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NOvember 2017

  • Ken Schrader Racing re-signs Federated Auto Parts: Ken Schrader Racing has re-signed with Federated Auto Parts for 2018, marking the 19th consecutive season Federated has sponsored the Fenton, Missouri racer. As you might expect, [Ken Schrader is] already looking forward to next year. Schrader found out at the ARCA finale in Kansas that Federated was coming back for more. "Federated informed me that I'm going to have a job next year. It's going to be our 19th year with Federated, and we certainly want to thank them for continuing to believe in our program. We're re-doing two dirt (modified) cars and building one new one. They're just really good people with good business ethics. We've formed a really solid relationship with all their members. I do about anything they want me to do and they've been very good about letting us do what we want to do. We work it so it works out best for their members... then we squeeze in the rest." The "rest" includes his ARCA Racing Series program. And unless you're living under a rock, you already know that Schrader's 52 car won the 2017 ARCA national championship, a first for driver Austin Theriault and Schrader's second ARCA car owner title. "Federated was a full sponsor on the ARCA car at Kansas and DuQuoin and an associated sponsor all season." In addition to outfitting dirt modifieds for 2018, Schrader is also getting ready on the ARCA side. "Gotta build two new Daytona cars, the one we tested and another one. Don't know exactly what we're doing next year... depends on if everything hits." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-29-17)
  • Brad Smith & Hylton Motorsports returning for full 2018 schedule: Veteran driver Brad Smith will return to Hylton Motorsports and will compete in the full 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule. Smith, who won the General Tire Spirit Award in 2016, finished 8th in driver points this season after competing in all 20 events. The Michigan native has over 300 career ARCA starts and is expected to drive the No. 48 Ford again. (11-23-17)
  • ARCA releases full 2018 schedule; Charlotte & Gateway back: The 66th consecutive season for the ARCA Racing Series is now in place, as Series officials have released the 2018 schedule to include 20 race-dates across 13 states. Another healthy mix of superspeedways, intermediate tracks, paved short tracks and dirt tracks will highlight the 2018 tour, including returns trips to Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway. The race date at Charlotte will be the 21st ARCA race at the 1.5-mile speedway since 1964, and ends a 14-year hiatus. The last time ARCA raced at Gateway was 2007, when Bryan Clauson was the winner. “We are pleased to announce our complete 20-race, 2018 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “From superspeedways recognized among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks and mile dirt tracks, the schedule highlights the long standing diversity of the ARCA Racing Series. We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Berlin Raceway." Full Schedule (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-23-17)
  • Pocono & Iowa back on the schedule in 2018: ARCA officials have announced that Pocono Raceway and Iowa Speedway will return to the ARCA Racing Series schedule in 2018. Pocono will hold two events, while Iowa will have one.
    POCONO:
    The ARCA Racing Series is headed back to Pocono Raceway in 2018 for its 66th and 67th appearances on the 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is coming Friday, June 1, serving as a show-opener for the NASCAR events Saturday and Sunday. ARCA will return July 27 for the ModSpace 150. "The ARCA Series races have become staples on our schedule for the last 30-plus years," said Nick Igdalsky, president and CEO of Pocono Raceway. “The mix of seeing younger drivers clash with veterans is something Pocono race fans have truly come to enjoy."
    IOWA:
    ARCA is making its way back to Iowa Speedway for another summertime, short track classic on the .875-mile Newton, Iowa oval. The 12th ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150 is coming Saturday night, July 7, 2018. The race is scheduled for an 8 p.m. Central start. The Iowa 150 will serve as the preamble to the next-day IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300, bringing together a high-profile stock car tour with the top open wheel circuit in America. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-19-17)
  • Berlin Raceway returns to the ARCA schedule: It's a milestone 60 years in the making, but it will be well worth the wait when the ARCA Racing Series returns to Berlin Raceway for the 30th running of the Berlin ARCA 200 Saturday, July 21, 2018. The 200-lap race is scheduled to go under the lights with a 9 p.m. start time. "Berlin Raceway is unique among the short tracks on our schedule, in terms of its configuration and the pit road," said ARCA President Ron Drager. “It’s a track with very dedicated race fans and a long rich history, including ARCA races dating back to 1958. Berlin Raceway's location in Michigan’s Grand Rapids market is also important to us as a series." Berlin's short-track layout is more circle than oval, has no backstretch wall, and requires drivers to make a 90-degrees turn onto pit road, and a 180-degrees turn to come off pit road. It all combines to make one of the most event-filled and exciting short track shows of the season. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-18-17)
  • Bret Holmes to work with Matt Weber in 2018: After announcing that he'd be returning to the ARCA Racing Series tour full-time in 2018, Munford, Alabama's Bret Holmes has also announced the addition of crew chief Matt Weber to his Bret Holmes Racing (BHR) team. "It's a performance-based decision," said Holmes. "Matt's performance speaks for itself and we're certainly excited to welcome him to our team. Our goal is to improve performance and we think Matt's the guy to help us get there." Weber worked with Ken Schrader Racing in 2017, crew-chiefing second cars as necessary as well as crew-chiefing for Ty Majeski. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-17-17)
  • Mullins Racing seeking funded drivers for Daytona test: Mullins Racing is seeking funded drivers for the Daytona open test on January 12th and 13th. The team posted the following message on its Facebook page: "It's that time of year again! We have a few open spots for funded drivers for the 2018 Daytona open test Jan 12th & 13th. We will have 2 new composite body cars with the ARCA Ilmor 396 engine in both. Contact us for more details." (In part from Mullins Racing Facebook) (11-15-17)
  • Daytona race date officially announced: The ARCA Racing Series kicks off "Speedweeks" 2018 at Daytona Int'l Speedway with the 55th running of the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire Saturday, Feb. 10. The annual ARCA show-opener also marks the start of ARCA's 66th consecutive season of competition. The race, which gets the green flag at approximately 4:45 p.m., will take on a new look as the entire field will be made up of the flange-fit composite body cars. ARCA announced in May of 2016 that all teams racing at Daytona and Talladega in 2018 would be required to run the composite material body. On-track activities begin Thursday, Feb. 8 with practice from 4 - 6 p.m.. There will also be a final morning practice Friday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying (Group Qualifying) at 3:30 p.m. The action on raceday Saturday includes practice sessions for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, followed by ARCA driver introductions at 4:15 p.m. The Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire caps the day's activities, the race ending under the lights Saturday night. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-15-17)
  • David Sear joins Kimmel Racing in 2018 for at least two races: David Sear has joined Kimmel Racing for at least two races in 2018. Sear, who drove for Ebert Motorsports this year, will compete at Iowa, Michigan, and possibly another race. The Kimmel Racing team is preparing a steel body car with a Roush Yates engine for the 63 year-old California native. (In part from Kimmel Racing Facebook) (11-14-17)
  • Jim Tretow to host the 2017 ARCA awards banquet: Veteran motorsports television analyst Jim Tretow will again be hosting the ARCA Racing Series national championship awards banquet in Indianapolis. This year's 65th annual formal awards ceremony takes place Saturday night, December 9. "I am honored to be on stage with the deserving ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards drivers and award recipients," said Tretow. "I'm grateful to Ron Drager and Mark Gundrum for allowing me to share the stage on December 9 with all the deserving honorees." The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native's broadcast roots reach back more than 30 years, beginning with his own radio show that he started in 1985. Since then, Tretow added television to his roster of broadcast responsibilities, announcing national ASA and ARCA race events for nearly 25 years. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-14-17)
  • Former driver CW Smith passes away: ARCA Racing Series driver and retired Pennsylvania State Trooper C.W. "Skip" Smith, 70, passed away peacefully Nov. 4 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. after a yearlong battle with leukemia. Smith raced in ARCA from 1994 - 2004, making 24 career ARCA starts. He finished an ARCA career-best 6th at Pocono Raceway in 1997. Other top-10 runs for Smith include 7th and 9th at Talladega Superspeedway and a trio of 10th-place finishes at Pocono. His best ARCA qualifying run was 5th at Pocono. Smith was a 1965 graduate of Montoursville High School, a graduate of Williamsport Area Community College and the Pennsylvania State Police Academy. Smith served as a Pennsylvania State Trooper from 1971 - 2005, retiring as a criminal investigator. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-14-17)
  • Sheldon Creed full time with MDM in 2018: Sheldon Creed announced today that he will return to MDM Motorsports to race the full 2018 ARCA Racing Series schedule, with the intention of bringing home the championship. Creed’s regular spotter and top driver development expert, Lorin Ranier, is happy to see Creed return to MDM for a shot at the title. “I think that Sheldon came a long way this season, especially since the drivers he was competing against grew up racing on asphalt and Sheldon still has probably run less than 50 asphalt races in his life,” said Ranier. “He showed tremendous speed very often and his race craft improved as the year went on. MDM really came into their own this season as well, and I have no doubt Sheldon and MDM will be hard to beat for the ARCA title in 2018.” (In part from MDMMotorsports.com) (11-08-17)
  • Zane Smith back with MDM Motorsports next year: MDM Motorsports announced the second driver to its ARCA Racing Series lineup with 18-year-old Zane Smith committing to the organization for 2018. Smith will be teamed with veteran crew chief Mardy Lindley for the upcoming season. Lindley led Harrison Burton to the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship and was a part of four ARCA wins this season, most recently at Kansas Speedway in the season finale. “I had the chance to work with Mardy and the team at MDM at multiple events late this year, and we were fast right off the truck at each track, so there’s a level of confidence going into a new season that I haven’t felt before,” Smith stated. “Going to Talladega this week for the superspeedway test with the composite bodies, for me, is more about building chemistry with my team.  They have certain things they want to accomplish with the aerodynamics of the race car, and I’m there to give my feedback and help us jell as a race team.  This wouldn’t be possible without my sponsors La Paz Mixes, Icon Vehicle Dynamics, KMC Wheels and SPEEDVEGAS, and it’s our goal to take each and every one of them to Victory Lane next year. (In part from MDMMotorsports.com) (11-07-17)
  • Bret Holmes returning for full 2018 schedule: The open test at Talladega Superspeedway is going to have some hometown flavor on the charts. Munford, Alabama's Bret Holmes grew up about 15 minutes away from the famous superspeedway and cut his racing teeth on the dirt track across the street. "I'm pretty excited about this one," said Holmes. "I've never got to test at Talladega. The guys are working hard at the shop…had to build a whole new speedway car for that deal. Just finished setting it up." Holmes, driver of his own No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet, is also eager to get a jumpstart on the 2018 season. "We're going to run the whole season, take what we learned last year and improve on it. Right now, obviously the focus is on the composite car for Talladega. We've got a new piece…hopefully we can keep improving on this car. There's a lot of work that goes into building a speedway car to get maximum performance out of it." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (11-07-17)