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March 2014

  • Team Stange Racing hopes to expand to two cars: Team Stange Racing is looking to expand operations to a second car, as soon as Talladega. The team is headed up by John and Ashley Stange as well as a pair of legends, NASCAR Truck Series veteran/winner Rick Crawford and 13-time ARCA Racing Series winner Dave Weltmeyer. "Ashley and I are thrilled with how well our team has come together with the addition of some great people such as retired ARCA star David Weltmeyer and NASCAR legend Rick Crawford as our new team consultant and crew chief,” said John Stange. "We have built some great equipment and are in a position equipment-wise and personal-wise that we are ready to expand this team to a two car operation if sponsorship or a funded driver warrants it." Currently, Team Stange Racing, LLC is looking for a talented funded driver to drive the team’s second entry at Talladega. The team is looking to finalize a new program by April 7. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (03-31-14)
  • Grant Enfinger wins at Mobile International Speedway: #90 Grant Enfinger won the ARCA Mobile 200 after dominating the race, leading 185 of 204 laps. #17 Kyle Benjamin was able to hold off #98 Mason Mitchell to finish second. #77 Anderson Bowen and #44 Frank Kimmel rouded out the top five. Polesitter #25 Justin Boston suffered a broken gear early on in the race and finished in the 20th position. Full Results (03-22-14)
  • Justin Boston wins ARCA Mobile 200 pole:  #25 Justin Boston won the pole for tomorrow's ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway. #98 Mason Mitchell will start alongside, with #77 Anderson Bowen, #90 Grant Enfinger, and #22 Austin Wayne Self completing the top five. Twenty-one (21) cars took speed and all twenty-six (26) drivers entered will start the race. Starting Lineup (03-21-14)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports annouces Mobile drivers; UPDATE 2 Hamilton Jr. Statement: Carter 2 Motorsports has announced that Dustin Knowles and Tim Viens will drive for the team in the Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile International Speedway. Knowles, who has tested for the team in the past, will drive the No. 40 Dodge while Viens will return to the No. 97. The team had previously announced that NASCAR veteran Bobby Hamilton Jr. would drive the No. 40 entry, but the team's corporate sponsor Cherokee Charcoal has not finalized its agreement. (03-15-14)
    UPDATE Hamilton Jr OUT: Carter 2 Motorsports announced today that the relationship between the ARCA Racing Series team and driver Bobby Hamilton, Jr. has been terminated, effective immediately. Hamilton, Jr., acting on behalf of Precision MotorSports Limited, had signed a contract to drive for the team in February 2014, but was unable to uphold the financial terms of the agreement.  Hamilton, Jr. along with his sponsor, St. Louis based Cherokee Charcoal, were equal partners in Precision MotorSports Limited. Carter 2 Motorsports has been in negotiations with representatives of Cherokee Charcoal this week in hopes of modifying the original agreement.  Those negotiations were terminated today and Trussville, Ala. native Dustin Knowles has been named to drive the number 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge at Mobile International Speedway. “I really looked forward to working with Bobby and Precision MotorSports this season,” stated team owner Dana Carter, “I put a lot of money into our team for Mobile and now all I have is a lot of unpaid bills along with a worthless contract.” Bobby Hamilton, Jr. was unavailable for comment. (In part from Carter 2 Motorsports PR) (03-19-14)
    UPDATE 2 Bobby Hamilton Jr Statement: - "I hate the way things have transpired with C2M and really don’t know where things went wrong. The only agreement I made with them was to drive a car for them, which would be sponsored by someone I have been working with for a few years now trying to put something together. I heard about the Carters’ deal and after talking to the owner of the company that I had been working with, he felt it was something that fit his budget and would like to move forward with it, with the understanding he was just going to be a sponsor. Carter agreed to let him have the whole car, so that he could sell more associate sponsors to help with the cost, I did agree to help him try and [sell] associate sponsors and had some associates lined up but, when they found out about Mr. Carter being in jail, they backed out, so I don’t know if maybe his plan was depending on the associates to really pay the bill and when that fell thru, it maybe put the main sponsor in a bind. Everything was fine until the time that payment was due and then all of a sudden somehow, it got turned around that the sponsor thought I was the one that was going to pay for everything and just put his company on the car. I have never once agreed to pay anything to anyone for them to let me drive their car, plus I would be paying my own way, paying for all of my equipment, license, etc and then put someone else’s company on the car and the race team to keep all of the winnings, no one would agree to that." (In part from (03-21-14)
  • Malycke Motorsports; Alex Malycke to attempt partial schedule UPDATE: Alex Malycke will attempt a partial ARCA schedule this season driving for his own Malycke Motorsports team. Malycke has been approved to compete at road courses and at tracks a half-mile or less, which means he will enter events at Mobile, Salem, Toledo, Winchester, and New Jersey Motorsports Park. The Purcellville, Virginia driver will use rented equipment from James Hylton Motorsports or Dale Shearer Racing. He has experience in NASCAR Late Models and USAC Midgets. Sponsorship will come from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, a minor league baseball team from Waldorf, Maryland. (03-10-14)
    UPDATE: Alex Malycke has withdrawn his Mobile International Speedway entry from this weekend's Mobil ARCA 200. He still plans to compete at Salem Speedway and New Jersey Motorsports Park later this year. (03-21-14)
  • Michael Self to drive for Venturini Motorsports at Mobile:  23 year-old NASCAR K&N West Pro Series veteran Michael Self will make his ARCA debut driving the No. 66 Mosquito Patch Toyota for Venturini Motorsports in this weekend's ARCA Mobile 200. Self tested for the team at Daytona in December and is expected to run additional races for the team later this season. “I cannot thank the Venturini family and the Venturini Motorsports organization enough for giving me this opportunity. They have been great to work with from the first time we talked, and we have had good chemistry together since I got a chance to drive one of their cars at Daytona International Speedway at the December test," said Self in the team's pre-race release. "I really couldn't ask for a better team to make my series debut with, and I don't think I could ask for a better place to do it than in my “birth state,” with my family and friends supporting us." (03-19-14)
  • Team Stange Racing announces new primary sponsorship: Team Stange Racing welcomes Shooters Restaurant Group to their family of sponsors for 2014. Parry Goodman, CEO of Shooters Restaurant Group, LLC, said, “I'm very excited to be working with Team Stange Racing. They handle themselves not only professionally but with integrity. Ashley and John are just all around good people and great fun. They have a great dynamic. I think this is a dynamite opportunity for Shooters to get our brand out in front of the right audience and to brand our business.” Shooters Restaurant Group, headquartered in Weston, Florida, is unlike any regular onsite restaurant. In the winter of 2013, SRG developed a concept of food trolley’s that can be permanently located at Big Box retailers and one stop shopping family centers. The first appearance for the No. 46 Shooters Restaurant Group Ford will be the ARCA Mobile 200 on Saturday, March 22. Shooters Restaurant Group will continue as primary sponsor for the following races at Talladega Superspeedway and Salem Speedway. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (03-14-14)
  • Team Stange Racing hires Rick Crawford as crew chief: Team Stange Racing owners John and Ashley Stange have announced they have hired Rick Crawford as crew chief for Team Stange for the rest of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series season. Effective immediately, Crawford will be taking on duties of crew chief for Team Stange and their driver Maryeve Dufault. Crawford, a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, began his racing career as a short-track racer in the southeastern United States.  "We couldn't be more thrilled that Rick has made the move to Team Stange," said team owner John Stange. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him that our newly formed ARCA team can learn from, putting us at the desired level of competition that we set out for our team and sponsors." (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (03-10-14)
  • Cody Coughlin to drive part time for Venturini Motorsports: [Cody] Coughlin will drive a 12-race schedule for Venturini Motorsports under the supervision of [Joe Gibbs Racing] beginning March 22 at Mobile International Speedway. "It's an honor to be working with the JEGS brand and Cody Coughlin,” said Billy Venturini, general manager of Venturini Motorsports. “They're a family with a rich tradition in racing; something we also pride ourselves on at Venturini Motorsports. And we are very proud that Joe Gibbs Racing has such faith in our team to let us work with them in developing one of their up and coming driver prospects." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (03-05-14)
  • Team BCR Racing and Justin Allison expand schedule: Team BCR is proud to announce Justin Allison has committed to nine more races with the team, driving the No. 88 Ford in the 2014 ARCA Racing Series. “This is an exciting opportunity for me,” says Justin Allison. “Howard Bixman and the crew at Team BCR provided me with some great cars at Kansas and Daytona. We left a little disappointed at Daytona since we were running in the top ten and logging laps, waiting for the race to play out.” Justin Allison’s schedule includes the 2014 ARCA Racing Series TV races played on Fox Sports 1. Those races will be held at the following tracks: Talladega, Toledo, Michigan, Chicagoland, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Kansas and both Pocono races. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (03-02-14)