ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (2-19-09)--The ARCA RE/MAX Series opened its 57th year of competition at Daytona Int'l Speedway with a record television and website audience as more than one million households tuned into SPEED on Saturday evening, February 7th to watch the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200. An additional 40,000 followed the race on ARCA's web-based properties, arcaracing.com and ARCA Nation.
TOLEDO OH (2-19-09) - In 2008, Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) became the first team in ARCA RE/MAX Series history to field three full-time programs when drivers' Scott Speed, Ken Butler and Justin Lofton competed all year.
ESR took it one step further in 2009 when it announced that it would field an unprecedented four teams.
One of those teams has rookie Tim George, Jr. at the helm, who is the featured guest on "30 at 30" at arcaracing.com Thursday, February 19th at 3:30 PM eastern.
Former ARCA RE/MAX Series driver A. Arnold, who finished in the top-10 in series driver points for six consecutive seasons from 1971 through 1976, died February 6 at the age of 69.
TOLEDO OH (2-18-08) - Much is said these days regarding development teams that utilize the ARCA RE/MAX Series to help train their troops in preparation for the next level. From drivers to over-the-wall warriors, the ARCA RE/MAX Series has become a very effective proving ground to help teach the tools of the trade.
One such team serving in the development role is Cunningham Motorsports, wicked up this year with 18-year-old Parker Kligerman, a development driver for Penske Racing. Penske Racing and Cunningham Motorsports announced in a press conference at Michigan Int'l Speedway last June a partnership under which Penske will work with Cunningham to develop drivers, crew and team members to be potential full-time staffers at Penske Racing.
TOLEDO OH (2-17-09) - Career-best finishes often happen earlier in life rather than later. Not so for 53-year-old Ed Kennedy, who finished a career-best 6th in the season-opening Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway.
After several attempts at the "World Center of Racing", Kennedy and the Ralph Solhem-owned team finally delivered.
"It was nice to finally get a decent finish," said Kennedy. "And we didn't tear up the car either."
TOLEDO OH (2-16-09) - The ARCA RE/MAX Series has always been a stepping stone into the bigger leagues. From Kyle Busch to Justin Allgaier, drivers utilize the series for seat-time in preparation for NASCAR's "big 3".
John Wes Townley, after finishing 7th in ARCA RE/MAX Series points in 2008, has opted to move onto the NASCAR Nationwide Series full-time in 2009. However, Townley was not yet approved to run in the Nationwide opener at Daytona. He would first have to prove himself in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA race. He did that and more steering his way through a variety of multi-car wrecks en route to an impressive 4th place finish. Following the race, the word came down for Townley; he would be approved to race at Daytona in the Nationwide Series.
(2-14-09) - It is with great shock and sadness that Motorsports Management International confirms that Matt Hawkins, a young stock car racer from Canton, Georgia, died this morning (Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009) from a tragic accident at his home, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office in Canton.
"Matt was a great kid and racing talent," said MMI President Cary Agajanian. "We have extended our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Hawkins family. Matt will be greatly missed on and off the race track."
Based on post-race technical inspection after Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race event at Daytona Int'l Speedway, two teams have been penalized for violation of the minimum front spring rate requirement. The Sharp Racing Enterprises #6 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Eddie Sharp and driver Justin Lofton have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points; and the Cunningham Motorsports #4 team has been fined $1500 and team owner Kerry Scherer and driver Ken Weaver have been penalized with the loss of 25 championship points.
ARCA RE/MAX Series drivers' Larry Hollenbeck, Patrick Sheltra and Bobby Gerhart, who were involved in on-track incidents in last Saturday's race at Daytona, are all home and resting comfortably.
HENRYVILLE IN - In 1976, gas in America averaged 59 cents, President Jimmy Carter was fighting a yearly inflation rate of 5.75%, Daytona winner James Buescher would not be born for another 14 years, and a young Darrell Basham finished 9th at Daytona.
Statham GA (2-9-09) - Running up front is becoming something of a habit for Parker Kligerman. The 18 year old from Westport CT overcame some severe adversity coming from the back not once, but twice to race his way to a 7th place finish Saturday evening. And though his Cunningham Motorsports Dodge was involved in two incidents during the race, Parker did a lot more than just nurse it home, making a spectacular last lap pass with a wounded race car in just his 3rd ever stock car race in his short career.
TOLEDO OH (2-13-09) - After a near three-year hiatus, ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran Ken Weaver returned to competition last Saturday in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway. Wicked up with the no. 4 Cunningham Motorsports team, Weaver responded with a solid fifth place finish in the season-opener. Weaver, with sponsorship from companies he owns and operates - 1-800-4-A-Phone and Tricolor, is planning on running for the championship as he did back in 2005 when he finished third in national championship points. Weaver's start at Daytona last Saturday marked his 50th career series start since 2003. Weaver will be the featured guest on "30 at 30" Friday, live at 3:30 PM ET at arcaracing.com.
TOLEDO OH (2-12-09) - After competing in 21 of 22 events as a rookie in 2008, Justin Lofton announced he would be returning fulltime to the ARCA RE/MAX Series tour in 2009. A winner at Michigan last June, the driver of the Eddie Sharp Racing Lofton Cattle Toyota also earned pole awards/one-lap track records last year at Cayuga and Toledo. Last Saturday at Daytona Int'l Speedway, the Westmorland, California driver earned the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell, led 35 laps and finished third. He leads the points headed to Salem Speedway for the next event on tour April 5th. With series experience on his side and the well-oiled team of Eddie Sharp Racing solidly behind him, it would certainly not be a stretch to suggest that Lofton will be a true-blue championship contender in 2009. Lofton will be the featured guest on "30 at 30" today, live at 3:30 PM ET at arcaracing.com.
STATHAM GA (2-11-09) - Cunningham Motorsports kicked off the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season at Daytona International Speedway in grand style.
TOLEDO OH (2-11-09) - Over the course of 14 seasons, Billy Venturini made 162 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts as a driver. Now, his role has changed at Venturini Motorsports from driver to crew chief/coach. Venturini, whose father Bill Venturini was the series champion in 1987 and 1991, fielded three teams under the Venturini Motorsports banner in last Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona for drivers' Joey Logano, Ryan Fischer and Brian Scott. Logano, a rookie in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, finished second. Billy will be the featured guest on "30 at 30" today at arcaracing.com. The show runs from 3:30 to 4:00 eastern time this afternoon.