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June 2013

  • Qualifying cancelled at Winchester; field set by owner points: Rain cancelled qualifying at Winchester Speedway after ARCA officials spent more than an hour drying the track. The starting lineup will be set by owner points, with points leader #44 Frank Kimmel starting on pole and will have #32 Mason Mingus alongside. Twenty-three cars will start Sunday's race. Starting Lineup (06-29-13)
  • Bobby Gerhart to continue competing in ARCA:  A classified ad on the ARCA racing series website says, "Complete Bobby Gerhart Racing Team For Sale," but the Lebanon driver has no plans to quit the sport he loves anytime soon. "There's no retirement for me yet," Gerhart said Monday night. "I don't know how long I'm going to race. "I love to race and I still wanna race. I never dreamed I'd still be racing at age 55." To clarify Gerhart's ad, he is willing to sell pieces of his team to anyone who's interested, and there's two reasons why. One is because he has excess parts, and the second reason is because of a change in ARCA racing that Gerhart feels is coming down the road. "We actually ran two ARCA teams (in the past)," he said. "I have enough equipment to facilitate three teams. ... It (the ad) doesn't say I'm going to retire. It has created a lot of interest. He continued, "A lot of things are happening in the (ARCA) series in the next 4-5 years. I think the series is gonna go through a transition, and I think the time to sell the cars is right now." (In part from Lebanon Daily News) (06-29-13)
  • Roulo Brothers Racing, Chris Buescher fined after Road America win:  Roulo Brothers Racing and driver Chris Buescher, winners of the ARCA Racing Series event at Road America, have been fined $2000 for violation of ARCA Rulebook Page 7, Section 3, Item 6, and the event Official Entry Blank, which collectively reference proper display of designated sponsor logos on driver uniform by winning driver. (In part from ARCARacing.com)(06-28-13)
  • Brennan Poole returning to Venturini Motorsports at Winchester:  Brennan Poole has partnered with ‘Break the Cycle' for this weekend's race at Winchester Speedway. Break the Cycle is the only U.S. agency to provide comprehensive dating abuse prevention programs exclusively to young people. Break the Cycle engages, educates and empowers young people to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence. Poole is confident he'll compete strong with hopes of returning to victory lane in his No. 55 Break the Cycle Toyota. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-28-13)
  • Gallagher Motorsports names Josh Williams as the substitute driver for Spencer Gallagher at Winchester:  Officials from Gallagher Motorsports and Allegiant Travel announced today that 19-year-old Josh Williams will fill in for Spencer Gallagher in the No. 23 Allegiant Travel Chevrolet at Winchester Speedway. Gallagher is still recovering from a vestibular concussion he received during a lap-72 wreck earlier in the month at Michigan International Speedway. Heeding his doctor’s advice, Gallagher will continue with the outlined recovery plan by resting at his Mooresville, N.C., home this weekend. Along with an upcoming two-week gap in the ARCA Racing schedule, Gallagher has hopes of returning to the seat July 21 at Chicagoland Speedway. (In part from Gallagher Motorsports PR) (06-26-13)
  • Chris Buescher wins at Road America: #99 Chris Buescher won the SCOTT® 160 at Road America after #9 Chase Elliott and #53 Andrew Ranger collided on the last lap racing for the win. Ranger finished second, #77 Tom Hessert third, Chase Elliott fourth, and #22 Ryan Blaney completed the top five. #44 Frank Kimmel increased his points lead over #32 Mason Mingus to 115 after finishing 7th. Full Results (06-22-13)
  • NBC Sports Network to air four (4) tape delayed races:  NBC Sports Network will air four ARCA Racing Series races in August, giving the national stock car racing series an even greater television presence. Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America made the announcement today during the Scott 160 race event weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake. “We couldn’t be more excited than to have the opportunity to secure additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on NBC Sports Network,” said Mark Gundrum, ARCA Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Partnerships. “This opportunity is great for the teams, sponsors and fans of the series.”  Three of the four NBC Sports Network events are scheduled to air on Thursday nights, with one event slated for Friday night. NBC Sports Network’s ARCA racing coverage premieres Aug. 1, at 11 p.m. with the Winchester Speedway race. The race from Berlin Raceway will air on Aug. 15, at 11 p.m. ET, and the Madison Int’l Speedway event will air on Aug. 29, at 11 p.m. The event from the one-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds will air on Aug. 23 at 11 p.m. (In part from National Speed Sport News) (06-22-13)
  • Spencer Gallagher injured at Michigan; possible concussion UPDATE OUT at Road America: On lap 72, during the ARCA race at Michigan, Spencer Gallagher's right front tire failed heading into Turn 1 and sent Gallagher hard into the wall. The hit, which Gallagher classified as one of the hardest in his career, prompted ARCA Racing Series officials to send the racer to the infield care center for observation. Doctors released Gallagher under his own recognizance, but have scheduled several follow-up appointments before next week’s race at Road America. (In part from Gallagher Motorsports PR) (06-17-13)
    UPDATE:  Gallagher Motorsports officials announced today that 23-year-old Spencer Gallagher will forgo this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Scott 160 at Road America. Gallagher endured a hard impact in last week’s ARCA event at Michigan International Speedway after suffering a right front tire failure. After being evaluated by medical personnel at the track and in his hometown of Las Vegas, Nev., doctors have diagnosed Gallagher with a vestibular concussion, sidelining him from all racing activity. Gallagher plans to meet with doctors next week, after undergoing a therapy regimen, for a reevaluation with hopes of returning to the seat for next week’s Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway. (Gallagher Motorsports PR) (06-20-13)
  • Mason Mitchell hospitalized after Michigan; will race at Road America:  Mason Mitchell took a hard hit into the turn one wall during Friday's ARCA race while running fourth. The accident was caused by a manufacturer tire issue that affected multiple cars. Mitchell was taken to Allegiance Medical Center in Jackson, Michigan where he received oxygen to help bring his carbon monoxide level from 12 at the track to six (6) at the hospital. The carbon monoxide level was more than likely caused by the time Mason sat in the car, while his team repaired it so he could go back out. Mitchell also received a CT Scan which revealed no abnormalities. He has no abnormal blood levels, is taking no medications, is working out, and is ready to take on Road America this Saturday. (In part from Mason Mitchell Racing PR) (06-17-13)
  • Austin Dillon entered to drive at Road America: Austin Dillon has filed an entry in the No. 52 Drive4COPD Chevrolet for Road America. Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress, is seeking additional road course experience in an effort to be more competitive on road courses in NASCAR competition. Dillon's younger brother, Ty Dillon, won the ARCA championship in 2011. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-15-13)
  • Josh Williams searching for sponsorship; scales back schedule:  Josh Williams has strung together four top-10 finishes for a family-owned team with piecemeal sponsorship during the first four months of the ARCA Racing Series season. Although he has found success, Williams has scaled back his schedule due to sponsorship issues. Williams said he plans to drive in ARCA’s remaining six televised races this season, as well as on road courses at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Two weekends ago at Elko (Minn.) Speedway, Williams drove the No. 17 Roulo Brothers Ford instead of the car he’s competed in so far this season. Williams didn’t initially plan to travel to Minnesota, and when he arrived in Elko his initial intention was only to start and park — racing parlance for starting a race and then pulling off after a handful of laps, in order to collect prize money. Williams qualified fourth and began the short-track race. “As the race went on, I asked them, ‘Do you want me to come in?’ ” Williams recalled. A chance for a win took precedence over basic finances. Gary Roulo, Williams’ crew chief, had one message: “I’ll tell you to come in when I want you to come in,” Roulo told Williams. Williams finished sixth in the 250-lap race. (In part from ToledoBlade.com) (06-15-13)
  • Brennan Poole wins the Patriot Pumps ARCA 200 at Michigan:  Brennan Poole, in the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, notched his fourth career win in the ARCA Racing Series Friday, winning the Patriot Pumps 200. Poole grabbed the lead with 12 laps to go, and then had to stave off a challenge from the hard-charging Ryan Blaney. Series point leader #44 Frank Kimmel finished third, #25 Justin Boston finished fourth, and #90 Grant Enfinger finished fifth. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-15-13)
  • Ryan Blaney quickest in Michigan practice:  Ryan Blaney, driving the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge, was quickest in Thursday practice at Michigan International Speedway. 26 cars of the 28 entered this weekend made at least one lap. Qualifying will begin at 10:00 AM EST and the race will be televised tomorrow at 5:15 PM EST on SPEED Channel. Practice Results (06-13-13)
  • Brennan Poole, Chad Boat to drive for Venturini Motorsports at Michigan:  Brennan Poole and Chad Boat will drive for Venturini Motorsports at Michigan on June 14th. Poole will return to the team to drive the No. 15 Toyota, while Boat will be behind the wheel of the team's No. 55 Toyota. This will be Poole's first race back in ARCA Racing Series competition after completing a full season last year. Boat will make his second start in 2013 after driving at Daytona for Ken Schrader Racing. (06-09-13)
  • Chase Elliott wins the Pocono ARCA 200:  Chase Elliott won the Pocono ARCA 200 and became the youngest superspeedway winner in ARCA Racing Series history. “This was a lot of fun,” the 17-year-old Elliott said. “This means a ton to me. It was about 10 years ago that I was sitting in victory lane here with my dad.” Elliott held off a great challenge by fellow 17-year-old competitor Erik Jones, who finished second in the #15 ToyotaCare Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. #44 Frank Kimmel finished third, while #77 Tom Hessert and #99 Mason Mitchell completed the top five. #44 Frank Kimmel continues to lead the ARCA Racing Series points standings by 75 points over #32 Mason Mingus. Mingus finished in 6th. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-07-13)
  • 35 cars entered for the Pocono ARCA 200:  35 cars are entered for Saturday's Pocono ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway. Entries include #07 Brian Kaltreider, #5 Bobby Gerhart, #9 Chase Elliott, #10 Ed Pompa, #13 George Cushman, #15 Erik Jones, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Will Kimmel, #40 Dominick Casola, #43 Kyle Martel, #55 A.J. Henriksen, #74 Garrett Smithley, #82 Sean Corr, #86 Nick Igdalsky, and #88 Buster Graham. #3 Steve Fox will withdraw, which will bring the car count down to 34. Complete Entry List (06-06-13)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports adds Korbin Forrister for television events:  Roger Carter announced on Facebook today that Carter 2 Motorsports has signed Korbin Forrister to drive for the "majority" of the remaining television events starting at Michigan. The team is in negotiations to have Forrister drive in more races, but has not reached a deal yet. (06-06-13)
  • Universe Racing bringing two cars at Pocono; Nick Igdalsky returns UPDATE Fox Withdraws:  Universe Racing will field two cars for the Pocono ARCA 200 on June 8th. Steve Fox will drive the No. 3 entry, while Nick Igdalsky will return to ARCA Racing competition driving the No. 86 PA State Police Chevrolet. Igdalsky previously made a handful of starts for the team in 2011 after running a full schedule in 2010 for Andy Belmont Racing. (05-25-13)
    UPDATE: After thrashing in the garage over the last few months in anticipation for the upcoming ARCA 200, all of the hard work still wasn’t enough to get Steve Fox and the Universe Racing team on track for this weekend's event at Pocono. “We just ran out of time” said Fox. “It’s so unfortunate for all of our sponsors and supporters”, he noted. “If it wasn’t one thing, it was another. We sent the engine out to be refreshed and we got that back late. Then there was interference with the bell housing, along with smaller issues here and there. We’ll get everything worked out in time for the next Pocono event, but we want to do this right and not be in a hurry with the risk of overlooking something.” (Universe Racing PR) (06-06-13)
  • Thomas Praytor secures sponsorship for Pocono and Michigan:  The USA Boxing’s Junior Olympic National Championships logo will adorn the hood of Thomas “Moose” Praytor’s Hixson Motorsports/Max Force Racing Ford at Pocono Raceway and Michigan International Speedway on June 8th and 14th. In partnership with the Mobile Sports Authority and the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau the USA Boxing’s Junior Olympic National Championships will be contested in Mobile, Alabama June 26-29th at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center. “We are striving to have the best sporting events in the country contested in Mobile. USA Boxing like the ARCA-Mobile 200 draws from all over the country and shines the national spotlight on our area,” offered Danny Corte, Executive Director of the Mobile Sports Authority. “Thomas and his Mobile based ARCA team have been a great ambassador for Mobile and having them promote our event on national television is a natural fit.” (Max Force Racing PR) (06-06-13)
  • Cunningham Motorsports signs Ryan Blaney for three races: Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Penske Racing driver, Ryan Blaney, will pilot the #22 Dodge in three select ARCA Racing Series events. The first of the three races will be at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, followed the next weekend by Road America on June 22. The final of the three planned races is one month later, on July 21, when he rejoins the Cunningham organization at Chicagoland Speedway. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (06-03-13)
  • Frank Kimmel wins the Akona 250 at Elko Speedway: #44 Frank Kimmel won the Akona 250 after passing #15 Kyle Benjamin on a late race restart. #77 Tom Hessert finished second, while #22 Jonathan Eilen, #25 Justin Boston, and #52 Ken Schrader completed the top five. Kimmel extended his points lead to 60 over #32 Mason Mingus, who finished in 9th. Full Results (06-02-13)