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February 2014

  • Carter 2 Motorsports signs well-known driver; Bobby Hamilton Jr?: Carter 2 Motorsports announced that it has signed a "well-known" driver to drive the team's No. 40 Dodge starting at Mobile International Speedway on March 22nd. The agreement is for the remainder of the 2014 ARCA season. NASCAR veteran Bobby Hamilton Jr. is rumored to have signed the contract. Carter 2 has been in negotiations with Hamilton Jr. for several years, and the 36 year-old recently commented that has completed a deal that will put him back on track this season. An official announcement is expected next week. (02-08-14)
    OFFICIAL: Carter 2 Motorsports announced that NASCAR veteran Bobby Hamilton Jr. will be joining the team on a full-time basis for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season.  He will make his first start for the team at Mobile International Speedway.  Hamilton Jr. will drive the number 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge. The 36 year-old native of Nashville, Tenn., returns to ARCA after racing at all three levels of NASCAR competition.  “I’ve always liked running in ARCA,” said Hamilton Jr., who recorded his first series start in 1998 at Pocono, “plus I love the old school car that’s run in the series.  I’m also thrilled to be going back to some of the historic short-tracks that ARCA runs on.” Hamilton Jr., son of NASCAR legend Bobby Hamilton, is looking to make a permanent home in the ARCA Racing Series.  “It’s a great series with a bunch of competitive teams”, stated the second-generation driver, “I would love to finish in the Top-Ten in driver points for 2014.  I want to run the series until I retire and hopefully score a bunch of victories along the way.  ARCA brings my career full-circle.  It’s sort of like going back home.” (In part from Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (02-28-14)
  • Cunningham Motorsports to field three cars at Mobile: The [ARCA Racing] Series has one month of prep time before their next race, the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama on March 16. Austin Wayne Self will pilot the #22 AMTS Dodge at Mobile, while Anderson Bowen will rejoin his 2013 ARCA series team in the #77. Tom Hessert will also be with the Cunningham organization in Mobile, driving a third Cunningham entry. The drivers will appear at an autograph session Thursday evening, March 20, at the USS Alabama from 5-6 CST. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (02-23-14)
  • Peterson Motorsports to enter Joey Gattina in select events: Joey Gattina has joined Peterson Motorsports for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. “We've have been talking to Joey for quite some time,” said team owner Wayne Peterson. “We're excited to add him to our driver lineup. He has had some impressive seat time at various speedway tracks and we look forward to putting him in a Peterson Motorsports car for the ARCA races in 2014 and building a partnership for the future.” Gattina is a veteran racing instructor looking to further his career in the ARCA Racing Series. Joey Gattina has been training people how to drive around some of NASCAR's fastest tracks including the Talladega Superspeedway. The Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure has been the home to this 34-year-old driver since 2008. Before joining Jarrett, he spent a few years at another racing school along with running local divisions of racing around Alabama's dirt tracks. Gattina and the Peterson Motorsports team are working to put together the funding needed for Joey to drive one of the Peterson Motorsports at select races in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Gattina will be working with the team preparing the various team cars for each race. (In part from Peterson Motorsports PR) (02-23-14)
  • Bobby Gerhart Racing questions integrity of inspection process UPDATE: In reference to the disqualification from the pole, BGR disagrees with the penalty and questions the integrity of the inspection process. BGR passed all phases of inspection on Wednesday and Thursday prior to practice. All rear end suspension parts were checked and passed by ARCA officials. After capturing the pole during qualifying on Friday afternoon, the same suspension parts were deemed in violation. (In part from Bobby Gerhart Racing PR) (02-17-14)
    UPDATE: During an exclusive interview with Lebanon Sports Buzz, Gerhart intimated that those forces included a personal vendetta against him by ARCA president Ron Drager, who was motivated, Gerhart said, by the influence of the influx of larger, more affluent racing teams in the series. “We have worked on this car for one year to get ready for the race,” said Gerhart by phone from Daytona. “For this to be taken away, he (Drager) has no idea of the ripple effect it has on me, my team and my career. It taints what we’ve done for years. It’s on him. It’s not on me. I’ll never, ever, ever, ever forgive the series, or him (Drager) for his actions, and his actions after the race,” continued Gerhart. “The sport is changing. I can’t say it’s a good thing for he and ARCA to be manipulated by big money.” Drager did not immediately return a request for an interview with Lebanon Sports Buzz. But through a statement released by ARCA, Drager said: “The post-qualifying inspection procedure at restrictor-plate tracks requires a minimum of the top 10 to undergo a thorough under-car inspection and a minimum of the top three to undergo a thorough engine inspection. Today’s penalties are a result of that standard inspection procedure.” (In part from (02-17-14
  • CBS Sports Network to broadcast three ARCA races: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America announced that CBS Sports Network will televise at least three live events from the ARCA Racing Series this year.  CBS Sports Network’s coverage, part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, begins with the Akona 250 on Saturday, June 21 from Elko Speedway in Minnesota. In addition, CBS Sports Network will televise races from Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday, July 6 and Madison International Speedway in Oregon, Wisc. on Sunday, Aug. 24. “We are pleased to provide additional exposure of the ARCA Racing Series on CBS 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.” (In part from (02-17-14)
  • Grant Enfinger wins Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona: #90 Grant Enfinger won the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona after holding off second place #44 Frank Kimmel. #52 Clay Campbell finished third, while Cunningham Motorsports teammates #77 Tom Hessert and #22 Tyler Reddick completed the top five. Only one major accident occurred in the race. On lap 13, #99 Buster Graham's car spun and triggered a multi-car accident involving at twelve other drivers. Contendors such as #13 Jeb Burton, #25 Justin Boston, #66 Mark Thompson, and #69 Will Kimmel were taken out. #5 Bobby Gerhart made contact with the wall early in the race and rebounded to earn a sixth place finish. Full Results (02-15-14)
  • Roulo Brothers Racing signs rookie drivers for 2014 season: Roulo Brothers Racing has signed two 16 year-old drivers for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. Kyle Weatherman and Kyle Benjamin will join the team for tracks that under one mile in length. Weatherman's minimum five race schedule may include Kentucky Speedway, which he is expected to become eligible for after he turns 17 in August. Benjamin's schedule will be announced at a later date. (02-15-14)
  • Dylan Kwasniewski wins pole for Lucas Oil 200; cars disqualified: #4 Dylan Kwasniewski has won the pole for the Lucas Oil 200. #90 Grant Enfinger will start second, while #99 Buster Graham, #66 Mark Thompson, and #9 Chase Elliott complete the top five. Kwasniewski's pole position occurred after #5 Bobby Gerhart's time was disallowed. In addition to Gerhart, #22 Tyler Reddick, #23 Spencer Gallagher, #25 Justin Boston, and #55 Leilani Munter had their cars fail post-qualifying inspection as well. Gerhart and Reddick's cars violated rear suspension rules. Boston and Munter's cars were disqualified due to coil spring mount violations. Finally, Gallagher's time was disallowed due to a mechanical lowering device. ARCA officials has a "zero tolerance" policy on mechanical lowering devices and pulled Gallagher's entry from the field, despite the fact that it had enough owner points to earn a provisional starting position.  Gallagher will miss the race along with #58 Brent Cross. Starting Lineup (02-14-14)
  • Austin Wayne Self unable to attempt Daytona:  Austin Wayne Self was unable to attempt the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona due to minimum age restrictions. The 17 year-old drivers turns 18 on March 5, meaning that he had to sit out the Lucas Oil 200. Self turned a lap in practice to become eligible for bonus points as he competes for the 2014 ARCA championship with Cunningham Motorsports. (02-14-14)
  • Buster Graham driving for Roulo Brothers Racing; sponsorship announced: Hewes Concrete Polishing has joined forces with Buster Graham and Roulo Brothers Racing for the 2014 Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Graham will be making his third start at Daytona in the No. 99 Hewes Concrete Polishing Ford. “From everything I have learned about Hewes Concrete Polishing, they are a great company and have a passion for racing. They have had some previous involvement in the sport and we’re happy they have chosen to work with us,” said Gary Roulo, with Roulo Brothers Racing. (In part from Roulo Brothers Racing PR) (02-13-14)
  • Max Force Racing; Thomas Praytor add associate sponsorship UPDATE Part-time: DK-LOK USA joins Thomas “Moose” Praytor as a major associate sponsor for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The distinctive DK-LOK logo will adorn the Mobile, Alabama natives quarter panels for the ARCA Racing Series season opener on February 15th. “We’re excited to be a part of turning the Moose loose at Daytona. This is a great opportunity to expose DK-LOK Fittings and Valves to a national TV audience,” said Bob Slaughter, President of DK-LOK USA. “Who better to do carry our DK-LOK colors than Mobile’s own, Thomas Praytor. Last year he went from 34th to 2nd and he is fun to watch on the racetrack.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (02-11-14)
     Max Force Racing and Thomas Praytor will run the first four (4) events of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. After Talladega Superspeedway, the team will re-evaluate its schedule to determine if a full season is possible. (02-13-14)  
  • Equipment stolen from Carter 2 Motorsports; prevents Mark Meunier from attempting Daytona: Mark Meunier was originally scheduled to drive the No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports entry at Daytona. Due to stolen cars, engines and other parts, as well as budget and time constraints, Carter 2 Motorsports is unable to field a third car for Mark Meunier as intended. “We are very disappointed and feel bad that Mark got caught up in this,” C2M Vice President Dana Carter said.  “Mark has been a big part of our team.  This, in no way, was any fault of his and will have him back in one of our cars this season.” Tentatively, Meunier is scheduled to drive at the next superspeedway event in April at Talladega Superspeedway. Carter 2 Motorsports would like to extend a public apology to Mark, his sponsors, and anyone else affected by the situation. Mark has been a team play and very understanding of the situation; we cannot wait until we can get him back in one of our cars. (In part from Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (02-11-14)
  • Chris Bailey Jr. signs sponsorship to race Daytona with Kimmel Racing: South Park, PA’s Chris Bailey Jr. has been traveling to Daytona since he was six months old. Ever since he can remember, he wanted to race at the 2.5 mile tri-oval. Last year, he started ten ARCA events for Bill Kimmel, which placed him 19th in points. During the off-season, the two struck a deal for Daytona and Bailey’s “Daytona Dream” is about to happen. Not only did he raise the necessary funds needed to compete, he drew the attention of a major backer, who came on at the last moment in the form of Lake Erie Speedway owner Don Prischak through one of his many companies, Promo Specialties, Inc., which specializes in promotional products such as coffee mugs, hand bags, and  footballs. “Don has been a supporter of ours for a long time, when we ran at Lake Erie, or wherever, and they’re just good people,” explained the 24-year-old driver, who won the 2010 ARCA Truck Series title. “He seems very pleased with our efforts and he and [his employees] will be [at Daytona] to see us compete in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona! I can’t wait…and neither can they!” (In part from Chris Bailey Jr PR) (02-11-14)
  • Scott Hubler joins Daytona test session with Bobby Gerhart Racing UPDATE 2: Coplay, PA native Scott Hubler is set to make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Daytona with Bobby Gerhart Racing. Hubler, a multi-time champion in the INEX Legends Car Series at Mountain Speedway in St. Johns PA (2011 & 2012), is set to build on his racing resume in his debut with Bobby Gerhart Racing at the ARCA Racing Series Open Test Dec 20-22, 2013 at Daytona driving a Bobby Gerhart Racing prepared Chevrolet. When asked about the opportunity to test with Bobby Gerhart Racing, 21 year old Hubler stated "When I was offered the opportunity to test a car for Bobby Gerhart Racing it kind of took my breath away at first. I plan to be a sponge absorb and learn all I can from Bobby and his crew. I was told, simply, just to get in the car and go out there and drive." (In part from Bobby Gerhart Racing PR) (12-05-13)
    Scotty Hubler will make his ARCA Racing Series debut after completing the ARCA Daytona test in December. Hubler will drive the No. 7 Chevrolet for Bobby Gerhart Racing in the Lucas Oil 200. (01-25-14)
    UPDATE 2:
    Scotty Hubler, 21, will be driving the #7 Advanced Mobile Power Systems Chevrolet prepared by Bobby Gerhart Racing in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona. Hubler will also carry Associate Sponsors Your Office Connection, Girlfriends Boutique, American Legion Post 353, 5th Avenue Tavern, and Rugged Radios. “I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to go to Daytona and partner with Bobby Gerhart Racing" said the Coplay, PA driver. (In part from Bobby Gerhart Racing PR) (02-11-14)
  • Jeb Burton to drive for ThorSport Racing at Daytona UPDATE: Jeb Burton has signed with ThorSport Racing to open the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. Burton, 21, the son of Ward Burton, will race ThorSport’s No. 13 Toyota. The balance of Burton’s 2014 program will be determined, in part by gaining additional sponsorship. “The opportunity to come to ThorSport is a big deal for me, my career and my family,” said Burton, who joins an organization that won 2013 championships in both NASCAR and ARCA. “It’s an honor to me that Duke and Rhonda Thorson would make the call to put me in their vehicles." Burton’s first race with ThorSport is the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. (In part from ThorSport Racing PR) (02-07-14)
    UPDATE: Jeb Burton will make his second career ARCA Racing Series start Saturday at Daytona in a No. 13 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Toyota. Smokey Mountain, America's original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand, will sponsor Burton in the Lucas Oil 200. "The way I'm looking at this ARCA race is, it's another chance to win a trophy," said Burton, who last week signed a deal with ThorSport for 2014. "In so many ways we're not sure where our season is going to go, so we're going down to the ARCA race to win, and set the most positive stage that we can for the rest of the season." (In part from ThorSport Racing PR) (02-11-14)
  • Venturini Motorsports adds associate sponsorship: The Mosquito Patch, a Baton Rouge, La.-based brand, has entered into an associate sponsorship agreement with Venturini Motorsports for the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season.  The leap to an experienced and successful team within the brand-driven sport of American stock car racing is something Jacob Fa-Kouri, principal and owner of THIO, LLC and The Mosquito Patch USA brand, calls a dream come true. “The impact of the attention earned by Venturini Motorsports and their championship racing team will elevate The Mosquito Patch brand to a level we could not achieve in any other sport or venue,” he said. “Racing fans are our customers - everyone enjoying the outdoors during the summer is in need of biting bug protection. The Mosquito Patch brand will appear on Venturini Motorsports cars throughout the 20-race ARCA season. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-11-14)
  • Darrell Basham Racing returning for part time schedule: Darrell Basham Racing will return to the ARCA Racing Series this season for a part time schedule. Basham tentatively plans to compete at Salem, New Jersey, and Pocono. The team recently transferred its owner points from the 2013 season to Team Stange Racing, since sponsorship issues will prevent a full schedule. (02-08-14)
  • Team Stange Racing acquires owner points from Darrell Basham:  Team Stange Racing has acquired owner points from Darrell Basham Racing to begin the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. Stange Racing, formed by John and Ashley Stange, will field the No. 46 Ford for Maryeve Dufault in its first season. (02-07-14)
  • Brian Rose files entry for Daytona event: Brian Rose has filed an entry to compete in the Lucas Oil 200 driving his own No. 19 Battomi Dodge. Rose has considerable experience in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ran the opening two ARCA superspeedway races in the 2011 season. Lawton Insurance and Xstand are listed as additional sponsors. (02-07-14)
  • Leilani Münter to race for Venturini Motorsports at Daytona UPDATE: Leilani Münter will drive the No. 55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports on February 15th in the season opening race at Daytona. Münter, who has three prior ARCA starts, last competed in 2012 when she drove for Tony Marks Racing at the same track. The Rochester, MN driver will announce her sponsorship in January. (12-17-13)
    UPDATE: Leilani Münter announced today her partnership with Venturini Motorsports for the upcoming ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Münter, known as the “Carbon Free Girl” will drive VMS’s No. 55 Go 100% Renewable Toyota in next week’s Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real. Munter’s Go 100% Renewable-themed race car is a joint sponsorship effort between Lighting Science Group and ZeroBase™, two of the companies leading the development of cutting edge technologies within the Renewable Energy space. “The racetrack is one of the last places people would expect us to discuss renewable energy, and that is exactly why it’s where we need to be,” she said. “It’s time people start hearing about renewable energy solutions that save you money while protecting the environment. It’s an honor to feature Lighting Science Group and ZeroBase on my Go 100% Renewable car for ARCA’s season kick-off at Daytona." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-05-14)
  • Turner Scott Motorsports enters Dylan Kwasniewski at Daytona: Turner Scott Motorsports has entered the No. 4 Chevrolet for 18 year-old Dylan Kwasniewski in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. Kwasniewski is expected to be named as a full time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and needs approval to run the NASCAR race the following weekend. (02-01-14) 
  • Kimmel Racing secures sponsorship from Messina Wildlife Management: Longtime Kimmel Racing supporter and sponsor Messina Wildlife Management will be returning to Kimmel Racing's ARCA program in 2014. "Will Kimmel is the total package," said James Messina, Vice President of Messinas. "What we do for them is pretty miniscule, but whatever we can do, we do. Will does a great job of representing our company, and we're honored to be working with him and his father." The Messinas logo will occupy the hood on Kimmel's Ford for the 10 announced TV races on FOX Sports 1 and 2. (In part from Kimmel Racing PR) (02-01-14)