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February 2016

  • Lira Motorsports; Kyle Weatherman penalized after Daytona: Based on post-race technical inspection after Daytona Int’l Speedway, the #58 Lira Motorsports of Florida team has been penalized for violating 2016 ARCA Rulebook page 66, Item 5Gii which references Interior/Shifter and states in part, “Must have boot cover which meets SFI specification 48.1…” Based on the violation and the modification resulting in noncompliance with an SFI Safety Standard, the team has been fined $3,000, team owner Amada Lira and driver Kyle Weatherman have been penalized with the loss of 50 championship points, and crew chief Sam Schram has been placed on probation through August 13, 2016. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-25-16)
  • Mark Meunier looking to race; working on sponsorship: Series regular Mark Meuiner is looking to race in a partial ARCA Racing Series schedule this year. Meuiner is currently working on competing at Lucas Oil and Kentucky, with the possibility of more events throughout the season if sponsorship can be found. The 51 year-old driver started 10 races in 2015, earning a season high 18th place finish at Kentucky driving for Kimmel Racing. (02-24-16)
  • Invicta Motorsports; John Ferrier hoping to return at Talladega & Pocono: Invicta Motorsports and John Ferrier are tentatively planning on racing in three more events this year, pending sponsorship. The team and driver are looking to race at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29th, Pocono Raceway on June 3rd, and the second race at Pocono on July 29th. Invicta may also field a second entry at Talladega with the assistance of Mark Gibson. If the second Talladega car materializes, a funded driver will be used. (02-23-16)
  • Jent Motorsports and Hixson forming partnership; Gattina released OFFICIAL: After failing to qualify for the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona, Jent Motorsports is said to have formed a partnership with Hixson Motorsports that will give the team owner points for the remainder of the season. The Jent/Hixson effort is looking for a funded driver for a second car, possibly to team with Dustin Knowles. Joey Gattina was allegedly released following Daytona. (02-20-16)
    UPDATE: Sources have confirmed that Jent Motorsports and Hixson Motorsports have entered into a partnership. Dustin Knowles will drive the team's primary car, while both organizations are seeking a funded driver for the second entry. Joey Gattina was released by Jent following Daytona, allegedly after having a disagreement with Darrell Jent Jr. about not purchasing owner points from GMS Racing. Knowles is said to have talked Jent out of completing the deal with GMS in the preseason. (02-20-16)
    OFFICIAL: Darrell Jent Jr. of Jent Motorsports and Wayne Hixson of Hixson Motorsports have announced that the two organizations will team up for the remainder of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series season. The joint effort will field the No. 14 and No. 85 cars. Dustin Knowles of Moody, AL will be behind the number 14 machine for Nashville and the rest of the 2016 season. The team has yet to announce a driver for the number 85, but there is a lot of talented interest in the machine. “I am definitely looking forward to the opportunity that Darrell, Armordelisa, and the rest of the Jent family have presented me to run the full ARCA schedule,” Knowles said. “He (Jent) has a passion for winning that I can closely relate to. I know competing at this level is different from anything I have done in the past, but with the relationship between Jent Motorsports and Hixson Motorsports, I believe we will have great success this year.” Crystal Bates will be the crew chief of the No. 14 car driven by Knowles. (In part from Hixson Motorpsorts PR) (02-22-16)
  • Tim Viens planning an expanded schedule: Tim Viens, one of the co-founders of RaceDaySponsor.com, is planning on an expanded ARCA Racing Series schedule this season after finishing 26th in the season opener at Daytona. Viens plans to run the majority of the races, with 18 events in sight. The 39 year-old driver from South Hero, Vermont has 16 career starts in four seasons. (02-21-16)
  • Dalton Sargeant joins Venturini Motorsports for 15 races: Venturini Motorsports announced today Dalton Sargeant will join VMS in the No. 55 Toyota Camry for a multi-race campaign in the ARCA Racing Series. The 17-year old, high school senior will compete in 15 of the 19 remaining events beginning at Salem Speedway on April 24. Sargeant will also drive at Talladega, Toledo, New Jersey Motorsports Park, both Pocono dates, Michigan, Winchester, Iowa, Lucas Oil Raceway, Berlin, Salem, Chicago, Kentucky and the ARCA Series finale at Kansas. “It’s really an honor to have the opportunity to drive the No.55 Toyota Camry for a team like Venturini Motorsports. Not only do we have fast and proven Toyota Camrys, but also a veteran crew chief in Billy Venturini. I’m looking forward to the challenge of racing on larger tracks, it’s a completely different style of racing than anything I’ve done before but really excited to have two great partners and a diverse schedule for 2016,” said Sargeant. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-18-16)
  • Cassie Gannis signs with Hamilton-Hughes Racing: Hamilton Hughes Racing has signed Cassie Gannis to a limited-schedule deal for the 2016 ARCA Racing Series season. Gannis, who will be 25 in April, attempted to run events in ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2015. “I am very happy about joining the HHR team. They have a huge history in racing. I don’t have that in my family. I am looking forward to developing as a driver and getting on the track," said Gannis. Cassie’s 2016 ARCA Schedule will be released at a later date. (In part from Hamilton-Hughes Racing PR) (02-18-16)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports equipment repossessed; banned from ARCA?: Former Carter 2 crew member Brad Hodges posted on Facebook Tuesday night that he had repossessed all equipment in the Carter 2 Motorsports racing shop. Hodges went on to post images of the repossessed equipment, along with a message that Mark Lloyd had sent to team owner Roger Carter. Lloyd is the father of former Carter 2 driver Justin Lloyd. The message stated that Roger Carter was told by ARCA's Ron Dragger that he was banned from racing until his outstanding warrants were taken care of and restitution was made to Alx Danielsson, Carlos Lira, Mark Lloyd, and others. Lloyd also stated that Carter lied about many of his actions, and urged Carter to turn himself in and pay his debt to society. (02-17-16)
  • John Wes Townley racing first seven (7) events; additional races after?: Daytona winner John Wes Townley is expected to compete in the first seven (7) races of the season, leading up to Michigan International Speedway on June 10th. Townley will miss the MIS event due to a scheduling conflict, as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race at Texas Motor Speedway on the same day. The 26 year-old Georgia driver may miss a total of five to seven events this season. Athenian Motorsports is expected to use funded drivers in the races that Townley cannot attend. (02-16-16)
  • General Tire awards double superspeedway points: John Wes Townley doubled up on the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge point fund by virtue of his victory. General Tire awards double points in any superspeedway event that the Fort Mill, South Carolina-based company is either the race Presenting Sponsor or Title Sponsor. The tire manufacturer announced that it would be partnering with eight tracks as part of their "all-in" involvement with the ARCA Racing Series. In addition to the presenting sponsorship in the Daytona opener, General Tire is partnering with Talladega, Pocono, DuQuoin, and Kentucky to build an entitlement portfolio for the 2016 ARCA season. On top of the five race entitlements, General Tire will partner with Michigan, Chicagoland, and Kansas to further build out the General Tire brand and offer additional events for their consumer activation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-16-16)
  • SCOTT; Kimberly-Clark continue ARCA sponsorship: Kimberly-Clark and its line of SCOTT Brand Products, announced the continuation of their sponsorship with the ARCA Racing Series for 2016. Kimberly-Clark is an official company sponsor of the Series, and will continue to be the entitlement sponsor of an ARCA Racing Series event, to be announced in the near future. The sponsorship also includes naming rights to the “SCOTT Rookie Challenge”, ARCA’s Rookie of the Year awards program for eligible rookie contenders. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-15-16)
  • John Wes Townley wins at Daytona: #05 John Wes Townley won the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona after holding of rookie #55 William Byron. #58 Kyle Weatherman finished third, while #77 Chase Briscoe and #46 Frank Kimmel completed the top five. Two major accidents slowed the race. The first crash occurred on lap two when #83 Derrick Lancaster made contact with #78 Cole Powell, sending Powell into his teammate #98 Gus Dean. Approximately seven other cars were involved in the wreck. The second accident occurred when #66 Mark Thompson, #83 Derrick Lancaster, and #52 Matt Kurzejewski tangled nearly 15 laps later. Full Results (02-13-16)
  • Cole Custer wins Daytona pole; race Saturday: #54 Cole Custer won the pole for Saturday's Lucas Oil 200, becoming the youngest polesitter in Daytona ARCA history. #55 William Byron will start second. #77 Chase Briscoe, #25 Tom Hessert, and #05 John Wes Townley completed the top five. Six cars missed the race, including #4 Bobby Hamilton Jr, #13 JJ Pack, #14 Joey Gattina, #63 Ray Ciccarelli, #64 Eric Caudell, and #80 Russ Dugger. Starting Grid (02-12-16)
  • 46 cars on Daytona entry list UPDATE Four Withdrawn: Fifty (50) cars are currently entered for Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. The field is filled with quality cars that will be competing for forty (40) positions in group qualifying on Friday. All types of drivers are entered, ranging from a champion like #46 Frank Kimmel, to rookies such as #22 Kevin Thomas Jr, and finally to veterans like #25 Tom Hessert. Full Entry List (02-10-16)
    UPDATE: Four cars have withdrawn from the race. Cars include #18 Empire Racing, #40 Carter 2 Motorsports, #76 Andy Seuss, and #97 Alx Danielsson. (02-11-16)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching; RACE 101 secure Daytona sponsor: Sarah Cornett-Ching will debut a new marketing partner this week, but her familiar drive and determination will be as strong as ever. BugBand joins Cornett-Ching and her Race 101 team as a new partner for 2016. The company, which makes an all-natural, DEET-FREE insect repellent, will support her in the ARCA Racing Series and Super Late Model events she will be racing while in Florida. (In part from RACE 101 PR) (02-11-16)
  • Empire Racing Group officially announces Daytona lineup: Empire Racing Group will have two chances to reach victory lane during the ARCA Racing Series season opener at Daytona. Series veteran Sean Corr and rookie Dylan Lupton will team up for the Lucas Oil 200, live on FS1. Corr will be piloting the No. 48 car for ERG, with NESCO, Transgroup, Grumpy’s Performance and Support Our Troops on the car. NASCAR Sprint Cup and ARCA Racing Series veteran James Hylton is listed as Corr’s car owner on the 48, the same number Hylton utilized throughout his career. Joining Corr will be Dylan Lupton, a familiar face to the racing scene. The 22-year-old Wilton, Calif. native has competed in everything from karting and late models to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West and XFINITY Series. The Lucas Oil 200 will be Lupton’s first race in the ARCA Racing Series. (In part from Empire Racing Group PR) (02-10-16)
  • General Tire becomes Daytona presenting sponsor: General Tire is building on its new partnership as the Official Tire of the ARCA Racing Series and will become the presenting sponsor of the upcoming ARCA season-opening race at the "World Center of Racing." The race at the legendary Daytona International Speedway will now be known as the "Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire." This 80-lap, 200-mile event kicks off SPEEDWEEKS® at Daytona, the first of two races on Saturday night, Feb. 13. “For us to be a part of stock car history at the legendary Daytona International Speedway is beyond words. We are truly excited and honored to partner with the track and join our great friends at Lucas Oil in support of the ARCA Racing Series.” said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. (In part from General Tire PR) (02-09-16)
  • Ranier Racing with MDM adds Brandon Jones to driver lineup: Ranier Racing with MDM will compete in a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series with the team’s iconic No. 28 in 2016. Brandon Jones and Jones’ NASCAR crew chief, Mike Hillman, Jr., as well as Rick Carelli, will support RRMDM for several races. Jones and the RRMDM ARCA Racing Series team will first take to the track at Pocono Raceway on June 3.  “I am thrilled to be joining RRMDM this year to compete in the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series,” said Jones. “I have had success in both series, and I am confident we can build on that success with the help of the rich racing tradition at RRMDM and assistance from Richard Childress Racing. I am also honored to have Menards onboard as my sponsor again this year for the ARCA races and for several XFINITY Series races.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-08-16)
  • Hamilton-Hughes Racing announces more drivers: Hamilton-Hughes Racing has announced that the team has signed Ronnie Osmer and Brandon McKenzie to partial schedules for the 2016 ARCA season. Both drivers previously made select starts for Carter 2 Motorsports last season.
    Ronnie Osmer: “It's a great feeling when you have someone as successful and experienced as Bobby Hamilton Jr. sign you to race for Hamilton-Hughes Racing. I'm excited to be part of the team and know I'm going to learn so much from him. My goal is to run all 11 short tracks that I'm eligible for and to compete for the ARCA short track championship."
    Brandon McKenzie: “I am thrilled to be a part of Hamilton-Hughes Racing for the 2016 ARCA season. After dedicating years to small track racing, I am grateful for the opportunity to race at a professional level. I am eager to get behind the wheel and represent the team to the best of my ability." (In part from Hamilton-Hughes Racing PR) (02-08-16)
  • Eric Caudell joins Hamilton-Hughes Racing full time: Hamilton-Hughes Racing has signed Eric Caudell to drive the No. 64 Chevrolet for the entire 2016 ARCA Racing Series season. Caudell, 49, has five career ARCA Racing Series starts under his belt, including a career-best finish of 18th at Winchester last season. “I am extremely excited to drive for Hamilton-Hughes for the 2016 ARCA season. I visited the new shop and am impressed with the level of professionalism they are building into their program. We are poised to have solid, competitive engines, chassis, bodies, and crew. Hamilton-Hughes has been using their years of knowledge to build a highly organized team that focuses on the aspects of racing that are critical to success," said Caudell about the HHR camp. (In part from Hamilton-Hughes Racing PR) (02-08-16)
  • Gray Gaulding to race for Lira Motorsports at Daytona: Gray Gaulding will make his ARCA Racing Series debut with Lira Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. Gaulding will pilot the No. 38 Krispy Kreme, Ford Performance, MOMO Ford Fusion. “This is a dream come true, the opportunity to race at Daytona International Speedway,” Gray Gaulding said. The 17-year old from Colonial Heights, VA will turn 18, just three days before the Lucas Oil 200. “I’ve been going down to Daytona every year and supporting Jason (White) in the truck series and telling myself one day I will race here and thanks to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Carlos Lira, Lira Motorsports, and Ford Racing that opportunity is now reality.” Veteran Crew Chief and fellow Virginia native, Teddy Brown will call the shots for Gaulding in his ARCA Series debut. (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (02-08-16)
  • Ray Ciccarelli to drive in a partial schedule this season UPDATE Hamilton Hughes: 45 year-old Ray Ciccarelli plans to drive in eight (8) races this season. The Ellicott City, Maryland driver has secured sponsorship and will announce his plans in the coming weeks. While he participated in the Daytona test with Mullins Racing, Ciccarelli is expected to race for a different team. (01-17-16)
    UPDATE: Hamilton-Hughes Racing has agreed to a contract with Ray Ciccarelli to drive the No. 63 Dodge in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona, along with a few other events during the ARCA Racing Series season. Ciccarelli, 46, has a total of five ARCA Racing Series starts with a career-best 19th at IRP and Berlin in 2014. “I'm really excited to have the opportunity to run races this year in the ARCA Racing Series with HHR and Bobby and can’t thank them enough for all the hard work putting us together some good cars. I enjoy the ARCA Racing Series, it's a great organization to show up and have fun. I look forward to continue to bring awareness to living with Chron’s disease and with an Ostomy bag in hopes to encourage people like me to never give up chasing your dreams and living your life to the fullest," said Ciccarelli about his upcoming 2016 season. (In part from Hamilton-Hughes Racing PR) (02-08-16) 
  • Kevin Hinckle releases statement; owed money; contradicts Hamilton-Hughes UPDATE Team Response: Hamilton-Hughes Racing recently stated that Kevin Hinckle was in talks to run events for the team in the 2016 season. Hinckle has released his own statement that contradicts this claim: "A final agreement couldn't be reached between myself and HHR for a 3 race deal including Daytona and two short tracks. On January 17th, in a phone conversation, Bobby Hamilton Jr canceled the deal and said he would send my money back. I still haven't received my funds back and I'm not looking at any future races with HHR." (02-06-16)
    Hamilton-Hughes Response: "We're trying to prepare a statement but at the same time we're doing our last push towards Daytona. HHR hasn't officially released Kevin Hinckle and were trying to work things out but after his comments, we turned his statements over to our attorney and are waiting to see what action to take next." (Hamilton-Hughes Racing PR) (02-06-16)
  • Frank Kimmel to drive full time for Team Stange Racing; retiring: Team Stange Racing has officially announced that 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 46 JUICE Replay Ford in the 2016 ARCA Racing Series season. Rumors linking Kimmel's return to the No. 46 where he won 9 of his 10 ARCA championships had been swirling for weeks prior to today’s confirmation.  “It’s great to see Frank back in the No. 46 seat,” former team owner Larry Clements proclaimed. “I will be cheering him on right alongside his fans." Kimmel’s return is being billed as an “Encore Tour” where race fans will have a final season to watch Frank compete before yielding his seat to his son Frank Kimmel Jr. ASA champion Kelly Bires will serve as Kimmel's crew chief, while JUICE Replay will sponsor. JUICE Replay is a new consumer brand of batteries offering consumers longer lasting “playtime” and more “replays” than ordinary single-use batteries. The official consumer brand launch is February 13th in Daytona. (In part from Team Stange Racing PR) (02-05-16)
  • Brandon Lynn and Kyle Weatherman full time at Lira Motorsports: Lira Motorsports officials confirmed on Friday night that Brandon Lynn (No. 36) and Kyle Weatherman (No. 58) will race full time in the 2016 ARCA Racing Series season. Lynn and Weatherman will both be competing for the championship after running partial schedules last season. (02-05-16)
  • Brad Smith to race second Max Force Racing car at Daytona: Max Force Racing is expanding its stable to two ARCA teams starting with the season opener in Daytona. ARCA Veteran Brad Smith will team up with Thomas "Moose" Praytor for the Lucas Oil 200 on February 13th at Daytona International Speedway. Smith will be driving the No. 23 for Max Force Racing. "This is a great opportunity for me to get back behind the wheel and get back to racing," said Smith. "Tommy and I have been friends for years and Thomas and I were teammates at Hixson's, I really appreciate them making this possible." Smith returns to racing after a brutal crash at Talladega, which would require months of physical therapy. [Note: The team will use owner points from Bret Holmes/GMS Racing's 2015 No. 23 entry. Brad Smith will be locked into the field and will return to Hylton Motorsports for Nasvhille.] (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (02-05-16)
  • Bret Holmes acquires GMS Racing points: Bret Holmes not only acquired equipment from GMS Racing, but received the team's owner points as well. Holmes will be locked into the Nashville field when his own team debuts. Meanwhile, Brad Smith and Max Force Racing have reached an agreement to use the points at Daytona. (02-05-16)
  • Hamilton-Hughes Racing scams driver out of sponsorship UPDATE Sponsor Responds: Approximately one week before the season opening race at Daytona, former Hamilton-Hughes Racing driver Richard Lowe has stepped forward with a report that the team has scammed sponsorship and has left him without a ride. Lowe's description of events are as follows: Richard Lowe was contacted by Jack Hughes in July 2015, learned about the details of a driving agreement, found sponsorship from Makeover Mortgage, and brought  company representatives back to the Hamilton-Hughes shop in August 2015 as needed to complete the deal. Lowe received a letter of intent, but never received a driver's contract after a sponsorship deposit was made. In December 2015, Bobby Hamilton Jr. informed Lowe that he would not be testing at Daytona as originally planned and that he would have to wait until March at Nashville. Weeks later, Lowe received a text message from Hamilton Jr. that stated that the team had "decided to move in a different direction" and that he "was no longer driving for the team." Hamilton-Hughes Racing is expected to announce that team owner Hamilton Jr. will use the sponsorship from Makeover Mortgage for himself in the near future. Richard Lowe plans to pursue legal action against the team after suddenly losing his seat and sponsorship with little explanation. (02-05-16)
    UPDATE: Makeover Mortgage has responded to Richard Lowe's description of events in a statement. View the copy that was sent to us earlier today. (02-05-16)
  • Tom Hessert; Venturini Motorsports secure Daytona sponsorship: Veteran driver Tom Hessert will make his Venturini Motorsports debut in the No. 25 Florida Lottery Toyota in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Int’l Speedway. Hoping to win big, Hessert will carry the Florida Lottery colors onboard his Toyota entry. As part of a single race sponsorship agreement with VMS, the Florida Lottery identifies the value of ARCA's premier event in its home state. "We're pleased to announce our strategic partnership with Venturini Motorsports at Daytona this year," said Tom Delacenserie, Secretary of the Florida Lottery. "Once a year Daytona becomes the center of the universe for motorsports enthusiasts. We're proud to connect our brand to this event and kick off our involvement during Daytona’s Speedweeks.” Joining the Florida Lottery's sponsorship effort with VMS is yet another Florida based group, Bullet Products. Bullet Products is a leading manufacturer and patent holder of roofing products with coast-to-coast distribution. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (02-04-16)
  • Dylan Lupton testing with Win-Tron Racing; UPDATE 2 RACING for EMPIRE: Current NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton will take the next step in his racing career and participate in the open ARCA Racing Series test session this weekend at Daytona. Lupton has partnered with Win-Tron Racing which formed an alliance with Empire Racing Group to pilot the No. 82 Ford. Lupton, 22, is seeking to gain clearance to compete in next month’s ARCA season-opener at the 2.5-mile superspeedway on Feb. 13. “This surely is a dream come true and I can’t thank everyone enough for making this possible,” said Lupton. “I’ve always wanted the opportunity to race around Daytona International Speedway and thanks to Kevin Cywinski, Mike Cheek and everyone at Win-Tron Racing and Empire Racing Group, I’ll be able to do so. I can’t wait to get going.” (In part from Dylan Lupton Media) (01-15-16)
    UPDATE: Dylan Lupton has signed an agreement to race at Daytona with a team to be announced, per Chris Knight on Fan4Racing Radio. Lupton will be attempting to make his ARCA Racing Series debut. (02-01-16)
    UPDATE 2: 22 year-old Dylan Lupton has been entered to drive the No. 82 Empire Racing Group Ford in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Although Lupton will attempt to make his first superspeedway start, he has considerable stock car experience. Lupton competed in eight (8) NASCAR Xfinity Series races last year for Athenian Motorsports (02-04-16)
  • Carter 2 Motorsports owner Roger Carter an absconder in North Carolina: Team owner Roger Carter II is currently listed as an absconder from probation/parole supervision in North Carolina. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call adult corrections at 1-888-646-0024. Carter had previously announced that he would field the No. 40 entry for Justin Lloyd at Daytona, but it is unclear what will occur after this violation. (02-04-16)
  • Ed Pompa returns to Fast Track Racing for partial schedule: There’s not a lot Ed Pompa can do to get ready for the season-opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway from his Ballston Spa, New York home. However, Pompa will have an extra decal on his on his No. 10 Andy Hillenburg-owned Chevrolet, compliments of a new sponsor for the 2016 season. “Cedar Peaks Enterprises is going to be on the car, along with our other sponsors. Cedar Peaks is a paving outfit, mostly airports and electrical work. They pave runways and create runway lighting, that sort of thing. We’ll [also] have Milwaukee Crusher, Milton Cat and Burt Crane on the car; and of course we’ll be promoting the Double H Ranch all year too.” Pompma will run a partial schedule at the helm of No. 10. "Right now, if we get out of Daytona clean, the plan is for me to run Talladega, New Jersey, both Poconos and the fall Salem race. We’ll see how that goes.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-04-16)
  • Cole Powell to drive for Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Daytona OFFICIAL: 23 year-old Cole Powell will drive the No. 78 entry for Mason Mitchell Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. The Canadian driver has three prior superspeedway starts in the past two years. Powell's career high finish was at Talladega last season, where he finished 3rd while driving for Lira Motorsports. (02-03-16)
    OFFICIAL: Mason Mitchell Motorsports has announced that Canadian racer Cole Powell will drive the team’s No. 78 Chevrolet in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Powell will receive support from longtime supporters Tricar and Copps Buildall. “I'm thrilled we could get this deal done with MMM,” Powell said. “Even though I have raced Daytona in the past, every time we race there it's like seeing the place for the very first time all over again. I am just fortunate that I’m able to come race on such a famous track and race door to door with 40 other drivers." Powell will look to make his third Daytona ARCA start and fourth start at a restrictor plate track. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-04-16)
  • Hamilton-Hughes Racing issues statement regarding drivers: At this time Hamilton-Hughes Racing (HHR) has cut ties with Kevin Rutherford for breaching his contract with the team. Kevin had tested Daytona on Jan. 16, and was approved to race in the Lucas Oil 200 for HHR, as well as the full 20 race slate for the 2016 season. The car Kevin was supposed to drive is still sitting in the shop, ready to head to the track. As of Monday, HHR and Kevin Rutherford Racing could not come to an agreement on terms for the upcoming season, and Kevin had breached his contract he had originally signed for HHR, one in which he and his Lawyers had drawn up. HHR will be taking legal action of this matter. As for other drivers leaving, Scott Edwards could not reach an agreement for Daytona, but is still in talks for races later in the 2016 season. Kevin Hinkle was also in talks with HHR, but could not come to an agreement for Daytona. He is also still in talks with the team for races later in the season. (In part from Catchfence.com) (02-03-16)
  • Kevin Rutherford will race full time for Hamilton-Hughes Racing UPDATE STATEMENT: Kevin Rutherford, accomplished Texas dirt track racer, will run the 2016 ARCA Racing Series schedule with Hamilton Hughes Racing. "This is a great opportunity for me," says Rutherford.  "We ran three ARCA races last year and Bobby [Hamilton] Jr. took notice.  That led to this deal for the 2016 season." The all new team, lead by former NASCAR winner Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and long time ARCA Series owner Jack Hughes, will start off their season with the series' test session in Daytona. "Kevin has the instincts of true racer," says Hamilton. "I watched him run a few races and saw that he was doing more with less than anyone out there.  When I knew we were starting HHR, he was the first driver I wanted to sign. He's that good." (In part from CM2Agency.com) (01-15-16)
    UPDATE: Chris Knight on Fan4Racing radio stated on Monday night that the full season deal between Kevin Rutherford and Hamilton-Hughes Racing appears to be off. The two parties are said to be working to resolve their contract issues, but it remains to be seen if they will be compete at Daytona together. (02-01-16)
    STATEMENT: The following is a statement from ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Kevin Rutherford regarding his relationship with Bobby Hamilton Jr. Racing: “Bobby Hamilton Jr. Racing and I have decided to part ways. I wish Bobby Hamilton Jr. and his current team at Hamilton Hughes Racing success in all of their endeavors in the upcoming racing season and in years to come. This decision paves the way for exciting new opportunities for myself, my sponsors, my career, my family and my fans.” (In part from Catchfence.com) (02-03-16)
  • ESP Motorsports to debut at Daytona UPDATE Sponsorship: ESP Motorsports, LLC with driver Gene Paul, a current SCCA stock car road racer, has entered the ARCA 200 in February at the Daytona International Speedway. Gene who also finished in second place in this year's in the SCCA Central Florida Region points chase, will also participate in the ARCA January open test at Daytona. The team will use a traditional Dodge body race car powered by a “Legacy” engine. Current photos are featured on the ESP Motorsports, LLC facebook page. Information on the ESP Motorsports marketing partnership programs are available by contacting Gene Paul directly. (In part from ESP Motorsports PR) (01-02-16)
    UPDATE: ESP Motorsports, with driver Gene Paul is proud to announce its sponsor, The Wendelstedt Umpire School, located in Daytona Beach for the upcoming ARCA Lucas Oil 200. Wendelstedt provides formal, supervised training for umpires to qualify for positions in professional, collegiate, independent professional and youth baseball. To learn more about Wendelstedt opportunities please visit UmpireSchool.com. (In part from ESP Motorsports PR) (02-02-16)
  • Matt Wallace seeking sponsorship for Daytona race UPDATE NOT Racing: [The Daytona] test allows drivers the chance to earn valuable seat time at Daytona. Case in point, Matt Wallace, the 20-year-old son of NASCAR veteran Mike Wallace. [Matt] is driving the No. 22 Cunningham Motorsports Dodge this weekend. “I’m very impressed with Matt,” said Paul Andrews, who is Cunningham’s team manager. “First time in the car, and he was second on the board. That’s good stuff.” Andrews said Cunningham Motorsports will find Matt a ride for the Lucas Oil 200 if a sponsor steps forward. “We’re trying to help Matt make a little progress (in his career), get him some exposure, get him some sponsorship,” Andrews said. “If something came up, we could get a Daytona ride for him for sure. (In part from News-JournalOnline.com) (01-16-16)
    UPDATE: Matt Wallace was unable to secure the needed sponsorship to compete in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona. Wallace, who had a GoFundMe account created to raise funds, will instead race at New Smyrna Speedway in late model competition. (02-01-16)