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December 2015

  • Finney Racing Enterprises back next year for partial schedule: Finney Racing Enterprises plans on returning to the ARCA Racing Series next season for another partial schedule. The Florida based team is looking to compete at Nashvile, Toledo, and Lucas Oil Raceway (IRP). Both Salem races are being considered as well. Owner and driver Brian Finney made four starts last season, finishing a career high 7th at Toledo in May. (12-29-15)
  • John Lowinski-Loh to attempt Daytona with Lira Motorsports: 24 year-old John Lowinski-Loh recently blogged that he plans on returning to Lira Motorsports in 2016 for the season opening race and the open test session in January at Daytona International Speedway. The Milford, Massachusetts driver competed in two events for the team last season, finishing 23rd at Chicagoland and 33rd at Daytona. (12-27-15)
  • Crosley Sports Group; Bo LeMastus expected to return full time: Crosley Sports Group and Bo LeMastus are expected to return to ARCA Racing Series competition full time in 2016. LeMastus, the CEO of Crosley Brands, finished 6th in driver points this year after competing in his first full season. The Louisville, Kentucky driver had a best finish of 8th at Pocono in August. (12-23-15)
  • Russ Dugger to attempt Daytona with DGM Racing: 40 year-old Russ Dugger will attempt the Daytona race in February driving the No. 80 Chevrolet for DGM Racing. The Oklahoma driver will have sponsorship from Tanda Racing and Promoting Youth in Motorsport. Dugger will be in the same car that he finished 5th with at Talladega last year. (12-21-15)
  • 2016 ARCA Rulebook published: The 2016 ARCA Racing Series rulebook has been published. Review the rulebook like ARCA officials have done this week by clicking on the rules page and the corresponding rulebook link. (12-21-15)
  • Mark Thompson expected to join Venturini for superspeedways: Veteran Mark Thompson is expected to join Venturini Motorsports for superspeedway races at Daytona and Talladega in 2016. Thompson, who won the Daytona pole last year, last drove for the team in 2014 before joining Ken Schrader Racing. The Georgia driver owns Phoenix Air Group, which is one of the largest operators of LearJets. (12-19-15)
  • ARCA hires new director of marketing, public relations: Tom Legeman has joined ARCA as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Legeman began serving in this role based in the company’s home offices in Temperance, Michigan, once the NASCAR Sprint Cup season was complete. He most recently worked with Premium Motorsports’ Sprint Cup teams. “Tom Legeman is a seasoned veteran with a great network of relationships in our industry,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “As we continue to refine ARCA’s strategy in the ever changing arena of sports marketing and communications, we’re pleased to welcome a person of Tom’s experience and ability to our team.” (In part from (12-19-15)
  • J.J. Haley returning for another season: 16 year-old J.J. Haley will return to the ARCA series next season in an undetermined amount of races. Haley, the nephew of NASCAR team owner Todd Braun, has raced in ARCA competition for the past two seasons and has nine career starts. His best finish came at Elko Speedway in 2014, where he finished 3rd driving for Venturini Motorsports. (12-18-15)
  • Cunningham Motorsports only planning on two cars: Cunningham Motorsports only plans on fielding two cars in 2016 for drivers Kevin Thomas Jr. and Chase Briscoe at this time. Tom Hessert, a long time driver for the team, has not made any announcements concerning his future. (12-17-15)
  • Brad Smith returning to Hylton: Brad Smith is ready to get back behind the wheel in time for the 2016 race season. Smith’s recovery, since his season-ending crash last May at Talladega Superspeedway, is all but complete. “I feel great,” Smith said at the ARCA championship awards banquet Saturday night in Indianapolis. “I’m walking around on my own power now. I expect to be 100% in a month or so. I’m continuing my physical therapy, walking without a limp is nice. Everything’s on track." Smith has already had the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine rebuilt for the upcoming test January 15-16 at Daytona. “My plan is to get back together with James like we were. Hope to be in the car all season.” (In part from (12-17-15)
  • Richard Hauck back for another season: Richard Hauck will compete in ARCA competition next year after running six events this season with his own Hauck Enterprises, Inc. team. The 52 year-old driver from Howell, Michigan had a best finish of 14th at Winchester. Hauck's schedule for 2016 is yet to be determined. (12-17-15)
  • Cunningham Motorsports signs Kevin Thomas Jr. for full season: Kevin Thomas Jr., will join Cunningham Motorsports, piloting the No. 22 for the 2016 race season. Co-owner, Kerry Scherer commented while making the announcement, “We are thrilled to have someone of KTJ’s talent and character racing with Cunningham Motorsports in 2016. We hope to be a stepping stone on his way to a successful NASCAR career.” The 24 year old driver came to the ARCA Series through the Mini Sprints, USAC Non-Wing 410 Sprint Cars, Midgets and Wing Sprint Cars. After the announcement, Thomas said, “I want to thank Kerry (Scherer) and Briggs (Cunningham) for the opportunity to compete for the entire season in ARCA. It’s good to be a part of an organization that has the same will to win that I have.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (12-16-15)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs Cole Williams to partial 2016 schedule OFFICIAL: Pro Late Model driver Cole Williams will compete in two ARCA Racing Series events for Venturini Motorsports in the 2016 season, with hopes of securing additional sponsorship for more races. (11-20-15)
    OFFICIAL: Venturini Motorsports announced today the addition of Late Model Champion Cole Williams to their ARCA Racing Series driver development program for selected races in 2016. Williams, a 19-year old Sellersburg, Indiana native, is a top Pro Late Model driver. Currently a sophomore at Indiana University Southeast, Williams is scheduled to compete with VMS/ARCA in selected 2016 events starting at Nashville Fairgrounds (April 9th). “It’s kind of an overwhelming deal but I’m excited to move up and add some ARCA races to my full slate of late model races next season. It’s going to be a fun ride,” said Williams. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (12-12-15)
  • FOX Sports to broadcast at least 10 races in 2016: Officials from ARCA and FOX Sports announced today the initial 2016 broadcast schedule for the ARCA Racing Series. A preliminary schedule of 10 races will be telecast on either FS1 or FS2 in 2016. FS1 waves the green flag with the traditional season opener at Daytona. In addition to Daytona, races from Talladega; both Pocono; Michigan; Lucas Oil; Chicagoland and the season finale from Kansas will also air on FS1. The [Iowa] event and Kentucky are scheduled to air on FS2. All races included in the deal will also air on FOX Sports GO, the app that delivers streaming video of FOX Sports content. (In part from (12-10-15)
  • Chase Briscoe to run full season with Cunningham Motorsports: Cunningham Motorsports announced today that Chase Briscoe will pilot the No. 77 during the 2016 season. In making his announcement, [Kerry] Scherer said, “We are excited to have Chase run our No. 77 this season. In the two races that he ran last season, we saw exactly what he could do in our cars. The team and I look forward to running for another Rookie of the Year this season with Briscoe.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (12-10-15)
  • David Sear to drive 5 race schedule in 2016 for Ebert Motorsports: David Sear will compete in a limited five race schedule next year with sponsorship from The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. Sear will race at Pocono, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky and a “wild card” event that will be announced at a later date. The driver of the No. 19 Chevrolet from La Jolla, CA will be making the most amount of starts since his ARCA debut in 2013. Team owner, Mark Ebert, is looking for funded drivers to run additional races and is considering entering a second car to run a full 2016 schedule. Interested drivers can reach Mark at 508-292-7223 for more information. (In part from Ebert Motorsports PR) (12-10-15)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching to run limited schedule next year: Sarah Cornett-Ching announced her 2016 racing plans today. As many anticipated, she will continue to race with Tony Blanchard and RACE 101 during 2016, focusing primarily on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East [Series] while sprinkling in some ARCA Racing Series events along the way. Cornett-Ching will start her major-event schedule at the same place her career began, the Daytona International Speedway. Once again, she will compete in the ARCA Racing Series event at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Other ARCA starts are tentatively planned at larger tracks where her career path will take her in the future. "The K&N Series has a great mix of tracks and is a really good place to build my skill-set and improve my confidence as a driver, but ARCA still offers valuable opportunities for big-track and radial tire experience ," she explained. "Seat time is seat time, no matter what I'm driving. So to have laps around places like Chicago, Talladega or Kansas is extremely valuable, especially when I have an opportunity to move up to Xfinity or the Truck Series in the future." (In part from RACE 101 PR) (12-08-15)
  • Max Force Racing; Thomas Praytor returning full time in 2016: Max Force Racing and Thomas Praytor will return full time to the ARCA Racing Series in 2016. The team finished 15th in owner points this year, competing in its first full season without outside support. Additional marketing partners and cars are being secured in hopes of improving on track performance. (12-07-15)
  • David Levine seeking sponsorship: 22 year-old David Levine is searching for sponsorship and funding for the upcoming season. Levine, who recently finished 5th in driver points with Lira Motorsports, was hoping to return to ARCA for another full season this past October. (12-07-15)
  • Tom Berte to run partial schedule next year; seven races: 72 year-old Tom Berte will return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2016 for a seven (7) race schedule. Berte will compete at both Pocono events, Michigan, Iowa, Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Kansas. The veteran driver from New Berlin, Wisconsin is scheduled to make the most amount of starts since 2010. (12-05-15)
  • Grant Enfinger to compete in NASCAR Trucks in 2016: The ARCA championship duo from 2015 will be kept intact as [Jeff] Stankiewicz and [Grant] Enfinger elevate their partnership to the next level. Since establishing an undisputed rapport throughout 2015, Stankiewicz looks forward to transferring that level of performance to the NCWTS with his new teammates. “GMS Racing has put together a great lineup for 2016,” says Stankiewicz. “I’m happy that Grant Enfinger will have the opportunity to show his talent in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He’s incredibly focused and such a hard worker, and having teammates that can provide guidance and support will help him develop into an even better driver." (In part from GMS Racing PR) (12-03-15)
  • ARCA announces 2016 schedule; Madison added, Mobile off: The ARCA Racing Series will race 20 times in 2016, including eight races on superspeedways, nine on short tracks, two on dirt and one on a road course. The full schedule has been announced over the last few weeks. “We are pleased to announce our full and complete schedule,” ARCA President Ron Drager said. “We feel we have once again put together a schedule that highlights the diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. We are excited for the start of the new season.”  The only different track on the schedule from 2015 is the return of the ARCA Racing Series to Madison, Wisconsin for Father’s Day Weekend. [Note: Mobile International Speedway has been taken off] ( (12-03-15)