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February 2015

  • Cunningham Motorsports announces driver development program with Roush Fenway; Kyle Weatherman to drive: Cunningham Motorsports’ co-owner, Kerry Scherer, announced that his organization has reached an agreement with Roush Fenway Racing to become a driver development team for them in the ARCA Racing Series. Their primary driver will be 17-year old Kyle Weatherman, who will join the Cunningham team for the next ARCA race at Mobile on Saturday, March 14. Weatherman’s schedule of races has not been completed at this time, but Cunningham and Roush Fenway expect he will be racing as often as his age and his development schedule will allow. In making the announcement Scherer commented, “We are excited to partner with such a tradition-rich organization as Roush Fenway Racing. We look forward to working with Kyle, a truly gifted driver, to help him reach his goals with Roush Fenway.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (02-25-15)
  • Bo LeMastus may expand part time schedule: Bo LeMastus announced earlier in the year that he was stepping up his ARCA program in 2015, and as things continue to evolve, that could mean running the entire 20-race schedule. “We’ve got a plan in place to run all of them. We’re still sorting through some things, but we’d like to try it. That could change based on my schedule, we’ll see. I’ve got a company to be concerned with that pays for all my playtime, so I have to be realistic. I guess you could say we’re tiptoeing into a full schedule. The employees get a little nervous when the boss is gone all the time. We’ve certainly got everything we need. We’re set up for a three-year program.” (In part from (02-24-15)
  • Donnie Neuenberger steps out of Carter 2 car UPDATE: Donnie Neuenberger stepped out of his No. 40 Carter 2 Motorsports Dodge before the Lucas Oil 200 on February 14th after being displeased with his car's performance. The car that the Carter 2 Motorsports team prepared for him allegedly was having electrical issues and was the slowest in practice. Reports that Neuenberger was ill were untrue. (02-22-15)
    UPDATE: Despite the continued illness claims made by team official, we stand behind the report that Donnie Neuenberger stepped out of the No. 40 Dodge to due car performance issues. Team owner Roger Carter II posted on Facebook an hour before the start of the Lucas Oil 200 that he hoped "that bugs [were] worked out of [the 40]" and "if not it will be a short day for the 40 car." Carter II was unsure if Neuenberger's original car would even complete the race. Additionally, teammate Cassie Gannis tweeted that wrong parts were used on her No. 95 Dodge which caused her to miss the same event one day earlier. (02-24-15)
  • Brett Hudson fined, penalized after Daytona: Based on post-race technical inspection after Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway, the #09 team has been fined $10,000, team owner/driver Brett Hudson has been penalized with the loss of 190 championship points and crew chief John Hayden has been placed on probation for the remainder of the 2015 season. The penalties are a result of violating the Daytona Race Event Technical Bulletin, specifically “no alteration of ARCA-issued restrictor plate, spacer and/or gasket package”. (In part from (02-20-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports and Cody Coughlin fined, penalized after Daytona: Based on post-race technical inspection after Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series race at Daytona Int’l Speedway, the #55 team has been fined $6,000 and team owner Billy Venturini and driver Cody Coughlin have been penalized with the loss of 100 championship points and crew chief Dave Leiner has been placed on probation through July 1. The penalties are a result of violating the Daytona Race Event Technical Bulletin, specifically “both the left and right rear coil springs must be active in supporting the rear weight of the car.” (In part from (02-20-15)
  • Frank Kimmel working on a full schedule?: It was reported during the FOX Sports 1 Daytona broadcast that Frank Kimmel is working on securing sponsorship for the full season. Kimmel would compete for another team, as he is sharing the No. 25 Toyota entry this season with Brandon Jones. (02-16-15)
  • Grant Enfinger wins at Daytona: #23 Grant Enfinger won the Lucas Oil 200 for the second straight year. #15 Daniel Suarez finished second, while #09 Brett Hudson, #55 Cody Coughlin, and #25 Frank Kimmel completed the top five. The race featured three cautions including one accident that took out #5 Bobby Gerhart, #17 Buster Graham, and #66 Leilani Munter. Full Results (02-16-15)
  • Mark Thompson wins Daytona pole: #11 Mark Thompson won the pole for tomorrow's Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Thompson, 63, also become Daytona's oldest polesitter. #55 Cody Coughlin will start alongside, while #77 Tom Hessert, #09 Brett Hudson, and #52 Clay Campbell completed the top five. Nine cars failed to qualify for the field. Drivers missing the race included #03 Raymond Hassler, #7 Tommy Barrett Jr, #57 Bryan Dauzat, #73 Dale Shearer, #76 Andy Seuss, #80 Russ Dugger, #83 Derrick Lancaster, #95 Cassie Gannis, and #99 Brent Cross. Derrick Lancaster originally made the race, but his time was disallowed after a minimum rear quarter panel height violation. Starting Lineup (02-13-15)
  • Sean Corr and Empire Racing supporting horse carriage industry: Sean Corr, an up-and-coming race car driver from upstate New York, decked out his race car with a mural featuring a Central Park horse-carriage driver to show support for the embattled industry. The hood of his tan Ford is decked with a drawing of a horse-carrige operator under the headline “New York Horse Power.” It also features a Teamsters logo — which is the union that reps the drivers and is in a fierce battle with City Hall to protect the industry — and the hashtag “#Carriageon.” “We had the open spot [on the hood] and I couldn’t think of a better cause to put on it,” said Corr. [Corr] grew up on a horse farm in Goshen in Orange County and reached out to the industry to ask for a mural for the car during the race. In addition to supporting a good cause, it also shows the world his connection to his home state. (In part from (02-13-15)
  • 50 cars entered for Daytona: Fifty cars are currently entered for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Recent entries include #6 Josh Williams, #17 Buster Graham, #78 Mason Mitchell, and #92 Daniel Hemric. View the complete list on ARCA's official website. Full Entry List (02-10-15)
  • Brennan Poole reduces ARCA schedule; multiple Team BCR drivers: Brennan Poole has joined HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi and will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. While it was previously announced that Poole will compete in a minimum of ten races for Team BCR Racing, team officials now state that Poole will run selected races that fit his schedule. Multiple drivers will now drive the No. 45 Ford this season. (02-10-15)
  • FOX Sports signs multi-year broadcast agreement: ARCA officials and FOX Sports announced today a new multi-year broadcast rights agreement for the ARCA Racing Series under which racing events will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 during the 2015-2017 racing seasons. Ten races will be telecast on either FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 in 2015, the first of the three-year agreement. FOX Sports 1 waves the green flag on 52nd Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona on Saturday, February 14. In addition to Daytona, races from Talladega Superspeedway on May 1; Iowa Speedway July 17; Lucas Oil Raceway July 24 and Kentucky Speedway September 25 will also air on FOX Sports 1. Both Pocono events (June 6 and August 1), plus the races from Michigan International Speedway on June 12; Chicagoland Speedway June 20; and Kansas Speedway October 16 will air on FOX Sports 2, with a re-air scheduled for each on FOX Sports 1. All races included in the deal also will air on FOX Sports GO, the app that delivers streaming video of FOX Sports content. “FOX Sports continues its long-term commitment to motor sports, securing a multi-year deal with the ARCA Racing Series,” said Patrick Crakes, SVP Programming, Research and Content Strategy for FOX Sports. “FOX Sports and ARCA have a long history together, and we are happy to extend that significant relationship with this new contract.” (In part from (02-10-15)
  • Buster Graham returns to Roulo Brothers for Daytona and Talladega: Buster Graham is set to debut the No. 17 Louisiana Tech Bulldog Ford Saturday at Daytona in the Lucas Oil 200. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to drive the No. 17 Louisiana Tech car in this race," said Graham. "It's an honor to represent such an outstanding, upper tier university and to sport the Bulldog colors and logos. At the end of the race, I hope to be able to climb out of the car on Victory Lane and talk up Louisiana Tech. We are going to do our best to make the Bulldogs proud." Before climbing into a stock car for Roulo Brothers Racing, Graham was a veteran of APBA Hydroplane Racing and Supercross. In 2012, he had a season-best 10th place finish at Michigan and won the CSG Imaging Hard Charger Award, presented to the driver who gains the most positions from their starting spot throughout the race season. Graham earned a ninth-place finish in 2013 at Michigan before joining with Roulo Racing in 2014. In addition to Saturday's race at Daytona, Graham and the No. 17 Louisiana Tech Bulldog Ford is scheduled to race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 1 in the Talladega ARCA 200. (In part from The News-Star) (02-10-15)
  • Grant Enfinger to drive full time for GMS Racing: Grant Enfinger returns to the ARCA Racing Series with GMS Racing for the 2015 season. Enfinger will kick off the year at Daytona International Speedway, piloting the No. 23 Alamo Rent-A-Car Chevrolet.  “Last season was a great year for us and all of the guys have worked really hard throughout the off-season, giving us a chance to get that trophy in Daytona.” Enfinger, said. “We moved up to Statesville (N.C.) at the end of last year. It’s taken a lot of effort from the team, but we are where we want to be with just a few weeks until our first time out in 2015.” 2015 marks Enfinger’s third full-time season in ARCA Racing competition and his eighth straight year making at least one start in the series. “Grant (Enfinger) proved last season he has what it takes to win races and compete for a championship.” Nic Moncher, GMS Racing’s Team Manager, said. “We’re happy to have him as part of the GMS Racing family for 2015.” (In part from GMS Racing PR) (02-05-15)
  • Lira Motorsports signs John Lowingski-Loh for Daytona: Lira Motorsports is excited to welcome John Lowingski-Loh to its ARCA Racing Series driver lineup for Daytona. Lowinski-Loh will be behind the wheel of the No. 58 Ford for the up-and-coming race team based out of Port Orange, Florida. In 2014 he competed for track championships at Thompson Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl, capturing numerous top-five finishes. He also made his ARCA Racing debut in 2014 at Kansas Motor Speedway, finishing the race 10th. John is is still accepting sponsorship for the 2015 ARCA Racing Series schedule. Any interested parties should contact Lira Motorsports. (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (02-05-15)
  • Mullins Racing enters car for J.J. Pack at Daytona: Mullins Racing welcomes J.J. Pack to the team. Pack, the reigning Super Cup Stock Car Series champion, will team up with Mullins for ARCA’s annual Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. The Bealeton, VA driver has been racing for more than fifteen years and has Super Cup Stock Car, NASCAR Late Model Stock Car, and mini-stock experience. Pack’s car owner, Willie Mullins, from Fredericksburg, VA has competed in ARCA road course races and operates a full bodied road course building business for teams. “It's really a surreal feeling,” said Mullins. “It's a big jump for us, but we are more than ready. When you have the opportunity to run Daytona, you take it. We have had a lot of help from our friends in ARCA and we are really excited to get JJ (Pack) behind the wheel.” Mullins’ team will be sponsored by Bugsy’s Auto and by Crow Wing Recycling. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (02-03-15)
  • Tom Berte returning for partial ARCA schedule: Tom Berte, a completely self-made man, is at the helm of four very successful businesses and, at 71, races part-time on the ARCA Racing Series tour. “I own my own stuff, but Venturini Motorsports prepares it for me for all the races" said Berte. "I’ve got six races scheduled in 2015 – both Poconos, Chicagoland, Iowa, Kentucky and Kansas. My crew chief is David Ifft. I did order the new engine package for all the races. As long as my reactions hold up and I still have stamina, I want to keep doing it.” (In part from (02-03-15