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December 2013

  • Frank Kimmel not returning to ThorSport UPDATE Win-Tron Racing: Rumors are circulating that Frank Kimmel will not return to ThorSport Racing next season. Kimmel is said to be shopping for another team and will take Menards sponsorship with him. Win-Tron Racing has been mentioned as a possible candidate. (12-15-13)
    UPDATE:
    Frank Kimmel will move from ThorSport Racing to Win-Tron Racing for the 2014 season, where he will drive the Ansell Menards Toyota #44 for the full 20-race season. "I appreciate the support Ansell and Menards have given me, and I'll be forever indebted to Duke Thorson and all the guys at ThorSport for helping me achieve the goals we set for ourselves," said Kimmel. "At the same time, I can't wait to get behind the wheel of those Toyotas at Win-Tron Racing. Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse have a great reputation in the ARCA Garage and that's well deserved. I feel like we have a shot to win every week in 2014." "Frank Kimmel has been a great spokesperson for Ansell and for Menards," said Jeff Abbott, Promotions Manager for Menards. "The 2014 season will be a celebration of the milestones Frank has achieved over his career, and especially since the 2009 season when Ansell and Menards have been on board. Frank represents Ansell and Menards extremely well, and while we're proud of our accomplishments to date, don't count us out to win more races and contend for another championship." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-19-13)
  • Ken Schrader Racing to run full schedule; Matt Tifft part time: Matt Tifft confirmed today that he will join Ken Schrader Racing (KSR) for 2014 in a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series. Tifft ran the full NASCAR K&N East campaign and two ARCA races this year. His best finish of the season came at Toledo Speedway (ARCA) on May 19, where he finished fifth. The rising phenom will compete in 10 ARCA races, with two of those events as a teammate to car owner Ken Schrader. A defined schedule is forthcoming. “I am very excited to make the move to Ken Schrader Racing and extremely honored to represent Federated Auto Parts,” said Tifft. “The team is a proven winner and consistent contender and I look forward to adding to the success of this already well-established organization." In addition to Federated Auto Parts, the Buckeye native also welcomes IMC Marks, DOC 360, Malco Automotive and JLP CPA’s as supporting marketing partners for 2014. Federated Auto Parts will begin its 15th consecutive year with KSR. Schrader commented on the announcement by saying, “We are proud to be running a full ARCA schedule next season. With Matt assisting with the team’s driving duties, I will be able to run our No. 9 Federated Auto Parts dirt modified, and still compete in the ARCA Series,” Schrader added. “Donnie Richeson will again head up our North Carolina-based team and be calling the shots from the pit box.  He has worked with many young drivers and I believe he and Matt will be a great combination.” (In part from Matt Tifft Racing PR) (12-19-13)
  • Shannon McIntosh joins Cunningham Motorsports for part time schedule: Kerry Scherer, co-owner of Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Shannon McIntosh has signed to compete in the ARCA Racing Series with the Cunningham organization. McIntosh, with 18 years of racing experience, will begin her ARCA career at the December 20-22 Daytona Open Test at Daytona International Speedway. Her first race with her Cunningham team will be April 27 when the ARCA Series cars invade Salem Speedway for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200. Plans for the 2014 season include a total of 6-7 races and various test sessions, with sponsorship being announced in the coming weeks. In making his announcement Scherer said, “We’ve been trying to get Shannon to race with us for years. She tested with us recently and impressed everyone at Cunningham. I am extremely pleased that Shannon is finally with us. She is a remarkable young lady on and off the track.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (12-19-13)
  • Bobby Gerhart Racing re-signs Lucas Oil as primary sponsor: Bobby Gerhart Racing (BGR) has announced that it has re-signed Lucas Oil for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. "The 2014 season marks our 11th year with Lucas Oil," Gerhart said. "We are very proud of our association with Lucas Oil and the success that we have enjoyed together at Daytona. We are looking forward to another strong effort in the 2014 Lucas Oil - Mav TV 200 at Daytona." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-19-13)
  • Roger Carter faces legal trouble; in jail STATEMENT: 44 year-old ARCA team owner and driver Roger Carter II is in legal trouble. Carter, who owns Carter 2 Motorsports, is currently listed as an active inmate at Davidson Correctional Center in North Carolina. Records show that he was convicted on November 8th for attempting to obtain property by false pretenses (through cheats and services) and was admitted on November 14th. Carter has a minimum term of eight (8) months and a maximum term of 10. His projected release date is July 6, 2014. Team officials did not immediately return messages seeking comment. (12-16-13)
    TEAM STATEMENT: "Though we'd like to say its not true, we cannot. Roger was admitted on November 14th to the Davidson Correction Center. This was in part from old business not pertaining to C2M's current situation. Roger has been involved in ARCA for over 20 years and doesnt want this to be a blemish on his career or on the sanctioning body. As of now, our team plans on being at the Daytona test this weekend, as well as running the full season with our organization and drivers. Roger will join in with our plans when able to. The remainder of our plans will be announce at a later date." (Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (12-16-13)
  • Darrell Basham married: Darrell Basham married long-time girlfriend Sandy Miller Sparrow on Friday, December 13th. The couple attended the season ending ARCA banquet the next night. (12-16-13)
  • Chad Boat graduates to NASCAR: Chad Boat will move to the NASCAR Nationwide Series next season after competing in a partial ARCA schedule in 2013. Boat, the son of former IndyCar driver Billy Boat, hopes to run 15 races. His family owned team is currently seeking sponsorship for Boat's partial schedule. (12-16-13)
  • 2014 Television Schedule Announced: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America and Fox Sports announced today the FOX Sports broadcast schedule for the ARCA Racing Series for the upcoming 2014 season. The FOX sports family of networks will televise 10 ARCA Racing Series events as part of a multi-year agreement. The broadcast schedule kicks off with ARCA’s 51st consecutive visit to Daytona on Feb. 15. The 2014 FOX Sports television schedule includes eight races that ARCA holds at tracks in conjunction with NASCAR events. The races will be [Daytona, Talladega, Toledo, Pocono, Michigan, Chicagoland, Lucas Oil Raceway, the second Pocono event, Kentucky, and Kansas]. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (12-15-13)
  • Dave Darland seeking sponsorship for Daytona attempt: USAC open-wheel champion Dave Darland is hoping to take his talent to Daytona Beach in February. Darland is working on a deal that would see him enter the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 that opens the season Feb. 15 at Daytona Int’l Speedway. The opportunity came about when Darland was approached by team owner Jeff Montgomery about the idea of entering a few ARCA races in 2014. “I’ve known him (Jeff) for about seven or eight years. His boy (Spencer Montgomery) runs a 600 mini sprint in Macon,” Darland said. “It all came about when Jeff asked me about running some races and possibly Daytona if we got the money. Jeff Montgomery is all responsible for it.” For Darland, who has won championships in all three USAC national divisions, the idea of running on the high banks of Daytona Int’l Speedway is too good to pass up. The team, which will utilize RCR engines and former Bobby Gerhart race cars, plans to test at Daytona during the annual ARCA test on Dec. 20-22. “Just running Daytona is the main goal and we are trying to get that accomplished right now,” Darland said. “Daytona is not an opportunity you get very often. Most people never (get it). It is a huge deal for me to have this opportunity so hopefully we can make the most of it and go down there and have a decent race and have some fun and just say that I did it.” Darland said the team is looking for sponsors or donations to help fund the project. Darland said they are organizing a donation account that will be used to help pay for tires and hire a pit crew for the race. (In part from National Speed Sport News.com) (12-15-13)
  • ARCA announces 2014 schedule: The 20-race, 2014 ARCA Racing Series schedule is complete, series officials announced today. The 2014 season – the 62nd in series history – starts with the 51st ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway with the annual Speedweeks race on Saturday, Feb. 15, and ends with its championship weekend at Kansas Speedway Friday, October 3. In between, the series will visit historic short tracks, two dirt mile tracks in Illinois and New Jersey Motorsports Park, meaning ARCA will once again showcase its diversity by racing on superspeedway and short paved ovals, dirt and road courses. “Our 2014 schedule carries forward our long term commitment to maintaining the identity of the series and challenging drivers and teams with a broad a range of venues,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “Given our industry position, we’ll continue to provide the opportunity for racers to get valuable, meaningful experience in a single season." Full Schedule (ARCARacing.com) (12-02-13)
  • Michael Lia to test for Bobby Gerhart Racing at Daytona: Australian driver Michael Lia will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Daytona with Bobby Gerhart Racing. Lia, a dual Australian Karting Champion and Late Model Rookie of the Year, will compete in the Dec 20-22 ARCA Racing Series test session. “When we started to discuss the opportunity with Michael, we were impressed with just how dedicated he is to being a wheel-man, he lives and breathes this sport and I look forward to him being part of the Bobby Gerhart Racing Team for the test” said Gerhart. (In part from Bobby Gerhart Racing PR) (12-02-13)