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January 2019

  • Joe Gibbs Racing announces driver schedule; sponsorship: Joe Gibbs Racing announced today an extended multi-year partnership with Riley Herbst that will see the 19-year-old driver return to JGR for his third year and compete in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the Automobile Racing Club of America Series. As Herbst continues to gain valuable track experience on his move to NASCAR’s top levels of competition, Monster Energy Drink will join Herbst as his primary sponsor in both the Xfinity and ARCA Series, along with Advance Auto Parts and ORCA Coolers. Herbst will return to the No. 18 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Series for seven races. Herbst will share the No. 18 Toyota Camry with Ty Gibbs who will take over driving duties for 12 races. Mark McFarland will lead the duo for the 2019 season with Monster Energy Drink serving as the primary sponsor for the entire ARCA season with Herbst and Gibbs. (In part from (01-30-19)
  • Alex Clubb; Clubb Racing returning for partial schedule: 27 year-old Alex Clubb recently announced that he will return for a partial ARCA Racing Series schedule this season with his own Clubb Racing team. Clubb tentatively plans on competing at Toledo, Madison, Springfield, DuQuoin, and both Salem races. The Illinois driver has seven career starts to date and holds a career best finish of 15th, which came at Springfield last year. (In part from Twitter) (01-30-19)
  • Joe Graf Jr. back full time for Chad Bryant Racing: Joe Graf Jr. will seek the series’ championship in 2019 after reupping with Chad Bryant Racing for the full 20-race schedule beginning with the Lucas Oil 200 on Feb. 9, 2019 at Daytona International Speedway. Despite his inexperience in a heavier stock car, Graf burst onto the series’ tour last year and quickly went to work propelling himself into the headlines with strong finishes. Overall, Graf, 20, competed in all but one race and delivered one win, six top-five and eight top-10 efforts en route to an eighth-place finish in the championship standings. This year with team owner Chad Bryant serving as crew chief of his No. 77 Ford Fusion, the New York University freshman is keen on winning more races and ultimately challenging for the series’ championship crown. "I’m very excited to be returning to Chad Bryant Racing for the 2019 season," said Graf. "The team allowed me to showcase my potential last year and we were able to get a win and have some strong finishes. This year though we have raised our expectations and with the support of Chad and my guys, we should be able to achieve our goals and contend for the championship." (In part from (01-29-19)
  • Thomas Praytor not racing at Daytona; on Baby Watch: The 2019 ARCA season is not the only thing that is getting closer every day, so is the pending arrival of the baby Moose! From here forward the window for Thomas "Moose" Praytor’s baby has put the Mobile, Alabama drive in a unique position heading in to Daytona. "I just don’t think I would be very happy missing Five’s arrival. (Thomas Praytor V) We had a family pow wow and everyone was supportive of whatever direction we wanted to go but for us nothing is more important than Five,” offered Praytor. Daytona was to be Praytor’s return to ARCA racing after ending his 105 race consecutive streak after Talladega in 2018. "Everyone in our shop was really fired up about coming back at Daytona, we’ve all got the itch pretty bad. We aren’t racing for points or a streak and we are going to race when we can compete and have fun. I think Elizabeth (5 year old daughter) was the most disappointed we weren’t going she loves the races." Looking at the ARCA schedule coupled with the Baby’s schedule Praytor’s most likely return race will now be in Sweet Home Alabama at Talladega in the General Tire 200 on April 26th. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (01-28-19)
  • Mullins Racing signs Tony Furr as Daytona Crew Chief: Mullins Racing has announced that veteran crew chief Tony Furr has joined the team. Furr will serve as crew chief on the No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford driven by team owner and 2018 Daytona ARCA runner-up Willie Mullins during the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 on Feb. 9 at Daytona International Speedway. "The main thing is the knowledge Tony brings," said Mullins, who was 29th fastest overall during the Daytona ARCA test after focusing on single-car runs. "This man is such a large wealth of knowledge and we’re able to tap into that. He's spent so much time in the wind tunnel with Hendrick before that we’re able to use a lot of that knowledge to find speed with our car." Furr made his NASCAR Cup Series debut as a crew chief in 1994 and over the years has worked with a number of NASCAR stars, including Bill Elliott, Joe Nemechek, John Andretti, Ward Burton, Jerry Nadeau and more. "There is a lot of excitement this year." Mullins said. "Last year we had the unknown of the new body and this year we have the excitement of going back with a second-place finish and knowing we have a fast car now. Now we’ve got to turn that excitement into a result. We're very much looking forward to going back and having a lot of our crew back with us this year and hopefully we can try and come out of there with a good result again." The No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford carries sponsorship support from County Waste, CW Metals, Crow Wing Recycling, Bugsy's Auto, Snap On by Timmy Brann, Sherwin Williams Paint and Dinah Marie Photography. (In part from Mullins Racing PR) (01-15-19)
  • Bounty to Sponsor Rookie of the Year Program: The Automobile Racing Club of America, Procter & Gamble and Menards announced that the multi-national consumer goods corporation would become an official partner and major sponsor of the ARCA Racing Series beginning in 2019. The announcement, which took place at ARCA’s pre-season open test at Daytona on Saturday includes the news that P&G’s lead consumer paper products brand, Bounty, would become the naming rights sponsor of ARCA’s prestigious Rookie of the Year Program. "Bounty, the Quicker Picker Upper, is excited to be an official partner of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, helping another generation of racers pick up wins more quickly," said Jacques Hagopian, Bounty Brand Director. "Procter and Gamble brands have a storied history in motorsports, dating back to "The Tide Ride" made famous by Darrell Waltrip and Ricky Rudd." The Bounty Rookie Challenge will consist of per-race awards recognizing the Bounty Rookie of the Race, culminating with the season long Bounty Rookie Challenge Rookie of the Year Award, and the $10,000 bonus that accompanies it. (In part from (01-13-19)
  • KBR Development competing full time; purchases MDM equipment: KBR Development confirmed before the [Daytona] test that it has purchased equipment from MDM Motorsports, the reigning ARCA championship winning team, including its owners points and will compete full-time with various drivers during the 2019 season. The team has also entered-into a technical relationship with GMS Racing - who will provide support to the Michigan based organization. Carson Hocevar, 16, will race in the 11 events that make up the ARCA Short Track Challenge. Veteran Brandon McReynolds is testing the car at Daytona in advance of the Lucas Oil 200 in February and will also compete in numerous other speedway events. The team is looking for additional funded drivers for the remainder of the schedule. "We are extremely excited about this next step in our program here at KBR Development," said team owner Mike Bursley "Running and competing in the ARCA Racing Series is a great honor and we couldn’t be prouder of where our program is at today. Helping Carson achieve his goals of running in the ARCA Series, as well as working with Brandon McReynolds and other talented up and comers." (In part from (01-11-19)
  • Michael Self to run full-time with Venturini Motorsports; Sinclair: Sinclair Oil Corporation will sponsor ARCA Racing Series driver Michael Self, expanding support in the new year to all 20 races of the 2019 season. "He's our home-state guy," said Jack Barger, vice president of Marketing and Supply for Sinclair Oil, "we’ve all loved seeing success for a fellow Utahan and look forward to lots of wins in 2019." Self started the 2018 season with a dramatic win during the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway. During his ARCA career, he’s earned three wins, 11 top-five finishes and a Pole Award in just 19 starts. "I’m so excited to have the opportunity to compete for an ARCA championship with Sinclair Oil," said Michael Self, driver of the No. 25 Sinclair Oil Toyota. "Sinclair has been an incredible partner, and the fans have loved seeing DINO on the track. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together this season." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-11-19)
  • Harrison Burton to drive for Venturini part-time: Venturini Motorsports announced today the signing of Harrison Burton to a partial schedule in the ARCA Racing Series. Burton, 18, a two-time ARCA Series winner, will pilot the No. 20 Toyota Camry for five events starting with the series’ season opener at Daytona International Speedway before moving onto Charlotte Motor Speedway (5/23), Pocono Raceway (5/31), Chicagoland Speedway (6/27) and the series finale at Kansas Speedway (10/18). Throughout the upcoming season Burton will feature continued support from long time partners DEX Imaging, FIELDS, Morton Buildings and Rheem Heating, Cooling and Water Heating. Burton, the son of former Monster Energy Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, has made 11-career ARCA starts since 2017. With ARCA victories at Toledo Speedway and Pocono Raceway, the talented teenager has recorded seven top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes throughout his brief series career. "I'm super excited to join Venturini Motorsports and continue running in the series," says Burton. "I love ARCA Racing and the community around it. The series is a great option in the grand scheme of things when it comes to my career development – it's a great stepping stone as I continue to the next level." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (01-10-19)
  • Tommy Vigh Jr. to race at Daytona for Fast Track Racing: Tommy Vigh Jr. is set to make a run for a top spot in the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona, scheduled for February 9, 2019. Extreme Energy Solutions and Tommy Vigh Jr. [will] continue their relationship with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing Enterprises team. The driver-team-marketing partnership took hold starting with Vigh’s ARCA debut at Madison. Vigh would go on to make two more ARCA starts, finishing 12th at Illinois State Fairgrounds and 13th at DuQuoin. "This year at Daytona will be a great experience for our Fast Track team. Tommy Vigh Jr. is a rookie there, however, he is a skilled and accomplished veteran behind the wheel in other racing divisions, which could lead to big results for our race team, and it’s always fun to be a part of a driver’s first trip to Daytona," contributed Andy Hillenburg, owner of Fast Track Racing. "We are proud of the job Vigh has done for us on and off the track. Vigh has been a great brand ambassador for our SMART Emissions Reducer, Extreme Kleaner, H2O Energy Flow and Extreme Xtra Fuel Treatment technology/product brands,” added Samuel K. Burlum, with Extreme Energy Solutions. (In part from Extreme Energy Solutions PR) (01-09-19)
  • MAVTV to televise 12 events this season: The ARCA Racing Series will have twelve races broadcast on MAVTV in 2019. The relationship between MAVTV and ARCA began in 2017 with ten broadcasts, four of which were live, and will expand in 2019 to a total of twelve race broadcasts all of which are scheduled to be live, marking the first time in the series' history all of its races are scheduled for live television coverage. MAVTV's coverage is scheduled to begin with the ARCA Pensacola 200 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Sarturday night, March 9. Other events scheduled on MAVTV include races at Salem Speedway on April 14, Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville on May 4, Toledo Speedway on May 19, Madison International Speedway on June 14, Gateway Motorsports Park on June 22, Elko Speedway on July 13, Iowa Speedway on July 19, the Illinois State Fairgrounds on August 18, the DuQuoin State Fair on August 31, Salem Speedway on September 14, and Lucas Oil Raceway October 5. Each of the ARCA Racing Series Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge races is slated for coverage on MAVTV. MAVTV broadcast its first-ever superspeedway event in 2018, at Michigan International Speedway, and will again cover one superspeedway race in 2019 with coverage from Gateway in June. (In part from (01-09-19)
  • Bret Holmes returning for full season with own team: Bret Holmes Racing announced they will field a full-time entry in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2019 season with driver Bret Holmes. The Munford, Ala., native began racing in the series on a part-time basis in 2016 with 2015 ARCA champion Grant Enfinger as his crew chief. The following season, Holmes competed as a full-time driver where he capped off the year sixth in the driver’s championship point standings. Over the course of three seasons in the ARCA Racing Series, Holmes has amassed 41 starts and garnered six top-five and 26 top-10 finishes. "It's going to be great to run the entire ARCA Racing Series season this year," said Holmes. "When you’re behind the wheel every race, you really get in tune with your car and team. I'm pretty eager to head down to Daytona this week for the open test. We've been working hard over the off season to prepare, and I think we're going to unload with a fast Chevrolet. I know I’ll have to work twice as hard to balance school and racing, but I’m more than ready. I’m looking forward to what this year holds for all of us at BHR." Shane Huffman has been named crew chief for the No. 23 team. Huffman brings seven years of experience from a top the pit box. Working with various drivers, Huffman has called the shots in nine ARCA Racing Series events where he scored four victories, two pole awards, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes. "I’m honored to work with such a great team," said Huffman. "BHR has provided us with all of the tools we need to be competitive this season. We’ve put together a strong team and have a talented driver behind the wheel. We have a solid plan for the test session at the end of the week that will allow us to build our notebook for the season-opener at Daytona (International Speedway) next month. It’s going to be a good season for this (No.) 23 team.” (In part from Bret Holmes Racing PR) (01-09-19)
  • On Point Motorsports partners with Derrick Lancaster for Daytona: On Point Motorsports officials announce that they have partnered with Derrick Lancaster for the season-opening ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona International Speedway. Lancaster will pilot the teams No. 29 Toyota in their debut in the ARCA Racing Series and will kick off the partnership next week in preseason testing at the "World Center of Racing". "One of our goals, when we started On Point Motorsports, was to develop an ARCA program and we are excited to kick it off with the season opener in Daytona," stated Steven Lane, manager of On Point Motorsports. "Derrick has good experience at Daytona and I am sure he will do a good job for us. We have built a new Toyota and the test next week will be important for us to make sure everything is good for the race." On Point Motorsports will be making their first start as a new ARCA Racing Series organization. The team also fields the No. 30 Toyota Tundra in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. "I am excited for the opportunity to race with On Point Motorsports," stated Lancaster. "I have known Bones (Steven Lane) for a number of years and we have actually worked together in the past so that will be helpful. I know they have built a new and strong car and look forward to getting down there next week and turning some laps. I believe that if we do all of the right things then we can be someone to keep an eye on for the race." (In part from On Point Motorsports PR) (01-04-19)