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May 2015

  • Kyle Weatherman wins at New Jersey: #22 Kyle Weatherman won the ARCA 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, leading the final five laps for his career-first ARCA Racing Series win. Weatherman gained the lead from Cole Custer on lap 62, then survived a late race restart. He somehow managed to keep the lead, however, staying in front of Cunningham Motorsports teammate Tom Hessert and Josh Williams. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-30-15)
  • 29 cars on New Jersey entry list UPDATED: Twenty-six cars are currently entered for Sunday's ARCA 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Entries include #00 Cole Custer, #10 Ed Pompa, #15 Brian Wong, #25 Brandon Jones, #52 Matt Tifft, #70 Billy Alger, #75 Bob Schacht, and #86 Robert Mitten. Entry List (05-19-15)
    UPDATED: Twenty-nine cars are now listed on the New Jersey entry list. Additional entries include #08 Mike Abram and #24 Steve Minghenelli. (05-22-15)
  • Brian Wong returns to Venturini for New Jersey: Brian Wong will return with Venturini Motorsports in search of victory during this weekend’s ARCA 150 [at New Jersey Motorsports Park]. “This will be my third year at New Jersey, and I think we’re as ready as we’ll ever be,” stated the 26-year old. “Every year we’ve improved, and now that I’m in my third year with the folks at Venturini Motorsports, I feel very comfortable headed in to the weekend. It’s a great event, and it’s great to be back in a stock car, I can’t thank everyone at Nuts.com, Nitty, and World Stage Racing enough for their support to get us here.” Wong will enter this weekend’s race [in] the No. 15 Nuts.com / Nitty Toyota [and] will join Venturini teammates, Brandon Jones and Cody Coughlin. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-22-15)
  • RFMS Racing, AJ Fike fined and penalized after Toledo: The RFMS Racing #27 team has been fined $750 and driver A.J. Fike and team owner Don Fike have been penalized with the loss of 25 Driver, Owner and Short Track Challenge points for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 49, Item 3 which references rear body height measurements. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-22-15)
  • Josh Williams Motorsports, Josh Williams fined after Toledo: The Josh Williams Motorsports #6 team has been fined $500 for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 94, Item 11 which references ballast weight being painted white and having proper car number or team identification on each piece. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-22-15)
  • Max Force Racing, Thomas Praytor fined after Toledo: The Max Force Racing #9 team has been fined $250 for violation of 2015 ARCA Rulebook page 11, Item 9 which references conduct detrimental to the sport and/or ARCA. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-22-15)
  • Todd Gilliland wins at Toledo; becomes youngest ARCA race winner: 15 year-old Todd Gilliland became the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series competition by winning Sunday's Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. #77 Tom Hessert finished second, while #6 Josh Williams, #27 A.J. Fike, and #22 Kyle Weatherman completed the top five. Points leader Grant Enfinger lost power in the race, which caused a multiple car accident. Enfinger would finish in 19th and maintains his points lead over Josh Williams. Full Results (05-19-15)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching released from hospital: Sarah Cornett-Ching was treated and released from an area hospital after being transported there during the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. Cornett-Ching, who completed 154 of 200 laps, exited her car under her own power and was examined in an ambulance before being transported. [Note: Cornett-Ching tweeted that she lost her cool box and was breathing in fumes during the race.] (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-19-15)
  • Grant Enfinger wins pole at Toledo: #23 Grant Enfinger has won the pole for Sunday's Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. #22 Kyle Weatherman will start second, while #77 Tom Hessert and #58 Michael Lira will start in row two. The race will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 2:00 PM ET. Full Lineup (05-16-15)
  • Blake Jones returning to Cunningham at Michigan: Blake Jones will make his 3rd ARCA Racing Series start with Cunningham Motorsports on June 6 at Michigan International Speedway.  After some uncertainty about sponsorship, the 18 year old from Sevierville, TN, notified co-owner Kerry Scherer that he would be taking another shot at victory lane. Jones, who was in the right spot to take advantage of teammate Tom Hessert’s misfortune when he ran out of fuel on the final lap, took his first career ARCA victory at Talladega Superspeedway in just his second start.  With the guidance of Eddie D’Hondt and NASCAR Championship crew chief, Paul Andrews, Jones plans to continue to gain experience on the speedways. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (05-16-15)
  • Cunningham Motorsports signs Chase Briscoe for Lucas Oil: 20 year-old Chase Briscoe, the second generation racer from Mitchell, IN, has announced that he will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Lucas Oil Raceway this July. Briscoe will pilot a #72 Ford for car owners Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer. "I can't thank Briggs and Kerry enough for believing in me and giving me a shot," Briscoe said.  "It is great equipment so I am excited to get onto the track and make a big impression on the ARCA world." The event is a culmination of a three year effort by Briscoe to ascend the stock car racing ladder after a productive young career in Indiana Sprint Cars. After finishing runner-up in the inaugural televised PEAK Stock Car Dream Challenge, Briscoe made three NASCAR K&N Pro Series, West starts in 2013. He qualified in the top-ten twice and scored a best finish of eighth at Albuquerque, New Mexico in his first three ever stock car starts. (In part from Chase Briscoe PR) (05-16-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports, Brandon Jones fined and penalized UPDATE: Based on post-race technical inspection following the May 1 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, the Venturini Motorsports #25 team [has] been penalized for violating 2015 ARCA Rulebook Page 52, #3L iii, which states in part “All openings, hoses and blowers installed in the interior area of car must be securely connected to a NACA duct. The ducts must be properly installed…All NACA ducts must be connected to a hose or sealed off”. Team owner Cathy Venturini (#25) [has] been fined $1500 and driver Brandon Jones [has] been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-05-15)
    UPDATE POINTS RESCINDED: The ARCA Appeals Committee conducted an appeal hearing requested by Venturini Motorsports Friday, May 15 regarding the post-race technical inspection penalty issued following the May 1 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. The ARCA Appeals Committee upheld the $1,500 fine issued to the team but rescinded the 25 point penalty to #25 car owner Cathy Venturini and driver Brandon Jones. The team was penalized for violating 2015 ARCA Rulebook Page 52, #3L iii, relating to openings, hoses and blowers installed in the interior area of car. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-16-15)
  • 32 cars entered for Toledo: Thirty-two (32) cars are entered for Sunday's Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. Notable entries include #03 Kevin Rutherford, #06 Dale Matchett, #1 Bubba Pollard, #10 Richard Doheny, #25 Frank Kimmel, #31 Richard Hauck, #38 James Swanson, #48 Rick Clifton, #52 Ken Schrader, #55 Todd Gilliland, #58 Michael Lira, #68 Brian Finney, and #69 Matt Wallace. Full Entry List (05-15-15)
  • James Swanson leaves Peterson Motorsports; joins Hylton: James Swanson has left Peterson Motorsports after making 46 total starts with the team in four seasons. Swanson began driving for Peterson's team in 2012 and finished a career high 9th in driver points last year. The Clarksboro, New Jersey driver has joined Hylton Motorsports and will drive the No. 38 Kan Do Dodge in this weekend's race at Toledo. (05-15-15)
  • Trevor Bayne to drive at Pocono for Cunningham Motorsports: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Trevor Bayne is entered to drive the No. 22 Ford for Cunningham Motorsports in the Pocono ARCA 200. Cunningham Motorsports partnered with Roush Fenway Racing to become Roush Fenway's driver development team earlier this year, which made it an ideal fit for Bayne to gain experience at Pocono before the Sprint Cup race on June 7th. (05-15-15)
  • Rick Clifton to substitute for Brad Smith at Toledo: Brad Smith is now home resting and recuperating from injuries sustained in a crash at Talladega. The Shelby Township, Michigan driver was released from the University Alabama Birmingham Medical Center Wednesday morning and traveled home with his sister Debra Dunn. Circleville, Ohio’s Rick Clifton will be substituting for Smith in the No. 48 Radon.com Ford for this Sunday’s Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. “As badly as I want to be driving this weekend at Toledo, the fastest way back to the 48 is to give my full attention to my recovery,” Smith said. “I’m not sure yet if I’m coming to Toledo or not, but if not, I’ll be home watching the race on CBS Sports Network cheering on the 48. I’ve been in communication with James (Hylton/car owner) throughout this whole process and we feel what’s best for the 48 this weekend is to put Rick (Clifton) in the car to get the very best possible result.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-15-15)
  • Todd Gilliland to drive at Toledo for Venturini: Todd Gilliland, the son of current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut with Venturini Motorsports at Toledo Speedway on Sunday, May 17th. Gilliland will make his ARCA debut behind the wheel of his No. 55 Core Power-Hostetler Almonds Toyota. Veteran crew chief, Jeff McClure, will be atop the pit box. Todd Gilliland, who will celebrate his 15th birthday just two days before his first ARCA start, will also become age eligible to compete the same day under ARCA’s minimum age requirement. In doing so Gilliland will become the youngest driver in series history to start a race. “It’s super exciting getting an opportunity to run an ARCA race in really good equipment. Of course I want a solid finish but the main goal is to gain experience and earn the respect of the other drivers. I just want to make the most of this opportunity,” said Gilliland. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-11-15)
  • Kurzejewski Motorsports, Matt Kurzejewski fined and penalized: Based on post-race technical inspection following the May 1 Int’l Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, Kurzejewski Racing #54 [has] been penalized for violating 2015 ARCA Rulebook Page 52, #3L iii, which states in part “All openings, hoses and blowers installed in the interior area of car must be securely connected to a NACA duct. The ducts must be properly installed…All NACA ducts must be connected to a hose or sealed off”. Team owner Dan Kurzejewski (#54) [has] been fined $1500 and driver Matt Kurzejewski [has] been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-05-15)
  • Brad Smith injured at Talladega UPDATE: ARCA driver Brad Smith underwent surgery overnight for injuries to both ankles and a laceration to the left ankle sustained during Friday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. He is awake, alert and in stable condition this morning. Smith, 46, was admitted to University Alabama Birmingham Medical Center following an accident on lap 53 of Friday’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200. He will remain hospitalized for further observation and treatment. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-02-15)
    UPDATE:
    Brad Smith continues to rest and recover in an Alabama hospital today as he recuperates from injuries sustained in a crash in the ARCA race Friday at Talladega. “I’m banged up and sore but overall, I’m going to be okay,” Smith said Sunday from the hospital. “There is tendon and ligament damage to my left ankle, and although it’s not actually broken, there’s a possibility the doctors will do a skin graft on it due to the nature of the injury,” Smith said. “My right ankle injury is not as bad, but I do have a fracture there. Beyond that, there have been lots of tests and monitoring. We’re discussing when we can finish up any further procedures here so I can be released to doctors at home in Michigan.” Smith’s sister, Debra Dunn, is with him in Birmingham. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-04-15)