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January 2014

  • Danny Glad Racing planning to run full ARCA schedule with multiple drivers: Danny Glad Racing plans to compete in the full 2014 ARCA Racing Series schedule using multiple drivers. The team has been formed by Danny Glad, who owns Glad Precision Machine. Glad will field the No. 56 RGM Erectors Dodge for Derrick Lancaster at Daytona after purchasing equipment last year. Additional sponsorship will come from Total Car and Truck Care. Lancaster will return later in the season for the Talladega ARCA 200 on May 3rd. Glad is currently seeking funded drivers for the remaining unfilled races. (01-28-14)
  • Mike Affarano Motorsports annouces Daytona driver:  Mike Affarano Motorsports has announced that Rick Clifton will drive the team's car at Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200 on February 15th. The team has acquired cars from David Leiner Racing and may even attempt the NASCAR Nationwide race later in the month. Clifton has competed in the series since 2010 and has made 14 starts for Fast Track Racing. (01-28-14)
  • RACE 101 entering ARCA competition with Tom Buzze, Karl Weber: When Tony Blanchard announced he needed a driver for the Daytona ARCA race there was no shortage of candidates. After careful deliberation Blanchard will team with veteran North Carolina racer Tom Buzze in a one-race agreement with Buzze and marketing partner Lane Southern Orchards. Tom Buzze has experience with short track stock car racing and superspeedway competition as well. “Tom is the perfect driver for what we are trying to do,” said Blanchard. “I want someone with experience on big tracks and someone I can communicate with about the car. Tom provides everything we need to do well in Daytona.” Blanchard will campaign the #3 entry in the ARCA Racing Series with Midwest teenage racer Karl Weber behind the wheel during most events. But with Weber not eligible to compete on the superspeedways Blanchard found a void in his program. A partnership with Buzze allows Blanchard to earn valuable points, and it also will create opportunity to develop set-up notes when the Ambia, Indiana, pilot is able to compete at the bigger tracks. Marketing opportunities are available on the RACE 101 entry, and no driver has been named for superspeedway events later in the 2014 ARCA schedule. (In part from RACE 101 PR) (01-28-14)
  • John Wes Townley to run full schedule with Venturini Motorsports: Venturini Motorsports and long-time marketing partner Zaxby's have agreed on a full season sponsorship deal featuring John Wes Townley driving the No.15 Zaxby's Toyota during the upcoming 20-event ARCA Racing Series season. "What an incredible opportunity to come back with Venturini in such a big way after all the success we've had together. They have a dominant team and I'm expecting nothing less this coming season," said Townley. VMS will pair Townley with newly acquired crew chief Rich Lushes for their championship bid. With a decorated history, Lushes joins VMS after spending the last two seasons with ThorSport Racing as car chief for Frank Kimmel and the reigning ARCA champions. "This is a fantastic opportunity. I'm excited to be working with Venturini Motorsports and appreciate the confidence Billy (Venturini) has in me to lead the 15 team. This will be my first chance to crew chief in the ARCA series. I'm looking forward to building my team and getting on track with John Wes at Daytona," said Lushes. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-27-14)
  • Gallagher Motorsports renamed; returning to ARCA: Gallagher Motorsports, owned by Maury Gallagher, has been renamed to GMS Racing. The team will field a full time entry for Spencer Gallagher in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. Additionally, a second car will be entered at Daytona for Allegiant Air Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Scott Sheldon. (01-25-14)
  • Win-Tron Racing to enter Terry Jones at Daytona OFFICIAL: Terry Jones has been linked to Win-Tron Racing for the 2014 ARCA opener at Daytona. Jones could fill one of the team's entries in the Daytona test session later this week as well. (12-15-13)
    OFFICIAL: Win-Tron Racing announced that Amherstburg, Ontario native Terry Jones will drive the team’s No. 32 Toyota in the ARCA Racing Series season-opener at Daytona. Jones’s partnership with the team stems from a long-time friendship with crew chief Mark Rette. Now, the two peers will unite as one for a minimum of two ARCA Racing Series events this season, which also includes the Talladega ARCA 200. “This is a great opportunity for myself and everyone at Jones Group International,” said Jones. “Win-Tron Racing has been a strong structure in the ARCA Racing Series for a long-time and I cannot begin to explain how excited I am to have the opportunity to run one of their cars.” Jones Group International will serve as the primary sponsor of the No. 32 entry, while Rette, the 2009 ARCA Racing Series champion crew chief, will call the shots for his friend on race day. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (01-24-14) 
  • ARCA changes restart procedure for 2014; double file restarts: ARCA officials released a bulletin to drivers, car owners, and crew chiefs today that announced that the ARCA Racing Series will utilize NASCAR's double file restarts in 2014. Lead lap drivers will restart near the front of the field while all cars that are one or more laps down will start near the back. (01-22-14)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports signs Alx Danielsson for Daytona: Alx Danielsson is the first European driver to make the ARCA Racing Series entry list for next month’s Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. Danielsson, 32, from Ostersund, Sweden, will drive the Carter 2 Motorsports No. 40 at Daytona on Feb. 15. He tested at Daytona in December in the three-day ARCA Racing Series test at the 2.5-mile track. “I am very excited and privileged to make my first ARCA start at Daytona,” he said. “The test with my team went very well. The first experience of driving up onto the banking and then later in the day drafting at 180 mph plus really summed up what Daytona is all about for me.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (01-22-14)
  • Mason Mitchell returning in 2014; starting own team UPDATE 2 Sponsor Announced:  Mason Mitchell announced on Race Time Radio today that he will return to ARCA competition full time next year. Mitchell will be driving for his own team, Mason Mitchell Motorsports. The 19 year-old driver finished sixth in the ARCA Racing Series point standings this season after driving for Roulo Brothers Racing, Kimmel Racing, and Empire Racing. (10-14-13)
    UPDATE:
    Mason Mitchell Motorsports has signed Brad Parrott to be the crew chief of the No. 98 Ford. Parrott has considerable experience in the role, working for teams like Roush Fenway Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in NASCAR. (01-15-14)
    UPDATE 2:
    Mason Mitchell and his newly-formed Mason Mitchell Motorsports have partnered with Thermal Technology Services Inc. as the primary sponsor of the team’s No. 98 Ford for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. Thermal Technology Services facility in Clearwater, Fla. is recognized as the world’s leader in the practice and development of Thermal Cycling Process. Thermal Technology Services promotes green technology through a life-increasing process of all metal products and equipment. “Thermal Technology Services, Inc. is looking forward to the partnership with Mason Mitchell Motorsports,” said Frank Masyada CEO and Patent Owner of Thermal Technology Services. “We are anxious for a successful competitive season  and are looking forward to the 2014 season with Mason representing our company, both as a driver and a team owner.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (01-22-14)
  • Tony Marks Racing returning at Daytona; part time schedule?: Tony Marks Racing has entered two cars in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona, for drivers Jared Marks and Kody Weisner. Both entries are listed as Chevrolets with sponsorship from University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). The team last competed in the season ending Kansas Speedway race in 2012, before funding issues sidelined the team last season. Reports indicate that Tony Marks Racing is seeking sponsorship to run Jared Marks in additional races this year. (01-20-14)
  • Justin Allison to drive for Team BCR Racing in 2014:  Team BCR Racing has announced Justin Allison will pilot the No. 88 HAVACOSALES.COM Ford for the 2014 season in the ARCA Racing Series. The first race on the schedule for Allison will be the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. Allison is the grandson of NASCAR legend and International Motorsports Hall of Fame driver Donnie Allison, and great nephew of NASCAR champion Bobby Allison. Allison’s complete 2014 schedule and marketing partners will be released at a later date. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (01-20-14)
  • Hixson Motorsports signs Tim Viens for partial schedule: Tim Viens has partnered with longtime ARCA Racing Series car owner Wayne Hixson for a limited schedule of races in 2014. The 36 year old Daytona Beach native has signed on to drive a minimum of three races in 2014 for Soddy Daisy, Tennessee based Hixson Motorsports. Viens, who has not competed in an ARCA Racing Series event, recently completed the open test at Daytona. "I am really happy to have this opportunity with Wayne Hixson," Viens said. "When it looked like I was going to be able to put a deal together, a good friend of mine told me to contact Wayne, and this deal just evolved from that conversation." The 36 year old Viens' desire to venture into ARCA racing stems from his primary job. As a businessman, Viens owns RaceDaySponsor.com, which is a full service marketing and sponsorship company for NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup teams. Vien's company has helped put underfunded teams on the track week in and week out for five years. Viens currently plans to compete in the #3 for Hixson Motorsports at Toledo Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, and Kansas Speedway with sponsorship from RaceDaySponsor.com. (In part from Hixson Motorsports PR) (01-16-14)
  • Michael Lira to run 14 races for Kimmel Racing: Michael Lira plans to run 14 races in the ARCA Racing Series with Kimmel Racing [this year].  Lira has been busy in the last month preparing for the upcoming season.  When the ARCA Racing Series held a weekend of testing sessions at Daytona, Lira was granted special permission to participate. “I was very excited to test at Daytona,” Lira said. “I’ve grown up watching my dad run sports cars there, and getting to experience it for myself was an incredible opportunity. I learned so much in just one weekend there, and it has definitely made me a more confident driver.” Lira will drive the No. 69 Ford, with Gary Yeomans Ford as the car’s primary sponsor, in addition to Costa and AttorneyatLaw.com.  The team is headed by legendary ARCA crew chief Bill Kimmel. (In part from Michael Lira Racing PR) (01-15-14)
  • Anderson Bowen to run partial schedule for Cunningham Motorsports: Sixteen year old Anderson Bowen has signed to compete in 8-9 races with Cunningham Motorsports. The races will be a mixture of short track races on the ARCA Racing Series schedule and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East  schedule. Plans for Anderson’s 2014 season will include some of his favorite ARCA tracks. He will race in March at Mobile International Speedway, where he made his ARCA Series debut last season, at Winchester Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway, both in July. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (01-13-14)
  • Bobby Grewohl to run full schedule for Fox Motorsports: Bobby Grewohl is ready to drive the No. 86 Fox Motorsports Chevrolet in 2014.  The Hollister, Calif. native plans on driving the entire 2014 schedule with sponsorship provided by 989 On Demand, Black Clover Clothing, and RainEater Wiper Blades. Veteran ARCA Racing Series driver and crew chief Rick Markle will be calling the shots for Grewohl in 2014. “I’m looking forward to driving the Fox Motorsports DRG Chevrolet this season,” Grewohl said. “And I’m looking forward to representing 989 On Demand, Black Clover Clothing, and Rain Eater wiper blades in all of the events in 2014. I’m thankful to be associated with Joe Nemechek, and I appreciate his efforts to advance my driving career.” Grewohl is a NEMCO Motorsports development driver. “Bobby comes from a competitive open wheel background, and his driving experience is well suited for stock cars,” said mentor and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Joe Nemechek. “I look forward to working with Bobby, and helping him through his learning curve this year.” Team owners John Fox and Scott Deware are looking forward to having Grewohl in the Fox Motorsports DRG stable in 2014. “We’re looking forward to 2014, and beyond,” said owner John Fox. “Bobby is a great addition to our team, and we’re looking forward to having him our car this season.” (In part from Fox Motorsports PR) (01-05-13)
  • Clay Rogers to drive for Wes Gonder Racing at Daytona: Wes Gonder Racing will compete in the ARCA Racing Series in 2014 with 33-year-old veteran short-track driver Clay Rogers behind the wheel of the No. 38 Ford. Also 18-year-old Tyler Lester will be mentored by Rogers and the team and Lester is scheduled to compete in at least two ARCA races in 2014. The complete schedule that Rogers and Lester will race in will be announced once full details are finalized by Wes Gonder Racing. WGR has said it is committed to competing for ARCA wins and developing new talent. (In part from SportsMedia101.com) (01-05-13)
  • Jacob Engle joins Empire Racing for full season: Late model driver Jacob Engle will make the move to the ARCA Racing Series in 2014, driving for Empire Racing. Engle started his Empire Racing tour by testing at Daytona International Speedway last month, as part of the annual open test by the ARCA Racing Series. “I’m really looking forward to working with Empire Racing,” said Engle.  “They had great results last year and I’m confident that with the relationship between Roush-Yates Engines and Empire we are going to have a very successful program.” Engle, 21, has been in charge of his own late model team for the past three seasons. The deal with Empire Racing also includes the potential for some starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series next season as well.  Team officials said that Engle’s experience in the ARCA Racing Series will give Engle the experience he needs for to move up through the NASCAR ranks. (In part from Empire Racing PR) (01-05-13)