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February 2013

  • Roger Carter running full schedule; Nick Tucker in second Carter car: Roger Carter and his Carter 2 Motorsports organization are headed into next weekend’s event at Mobile International Speedway with a feeling that most owner/drivers dream of. He will be piloting his No. 97 Dodge Charger for the full 2013 season with support from and KSS Productions, No Fear, Union Bank, and RPM Motorsports Marketing. As for the team’s second entry, Nick Tucker, who runs the Carter 2 Motorsports race shop and is a partner in the team, will be wheeling the No. 40 No Fear Drivers Challenge Dodge. The team hopes to run Tucker for the remainder of the season and have other drivers pilot a third entry. (In part from Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (02-27-13)
  • Darin Matthews to attempt ARCA debut at Mobile:  Veteran late model driver Darin Matthews will attempt to make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Mobile International Speedway driving his own No. 10 Matthews Motorsports Chevrolet. Matthews works for Chevron and is from Pascagoula, Mississippi. He will have owner points from Fast Track Racing. (02-27-13)
  • McCreery Motorsports no longer competing in ARCA:  McCreery Motorsports has no plans on competing in the ARCA Racing Series this season. The team fielded entries for drivers like Rodney Melvin and Kyle Chady at the ARCA dirt track events for a number of years. McCreery Motorsports will continue to sprint car program. (02-27-13)
  • David Leiner Racing searching for funded driver:  David Leiner Racing is seeking a funded driver for the ARCA Mobile 200 and for the remainder of the 2013 season. The team lost Milka Duno to Venturini Motorsports in the offseason and only has announced Robb Brent as the driver for Road America and New Jersey. Julien Jousse drove the No. 94 entry at Daytona, exiting the race early after an engine failure. (02-26-13)
  • Will Kimmel enters into a personal services contract: Will Kimmel has signed a personal services agreement with Circle Track Magazine. Kimmel will represent the Tampa, Florida based publication for the 2013 season and will be featured in both promotional videos and technical articles. "I'm so excited to be working with Circle Track. Everyone in our family has been reading the magazine for years, so we all know how big and how influential they are." said Kimmel. "They cater to real racers with real hardcore technical articles that teach something every time you open an issue. I'm proud to now be a part of their team." (In part from Kimmel Racing PR) (02-26-13)
  • Cody Lane attempting Mobile with family owned team: 17-year-old Cody Lane will attempt to make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Mobile on March 9th. Lane will be driving the No. 27 Blackjack Media Group Ford for his family owned team. While he has shown potential, the Florida driver will need sponsorship to continue racing. "We've got a decent motor but we're running against teams that have four and five cars and big dollars behind them" said his father, Kevin Lane. "The guys he's going up against now are the sons of NASCAR drivers. It means a lot for Cody to be accepted in that group, but we're getting to make-it-or-break-it time. He's 17, the cuteness of it is going away and it's getting to that point he either makes or it he doesn't. His talent is carrying our equipment right now, but I'm just not sure how much longer we can throw everything we have at it." If the sponsorship dollars come in, his racing career is set. If they don't, he may have to let go of his dream. If that happens, Cody doesn't know what he wants to do, but his father is confident in his son's ability to do just about anything, especially if it involves a car. (In part from (02-25-13)
  • Matt Kurzejewski no longer aligned with the Keselowski's:  Matt Kurzejewski, who finished 9th at Daytona driving the No. 54 Dodge, will no longer run races in association with Team Keselowski. Kurzejewski posted a message on his Facebook fanpage that he is working with another team to run Talladega and eight other races this season. (02-22-13)
  • Darrell Basham only running short tracks? UPDATE 2 Returning at Mobile?:  It appears that Darrell Basham may be only running the short track events next season. The owner/driver does not have the funds to compete full time. Basham is considering partnering with another team to maintain the team's Golden A status. (12-10-12)
    UPDATE:  Fast Track Racing will utilize Darrell Basham's owner points at Daytona. The team has entered Rick Clifton in the No. 34 C&B Farm Supply Chevrolet for the event. (02-04-13)
    UPDATE 2: Darrell Basham is rumored to return to ARCA Racing Series competition at Mobile International Speedway on March 9th, driving for Fast Track Racing. The current plan is to have the veteran driver start and park at Mobile and race the next event at Salem Speedway. Basham will then skip Talladega. After that, he may return full time beginning at Toledo Speedway. (02-19-13)
  • Barry Fitzgerald enters own car for Daytona UPDATE 2 Withdraws:  Barry Fitzgerald has filed an entry for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. Fitzgerald will drive his own No. 27 Ford and will likely receive assistance in fielding the entry from Peterson Motorsports. (01-23-13)
    UPDATE: Barry Fitzgerald will drive the No. 27 Ford for his team Promotion Associates. He will NOT receive any assistance from Peterson Motorsports and will field the entry completely on his own. Sponsors on his car will be RAD (Race Against Drugs),, and RAACE (Racing Against Abused Children Everywhere). (02-06-13)
    UPDATE 2: Barry Fitzgerald withdrew his entry from the Lucas Oil 200 due to a part problem with the front end of his car. Fitzgerald plans on attempting Talladega on May 3rd. (02-19-13)
  • Hoosier extends ARCA tire program: Officials from ARCA and Hoosier Racing Tire Corporation jointly announced today in a media conference at Daytona that they have executed a contract extension that will position Hoosier as the Official Tire of the ARCA Racing Series through the 2015 season. The agreement provides for the continued exclusive use of Hoosier Racing Tires in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 racing seasons and continues an established awards program and cost containment initiative for series teams. "Hoosier's exclusive business is building quality tires for racers, and we have great confidence in extending the ARCA-Hoosier relationship through the 2015 season," said ARCA President Ron Drager. (ARCA Racing Series PR) (02-16-13)
  • Scott to sponsor ARCA's 2013 Rookie program: Officials from ARCA and Kimberly-Clark announced today that SCOTT® Brand products will sponsor the 2013 ARCA Racing Series, Rookie of the Year awards program.  First-year ARCA competitors will compete for per-race cash bonus awards and the year-end SCOTT® Rookie Challenge bonus of $10,000. "We are excited to partner with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, and honored to sponsor the SCOTT® Rookie Challenge for the series," said Heather Richmond, Kimberly-Clark Customer Marketing Manager for the Hardware, Home Improvement and Paint channel. "Working together to reach SCOTT® brand consumers in the ARCA Racing Series is a natural fit." (ARCA Racing Series PR) (02-16-13)
  • James Hylton says that he will retire at the end of 2013:  It's been quite a ride for 78-year-old James Hylton, and part of his journey is coming to a close. As reported in today's Daytona Beach News-Journal, Hylton has announced his retirement from driving race cars. The 2013 season will mark his farewell tour behind the wheel of his famous No. 48. "I've been thinking about this for quite a while," Hylton said. "I'm 78, and the time has come." "It's time to step aside as a driver and turn this car over to the younger generation. I don't want to lose the Hylton Motorsports race team. I'll be there next year as the general manager. We are definitely in the market to build up our race team and put younger drivers behind the wheel who can run up front." [Note: James Hylton planned to retire at the end of 2006 and completed a "White Flag Lap" tour during that year] (ARCA Media) (02-14-13)
  • Geoff Bodine coaching Bo LeMastus:  Rookie Bo LeMastus is getting assistance for his career-first start at Daytona from NASCAR veteran driver Geoff Bodine, who will be serving in the capacity of coach and raceday spotter for Lemastus's No. 42 Crosley Radio Dodge. LeMastus is CEO of Crosley Radio, which manufacturers vintage electronics under the Crosley brand. Lemastus recently purchased the complete inventory from Mark Gibson Racing for the 2013 ARCA Racing Series season. LeMastus's racing background includes 20 years in AMA motorcycle racing and five years of SCCA road course racing. (ARCA Media) (02-14-13)
  • Menards continues ARCA sponsorship:  Ansell Protective Products and Menards announced Wednesday that they will continue their marketing sponsorship in the ARCA Racing Series for 2013. The comprehensive and multi-faceted sponsorship program includes race sponsorships, at-track hospitality opportunities, in-market promotions, special award sponsorships, series involvement and support of the ARCA television broadcast package, all anchored by a business-to-business relationship. In addition, for a fifth consecutive year Ansell and Menards will continue as co-primary sponsors for the No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota Camrys in the ARCA Racing Series. Frank Kimmel, a nine-time ARCA Racing Series champion, returns to the driver's seat of the Toyotas fielded by ThorSport Racing. (ThorSport Racing PR) (01-13-13)
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  • Mason Mitchell to race full time; part time with Roulo Brothers OFFICIAL:  18 year-old Mason Mitchell will race full time in the ARCA Racing Series in 2013. Mitchell tested for CGH Motorsports at Daytona in December and ran a partial schedule with Eddie Sharp Racing last year. An official announcement regarding his plans is forthcoming. (01-11-13)
    UPDATE:  Rumors indicate that Mason Mitchell will join Roulo Brothers Racing for a partial schedule this season. Mitchell is expected to run 10 to 12 races in the No. 99 Ford. It's unclear if the entry will run full time with another driver behind the wheel when Mitchell is not racing. (01-31-13)
    OFFICIAL: Roulo Brothers Racing has announced Mason Mitchell as the driver of its No. 99 entry starting at Daytona. "I am excited about 2013," said the 18-year-old W. Des Moines, Iowa rookie. "I feel this is a great opportunity for me to drive for the Roulo Brothers, especially off of their 2012 championship season. Just as important for me, the Roulo Brothers are the best driver development team in the series. This is my first start at Daytona and my goals are simple; race smart and get the best possible finish." (In part from Roulo Brothers Racing PR) (02-11-13)
  • Ricky Ehrgott planning to join Coulter Motorsports OFFICIAL:  Ricky Ehrgott plans to join Coulter Motorsports for the Daytona ARCA 200 in February after testing for the team last weekend. Ehrgott hopes to run the full ARCA Racing Series schedule, but it remains to be seen if sponsorship can be secured. Coulter Motorsports was "not ready to announce anything" when contacted last week. Ehrgott made two starts last year driving for Fast Track Racing and Allgaier Motorsports. (12-19-12)
    OFFICIAL: Coulter Motorsports officials are pleased to announce that former USAC Racing standout Ricky Ehrgott will pilot their recognizable No. 16 Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway. "Coulter Motorsports is honored to add Ricky (Ehrgott) to the long standing list of talented racecar drivers who have utilized our driver development program to help further their career goals," said Coulter Motorsports owner Joe Coulter. "Ricky has proven himself both on and off the track and his versatility and adaptability give him a unique advantage over his competitors. We look forward to a successful relationship with Ricky." Joining Ehrgott and the quest for the checkered flag is longtime sponsor and supporter Rev1 Power Services. (In part from Coulter Motorsports PR) (02-11-13)
  • Chris Buescher running a partial ARCA schedule; NASCAR Nationwide:  2012 ARCA champion Chris Buescher is returning with his championship Roulo Brothers team for the 50th running of the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. However, Buescher’s plans include a very limited ARCA schedule in 2013 with as many as six NASCAR Nationwide Series races mixed in with Roush Fenway Racing. (ARCA Media) (02-08-13)
  • Darrell Wallace Jr. driving for Venturini at Daytona: Longtime series participants Venturini Motorsports has four cars entered for the Lucas Oil 200, including the No. 55 of Darrell Wallace. The event will mark the career-first ARCA start for Wallace. (ARCA Media) (02-08-13)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports acquires owner points from CGH Motorsports:  Carter 2 Motorsports has aquired owner points from CGH Motorsports, which will guarantee the team's No. 97 Dodge driven by owner Roger Carter a starting position in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. CGH Motorsports closed shop in January after unsuccessful attempts at finding sponsorship. The team finished 6th in owner points last season. (02-08-13)
  • Kimmel Racing fielding two cars at Daytona:  In the wake of Daytona Speedweeks, the Kimmel clan is gearing up in chilly Indiana.  Will Kimmel, the driver of the Kimmel Racing #68 Ford, will be making only his 2nd start at the Daytona International Speedway.  He’ll be one of two Ford Fusion’s entered under the Kimmel Racing banner. The other entry will be the #69 driven by Texas native, Steve Kemp. Kimmel will pilot the same car he raced to a third place finish in his debut last year. “I’m really excited to get back to Daytona, “ says Kimmel. “We made some really good improvements to our car throughout the winter.” With a strong Roush Yates engine under the hood and the support from his sponsors: Gary Yeomans Ford a leading Ford dealer in Florida, Circle Track Magazine and Messina Wildlife Management; Kimmel is confident they have a great piece. (In part from Kimmel Racing PR) (02-08-13)
  • Grant Enfinger; Team BCR Racing pick up sponsorship:  Team BCR Racing and Grant Enfinger are proud to announce a ten race marketing partnership in the ARCA Racing Series with The Casite Company and Motor Honey starting at Daytona. Gregory White, National Sales Manager at Casite says, “The Casite Company and Team BCR have been associated together for over 9 years. The team has always represented our company and has brought national awareness to our brands. Casite is excited that Team BCR is representing Casite and Motor Honey again this year and will be helping us promote our “Show Us Your Motor Honey” contest throughout the race year. Casite is looking forward to celebrating in victory lane with Grant, starting at Daytona and to a great season overall.” (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (02-06-13)
  • Turner Scott Motorsports files Daytona entries: Turner Scott Motorsports, formely known as Turner Motorsports, has filed two entries for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. The team will field the No. 4 Chevrolet for Kyle Larson and the No. 62 Phoenix Air Chevrolet for Mark Thompson.  Larson, a development driver for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, is likely competing in the event to gain NASCAR superspeedway approval. Thompson is an ARCA veteran who is rejoining the team after several starts with Venturini Motorsports. (02-05-13)
  • Eddie Sharp Racing adds Caleb Armstrong for Daytona:  Caleb Armstrong, 20, will join Eddie Sharp Racing for the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona. "I am very excited to join Eddie Sharp Racing," said Armstrong. "They are a top-level team with a winning track record in both ARCA and the Truck Series, so it's a great place for me to be for the next step in my career." Armstrong raced through the midget and sprint car ranks en route to his stock car career. (In part from Eddie Sharp Racing PR) (02-05-13)
  • Chad Boat joins Ken Schrader Racing for Daytona OFFICIAL:  20 year-old Chad Boat will drive the No. 52 CURB Records Chevrolet for Ken Schrader Racing at Daytona. The Phoenix, AZ native hopes to compete in more races if sponsorship can be secured. Boat made three ARCA Racing Series starts last season and has considerable experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. (01-21-13)
    OFFICIAL:  Ken Schrader Racing announced today that Chad Boat will pilot the No. 52 Curb Records Chevrolet for the ARCA Racing Series season-opener at Daytona. "It's a great opportunity to drive for Ken Schrader Racing at Daytona," Boat said. "The team always builds great cars for speedway racing and coming off a successful test at Talladega last week, I feel we're ready to challenge for the win at Daytona." (In part from Billy Boat Motorsports PR) (02-05-13)
  • John Wes Townley joins Venturini for ARCA; NASCAR Nationwide races: John Wes Townley and Venturini Motorsports will continue their relationship in 2013 with limited schedules in both the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Townley, who has competed part-time under the Venturini banner since 2010, will kick-off the racing season on February 16th driving his familiar No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota at Daytona. Townley will also compete with VMS in the ARCA Series at Salem Speedway and Road America. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-05-13)
  • NTS Motorsports acquires owner points from Venturini Motorsports: NTS Motorsports has acquired owner points from Venturini Motorsports for the team's No. 92 Chevrolet that Brennan Newberry will drive in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. The owner points come from the No. 35 team that finished 14th last year. (02-04-13)
  • Milka Duno out at David Leiner Racing; joining Venturini OFFICIAL:  It appears that Milka Duno will not be back for a second season at David Leiner Racing, a team that was formed in June 2012 by veteran crew chief David Leiner Jr. Duno tested for the team in December at the open Daytona test but has never been announced as the driver for this season. Duno could be headed for Venturini Motorsports to run a full schedule. (01-29-13) 
    UPDATE: David Leiner Racing is seeking funded drivers for the 2013 season, which fuels the speculation that Milka Duno will not return to the team. (01-30-13)
    OFFICIAL: Milka Duno is gearing up for her first full season ARCA Racing Series campaign - behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ No. 35 entry with sponsorship support from CANTV, Milka Way and Seguros Altamira. “I’m really looking forward to my first full ARCA Series season and to team with Venturini Motorsports is a fantastic opportunity,” says Milka Duno. “I can’t wait to get to Daytona and hit the track with the Venturini crew in the No. 35 Toyota.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-04-13)