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August 2016

  • Tyler Speer pulling double duty this weekend: 25 year-old Tyler Speer is pulling double duty this weekend, as he will compete in both the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and the ARCA Racing Series. Speer will start off racing in Wheatland, Missouri for the drag boat racing event, before traveling to DuQuoin, Illinois for ARCA. The Georgia driver will be behind the wheel of No. 10 Chevrolet for Fast Track Racing in Sunday night's General Tire GRABBER 100. (08-31-16)
  • Detour Sunglasses sponsoring Hessert at DuQuoin: Tom Hessert returns to action in the ARCA Racing Series on Labor Day weekend looking to capture his first victory of the 2016 campaign. Hessert, piloting his No.25 Detour Sunglasses Toyota will make his sixteenth start of the season when the series returns for the 63rd running of the General Tire GRABBER 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 4. "I'm always excited to go dirt racing," says Hessert. "Springfield and DuQuoin back-to-back have always been favorites on the ARCA schedule. This year is extra special racing under the lights at DuQuoin – it's going to be a first for me. Racing at night is going to improve the racing too. We're not used to these tracks holding moisture. I think it's going to be a better show all the way around." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-31-16)
  • Ed Pompa; Fast Track Racing unveil Bill Champion throwback scheme: Ed Pompa will be using a throwback paint scheme on the Andy Hillenburg owned No. 10 Chevy, for the 100th ARCA race at Salem Speedway. “I wanted to use a throwback paint design for the 100th ARCA race at Salem,” said Pompa. “I did some research, because I also wanted to use a throwback paint scheme from a No. 10 car. What I found was from the 1971 NASCAR Grand National series. Bill Champion, a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, and an independent racer,  campaigned the No. 10 in NASCAR’s top series until his retirement in 1976. His paint scheme was typically red over white. He also raced at Albany-Saratoga Speedway, in Malta, NY, when the Grand National series came to town. The speedway is about 3 miles from home.” (In part from Fast Track Racing PR) (08-30-16)
  • Grant Enfinger joins Cunningham Motorsports for DuQuoin: Cunningham Motorsports has announced that Grant Enfinger will become the ninth driver to take the reins of their No. 22 Ford, when teams pull into the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 4.  Enfinger, who is the 2015 ARCA Racing Series champion, was the logical choice of co-owners Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer, since Grant is the reigning pole and race winner at the one-mile dirt track in DuQuoin, Illinois. Enfinger stated, "I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of an ARCA car next week. It's great to know that I'll be in great equipment, because I will be in Paul Andrews' car." Enfinger will be teammates with the current championship leader, Chase Briscoe, who will take a 510 point lead into the final dirt track race of the season. Enfinger, who knows a little bit about championship runs, commented on Briscoe championship chances when he said, "The Cunningham organization has a great shot at the championship with Chad (Bryant) and Chase (Briscoe) in the No. 77. I also appreciate my bosses at GMS for letting me call in sick from my regular job with my truck team crewing duties to get in a great ride." (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (08-29-16)
  • Venturini Motorsports signs Zane Smith for Kentucky: Seventeen year-old Zane Smith becomes the latest young racing prospect to join Venturini Motorsports' stable of drivers in the ARCA Racing Series. A native of Huntington Beach, California, Smith will make his ARCA Series debut driving the No. 15 Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota in the Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway on September 23. Considered by many as one of the top driver prospects in the country, Smith gained national recognition in 2015 when we won the overall Super Late Model championship at the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. "What an amazing opportunity," says Smith. "Racing at Kentucky on a mile and a half track is going to be sweet. I tested at Daytona earlier in the year but this will be my first time racing at this level. I've worked hard to get to this point in my career and looking forward to the new experience. I've pretty much raced my entire life – this is the next step - I hope it continues forever." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-29-16)
  • Joe Cooksey driving for Hixson Motorsports at DuQuoin: The deal came together fast, but the locals will be glad it did when Centralia, Illinois' Joe Cooksey marches through the gates at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. In a field already stacked with Illinois flavor, it got a lot tastier when Cooksey made a bargain on the fly with longtime ARCA team owner Wayne Hixson last weekend at Springfield. "Got up to Springfield Sunday morning, walked up to Wayne (Hixson) and said, 'got my car done?'" Cooksey joked. "Actually boy I just might," came back the quick reply from Hixson. "I went up to him last year at Springfield and asked the same question, just sort of kidding around," Cooksey continued. "He told me that if I would have gotten with him a month earlier, he might have been able to make it happen."  The lesson learned here, the answer's still no if you don't ask. Cooksey asked, again, and this time the deal is done. Cooksey, who hasn't raced at either Springfield or DuQuoin since 2009, made a round trip trek to Chattanooga, Tennessee Saturday, picked up the car and pulled it home to give it a quick once-over before the race. Although it'll be No. 2 at DuQuoin, it's the same car (No. 11) that Eric Caudell drove at Springfield. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-29-16)
  • Kelly Kovski planning DuQuoin return: Kelly Kovski plans to return to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for Sunday's General Tire GRABBER 100. Kovski's car suffered damage at Springfield and the No. 16 team was initially unsure if they could compete. DuQuoin stands to be Kovski's 26th career start in ARCA Racing Series competition. (08-29-16) 
  • Thomas Praytor unveils throwback Davey Allison scheme: On September 10th the ARCA Racing Series will return to Salem Speedway for the 100th ARCA race at the famed high bank half mile in Indiana. With Alabama’s Bobby Allison serving as the Grand Marshall for the Fall Classic, Thomas "Moose" Praytor and his Mobile, Alabama based raced team will salute the Allisons with a special Davey Allison paint scheme. Praytor's Salem paint scheme is a drastic departure from his normal black base to a white base throwback to Allison’s 1984 ARCA Rookie of the Year car. "If you grow up racing in Alabama, the Alabama Gang is legendary. Allison, Farmer, Bonnet they put Hueytown and Alabama on the racing map," said Praytor. "Really pumped up Mr. Bobby is going to be the Grand Marshall, maybe he can give me a few pointers on getting around Salem." The original Allison scheme was a Miller High Life Scheme that has been altered to Moose High Life for the 100th ARCA running at Salem. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-28-16)
  • Jent Motorsports publicly blasts Cory Howard; Howard denies money owed: Jent Motorsports has publicly insulted Cory Howard's driving abilities in a social media post after Howard wrecked at the Illinois State Fairgrounds last weekend. The team also accuses Howard of not paying the promised amount of money to drive in the event.
    Jent:
    The Jent organization has posted that it "was promised money but got the screw" from Cory Howard. Jent explained further that "you have some drivers that flat out lie and say they have funding and they don't. This team has been put in that position twice. It is called theft by deception."
    Howard:
    Cory Howard states that he was called by Jent Motorsports at 4:00 PM the day before the Springfield race to drive for the team. Howard was asked to help out with the entry fee, which he paid in full. Additionally, Howard states that he helped the team by contributing an ARCA car, a car nose, and money for tires. The Florida driver denies that any direct money was involved in the agreement. (08-28-16)
  • Trista Stevenson driving for Venturini at DuQuoin; filling in for Griffin: Twenty-five year old, Trista Stevenson will make her ARCA Racing Series debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on Sunday, September 4. Stevenson, a native of nearby Pocahontas, Illinois, will pilot the No.15 Stevenson BP Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. Stevenson, a former NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine participant, will replace Jake Griffin who was originally scheduled at DuQuoin but due to a scheduling conflict will miss his start. Griffin, who finished 9th behind the wheel of the No.15 at Springfield, will attempt to make the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Canadian Road Course race the same weekend. Asked about her upcoming series debut at DuQuoin, Stevenson replied. “It’s surreal, this is a dream come true. We’ve always talked about building a car for Springfield or DuQuoin but never pulled the trigger. So when the opportunity came to drive for Venturini Motorsports we jumped at the chance.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (08-25-16)
  • Max Force Racing; Thomas Praytor fined and penalized after Springfield: Based on ARCA Racing Series post-race technical inspection following the August 21 Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the Max Force Racing #9 team has been determined to be in violation of ARCA Rulebook page 83, Item 11 which references minimum weight. Due to the infraction, team driver and car owner Thomas Praytor has been penalized with a fine in the amount of $750 and the loss of 25 championship points (Driver, Car Owner and Short Track Challenge). (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-25-16)
  • Cassie Gannis suing Bobby Hamilton Jr; Kevin Hinckle's full story: A recent article by Joseph Shelton on SpeedwayMedia.com tells the full story of Hamilton-Hughes Racing drivers Kevin Hinckle and Cassie Gannis. Both had negative dealings with Bobby Hamilton Jr. Excepts can be found below:
    Kevin Hinckle:
    Court documents dated March of 2016 show that driver Kevin Hinckle of Kansas, filed a lawsuit against Hamilton, after Hamilton allegedly breached a contract that he and Hinckle had previously agreed to. According to Hinckle, after meeting with Hamilton in August of 2015, he and Hamilton signed a letter of intent for 18 races in 2016, excluding Daytona and Talladega. Full Story
    Cassie Gannis:
    Cassie Gannis was to make some starts in ARCA for Hamilton in 2016 as well. According to legal documents, an agreement was entered on January 11, 2016, for Gannis to drive a Hamilton-Hughes entry for two events, Talladega on April 29, and Lucas Oil Raceway on July 22. In consideration for Cassie’s exclusive racing rights, the Gannis family was to pay a $12,000 fee, which was paid in two installments on January 11 and February 1. Full Story (Speedway Media.com) (08-24-16)
  • Josh Williams injured at Springfield after steering wheel toss?: Rumors have surfaced that Josh Williams received facial injuries during last weekend’s race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds after he tossed his steering wheel at Ryan Unzicker’s car under caution. Unzicker tangled with Williams while racing for the lead, which resulted in Williams crashing. After allegedly tossing the steering wheel, the wheel is said to have bounced back into the face of Williams. A post on Josh Williams’ Twitter account afterward reported that Williams was fine and at the hospital after being a “little beat up.” (08-24-16) 
  • Alger Motorsports selling equipment; no longer racing?: Billy Alger and Alger Motorsports have posted classified advertisements on RacingJunk.com that states that their racecar and equipment are for sale. Alger lists his car for $10,000, while racing springs are being sold for $150. The Alger Motorsports team made three starts this season and had a best finish of 24th at Berlin Raceway. (RacingJunk.com) (08-24-16)
  • Crew chief change for Josh Williams prior to Springfield: Josh Williams, who is currently second in ARCA driver points, no longer has Danny Johnson (DJ) on his team as a crew chief. The change occurred prior to last weekend's race at Springfield. The pair had won at Nashville and Madison together, and had accumulated nine top-10 finishes in 14 starts. Josh’s father Kevin Williams served as the crew chief for the No. 6 entry last weekend. (08-24-16)  
  • Win-Tron Racing and AM Racing partner; fielding two cars in 2017: AM Racing and Win-Tron Racing have joined forces for the remainder of the 2016 and for the full 2017 racing seasons. The newly formed partnership leverages the cost efficiencies associated with shared assets and resources while exploiting the knowledge and experience of its two principle members, Kevin Cywinski and Tim Self. The joint effort will deliver cost efficient quality racing programs to selected drivers in both the NCWTS and the ARCA Series. Win-Tron is currently assembling a two car program for the 2017 ARCA Series. The No. 32 Toyota will have one full-time driver and the No. 33 Toyota will multiple developmental drivers behind the wheel. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (08-23-16)
  • Justin Haley wins at Springfield: #98 Justin Haley won the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, holding off #27 AJ Fike and #24 Ryan Unzicker on a late race restart. This is Haley's first career ARCA Racing Series victory. Fike finished second, while Unzicker, #22 Ken Schrader, and #77 Chase Briscoe completed the top five. #6 Josh Williams was battling for the lead with Unzicker with less than ten laps to go, but the two drivers collided. Williams was sent hard into the wall and ultimately finished 16th. Full Results (08-21-16)
  • Dustin Knowles NOT racing at Springfield; Cory Howard in No. 14 UPDATE: Jent Motorsports driver Dustin Knowles has posted on Facebook that he will not be behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds as originally planned. Knowles was scheduled to return to the series after missing the last race at Berlin due to personal commitments.
    Knowles: "To my friends and fans. I will not be racing Springfield this weekend. I received a text last night saying that the team was not going. I really appreciate all the support from everyone this week. I was really looking forward to the dirt track." (08-20-16)
    UPDATE: A team member from Jent Motorsports is now stating that Cory Howard will drive the No. 14 Chevrolet at Springfield after last minute phone calls were made. The Jent team was unsure if it could race due to financial issues earlier this morning. (08-20-16)
  • 27 cars entered for Springfield: Twenty-seven cars are entered for the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100. Entries include #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #10 Tyler Speer, #11 Eric Caudell, #15 Jake Griffin, #16 Kelly Kovski, #22 Ken Schrader, #24 Ryan Unzicker, #55 Tanner Thorson, and #73 Dale Shearer. The race will be held on Sunday at 2:30 PM EDT and will air on American Sports Network. Full Entry List (08-20-16)
  • Kelly Kovski planning to enter both dirt races: Dirt track veteran Kelly Kovski plans to enter this year's events at Springfield and DuQuoin driving his own car. Kovski has competed in the races since 2004, earning a career high finish of 3rd at Springfield last year. The 35 year-old is well known for working with Grant Enfinger and other drivers previously as a crew chief. (08-18-16)
  • Frank Kimmel to drive for Cunningham Motorsports OFFICIAL: It was reported during the FOX Sports 1 broadcast of the Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 that Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 22 for Cunningham Motorsports this season. Kimmel had been scheduled to run full time for Team Stange Racing, but sponsorship issues sidelined the Stange organization after Daytona. Although specific details were not mentioned, Cunningham has not publicly announced a driver for DuQuoin on September 4th or Salem on September 10th. (07-26-16)
    OFFICIAL: Cunningham Motorsports co-owner, Kerry Scherer announced today that Frank Kimmel will drive the No. 22 at Salem Speedway. In making his announcement, Scherer stated, “Having the greatest driver in the history of the ARCA Series driving for Cunningham at the 100th Salem race is awesome. It is an honor to have Frank Kimmel drive for us at a track where he has so much success.” That success for Kimmel includes 9 victories. After running a partial ARCA season in 2015, with only one start in 2016, Kimmel is looking forward to getting back on the race track. He commented, “I am really excited to have the chance to get back to the track, especially at Salem Speedway, my home track. There are so many great aspects of this opportunity, the 100th race at Salem, teaming up with Cunningham Motorsports, who will give me a great chance at another Salem checkered flag and the chance to get back in a Ford.” Continue to follow Cunningham’s twitter to see what unique throwback paint schemes will be on the No. 22 and No. 77. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (08-17-16)
  • NASCAR's Bobby Allison named Salem Grand Marshal: NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Allison has been named Grand Marshal of the historic 100th Salem ARCA race set to take place at Salem Speedway, reports track management. Allison, the 1983 NASCAR Winston Cup champion, is certainly familiar with the Salem oval having won a 100-lap ARCA race on the high banks in 1975. "I remember Salem really well," said Allison. "A nice, fast high-banked half-mile in southern Indiana with a little air-strip right next to the track. I liked Salem right away, fell right into a nice rhythm.  The fast way around was right up against the wall in three and four, but a little more toward the center of the track in one and two." The Hueytown, Ala., driver, one of the original members of the famed "Alabama Gang", was named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. (In part from ARCA Racing PR) (08-16-16)
  • Championship Awards Banquet to take place on Saturday, December 10th: The 2016 ARCA Racing Series post-season Championship Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, December 10 in Indianapolis. Once again the festivities will take place alongside the Performance Racing Industry’s annual convention and trade show in downtown Indianapolis. The Championship Awards Banquet will honor the 2016 series champions as well as other top series drivers and special award winners from the 64th season of ARCA racing. 2016 marks the fourth consecutive year that the black-tie Championship Awards Banquet will be held in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center. Banquet tickets will be available for purchase beginning Monday, October 24 at which time ARCA Racing Series teams and sponsors may register and pay online. Non-members may contact Shalene Williams. In addition to team participants, banquet tickets are available to the general public. Anyone can attend. Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $100. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-16-16)
  • Teams to use throwback paint schemes for 100th Salem race: Every ARCA race at Salem Speedway is a special celebration of past and present, and none more so than when the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic takes off under the lights at Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 10. The historic event marks the 100th ARCA Racing Series race at Salem since the tour debuted on the legendary high-banked, half-mile track in 1955. The field for the 100th race at Salem will be sprinkled with cars utilizing throwback paint schemes going fender-to-fender with the rest over the 200-lap race. (In part from ARCA Racing PR) (08-11-16)
  • Tyler Speer to race at Springfield for Fast Track: Tyler Speer will be trading in his boat goggles for his ARCA helmet at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Mile Dirt in Springfield for the 54th annual running of the Central Illinois SuperChevyStores.com 100. Speer has been reunited with Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Racing team for his ARCA hurrah on the Springfield mile. "Looking forward to getting back in it. Last time we ran was DuQuoin two years ago. We wanted to get things together on the Ilmor motor before we came back. Last time we ran Springfield, we had a top-10 car for sure, but we had a little handling issue coming off the corners, our SB2 (engine) was down about 150 horsepower" said Speer. "Car's at the Fast Track shop now, Andy's (Hillenburg) guys are putting the motor package in it. We got the body straightened around from our last race at DuQuoin. I'm going to the shop this weekend, be there through Tuesday. We'll put our set-up on it, cross the T's, dot the I's. We have a really nice shock package going on the car. Gene Roberts from AROB Performance is doing that, he was Bill Elliott's crew chief back in the 80s when he was winning all those races." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (08-11-16)
  • Dick Doheny to drive for Max Force at Springfield and DuQuoin: Dick Doheny will slide behind the wheel for Max Force Racing for the Central Illinois Chevysuperstore.com 100 at Springfield and the General Tire Grabber 100 at the DuQuoin. “Excited to try an ARCA car on the mile dirt tracks,” said Doheny. “I’ve enjoyed working with the guys from Mobile and I’m looking forward to driving for them in a couple of weeks.” Doheny is on loan from his normal duties at Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing and is sitting in for Chris Bailey Jr. who has a scheduling conflict for the two dirt races. Bailey Jr. will be back at Salem. The Moose, Thomas Praytor will continue top pilot his #9 DK-LOK Ford. “Dick has been such a big help to our team this year I feel like Dick is part of our team. When we were changing motors every day in Pocono Dick really busted his butt to help us get all the motor changes accomplished,” offered Tommy Praytor. “Having Dick in the car for us will set a new record for our race team, he’s a year older than I am so he will become the oldest guy to drive for our team!” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-11-16)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh not approved to run Pocono?: Rumors are circulating that newcomer Codie Rohrbaugh was not approved to race at Pocono on July 29th. Rohrbaugh had a car and engine, but ARCA officials allegedly did not allow him to compete because he lacked experience. These rumors have drawn criticism of ARCA officials, as the 22 year-old driver has over 10 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts on short tracks and ARCA experience from the January test session at Daytona. Furthermore, the series can determine a driver's eligibility at its sole discretion. Allowing Rohrbaugh to race would have added another competitive car to the Pocono field, which would have filled 29 of the 36 available positions. (08-11-16)
  • Darrell Basham Racing secures new sponsorship: Darrell Basham Racing has secured sponsorship from Bugsy's for several upcoming ARCA events. The Fredericksburg, Virginia auto body and repair shop will be prominently featured on the hood of Mike Basham's No. 34 Chevrolet. Bugsy's is owned by Willie Mullins, who partnered with the team this year for races at Daytona, Talladega, and New Jersey. Basham and Mullins have combined to run all events on the schedule so far this season. The racing duo currently rank 12th in owner points. (08-10-16)
  • Morgen Baird returning to Hixson Motorsports for Chicagoland: 23 year-old Morgen Baird will return to Hixson Motorsports at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15th. Baird will be making his second start of the season, after finishing 17th at Michigan earlier this year. The Grass Lake, Michigan driver initially tested for Lira Motorsports in the January Daytona test session. (08-09-16)
  • Chase Briscoe explains Berlin battle with Josh Williams: After starting fifth on lap 118, [Chase] Briscoe worked his way to the front, battling for the lead on lap 182.  After making a couple of attempts to take the lead from Josh Williams, Briscoe gave the lead back to Williams. In an after-race interview he explained, “I got into (turn) three too hot... got into his (Williams) door and passed him, but I gave it back to him. Got into him again and gave the spot right back.” Still in a tight battle for the lead, Briscoe got under Williams to take the lead near the start/finish line.  Briscoe explains what happened next, “Once I passed him, I knew I was going to get hit down in one and two. Then coming off two, I felt like he ran me out off the track.”  On the backstretch, which has no backstretch fence, Williams (who had been running in the low lane) pushed Briscoe up to the very edge of the track, into the marbles and the dirt outside of the track.  Briscoe, with plenty of dirt track experience, held onto his car and managed to come back on track in the third spot. (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (08-09-16)
  • Thomas Praytor loses power steering at Berlin: The first incident wrinkled the right front corner of [Thomas] Praytor’s Ford. Twenty laps in, the power steering fluid left the reservoir with a broken power steering line. Now the Moose was banged up and would have to make the last 185 laps with no power steering. “I didn’t get a lot of sympathy from the roof when I said I had no power steering, something something keep something digging.” Caution after caution Praytor was snaking his way towards the top 10 with an ill-handling Ford and trying to survive. Just past the halfway mark the Moose and [Landon Huffman] tangled with the Moose coming out on the short end of the stick spinning on the backstretch. This time the right rear quarter was ripped off the car. More time on pit road and the Ken Stabler Hall of Fame car was battered but things were just getting good. “Couldn’t hardly steer but we knew if we could stay out of trouble and go the distance we could end up with a good finish and a good points night.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-09-16)
  • Brad Dubil not planning to enter Springfield: 54 year-old Brad Dubil has no plans to enter this year's event at Springfield. Dubil has raced his own No. 89 Dubil Racing entry at the Illinois State Fairgrounds track dating back to 1997, but will be unable to do so again this year. The Iowa driver sells parts and other racing supplies to late model and open wheel modified teams in Bettendorf. (08-08-16)
  • Dalton Sargeant wins the Berlin ARCA 200: #55 Dalton Sargeant scored his first career ARCA victory at Berlin Raceway after holding off #77 Chase Briscoe and #52 Matt Kurzejewski on a late race restart. Sargeant inherited the lead when Briscoe and #6 Josh Williams collided, which resulted in both leaving the racing surface. Williams finished 10th after crashing, while Briscoe rebounded with a second place finish. Kurzejewski would claim third, while #23 Bret Holmes and #27 AJ Fike rounded out the top five. A big incident occurred earlier in the race that eliminated pole sitter #25 Tom Hessert, #05 John Wes Townley, #15 Landon Huffman, and #22 Clayton Weatherman. Hessert was able to continue, but the remaining drivers had to make extensive repairs. Full Results (08-07-16)
  • Mathew Vainner not racing at Berlin; leaves Peterson after disagreement: Michigan native Mathew Vainner will not race in his home state this weekend after separating from Peterson Motorsports following Toledo Speedway in May. Vainner had planned to race for the Wayne Peterson owned team at Lucas Oil and Berlin, but the deal quickly collapsed after a major financial disagreement. Both sides have varying takes on what transpired.
    Vainner:
    Mathew Vainner alleges that he gave $300 to Peterson Motorsports before the Toledo race. Vainner also told the team that he had a $500 sponsor, under the condition that he would run at least half of the event. The 22 year-old driver only completed 19 laps before Wayne Peterson called him in to park. Peterson allegedly insisted on being paid the full amount and took Vainner's HANS device as ransom after Vainner left it in Peterson's truck.
    Peterson Motorsports:
    Peterson Motorsports denies that Mathew Vainner paid any of the agreed upon money to the team. The team alleges that a deal was made for Vainner to start and park for $500. Vainner had said that he had a sponsor, but the deal fell apart. Peterson Motorsports offered no comment on the location of Vainner's HANS device. (08-05-16)
  • 25 cars entered for Berlin: Twenty-five cars are entered for Saturday night's Berlin ARCA 200. Entries include #05 John Wes Townley, #2 Eric Caudell, #10 Ed Pompa, #14 Cory Howard, #15 Landon Huffman, #22 Clayton Weatherman, #23 Bret Holmes, #30 Clair Zimmerman, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will be televised live on American Sports Network at 9:00 PM EDT. Full Entry List (08-05-16)
  • Cory Howard replaces Dustin Knowles at Berlin Raceway UPDATE: 24 year-old Cory Howard will replace Dustin Knowles behind the wheel of the No. 14 Chevrolet for Jent Motorsports this weekend at Berlin Raceway. Howard, who previously raced for Peterson Motorsports at Daytona, is rumored to be bringing money to the team. It's unclear if Knowles will return for more events later in the season. (08-03-16)
    UPDATE: Jent Motorsports has posted on social media that Dustin Knowles is taking the weekend off. Knowles will return to the No. 14 Chevrolet at Illinois State Fairground, while Cory Howard will run a second car (No. 85) in the event. (08-03-16)
  • Max Force Racing to honor the late NFL QB Ken Stabler: While the ARCA Series will be putting on some classic short track action at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, the NFL will induct its 2016 class in to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. This year’s class will include longtime friend and sponsor Ken Stabler. “We’ve tried to figure every way we can to be in two places at one time and it just isn’t going to happen,” said Thomas “Moose” Praytor. “Mr. Kenny (Stabler) was such a big part of our race team I wish we could be there with Mrs. Kim and the Stabler family to celebrate his life and career.” The normal DK-LOK hood will be replaced with a replica Stabler jersey with NFL Hall of Fame at the bottom. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-03-16)
  • Clair Zimmerman joins Rette Jones Racing for Berlin: Veteran Clair Zimmerman has joined Rette Jones Racing to pilot the No. 30 Huntilar Corporation Ford in Saturday's Berlin ARCA 200. Zimmerman, the CEO of Huntilar, will be making his fifth start at the track. The 60 year-old driver and is hoping to improve on his 16th place finish that he had last year. (08-02-16)
  • Chris Bailey Jr. told to run full Pocono race: All season, Chris Bailey has been doing the yeoman’s job of being Max Force Racing's back up for Thomas “Moose” Praytor and testing different combinations for the #9 DK-LOK Ford. On Friday car owner Tommy Praytor had another plan. “Chris has been doing an awesome job for our race team all year in a crappy job. He’s like an NFL number 2 quarterback, he gets to practice and work hard on new ideas and then gets very little game time. Every week Chris and his Dad travel thousands of miles to be part of our team and every week without complaint,” said owner Tommy Praytor. Bailey qualified 21st and prepared to make a few laps of live testing during the ModSpace 150 and come in. After a few laps, team owner Praytor came over the radio and told spotter Chris Sr. to keep him on the track. “I was happy just getting to make laps 2, 5 or 10 I was all good and then Dad told me to stay out. He could probably see me smiling from the spotters stand," said Bailey. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (08-02-16)