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September 2017

  • Travis Braden back with RFMS Racing at Kansas: Travis Braden is the latest entry received for the ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas Speedway Oct. 20. Braden initially subbed in the [No. 27 MatrixCare Ford] at Winchester Speedway where he responded with a solid fourth-place finish in his first attempt in the car. Then Braden got the call to run the same short track car at Chicagoland and Kentucky where he finished 11th and 8th respectively. Braden also led 12 laps at Chicagoland and was in the top-five late in the going before he fell back on older tires. Braden's been in Fike's RFMS Racing shop in Brownsburg, Ind. a couple days each week to help prepare a newer purpose-built intermediate 27 car for Kansas. "That's the plan," said Braden. "I talked with Don (Fike) and he's on the same page with that. I'm really excited. This is a huge opportunity for me at the very least to run these extra races and to be able to take advantage of the seat-time. Things are looking very positive over there." (In part from (09-30-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins the Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky: It was survival of the fittest tonight at Kentucky Speedway. It was also a daring four-wide move that included Austin Theriault on a late-race restart that paid off handsomely for the Fort Kent, Maine driver. In the end, Theriault, in the No. 52 Cross Insurance Ford, held off Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith over a green-white-checker finish to win the wild Crosley Brands 150 Friday night, his seventh ARCA Racing Series victory of the season. "We had good position on the bottom and could run wide open down there," said Theriault. "You could run two, three, four wide for a while but eventually the speeds were too high to sustain it. The guys above us were taking the air off each other. Fortunately, we got the lead before anything else happened. Thanks to the 22 (Shane Lee) for giving us the good push Daytona style to help get the lead." (In part from (09-23-17)
  • 30 cars entered for Kentucky Speedway: Thirty cars are entered for tonight's race at Kentucky Speedway. Entries include #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #8 Zane Smith, #10 Dick Doheny, #15 Cole Rouse, #25 Spencer Davis, #27 Travis Braden, #28 Sheldon Creed, #33 Justin Fontaine, #41 Vinnie Miller, #42 Bo LeMastus, #55 Natalie Decker, #90 James Swanson, #94 Dale Shearer, and #99 Ty Majeski. The Crosley Brands 150 begins at 8:00 PM EDT and will air on FOX Sports 1. Full Entry List (09-22-17)
  • Austin Theriault; Ken Schrader Racing secure Kentucky sponsorship: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced that Cross Insurance of Bangor, Maine, will serve as the primary sponsor for its #52 ARCA Racing Series Ford at Kentucky Speedway. Cross Insurance is a family owned insurance agency made up of a network of wholly-owned subsidiary insurance agencies throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island. “We are honored to partner with Austin and the rest of the team at Ken Schrader Racing,” Jonathan Cross, COO, Cross Insurance said. “We are looking forward to many more successful races together.” (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (09-21-17)
  • Will Kimmel; Kimmel Racing penalized & fined after DuQuoin: The Kimmel Racing #69 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team has been fined $1,500 for violation of 2017 ARCA Rulebook Pages 85-86, #10, which references ARCA-approved tires. In addition, team owner Bill Kimmel and driver Will Kimmel were each penalized with the loss of 50 championship points. The violation occurred at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Sept. 4. (In part from (09-21-17)
  • Noah Gragson, Mike Senica, & Brandon Jones fined after Chicagoland: ARCA Racing Series drivers Noah Gragson and Mike Senica have been fined $250 for violation of ARCA Rulebook Page 13, Section 4, #15, and the Chicagoland Speedway Official Event Entry Blank, which collectively reference proper display of designated required sponsor logos on driver uniform. The violation occurred at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 14.
    Brandon Jones has been fined $500 for his 2nd violation of ARCA Rulebook Page 13, Section 4, #15, and the Chicagoland Speedway Official Event Entry Blank, which collectively reference proper display of designated required sponsor logos on driver uniform. The violation occurred at Chicagoland Speedway Sept. 14. (In part from (09-21-17)
  • Spencer Davis honoring Ted Christopher at Kentucky: Spencer Davis returns to the ARCA Racing Series set to make his sixth season start in Friday night’s General Tire Super Weekend; Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Davis will reunite with last week’s winning crew chief, Dave Leiner, taking over the wheel of Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 Street Toys Automotive and Truck Accessories Toyota. Holding a heavy heart Davis will pay tribute to auto racing legend Teddy Christopher who tragically lost his life in a plane crash last weekend in Connecticut. Christopher, one of the leading and most diverse short track drivers in the country over the last two decades, was one of Davis’ true childhood hero’s. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-20-17)
  • Natalie Decker adds Kentucky to ARCA schedule: Venturini Motorsports has announced the addition of rookie driver Natalie Decker to team’s driver lineup for Friday’s Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Selected to pilot the No. 55 N29 Capital Partners Toyota, Decker’s originally unscheduled start comes on the heels of her early season success and the continued support from her driving partner, N29 Capital Partners, LLC. “I couldn’t be anymore happy right now,” says Decker. “Our next race was not supposed to be until next month at Kansas – but the guys from N29 Capital Partners called yesterday and told me I’m running Kentucky. It’s awesome – totally caught me off-guard. I can’t thank them enough.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-19-17)
  • Cole Rouse Joins Venturini for Kentucky & Kansas: Venturini Motorsports announced today that 20-year old Cole Rouse will compete in the final two ARCA Racing Series season events starting with Friday’s Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway. Rouse, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas, will make his ARCA series debut driving the VMS prepared No. 15 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota at Kentucky Speedway. He’ll also drive in the series’ season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 20. “This is an exciting opportunity – one we’ve been working on for some time,” said Cole Rouse. “The ARCA Series has long been a great launching pad for so many drivers, and to make my first start this week at Kentucky with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports is a huge honor.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-19-17)
  • Christopher Bell wins at Chicagoland: They may not have had the best car, but they had the best strategy. Christopher Bell bolted on four fresh General Tires during the final caution; then, with a bold, bonsai move on the high-side, charged from the eighth starting position to the front over a green-white-checker finish to win the thrilling ARCA Racing Series SCOTT 150 Thursday night at Chicagoland Speedway. Bell, in the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-Musselman's Apple Sauce-JBL Toyota, had barely a top-five car but got a big break with 10 laps to go when leader Michael Self, who led 29 laps, cut a right-front tire and brought out the final caution. Bell, under the direction of his crew chief Dave Leiner, came down pit road for his last set of tires, which gave the Norman, Okla. driver the magic he needed to get the lead. Full Results (In part from (09-18-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh donates to hurricane victims; back at Chicagoland: The 2017 Hurricane season has been brutal for the United States and even though Codie Rohrbaugh lives in Petersburg, WV, it didn’t stop him from giving back. While his team was readily preparing his No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet for Thursday night’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, Rohrbaugh was overseeing two semi-tractors loaded with water that Rohrbaugh donated to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. The shipments arrived in Texas this past Friday and will be distributed to victims by local officials throughout the week. “It felt really good to do something great for the people of Texas,” said Rohrbaugh. “We’re a long way away from Texas, but we wanted to do what we can to help with the relief effort. Some people lost everything and I’m blessed to be able to go race a stock car at Chicagoland Speedway this week. It was the right thing to do.” Keeping Texans in his thoughts and prayers, Rohrbaugh’s partner Grant County Mulch has donated its hood for the 100-lap race Thursday night which will adorn the Texas state flag with the message “Prayers for Texas.” (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (09-12-17)
  • Ken Schrader Racing secures Chicagoland sponsorship: Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Unicover, Inc., of Britt, Iowa will serve as the primary sponsor on the #52 car for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Theriault, current ARCA points leader will drive the Unicover Ford. Theriault has won six races this season with the Concord, North Carolina team. Unicover Inc. manufactures aluminum, fiberglass and commercial grade pickup truck caps. The company has over 200 dealers in the Midwest and Canada. (In part from Ken Schrader Racing PR) (09-12-17)
  • Christopher Bell returns to ARCA at Chicagoland: Christopher Bell returns to competition with Venturini Motorsports and the ARCA Racing Series for Thursday’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition to rejoining VMS behind the wheel of the team’s prepared No. 25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce / JBL Audio Toyota Camry in a rare Thursday night series feature, the 22-year old Norman, Oklahoma native also looks to wrap up the NCWTS regular-season championship in Friday night’s Chicagoland 225. “It’s exciting coming back to the ARCA Series, especially with Venturini Motorsports,” said Bell. “They’re just a fun bunch to be around... I’ve always enjoyed racing with them and we’ve had a lot of success together over the last couple of seasons. And the ARCA race is just really good preparation for the Truck race.” (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (09-12-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins at Salem; earns third consecutive victory: [Austin] Theriault, driving a special blue and white Bowsher Throwback scheme, hunted down Zane Smith in the closing laps, passed him with four laps to go, then drove away to win the 102nd running of the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic. It was Theriault's sixth win of the season and third consecutive in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Ford. "What an honor to win here... this seems like everybody's favorite track," said Theriault. "This place will beat you up. I didn't know Jack (Bowsher) obviously but to be mentioned in the same sentence with him is an honor. A lot of his family was here tonight and with me in Victory Lane... pretty special to be a part of that. Maybe he was riding with us tonight." Full Results (In part from (09-10-17)
  • 23 cars entered for Salem Speedway: Twenty-three cars are entered for tonight's Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway. Entries include #3 Darrell Basham, #10 Ed Pompa, #15 Christian Eckes, #28 Zane Smith, #31 Josh Williams, #33 Justin Fontaine, #55 Bo LeMastus, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will begin at 7:15 PM EDT and will televised at a later date. Full Entry List (09-09-17)
  • Gus Dean to run Kevin Cywinski throwback scheme at Salem: Gus Dean returns to Salem Speedway for Saturday night’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 looking for his second career win. Competing at one of his favorite tracks on the ARCA circuit, Dean is hoping that carrying a special paint scheme recognizing his car owner Kevin Cywinski’s success in his early years of Late Model competition will produce the magic for Dean to celebrate in Victory Lane with his retro No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota Camry. “I can’t wait to get back to Salem,” said Dean who idles fourth in the championship standings with four races remaining in 2017. “The last three weeks have been unique for me. From a dirt track to a road course to another dirt track. It’s been a little overwhelming, so I’m eager to get back to some familiar territory and put this special Kevin Cywinski-paint scheme in the winner’s circle.” Dean’s GREE race car will sport Cywinski’s ride from his 1993 Late Model season where Cywinski raced across the Midwest with sponsorship from Valvoline and routinely found himself in Victory Lane. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (09-09-17)
  • Zane Smith making MDM Motorsports debut: Zane Smith will make his debut with MDM Motorsports at Salem Speedway located in Salem, Ind., on Saturday. He will drive the No. 28 KMC Wheels Toyota in the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 by Meadow View/Salem Crossing. Smith, 18, has scored nine top-10 finishes and four top-five finishes in 13 career ARS starts. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native joins an organization that has won four ARS races this season with four different drivers. “MDM Motorsports has proven that it is a winning organization,” said Smith. “To be able to pilot a Toyota Camry out of that shop is an honor. I can’t wait to get to work at Salem this weekend.” (In part from MDM Motorsports PR) (09-09-17)
  • Austin Theriault wins the General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin: Austin Theriault put an exclamation point on a picture-perfect day for Ken Schrader Racing Monday afternoon at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirt. Right after bossman Ken Schrader wheeled his own modified to victory lane, Theriault steered Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota to the winner's circle in the ARCA Racing Series General Tire GRABBER 100, the 64th edition of the Southern Illinois 100. Theriault, from outside row one, out-hustled leader Shane Lee into turn one during the second green-white-checker attempt and pulled away while Lee got the chrome horn from Sheldon Creed. While Creed and Lee banged around back and forth, Theriault drove away from everyone, winning by just over a second at the final stripe. Full Results (In part from (09-06-17)
  • 24 cars entered for General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin: Twenty-four cars are entered for Monday's General Tire Grabber 100 at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. Entries include #3 Joe Cooksey, #10 Tyler Speer, #11 Brandon Grosso, #15 Tanner Thorson, #24 Ryan Unzicker, #25 Tom Hessert, #27 AJ Fike, #33 Tyler Dippel, #45 Payton Taylor, #55 Frankie Kimmel, and #69 Will Kimmel. The race will take place at 3:00 PM CDT and will air tape delayed on MAVTV at a later date. Full Entry List (09-03-17)
  • Tyler Dippel racing at DuQuoin despite K&N race conflict; full time in 2018?: The postponement of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race from Langley Speedway has forced Rette Jones Racing to make an adjustment to its driver lineup for the rescheduled Visit Hampton Virginia 150 on Mon., Sept. 5. Tyler Dippel, who was originally slated to pull double-duty for Rette Jones Racing at Langley and compete in Monday afternoon’s ARCA Racing Series race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds will forgo the K&N East race from Langley and honor his ARCA commitments for AM Racing and their development partner Win-Tron Racing in a collaborative effort with Rette Jones Racing. Dippel will make his third ARCA Racing Series start of the year in the General Tire Grabber 100 aboard the No. 33 TYCAR Trenchless Technologies / D and A Concrete Contractor Toyota. Team owner Mark Rette spoke about the team’s changes to their driver lineup. “It took us a couple of days to really decide what we wanted to do,” said Rette who co-owns Rette Jones Racing with business partner Terry Jones. “With our focus on moving our K&N East program to a full-time ARCA program with Tyler (Dippel) next year, we felt it was important for him to get more experience in an ARCA car and prepare for 2018." (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (09-03-17)
  • Brandon Grosso to drive second Ken Schrader car at DuQuoin: Brandon Grosso will make his ARCA Racing Series debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in DuQuoin, Illinois Labor Day Monday Sept. 4. Fresh off a solid second-place finish at Concord Speedway in North Carolina in the CARS Tour Late Model Stock Car race, Grosso is preparing to take his success on dirt and asphalt this year and combine those skills for the DuQuoin "Magic Mile" dirt. “This race means a lot to me and will be the biggest of my career,” said Grosso. “To be able to make my first ARCA Racing Series start with Ken Schrader Racing is an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working with Matt and the team and especially excited knowing that Kenny will be there to provide advice is a big boost for me.” (In part from (09-02-17)
  • Clubb Racing teamed with Roger Carter at Springfield?: Rumors are circulating that Alex Clubb teamed with former ARCA car owner and wanted North Carolina absconder Roger Carter to compete in the Herr's Potato Chips 100 at Springfield on August 20th. Alex Clubb previously drove for Carter's organization in 2015 and allegedly received financial support from him this year.
    An anonymous source states that Alex Clubb originally formed Clubb Racing with another business partner. Clubb's original partner purchased the car with the agreement that Clubb would pay the partner back for half of the cost. The partner decided to walk away from the deal after Clubb refused to accept money from funded drivers that would put Clubb Racing on track. Since the car was outdated and needed countless new parts to be race ready, Clubb allegedly accepted a deal that he was previously offered by Roger Carter that gave him enough money to race. Clubb was to run Carter's car number (97) and pay him back over time as he entered more races and acquired more equipment. After wrecking the car at Springfield, Clubb still owes both Carter and his original business partner money. It is unknown if Clubb is still working with Carter to race in future events.
    Alex Clubb has denied any involvement with Roger Carter in regards to his Springfield effort. Clubb has stated that he took Carter's No. 97 as his own since he ran events with it in the past. He also states that some of his equipment was acquired from Carter 2 Motorsports when the team went under. The Illinois driver "figure[d] the rumor mill would start when [he] showed up with [Carter's] old number." (09-01-17)