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August 2014

  • Benjamin Motorsports; Kyle Benjamin penalized after Madison: Based on post-race technical inspection after Sunday’s race at Madison Int’l Speedway, the Benjamin Motorsports #37 team has been fined $750 and team owner Steve Benjamin and driver Kyle Benjamin have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points. The penalty is for non-compliance of the 2014 ARCA Rulebook page 16, #4, which references the minimum roof height. (In part from (08-28-14)
  • Josh Williams Motorsports seeking funded drivers: Josh Williams Motorsports is seeking funded drivers for all remaining events on ARCA Racing Series schedule. Additionally, the team has openings for the upcoming Daytona test and 2015 races. The family owned operation had competed in ten events season before missing Lucas Oil Raceway. (08-25-14)
  • Dave Leiner suffers heart attack: Dave Leiner, current Venturini Motorsports crew chief and former ARCA Racing Series car owner, suffered a heart attack Sunday morning prior to the race at Madison International Speedway. Leiner had been working with the No. 55 team and rookie driver Cody Coughlin. (08-25-14)
  • Hylton Motorsports signs Kenny Mathews; will race at Madison UPDATE Kimmel Racing: Officials at Hylton Motorsports have announced Kenny Mathews will make his ARCA Racing Series debut in the upcoming Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison Int’l Speedway. Mathews, 24, will be driving for a cause in the No. 48 Ford. Teaming up with Mathews is the Epilepsy Foundation, who has a special connection with the Ypsilanti, MI driver. Mathews was diagnosed with Epilepsy at a young age, but overcame the disease and was seizure free by age 15. (In part from Impact Management PR) (08-15-14)
    UPDATE: A change of plans has been made for rookie driver Kenny Mathews this weekend at Madison Int’l Speedway. Mathews will now enter in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 with Kimmel Racing in the No. 69 Epilepsy Foundation Ford. (In part from Impact Management PR) (08-22-14)
  • Kyle Benjamin to drive for family owned team: 16 year-old Kyle Benjamin has left Roulo Brothers Racing and will drive for his family owned team at Salem Speedway. Bejamin, who has 13 career starts and two wins, will drive the No. 37 Benjamin Racing Ford in the event. Kevin Reed is rumored to be his crew chief. (08-20-14)
  • Ben Rhodes joins Venturini Motorsports: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East point leader Ben Rhodes will make his ARCA Racing Series debut this weekend at Madison International Speedway. Rhodes, 17, has five pole’s and has five wins already this season in the K&N East Series. “I want to thank Alpha Energy Solutions, Alliance Comfort Systems, and Venturini Motorsports for the opportunity to make my first ARCA start at Madison this weekend,” Rhodes said. “I have followed the series this year and there has been some great racing action just about everywhere they go.” Rhodes will be led by his K&N crew chief Mark McFarland on Sunday. (In part from Venturini Motorsports) (08-20-14)
  • Team Stange Racing announces driver for Madison: Team Stange Racing is proud to announce that the team’s Driver Development Arm, The Race to the Cup, has a participant that will compete at Madison International Speedway on August 24th. Christian Ceyla, a 20 year old Hispanic racer, will pilot the number 47 Team Stange Racing Ford in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison. The race will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network at 3:00 PM EST. Christian and Team Stange Racing have spent days testing and have produced great data and results. “The kid is a natural racer and will go places if he stays on the right path” states team manager Dave Weltmeyer. Christian Ceyla comes from the Baja racing ranks and is an up and coming racer in the Off Road Racing World. Christian won the Baja 250 this past spring. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (08-15-14)
  • Crew chief changes at Mason Mitchell Motorsports; Venturini Motorsports: Mason Mitchell Motorsports has elected to make a change at the crew chief position. Effective immediately, veteran crew chief Jamie Jones will move over from the No. 15 Venturini Motorsports entry to the No. 98 MMM team. Matt Weber will move from the No. 98 MMM team to the No. 15 VMS team. “I can’t begin to thank Matt Weber for his time and dedication to MMM,” Mason Mitchell said Wednesday morning. “He helped build this program from the ground up and did a great job coming on as crew chief at Toledo earlier this year. Matt was a big part in putting this team on the map. I am looking forward to working with Jamie Jones starting this weekend. Jamie and I have worked well together in the past and have successful results with one another.” (In part from (08-13-14)
  • John Wes Townley out at Springfield; Kevin Swindell to substitute: Kevin Swindell reunites with Venturini Motorsports this weekend to substitute for driver John Wes Townley at the famed Springfield Mile driving the No.15 Zaxby’s Toyota. Townley will miss his third consecutive ARCA race after an accident at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2014. “It’s an unfortunate situation John (Townley) won’t be able to return this week but I’m glad for the opportunity Zaxby’s is providing me to return to the series driving the No.15 car,” stated Swindell. “The last time I ran here with Venturini we had a winning car but I got blocked in on pit road and it cost of the win. I’m looking forward to going back to Springfield and battling for the victory.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-13-14)
  • Team BCR Racing signs John Lowinski-Loh to partial schedule: Team BCR Racing welcomes John Lowinski-Loh to the team for a limited schedule in 2014, with plans on competing for the 2015 Rookie of the Year and championship in the ARCA Racing Series. Lowinski-Loh was the Rookie of the Year in the 2013 ACT Late Model Series. He was also named the 2012 Rookie of the Year and Track Champion in the NASCAR Whelen Series at Thompson International Speedway, holding 10 victories. “We’re really excited to welcome John to the team,” says team manager, Howard Bixman. “He has an incredible background and a tremendous amount of experience in a variety of series.” Serving as the primary marketing partner with John and Team BCR is Auto Go INC out of Milford, MA. Additional marketing partners and a complete schedule will be released at a later date. (In part from Team BCR Racing PR) (08-12-14)
  • Team Stange Racing to compete at Springfield and Madison?: Team Stange Racing announced on its Facebook page that it is currently in the final stages of securing sponsorship to compete at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th. Additionally, the team stated that it would have an announcement concerning its plans for Madison Int'l Speedway soon. (08-09-14)
  • Tony Marks Racing files lawsuit against VR-12: Tony Marks Racing filed a lawsuit against VR-12 last month in Ohio Northern District Court. The team had been sponsored by the cooling system additive company in 2011. VR-12 logos were removed from the team's cars nearly halfway into the season. (08-08-14)
  • Brennan Poole to fill in for John Wes Townley at Berlin: Brennan Poole will sub for his Venturini Motorsports teammate, John Wes Townley, in Saturday’s ARCA race at Berlin Raceway. Poole will pilot the No. 15 Zaxby’s Toyota Camry. Last week at Pocono, Townley was involved in an incident during ARCA qualifying. Townley is now in good health, but sat out of both the ARCA and NASCAR Truck events at Pocono as a precautionary measure. “As a precaution, John Wes Townley will sit out Saturday night’s ARCA event at Berlin Raceway,” said a team spokesperson. “Townley did not compete in last week’s ARCA race at Pocono Raceway following an incident during qualifying earlier in the day.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-06-14)
  • Hendren Motorsports returning at Sprinfield with two cars: Bob Strait will drive for longtime ARCA Racing Series car owner Bill Hendren and his partner Brian Smith [at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 17th]. “Bob’s all fired up,” said Hendren, who hails from El Paso, Illinois. “He still feels like he can get the job done. We started talking on the phone; we were already committed to fielding a car for Ryan (Unzicker), but since this happened, we’re going to field a two-car team for Springfield and DuQuoin; at least that's the plan.” (In part from (08-06-14)
  • ARCA announces new engine package option for 2015: Automobile Racing Club of America President Ron Drager announced that the ARCA Racing Series will introduce a progressive and innovative engine package option for use in competition beginning in 2015. “I am pleased to announce today the conclusion to a long and extensive search to find the right strategic partner to help us address the challenges of rising costs in our series,” stated Drager. “It is my pleasure to announce that Ilmor Engineering has partnered with us to develop the ARCA Ilmor 396, engine technology which provides a long term, stable platform delivering an economical and competitive option to our existing engine configurations.” The ARCA Ilmor 396 engine will be a purpose-built powerplant, developed and assembled by legendary engine builder Ilmor Engineering. The ARCA Ilmor 396 will deliver 700 horsepower and 500 ft. lbs. of torque, with durability and performance standards. “We’ve partnered with ARCA to construct a durable, reliable engine capable of running 1500 miles between re-builds,” affirmed Paul Ray, President of Ilmor Engineering. “The teams will be able to use the same ARCA Ilmor 396 at short tracks or a superspeedway, a road course or the mile dirt tracks. We have begun to conduct extensive testing, and our plan calls for the first engines to be available for purchase by the teams by early December,” Ray concluded. The ARCA Ilmor 396 will be fuel injected, with Holley EFI technology regulating the Electronic Control Unit and the fuel injection system. ARCA Racing Series teams will have the option of utilizing the new ARCA Ilmor 396 beginning in 2015, or can continue to use the open motor rules package currently in place. (In part from (08-06-14)
  • John Wes Townley to miss Pocono after qualifying accident: John Wes Townley will not compete in the ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway after crashing in qualifying. Townley was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and was later released. However, he has not cleared to race. B.J. McLeod, who will compete in tomorrow's NASCAR Camping World Truck series event, will start and park the No. 15 Toyota in place of Townley. (08-01-14)