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March 2016

  • Joey Gattina to drive for Fast Track Racing at Talladega: Joey Gattina announced on Facebook today that he will drive the No. 27 Chevrolet for Fast Track Racing at Talladega Superspeedway on April 29th. Fast Track Racing will field the car in a partnership with RFMS, using RFMS Racing's owner points. “I’m really excited to get an opportunity to run in front of my hometown crowd here in Alabama,” stated Gattina. “The guys at RFMS/Fast Track Racing have been great to deal with and I’m looking forward to working with them at Talladega.” (In part from Joey Gattina Motorsports Facebook) (03-31-16)
  • Salem Speedway announces fall title race sponsor: Salem Speedway has announced the addition of title and presenting sponsors for the historic 100th Salem ARCA race set to take place on Saturday, September 10. Eddie Gilstrap Motors of Salem inked an agreement to serve as title sponsor of the race, while Meadow View Health & Rehabilitation and Salem Crossing signed on as presenting sponsors. The fall ARCA race will mark the 100th appearance of the ARCA Racing Series at Salem. No track has appeared more on the ARCA Racing Series schedule over the decades than Salem. Tickets are currently selling for the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing, and are available online or by phone. (In part from (03-31-16)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. receives Will Kimmel's Mobile car: The car that Will Kimmel destroyed last year at Mobile International Speedway is going to live in infamy, or at least until it rusts to the ground. In fact, you may have already seen the postings on social media, especially after Dale Earnhardt, Jr. sent out the following Tweet, “Latest donation to the racecar junkyard. Thanks @WillKimmel.” And on the heels of Earnhardt’s “thanks,” the car now rests comfortably among the weeds, twigs and trees in Earnhardt’s private “racecar junkyard.” How it actually happened is also interesting. “Travis Mack, who started here with us (at Kimmel Racing) when he first got going, is now the car chief for Dale, Jr.,” Bill Kimmel said. “I called him the other day and told him I need to get this car out of the shop and to see if he’d check with Jr. to see if he would like to have it. Got a call back in about 30 minutes that said, absolutely he wants it for his graveyard.” As it turned out, it ended up being perfect timing for Kimmel Racing. “We had to go down to Charlotte anyway to pick up a Composite car, so we just swapped out the cars. The timing was perfect. “It’s a heck of a way to get publicity, but someone told me once bad publicity is good publicity.” (In part from (03-31-16)
  • Lira Motorsports fielding 5 cars at Nashville: Lira Motorsports has announced that the team will field five (5) cars for the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on April 9th. #36 Brandon Lynn, #38 Sheldon Creed, #58 Kyle Weatherman, #59 Travis Swaim, and #93 Clayton Weatherman will drive.
    Sheldon Creed:
    Sheldon Creed, Speed Energy Formula Off-Road series driver, will be making his first ARCA attempt at the Fairgrounds in the No. 38 Safecraft Safety Equipment car. Sheldon has experience in various types of motorsports. He has various championships in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series from 2009-2014 and has 25 wins. Creed is a recipient of a silver award from the Stadium Super Trucks at the 2014 X-Games; moreover, he was the gold winner in the 2015 X-Games.
    Travis Swaim:
    Travis Swaim will be tackling the short track of Nashville from behind the wheel of the MOMO Motorsport No. 59. He has one ARCA start from 2013 where his finished in the fifth position. He is a veteran late model driver in the Mid-Atlantic with a stout resume of racing experience. Travis is a former Myrtle Beach 400 winner (2014), UARA Late model champion, North Carolina NASCAR Whelen All American Series state champion, and a three-time Caraway Speedway Late Model Stock Car track champion.
    Clayton Weatherman:
    In the No. 93 NexGen Fuel car will be Clayton Weatherman, the younger brother of Kyle. Clayton will be making his Lira Motorsports debut at Nashville, but already has plenty of experience in the Lira Motorsports cars. He has tested with the team various times in anticipation of making his first start. (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (03-30-16)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports signs Brady Boswell for Nashville: Mason Mitchell Motorsports has added X-1R Pro Cup (now the CARS Tour) veteran Brady Boswell to its driver lineup for the 2016 season. Boswell, 19 from Watkinsville, Georgia, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut in the “Music City” in Nashville at the Fairgrounds Speedway driving the No. 98 Chevrolet on April 9th. Along with racing, Boswell attends the University of North Georgia full-time. “I am very excited to take the next step in my career,” Boswell stated. “My dream of making it to NASCAR is now one step closer. This will be a great step that will give me the opportunities to showcase my talent and allow me to learn new things that will be valuable in my career in the future.” (In part from Mason Mitchell Motorsports) (03-30-16)
  • American Sports Network to broadcast 9 races; 5 live: ARCA officials announced today that they have entered into a multi-year agreement with American Sports Network to broadcast ARCA Racing Series events, beginning in 2016. ASN’s coverage of the ARCA Racing Series will kick off with the April 9 race from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. In all, ASN will broadcast nine ARCA events in 2016, including five live broadcasts. ASN is scheduled to air five ARCA Racing Series events live, beginning with Toledo Speedway on May 22. ASN will also televise live races from Madison International Speedway on June 19; Winchester Speedway on Sunday June 26; Berlin Raceway on August 6; and the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield on August 21. In addition, the ASN network is in the planning stages to air a series of motorsports events in a consistent mid-week prime-time slot. Plans call for the five live ARCA events to be re-aired during this motorsports block, plus additional delayed coverage of events from Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and both Salem Speedway events. (In part from (03-29-16)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs Landon Huffman for Berlin: Landon Huffman is the latest driver to join Venturini Motorsports for the upcoming 2016 ARCA Racing Series campaign. Huffman, a third generation driver out of Claremont, North Carolina, will make his ARCA Series debut with VMS at Berlin Raceway on August 6th. Huffman, who’s scheduled to drive the team’s No. 15 Toyota entry, will be added to VMS’s driver roster with plans for increased team involvement for the 2017 ARCA Racing season. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (03-29-16)
  • Christopher Bell testing at Salem with Venturini?: Chris Knight stated on Fan4Racing Radio on Monday night that Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell is rumored to be testing with Venturini Motorsports today at Salem Speedway. Bell may drive for the team in several ARCA races this season when his NASCAR Camping World Truck series schedule does not interfere. (03-28-16)
  • Sheldon Creed hopes to race at Nashville: 18 year-old off-road racer Sheldon Creed hopes to race at Nashville in April after a recent test with Lira Motorsports. Creed has raced in Robby Gordon's Stadium Super Truck series and off-road truck races in the past. The driver from Alpine, California would be making his ARCA Racing Series debut. (03-28-16)
  • Ty Majeski teaming with Ford this season?: Chris Knight mentioned on Fan4Racing Radio on Thursday night that Ty Majeski is close to announcing an ARCA Racing Series deal with Ford Performance. Majeski won the ARCA Midwest Tour Championship in 2014 and is considered to be a top talent. (03-26-16)
  • Alx Danielsson to drive for Peterson Motorsports at Nashville: Swedish driver Alx Danielsson will drive the No. 06 Dodge for Peterson Motorsports at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Danielsson will be attempting to make his second career ARCA Racing Series start after finishing 21st at Daytona in 2014, while driving for Carter 2 Motorsports. Mike Senica will be Danielsson's teammate in the event. (03-25-16)
  • Hamilton-Hughes Racing employee arrested: Hamilton-Hughes Racing employee Craig Gottfried was recently arrested on Friday, March 11th in Kentucky. Gottfried serves as a mechanic on the team and is in charge of sponsor relations. While specific details are unclear, online records show that Gottfried has been arrested multiple times in the past and was wanted in another state. Gottfried previously worked with Carter 2 Motorsports before joining Hamilton-Hughes this season. (In part from (03-25-16)
  • Roger Carter apprehended in Michigan UPDATE Still on the Run?: Carter 2 Motorsports team owner Roger Carter has been apprehended in Michigan after months of being an absconder from probation/parole supervision. Carter is being transported back to North Carolina where he will face charges. ARCA Racing Series officials are aware of the arrest. (In part from Hodges Motorsports Inc) (03-15-16)
    UPDATE: It is believed that Roger Carter is still on the run after being captured by US Bonding. Sources believe that the bondsman released Carter after being captured, as they are close personal friends. The North Carolina department of public safety website still lists Carter as absconder from probation/parole supervision. Anyone with information on Carter's whereabouts is encouraged to call 1-888-646-0024. (In part from NC DPS Offender Public Information) (03-25-16)
  • Gus Dean to run additional races for Mason Mitchell?: Veteran late model driver Gus Dean to expected to compete in additional races with Mason Mitchell Motorsports this season. The 21 year-old driver raced with the team at Daytona, but a crash ended his day early. Dean was hoping to secure sponsorship to run more ARCA events following the race in February. (03-24-16)
  • ESP Motorsports to enter second car at Talladega for Joey Gattina UPDATE NO: ESP Motorsports recently announced that the team would field a second car for Joey Gattina at Talladega Superspeedway in April. The ESP team made its debut at Daytona earlier this year with owner/driver Gene Paul behind the wheel of its Dodge. Paul finished 21st after making the race using a car owner champion provisional from Roulo Brothers Racing. (03-12-16)
    UPDATE: Joey Gattina will NOT drive a second ESP Motorsports entry as originally planned. ESP Motorsports states that "situations did not materialize as we anticipated to enter a second car for Joey Gattina for Talladega" and that the team "wish[es] Joey good luck and the best to pursue a good opportunity for himself." (In part from ESP Motorsports) (03-24-16)
  • Hamilton-Hughes Racing in financial trouble?; facing legal battles with drivers: Hamilton-Hughes Racing is rumored to be in financial trouble and may not race the full ARCA schedule as originally announced. Bobby Hamilton Jr has denied these rumors, but sources indicate the team may not compete at Salem Speedway in April. Additionally, the team is facing legal battles involving Kevin Hinckle and Kevin Rutherford. Kevin Hinckle has a filed a lawsuit in Kansas court, while the current status of Rutherford's dispute is unknown. A status conference in regards to Hinckle's lawsuit is scheduled to take place on June 16th. (03-15-16)
  • Teams testing at Motor Mile Speedway; preparing for Nashville: Cunningham Motorsports and Venturini Motorsports have recently completed test sessions at Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia in preparation for Nashville on April 9th. Cunningham Motorsports took to the track on Tuesday with Kevin Thomas Jr, Chase Briscoe, and newcomer Luis Rodriguez. Venturini Motorsports was at the speedway today with Christian Eckes. All drivers testing have never competed at Nashville in ARCA Racing Series competition. (03-10-16)
  • Lafferty Motorsports offers no refund to Mauro Capriglia: Lafferty Motorsports, owned by Chris Lafferty, has offered no refund to Mauro Capriglia after the team failed to show for the Daytona test in January. Mauro Capriglia traveled to the United States from France to test with the team, but was informed two days before the test that the Lafferty car was not ready. Capriglia was told that he would be testing for Lira Motorsports instead. When Capriglia approached the Lira team at the test, the team had no knowledge of a deal with Lafferty Motorsports. Chris Lafferty has failed to return messages and "disappears" when questions are asked about the situation. (03-10-16)
  • Brian Keselowski to drive at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville: Veteran driver Brian Keselowski announced on Twitter that he will race at Nashville next month. Keselowski returned to ARCA competition last year after a three year hiatus. He has been working on an expanded schedule ever since. (03-08-16)
  • Mike Senica returns to Peterson Motorsports for multiple races: Professional wrestler and driver Mike Senica will return to Peterson Motorsports this season beginning at Nashville Fairgrounds on April 9th. Senica has secured sponsorship from Bell Plantation PB2, Optimum Nutrition, and other companies. The 49 year-old driver last drove for Wayne Peterson in 2010, starting races at Mansfield, New Jersey, and Salem. Senica spent three seasons after driving for Hixson Motorsports and Carter 2. (03-08-16)
  • Alger Motorsports plans to attempt Nashville: Alger Motorsports plans to attempt the Nashville ARCA 200 on April 9th, with team owner Billy Alger behind the wheel of its No. 70 Chevrolet. Alger made one start last year, finishing 31st at DuQuoin. The Indiana based team is looking for sponsorship and is hoping to compete in additional events this season. (03-07-16)
  • Blake Isenberg to race for Hamilton-Hughes: 22 year-old Blake Isenberg plans to drive for Hamilton-Hughes Racing in one race this season, which will be determined at a later date. Isenberg completed an internship with Kimmel Racing and graduated from UNOH in August 2015. The Bowling Green, Kentucky native has considerable racing experience on local tracks. (03-06-16)
  • Josh White Racing names crew chief; crew members: Josh White Racing has officially announced that John Hodges will serve as the team's crew chief this season. Hodges has been a crew chief at Toledo Speedway and at Flatrock Speedway for various teams in the past. Hodges' son Brad Hodges has also been hired as the team's car chief, while Brad Hodges' wife Jennifer will be a tire specialist. Josh White announced the formation of the team in January. White plans on debuting at Salem Speedway in April. (03-05-16)
  • Previous ARCA team returning?: Chris Knight stated on Fan4Racing Radio Monday night that a new team that previously competed in the ARCA Racing Series will return this year. (03-01-16)
  • Cory Howard seeking sponsorship for more races: 24 year-old Cory Howard is seeking sponsorship to compete in more ARCA events this season. The Fort White, Florida driver finished 23rd at Daytona last month while driving for Peterson Motorsports. (03-01-16)