Category Archives: ARCA

Corr leads Final Practice at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2018) — Former Daytona polesitter Sean Corr posted the fastest speed in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards final practice Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire.

Corr, in the No. 43 NESCO-Empire Racing Chevrolet, put up the fastest lap of the week after two practice sessions with a speed of 181.785 mph.

“This new Chevy 43 car is really good,” said Corr. “Between practices and tests we finally figured out the right gear. This thing (new composite body) is a brick compared to the old steel cars. This thing really punches a huge hole through the air; but as far as drafting and being able to catch a pack so quickly…you can really run down a pack. The cars just love it.”

Cartersville, Georgia’s Mark Thompson was second on the board in the No. 66 Phoenix Air Ford with a speed of 181.704 mph. Thompson, also entered for the Daytona 500, will be making his 100th ARCA start in Saturday’s race.

Travis Braden, in the No. 27 MatrixCare-Consonus Healthcare-Liberty Village Ford, was third quickest overall at 181.638 mph.

“I’m happy,” said Braden. “I’ve learned a ton this week. My spotter and I have really learned how to talk with each other. Communication is really good. The qualifying thing (group qualifying) is kind of a crap shoot…in random groups. It’s going to depend on who you’re with. Between the test and here, I got a lot of drafting practice.”

Noah Gragson, in the No. 54 Switch-Safelite Auto Glass Toyota, was fourth overall.

“The guys at DGR-CROSLEY, all the crew guys…they built a really, really fast Switch-Safelite Toyota,” said Gragson. “This is a great opportunity and privilege to drive for these guys. The amount of pride they put into their cars…it really shows. I’ll tell you what…this Toyota is really fast. It’s good to be back in the ARCA car…hanging out with my buddies…a little bit more laid back over here. It also helps, and it’s more fun when you’re fast. It’s going to be a fun race. It’s Daytona…if you can win one here, it’s big.”

Bo LeMastus was fifth overall in the No. 77 Crosley Brands-Big Tine Ford.

“It felt good,” said LeMastus. “We’ve been real smooth since the test. Keep finding a little bit more each time we’re out. It’s just been a forward progression. These guys are so professional at Chad Bryant Racing. It’s a great group to be with. I think we’re good. This group qualifying is a luck of the draw. Hopefully we’ll be with a few good guys.”

Tullman to make ARCA Series debut

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) announced today that sports car veteran Max Tullman (@MaxTullman) will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in next Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire.

Tullman enters the stock car world after competing regularly for the past few years in sports car scenes across the United States and Canada, including the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

The Chester Springs, Pa. native turned his fast laps at the “World Center of Racing” during the ARCA Racing Series open-test at the 2.5-mile speedway in January. Tullman joined MMM shortly thereafter and participated in a private test with the Mooresville, N.C. team at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway last week.

The 20-year-old also has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) starts to his credit last season driving for Jefferson-Pitts Racing. His success includes two top-10 finishes in three starts delivering a career-best ninth place result at Kern County (Calif.) Speedway in Nov. 2017.

“I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity to drive for Mason Mitchell Motorsports at Daytona next weekend,” said Tullman, driver of the No. 78 Chevrolet. “The team has a winning history on the superspeedways and had a very competitive and productive test at Daytona earlier this month.

“I’m looking forward to making my ARCA debut with one of the most successful teams in ARCA and hope that my debut is strong and allows us to put some more races together for the 2018 season.”

Veteran Motorsports crew chief Doug Richert, who led Dale Earnhardt Sr. to his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) championship in 1980 will call the shots for Tullman in the 80-lap event.

Cup Series spotter Tyler Green who assisted in propelling Mason Mitchell Motorsports to their Talladega Superspeedway ARCA victory in April 2016 will guide Tullman for the event.

Zoomi, a new marketing partner in ARCA competition will support Tullman in his debut.

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With more than 250 proprietary algorithms, Zoomi provides deep personalized learning, predicts learning and performance, optimizes learning content and links learning to business outcomes.

Myota, a superior data security management solution will serve as an associate marketing partner for the ARCA season opener.

“Without the support of Zoomi, Myota, Doug and the Mason Mitchell Motorsports team, Daytona would not be possible,” continued Tullman.

“This is the biggest race of my career and I want to go out there and do a good job not only for the team, but for Zoomi, Myota and for all those that believe in me.

“Hopefully, we can bring some good exposure to Zoomi and Myota and it will help us in our plan to race a lot more this season.”

2014 ARCA Racing Series champion Mason Mitchell said his team is eager to work with Tullman and continue its dominance of crafting young talent into contenders and winners on the development tour.

“We’ve developed a strong pedigree at Mason Mitchell Motorsports and we’re eager to have that continue with Max,” added Mitchell, who serves as one of the series’ youngest team owners.

“Max is eager to perform and deliver. His enthusiasm is contagious, but his desire to learn and exceed expectations was evident at the Talladega test. We’ve set an achievable goal for our No. 78 team at Daytona and look forward to seeing Max’s debut be successful.”

Tullman will be teammate to Quin Houff who returns to MMM for the second-consecutive season at Daytona in the No. 98 Chevrolet.

Sargeant Reveals New Sponsor & Paint Scheme

Dalton Sargeant and Cunningham Motorsports are proud to announce a new partnership with Performance Plus. This will begin with the branding of Sargeant’s No.77 Ford Fusion in the upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Iowa Speedway. Performance Plus, the high quality motor oil brand of Kleen Performance Products, will also be featured in every vehicle at Cunningham Motorsports.

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“I’m very excited to have Performance Plus as a new partner and kick things off at Iowa Speedway,” said Sargeant. “They have a huge presence and proven success in motorsports so it’ll be special to have them on the car this weekend and see the benefit of their products in the performance of our race cars.  Anytime you can make the team happy by introducing a better quality product and lubricant to the race cars, transporters and team vehicles it’s really a win win for everyone. I love the colors and scheme for the No. 77 Performance Plus Ford. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.  It’ll definitely grab your attention under the lights this weekend at Iowa Speedway.”

With the high demands of auto racing, race teams depend on oil and lubricants to keep their cars and transport equipment going strong.  This is why Cunningham Motorsports will begin to utilize Performance Plus Lubricants for their race cars most demanding components.  “We pride ourselves on having a high performance oil that race teams such as Cunningham Motorsports and Dalton Sargeant can rely on,” said Leigh Harrington, VP of Corporate Marketing for Safety-Kleen.  Some of the most significant stress we see on our lubricants comes from racing. Our high quality base oil and superior additive package means our oil not only provides better performance but also withstands the wear and tear of these cars and teams. We’re proud to partner with Sargeant and Cunningham Motorsports and wish him the best of luck at Iowa Speedway.”

With one win already this year, Sargeant has high expectations for this weekend. The 19-year-old competed with the leaders and came away with a top-five finish in his first attempt at Iowa in an ARCA Racing Series machine last season. Sargeant now heads to the track with a new partner, the defending race-winning team in Cunningham Motorsports, all with hopes to earn valuable points in a close championship battle where he currently stands in second position.

“It would be huge to be able to run well at Iowa this weekend,” said Sargeant. “We started off the season strong, hit a few bumps along the way, but the resiliency of this team is exceptional. No matter what has been thrown our way, we always come to the track ready to compete for the win. Over the years, I’ve raced at this track a good amount, Iowa Speedway is really fun to chase different grooves and adapt to changing conditions throughout the race.  The guys at the shop have been working hard on this No. 77 Performance Plus Ford Fusion and it’s a car we’ve had success with this season. I think we’re all confident going into the midway point in the ARCA Racing season.”

-Cunningham Motorsport Press Release-

Fontaine optimistic ahead of Madison

Ready to get back to good ole classic short track racing, ARCA Racing Series rookie Justin Fontaineheads to Madison International Speedway eyeing a career-best finish in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200.

With the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine heads to the track looking to shake off the disappointment of Michigan International Speedway last week.

Last weekend in Michigan, Fontaine powered to strong practice times and even showcased a better qualifying performance, but an oiled track sent the Asheville, N.C. native into the wall just seven laps into the 100 lap race, ending his day.

Fontaine is grateful for the experience, but ready to put last week in the rear-view mirror and focus out the windshield on racing under the lights Friday night.

“This Win-Tron Racing team has been able to bring some very fast race cars to the track for me to drive. Now, we just need some luck. I was a little too conservative in my ARCA return at Elko Speedway earlier this month, but I’ve learned from that. Now, I’m ready to go to Madison and see what we can pull off.”

Even though he doesn’t have any prior experience at Madison, the AM Racing developmental driver will lean on Win-Tron Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski and AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson.

“I am really gelling with my team right now,” added Fontaine, the cousin of NASCAR Truck Series driver Chris Fontaine. “Bill knows what I’m looking for in our ProMATIC Toyota and I’m able to give him the feedback he needs to make the car better. Plus, Kevin’s a veteran of Madison hailing back from his racing days. I’m really optimistic that we can practice, qualify and race in the top-10.”

“The team I’m with is capable of winning and I think if I’m in the right position, I can win. We just need everything to come together to make it all happen. Maybe Madison will do the trick. I’m thrilled to race in tight quarters again.”

Currently 20th in the series’ standings, Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th which came at Elko earlier this month

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

Repko set for ARCA Debut

-MMM Press Release-

Statesville, North Carolina – 17-Year-old short track standout Ryan Repko will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut in the Montgomery Ward 200 at the Madison International Speedway on June 23rd. Repko will be behind the wheel of the No. 78 Champion Power Equipment/Cometic Gaskets Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

“This is going to be a huge step up,” an excited Repko stated.” If you compare it to stick and ball sports, I’m basically making the transition from college to pro. It’ll be a great experience for me and I have confidence in my MMM crew going into it.

“I originally started racing in Late Models at Motor Mile and Motor Mile resembles Madison quite a bit so we’re hoping my experience there will transition over to Madison. There will be a few challenges going into this. The two most obvious will be the horsepower and the size of the car, but I think the biggest thing will be running on a radial tire. I’ve never driven on a radial tire in my career. I know that my MMM crew led by Kevin Reed will get me up to speed quickly. These guys produce quality cars.”

Repko just captured his first CARS Late Model Tour Stock Car pole at the Anderson Motor Speedway last weekend and earned a sixth-place finish.

“I’ve had my eye on Repko for quite some time now,” Owner Mason Mitchell stated. “He knows how to take care of his equipment and manage his stuff until the end of a race. We’ve always raced well at Madison so I am confident we will have a great weekend.”

2015 was Repko’s first season racing in late models at Motor Mile, South Boston and Hickory. He picked up one win during his rookie season and was awarded Motor Mile Speedway’s rookie of the year in limited late models. 2016 was Repko’s first appearance at the Martinsville ValleyStar 300 where he qualified third overall and finished ninth in the feature race. He is currently a high school Junior at North Lincoln High School and enrolled in the academic honors program.

MMM has two prior starts at Madison. Last season the team earned a runner-up finish with Kyle Weatherman behind the wheel. In two starts the teams led 163 out of 400 laps.

The Montgomery Ward 200 will be live on MAVTV Friday, June 19th at 9:00 pm ET. Arcaracing.com will have live timing and scoring for all on-track activities throughout the day.

Sargeant leads Short Track Challenge Points after strong run at Toledo

Dalton Sargeant came off a second-place finish in the Menards 200 at Toledo Speedway Sunday after leading 161 laps and is currently leading the 2017 Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge standings after the first three short track races this season (Nashville, Salem and Toledo).

Sargeant’s win at Salem, along with a ninth-place finish at Nashville and his runner-up run at Toledo are enough to keep the lead in the Sioux Chief Short Track points.

“Leading the Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge is really cool,” said Sargeant. “Cunningham won it last year in the No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion and it would be pretty significant to be able to win it again in the same car. Coming into the season there were a lot of outside expectations with driving the championship car and I think leading the short track challenge and sort of picking up where Cunningham left off last season is a good start to proving those expectations.”

However, with eight more short track races to go, there’s still plenty of time to catch the leader, especially for Theriault, who trails Sargeant by just 25 points headed to the next short track race on tour at Elko Speedway June 3. In fact the top-five in Sioux Chief points are close with 16-year-old Christian Eckes in third at 595, Zane Smith fourth at 590 and Riley Herbst fifth at 570. Just 70 points separate the top-five in contention.

“ARCA has a lot of great short tracks on the circuit that have a lot of history and a lot of great racing,” Sargeant continued. “It’s always really competitive whenever we go to these tracks and I think that was apparent just this past weekend at Toledo. There’s always good battles on restarts and long green-flag runs and with the level of competition in the field that ARCA has been brining to tracks so far, it makes for some fun racing.”

Sargeant also left Toledo with the Valvoline Lap Leader of the Race honors after he spent most of the afternoon in front, leading 161 of 200 laps before he gave it up to Harrison Burton inside of 10 to go. As a result, Sargeant is now well in control of the overall Valvoline Lap Leader of the Year award category with 219 laps-led on the season. Kyle Weatherman, who didn’t race at Toledo, is a distant second at 138 laps-led.

“Overall we had a strong day at Toledo. We led the majority of the laps, had fast pit stops and good restarts and we came away moving up in championship points. Leading 161 laps I think shows how strong Cunningham cars are and how we’re able to compete for the win every race. It’s not something that’s done very easily, especially on short tracks, so to be the Valvoline Lap Leader right now after Toledo is awesome. Hopefully we’ll keep moving up in points and keep getting ahead in some of these other areas like the lap leader and short track challenge.”

Sargeant also earned the Protect Plus Halfway Leader award this past weekend