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October 2012

  • Andrew Gresel attempting Daytona with Wes Gonder Racing: Short-track competitor Andrew Gresel of the Late Model ranks in Ontario plans to take his first green flag in a Ford prepared by Wes Gonder Racing at the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 in the ARCA Racing Series this coming February. Preparations have been ongoing since February 2012 for this exciting partnership with Wes Gonder Racing of Moorseville, NC, with title sponsor Sauble Falls Tent & Trailer Park of Sauble Beach, ON. Having had experience in the CARS Pro Cup Series, this will be Wes Gonder Racing's debut in the ARCA Racing Series, which runs on February 16, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway. While the car number is still to be decided, it will be announced in the coming weeks. Andrew will be required to meet the expectations of the ARCA Racing Series at a mandatory test session prior to the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. (Motor Promotions) (10-24-12)
  • Billy Venturini stepping down as crew chief: It was reported on Friday night's SPEED broadcast of the season ending race at Kansas Speedway that Billy Venturini will step down as crew chief of the No. 25 entry in 2013.  Venturini will assume a general manager role at Venturini Motorsports. (10-21-12)
  • FOX, ARCA Agree on Multi-Year Television Extension: Officials from FOX Sports Media Group and the Automobile Racing Club of America have announced a multi-year extension of the current television rights agreement between the two groups, with a minimum of 10 ARCA Racing Series events televised either live and/or same-day delay each season. "ARCA has a very supportive group of race fans, and for over 15 years they have turned to us for their television coverage," said Scott Ackerson, FOX Sports Media Group EVP, executive producer, and SPEED president. "We now look forward to continuing in that role over the coming years." Year-over-year broadcast ratings have spiked by 24 percent in 2012, highlighted by substantial improvements in key demographics. (ARCA Racing Series PR) (10-19-12)
  • John Wes Townley reunites with Venturini Motorsports: John Wes Townley will reunite with Venturini Motorsports Friday night under the lights at Kansas Speedway for ARCA’s season finale. John Wes Townley, who will be driving his familiar No.35 Zaxby’s VMS Toyota during the Kansas Lottery 98.9 speedway event, participated in ARCA’s open test session earlier this month on the 1.5 mile Kansas oval is confident about his return to the series. “Obviously I’m excited to get back into a racecar and work again with the Venturini organization. We had a good test a few weeks ago and I’m expecting a strong showing given the package we’re bringing back to the track this weekend,” stated, Townley. (Venturini Motorsports PR) (10-17-12)
  • Ricky Ehrgott driving for Allgaier Motorsports at Kansas: Ricky Ehrgott is looking forward to his second go-around in the ARCA Racing Series this week. After making his inaugural debut at Berlin this summer, the rookie returns to the scene pairing up with former ARCA championship team Allgaier Motorsports for Friday night’s Kansas Lottery 98.9. The 24-year old is amped about his speedway debut at the newly repaved Kansas Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 36 Rev1 PowerServices / Precision Tank and Equipment / Sandvik Dodge. “It’s humbling for me to finish out ARCA’s 60th season by running at Kansas Speedway this weekend,” said Ehrgott. “I’m really stoked about pairing with Allgaier Motorsports for the race this week. They are truly an incredible bunch. The team has made me feel right at home and has really taken a personal interest in making sure our Kansas debut together is something to remember.” (Ricky Ehrgott/Allgaier Motorsports PR) (10-17-12)
  • Tony Marks Racing; Jared Marks running special scheme at Kansas:  Tony Marks Racing and driver Jared Marks will run a special pink paint scheme at Kansas Speedway this weekend to recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team has asked fans on Facebook to submit names of individuals that have been affected by breast cancer. Those names will be displayed on the car when it takes to the track on Friday. (10-16-12)
  • Robert Bujdoso attempting Kansas with Bowsher Motorsports: Robert Bujdoso will contest his third career ARCA Racing Series race this weekend in the season-finale event held at Kansas Speedway on Friday. Bujdoso will campaign the No. 91 Checkered Express Ford as he joins Bowsher Motorsports for the second time this season. The No. 91 Ford, which was once Ricky Rudd’s NASCAR Sprint Cup car, will run a Rhyne Competition Racing engine and Roush chassis. “We are very much looking forward to the Kansas race this weekend,” said team owner and crew chief Todd Bowsher. “Getting the chance to test before the race weekend was a great way not only for Robert to get a feel for the track and the car, but also for us to continue to get more comfortable working together and it went well." (Sunday Group Management) (10-16-12)
  • DuQuoin State Fairgrounds cancelled; will not be rescheduled:  Today's Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds has been cancelled as a result of heavy rain at the race track, and will not be rescheduled. The event had already been postponed once, from Labor Day, for rain stemming from Hurricane Isaac's progression through the Midwest. Rain again this weekend caused ARCA and track officials to call the race off yet again after determining that at no time today would the track be suitable for racing, no matter the effort. The ARCA Racing Series season will close in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 19th. ( (10-14-12)
  • Jeremy Petty entered at Kansas: Jeremy Petty is entered to race at Kansas Speedway on October 19th driving the No. 27 Promotion Associates Chevrolet for Barry Fitzgerald. Petty (of Smolan, Kansas) attempted Daytona earlier this year in a joint effort between Fitzgerald and Peterson Motorsports. (10-09-12)
  • Bob Schacht Motorsports searching for funded drivers: Bob Schacht Motorsports has placed an advertisement on's classifieds section stating that the team is searching for funded driver for the remainder of the current year and for the 2013 season. The team has been sidelined since competing in the Daytona test last December. (10-05-12)
  • ARCA adds Road America event for 2013: The ARCA Racing Series will make its first appearance at Road America in Wisconsin next summer, ARCA officials announced today. This morning, ARCA received from the track a sanctioning agreement that ensures the scheduling of the stock car series' first event at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course between Milwaukee and Green Bay on Saturday, June 22, 2013. "ARCA Racing Series road course events have proven to be highly entertaining and competitive, while also opening our level of competition to different racers and teams," said Ron Drager, president and CEO of ARCA. "Planning an event at Road America ensures that ARCA will continue its position as the most versatile sanction in stock car racing. We look forward to adding Road America to our road course history. Likewise, we will soon announce the date for our sixth consecutive annual event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which will give us multiple road course races in the 2013 season." ( (10-03-12)