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November 2012

  • Thomas Praytor forms own team for 2013:  Max Force Racing is preparing Thomas Praytor's Ford for ARCA testing at Daytona next month. After spending the 2012 ARCA season testing and racing for multiple teams in the ARCA Racing Series, the Daytona test will mark the first time Thomas Praytor will be behind the wheel of his own car at the national level. "Last year, Andy Belmont took a chance letting me test one of his cars at Daytona," he said. "A year later I'm going back in one of our cars. We're still working on the sponsorship we need to come back and race; we're working as hard in that area as we are on the race car. Our job at the test will be to put down a solid performance, laying the groundwork to return in February." Praytor's car is a former Sprint Cup Series Ford driven by Greg Biffle, and it will have fresh Roush Yates Engines horsepower under the hood. Couple great power with the expertise of veteran crew chief Lee Leslie, and the team has high expectations for the test in Daytona. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (11-25-12)
  • 2013 ARCA Schedule Released: The Automobile Racing Club of America has released its 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule of events, including 21 races spanning from mid-February to early October. The season will open with the series' 50th consecutive annual appearance at Daytona International Speedway, scheduled for Saturday, February 16, just hours before that evening's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona Shootout. The 2013 season will also be highlighted by ARCA's first visit to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. - one of two road course races - on Saturday, June 22, and a return to Kentucky Speedway for the first time since 2009 on Friday, September 20. The schedule will conclude at Kansas Speedway for the second consecutive year. The championship race will take place Friday, October 4 - two weeks earlier than in 2012. In between, ARCA will appear in 17 other races at a wide variety of venues. ( (11-23-12)
  • Larry Clement selling complete race team: Clement Racing, owned by championship car owner Larry Clement, is up for sale. The team has posted a classified advertisement that lists eight cars, five engines, pit equipment, and miscellaneous racing parts. The team last competed in ARCA in 2009 at Iowa Speedway with Matt Carter. (11-23-12)
  • Rockland Motorsports selling inventory: Rockland Motorsports, which fielded the No. 65 Chevrolet for Joe Mueller in four races in the 2011 season, is selling its racing inventory. The team has posted a classified ad that lists a short track car, pit carts, pit equipment, a trailer, and miscellaneous racing parts. The team did not compete last season. (11-16-12)
  • ARCA returns to Kentucky Speedway in 2013:  Kentucky Speedway will be back on the ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2013 for the first time since 2009. ARCA and track officials announced the Friday, September 20, 2013 race today, and the event will be the 20th for ARCA's top division at the 1.5-mile track. The event will precede a NASCAR Nationwide Series event the next day. Kentucky Speedway will also host a NASCAR tripleheader weekend in July. The September 20 event at Kentucky joins March 9 at Mobile and June 22 at Road America as confirmed dates on ARCA's 2013 schedule. ARCA will release many more event dates later this week, with the full season schedule soon to come. ( (11-15-12)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports to field car for Galen Hassler at Daytona: Carter 2 Motorsports will field the No. 04 entry for Galen Hassler at Daytona in February. Hassler, who will be attempting to make his ARCA Racing Series debut, will prepare for the event by participating in the Daytona open test in December. Hassler has experience in the USRA B-Modifieds series and hails from Columbia, Missouri. He has owned his own body shop (Galen's Paintless Dent Repair) since 2008. (11-14-12)
  • ARCA to sanction Midwest Tour in 2013:  Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and Cars and Stars Promotions announced this evening a formal partnership to bring the Midwest Tour - a Midwestern-based, pavement super late model series - under ARCA sanction. The ARCA Midwest Tour will make stops at 11 different tracks in 2013, spanning Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. The sanctioning agreement between ARCA and CSP reflects ARCA's interests in supporting and strengthening the sport of stock car racing. "We respect what Tim Olson and Steve Einhaus have established and developed with the Midwest Late Model Tour, and their long-term dedication to the sport," said Ron Drager, president and CEO of ARCA. "Their decision to join efforts with ARCA and our sanctioned properties is gratifying. "We've worked hard to establish and build the ARCA brand over 60 years in the sport, and while we're proud of our history, we strive to be relevant and vital today and into the future. From several perspectives, the Midwest Tour joining our family of ARCA properties fits both companies' future strategic plans, and we look forward to working with Tim and Steve in 2013 and beyond." ( (11-13-12)
  • Josh Williams undecided about future; team will race at Daytona:  Josh Williams and his family will review their options and see what’s next on their radar for next year. A return to the ARCA Racing Series circuit isn’t out of the question, but Williams wants an opportunity to move forward. “We plan to be at Daytona with me or another driver behind the wheel of our ARCA car,” he said. “I would like to have an opportunity to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before the year’s end, but we’ll just have to see how all of that unfolds. I’ll be racing something next year; it’s just too earlier to determine just what exactly.” (Josh Williams Motorsports PR) (11-08-12)
  • Darrell Basham submits audition tape to The Amazing Race:  Darrell Basham and girlfriend Sandy Sparrow recently submitted an application and video to the casting crew of the CBS show "The Amazing Race," a reality show in which pairs race around the world and navigate physical and mental challenges while deducing clues and more. The show has aired in the United States since 2001 and is in the midst of its 21st season. "Sandy has been a fan of this show for a long time and she has always said that we would make a great team for the show," said Basham, who finished 11th in this year's series point standings. "I am not sure that my behind-the-wheel racing experience will be much help when I am trying to build a weight scale or carry bamboo, though." ( (11-08-12)
  • Mike Senica returning to Fast Track Racing; with Bell Plantation: Mike Senica has come to terms with Bell Plantation for primary sponsorship of eight races in the 2013 season. Bell Plantation is the manufacturer of PB2, a powdered peanut butter alternative. "We are very excited to be back with Mike and we look forward to additional branding opportunities with Mike Senica and the Fast Track Racing team in the ARCA and NASCAR K&N Series in 2013" said Bell Plantation's Jill St. John. "This is always a great feeling when you can sign a sponsor for the following year so you can start to concentrate on the racing side of things" commented Senica. (In part from Miller Management Services) (11-05-12)
  • Justin Boston joins Venturini Motorsports for full 2013 season:  Officials from ZLOOP and Venturini Motorsports jointly announced today that Justin Boston will compete full-time in the ARCA Racing Series in 2013. "This is a very humbling opportunity to compete in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards," said Justin Boston. "I'm eager to get behind the wheel and accelerate my learning curve with one of the best teams in the business. I am extremely grateful to ZLOOPTM for the chance to represent them on and off the track." Further announcements concerning the program, including car number, crew chief and more, will be unveiled next month during the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) in Indianapolis, Indiana. (ZLOOP Racing PR) (11-02-12)