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September 2016

  • Tom Berte to retire after Kansas: Tom Berte will be turning in his helmet for good when the Kansas 150 grinds to a halt next month. Berte, having one of his best seasons ever on the ARCA Racing Series tour, says he's hanging up his goggles for good following the Kansas Speedway season finale coming October 14. "I've retired a couple times before, but this time it's a done deal," Berte said from his second home in Arizona. "My wife (Lynn) and I have already sold our motor (ARCA Ilmor 396). It comes out right after Kansas. It's going to Willie Mullins." Berte says he's enjoyed the ride, but it's time to take a different path. "You have your plateaus in life where you make changes. It's not that I can't do it; I've just lost my passion for it. When I'm in the car, I'm fine, but all the headaches leading up to it, I just don't want it anymore." Berte's final ARCA start at Kansas will come in his 61st career start overall. His career-best finish is 10th at Pocono Raceway in 2015. (In part from (09-29-16)
  • Sarah Cornett-Ching suffering concussion-like symptoms after Kentucky: Sarah Cornett-Ching was involved in a scary incident on Lap 23 of the Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway on Friday. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old Canadian, her impact with the inside wall has left her with concussion-like symptoms that will sideline her for the ARCA finale at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 14. Although her safety equipment and the SAFER barrier allowed her to walk away from her No. 2 Dickies Chevrolet without any other physical injuries, Cornett-Ching said she knows sitting out until she feels 100 percent is the correct move. “I’m not getting back in a race car until I feel better because if I can’t even keep track of people that are in the room, I don’t want to be behind the wheel,” Cornett-Ching told FOX Sports in an interview at her team shop on Monday. “Initially I wasn’t going to say anything about it because I didn’t want to look weak and I didn’t want to hinder any opportunities to get in a race car. “And then I think that just looking at the Dale Jr. situation and what he’s going through, I feel like being transparent about it and just letting people know about what’s going on is probably a better avenue to take.” While Cornett-Ching was able to walk away from the incident, she knew something was not right as soon as she hit the wall. “When I hit the wall it was like an instant headache,” explained Cornett-Ching. “The safety stuff in the car kept me safe physically -- I’m hardly even sore -- but my ears are ringing even in quiet room, my head is foggy… I can’t keep track of things that are going on very well, I have a constant headache and I’m just disoriented… I feel nauseous. There’s no treatment for a concussion other than rest, anti-nausea medicine and anti-headache medicine and just waiting it out, so Kansas is off the table.” (In part from (09-26-16)
  • Hendren Motorsports returning in 2017 with Ryan Unzicker: Bill Hendren and Brian Smith have committed to run [Ryan] Unzicker next year at [Springfield and DuQuoin]. "We didn’t really have much discussion about continuing [the] Team Hendren race program" says Smith. "I just looked at Bill after the DuQuoin race and could tell neither one of us looked like we were ready to stop racing. We had two really strong runs with a chance to win both races." Hendren added “I've not had this much fun racing in quite some time. We have too many great fans that had so much fun this year during both shows; we cannot let them all down now. Our guys at shop volunteered so much time this year building this new carbon fiber Toyota and revamping the race hauler just to keep this team together for what looked to be our final season. We were short on sponsorship heading into race time but we had several fans and friends step up with fundraisers and cash donations making it possible to race both shows. We can’t thank them all enough. We also want to thank our longtime volunteer pit crew, they all work great together making it possible to keep our race efforts going." (In part from Hendren Motorsports PR) (09-25-16)
  • Austin Cindric wins the Crosley 150: #99 Austin Cindric won the Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway after holding off #55 Dalton Sargeant on a late race restart. This is Cindric's first career win in his fifth start. Sargeant finished second, while #28 Matt Tifft, #25 Tom Hessert, and #52 Matt Kurzejewski completed the top five. Points leader #77 Chase Briscoe was running in the top five near the end of the race, but crashed with #05 John Wes Townley and finished 22nd. Briscoe continues to lead the ARCA driver point standings heading into the season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 14th. Full Results (09-23-16)
  • 35 cars entered for Kentucky UPDATE: Thirty-five cars are entered for this Friday's race at Kentucky Speedway. Entries include #08 Nick Higdon, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Brandon Jones, #10 Kyle Weatherman, #15 Zane Smith, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Myatt Snider, #23 Bret Holmes, #28 Matt Tifft, #32 Shane Lee, #66 Mark Thompson, and #99 Austin Cindric. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM EDT and it will be televised on FOX Sports 2. Full Entry List (09-22-16)
    UPDATE: Kentucky driver Mark Meunier has replaced Wayne Peterson in the No. 00 entry. 35 drivers are still scheduled to compete in the Crosley 150 race. (09-23-16)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh making ARCA debut; partners with Win-Tron Racing: Codie Rohrbaugh will make his highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series debut in Friday night’s Crosley 150. Rohrbaugh’s Grant County Mulch Racing team led by veteran crew chief Mark Huff has spent the summer finessing their No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet in preparation for this weekend and with the speed and comfort the family-owned team showed in Tuesday’s seven-hour test, they are optimistic a top-10 finish is in the cars for the penultimate race on the tour. "We had a really good test," said Rohrbaugh. "I really wanted to make my ARCA Racing Series debut earlier in the year at like Pocono or Chicagoland, but ARCA wanted me to test before getting on a mile and a half track. We did that earlier this week, I received my approval and I’m ready to go." The family-owned team has aligned with Win-Tron Racing who will field an entry in Friday night’s race for Shane Lee. (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (09-23-16)
  • Chive Charities; GoodBookey sponsoring Thomas Praytor: Chive Charities and GoodBookey will become the primary sponsors of Thomas "Moose" Praytor’s No. 9 Ford for the final 2 races of the 2016 ARCA Series Season. Race teams and fans hold charitable giving in the highest regard. With a heart for giving back, Thomas "Moose" Praytor and team welcomed the opportunity to partner with these two philanthropically minded organizations that are passionate about raising funds and awareness for impactful nonprofits. Chive Charities is the charitable arm of theChive, which leverages the Chive Nation community to support causes that would otherwise be forgotten, such as rare medical conditions, veterans with medical needs and underfunded special education initiatives. "Our mission is to raise funds and awareness for high impact nonprofits. We were thrilled when presented the opportunity to partner with the Thomas Praytor race team and in supporting our mission, we needed to share this opportunity with one of our charity partners. The Chive Charities was a natural fit for race fans and the ARCA series" said Tony Pease, GoodBookey CEO. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (09-23-16)
  • Bret Holmes partners with new sponsor: Bret Holmes will have a new company on his No. 23 Chevrolet in the Crosley 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Wholesale Controls International is a newly formed partnership and sponsor that will be along for the race. WCI is a parts distribution company out of Birmingham, Alabama that has provided design assistance for construction projects, including commercial drawings, submittals, and data booklets. In addition, Alabama Wholesale offers an array of commercial building automation products, such as electrical components, damper actuators, and valves. (In part from Bret Holmes Racing PR) (09-23-16)
  • Tom Hessert; Venturini secure Kentucky sponsorship: Tom Hessert, with new backing from Acadiana Neurosurgery and renowned neurosurgeon Jason Cormier M.D., will take to the track Friday night behind the wheel of VMS's iconic No. 25 in search of his seventh career ARCA victory. "We had a really solid test today. My guys on the 25-team continue to work hard and show up every week with a solid piece. I think with the new surface the groove will widen out during the race – we saw that earlier in the year when the Cup series ran – I'm expecting an exciting night behind the wheel," added Hessert. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-22-16)
  • H&H Motorsports not racing at Kentucky; focusing on 2017: The newly formed H&H Motorsports team owned by Russell Henderson and Michael Haubrich will not race this Friday at Kentucky Speedway as originally planned. Kyle Lockrow was entered to test the No. 45 Chevrolet, but the team withdrew after not having enough time to prepare the car. H&H Motorsports is expected to be back at Daytona in 2017. (09-21-16)
  • Matt Tifft fastest at Kentucky open test: #28 Matt Tifft was the fastest driver overall Tuesday in the open Kentucky Speedway test session. Tifft, who will be making his first ARCA start since surgery on Friday, will race for the Ranier Racing with MDM team. #99 Austin Cindric was second fastest, followed by #15 Zane Smith, #10 Kyle Weatherman, and #23 Bret Holmes. Twenty-three drivers made a least one lap. Full Speeds (09-21-16)
  • Testing at Kentucky: Twenty-four cars are scheduled to test at Kentucky Speedway before Friday night's Crosley 150. Drivers scheduled to test include #05 John Wes Townley, #08 Nick Higdon, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #10 Kyle Weatherman, #11 Rick Clifton, #15 Zane Smith, #22 Myatt Snider, #28 Matt Tifft, #32 Shane Lee, #66 Mark Thompson, and #99 Austin Cindric. The test session will last from 9:00 AM EDT to 5:00 PM EDT, with a break from 12:00 PM EDT to 1:00 PM EDT for lunch. Open Test Entries (09-20-16)
  • Chase Briscoe secures Bill France 4 Crown & Short Track championship: Chase Briscoe added another feather in his cap following his win Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway. After shoring up ARCA's Short Track championship by Protect Plus the week before at Salem, Briscoe added the Bill France 4 Crown title at Chicagoland. Barring something unforeseen, Briscoe, with a 560-points lead, is headed toward the national title with just two races left in ARCA's 64th season. However, Briscoe's Bill France 4 Crown championship is secured. "We definitely earned this one," Briscoe said. "This one is especially meaningful to win it. Four different kinds of race tracks where you have to be the best. This means a lot to me in my career, it's something really special. It's definitely a huge honor to be ARCA's Bill France 4 Crown champion." (In part from (09-20-16)
  • Athenian Motorsports; Townley add Kentucky to schedule: John Wes Townley heads to Kentucky Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway this week for a unique two days of racing. "We're running the full NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, but I made the decision about a week ago that I really want to run the ARCA race at Kentucky (on Friday night Sep. 23rd)," Townley said. “Our ARCA program is rock solid and we're on the cusp of winning on a 1.5-mile track. I raced our Truck at Kentucky back in July and really like the new racing surface. Our Athenian Motorsports guys are burning the midnight oil, but we're going to do the double-duty in Kentucky and New Hampshire this week." (In part from Athenian Motorsports PR) (09-18-16)
  • Matt Tifft joins Ranier Racing with MDM for Kentucky: Matt Tifft will make his ARCA Racing Series return at Kentucky Speedway driving the No. 28 Braingear Chevrolet for Rainer Racing with MDM. The 20 year-old driver underwent brain surgery in July and has since been cleared to race. Tifft is also scheduled to run the season finale at Kansas with Venturini Motorsports, who he drove for at Michigan earlier this season. (09-18-16)
  • Gus Dean returning at Kentucky with Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Hungry for their second ARCA Racing Series win of the season and continuing to be impressed with Bluffton, South Carolina native's Gus Dean transition to the series, GREE, the world's largest world's largest manufacturer of specialized Cooling & Heating Products has added next Friday night's Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway to his schedule. Additionally, GREE has once again brought the support of Bosch joining Dean as he returns to Mason Mitchell Motorsports for the penultimate ARCA Racing Series race of the season aboard the No. 98 GREE / Bosch Chevrolet SS. The combo debuted with the avid short track racer at Pocono Raceway last month. "I'm stoked to be back with Mason Mitchell Motorsports and to have the support of GREE and Bosch for Kentucky Speedway," said Dean. "It's because of Dave (Pearson) that I'm able to continue to live my dream of racing cars at tracks I'd never imagined I would compete at. Hopefully, the test will be a success and we can have a good showing under the Friday night lights." (In part from Gus Dean Racing PR) (09-17-16)
  • Chase Briscoe wins at Chicagoland: #77 Chase Briscoe won the SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, picking up his fifth victory of the season. #05 John Wes Townley finished second, while #15 Christopher Bell, #10 Kyle Weatherman, and #55 Dalton Sargeant completed the top five. Polesitter #32 Shane Lee had a strong car during the race, but lost a right front tire and crashed into the wall. Briscoe extends his points lead over #25 Tom Hessert, who finished 10th. Full Results (09-16-16)
  • 33 cars entered at Chicagoland UPDATE: Thirty-two cars are currently entered for tomorrow's SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. Entries include #00 Brad Smith, #01 Travis Braden, #08 Nick Higdon, #1 Rick Tackman, #5 Bobby Gerhart, #8 Brandon Jones, #10 Kyle Weatherman, #11 Ed Pompa, #15 Christopher Bell, #17 Ty Majeski, #20 Tom Berte, #22 Myatt Snider, #32 Shane Lee, #48 Dylan Martin, #51 Chad Finley, #64 Morgen Baird, and #99 Austin Cindric. Thursday's race is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM. Full Entry List (09-14-16)
    UPDATE: #6 Josh Williams has been added to the entry list, which brings the total number of entries to 33. (09-14-16)
  • Dale Shearer driving for Peterson at Chicagoland: Dale Shearer will return to Peterson Motorsports for the SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway in the No. 0. Time was an issue in preparing his own car for the race, but Shearer plans to be back in his own equipment again either at Kentucky or Kansas. The Missouri driver finished a career high 11th at Springfield earlier this year. (09-14-16)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports official guilty of harassment and assault; new fraudulent property transfers?: Marvin "Russ" Mitchell, the father of Mason Mitchell and an official on his team, has recently been found guilty of third degree harassment in an Iowa court. Mitchell has previously been convicted of assault and has faced other criminal charges that include a false emergency 911 report. Furthermore, there are allegations that Russ is placing assets in Mason's name to keep federal and state authorities from seizing property after being convicted of bankruptcy fraud. Russ was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment for this crime after losing an appeal in 2010, and has a history of making fraudulent transfers to sidestep creditors.
    Russ Mitchell was recently found guilty of third degree harassment on May 6, 2016 after being charged with the crime twice in December 2015. Mitchell's first charge occurred on December 20th, which included an additional false 911 report on the same day. The second charge happened approximately two weeks later on December 31st, which he has been found guilty of. It is said that Mitchell placed foreign objects like an eight-foot steel pipe in the victim's yard to scare her, after duct taping his shoes to prevent his footprints from being found by the authorities. Additionally, he allegedly filed a bogus complaint against the same victim at her college claiming that he wrote her term papers for her. Mitchell has a history of charges involving women, including a previous conviction of assault against his wife Marlene Mitchell in 2003.
    Russ and Marlene Mitchell began farming in Iowa and Louisiana in the 1990s. Together with Russ' father Maurice and two others, the Mitchells devised a scheme to evade federal government farm benefit limitations in 1997 (in which they were found liable for in November 2005). The next year in 1998, a drought ruined the Mitchell family crop and a windstorm caused significant damage to the Mitchell grain building, which resulted in financial problems. Stine Seed sued Russ Mitchell for unpaid seed and won a judgement for approximately $322,900 in 2000 and 2001. During this same time, Russ Mitchell transferred farmland and other assets to two different Iowa corporations (Third Rock, Inc. and Lost Prairie, L.C.) and opened an Iowa bank account (REMA Trust Clearing). Russ and Marlene filed for bankruptcy in 2002, but did not disclose their interests in these three properties. This resulted in Russ ultimately being convicted of bankruptcy fraud and pleading guilty to concealing assets. Afterward in 2004, Russ fraudulently transferred farming assets to Marlene for $1 in an effort to keep Cargill from collecting on a judgement against him. Cargill won the judgement and also would be entitled to collect money from DeBruce Grain in a separate transaction later that year. Russ tried to dodge paying Cargill by claiming that his father Maurice entered into a grain contract with DeBruce instead of him.
    There are new allegations that Russ Mitchell has continued to perform fraudulent transfers to keep federal and state authorities from seizing property. These allegations include placing two vehicles in Mason Mitchell's name.  It is said that Russ has an Iowa tax levy against him for $277,314.67 and owes an attorney more than $125,000 in an ongoing case. Russ has allegedly placed all significant assets that he has purchased since his bankruptcy fraud conviction in other family member names.
    J&S Ag Services, a Mason Mitchell Motorsports sponsor that is currently listed on the team's website, was allegedly formed by Russ Mitchell and Jeff Jamison as a shell company and as a way to swindle investors. The only online record that can be found of its existence involves a court document between Brownlee Farm Partnership and J&S Ag Services that was filed in April of this year. The J&S Ag Services phone number that is listed on the Mason Mitchell Motorsports website gives a busy tone when called. Searches for business records were unsuccessful. J&S Ag Services was the company featured on Mason Mitchell’s car in 2012 when he first entered the ARCA Racing Series with Eddie Sharp Racing. (09-13-16)
  • Rick Tackman driving third Fast Track Racing car at Chicagoland: Wisconsin's Rick Tackman is entered to make his second start of the season at Chicagoland Speedway driving the No. 1 Ford for Fast Track Racing. Tackman has eight career starts to date, with his most recent being Madison of this year where he finished 12th for Hixson Motorsports. Fast Track will enter two other cars in the race for Kyle Weatherman (10) and Ed Pompa (11). (09-13-16)
  • Max Force Racing pits two cars at Salem: While [Thomas] Praytor was working hard in the car the crew was working hard in the pits pitting the 9 and the 10 of Ed Pompa. "Our guys like doing double duty it makes us better as a unit. We can practice all we want at UNOH there is nothing like live stops," said crew chief Adam Lowe. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (09-13-16)
  • Christopher Bell wins 100th ARCA race at Salem; Briscoe short track champion: #15 Christopher Bell won the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic on Saturday night after holding off #25 Tom Hessert in the final laps of the race. Hessert finished second, while #23 Bret Holmes, #6 Josh Williams, and #05 John Wes Townley completed the top five. Points leader #77 Chase Briscoe started on pole and dominated the early part, but would fall back due to tire strategy. Briscoe would recover to finish 6th, clinching the Short Track Challenge in the process. Full Results (09-11-16)
  • 27 cars entered for 100th race at Salem: Twenty-seven cars are entered for Saturday night's Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic at Salem Speedway. Notable entries include #05 John Wes Townley, #2 Sarah Cornett-Ching, #6 Josh Williams, #10 Ed Pompa, #14 Michael Whipple, #15 Christopher Bell, #22 Frank Kimmel, #23 Bret Holmes, #55 Dalton Sargeant, #66 Zane Smith, #73 Dale Shearer, and #85 Dustin Knowles. The race is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM EDT, with live timing and scoring on ARCA's official website. Full Entry List (09-09-16)
  • Austin Cindric returning to Cunningham for final three races: Cunningham Motorsports announced today that Austin Cindric will return to the team for three ARCA Racing Series events, beginning at Chicagoland Speedway on September 15th. Cindric will also run the September 23rd event at Kentucky Speedway and the October 14th race at Kansas Speedway in the No. 99 PIRTEK Ford. "I’m really excited to be back racing in the ARCA Racing Series," said Cindric. "I'm working hard to get experience on a variety of ovals and having the opportunity to run these three 1.5-mile tracks with Cunningham Motorsports will go a long way toward helping my development. While each track is the same size, they are vastly different, which is something I need to get used to. Between my ARCA and NASCAR truck experience this year, I feel like I’m becoming a more well-rounded racer." "We are always excited to have Austin Cindric back racing with us," said Kerry Scherer, managing director of Cunningham Motorsports. "He is such a diverse, talented young driver. He has the complete package of driving ability, personality and media presence that will take him far in the racing industry." (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (09-09-16)
  • Bret Holmes to honor Bobby Allison at Salem: Bret Holmes Racing [has] announced its plans to honor NASCAR Hall of Famer and founding member of the iconic "Alabama Gang," Bobby Allison with a special decal on the 23 Holmes II Excavation/ Southern States Bank Chevy this weekend at Salem Speedway. The decal is a mirror image of the legendary Bobby Allison Racing logo that has been a staple of the legendary driver for many years. The logo contains the Bobby Allison Racing name along with Hueytown, Alabama across the bottom. The logo will be displayed on the hood of the car and will be visible on track throughout The Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200, where Bobby has been named Grand Marshal of the historic 100th Salem ARCA race. "We are truly excited to announce this tribute to a legendary driver and one of my racing heroes, Mr. Allison," said Bret Holmes. "He represents everything a young stock car driver coming out of Alabama wants to be. When you think "Alabama Gang," you think of Mr. Bobby. We heard that he was going to be the Grand Marshal at the race this weekend, so we jumped at the chance to honor him." (In part from Bret Holmes Racing PR) (09-07-16)
  • Tom Hessert running 1987 Venturini throwback: To commemorate ARCA’s 100th event at Salem Speedway, [Tom] Hessert will drive a special throwback paint scheme highlighting the No. 25 car driven by Bill Venturini Sr. during his 1987 Championship season. "Salem is always a huge race for me and the fans," says Hessert. "This one though, is going to be extra special. Think about all the history at this track and all the guys who've walked thru these gates – it's really impressive – I'm just really excited to be a part of it all." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-07-16)
  • Jent Motorsports only brings one car to DuQuoin; fails inspection: After announcing an expansion to two entries at DuQuoin, Jent Motorsports only brought one car to the track for rookie driver Michael Whipple. Whipple's new No. 14 Ford did not pass technical inspection, which meant the team was not allowed to compete in the race. Members of the Jent team explained on social media that the car had many issues that the organization could not solve in time. Jent plans to enter this weekend's race at Salem Speedway. (09-06-16)
  • Tom Hessert wins at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds: #25 Tom Hessert won the General Tire GRABBER 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and scored his first victory of the season. Hessert held off dirt track veteran #16 Kelly Kovski after making a late race pass for the lead. #55 Ken Schrader finished behind Kovski in third, while #77 Chase Briscoe and #24 Ryan Unizcker rounded out the top five. Points leader Briscoe had overheating issues and a spin early in the race for a top five finish. Teammate #22 Grant Enfinger dominated the early part, but had overheating issues of his own that caused him to retire early. Full Results (09-04-16)
  • Michael Whipple joins Jent Motorsports for remainder of the season: Jent Motorsports is excited to announce 24 year-old rookie ARCA driver Michael Whipple will be making his debut behind the wheel of the No. 14 Shepards Wrecker Service race car this Sunday at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Michael is a Florida native with 14 years of racing experience on dirt and asphalt. Darrell Jent says "I'm really excited for the team and the solid racing foundation that Michael brings to the table, and for his work ethic and commitment to the sport. He will be with us in the new No. 14 car for the rest of the season and making his first start at Daytona while running for rookie of the year in 2017." (Jent Motorsports Facebook) (09-02-16)
  • 26 cars entered for DuQuoin: Twenty-six cars are entered for Sunday's General Tire GRABBER 100. Entries include #2 Joe Cooksey, #6 Michael Lira, #10 Tyler Speer, #11 Ed Pompa, #14 Michael Whipple, #15 Trista Stevenson, #16 Kelly Kovski, #22 Grant Enfinger, #24 Ryan Unzicker, #55 Ken Schrader, #69 Will Kimmel, #73 Dale Shearer, and #85 Mathew Vainner. The race at the DuQuoin State Fairgounds is scheduled to be held under the lights at 9:00 PM EDT. Full Entry List (09-02-16)
  • Michael Lira racing for Josh Williams at DuQuoin: It is announced today that Michael Lira will be making his ARCA Racing Series dirt-track debut in the No. 6 Musselman's Apple Sauce Ford in the General Tire Grabber 100 at the mile-dirt DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois this Sunday. Lira is looking forward to being back behind the wheel of an ARCA car, especially with having the talent of Josh Williams in his ear as his crew chief for the event. "It will be interesting having Josh as the crew chief," Lira said. "It's nice to have people working with you that have also raced, that way they understand more of what you’re going through. He has so much knowledge and up-to-date experience in these cars, so I am excited to have him as my crew chief. I'm really honored that Josh and his team wanted me to drive the No. 6 this weekend at DuQuoin." The No. 6 car has already had two wins this season at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and Madison International Raceway which encourages Lira as he heads into the race on Sunday. "I want to bring the car home in one piece and have a good points day for Josh and his crew, but I also want to give them the best finish I can. I have a good feeling we will be in position for a good result at the end of the night Sunday. I cannot thank Josh, Musselman’s Apple Sauce, and the rest of the team enough for this opportunity, and I hope to make them proud this weekend with a good finish." (In part from Lira Motorsports PR) (09-01-16)