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October 2018

  • Corey Heim to run partial schedule for Chad Bryant Racing next year: Chad Bryant Racing announced the signing of 16-year-old Corey Heim for 13 ARCA Racing Series events next season aboard the No. 22 Ford Fusion beginning with the Mar. 9 race at Five Flags Speedway. Former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship crew chief Paul Andrews will guide Heim in 2019. Heim, a native of Marietta, Ga. will compete in all the short track events for the Mooresville, N.C-based team as well as the two expected dirt events at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds respectively. "I cannot wait for next year," said Heim. "This is an unbelievable opportunity for myself and my career to transition to the ARCA Racing Series and compete for Chad Bryant Racing. "I know I have a lot to learn, but I’ll be driving for one of the powerhouse teams in the series with a lot of veteran leadership. It’s going to be a fun year." In addition to his 2016 Atlanta Motor Speedway Young Lions Legends Car championship and his 2017 Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Pro Series championship, the Georgian has spent this season competing in the Southern Super Series (SSS), the CARS Tour Super Late Model Series and the Pro All Star Series (PASS) tour. (In part from (10-29-18)
  • Christian Eckes and Venturini parnter for full 2019 schedule: Venturini Motorsports announces the return of driver Christian Eckes for a full-season effort during next year’s ARCA Racing Series campaign. The announcement, which comes on the heels of Eckes’ third ARCA victory of the season, cements the pairing for a series’ championship bid in 2019. Eckes, 17, a native of Middletown, NY and member of Toyota Racing Development’s successful TD2 program, returns to the ARCA series after three years of experience, ready to embark on his first full season which begins at Daytona international Speedway in February. "This is an exciting and incredible opportunity," said Eckes. "Coming back to Venturini Motorsports to compete for a championship and running under the Toyota banner is a dream come true and a result of a lot of hard work the last few years. It’s a proud moment." Additional information including sponsorship details and ARCA’s event schedule for the 2019 season will be released as it becomes available. (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (10-24-18)
  • ARCA adds Five Flags Speedway to 2019 schedule: For the first time since 1996, the ARCA Racing Series will race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. The date for the event, which will kick off the eleven-race Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge, is Saturday, March 9, 2019. The date will fill the gap between the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February and what had traditionally been the second date on the schedule,which in 2018 was at Fairgrounds Speedway in Nashville on April 7. "Five Flags Speedway is a premier pavement short track facility, and the home of the very successful Snowball Derby," said ARCA President Ron Drager. “This event is scheduled to fill the gap in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule between our traditional season opener at Daytona Int’l Speedway and our first race in the Midwest, which in 2019 will be Salem Speedway in Indiana on April 14. This is an event we’ve long worked toward bringing back to the series schedule and we feel has great potential." (In part from (10-21-18)
  • Sheldon Creed wins race at championship at Kansas: Sheldon Creed put a period on his ARCA Racing Series championship season with a comeback win in Friday's ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway. Creed was leading on lap 46 when he was involved in an incident with a lapped car on lap 46. Creed's car was damaged on the driver's side, but quick work by crew chief Jeff Stankiewicz and the MDM Motorsports crew kept him on the lead lap and in contention. Several late race cautions kept the field bunched, and Creed was able to pick up positions on restarts and on the short bursts of green flag racing. Creed took the lead from defending race winner Michael Self on a lap 86 restart, and held off Harrison Burton after a final restart with a handful of laps remaining. "The car seemed to drive the same after the crash as it did before," Creed said. "I don't know that I can put all of the blame on that lapped car. I was coming up on him pretty fast and I don't think he knew I was going to be out there. The team did a great job patching it up as quickly as they could." Full Results (In part from (10-21-18)
  • Cole Glasson preparing for ARCA debut with Win-Tron Racing: It’s going to be an incredibly busy week for 18-year-old Cole Glasson, who is scheduled to make his ARCA Racing Series debut this Friday at Kansas Speedway. Glasson, who will drive the No. 33 AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet for Win-Tron Racing in Friday’s Kansas ARCA 150, has been keeping busy during his first semester of college at Liberty University. This week he will turn his attention back to the race track as he prepares for the most important start of his racing career. "It's been a busy few months getting up to speed at Liberty University, but in the back of my mind it's been hard not to think about this opportunity with Win-Tron Racing at Kansas Speedway," Glasson said. "To say I’m excited would be a pretty big understatement and I can’t wait to make my ARCA Racing Series debut." Glasson’s No. 33 Win-Tron Racing Chevrolet will feature his partners Sparrow Ranch on the Island, AM Technical Soultions and 201 Go-Kart Speedway. (In part from MPM Marketing PR) (10-17-18)
  • ARCA and K&N Pro Series to merge in 2020: Following the purchase of the ARCA Racing Series earlier this year, NASCAR and ARCA have developed the initial competition framework that will include the K&N Pro Series beginning with the 2020 season. While ARCA and the K&N Pro Series will continue to operate as separate entities for the 2019 season, the series will thrive under a new competition framework in 2020 with a model designed to preserve both series’ historic short-track lineage that stretches back more than 60 years. The new layout will give drivers the opportunity to compete for a total of four championships in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, ARCA Racing Elite Series presented by Menards and the brand-new Stock Car Invitational. Brandon Thompson, managing director of the NASCAR Touring Series, laid out three over-arching goals of this new format for the sanctioning body. "Underscoring NASCAR’s commitment to short-track racing is number one,” Thompson told “Making sure series veterans – a Bobby Gerhart on the ARCA side or a Ronnie and Dillon Bassett on the K&N side – have a home and we can kind of get back to creating those stables in those series is also very important.  And finally we want to continue to highlight our up-and-coming stars in the sport.” Here is how it will work:
    • The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule will feature six to eight events, competing on historic short tracks (less than 1 mile) within their regional footprint as in years past.
    • The new ARCA Racing Elite Series championship calendar will be made up of approximately 20 races, with at least half of those races on speedways (longer than 1 mile), including traditional companion events in both ARCA and Pro Series.
    • The Stock Car Invitational will be made up of the remaining 10 races of the ARCA Elite Series, on premier short tracks. In order to be eligible for the three-way combination series, East and West competitors must compete in a minimum number of races across those series – the exact number will be announced at a later date. (In part from (10-15-18)
  • Christian Eckes wins at Lucas Oil Raceway: Christian Eckes scored his third career ARCA Racing Series victory with a dominant performance in Saturday's rain-delayed Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Eckes led 171 of the race's 200 laps, including the final 42 en route to the win. Eckes, who started from the General Tire Pole after setting a track record in qualifying, retook the lead on the final restart from Chase Purdy, who won the race off pit road during the fourth and final caution flag of the night. From there, Eckes built an 11.47 second lead at the finish, a half-lap on the 0.686-mile oval. "I really should give all the credit to my crew chief Kevin Reed and the guys on the team," Eckes said in victory lane. "They gave me the best car I've ever had. I was just the lucky one who got to drive it." Full Results (In part from (10-15-18)
  • Tom Hessert to drive at Lucas Oil for Chad Bryant Racing: With the exception of the season opener at Daytona, veteran driver Tom Hessert III has watched most of the 2018 ARCA season from the sidelines. But thanks to a last-minute deal with his friend Chad Bryant, he will return to the cockpit for the rescheduled Shore Lunch 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Hessert will partner with Chad Bryant [Racing] to drive the team's No. 22 Ford that was originally entered for 2016 series champion Chase Briscoe. With other obligations on October 6, Briscoe will be elsewhere and Bryant was looking for a driver. "Chad and I talked about going and racing a couple of places this season, but he's been focused on the 77 car and I've been busy selling cars," Hessert said. "When the race at Lucas Oil got rained out, I thought 'you know, Chase is probably going to need to be somewhere else' and I gave Chad a call. He and I work really well together. We've stayed in touch and we're great friends. I stopped by the shop earlier in the week to make sure all of my gear was ready to go and everything felt just like it did before. It's very comfortable. Like racing with your family." (In part from (10-03-18)
  • Dylan Martin seriously injured in accident: Dylan Martin, who made three ARCA starts for Empire Racing in 2016, was critically injured in a motorcycle crash on Sunday, September 30. According to reports from Martin's family, he was en route to a fund raiser in the Lakeland, Florida area when a car pulled out in front of him. He has several fractures and has been through surgery to stabilize them. He has been sedated and is in an induced coma. "This will be a battle not measured in days or weeks, but months with rehab and all," his father Michael Martin said in a social media posting. "Once they can get his head back, they will go back and finishing putting his bones back together. We are in deep prayer that they can get him to wake up, that is the goal we are all working to now." (In part from (10-03-18)