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April 2014

  • Brandon Jones enters Salem with Turner Scott Motorsports UPDATE Withdrawn: Turner Scott Motorsports has filed an entry for Salem Speedway with 17-year-old Brandon Jones listed as the driver of the No. 33 TSM Chevrolet. The event will mark the rookie's debut in the ARCA Racing Series. Jones is already running the full NASCAR K&N East Series schedule in 2014 and a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-21-14)
    UPDATE: Turner Scott Motorsports withdrew its Salem entry after bad weather hit Richmond International Raceway. Rain caused the Friday night NASCAR K&N Pro East Series event to be postponed until Saturday morning. Brandon Jones, who competes full time in the series, would have been unable to practice or qualify his ARCA car on the same day. (04-29-14)
  • Grant Enfinger wins the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem: #90 Grant Enfinger won the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem after #52 Ken Schrader blew a right front tire on the race's final restart. Enfinger held off #23 Spencer Gallagher who finished second, while #44 Frank Kimmel, #22 Austin Wayne Self, and #77 Tom Hessert completed the top five. Full Results (04-27-14)
  • Justin Boston wins Salem pole: #25 Justin Boston has won the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 200 at Salem Speedway. #90 Grant Enfinger will start alongside, while #15 John Wes Townley, #98 Mason Mitchell, and #77 Tom Hessert complete the top five. Twenty-nine (29) cars will start tomorrow's race at 2:15 PM EST. Starting Lineup (04-26-14)
  • Maryeve Dufault not driving at Salem; Finney using Team Stange's owner points?: Maryeve Dufault will not race at Salem Speedway, as Team Stange Racing has officially entered the No. 46 Chevrolet for Brian Finney. Finney Racing is said to be working closely with Team Stange to field the No. 46. Brian Finney's primary No. 80 entry will be driven by Barry Layne. Team Stange Racing officials have confirmed that Dufault will return to the team at Talladega Superspeedway in May. (04-22-14)
  • Shannon McIntosh will not race at Salem; sponsorship issues: Shannon McIntosh, who was originally planning to make her debut at the spring Salem race, has changed her scheduled introduction to the ARCA Series, due to sponsorship woes.  According to co-owner Kerry Scherer, “Shannon continues to be an important part of our organization and we look forward to her first race with us.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (04-22-14)
  • ARCA to use NASCAR style qualifying at Talladega: The ARCA Racing Series will introduce a new qualifying procedure where teams will qualify together for added excitement [at Talladega]. Instead of one car going against the clock, the cars will be placed into groups based on their speeds from Friday morning’s practice session. The fastest lap during qualifying, which will surely showcase drafting, will determine each car’s numerical starting position in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 on Saturday. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-21-14)
  • Ryan Heavner to attempt Salem: Ryan Heavner returns to ARCA Racing Series competition as the series rolls to Salem. Heavner has secured sponsorship from Triple H Diesel, Inc and will be represented by Wes Gonder Racing. Wes Gonder will operate as crew chief of the No. 11 Chevrolet, which will make for a natural fit since the pair have been in partnership for the past several seasons across multiple racing divisions. Beyond Salem, Heavner has also added Toledo Speedway to his schedule. The team is in constant pursuit of new advertising partners and has various sponsorship packages available for any budget. (In part from Ryan Heavner Racing PR) (04-13-14)
  • Garrett Smithley signs Talladega sponsorship; to drive for Wes Gonder: Garrett Smithley announced he is partnering with Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers in hopes of driving 2,000 donations in the month of April to help fund career service programs for U.S. military veterans. “I’m looking forward to helping drive thousands of new donations to Goodwill during the month of April—and helping our heroes along the way,” said Smithley. “Teaming with Goodwill was a natural fit for me because of our similar values, including our commitment to veterans and the community. I believe in Goodwill’s mission of collecting donations to provide much needed career services to veterans and chose to partner with them for this campaign.” The Driving Donations, Helping Our Heroes program will be comprised of donation drives at several Goodwill locations during April and will culminate on Saturday, May 3rd at the Talladega Superspeedway as Smithley competes in the Talladega ARCA 200. Smithley, a lead Richard Petty Driving Experience instructor, will make pit stops at each donation drive with the Wes Gonder Racing #11 Ford Fusion racecar. (In part from Garrett Smithley PR) (04-08-14)
  • Bobby Grewohl scales back schedule; to run FOX Sports 1 races only:  Bobby Grewohl and Fox Motorsports DRG have reduced their schedule to only include FOX Sports 1 races. Grewohl's sponsor has decided that a full schedule is not in its best interest. It will use the sponsorship money in other series races instead. (04-03-14)
  • Jake Engle working on securing sponsorship for part-time schedule:  21 year-old Jake Engle is working on securing sponsorship to run a partial ARCA schedule this season. It was previously announced that Engle would run the full season with Empire Racing in January, but sponsorship setbacks have altered these plans. (04-03-14)
  • Leilani Munter raises funds; will race at Talladega with Venturini:  Leilani Munter will drive the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway on May 3rd after raising $115,000. Munter asked individuals to donate funds for her to run a special paint scheme of Tilikum, a killer whale featured in the Blackfish 2013 documentary, to enlighten others of the plight of killer whales in captivity. The 38 year-old driver appeared on Sam Simon's radio show in March, and Sam Simon agreed to donate $107,500 to her cause afterward. Simon is the co-creator of the Simpsons television show and has been an avid animal rights activist. (04-02-14)