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  • Toni Breidinger will NOT race at Toledo Speedway: Toni Breidinger, driver of the No. 02 Chevrolet for Young's Motorsports, will not race at Toledo Speedway as originally planned. Breidinger was to "run the first five ARCA events of the 2021 season with hopes of a full-season slate," but only competed in the first four events of the season. Team and driver PR represenatives have stated that Breidinger will return at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the General Tire 150 on Saturday, May 29th. (05-22-21)
  • 14 cars entered for Toledo Speedway: Fourteen cars are entered for Saturday's Herr’s Potato Chips 200 at Toledo Speedway. Notable entries include #11 Tony Cosentino, #15 Jesse Love, #25 Gracie Trotter, #30 Adam Lemke, and #40 A.J. Moyer. Drivers and teams NOT entered include #02 Toni Breidinger/Young's Motorsports, #17 David Gilliland Racing, #21 Jack Wood/GMS Racing, #23 Brett Holmes/Brett Holmes Raicng, and #28 Kyle Sieg/RSS Racing. Full Entry List (05-21-21)
  • Adam Lemke signs with Rette Jones Racing for select ARCA races: Officials from Rette Jones Racing [have] announced that former USAC Midget standout Adam Lemke has joined the team for select races in the ARCA Menards Series Sioux Chief Showdown beginning at Toledo Speedway on May 22. The Hollister, Calif. native joins the Mooresville, N.C.-based team on the heels of two years of CARS Late Model Stock competition where he earned a career-best third at Orange County Speedway in 2019. Most of Lemke’s racing efforts for 2020 were sidelined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he did compete in a few CARS Tour races, as well as competed for Hawk McCall Motorsports in the NASCAR Advanced Auto Parts Weekly Series. This year in addition to running the ARCA Menards Series Chief Showdown Series and select ARCA East and West event for RJR, he will continue a modest presence on the West Coast in Pro Late Model races with Naake-Klauer Motorsports. "I'm grateful for this opportunity to join Rette Jones Racing and compete in the ARCA Menards Series this season," said Lemke. "The team has already won this year, so it is a goal of mine to keep adding checkered flags to their year. I am going to be racing at tracks where I don’t have any experience, but I have confidence in Mark and the team and our ability to be successful right out of the box. I’m looking forward to Toledo and the rest of the races in 2021.” Co-team owner and crew chief Mark Rette is looking forward to working with Lemke and putting results on the table. "Rette Jones Racing is thrilled to welcome Adam to the team," offered Rette. "He is focused on making his transition to ARCA a successful and we are honored that he has entrusted Rette Jones Racing to lead his career. Toledo has been a good track to Rette Jones Racing over the year and we look forward to continuing that same path in a few weeks – as well as the rest of the 2021 season." (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (05-14-21)
  • Parker Chase joins Venturini Motorsports for partial schedule: Venturini Motorsports announced today the signing of 20-year American sports car driver, Parker Chase, to a five-race schedule in the ARCA Menards Series. Chase, the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Champion, will take the next step in his career by further developing his craft on a mix of diverse speedway and short track ovals beginning with the ARCA General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29. Set to drive the No. 25 NXTLVL Marine Toyota Camry, the New Braunfels, Texas native will also compete in ARCA’s top division at Winchester Speedway (7/31), Bristol Motor Speedway (9/16), and Kansas Speedway (10/23) before finishing his schedule driving in the ARCA Menards Series West finale at Phoenix Raceway (11/6). "I’m excited for the challenge and ready to take this next step with Toyota Racing and Venturini Motorsports,” says Chase. “Although I’ve been racing since the age of 13, everything I know revolves around road course racing. Joining VMS gives me a great opportunity to gain experience and learn the differences of driving a stock car." (In part from Venturini Motorsports PR) (05-04-21)
  • Derrick Lancaster transported to Alabama burn unit with injuries UPDATES: Derrick Lancaster, who was involved in a late race accident at Talladega, was transported to an Alabama burn unit with injuries. Lancaster's wife, Beth, posted the following update on her Facebook page:
    BETH LANCASTER: "I'll try to keep everyone updated. Right now he is on a ventilator until they access the lung damage. He will be on it for at least 48 hours. 2nd and 3rd degree burns to both arms, neck and face. Nothing internal as far as breaks or bleeding. They will debread his arms and take him to trauma unit where I'll be able to lay eyes on him and touch him. He will not know I'm there but that's ok. Please continue to pray." (In part from Facebook) (04-24-21)
    APRIL 25th: "A little update: critical but stable. No burns to the trachea or lungs praise God!! He will be on the vent for 48 to 72 hours to allow the lungs to recover from the extreme heat and so they can suction the soot out. Labs are looking better every hour. My family wants to thank you all for your prayers and support during this difficult time. We all stick together like glue so being 8 hours away is really hard on all of us. Please lift Derrick's parents up in prayer as well. They are having a very hard time not being able to be with him. Thank you all again and keep those prayers coming. Much Love, Beth." (In part from Facebook) (04-25-21)
    APRIL 25th - UPDATE 2: "Update April 25th 11:20 my time 12:20 back home. Still critical but stable. A little difference from last update, there are in fact a couple slight burns in the throat but the plan is still the same. Ventilator 48 hours with slow weaning starting tomorrow. Burns remain the same. So far no graphs appear to be warranted at this time. The nurse lowered his sedation medication to see if he could follow simple commands and he did! Opened his eyes, squeezed her hand both sides and wiggled all toes! Thanks be to God! We're all feeling the prayers being sent to our family. We ask that you keep them coming! They are working! Also, the information on my post, my Facebook page is the word so to speak. Rumors aren't necessary. Please be respectful of our family. In true Lancaster fashion, we WILL get thru this just like we do everything else that's been thrown our way" (In part from Facebook) (04-25-21)
    APRIL 26th: "I want to thank everyone again for their prayers and support. Derrick remains hospitalized in critical, but stable condition, and he is still on a ventilator. The doctors say he will likely remain on the ventilator for another 2-4 days, but they will begin weaning him from it when the time is right. I will share another update tomorrow, and continue to lean on your prayers and support." (In part from Facebook) (04-26-21)
    APRIL 27th: "Again, I’m so appreciative of the prayers, love and support that keep pouring in for Derrick and I. He’s still in critical, but stable condition, but doctors are decreasing the sedation as they wean him off the ventilator and he’s opening his eyes. He knows I’m here. I’ll share another update tomorrow, and keep you posted on his progress. Thank you again." (In part from Facebook) (04-27-21)
    APRIL 28th: "Sorry this is a little later than usual, it's been a eventful afternoon. Derrick is off the ventilator!! He's alert and knows he's in a hospital in Alabama. God is so good!! I ask you to continue your prayers as we still have a long journey ahead but that light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. We love you all" (In part from Facebook) (04-28-21)
    APRIL 30th: "Progress! Your prayers are helping. Derrick is in stable condition as he continues his recovery in the hospital. He started hydrotherapy for his burns on Thursday and his pain is well controlled as he’s working through physical and occupational therapy. As always the prayers and support are very much appreciated. To say we are grateful is an understatement. I want to thank everybody in the ARCA Menards Series garage for placing those No. 29 decals on their cars for tomorrow’s race. You will see them on the broadcast tomorrow, which begins at 1:30 pm ET on FS1. Derrick and I will be watching!" (In part from Facebook) (04-30-21)
    MAY 2nd: "Derrick remains hospitalized in stable condition, but has spoken with family and friends back home. He'll undergo more physical, occupational and hydrotherapy in the next few days as we get closer to returning home. Thank you again for your generous prayers, love and support." (In part from Facebook) (05-02-21)
    MAY 4th: Beth Lancaster has posted that her husband, Derrick Lancaster, has been released from the hospital and is returning home to Virginia. (In part from Facebook.com) (05-04-21)
  • Thad Moffitt picks up primary sponsorship for Mid-Ohio: David Gilliland Racing announced today that Dirteeze will serve as the primary partner of Thad Moffitt’s No. 46 Ford Fusion for the Mid-Ohio 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, when the ARCA Menards Series tackles the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course on June 4. “We are thrilled to partner with Thad and the lineage he represents of a solid and proven winning tradition,” Roy Scharrer, Dirteeze director, said. “Thad and David Gilliland Racing embody the same drive and winning principles of the Dirteeze brand and products: toughness and tenacity. Equally, we feel this opportunity serves as a great platform to leverage awareness of our brand to a broader consumer base. We look forward to evolving and sustaining this partnership with Thad as a representative of the Dirteeze brand.” (In part from David Gilliland Racing PR) (05-03-21)
  • Ty Gibbs dominates at Kansas Speedway; secures Dutch Boy 150 victory: Ty Gibbs entered Saturday’s Dutch Boy 150 at Kansas Speedway hoping to prove his 27th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway the week prior was an anomaly as it relates to his speed in 2021. He could not have done more to prove just that. Driving the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, the 18-year-old Gibbs started the fourth race of the ARCA Menards Series season on the General Tire Pole and led every lap of the race en route to his second victory of the year. Gibbs dedicated his win Saturday on the 1.5-mile oval in Kansas City, Kansas, to a childhood hero, the late Ayrton Senna, who won Formula 1 world championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Senna died at age 34 on May 1, 1994, eight years before Gibbs was born. “It’s (been) 27 years since we lost, I feel like, the best ever: Ayrton Senna,” said Gibbs after performing another epic victory burnout. “This was for him and all his fans. And I want to say, the man above, I really feel like I’ve changed my life in the last couple weeks. I’m really focused on what’s right, and not what’s wrong.” Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (05-01-21)
  • Corey Heim wins the General Tire 200 at Talladega: [Corey] Heim drove his No. 20 JBL Toyota to Victory Lane at Talladega in the General Tire 200. It was the Marietta, Georgia, driver’s second win of the year, following his triumph in the season-opening event at Daytona. He joined David Keith as the only driver to sweep the two races in a single season since 1992. Saturday’s race came down to a sprint on a one-lap restart following a late caution. Heim restarted third with Bret Holmes and Nick Sanchez leading the field to the final green flag. Heim’s Venturini Motorsports teammate, Drew Dollar, immediately ditched the top lane to fall in line behind the No. 20. And the same teamwork that pushed Heim to the win at Daytona did it again at Talladega. Sanchez, who took the lead entering the Talladega Superstretch after Holmes failed to block his run on the outside, could do nothing to stop the VMS train in his mirror. By the time the field reached the end of the backstretch, Heim was in the lead for good with Dollar in tow. Dave Mader III, the 65-year-old racing veteran who was making his fifth ARCA Menards Series start at Talladega, pulled off an exhilarating second-place finish after he used a push from Thad Moffitt to get by Sanchez on the final stretch. Sanchez finished third ahead of Dollar in fourth and Holmes in fifth. The victory extends Heim’s lead in the championship points standings; he now has a 14-point edge over Dollar. [Ty] Gibbs, who entered Saturday’s race two points behind Heim in the championship standings, was in contention for the win until he was involved in an accident on Lap 62. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-24-21)
  • Toni Breidinger signs Huda Beauty: [Toni] Breidinger and Young’s Motorsports welcome Huda Beauty as the primary partner of the team’s No. 02 Chevrolet SS for Saturday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. Launched by award-winning beauty blogger turned business mogul Huda Kattan in 2013, Huda Beauty is one of the world’s fastest-growing beauty brands. Beginning as a blog in 2010, Huda Beauty has fast become the No. 1 Beauty Instagram account in the world with over 48 million followers and is currently ranked the 66th most-followed account on Instagram. In addition to Huda Beauty, VibeSzn will serve as an associate marketing partner in this weekend’s final superspeedway race of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season. (In part from Young's Motorsports PR) (04-23-21)
  • Greg Van Alst picks up additional sponsorship for Talladega: [Greg Van Alst] is ready for his Talladega Superspeedway debut and aiming for redemption with his family-owned Greg Van Alst Motorsports team. “I just feel thankful to be back in ARCA Menards Series competition and the opportunity to try superspeedway racing again,” said Van Alst. “I cannot tell you how proud I am of this Greg Van Alst Motorsports team and the job we did at Daytona in February. We worked hard, and I think we surprised a lot of people. Thankfully, the damage wasn’t as serious as it looked and through a lot of hard work and devotion, we have our CB Fabricating put together and ready to get after it on Saturday afternoon.” CB Fabricating, a longtime partner with Greg Van Alst Motorsports has boosted its commitment to the team and will continue its role as the primary marketing partner of Van Alst’s No. 35 Chevrolet. For Saturday’s third ARCA Menards Series race of the season, Van Alst will carry the Richmond Water Heaters in-car camera offering an exclusive view from the cockpit of his No. 35 Chevrolet SS. Joining Richmond Water Heats as a partner of the onboard camera is #SaveMiniIndy, an organization determined to keep young racers racing in the Indiana region. In addition to CB Fabricating, Top Choice Fence, Norton Transport, KRJ Race Products and Lintz Creative will serve as associate marketing partners for Van Alst’s fifth career ARCA start. (In part from Greg Van Alst Motorsports PR) (04-23-21)
  • Jason Kitzmiller racing at Talladega; will run partial schedule: CR7 Motorsports’ Jason Kitzmiller returns to Talladega Superspeedway for Saturday’s General Tire 200 hoping to deliver his fourth career top-10 finish. Kitzmiller will eye his ninth career series start to improve on his respectable 11th place finish in the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway – a race that carried the leadership of former ARCA Menards Series driver Codie Rohrbaugh. With his No. 97 A.L.L. Construction Chevrolet SS all shined up and ready to go, Kitzmiller is ready to return to the 2.66-mile superspeedway and improve on his eighth-place finish last June. “I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I made my ARCA debut at Talladega,” said Kitzmiller. “I’ve learned a lot about superspeedway racing in a short amount of time. We didn’t have the luck at Daytona last February, but the last two races of Talladega last June and Daytona in February, we’ve been able to complete 100 percent of the laps and be around for the finish. This year though, I’d like to leave Talladega with a top-five finish in the books.” Kitzmiller and CR7 Motorsports will run a partial ARCA schedule in 2021 with a firm schedule announced soon. (In part from CR7 Motorsports PR) (04-22-21)
  • Michael Harper to make ARCA debut at Talladega for Fast Track Racing: Since the age of 7, Michael Harper has been driving a race vehicle. He first raced in national WKA karting events, then pavement late models in the Southern All Stars Series throughout the southeast, and in dirt late models for several years. And, since age 18, he has been driving Monster Trucks across the world. The 42 year-old Texan participated in January’s ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona International Speedway with Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Racing team. Hillenburg was impressed with Harper’s progress and speed, and the car owner convinced the driver to sign on to race at Talladega Superspeedway in Saturday’s General Tire 200. Harper is entered in Fast Track Racing’s No. 01 Ford. He is scheduled to be paired with veteran NASCAR spotter Andy Houston. “Making laps at Daytona was about the most fun I’ve ever had in a race car,” Harper said. “I’m doing this for fun and to gain experience to run some more races. I’ve always wanted to race in the ARCA Menards Series at Talladega, and the race fits into my Monster Truck schedule.” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-22-21)
  • 29 cars on General Tire 200 Talladega entry list: Twenty-nine cars are entered for Saturday's General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. Notable entries include #02 Toni Breidinger, #9 Thomas Praytor, #21 Jack Wood, #23 Bret Holmes, #29 Derrick Lancaster, #35 Greg Van Alst, #36 Ryan Huff, #44 John Ferrier, #57 Bryan Dauzat, #63 Dave Mader III, #73 Andy Jankowiak, and #94 Benny Chastain. Full Entry List (04-21-21)
  • Eric Caudell competing at Talladega; tentatively running nine other races: Eric Caudell and CCM Racing are preparing to return to the track for the first time since the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. Following a 16th-place run in the Lucas Oil 200, Caudell is hoping to improve upon that by earning his third career top-10 finish in this weekend’s General Tire 150. “Superspeedways are 50/50 getting out undamaged but I am confident going to ‘Dega because we had a good car at Daytona, and almost finished top 10,” said Caudell, who will be competing in the No. 7 Doug Design Ford this weekend. “We came back and immediately began improving the car for Talladega. We are going there to run as hard as we can and try to be in the top 10 at the end.” Caudell, who is both the owner and the driver for the No. 7 team, has raced at Talladega Superspeedway three previous times in the ARCA Menards Series, with a best finish of 14th in March of 2020. The No. 7 CCM team is also looking ahead to the remainder of the 2021 season. As in previous years, the team will be running a limited schedule with a tentative plan including both races at Kansas Speedway (May 1st and October 23rd); Elko Speedway (July 10th); Iowa Speedway (July 24); Winchester Speedway (July 31st); Illinois State Fairgrounds (August 22); the Milwaukee Mile (August 29th); DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 5th); and Bristol Motor Speedway (September 16th). (In part from CCM Racing PR) (04-20-21)
  • Thomas Praytor; Max Force Racing secure AIDB sponsorship for Talladega: In what has become an Alabama tradition, Thomas “Moose” Praytor is teaming up with the Alabama Institute of Deaf and Blind (AIDB) for the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway. Praytor’s support of AIDB dates back to 2013 when he and former teammate AJ McCarron created special race used helmets for AIDB’s charity auction Race Fever. “We consider Moose and his family part of the AIDB family,” said Dr. John Mascia, President, AIDB. “For many years Moose has visited with our kids and supported AIDB. While he is an awesome driver, his caring heart is what makes him a remarkable man and our champion. We are grateful for all he does for our children who are deaf and blind.” Thomas Praytor and AJ McCarron With the main campus located in Talladega, Alabama, the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (AIDB) is the nation’s most comprehensive education, rehabilitation and employment system serving children and adults who are deaf, blind and multidisabled with a myriad of programs designed just for them. (In part from Max Force Racing PR) (04-13-21)
  • Logan Misuraca still looking to launch ARCA career: Female Florida standout race car driver Logan Misuraca is diligently working behind the scenes to launch a career in the ARCA Menards Series later this year, hoping to add her name to an increasing list of female competitors competing in the developmental NASCAR series. “I’m still here,” Misuraca said. “There was a lot of hype with an opportunity to compete in the ARCA Menards Series earlier this season, but those plans fell through. Right now, I’m just diligently working behind the scenes on both marketing and racing making sure the next steps I take will be the right ones when it comes to my future.” Without the full-time support of a sponsor, Misuraca’s on-track activity has been less than ideal, but that is not deterring her from giving up on what she has built over the last several years. “I am 100 percent sponsor and marketing driven,” added Misuraca. “It takes a lot to go in circles and do it competitively, but I feel like even though I don’t have a wealthy family, I have their utmost support.” Recently, Misuraca formed an alliance with fgrACCEL, an agency that specializes in Motorsports marketing and representation. The same agency is aligned with NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Joe Graf Jr. Quickly, Misuraca and Graf Jr. have meshed well. “I’m very thankful to be apart of fgrACCEL and working with someone like Joe (Graf Jr.) who has experience in ARCA and NASCAR,” she said. “I’m learning a lot about what it takes to be a successful race car driver, but I’m also knee-deep into learning more and more about the business aspect of the sport too.” (In part from Logan Misuraca PR) (04-09-21)
  • Taylor Gray involved in single-car accident UPDATE: David Gilliland Racing driver, Taylor Gray, was involved in a single-car accident last night in Statesville, N.C. Gray was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition. The Gray family appreciates your thoughts and prayers and asks that you respect their privacy at this time. Gray, who currently drives in the ARCA Menards Series, is scheduled to make his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Saturday, April 17. Gray’s participation in the event will be determined at a later time. (In part from David Gilliand Racing PR) (04-08-21)
    UPDATE:
    David Gilliland Racing driver Taylor Gray, underwent surgery earlier today at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. for a fractured L4 vertebra. Gray will also undergo another surgery in the coming days for a fractured left foot and ankle due to the accident. Gray is expected to make a full recovery. (In part from David Gilliand Racing PR) (04-08-21)
  • Greg Van Alst to race at Talladega Superspeedway: [Greg] Van Alst will make the second of several ARCA Menards Series starts in two and a half weeks at the famed 2.66-mile [Talladega] superspeedway. “I am very blessed to have a great 2021 racing season lined up,” added Van Alst. “It’s been pretty quiet since Daytona, but this is really the calm before the storm getting prepared for the summer and fall races. I think we proved a lot as a small-family-owned team at Daytona and look forward to that second chance at Talladega in a few weeks. But first, Anderson is on deck and we will put 100 percent effort into that and then get ready to get after it again.” Additional specifics on Greg Van Alst Motorsports’ 2021 ARCA Menards Series program is forthcoming, including a detailed series schedule. (In part from Greg Van Alst Motorsports PR) (04-08-21)
  • Dutch Boy Paints serve as the entitlement sponsor for spring Kansas race: The Sherwin-Williams Company, Kansas Speedway and the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) announced today that Dutch Boy Paints, a subsidiary of Sherwin-Williams, will serve as the entitlement sponsor for the spring ARCA Menards Series race event at Kansas Speedway. The Dutch Boy 150 is set to take place at the Kansas City, Kansas, track on Saturday, May 1 at 12:30 p.m. CT. “Dutch Boy Paints is a brand that brings people together, most notably through their passion for paint and do-it-yourself (DIY) projects,” said Michelle Bangs, brand manager for Dutch Boy Paints. “We are proud to stand with our exclusive retail partner, Menards and support ARCA, while extending this same sense of community to racing fans and their love of ‘America’s Sport.'” (In part from ARCARacing.com) (04-05-21)
  • Herr Foods to sponsor Toledo event: Race fans who like to “Break out the Herr’s” will have another reason to add May 22 to their calendar. Herr Foods and the Automobile Racing Club of America have announced the renewal of Herr’s entitlement sponsorship of the ARCA Menards Series race at Toledo Speedway. The Herr’s Potato Chips 200 will be the fifth race of the 2021 season and the opening round of the 10-race Sioux Chief Showdown, the series within the series that invites the best teams and drivers from the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West to battle for almost $1 million in race purses, point fund awards and bonus money. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with ARCA, and Menards,” said Bob Clark, VP Marketing at Herr Foods. “The partnership with ARCA and Menards has been a win-win for over a decade now, and we look forward to many more opportunities to introduce our products to race fans throughout the country.” The renewal marks the 10th year that Herr’s has been the entitlement sponsor of an ARCA Menards Series race. The relationship started with current NASCAR Cup Series star Chris Buescher winning at Madison International Speedway on his way to the series championship in 2012, kicking off a three-year run at the Wisconsin half-mile that also saw 15-year-old sensation Kyle Benjamin and Justin Boston score wins. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (03-25-21)
  • Christian Rose returning to Cook Racing Technologies: Cook Racing Technologies announced today the return of Christian Rose to the team. 2021 will mark the 25-year-old’s first full-time campaign with CRT. He ran a partial season last year. Rose will primarily compete in late model events across the Southeast but will look to make his ARCA Menards Series debut in the second half of the season. “Christian is an asset to our team,” said CRT owner, Bruce Cook. “He has shown speed in his limited time behind the wheel of a race car. Each time we race, he improves. This season is going to be a fun one and I think we will surprise some people.” Rose’s schedule and sponsorship partnerships will be announced at a later date. (In part from Cook Racing Technologies PR) (03-23-21)
  • Ty Gibbs wins at Phoenix: Only two challengers had chances to stop Ty Gibbs from winning Friday’s General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway in the closing laps. One was Corey Heim. The other was rain, as sprinkles began to fall on the one-mile paved tri-oval in Avondale, Arizona, as the field prepared for the final restart. Driving the No. 18 Pristine Auction Toyota for his grandfather’s Joe Gibbs Racing team, Ty Gibbs beat both his rival driver and the weather in a one-lap dash to the finish for his first win of 2021 on the ARCA Menards Series platform. The 18-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, now has nine wins on his ARCA Menards Series resume. Friday night’s General Tire 150 at Phoenix was the one and only combination race featuring the ARCA Menards Series and the ARCA Menards Series West this season. So Gibbs now has two career West Series wins, including his victory at Phoenix in 2019 in what was then the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. “Not a lot of kids get to do what I do,” said Gibbs, the grandson of Pro Football and NASCAR Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs, in Victory Lane. “I’m very thankful for that, and I really love driving race cars.” A caution with seven laps to go set up a last-lap race to the line between Gibbs and Heim, the latter of whom won the ARCA Menards Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 13. Heim challenged Gibbs on the restart, but the No. 18 pulled away to the point where the No. 20 had no way to challenge for the win in the final corner. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (03-13-21)
  • 30 cars entered for Phoenix National/West race: Thirty cars are entered for Friday night's ARCA national/West series combination race. Noteable entries include #02 Toni Breidinger, #16 Jesse Love, #17 Taylor Gray, #17W Zane Smith, #19 Derek Kraus, #25 Gracie Trotter, #28 Kyle Sieg, and #99 Cole Moore. Full Entry List (03-11-21)
  • Andy Jankowiak picks up sponsorship for Talladega: Thermal Foams, Inc., an industry leader in the manufacturing of specialty foam products across the eastern United States, has joined forces as a marketing partner to Andy Jankowiak and the AJ Racing Team for the April 24 running of the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway, the third race of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season. Thermal Foams, Inc. is based in Buffalo with branches across New York State and Pennsylvania. Jankowiak, the 32-year-old owner/driver, hails from Tonawanda, New York, a suburb of Buffalo, where his family’s racing roots run deep over two generations. Jankowiak follows in his father’s footsteps; Tony Jankowiak was a regular in the NASCAR Modified racing circuit and a World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing champion at the New Smyrna Speedway. "We need partners to be able to make this all work, and our new partnership with Thermal Foams, Inc. means we will be able to go to Talladega and go compete for a win. Everyone on the team is excited to have a local company on board, and the ownership team at Thermal Foams is behind this effort 100 percent" [said Jankowiak.] (In part from ARCARacing.com) (03-08-21)
  • Corey Heim wins the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona: Venturini Motorsports last month pinned Corey Heim as its full-time driver in the ARCA Menards Series for 2021. His first task was to attempt to extend the team’s four-race winning streak at Daytona International Speedway with a victory in Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire. He did just that. The 18-year-old Heim held off his VMS teammate, pole-sitter Drew Dollar, on the last lap to win the ARCA Menards Series season-opener. "I gotta give it all to (crew chief) Shannon Rursch," said Heim of the final restart with one lap to go Saturday. "He made the perfect call, executed this race perfect. He dialed this JBL Camry in perfect. Can’t give enough thanks to Toyota Racing, Venturini Motorsports, JBL, all the guys who make it happen." A caution with four laps to go set up Saturday’s overtime finish. With Heim, the leader, taking the top lane and Dollar on the bottom, the latter let the former move to the inside so the duo could work together in the draft. Even with Dollar’s car damaged and lacking power steering, the plan worked to perfection, and VMS ended the race with a 1-2 finish. Full Results (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-13-21)
  • Rich Bickle adds associate sponsorship for Daytona: Rich Bickle and the No. 45 Chevrolet team of Empire Racing Group, LLC have added four associate partners for Saturday’s ARCA Menards Series race at Daytona International Speedway. FabForce Trade School, Lake Norman Patio & Game Rooms, Oktoberfest at LaCrosse Speedway and Pub Table Racers will be on the car for the 2021 series opener. "This is pretty funny how all these people I have known for decades are coming on board for this ARCA race," Bickle said. "Now it’s up to us and the Empire Racing Group to take them all to Victory Lane here at Daytona. I’m ready." (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-12-21)
  • Chuck Buchanan Jr. withdraws from Daytona after New Smyrna crash: Chuck Buchanan Jr. was planning to run both the New Smyrna race and the Daytona race in the same car, the No. 87 Spring Drug Chevrolet he owns. However, a crash in qualifying at New Smyrna ended his night early and forced him to withdraw from the Daytona race without enough time to repair the car. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-11-21)
  • Tanner Gray & David Gilliland Racing sign Daytona sponsor: David Gilliland Racing announced today that Ripper Coffee Company will be a primary partner in the ARCA Menards Series on the No. 17 Ford driven by Tanner Gray. Ripper Coffee Company will adorn Gray’s Ford Fusion for the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 13. This is the lone scheduled ARCA start in 2021 for Gray as he focuses on his second full-time truck season. Ripper Coffee is part of the growing e-commerce coffee trend and the newly formed company is using motorsports as part of its marketing plan. “Racing has a large fanbase and this is an opportunity for me to gain exposure for my brand,” said Bryce Gray, co-owner of Ripper Coffee. "Tanner also happens to be one of my siblings and this is a cool way to support him in his career and it be beneficial to both of us." (In part from David Gilliland Racing PR) (02-10-21)
  • ARCA introduces Reese’s Sweet Move Of The Race: The Reese’s brand of candy will "sponsor" a special award in each ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West race in 2021: the Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race. The Sweet Move of the Race will reward the team and/or driver who has performed a remarkable or extraordinary action during each event. The award sponsorship will be determined via fan vote on the ARCA Menards Series’ Twitter page following each race. Race fans should go to @ARCA_Racing on Twitter to vote for the Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race the day after the race starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. ET. The Reese’s Sweet Move of the Race will be announced upon the conclusion of the voting period. (In part from ARCARacing.com) (02-07-21)
  • Brittney Zamora to drive for Rette Jones Racing at Daytona: Officials from Rette Jones Racing announced today that female standout Brittney Zamora has been tapped to drive the team’s No. 30 Ford in Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire ARCA Menards Series season opener from Daytona International Speedway. ARCA championship-winning crew chief and team co-owner Mark Rette will guide Zamora as she prepares to make her superspeedway ARCA debut on Feb. 13, 2021. Square1 Flex, VISA, Pit Road Pals and Davis Groupe Promotions will serve as Zamora’s marketing partners for the first ARCA Menards Series race of 2021. "I am really excited to be joining Rette Jones Racing for my first superspeedway race," said Zamora. "It is going to be a great experience and I am going to learn a lot. Daytona is a track I have always dreamed of racing at. I am confident in Mark (Rette), the RJR team and myself to be successful at Daytona. If luck stays on our side, I know we will have a strong chance to be in contention for a podium and possibly even a win." (In part from Rette Jones Racing PR) (02-06-21)
  • Toni Breidinger joins Young’s Motorsports for limited schedule; starts at Daytona: Young’s Motorsports announced today that female sensation Toni Breidinger has joined the organization to compete in a limited ARCA Menards Series schedule beginning with the 2021 ARCA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 13, 2021. Breidinger, a native of Hillsborough, Calif. will make her first ARCA Menards Series start since 2018 where she competed in three races, earning a career-best 10th place finish in her series’ debut at Madison International Speedway. "I’m very thankful for this opportunity to continue the next steps of my racing career with Young’s Motorsports," said Breidinger. “It’s going to be a busy year of competition in ARCA Menards Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but I feel like the program that we have assembled at Young’s Motorsports will be influential in completing our goals and setting the path for the future.” A detailed schedule for Breidinger aboard the No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet ARCA car will be announced at a later date. (In part from Young’s Motorsports PR) (02-04-21)
  • Thad Moffitt secures sponsorship from Clean Harbors & Aqua ChemPacs; competing in at least 11 events: David Gilliland Racing announced today that Clean Harbors and the CleanPacs brand by Aqua ChemPacs will be the primary partners of Thad Moffitt’s No. 46 Ford in the ARCA Menards Series in 2021. The pair will team-up for the season opener at the Daytona International Speedway on February 13 with Clean Harbors adorning the hood and CleanPacs on the quarter panels of the No. 46 Ford. Moffitt, the 20-year-old grandson of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, is scheduled to compete in at least 11 ARCA Menards Series races in his second season with DGR. He earned his best career ARCA finish of fourth-place at Memphis International Raceway in September of 2020 with CleanPacs as the primary partner. "Clean Harbors is a longtime partner of the Petty family, and I am excited to carry the banner as the driver of the No. 46 Ford Fusion in 2021," Moffitt said. "I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great organization, and have them represented at the Daytona International Speedway and future events." (In part from David Gilliland Racing PR) (02-03-21)