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April 2017

  • Mike Senica no longer driving for Hixson Motorsports: Commercial pilot and racecar driver Mike Senica announced today that he will no longer drive for Hixson Motorsports, effective immediately. The 51 year-old joined the organization last season and earned his career best finish at Berlin Raceway. Senica participated in 13 events with the team and will now compete in NASCAR. Hixson Motorsports has entered Steve Fox in the No. 3 car for this weekend's race at Salem Speedway. (04-26-17)
  • Ty Majeski joins Cunningham Motorsports for five races: Cunningham Motorsports, in conjunction with Roush Fenway Racing, will add Ty Majeski to the roster for five races this season in the ARCA Racing Series. Majeski, a Roush Fenway Racing development driver, is set to make his debut with Cunningham at Pocono Raceway on June 9 in the No. 99 Ford Fusion. From there, the Seymour, Wisc. native will run at Michigan International Speedway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. “Cunningham is truly excited to help continue the development of Ty as a driver and have him race with us at a few events this year,” said Cunningham co-owner Kerry Scherer. “He’s a young driver and a great talent that is on the right path for a successful future in NASCAR. It’ll be fun to watch him later this season and see what he can do in a Cunningham car.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (04-24-17)
  • Mason Mingus to make second season start at Salem with Win-Tron: After earning a top-five finish as Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, Tennessee driver Mason Mingus will return to the No. 33 Win-Tron Racing Toyota at Salem Speedway. Mingus is serving as a substitute driver for Justin Fontaine, who suffered a mild L1 vertebrae compression fracture at Daytona. The 22 year-old from Brentwood was the 2013 ARCA runner-up in final driver point standings when he competed full time with the team. (04-24-17)
  • Shore Lunch to sponsor Elko race: Officials from Southeastern Mills, Track Enterprises and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that Shore Lunch will sponsor ARCA’s return to Elko Speedway in Elko, Minnesota. Shore Lunch Soups, Breadings and Batters first partnered with ARCA series sponsor Menards in 2016 to become involved with the series through a team sponsorship with rookie driver Myatt Snider. The business-to-business relationship between Menards, the country’s third largest home improvement retail chain, and Southeastern Mills, a leading food company with brands such as Better Than Bouillon, The Original Louisiana Hot Sauce and Southeastern Mills Gravy and Baking Mixes, brings opportunities for Southeastern Mills to promote its Shore Lunch Brand products to the Menards customer base. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-23-17)
  • Leilani Munter to return at Talladega with Venturini: Leilani Munter will make her highly anticipated return to racing next month when she visits the crimson state for the running of the ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 on the high banks at Talladega Superspeedway. Leilani, coming off a career performance in the ARCA series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, will reintroduce her ever popular ‘Vegan Powered’ car with support from A Well-Fed World and World Animal News. “Leilani is an absolute inspiration to all of us with her commitment to her beliefs,” says Billy Venturini, Director of Competition and team co-owner of Venturini Motorsports. “Her performance at Daytona was impressive. I believe there are many sponsors out there looking for someone who stands for them so strongly and therefore makes her a very unique race car driver and representative.” Leilani will drive the No. 98 Vegan Powered – World Animal News entry. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (04-21-17)
  • Mark Meunier to drive for Peterson Motorsports at Salem: Kentucky driver Mark Meunier will return to Peterson Motorsports for the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway on April 30th. The 52 year-old is scheduled to drive the No. 06 entry after joining the team late last year. While Meunier only has one event finalized, he could potentially compete in more races for the team later this season. (04-15-17)
  • Travis Miller returning at Salem with MDM Motorsports: 29 year-old Travis Miller recently announced that he will return to ARCA competition at Salem Speedway on April 30th. Miller will drive the No. 28 entry for MDM Motorsports. The Virginia native scored a 2nd place finish at Lucas Oil Raceway last year in his only start to date. Sheldon Creed recently piloted the car to top-10 result at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. (04-14-17)
  • Thomas Praytor takes over active ironman status: With his 83rd consecutive start in the Music City 200, Thomas “Moose” Praytor takes over as the ARCA active ironman. Currently Praytor has more consecutive starts in ARCA than any other active driver. “The idea that I’m still in the series, still coming to the track every week is just incredible. We were only supposed to make 3 starts five years ago and well we’re still going. I don’t really think about being the Ironman, I just think about how fortunate I am to have a ride and nothing is going to keep me out of it.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (04-14-17)
  • Venturini Motorsports; Toyota decide against backup for Raphaël Lessard: Major disappointment for Lessard’s clan and Venturini Motorsports after Raphaël had to retire before the start of his very first ARCA race tonight in Nashville. Lessard was attempting his first qualifying lap for the Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville when his #25 Musselman's BIG CUP Apple Sauce-Toyota-Camry car suddenly ended up in the wall. Even though a second car was available at the track, management for Toyota and Venturini Motorsports mutually agreed not to use it because it was already set up for the next ARCA race to take place on April 30th in Salem. “I am extremely disappointed and I just don't understand,” said Raphaël Lessard a few minutes after discussing with crew chief Dave Leiner. “I’m eager to discuss further with the team to understand what happened as I was so happy with my Camry’s performance during practice this afternoon." (In part from Raphaël Lessard Racing PR) (04-09-17)
  • Chris Reese's debut cut short due to practice accident: Chris Reese, who was making his debut at Nashville, sustained damage in practice that cut his day short.
    Reese:
    "Well our first race didn't go as planned as I fenced it in practice. Was able to make repairs and still qualify. But due to the damage on the car I had to start and park it. Definitely was not the showing I wanted for my first outing but I learned a lot and met some good people." (In part from Facebook.com) (04-09-17)
  • Chad Finley wins at Nashville: Chad Finley stepped up to earn his career-first ARCA Racing Series victory Saturday night at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Finley, who got a lap down early on, wasn't a factor most of the way, pitting out of sequence from the leaders for four General Tires on lap 156. The rest of the lead lap cars had already taken their final four tires just past the halfway point of the 200-lap race. Then Finley drove underneath [Kyle] Weatherman on a green-white-checker finish to win the 26th running of the Music City 200. "We weren't our best today, but somehow we kept our heads in it, kept tuning on it and finally got the job done," said Finley in Victory Lane. "We struggled all day. We finally got four fresh tires for the end and that made the difference." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-09-17)
  • Big Tine to sponsor both Cunningham Motorsports cars: Big Tine, year-round deer products to support a healthy and flourishing herd, is expanding its partnership with Cunningham Motorsports for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.  Big Tine will be the featured primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Shane Lee for the 2017 racing season, with select primary and associate sponsorship of the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Dalton Sargeant. The Music City 200 will be the debut of both Big Tine primary paint schemes for the 2017 season. “It’s great to have Big Tine on board for the entire season,” said Lee. “It’s a fun brand to work with and I think it’s going to shape up to be a pretty good year. Big Tine has had a good relationship with Cunningham for a year now, so hopefully I can come into this and bring them the same success they saw last year with Chase (Briscoe) and help continue to expand this sponsorship.” (In part from Cunningham Motorsports PR) (04-05-17)
  • Mason Mingus rejoins Win-Tron Racing for Nashville: Win-Tron Racing proudly announced today that ARCA Racing Series veteran Mason Mingus will substitute for Justin Fontaine in Saturday’s Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Mingus, a native of nearby Brentwood, Tenn., will make his first ARCA start at the historic short track, but hopes to lean on his extensive Late Model background at Nashville. “I’m really stoked to get back to racing in the ARCA Racing Series and with Win-Tron Racing,” said Mingus. “I’ve only been in one ARCA race since 2013, so I’m anxious to get back behind the wheel and have a strong race for Justin (Fontaine), dsmamt and ProMATIC.” (In part from AM Racing PR) (04-05-17)
  • Austin Theriault; Ken Schrader Racing sign Nashville sponsor: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Music City Auto Auction of Nashville (MCAA) will serve as primary sponsor on its #52 entry, with driver Austin Theriault, for the April 8, 2017 Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. “We are excited to have the Music City Auto Auction on our Ford for the upcoming ARCA race in Nashville,” team owner Ken Schrader said.  “Its sister company, the Orlando Longwood Auto Auction, partnered with us in Daytona and we won the race. Making it to Victory Lane was thrilling not only for our team, but also the Auction folks. We’re hoping for a repeat in Nashville.” (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (04-03-17)
  • Peterson Motorsports enters drivers for Nashville: Peterson Motorsports has entered two cars for Saturday's Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. The longtime ARCA team will have Mark Blasingim and Con Nicolopoulos behind the wheel of its entries.
    Mark Blasingim:
    Local Tennessee driver Mark Blasingim will drive the No. 06 entry in his ARCA Racing Series debut, taking over for Scott Edwards who raced the car at Daytona. The 48 year-old from Murfreesboro has competed in local late model and dirt modified races for several years. Blasingim will carry a logo on his hood for 4 year-old Brecklynn Allgood, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (Pleuropulmonary Blastom) at age two.
    Con Nicolopoulos:
    Veteran Con Nicolopoulos returns to Peterson's No. 0 entry after competing in February's season opening race. Nicolopoulos, who joined the team in 2014, finished 11th in driver points last season after competing in 17 races. The 55 year-old from Columbus, Michigan is a mechanical and electrical engineer for the Chrysler Corporation. (04-02-17)
  • Willie Mullins to race at Nashville: [Willie] Mullins is now entered as the official driver of Basham's 34 car for the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville Saturday night, April 8. "We decided that about a week ago," said Mullins. "Anything we can do to help Darrell, we'll do our best. That, and I only got 10 laps at Daytona, so I still have the itch." Mullins has never raced on an ARCA short track. "I needed to get more comfortable in the car...we're going to be doing this for Darrell later on this year at Elko. We had one of Andy Belmont's old short track cars here...thought we'd go out and give it a ride this weekend." So it'll be Mullins in the seat at Nashville with a whole bunch of Basham on the periphery. "It'll be a full Basham crew there to change tires," Mullins added. Mullins must be serious about the effort. He's already tested the car at some area short tracks, and has another test scheduled next week. "I'm really comfortable in the car, and that was the final decision for us...to make sure I was comfortable and ready to go." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-01-17)