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May 2017

  • Justin Fontaine medically cleared to race; returning at Elko: Officials from AM Racing and Win-Tron Racing jointly announced today that ARCA driver Justin Fontaine has been medically cleared to return to competition, effective immediately. Fontaine, 19, suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae during a late-race accident at Daytona. He was released from Halifax Medical Center the following afternoon. With his clearance, Fontaine will return to ARCA and compete at Elko Speedway aboard the No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota. “Daytona’s accident was a disappointment, but I realized it could have been much worse. I’m just thankful to my team, colleagues and my friends and family who went out of their to stay in touch during my recovery. I can’t wait to get back on the track Saturday and have a good finish” [said Fontaine]. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (05-30-17)
  • Robert Bruce preparing for ARCA debut; driving No. 28:  Veteran Virginia short track late model racer Robert Bruce has had the chance to do a lot during his lengthy racing career, but on June 3 he’ll be able to fulfill a life-long dream. Bruce, 49, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Elko Speedway in a second car fielded by Mullins Racing. “I’m really excited. I can’t thank Mullins Racing enough for giving me the opportunity to run an ARCA race. It’s kind of like a dream come true,” said Bruce, who hails from Fredricsburg, Va. “Hopefully it’ll be a great weekend.” The opportunity for Bruce to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut came about thanks in large part to the addition of sponsor CW Metals. Team owner and driver Willie Mullins wanted to put on as good a show as possible for CW Metals and its staff, so the decision was made to field a second car for the Shore Lodge 250. NOTE: Robert Bruce will carry the No. 28. MDM Motorsports is not competing in the event. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (05-29-17)
  • Natalie Decker adds Road America to ARCA schedule: On the heels of her successful debut in the ARCA Racing Series at Toledo Speedway, nineteen-year old Natalie Decker announced today the addition of Road America to her remaining 2017 ARCA schedule driving for Venturini Motorsports. Decker, a popular Midwest late model driver hailing from Eagle River, Wisconsin, will make her first professional road course appearance when the ARCA Series returns to Road America located in Elkhart Lake, WI on August 27 for the Road America 100. Already scheduled to compete in upcoming ARCA Series events at Elko Speedway and Pocono Raceway, Decker with sponsorship support from Madison, WI based N29 Capital Partners is excited for the chance to race in her home state. “This (Wisconsin) is where my racing career started,” says Decker. “I’ve raced hundreds of races in Wisconsin but to get the opportunity to compete at this level in front of my home state fans and sponsor is awesome. I can’t thank N29 Capital Partners, Venturini Motorsports and Toyota enough for giving me this opportunity,” says Decker. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-25-17)
  • ARCA issues statement in response to Brian Finney fire: In the wake of Brian Finney’s fiery incident at Toledo Speedway during practice for the Menards 200, the ARCA Racing Series has released a statement reaffirming their commitment to safety at their race events. Finney’s car caught fire just before the start-finish line on a practice run Saturday, rolling to a stop at the exit of Turn 2 and quickly becoming engulfed in flames. While Finney was able to exit the car and was uninjured, his car and ARCA Ilmor 396 engine were a complete loss, with videos circulating social media showing safety officials doing nothing to help Finney exit the car or extinguish the blaze. Ultimately, Finney himself — with the aid of Cunningham Motorsports crew chief Chad Bryant — put out the fire with the help of a nearby extinguisher, drawing outcry from fans who questioned ARCA’s track response crews and their care for the drivers in their series. Tuesday night, ARCA President Ron Drager responded to those questions, issuing a statement exclusively to Race Chaser Online regarding the incident and admitting that the safety response shown Saturday was not up to the level that the series and sanctioning body expects.
    ARCA STATEMENT:
    “We review our safety policies and procedures on an ongoing basis, and our combined track and series safety response to this incident falls short of the standards we have established,” said Drager. “Our review of the incident is ongoing; however, we made adjustments in several areas prior to Sunday’s race, including vehicle placement, equipment and assignment of duties of the response team. I’ve spoken directly with Brian, both Saturday after the incident and today (Tuesday), as well as with our staff, in reviewing how we can best respond to such circumstances. Throughout our 65-year history in the sport, we have placed safety at the forefront and are committed to continuing to do so.” (In part from RaceChaserOnline.com) (05-23-17)
  • Team Stange Racing returning for partial schedule: Team Stange Racing, formed by John and Ashley Stange of Illinois, plans to return to ARCA Racing Series competition after finishing 5th at Daytona with Frank Kimmel in 2016. The Forest Park, IL team will run two to four races, which will include events at Road America and Chicagoland. Although a driver has not been announced, the team is said to have sponsorship secured. (05-23-17)
  • Harrison Burton scores first win at Toledo: Once Harrison Burton cleared Dalton Sargeant for the lead with eight laps to go, the Huntersville, North Carolina driver set sail for victory lane, winning the Menards 200 Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway. Burton, in the No. 28 Dex Imaging Toyota, worked hard for the victory, coming from the back to the front just in time to track down the leader in the closing laps. "This No. 28 Dex Imaging Camry was on point today, probably the best race car I've ever driven," said Burton. "I really appreciate all my guys on this MDM team for not giving up on me. Dalton's a great driver, the difference between us and him was our cars. We struggled on short runs, but on long runs, we just mowed him down." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-23-17)
  • Tyler Dippel to race at Toledo with Rette Jones Racing: AM Racing’s development team Win-Tron Racing announced in a partnership with Rette Jones Racing (RJR) that Tyler Dippel will compete in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series race at Toledo Speedway. Making his first ARCA start since 2015, Dippel, a full-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series competitor will drive the No. 33 TYCAR Trenchless Technologies / D and A Concrete Contractor Toyota in the Menards 200 for his fourth series start. “This is a cool opportunity for me to take advantage of the weekend off in K&N and return to the ARCA Racing Series at Toledo,” said Dippel. “I appreciate the hard work of AM Racing, Win-Tron Racing and Rette Jones Racing for going to extreme measures to put this program together quickly. I’ve never been to Toledo in an ARCA car, but I’m anxious to get things going.” (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (05-18-17)
  • Ken Schrader Racing announces Toledo sponsors: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Midwest Logistics Systems and K & L Ready Mix will serve as sponsors for its #52 Entry with driver Austin Theriault, for the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway. Midwest Logistics Systems located in Celina, Ohio served as an associate sponsor with Ken Schrader at the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway. K & L Ready Mix, headquartered in Ottawa, Ohio, has been one of the Ken Schrader dirt team sponsors for five years and also participated in the 2016 truck race at Eldora. The family-owned company has been in business since 1957. K & L Ready Mix is the leading supplier of ready mix concrete, brick, block and building supplies, serving Northwest Ohio. (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (05-17-17)
  • Thad Moffit returning at Toledo with Performance Plus: Richard Petty Motorsports announced that development driver Thad Moffitt will partner with Performance Plus Motor Oil for two ARCA Racing Series short track events this season. Moffitt will compete at Toledo Speedway on May 21 and at Lucas Oil Raceway near Indianapolis on July 21. Performance Plus will also be an associate sponsor of Moffitt and Empire Racing Group for the remainder of the year in NASCAR late model competition. Moffitt, the grandson of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty, made his first ARCA start earlier this year at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, finishing 16th in an Empire-prepared car. Empire will once again field the No. 46 Ford for Moffitt and Performance Plus, beginning next weekend, with additional support from Transportation Impact, Hostetler Ranch and Jacob Companies. (In part from Richard Petty Motorsports PR) (05-17-17)
  • Richard Hauck returning for partial schedule: Veteran driver Richard Hauck will return to ARCA Racing Series competition in 2017 for a partial schedule. Hauck, who lost his primary car due to a crash at Kentucky last year, has been preparing a new Dodge for Toledo Speedway on May 21st. The Howell, Michigan driver also plans to compete at Madison, Iowa, Lucas Oil, Winchester, and Salem. Additional speedway events could be added at a later date. (05-13-17)
  • Bobby Dale Earnhardt‏ to drive for Hixson Motorsports at Toledo: Bobby Dale Earnhardt, the grandson of NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Toledo Speedway on May 21st driving for Hixson Motorsports. The 29 year-old former ARCA Truck Series competitor will race the team's No. 3 entry that Mike Senica recently vacated. Earnhardt and Hixson Motorsports are seeking sponsorship for the event. (05-12-17)
  • Mason Mitchell Motorsports crew chief and car owner fined after Talladega: As a result of incidents in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards garage area during technical inspection and on pit road during the race involving unsportsmanlike conduct while interacting with ARCA Officials, Mason Mitchell Motorsports #78 crew chief and #88 team owner Kevin Reed has been fined $2,500 and placed on disciplinary probation for an indefinite period of time for violation of the 2017 ARCA Rulebook Section 4, Pages 12-13, #5 and #10, which references conduct by team members toward ARCA Officials and conduct or actions detrimental to the sport of auto racing. Reed was also fined $750 for violation of ARCA Procedure—unapproved transfer of tires identified for #78 into the pit box of #88 during the race. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-12-17)
  • Bob Schacht fined after violating post-race Talladega procedure: As a result of violation of ARCA procedure governing post-race retrieval of ARCA-issued equipment, Bob Schacht Motorsports #75 team owner Bob Schacht has been fined $250. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-12-17)
  • Mullins Racing to field two cars at Elko; Robert Bruce debut: Mullins Racing will now focus on the upcoming Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care, which will be held at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway on June 3. For the first time the team plans to field two cars at Elko, one for Mullins and a second for veteran Virginia short track driver Robert Bruce, who will be attempting to make his ARCA Racing Series debut. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (05-10-17)
  • Valvoline extends sponsorship of ARCA: Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced that Valvoline has extended its Official Motor Oil of the ARCA Racing Series partnership through 2018. “The Valvoline Pro-V racing line has achieved outstanding success over the past two seasons across a variety of racing series,” said Jamal Muashsher, Valvoline’s vice president of marketing and customer experience. “We are excited to continue our partnership with the ARCA Racing Series, helping teams, drivers and crews reach victory lane.” The announcement, made Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, includes the news that Valvoline Pro-V Racing 0W30 motor oil will continue to be the exclusive oil for use in the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine package. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-07-17)
  • Justin Haley wins the General Tire 200: Justin Haley's first trip to Talladega Superspeedway turned out to be one for the ages. Haley, in his first-ever plate-track start, went from the back to the front in the No. 28 MDM Motorsports Toyota to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 200 Saturday afternoon. Haley held off the pack in a one-lap shootout to earn the biggest victory of his career. "That was crazy," said Haley. "We had to work our way from the back. We had a battery issue and made an unscheduled pit stop and went from fourth to 30th. I've always wanted to run Talladega; I can't thank these MDM guys enough. My spotter Kevin Hamlin helped me through it. I didn't know what I was doing but I listened and did what they told me, and it worked out." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-07-17)
  • Gene Paul; ESP Motorsports withdraw from Talladega: Gene Paul and his ESP Motorsports team withdrew from Saturday's General Tire 200 event at Talladega Superspeedway due to a seat issue. The Florida driver posted the following message on his team's page.
    Paul:
    "We have to cancel our Talladega entry. Very disappointed. A small mistake on an SFI date on my seat was discovered and ARCA is taken a non-compromising stance on letting me use the seat. The fact that the race was in April the last couple of years and this year it shifted to May also complicated things. I take total responsibility but I think there could have been a waiver." (In part from ESP Motorsports Facebook) (05-07-17)
  • Dalton Sargeant wins at Salem: Dalton Sargeant settled into his own zip code Sunday afternoon at Salem Speedway, and put a major-league whooping on the field to win the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200. Sargeant, who was himself a lap down at one point, got four fresh General Tires under caution late in the going and checked out from there to earn his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. In the end, Sargeant, in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford, was the only driver to complete all 200 laps. "The biggest thing was working on long green flag runs…the guys at Cunningham Motorsports did an awesome job," said Sargeant. "The General Tires were incredible." "We got a lap down on that long green flag run. My crew chief Chad Bryant just kept reiterating…take your time…just race the race track, and it paid off. This is definitely a difficult race. Our No. 77 Big Tine Cunningham Ford was amazing. I'm looking forward to Talladega." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-01-17)