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Kyle Weatherman will drive the No. 58 Lira Motorsports Ford Fusion in 2016, beginning with the 53rd running of the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona Int’l Speedway Saturday, February 13.

Weatherman, who turned 18 in August, will make his career-first attempt at Daytona, one of two restrictor plate tracks on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour. Veteran crew chief Sam Schram will call the shots for him this season. Weatherman, the 2015 SCOTT Rookie of the Year and defending Short Track Challenge champion, competed in 15 ARCA events last season with big results, earning one win at New Jersey Motorsports Park (road course debut) among 10 top-five finishes. He also led 319 laps and won three Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell.
Source: ARCA Racing
Feb 7 - 9:49 AM

Ranier Racing with MDM (RRMDM) will compete in a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with the team’s iconic No. 28 in 2016.

Full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series (RCR #33 Camaro) driver Brandon Jones and Jones’ NXS crew chief, Mike Hillman, Jr., as well as NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotter Rick Carelli, will support RRMDM for several races in both series. Jones, who turns 19 years old two days before competing in the Powershares QQQ 300 in Daytona Beach, Fla., will make his 2016 Truck Series debut on May 13 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. In 25 previous NCWTS starts, he scored two second-place finishes while racking up five top-five and nine top-10 finishes. Additionally, after competing in 17 NCWTS races in 2015, Jones accumulated an 8.9 average starting position.
Source: ARCA Racing
Feb 6 - 8:34 AM

Ohio-native Matt Tifft will be doing a 13-race schedule behind the wheel of the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota Camry in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

He has 16-career starts in NASCAR’s top-three racing series over the last two seasons. Tifft has earned six top-10 finishes in the Camping World Tuck Series and a top-10 result from 2015 in the XFINITY Series. Additionally Tifft has raced competitively in NASCAR’s K&N Pro West, K&N Pro East and ARCA Series, as well as the X-1R Pro Cup Series. His 2016 XFINITY schedule includes Richmond (April 23), Dover (May 14), Iowa (June 19), Daytona (July 1), New Hampshire (July 16), Iowa (July 30), Mid-Ohio (Aug 13), Bristol (August 19), Road America (Aug 27), Kentucky (Sept 24), Charlotte (Oct 7), Texas (Nov 5) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov 19).-JGR
Feb 6 - 8:12 AM

Mobile Alabama’s Max Force Racing is expanding its stable to two ARCA teams starting with the season-opening Lucas Oil 200 February 13 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

ARCA veteran Brad Smith has been named the driver of the second entry, alongside his Daytona teammate Thomas "Moose" Praytor. Smith will be driving the Max Force Racing No. 23. According to Smith, his yearlong ride with Hylton Motorsports is still secure. "Since Sean (Corr) is running the 48 at Daytona, it worked out for all parties concerned that I would drive the 23 at Daytona for Max Force Racing. That way, the 49 car I was originally going to drive at Daytona, will be ready to go for Talladega." The Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona will be Smith’s first time back competing in a race event following his well-documented crash last year at Talladega Superspeedway.
Source: ARCA Racing
Feb 5 - 11:22 PM

Team Stange Racing, LLC officially announced Friday that 10-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Frank Kimmel will drive the team’s No. 46 Ford in 2016, sponsored by JUICE® Replay™.

Kimmel won nine of his 10 series titles in the 46 car owned at the time by Larry Clement. Clement likes the idea of seeing the 46 car back on track with a familiar face on board. "It’s great to see Frank back in the 46 seat," Clement said. "I will be cheering him on right alongside all his fans." Team Stange is billing the return of Kimmel to the 46 as an "Encore Tour" with a plan to make way for Frank Kimmel II to drive the car in 2017.
Source: ARCA Racing
Feb 5 - 11:12 PM

Reed Sorenson will team with MB Motorsports and Theme Park Connection for the season-opening race for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on Feb. 19 at Daytona International Speedway.

This will mark Sorenson's first ever Truck Series start. The 30-year-old Peachtree City, Ga. native has competed at the NASCAR national level since 2004. He is a winner of four NASCAR Xfinity Series races and made 234 career starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Trip Bruce will serve as crew chief for Sorenson's No. 63 Theme Park Connection Chevrolet Silverado.-Rising Star Management Group
Feb 5 - 11:04 PM

JR Motorsports (JRM) and Cessna Aircraft Company announced a new relationship making Cessna the official business jet choice of Dale Earnhardt Jr.

As part of the agreement, JRM’s No. 88 Chevrolet will carry the Cessna brand as primary sponsor in six races during NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) competition in 2016 with drivers Alex Bowman and Cole Custer. Cessna will also receive associate placement on the No. 88 during the two NXS events Earnhardt Jr. will compete in at Texas Motor Speedway (April 8) and Richmond International Raceway (April 23).-JRM
Feb 5 - 11:00 PM

Julia Landauer is a member of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.

Landauer is set to make her series debut as she begins her rookie season in the No. 54 Toyota Camry. The New York City native, who scored a championship in the Skip Barber Racing series at the age of 14, won a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship this past season in the Limited Late Model division at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia. Champion crew chief Mario Isola and team manager Jake Koens will head up the effort for this year for the team.-BMR
Feb 5 - 10:53 PM

Todd Gilliland is a member of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.

Gilliland will drive the No. 16 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry as he embarks on his rookie season in the series. The 15-year-old from Sherrils Ford, North Carolina captured the spotlight in November when he won at Phoenix in his series debut. Crew chief Chris Lawson will join with team manager John Camilleri in calling the strategy and coordinating the work for the team this season.-BMR
Feb 5 - 10:46 PM

Chris Eggleston is one of the Bill McAnally Racing (BMR) lineup of drivers slated to race the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West this year and compete in select events in the K&N Pro Series East.

The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion from Erie, Colorado returns to defend his title in the BMR Toyota Camry with sponsorship from NAPA Filters and H2O Fire Protection. His entry will change, however, from No. 99 to No. 50, as part of a special paint scheme to promote and celebrate the 50th anniversary since NAPA Filters introduced its first-ever NAPA-branded product. Champion crew chief Ty Joiner, combined with team manager Bryan Tasnady, will lead the charge for the team in 2016.-BMR
Feb 5 - 10:41 PM

Champion Power Equipment (Champion) will expand their partnership with GMS Racing in 2016, as the primary sponsor of driver Grant Enfinger for select NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) events.

Champion, a leading supplier of durable engine products, will kick off the season with Enfinger at the historic Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this month. "I am excited to have Champion Power Equipment on board the No. 33 Chevrolet," said 31-year-old Enfinger. "Champion has been a great partner to work with over the past two years."-GMS Racing
Feb 5 - 10:30 PM

Gray Gaulding will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and Superspeedway debut with Lira Motorsports in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Saturday, February 13th, 2016.

Gaulding will pilot the No. 38 Krispy Kreme, Ford Performance, MOMO Ford Fusion. The 17-year old from Colonial Heights, VA will turn 18, just three days before the Lucas Oil 200. Veteran Crew Chief and fellow Virginia native, Teddy Brown will call the shots for Gaulding in his ARCA Series debut. This will mark Brown's second season on top the box for Lira Motorsports.-White Gaulding Partners
Feb 5 - 10:21 PM

Momentum is not always sustainable. Last year Kasey Kahne finished ninth in the Daytona 500, but his next two starts on plate tracks ended well down the order in the 30s. With an average finish of 20.73 in 48 plate races, he sits in the front half of the field, however, at 17th.

One thing that made Kahne a worse-than-normal value in 2015 was the fact that he finished well worse than he started in the final three plate races and that cost fantasy owners place-differential points in games that offered them.
Feb 5 - 4:46 PM

Martin Truex Jr. has the 18th-best average finish among fulltime active drivers on restrictor-plate, superspeedways with a 21.49.

Three of his 10 top-10s came last year and he kicked off the season with an eighth in the Daytona 500. Thirteen of his next 14 attempts after that success ended in the top 10 as well, including a fifth at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which underscores the importance of momentum. Truex should be watch closely during Speedweeks.
Feb 5 - 4:44 PM

Paul Menard has a reputation as being a great place racer on the strength of eight top-10 finishes in 38 starts, but his overall numbers are a little less encouraging. His average finish of 21.5 places him 19th on the plate chart among fulltime, active drivers and makes him only average.

Menard can be a difficult pick most weeks on the big tracks because he hovers right in the middle. He could swing either direction and should only be on rosters when he is the best available driver in his cap range.
Feb 5 - 4:43 PM

Casey Mears has earned 11 top-10 finishes in 50 starts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways, which is an average of 22 percent. He also has a pair of top-five results that includes a runner-up finish in the 2006 Daytona 500.

His poor results have been bad enough to rank him 20th on the list of active drivers on this track type, however, with a relatively modest result of 21.8. If he fits the final niche on one’s roster, he could be worth the roll of the dice.
Feb 5 - 11:44 AM

Jamie McMurray has the 21st-best average finish on the combined plate tracks of Daytona International Speedway and Talladega SuperSpeedway with a 22.00 in 53 attempts.

McMurray tends to rise in big races and he boasts four wins and another two runner-up finishes. He has not earned a top-10 in his last eight starts, however, and most of his bad luck has been caused by crash damage. Despite that, McMurray’s nine top-fives ranks him seventh on that chart among active, fulltime drivers.
Feb 5 - 11:42 AM

Aric Almirola has the 25th-best average finish on restrictor-plate, superspeedways despite winning the 2014 Coke Zero 400. Including one failure to qualify in 22 starts, his average of the big tracks is 23.32.

The good news is that Almirola is trending up and that could make him a decent value in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway. Three of the five plate track attempts he made after winning in 2014 ended in either 15th- or 16th-place results.
Feb 5 - 11:41 AM

57-year-old Bobby Gerhart, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran is attempting what no other human is at Daytona Int’l Speedway, which is competing for a starting position in the (ARCA) Lucas Oil 200, the NASCAR Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series events.

All three entries will be Chevrolets - a 5 on the ARCA car, a 36 on the truck and an 85 on the XFINITY car. His Bobby Gerhart Racing team is fielding all three entries, with a little additional help from a famous stock car racing family. "Brian Keselowski is on board to take care of the truck…we’ll do the ARCA and the XFINITY cars. Lucas Oil Racing TV will be on all three. Jason Jarrett will spot for me on at least two of the efforts…not sure on the third." said the winner of a record eight Lucas Oil 200s. In addition to the miles Gerhart will put on at Daytona, he'll also add a couple thousand more driving his transporter to and from the track.-ARCA Racing
Feb 4 - 8:43 PM

Kyle Benjamin, a race winner in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and the ARCA Racing Series, will compete in select 2016 events in both series for Ranier Racing with MDM.

Starting with the Feb. 14 race at New Smyrna Speedway, the season opener for the K&N East, Benjamin will pilot the #40 Chevrolet for the recently announced pairing of Lorin Ranier, a longtime NASCAR driver development consultant, and the pre-existing MDM-Hillman Racing team. 2013 K&N East championship-winning crew chief Mardy Lindley will serve in the same capacity for Benjamin in all of his K&N East and ARCA starts. In ARCA competition, he'll sport the #28 Chevrolet, a number utilized by the likes of Buddy Baker, Benny Parsons, Cale Yarbrough, Bobby Allison and Davey Allison while driving for Ranier Racing.-Rising Star Management Group
Feb 4 - 8:32 PM


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