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January 2013

  • Bobby Gerhart Racing returns for televised races: Bobby Gerhart Racing and veteran owner/driver Bobby Gerhart will return to the ARCA Racing Series this year for a partial schedule. The team will run all the televised races on the ARCA schedule. Those races include Daytona, Talladega, Toledo, both Pocono races, Michigan, Chicagoland, Iowa, Kentucky, and Kansas. (01-30-13)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports adds Joel Willman for Daytona UPDATE Mobile & Salem:  39 year-old Joel Willman from Fort Hood, TX will attempt to qualify for Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16th driving the No. 97 Dodge for Carter 2 Motorsports. Willman, who has experience in the NASCAR Whelen All American Late Model division, will be teamed with Galen Hassler who will drive the team's No. 40 Dodge. (01-11-13)
    UPDATE:  Joel Willman will drive for Carter 2 Motorsports in the first three races of the 2013 ARCA Racing Series, which include Daytona, Mobile, and Salem. Willman continues to search for sponsorship that would enable him to compete in the full schedule. (01-30-13)
  • Mike Senica picks up sponsorship: Mike Senica has picked up primary sponsorship from Damn Good Jerky and Bell Plantation to run a partial schedule for Fast Track Racing in 2013. Senica raced in three events last year, starting the season with Hixson Motorsports and moving to Fast Track Racing in July. (01-29-13)
  • Marc Mitchell "in talks" to return to ARCA: Marc Mitchell, who last competed in the ARCA Racing Series in 2007 with sponsorship from Ergon, is "in talks" to return to the series according to a published article on The article states that Mitchell lost his sponsorship due to the recent economic downturn and that he has been trying to make a comeback ever since. (01-29-13)
  • David Leiner Racing signs Robb Brent for road courses: David Leiner Racing and Robb Brent have struck a deal that will put Brent in DLR's second entry for two ARCA Racing Series races with a possibility of additional races as the season progresses. The arrangement reunites the winning team of Robb Brent with David Leiner Jr. The Brent/Leiner paring produced a victory at Pocono in 2010. (In part from David Leiner Racing PR) (01-24-13)
  • Chase Elliott returns part-time with Hendrick Motorsports: Chase Elliott will return to the ARCA Racing Series for a partial schedule in 2013. Chase, the son of NASCAR's Bill Elliott, will drive for Hendrick Motorsports at both Pocono events, Road America, New Jersey, and Kentucky. (01-23-13)
  • Charles Evans Jr. returns to Team BCR Racing for 10 races: Charles (CJ) Evans Jr. and Team BCR Racing announced today a limited schedule for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. “The plan is to do 10 races in 2013 with Team BCR Racing and crew chief Howard Bixman. We have great marketing partners with us this season, with our primary partners; ETS and Casite. We're working hard to secure additional sponsorship, to be able to compete in more races this season. I’m looking forward to a great season and being apart of a first class operation" said Evans Jr. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (01-23-13)
  • Spengler Motorsports expected to attempt Daytona with Matt Roberts: Spengler Motorsports, the team that planned to attempt Daytona last year, will enter Daytona this season with Matt Roberts behind the wheel of their entry. The team tested at Talladega and Mobile in preparation for the season. It will have sponsorship from the Kansas City based Jimmy Dale's Jerky and Snack Company. Roberts, a 29 year-old from Lecompton, KS, has worked as a fabricator and spotter for CJM Racing, Sheltra Motorsports, and recently for Coulter Motorsports. (01-19-13)
  • Chase Austin joins Carter 2 Motorsports for 9 races: Carter 2 Motorsports is excited to announce that it has signed Chase Austin of Washington, NC along with iconic sponsor "No Fear Apparel" to a nine race deal in the ARCA Racing Series for 2013. Austin, who is also scheduled to campaign in the CARS Rev-Oil Pro Cup and the NASCAR Camping World truck series this season is ecstatic about being able to bring No Fear Apparel back to racing. Austin will drive the No. 97 Dodge at Mobile, Talladega, Toledo, both Pocono events, Chicago, Iowa, Kentucky, and Kansas. (In part from Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (01-16-13)
  • Clay Campbell attempting Daytona with Spraker Racing Enterprises UPDATE:  Spraker Racing Enterprises has announced that Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway, will drive the team's Roush Yates-powered No. 08 Ford Fusion at the season opener at Daytona. "Clay has competed in select events with us in 2011 and 2012 and he has proven that he is an accomplished race car driver," said team owner Jeff Spraker. "He has an excellent understanding of the race car and certainly could have pursued a career as a race car driver had he not elected to carry on a family tradition by taking on the role of president of the historic half-mile Virginia track. He is truly a class act and we are honored to have him in our car." ( (12-10-12)
    UPDATE: Spraker Racing Enterprises is pleased to announce that Mountain Dew will be on board the No. 08 Ford driven by Clay Campbell in selected ARCA Racing Series events in 2013. "Mountain Dew is proud to sponsor Clay Campbell in the number 08 Spraker Racing Ford Fusion for 2013 season," said Greg Sterling, Vice President of field marketing for Pepsico. "It is a great fit and partnership for the Dew Brand. This marks our second year with Clay and Spraker Racing and we are thrilled to be a part of their racing family.  We look forward to an exciting racing season and seeing the Dew car in victory lane." (Spraker Racing Enterprises PR) (01-16-13)
  • Cunningham Motorsports acquires owner points from Carter 2:Cunningham Motorsports has acquired owner points from Carter 2 Motorsports for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. The team will utilize the owner points from Carter 2's No. 40 entry that finished 23rd in 2012 owner standings for Michel Disdier. Cunningham transferred the owner points that Alex Bowman earned in 2012 to Tom Hessert's No. 77 entry. (01-12-13)
  • Buster Graham resigns with Team BCR Racing for partial schedule UPDATE:  Officials at Team BCR announced today a limited schedule with Buster Graham for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. "Choosing to come back to Team BCR for another season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards was the best choice for me," Graham said. "Howard Bixman (Team Manager) has set up a very organized team and has provided me with first class equipment. The entire team has taught me valuable skills for competing at this level of competition. I'm very excited to be going back to Daytona this year with a teammate like Grant Enfinger, and looking forward to see what the season has in store for myself and Team BCR." The primary marketing partner for the No. 88 Team BCR Ford is Don Mashburn, Inc. Additional team marketing partners include Ford Racing, RoushYates Performance Parts, RoushYates Engines, Casite and MotorSports Rehabilitation Foundation (MRF). (Team BCR Racing PR) (01-11-13)
    UPDATE: Buster Graham is currently scheduled to compete in five ARCA Racing Series races in 2013. He will make his first start at Daytona. (01-12-13)
  • Kevin Reed rejoins Venturini Motorsports after CGH closure: Veteran crew chief Kevin Reed has rejoined Venturini Motorsports after CGH Motorsports suspended operations last week. Reed worked with Mikey Kile at Venturini in 2010 after leaving the team for CGH Motorsports in 2011. (01-11-13)
  • Long time Hixson Motorsports crew member passes away: Long-time Hixson Motorsports crew member Josh Bishop passed away on December 25, 2012 after an extended illness. Bishop was a member of the Hixson Motorsports crew for several years and served in the United States Marine Corp. He lived in Chattanooga, TN and attended the University of Tennessee before his death. (01-09-13)
  • Venturini Motorsports adds Kyle Benjamin for partial schedule: Fifteen-year old Kyle Benjamin from Easley, South Carolina has chosen to compete in the ARCA Racing Series with Venturini Motorsports as the next step in his driver development process. Benjamin has signed on with Venturini Motorsports for a partial season which will include visits to Mobile, Toledo, Winchester, and Iowa Raceway. “I’m excited to announce our plans with Venturini Motorsports this upcoming season. They’ve got a great history of success with young drivers and it gives me a great opportunity to gain experience and add more seat time to my 2013 racing schedule,” says, Benjamin. Benjamin captured the ARCA/CRA Super Series Southern Championship in 2012. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-08-13)
  • Tom Hessert to rejoin Cunningham Motorsports? OFFICIAL: It appears that veteran driver Tom Hessert will rejoin Cunningham Motorsports next season. Hessert tested for the team at Daytona and he is currently entered to drive the No. 77 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge in February's Daytona ARCA 200. The Cherry Hill, New Jersey driver finished 3rd in driver points while driving for Cunningham in 2010. Hessert left to join Ken Schrader Racing the following season. (12-25-12)
    OFFICIAL: Tom Hessert will return to Cunningham Motorsports for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. The 26 year old, recently married Cherry Hill, New Jersey native plans to grab more victories with the team that helped him earn his first ARCA Series trophy in 2010 at Iowa Speedway, and in the process, to be in contention for the series championship title all season. Cunningham Motorsports co-owner, Kerry Scherer, commented about the exciting announcement, “We are thrilled to have Tom return to our organization.  With Tom already familiar with our organization, we should have a smooth transition in Daytona in February, with little adjustment period.  We are looking forward to a great 2013 season.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (01-07-13)
  • Taylor Ferns potentially running partial schedule with Venturini UPDATE: 17 year-old Taylor Ferns is considering a partial ARCA Racing Series schedule next season with Venturini Motorsports. She is currently testing for the team this weekend at Daytona.  Ferns will be running the full USAC National Midget schedule and pavement USAC Silver Crown races, in additional to her possible ARCA starts. (12-14-12)
    UPDATE: Seventeen-year old driver Taylor Ferns from Shelby Township, Michigan has signed a seven-race deal with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Series for 2013. “This is an exciting chapter in my life. I’ve been thinking about the day I would move up to drive in the ARCA Series for a long time, and now that I’m pairing up with the Venturinis’ it gives me a lot of confidence and high expectations going into the season,” says Taylor Ferns. The highly touted high school junior honor student is considered one of the top female driver prospects in the country and will make her ARCA debut on March 9th at Mobile International Speedway. She’s also slated for short track events at Toledo Speedway, Elko Speedway, Iowa Speedway, DuQuoin and speedway events at Pocono Raceway in August and Kentucky Speedway in September. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-07-13)
  • CGH Motorsports closes shop: CGH Motorsports, which has competed in the ARCA Racing Series since 2010, closed its race shop Friday afternoon.  It is highly unlikely that it will compete in the upcoming season. Team owner Greg Hackenbracht had been funding the effort out of his own pocket for his son Chad Hackenbracht since the team's inception. After two full seasons of being unable to find sponsorship, the team sought a funded driver in 2013 and tested Mason Mitchell at Daytona. A deal between the two parties apparently could not be reached. (01-05-13)
  • Brennan Poole leaving for NASCAR: Beginning in the 2013 season, [Brennan] Poole will be entering NASCAR in either the Camping World Truck Series or the Nationwide Series. He could not announce what team it would be with but remained optimistic that a deal will be completed rather shortly. I believe I’ll be moving up. I don’t believe you’ll see me in an ARCA car this year. We’ll see what happens and hopefully we can announce it not too long. I think that either (series) would be awesome. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” Poole said as he made it clear he is ready to move onto bigger and better things. ( (01-05-13)