillard returns at Salem:  Blake Hillard returns to the ARCA Racing Series looking for another opportunity to gain more experience in a stock car in Saturday night’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem. “I’m glad to be back this weekend,” said Hillard, a competitor in the ARCA / CRA Series. “I learned a lot in my ARCA debut earlier this year and that should help me a ton coming back to Salem this weekend. There was so much that I learned in April. I know what I can do and can’t do with an ARCA car – so our performance should elevate forward on Saturday night.”  Hillard will drive No. 99 Hillard Racing Chevrolet in tomorrow night's race. (Hillard Racing PR) (09-14-12)
  • Bobby Hamilton Jr. to race for Carter 2 Motorsports at Salem UPDATE Sponsorship Issues:  NASCAR veteran Bobby Hamilton Jr. will join Carter 2 Motorsports in September for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway. Hamilton Jr. will drive the No. 04 Dodge and will make his first ARCA Racing Series start since 1999. (08-21-12)
    UPDATE:  Sponsorship issues have prevented Bobby Hamilton Jr's return to the ARCA Racing Series. He will not drive the No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge as planned. Sprint car driver Evan Pardo will replace Hamilton Jr. for Salem, but Hamilton Jr. and Carter 2 Motorsports hope to secure funding for him to compete at the season ending race at Kansas Speedway on October 19th. (09-13-12)
  • Jack Clarke to make ARCA debut at Salem UPDATE Creation-Cope Racing: 24 year-old Jack Clarke will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Salem Speedway on September 15th driving the No. 97 Dodge for Carter 2 Motorsports. Clarke, who hails from Effingham England, is the stepson of former Formula One driver Julian Bailey and has spent multiple seasons in the FIA Formula Two Championship series. He has most recently competed in the European Le Mans Series. (09-07-12)
    UPDATE: Jack Clarke will be using owner points from Carter 2 Motorsports, but he will be driving for Creation Cope Racing. Creation-Cope Racing is headed up by former NASCAR Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope and former Creation LMP1 US Team Manager Andy Woolgar. (09-12-12)
  • Bowsher Motorsports returning at Salem with Bob Strait: Bob Strait will return to the driver's seat of the No. 21 Bowsher Motorsports Ford for this weekend's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers Fall Classic at Salem Speedway. "We're pretty excited about it," said Todd Bowsher. "It's reuniting him with the same team and crew members he had when he drove for us in the late '90s; the pairing was a strong force and we feel we can reclaim that magic." Throw into the mix horsepower provided by Joe Rhyne of Rhyne Competition Engines and the program is complete. Strait, 63, has had some of his greatest success in the ARCA Racing Series at Salem, where he owns two victories and four pole awards, along with a pole and a win in ASA competition. In 212 career starts since 1986, Strait has 16 wins and 16 poles, including wins at Atlanta, Talladega, and Winchester. "It's just the way it worked out - I don't know a better way to say it," said Strait. "If I'm going to come back, this is the place to go. Todd, Julie and the entire Bowsher organization, Joe Rhyne, and myself have always had a good relationship and I'm just really excited to get to Salem. I think we'll be good. I was at the shop last week and the car looks great. Everything fits and I'm ready to rock and roll." (Bowsher Motorsports PR) (09-11-12)
  • Alex Bowman to run NASCAR Nationwide race at Chicagoland:  Alex Bowman will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15th. Turner Motorsports has tapped Bowman to pilot its No. 30 Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet. After the race, and under a very tight timeframe, Alex will trek over 280 miles to Indiana to participate in his second race of the day at Salem Speedway. Dakoda Armstrong will practice and qualify Bowman's No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge at Salem while Bowman fulfills his Nationwide obligations at Chicagoland Speedway. (In part from Alex Bowman Racing PR) (09-10-12)
  • Tony Marks Racing looking for drivers:  Tony Marks Racing has driver opportunities available in its No. 8 entry for all remaining events in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season and for the full 2013 season. Jared Marks will compete at Salem and Kansas, while he is expected to run a full or a partial schedule in the team's No. 12 entry in 2013. (09-10-12)
  • ARCA to return to Mobile in 2013:  The ARCA Racing Series will return to Mobile International Speedway - a Rick Crawford Performance Track - for the second consecutive season in 2013. The Mobile ARCA 200 will provide 200 laps of hard-nosed racing on the half-mile, high-banked paved oval on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The ARCA Racing Series has raced at over 200 different tracks since its inception in 1953, but the 2013 race will be only its second appearance at Mobile International Speedway, located in suburban Irvington. "Mobile will be the first short track on the schedule following the season opener at Daytona in February," said ARCA president and CEO Ron Drager. "The ARCA Racing Series drivers always put on a good show on the short tracks and Mobile's inaugural race is one of the highlights of our 2012 season. Not only did our competitors like the track but our teams also fell in love with the region and the great hospitality offered by the folks in Mobile." ( (09-10-12)
  • owner Tim Viens entered at Salem:  Tim Viens, the owner of that assists teams in acquiring sponsorship, is entered to make his first ARCA Racing Series start at Salem Speedway driving the No. 67 Dodge for Carter 2 Motorsports. Viens has competed in one ARCA Truck Series event in 2011, where he started 12th and finished 17th for Wilson Motorsports. (09-07-12)
  • ARCA mandates SFI-certified seats for 2013: All teams participating in events throughout the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season will be required to have SFI-certified seats in their race cars, beginning with the season-opening event at Daytona. All seats will be required to meet minimum SFI Specification 39.2 for Stock Car Type Racing Seats (Standard). The higher-rated SFI 39.1 certified seat, which has been approved by NASCAR and required for use in all major NASCAR touring series since 2011, will also be allowed. ARCA teams were initially made aware of upcoming mandatory SFI Certification for seats in 2011, and officially notified via a technical bulletin from Joe Wells, ARCA's vice president of competition, dated July 17, 2012. The SFI Specification 39.2 seat is listed as recommended in the 2012 Rule Book. ( (09-06-12)
  • Spencer Gallagher returning full time in 2013: Spencer Gallagher will return full time to ARCA Racing Series competition next year driving for Gallagher Motorsports. Gallagher has competed this year under the Clark-Diederich Racing banner, acculumating five top 10 finishes to date. (09-03-12)
  • Rain postpones race at DuQuoin: Continued rain in southern Illinois, a remnant of Hurricane Isaac's progression through the Midwestern United States, has forced ARCA Racing Series officials to postpone today's Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 14. ( (09-03-12)