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July 2015

  • Austin Theriault rejoins Venturini Motorsports for Pocono: Austin Theriault will reunite with Venturini Motorsports for the ARCA Racing Series ModSpace 125 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 1st. Theriault, in his only previous ARCA series start, drove to victory lane at Michigan International Speedway (2014) driving for Venturini Motorsports. Theriault will feature sponsorship backing from Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster) on his No. 55 VMS prepared car. Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine (Lobster), a sustainability certified trap fishery, provides customers with fresh MAINE lobsters, guaranteed. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-28-15)
  • Roger Carter II arrested; in custody UPDATE 2 Arrested in Kentucky: Carter 2 Motorsports owner Roger Carter II is back in custody after being arrested by the Robertson County Sheriff department on Tuesday, June 23rd. Carter was incarcerated for several months last year and is still on probabtion in North Carolina. (Robertson County Sheriff) (06-28-15)
    UPDATE: Carter 2 Motorsports team owner Roger Carter was released on Tuesday, June 30th one week after his arrest. Carter's charge is described as a fugitive from justice on Robertson County Sheriff's website. (Robertson County Sheriff) (07-01-15)
    UPDATE 2: After Roger Carter was released in Tennessee, records show he was arrested in Kentucky on May 30th for writing cold checks for less than $10,000. Carter's bond was set at $2,000. ( (07-28-15)
  • 34 cars entered for Lucas Oil Raceway: 34 cars are currently entered for Friday night's race at Lucas Oil Raceway. Entries include #5 Bobby Gerhart, #10 Clayton Weatherman, #25 Brandon Jones, #29 Brian Keselowski, #52 Ken Schrader, #55 William Bryon, #68 Brian Finney, #69 Matt Walllace, #74 JJ Haley, and #99 Chase Briscoe. Full Entry List (07-22-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs William Byron for Lucas Oil: 17-year old William Byron will make his ARCA Racing Series [debut] driving for Venturini Motorsports at Lucas Oil Raceway on July 24th. The Charlotte native will drive the No. 55 Liberty University car for Venturini Motorsports. “I’m thrilled to become a part of Venturini Motorsports this weekend for the ARCA race at Lucas Oil Raceway,” said Byron. “The ARCA Series will be a new adventure for me. I’m confident in this program and know we have a shot at a strong finish. I love new challenges and I’m ready to compete this weekend.” Byron, who’s currently leading the 2015 NKNPSE championship point standings driving for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, is in the midst of a breakout rookie season notching four wins, two pole awards, five top-5 and 6 top-10 finishes in just eight series events. Byron also continues to compete for NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Late Model program at JR Motorsports on weekends the K&N Series does not compete. (In part from Venturini Motorsports) (07-22-15)
  • Mason Mitchell wins at Iowa: #78 Mason Mitchell won at Iowa Speedway after passing #22 Kyle Weatherman on a late race restart. Weatherman finished second, while #77 Tom Hessert, #99 Austin Cindric, and #52 Matt Tifft completed the top five. Point leader #23 Grant Enfinger finished eighth and unofficially leads by the standings by 95 over #77 Tom Hessert. Unofficial Results (07-18-15)
  • Team Stange Racing sidelined due to sponsorship issues CORRECTION: Team Stange Racing had previously announced that it would compete at Chicagoland and Iowa this season with sponsorship from Shooters Restaurant Group. Due to that sponsorship failing to mature, the team was forced to withdraw from those events. Team Stange Racing is working to return to ARCA competition in the future. (07-18-15)
    CORRECTION: Shooters Restaurant Group vendors were unable to raise the sponsorship that was needed, not the company itself. Team Stange Racing officials guarantee that the team will return to ARCA competition. (07-18-15)
  • Cody Coughlin no longer with Venturini: Cody Coughlin, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, is no longer with Venturini Motorsports. Coughlin had raced in six (6) events this season of a scheduled eight (8). The 19 year-old driver raced in 11 events with the team last year. (07-16-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports, Fast Track Racing fined after Winchester: Two ARCA Racing Series teams were penalized for ARCA Rulebook violations following the June 28 Herr’s Chase The Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway. The Fast Track High Performance Driving #10 team and the Venturini Motorsports #55 team were each 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 (07-16-15)
  • Todd Gilliland returning to Venturini Motorsports: Todd Gilliland will make his second career start in Friday’s #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway. Gilliland will reunite with Venturini Motorsports for the first time since finding victory lane in his ARCA debut at Toledo Speedway earlier in the year. At 15-years old, Gilliland became the youngest all-time winner in ARCA’s 62-year history. Todd Gilliland – the son of NASCAR Sprint Cup driver David Gilliland - will mark his return piloting the No.55 Renton Coil Springs Toyota Camry. Jeff McClure, who was Gilliland’s winning crew chief at Toledo, will be back calling the shots from the pit box. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-15-15)
  • Blake Jones joins Lira Motorsports for Iowa: Blake Jones will pilot the No. 38 Lira Motorsports Ford in the #ThisIsMySpeedway150 at Iowa Speedway on Friday, July 17th. The 18-year-old, recent high school graduate has competed in three previous ARCA Series races, with his win at Talladega coming in his second career series start. Friday’s race will be Blake’s first time on the track at Iowa Speedway. "We are very excited to have Blake come over and drive for us in Iowa," said team owner Carlos Lira. "We’ve had our eyes on him in all three of his ARCA starts this year, and we’re very impressed with his talent behind the wheel.” Blake’s primary sponsors for the race will Asphalt Services of TN and the Blake Jones Racing Center. Additionally, season-long Lira Motorsports sponsors Momo, Ford Performance and TraqGear will serve as associate sponsors on his number 38 Ford. (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (07-15-15)
  • Brad Smith recovering; hoping to return to competition at Kentucky: Veteran driver Brad Smith is still recovering from injuries that he sustained during the Talladega Superspeedway race in May. "As far as the injuries go, all the fractures in the tibia/fibia, shoulder bone and collarbone are healing well" says Smith. "The separated shoulder is also healing to the point that I can now put some weight on it. That is significant because that will allow me to use a scooter or crutches instead of the wheelchair." The Shelby Township, Michigan driver also added that his left ankle is healing the slowest, as he has needed two skin graphs and additional time for torn tendons and ligaments to mend. "I still need to keep the leg elevated 24 hours a day to prevent swelling" explains Smith. "That is why I have not attended any ARCA races since Michigan. I want to speed the healing process so I can get back in the car this year. Being back at the track for those two races was great fun and it was great to see everyone, especially being treated like a big hero, but it was affecting the healing process." Smith is hoping to return to competition at Kentucky Speedway in late September, which is on target with his initial 12 weeks prognosis. Smith also emphasized that all race tracks should use SAFER barriers, calling it remarkable technology that saves lives. (07-11-15)
  • Austin Cindric to make debut at Iowa for Cunningham Motorsports: Cunningham Motorsports [has] announced that 16-year-old Austin Cindric will make his ARCA Racing Series debut for the team in the July 17 race at Iowa Speedway. Cindric has established himself as a very diverse driver at a young age. The ARCA Series race at Iowa will mark his seventh different series of competition in a 12-month period. He will drive the No. 99 Ford. "We are excited to work with Austin Cindric in his first opportunity to race in the ARCA Series,” said Kerry Scherer, Managing Director of Cunningham Motorsports. “Austin has experience racing in many different cars and we always look forward to helping young drivers grow and develop their skills. It will be great to work together with Austin at Iowa.” Cindric, the son of Team Penske President Tim Cindric, currently races in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series where he drives one of the new Ford Shelby GT350R-C Mustangs. He also drives full time in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Series where he is already a two-time winner in the Lites division and a former X-Games medalist. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (07-11-15)
  • Bobby Hamilton Jr leaves Carter 2 Motorsports UPDATE 2 Forming Team: Veteran driver Bobby Hamilton Jr. has left Carter 2 Motorsports. Hamilton Jr. is said to be searching for another team to complete the season. The Greenbrier, Tennessee driver was 9th in driver points entering this weekend's race at Winchester. Eric Caudell will replace Hamilton Jr. in the No. 97 Dodge. (06-28-15)
    UPDATE: Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s bid for his first full season in a stock car since 2008 took an abrupt and sudden halt entering the ARCA Racing Series event at Winchester Speedway. Hamilton was scheduled for a full season driving the No. 97 Dodge for Carter 2 Motorsports, but 10 races through the ARCA season, the partnership has suddenly ended. A source close to the situation added that Hamilton and the team could not come to terms on the remainder of their agreement, which eventually led to their separation. A Lira Motorsports spokesperson also said that Hamilton contacted their organization to put together a third entry for his Winchester debut, but the team could not prepare a car in time. (In part from (06-28-15)
    UPDATE 2: After competing in the first 10 events in 2015, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. has officially parted ways with Carter 2 Motorsports. Hamilton was noticeably absent from the line-up at Winchester. “We’re starting our own team, and we couldn’t be more excited about our future. We’ve already got us a shop in Springfield, Tennessee. We’re hanging lights, building a fab shop…our guys are so energized about the possibilities, and so am I” Hamilton said.  “Main thing I want people to know is that we have our own team. This is us. It’s still in the formative stages, but we’re definitely putting things in place. We’re in meetings with sponsors…we’ve got really good companies looking at us. We don’t even have a name yet, but we’re talking about it. We don’t really want to name it after anybody in particular, but whatever name we choose, we want people to eventually associate performance with our company name. Our goal is to compete for an owner’s championship in 2016. I’d like to drive a few and then put someone else in the car for the balance of the schedule…groom some young drivers…but we definitely want to compete for an owner’s championship. We may and try and run a couple yet this year, possibly Salem but nothing set in stone. We definitely have our sights set on the Daytona test in December. We don’t want to rush anything though…we want to do this the right way." (In part from (07-01-15)