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June 2017

  • Bryan Berry parts ways with Bret Holmes Racing: Changes are coming to the No. 23 Chevy team at the mid-point of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. Crew chief Bryan Berry and Bret Holmes Racing have decided to part ways after nine races together this season as Berry has chosen to pursue other opportunities in racing. BHR management already is discussing internally and with officials from GMS Racing, who BHR operates as a satellite organization for, about who will assume Berry’s duties for the remainder of the season. A decision on the new crew chief will be announced soon. “These things happen and it is just a part of the business,” Bret Holmes said. “We wish Bryan the best and appreciate all the time and effort he put into our cars here at BHR. Now we move on and find someone else to pick up the torch and move us forward. We are confident to have a replacement or solution in-place by Iowa.” Berry, a long-time NASCAR veteran, came to BHR in the offseason between the 2016 and 2017 seasons. (In part from Bret Holmes Racing PR) (06-29-17)
  • Tom Hessert welcomes new son: Congratulations to Tom and Meghan Hessert on the recent birth of their newest baby boy. A healthy Henry William Hessert came into the world Tuesday, June 26 at 8:52 a.m. The new father is expected to return to the ARCA circuit for three races yet this season -- at the Illinois State Fairgrounds mile dirt August 20, the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt September 4 and Salem Speedway September 9. Tom, in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota, is the defending race winner at DuQuoin. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-29-17)
  • Fast Track Racing helps Max Force at Madison: [Thomas Praytor's] new patience and conservation would be the key to a good night. The second issue was the crew. With wedding, family obligations and Spring Break our all UNOH pit crew was light 4 guys headed in to the weekend. This seems to hit at Madison every year. Like last year the team reached out for help and soon found it with Dick Doheny. Dick or as we call him “Bubba” drove for us some last year and is a great mechanic at the race track. Plus by the time we got to the weekend the 10 car had lost its driver and Doheny was then called in as a substitute. Super Sub Bubba would start the race for the 10, make a few laps and then come gas the 9 for Praytor. Much in the same way Josh Reeves did for us last year. We then stole, excuse me borrowed the rest of the 10 car guys and we had a full team. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (06-27-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins at Madison: Austin Theriault didn't have the best car in the beginning, but his Ken Schrader Racing crew got it right for the most important part. Theriault, in the No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, held off a hard charge from Zane Smith in the end to win the Montgomery Ward 200 Friday night at Madison Int'l Speedway. Theriault also increased his ARCA Racing Series championship points lead, added his third win of the season and fourth of his career. "We don't always have the fastest car at the beginning, but this team races smart," said Theriault. "We were good when it counted." Full Results (06-24-17)
  • 21 cars entered for tonight's Montgomery Ward 200: Twenty-one cars are entered for tonight's Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #3 Rick Tackman Jr, 10 Dick Doheny, #15 Christian Eckes, #25 Tanner Thorson, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will begin at 9:00 PM EDT or 8:00 PM CDT. It will air live on MAVTV. Full Entry List (06-23-17)
  • Tanner Thorson making first season start for Venturini: Tanner Thorson returns to the seat driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway. Thorson, who made his ARCA Racing Series debut last season on the Illinois State Fairground’s dirt-mile, will pilot the team’s No. 25 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Toyota for his first series pavement short track event of his career. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-23-17)
  • Max Force Racing carrying special sticker at Madison: The DK-LOK [No. 9 Max Force Racing] Ford will carry a special sticker this weekend in honor of Amy Bluel. Amy’s Project SemiColon for suicide prevention was [Max Force's] primary sponsor last year in Madison. Amy left us way too soon in March of this year. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (06-22-17)
  • Jeffery MacZink withdraws from Michigan after engine issues: Michigan driver Jeffery MacZink was forced to withdraw from Friday's Corrigan Oil 200 after experiencing engine issues on Thursday. MacZink published the following message on his Facebook page: "Well no racing today. Engine broke towards the end of practice. So going to spend the time with the family. Thanks for the effort from the guys on the team. Thanks for everyone giving us good wishes." (In part from Facebook.com) (06-18-17)
  • Brandon Jones wins the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan: #8 Brandon Jones won the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway after making a late race pass. Jones earned his second consecutive win at the track and MDM Motorsports' third win of the season. Points leader #52 Austin Theriault finished second, while #77 Dalton Sargeant, #23 Bret Holmes, and #32 Gus Dean completed the top five. #55 Zane Smith suffered a hard crash after cutting a right front tire near the halfway point in the race. Smith was later treated and released from the infield care center. Full Results (06-16-17)
  • Vinnie Miller fastest in Michigan practice: [Vinnie Miller] stung the competition in practice Thursday afternoon at Michigan Int'l Speedway with a sizzling top speed of 189.999 mph, fastest among the 30 drivers who posted time and speed in preparation for Friday's Corrigan Oil 200. He's especially "good" so far at Michigan. "This is only my second speedway race. I'm a little surprised to be P-1. I figured we'd be top-10 but I wasn't expecting this. I'm really proud of what we were able to accomplish today. My first time here, this place is pretty straight up…put the pedal to the metal and turn left" [said Miller]. Full Practice Speeds (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-16-17)
  • 30 cars entered for Michigan: Thirty cars are entered for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #3 Rick Tackman, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Brandon Jones, #10 Morgen Baird, #15 Kyle Benjamin, #19 David Sear, #25 Spencer Davis, #28 Sheldon Creed, #51 Chad Finley, #65 Jeffery MacZink, #69 Nick Higdon, #88 Wayne Peterson, and #99 Ty Majeski. Full Entry List (06-16-17)
  • Ty Majeski; Cunningham Motorsports fined & penalized after Pocono: Based on post-race technical inspection following the June 9 General Tire Anywhere Is Possible 200 at Pocono Raceway, the Cunningham Motorsports #99 team has been penalized for violating 2017 ARCA Rulebook Page 51, #3Mii  which references “hoses connected to NACA duct must be connected to blower or cooler and must exhaust outside driver compartment. Connections must be point to point.” Crew chief Matt Weber has been fined $1500 and car owner Briggs Cunningham and driver Ty Majeski have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points as a result of the violation. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-14-17)
  • Vinnie Miller; MDM Motorsports add new sponsor for Michigan: MDM Motorsports and Vinnie Miller are excited to announce a new partnership with Peerless Steel for Friday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Peerless Steel will be the primary sponsor of Vinnie Miller’s No. 41 MDM Motorsports entry. “To have a local company like Peerless Steel join us at Michigan this weekend is awesome,” Vinnie Miller, driver of the No. 41 said. “The quality of their products and service are just a couple of the reasons why they are an industry leader. I’m looking forward to sporting the Peerless Steel brand on my car this weekend.” (In part from MDMMotorsports.com) (06-14-17)
  • Peterson Motorsports back with 3 cars at Michigan: Peterson Motorsports will field three cars in the ARCA Racing Series for the second consecutive week. The Tennessee based team will have Con Nicolopoulos, Mark Meunier, and Wayne Peterson behind the wheel of its entries. Nicolopoulos continues his season long effort, while Mark Meunier returns to the team after competing at Salem, Toledo, and Elko. Team owner Wayne Peterson will make his season debut after finishing 18th in 2016 driver points. (06-14-17)
  • Kyle Benjamin returning to Venturini Motorsports at Michigan OFFICIAL: NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Kyle Benjamin will return to Venturini Motorsports for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, June 16th. He will drive the No. 15 Toyota as the team pursues the ARCA owner's championship. The 19 year-old driver began his ARCA career with Venturini in 2013, earning his two career wins at Madison and Salem. Benjamin would later make another start for the organization at Pocono in June 2015. (06-04-17)
    OFFICIAL: Kyle Benjamin returns to the ARCA Racing Series driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Benjamin, a two-time ARCA Series winner with VMS, will reunite with his former team to pilot the organizations No.15 GO PUCK Toyota entry at Michigan. “It’s a great feeling to come back to the ARCA series to run Michigan,” says Benjamin. “Breaking into the series a few years back with the Venturini’s provides a big advantage going into the weekend – we’ve had a lot of success together. I’m very familiar with the team and know the effort Billy’s (Venturini) guys put into every race. I’m happy to be back.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (06-13-17)
  • New Age Motorsports planning on 3-4 more races; full 2018 season: New Age Motorsports, owned by Kevin and Cody Lane, plans to compete in three to four more races this season in preparation for a full schedule next year. The team's next race is tentatively the ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway on July 28th. Students Survival Dream Academy partnered with the Lane family this season, which has given students an opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of racing. Cody Lane, who drives the No. 67 entry, has a best finish of 19th after attempting three races in 2017. (06-11-17)
  • Riley Herbst scores first win at Pocono Raceway: According to Riley Herbst, it was "a long time coming." In reality, it took just six races for the 18-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada rookie to find his way to Victory Lane. Herbst, in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink-UFC Gym Toyota, took the lead on lap 37 of the 80-lap race and never gave it up, coming home the winner of the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 Friday afternoon at Pocono Raceway. Herbst beat second-place finisher Brandon Jones to the final stripe by nearly two seconds to earn his career-first ARCA Racing Series victory, and the first for Joe Gibbs Racing on the ARCA side. Herbst also set a new ARCA race record for Pocono, finishing the race in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 55 seconds. The new mark surpassed the old mark of 1:25:29 set by Scott Riggs back in 2004. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-10-17)
  • Frankie Kimmel fills in for Bryan Dauzat at Pocono: Opportunities come in all shapes and sizes, fortunately for Frankie Kimmel. When ARCA Racing Series racer Bryan Dauzat's daughter's wedding landed on Pocono race weekend, Dauzat climbed out of his own No. 57 O.B. Builders Chevrolet and Kimmel climbed in. Dauzat managed to get to Pocono for Wednesday's open test, but bailed for bigger things back home. "My daughter's getting married Saturday and the rehearsal dinner's Friday night," said Dauzat. "I need to be there, or else I'd be disowned by my family." That opened the door for Kimmel who tested the same car Wednesday after his dad, Frank, Sr., shook it down. "Bob Rahilly and Frank have been friends for years," Dauzat said. "This all developed about three weeks ago. We originally started talking to Frank about driving the car at Pocono, but Frank's obligated as a spotter for Spencer Davis, so he couldn't do it. Frank's suggested his son, and we liked the idea. I was glad to get a little seat-time in yesterday, I'm planning on running Pocono in July." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-10-17)
  • 34 cars entered for Pocono: Thirty-four cars are entered for today's General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway. Entries include #07 Dan Bainey, #3 Steve Fox, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Brandon Jones, #11 Tony Mrakovich, #12 Sheldon Creed, #15 Spencer Davis, #41 Vinnie Miller, #46 John Ferrier, #57 Frankie Kimmel, #69 Nick Higdon, #96 Bobby Dale Earnhardt, and #99 Ty Majeski. The race will air at 5:30 PM EDT on FOX Sports 1. Full Entry List (06-09-17)
  • Brandon Jones announces Pocono sponsor: Brandon Jones, driver of the No. 8 Anderson’s Maple Syrup Chevrolet, enters Friday’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway as the veteran for MDM Motorsports with three career ARS victories. The 20-year-old driver finished third in the ARS Pocono Raceway event last season. “Our Anderson’s Maple Syrup team is headed into this weekend’s race at Pocono on a mission. We were headed for victory lane last year, but a blend line violation leaving pit road midway through the race cost us the win. You hate to lose a race because of something like that, so we’re definitely looking for redemption this weekend.” (In part from Brandon Jones Racing PR) (06-09-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh running next two events at Pocono & Michigan: Driving for his family-owned Grant County Mulch Racing team, [Codie] Rohrbaugh blasted to second quickest in his Pocono Raceway track debut – leaving many to ponder what the impressive rookie still has left for Friday’s General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. “Man, I’m stoked,” said Rohrbaugh, driver of the No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet. “Pocono is such a cool place – it’s like a short track, superspeedway and a road course all in one. I had a blast and we have a strong car to boot. I’m hoping for good things in the race on Friday.” No matter the outcome though, Rohrbaugh is embracing the diversity and relationships he’s experiencing in ARCA. “From Daytona to Talladega to Pocono and Michigan next week, we’re taking each race in with a positive outlook and reasonable goals and expectations. If we have some good results in this two race stretch, we should be able to race more this summer.” (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (06-09-17)
  • Kirk Horton testing at Pocono for Norm Hutton Racing; planning on July race: Veteran dirt racer Kirk Horton will test for Norm Hutton Racing at Pocono Raceway tomorrow in preparation for the ModSpace 150 on July 28th. Horton, who is a regular competitor at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, will be attempting to make his ARCA debut. Norm Hutton Racing has previously competed at Daytona and Talladega this year with David LeBeau. (06-06-17)
  • Derrick Lancaster reduces ARCA schedule; may return: Virginia's Derrick Lancaster had planned to increase his ARCA schedule to six to ten events in 2017. However, those plans changed when the 44 year-old business owner purchased more tire stores and towing locations. Although these new opportunities have taken up a lot of Lancaster's time, he still has not ruled out a return this season for a more limited schedule. (06-06-17)
  • Tony Mrakovich competing at Pocono for Fast Track Racing: Pennsylvania driver Tony Mrakovich will join Fast Track Racing for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 on Friday, June 9th. The 18 year-old rookie has been driving for Ken Schrader Racing, but the team had prior commitments that prevented two cars from being entered. Mrakovich is expected to rejoin the Schrader organization later in the season. He also may compete in more races for Fast Track Racing as well. (06-05-17)
  • Michael Self back in ARCA for four (4) more races: Michael Self and the “Dino Car,” powered by Sinclair Oil Corporation, will return to the racetrack for eight events in 2017. Race fans can catch Dino in both the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The Sinclair white, green and red livery will return to the No. 28 Chevrolet with Self behind the wheel of an ARCA entry at Pocono Raceway on June 9, followed by Iowa Speedway on July 8, then re-join MDM Motorsports at Lucas Oil (Ind.) Raceway Park on July 21 and return to Kansas for the series finale on Oct. 20. “It’s such an honor to continue working with Sinclair Oil and be in equipment that really showcases the commitment to excellence that epitomizes their brand,” said Self. “They’re truly my dream partner – we’ve been able to do some really cool things together off the track, as well as make a lot of noise in the sport with the Dino Car." (In part from Michael Self Racing PR) (06-05-17)
  • Peterson Motorsports fielding three cars at Pocono: Peterson Motorsports will field three cars at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9th for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200. The team's driver lineup will include Con Nicolopoulos, Dale Matchett, and Don Thompson. Nicolopoulos is expected to compete in all races this year, while Matchett and Thompson are planning to run select events. (06-04-17)
  • Zane Smith transported to hospital after Elko crash: 17 year-old Zane Smith was transported to a local hospital after a crash on the final lap of the Shore Lunch 250 Saturday night. Smith was complaining of pain, but was treated and released. All other drivers in the accident were unhurt. (06-04-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins at Elko Speedway: With cars wrecking every which way in his mirror, Austin Theriault edged Christian Eckes by about two feet at the final stripe to win the wild Shore Lunch 250 Saturday night at Elko Speedway. Theriault, in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, nudged Eckes out of the way inside of four laps remaining before Eckes rooted Theriault off the bottom lane coming to the checkered flag. With their cars locked together off turn four, Theriault held firm on the high side just long enough to earn his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory. "This hasn't really set in yet," said Theriault. "We need a little time to process this one. We were running fourth or fifth through the middle of the race. Then we put four General Tires on it…that's when it came to life. Those last few laps were rough, definitely a lot of back and forth. We got some marks on the car but we got the win." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (06-04-17)
  • 22 cars entered for Elko Speedway: Twenty-two cars are entered for Saturday night's Shore Lunch 250 at Elko Speedway. Entries include #06 Mark Meunier, #3 Bobby Dale Earnhardt, #15 Christian Eckes, #25 Natalie Decker, #28 Robert Bruce, #33 Justin Fontaine, #34 Willie Mullins, and #69 Will Kimmel. The event will take place at 9:00 PM EDT and will be televised live on MAVTV. Full Entry List (06-02-17)
  • MDM Motorsports enters four (4) cars for Pocono: MDM Motorsports has entered four (4) cars for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on Friday, June 9th. The North Carolina based team (owned by Matthew Miller, Doug Fuller, and Mark McFarland) is expected to field entries in the event for Brandon Jones, Sheldon Creed, Michael Self, and Vinnie Miller.
    BRANDON JONES (#8):
    20 year-old Brandon Jones is entered in the No. 8 Toyota for team owner Doug Fuller. Jones returns to the organization after competing in a five race schedule last year, which was highlighted by a win at Michigan. The Atlanta, Georgia driver will compete in the NASCAR XFINITY race the next day for Richard Childress Racing.
    SHELDON CREED (#12):
    Sheldon Creed, who joined MDM Motorsports earlier this year, will continue his nine race schedule in the No. 12 Toyota. Creed finished 6th at Nashville driving the No. 28. The Super Truck and off-road racing competitor is also running multiple events in the NASCAR K&N Series this year.
    MICHAEL SELF (#28):
    Utah's Michael Self is the listed driver of the No. 28 Toyota for Matthew Miller. Self, who had a career high 3rd place finish at Kansas last year, is expected to make his second start of the season after being collected in an accident at Daytona. The 26 year-old is a veteran of the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series.
    VINNIE MILLER (#41):
    ARCA newcomer Vinnie Miller will look to improve on his first career top 10 finish at Pocono in the No. 41 Toyota, owned by Matthew Miller. The Michigan driver is planning to run a total of six (6) ARCA races this season. He has also competed in several NASCAR K&N Pro East Series races earlier this year for the development team. (06-02-17)
  • David Sear returning at Michigan with Ebert Motorsports: Southern California driver David Sear will return to ARCA competition with Ebert Motorsports for the Corrigan Oil 200 at Michigan International Speedway on June 16th. Sear, who has 10 career starts, has driven for the Mark Ebert owned operation since 2015. Spectro Performance Oils and Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will serve as sponsor. While Michigan is the only planned race at this time, more events could be added to Sear's schedule at a later date. (06-01-17)