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July 2018

  • L.B. Skaggs shows up without official entry at Pocono: L.B. Skaggs, No. 71 Nas-Tar Roofing Toyota, was a surprise entrant in the ModSpace 150. Hew showed up at the track despite not filing an official entry. "We're just trying to figure this deal out," he said. "We are based all the way down in Florida. It was a long haul to get up here. We hope to do some more ARCA races in the future. We'd like to be at Kansas for sure." Skaggs finished 11th in a car owned and prepared by former ARCA winner Mario Gosselin. (In part from (07-30-18)
  • Zane Smith wins rain shortened ModSpace 150: Zane Smith won Friday's rain-shortened ModSpace 150 for the ARCA Racing Series at Pocono Raceway. Smith led an MDM Motorsports sweep of the top four positions in his No. 41 LaPaz Margarita Mix/ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota. It was his fourth ARCA Racing Series win of the season. Smith took the lead when Todd Gilliland pitted under caution on lap 14, and with the exception of lap 28, when his teammate Sheldon Creed nipped him at the line, he led the rest of the way. Chase Purdy finished third in the No. 8 Bama Buggies Toyota, Harrison Burton was fourth in the No. 12 Dex Imaging Toyota, and Riley Herbst rounded out the top five in the No. 18 NOS Energy/ORCA Coolers Toyota. Full Results (In part from (07-30-18)
  • Natalie Decker adds Shoney’s as primary Pocono sponsor: Natalie Decker will introduce Shoney’s, the iconic, All-American restaurant brand, as primary sponsor on her Venturini Motorsports prepared No. 25 Toyota in her return to the ARCA Racing Series on July 27 at Pocono Raceway. "It’s an honor to carry the Shoney’s brand this week on our Pocono car," says Decker. "We had the opportunity to visit one of their newly branded stores while racing in Nashville earlier in the year. Had so much fun there not only meeting new people and fans but hanging out with Mr. David Davoudpour, Chairman and CEO of Shoney’s and his friendly team." Admitting her love for sweets, Decker added with a smile, "Nothing would be better than celebrating my first win by eating Shoney’s Hot Fudge Cake in victory lane. It’s delish!" (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (07-25-18)
  • Mullins Racing; Bruce fined and penalized after Elko: Based on ARCA Racing Series post-race technical inspection following the July 14 Sioux Chief PowerPEX 250 at Elko Speedway, the Hixson Motorsports No. 2 team has been determined to be in violation of ARCA Rulebook page 87, Item 11 which references minimum weight. Due to the infraction, team owner Wayne Hixson has been penalized with a fine in the amount of $750 and he and driver Robert Bruce have been penalized 25 championship points (Driver, Car Owner and Short Track Challenge). (In part from (07-25-18)
  • Primera Plastics 200 postponed until August: ARCA Racing Series and Berlin Raceway officials have jointly announced that the Primera Plastics 200 has been postponed due to inclement weather. Forty-five minutes into the first on-track activity of the day, the first and only ARCA practice, rain began to fall on the speedway.The precipitation stopped briefly in the early evening, but returned heavily just prior to the scheduled driver autograph session at 5:30. The rain, heavy at times, continued through the evening, and weather radar indicated that the storm would continue into and past the scheduled start time for the event. "We made every attempt to wait the system out, but it wasn’t meant to be tonight," commented Ron Drager, ARCA President. Full details for the rescheduled running of the Primera Plastics 200 will be announced shortly, as the ARCA Racing Series will return to West Michigan and compete with several of the tracks weekly divisions on Saturday, August 25. (In part from (07-25-18)
  • 22 cars entered at Berlin Raceway: Twenty-two cars are currently entered for Primera Plastics 200 at Berlin Raceway. Entries include #0 Wayne Peterson, #5 Bobby Gerhart, #10 Rick Clifton, #11 Dick Doheny, #35 Carson Hocevar, #52 Bret Holmes, and #67 Scott Melton. The race will take place Saturday night at 9:00 PM EDT and will air live on MAVTV. Full Entry List (07-20-18)

    Mullins Racing returns at Elko Speedway with two cars:
    After taking more than five months off after a spectacular runner-up result in the ARCA opener at Daytona in February, Willie Mullins is ready to get back behind the wheel. Mullins will be back in action on Saturday, July 14, when he pilots the No. 3 CW Metals Ford at Minnesota’s Elko Speedway. "We’re obviously excited," said Mullins, whose No. 3 Ford will carry sponsorship from local scrap metal recycling business CW Metals. "When you have a good finish at the biggest stage we race on it’s going to be a big momentum builder. We’re also going to have a bit of home field advantage since our sponsor, CW Metals, is from the area and my wife Dinah’s family is from the area as well." Mullins Racing will be fielding two cars in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 250 presented by CW Metals and MatrixCare, with veteran Robert Bruce returning to the team for the second-straight year to pilot the No. 2 Ford. The duo recently tested at Shenandoah Speedway in Virginia and Mullins thinks they learned a lot that will help them be better prepared for Saturday’s race at Elko Speedway. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (07-13-18)
  • Bret Holmes driving for Ken Schrader Racing at Iowa: After taking off for a week and missing the SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway, Bret Holmes will make his return to the driver's seat for this weekend's Fans with Benefits 150 at Iowa Speedway. But instead of the familiar blue No. 23 Chevrolet, Holmes will pilot Ken Schrader Racing's No. 52 Holmes II Excavation Ford. For Holmes, it will be the first time in his career that he's driven for another team other than his father. "This is the first time I have ever driven for anyone other than my family," Holmes said. "It's going to be a big change. I was laughing with my guys about this because I don't want to miss my pit board on pit road. I'll have to be extra careful about it." Holmes and his family-owned team took the week off at Chicagoland to regroup after some performance issues. "We came in a couple of years ago and we ran really good," he said. "We just haven't been running as good as we've been wanting lately. We looked at things and decided we needed to make a change. Wayne Peterson will run the 23 to keep that car up in the points for us until we get the right people in place to come back and run the way we know we can run." (In part from (07-03-18)
  • Michael Self wins at Chicagoland: Michael Self took advantage of a late-race restart and led the final two laps to score his second ARCA victory of 2018 in [the] SCOTT 150. Self made a three-wide move to take the lead on the initial start of the race, and when Riley Herbst couldn't get the power down coming to the final restart of the night, he made a carbon copy move to retake the lead and pick up the win by 0.155 over series championship points leader Sheldon Creed. "Every time I went into the Venturini shop I saw that trophy from last year that should have been ours," Self said, referring to last year's race in which he dominated but saw go awry with just a couple of laps to go with a flat tire. His Venturini teammate Christopher Bell won the race. "It was great motivation for us. I owe it all to Billy (Venturini) and the team. They gave me a great car and all I had to do was drive it." Full Results (In part from (07-03-18)