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October 2017

  • Kevin Reed rejoins Venturini Motorsports: Veteran crew chief Kevin Reed has rejoined Venturini Motorsports for the 2018 ARCA Racing Series season. Reed, who worked with the team full time in 2013 and 2014, is expected to oversee the No. 15 entry with Christian Eckes behind the wheel. (10-29-17)
  • Will Kimmel to run at least seven races in 2018: Will Kimmel will return to the ARCA Racing Series in 2018 for at least seven (7) races. The 29 year-old will compete at both Salem races, Springfield, DuQuoin, Chicagoland, Kansas, and another track that will be announced at a later date. FASS Fuel Systems will return to the Kimmel Racing team and will support the effort. (10-29-17)
  • Chase Purdy joins MDM Motorsports for full 2018 season: Chase Purdy is still two weeks away from his 18th birthday, but the current NASCAR Next member received an early birthday gift and will celebrate in style leading into his milestone event. Purdy and MDM Motorsports announced today that they will embark on an ARCA Racing Series championship run in 2018 that will commence at next month’s ARCA-sanctioned composite body test at Talladega Superspeedway November 7 – 8. Purdy will once again be paired with veteran crew chief Charles “Cully” Barraclough and will have continued sponsorship support from Bama Buggies and Textron Off Road. “We expect to win a good bit and certainly contend for a championship,” said Purdy, who also competed in three ARCA Series races this season with a pair of top-10 finishes. “The Rookie-of-the-Year title is a top goal, and I’ll be surrounded by good people and good equipment, so we want to have fun and be successful. I finished second five times this year in the K&N Series and I’m looking for that one spot better where we can celebrate at the end of one of these races. I ran a few ARCA races this year after we decided it was going to be the next step in my driving career, so I have a few races on radial tires and with live pit stops, which I think are the biggest challenges moving from the K&N Series. This is the next step and I’m going to make the most of it to further advance my racing career while getting closer to the ultimate goal of racing on Sundays with the big boys.” (In part from MDM Motorsports PR) (10-26-17)
  • Austin Theriault secures 2017 championship; Riley Herbst ROTY: Austin Theriault clinched the ARCA Racing Series national championship in Ken Schrader's No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Ford, despite finishing 25th after he brushed the wall early on. "We overcame a lot of challenges this year," said Theriault. "We had a tremendous year…the support from back home, the crew... the all-nighters. I couldn't be more proud of the effort from everyone who shared in this championship." While Theriault took home the biggest prize, Riley Herbst, who finished ninth, wrapped up the 2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year title. "We didn't win but we got the end result we came for…pretty good payday all the way around," said Herbst. "Thanks to all my Joe Gibbs Racing guys and all their hard work, and thanks to SCOTT for the Rookie of the Year. We're coming back next year to go after the championship." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-21-17)
  • Michael Self wins at Kansas; earns first career victory: Michael Self was the meat in the middle of a five-wide sandwich on the final restart at Kansas Speedway and barely squeezed through as the leader off turn two. From there the Salt Lake City, Utah driver held off a spirited charge from Ty Majeski to win the Kansas 150 Friday night, his career-first ARCA victory. "I knew it was going to get hairy... I just kept my foot in it," said Self. "Once we got out in clean air, it was all about hitting your marks." Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (10-21-17)
  • Natalie Decker signs with Venturini for full 2018 season: Hours before the start of Friday’s ARCA Racing Series season finale at Kansas Speedway, Venturini Motorsports announced that driver Natalie Decker will compete full time in the ARCA series in 2018. Decker, a 20-year old native of Eagle River, WI, will pilot Venturini Motorsports’ No. 25 Toyota with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner at the controls. “It’s an incredible feeling sitting here today making this announcement,” says Decker. “It’s really a dream come true! I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports, Toyota Racing and N29 Capital Partners enough for giving me this opportunity.” The popular rookie driver has made six ARCA starts this season highlighted by two top-10 finishes and a career best seventh-place finish at Road America. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (10-20-17)
  • 29 cars entered for Kansas: Twenty-nine cars are entered for tonght's race at Kansas Speedway. Entries include #08 Kevin Hinckle, #3 Bobby Dale Earnhardt, #7 Codie Rohrbaugh, #10 Ed Pompa, #12 Sheldon Creed, #15 Cole Rouse, #25 Natalie Decker, #27 Travis Braden, #28 Michael Self, #41 Zane Smith, #51 Chad Finley, #55 Spencer Davis, #57 Bryan Dauzat, and #99 Ty Majeski. The Kansas 150 will begin at 8:30 PM EDT and will air on FOX Sports 2. Full Entry List (10-20-17)
  • Codie Rohrbaugh hopes to build momentum for 2018 at Kansas: Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing team have made the best of their appearances in the ARCA Racing Series in 2017. Set for eighth ARCA start of the season in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150, Rohrbaugh and his family-owned team are determined to end the year on a high note with their second top-10 finish in his second appearance in the land of Oz. “I can’t believe it’s the end of the year,” said Rohrbaugh. “It seems like this year went incredibly fast but we’ve made a ton of gains from when we took the green flag this season and hope to make some more when the checkered flag falls on Friday night.” With a career-best eighth place finish earned in June at Michigan International Speedway, the Petersburg, West Virginia native says his team has had the speed and car capable of earning better finishes, but when it boils down to lady luck, it hasn’t been on their side. “We’ve had some bad luck at Chicago and Kansas, but I’m hoping we can right the ship and return to Kansas with some speed and shake the monkey off our back and give us some momentum to get ready for 2018.” (In part from Grant County Mulch Racing PR) (10-19-17)
  • Gus Dean running Breast Cancer Awareness Month paint scheme: For Friday night’s anticipated thriller, [Gus] Dean will boast a black and hot pink based paint scheme hoping to bring further attentiveness to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On the hood, Breast Cancer Awareness ribbons will fly in memory of Marian Bussey (Nana), Gus’s grandmother. The quarter panel will carry a message of love to the family of Peggy Shultz (Cotton), a relative of the Dean family who lost her courageous battle with an illness last week. (In part from Win-Tron Racing PR) (10-18-17)
  • Max Force Racing promoting breast cancer awareness at Kansas: Thomas “Moose” Praytor and his Mobile based race team have teamed up with long time WKRG TV 5 Sports anchor Randy Patrick for Real Men Wear Pink at Kansas Speedway. Patrick and a group of two dozen male community leaders have joined forces to promote Breast Cancer Awareness while raising money for the American Cancer society. The annual contest pits some of Mobile’s heaviest hitters against each other as a unique way for men to support Women in their fight against breast cancer. “I think everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer. We recently lost one of our Channel 5 family to breast cancer, it is just a horrible disease,” said Patrick. “The Praytors have always given back to our community and having them part of my campaign, helping promote the cause on National TV is really cool.” (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (10-14-17)
  • Chris Reese not running at Kansas; focusing on 2018 plans: Chris Reese will not attempt the season ending Kansas 150 on October 21st as originally planned. The Oklahoma driver crashed in practice at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, which caused extensive damage to his No. 62 Dustin's Dream Chevrolet. This damage ended his season, as he only has one car and a limited budget. The dirt track veteran is focusing on returning in 2018 at Nashville again. (10-07-17)