Sep 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - The last time the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards raced at Kentucky Speedway in 2009, Cunningham Motorsports went to victory lane with current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Parker Kligerman. After leading 58 of the first 99 laps that year, Kligerman passed then-leader Grant Enfinger coming out of turn 4 to lead the most important lap of the race…the final lap! As the three year hiatus drew to a close, the organization was excited to return to the speedway in Sparta, Kentucky for the ZLOOP 150.
Will Kimmel Driving his third race of the2013 season with the Cunningham organization, Will Kimmel posted the 6th quickest speed during the only practice session scheduled. Prior to qualifying torrential rains hit the speedway, washing out qualifying and forcing ARCA officials to set the starting line-up by car-owner points….setting Kimmel 4th on the grid. As soon as the green flag dropped on the 100 lap race, Kimmel moved toward the front, grabbing third quickly. By lap 12 he had pushed to the second spot, reporting to Crew Chief, Bill Kimmel, “this thing is pretty decent.” Soon after that Kimmel dropped a few positions as the quickest cars in practice (who had to start on the tail because of qualifying on car owner points) made it to the front of the pack. Kimmel brought the #22 Messina’s Wildlife Management Dodge from the 6th spot to the attention of the pit crew during caution on lap 35. With four fresh tires and a full tank of Sunoco fuel, Will restarted in 9th before recapturing 6th eight laps later on lap 47. Kimmel settled into 6th until lap 85 when the handling started to disappear on his Dodge, since most of the leaders had fresher tires after they pitted during caution on 56 when Kimmel didn’t come in. Kimmel fell to 8th before rallying to take the checkered flag in 7th.
Tom Hessert Before the rain washed out qualifying; Tom Hessert had practiced his #77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge in the 11th spot. With the starting grid lined up based on car owner points, Hessert took the green flag in the 6th spot, right behind teammate Will Kimmel. The 26 year old held the 6th spot through the first 12 laps before falling to 10th. Hessert lost a couple of more spots before the caution flew on lap 35, allowing Crew Chief Paul Andrews the opportunity to make adjustments to the #77. The pit crew gave Hessert four fresh Hoosiers, Sunoco fuel and pulled a spring rubber. On lap 39, Hessert re-started 15th, quickly picking up positions to 13th. With the yellow out once again on lap 56, Hessert came back to the pits for fuel and a wedge adjustment. By lap 65 Hessert had climbed back into the top 10, where he remained until the white flag lap when he fell to his finishing spot of 11th.
The 21st and final race of the 2013 ARCA season is scheduled for Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 4. Tom Hessert, piloting the #77 Barbera’s Autoland Dodge will team up with Scott Lagasse Jr. in the #22 for the Kansas Lottery 98.9. Cunningham Motorsports is the reigning champ at Kansas Speedway, earning the pole and the victory in last year’s Kansas race with current NASCAR Nationwide driver, Alex Bowman. The lone practice is scheduled from 10-12:15 EST, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 6:35. The 99 lap (148.5 mile) race will be covered live on Fox Sports 1 at 8:30PM EST. Get updates of all on-track activities on Cunningham’s twitter @cunningham_race.
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - Due to the rain on Friday, the ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway was postponed until Saturday, September 21, where Enfinger and Team BCR would capture a strong 4th place finish for their 8th start this season.
Starting 23rd based on Owner's Points, Enfinger had to work hard to make his way into the top 10 in the No. 90 Motor Honey/Casite Ford Fusion. Crew Chief, Kelly Kovski, made the decision to pit on lap 38 under the caution for two left side Hoosier tires and Sunoco fuel. Grant exited pit road in the second position. On lap 55, the No. 90 Ford Fusion came down pit road for the last time. The crew once again did a great job giving Grant four Hoosier tires, adjustments and Sunoco Fuel. This pit stop would send Enfinger out into 10th.
After making the adjustments to the Ford Fusion, Enfinger reassured the crew at Team BCR, their car was one of the best out there. This was easily seen in the last twenty laps of the race when the Alabama native driver maneuvered his way up to fifth. With only two laps left in the race, Enfinger battled Chad Boat in the No. 84 to gain another position. Finally on the last lap of the race, Enfinger was able to make his way by the No. 84 car and end his day in 4th.
"We really needed a caution there at the end," says Team BCR's Driver, Grant Enfinger. "The cautions didn't work in our favor this week but we made plenty of progress throughout this whole race. I feel we had one of the best cars out there. The crew worked really hard the past few weeks on the chassis and it paid off today. With two victories this season and solid top finishes, we've proven Howard Bixman and Team BCR are the best in the business. I'd really like to thank everyone that's helped us get to this point including Motor Honey/Casite, Triple K Construction, Wurth, Stanley Industries, Ford Racing, RoushYates, Howard Bixman and the entire staff at Team BCR."
Team Manager and Crew Chief at Team BCR, Howard Bixman is pleased with the results at Kentucky, "We had another race winning car here. Grant needed a caution to be able to battle for a win. We have worked on some things the past few weeks and it paid off. With just one more race left in the 2013 season, we're going to be putting all our efforts in to bring home another win. I'd like to thank our Marketing Partners for their support this year."
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - Nearing the end of the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Spencer Gallagher and the No. 23 Allegiant Travel team competed in race 21 of 22 this weekend at Kentucky Speedway. After weather washed out the original start of the ZLOOP 150 on Friday night, Gallagher joined his competitors Saturday afternoon for the rescheduled start of the event. After taking the green flag from the 12th spot, Gallagher quickly marched to the front of the field where he remained a top-five competitor all afternoon, logging a third-place finish.
Following a strong practice session Friday mid-day, where Gallagher ended ninth on the charts, persistent rain cancelled qualifying. By virtue of the series rulebook, the field lined up based on owner point standings, placing Gallagher in the 12th starting spot. It didn’t take long for Gallagher to make his moves, reporting to his Allegiant Travel team he was pleased with the handling of his Impala SS on Lap 5 and was already closing in on the top-five positions.
Moving into the second spot before Lap 20, Gallagher asked for only slight adjustments to his Allegiant Travel machine on the first round of pit stops. The chance to come down pit road came under caution on Lap 35, giving Gallagher four tires, fuel and a slight adjustment. It would be the only pit stop of the day as Gallagher maintained his running position inside the top-five. Dodging several late-race incidents, the 23-year-old driver was able to race hard in the closing laps, crossing the checkers with a third-place finish.
Spencer Gallagher, Driver of the No. 23 Allegiant Air Chevrolet Impala SS:
"This definitely counts as one of our best intermediate races so far this year. Our Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Impala was really competitive; I could hustle the car pretty much anywhere I needed to on the track and I really felt like we had a chance to contend for the win all afternoon. These Gallagher Motorsports guys have put in a lot of hard work to get our cars where they need to be, and I think we showcased that well today.”
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:06 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - Mason Mingus and his Win-Tron Racing team fought hard for their 17th top-10 finish of the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in the postponed ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway.
While, the finish wasn’t what the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team had hoped for in the penultimate Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) contest, the relentless effort gives the team some confidence heading into the season-finale on October 4.
Mingus, who picked up a new marketing associate on Friday morning in Mark-It! Madness, were focused on the lone-two hour practice session that afternoon to dial in their No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry.
During practice, Mingus and his Mark Rette-led team battled the handling on their automobile, struggling to gain grip and put the Brentwood, Tennessee native into a comfort zone. At the end of the session, Mingus timed in 12th quickest overall.
After conferring with Rette, big changes were thrown at their No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry, hoping it would lead to a strong starting position in ARCA’s return to the 1.5-mile oval.
However, as the day progressed, storm clouds rolled in and interrupted NASCAR Nationwide Series practice, which ultimately affected Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell, which meant that the field would be gridded according to their respective positions in the car owner standings. Shortly thereafter, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards officials, along with management at Kentucky Speedway, made the decision to postpone the event due to inclement weather, forcing a double-header event on Saturday.
After nearly three plus inches of rain saturated Kentucky Speedway Friday night, teams were greeted by blue skies and sunshine Saturday morning.
The green flag for the 100-lap event took off as rescheduled shortly after 1:30 p.m.
Starting in third, the field was halted as quickly as the race started, as Milka Duno spun in turn two. Restarting the event on lap four, Mingus gave his best effort to keep his Win-Tron Racing machine inside the top-five, but during the early laps, the 18-year old struggled with the handling and slid back to sixth by lap nine.
With coaching from his team, the rising teenage sensation dropped to seventh by lap 18, but had worked his way back into sixth, when the caution flag waived again on lap 34, allowing the opportunity for Mingus to duck on to pit road for tires, fuel and an adjustment.
Varying pit strategies set Mingus to seventh on the restart, but once the green flag flew, Mingus continued to drop in the running order as he reported to Rette that he thought he may have a left rear tire going down. Electing to fight through the potential tire problem, Mingus kept his Toyota Camry on track, but the handling worsened, which left the Win-Tron Racing development driver flirting with a spot inside the top-10 through the halfway mark.
A late-race caution during the second-half of the 20th event of the season, once again allowed Rette to make an adjustment on the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry. Not only did the adjustments pay off, but coaching to Mingus on his preferred line, also paid dividends allowing the SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender to maneuver his quickest laps of the weekend and more importantly pick up two positions over the final 20 laps of the event to claim 10th in his Kentucky Speedway debut.
“Kentucky was definitely a tough race for me,” said Mingus. “We were really good at the test about a month ago, but we struggled all weekend for some reason. The guys worked hard on the car from the time we unloaded until the time we left, but I think with about 30 laps to go, I think we figured it out.”
He added, “We lost a lot of track position after putting on a bad set of tires during the first pit stop and had to fight to rebound after that. What we learned there as a team will carry over to a lot of different race tracks in the future, including Kansas. Although, a 10th place finish was not what we were looking for, there were some positive things that came out of the weekend.”
Unofficially, Mingus remains second in the championship standings behind Frank Kimmel.
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is their season-finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 4 for the running of the Kansas Lottery 98.9.
Exiting The Bluegrass State, the Tennessean has 33 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired five top-fives and 24 top-10 finishes, including second-place runs at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Toledo Speedway and Berlin (Mich.) Raceway in August 2013. Additionally, two pole runs at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway (March 2013) and Iowa Speedway (September 2013), is his best time trials effort to date.
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Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing (Win-TronRacing.com) is the home of one the most potent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards single-car operations. Owned by former racers Kevin Cywinski and Nate Thiesse, the team since has acquired the assets of County Joe Racing, becoming a favorable fixture on the circuit. Since Win-Tron Racing’s inception in 2007, the team has hosted a variety of drivers including leading drivers James Buescher, Blake Bjorklund, Justin Marks, Matt Merrell and Brandon McReynolds to their first career ARCA victories. In 2013, the team will begin its seventh year of competition with a presence in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM
(MOORESVILLE, NC) - Mason Mitchell and the No. 82 Empire Racing team patiently waited for the rain to quit over-night at the Kentucky Speedway and the patience proved well worth the wait. Mitchell and the No. 82 Happy Cheeks Ford Fusion had a career day Saturday afternoon finishing runner-up in the Zloop 150 at the Kentucky Speedway. Mitchell’s runner-up finish also marked the second time in his young ARCA career that he’s earned back-to-back top 5 finishes.
“I can’t thank everyone on this Empire Racing team enough. The guys in the shop, our team manager and our engine builder bust their tails in the shop with all of the late night hours they work to make sure we have the best car on the track. We’re going to get one of these wins pretty soon, we have one more shot to get one this year at Kansas. These guys want to succeed as bad as I do.”
With qualifying rained out Friday afternoon the field would lineup by owner points which would put Mitchell and the No. 82 team back in the 21st position.
When the green flag waved Mitchell raced his way up to the 12th position before the caution flag waved on lap 1 for an incident involving Milka Duno in turn 2.
When the race resumed on lap 4 Mitchell would fall back to the 15th position and find a grove passing Taylor Ferns for 12th on lap 10 and passing Tom Hessert for 11th on lap 20. Mitchell would ride in the 11th position until the caution flag flew at lap 33 for Josh Williams spinning off of turn 2.
Mitchell would pit from the 11th position for two right side Hoosier racing tires and fuel. The No. 82 team would send Mitchell back to the track in the 4th position. After the restart at lap 36 Mitchell quickly moved into the 2nd position and set his sights on leader Corey Lajoie.
Mitchell would use the middle line to take the lead away from Lajoie on lap 42. The driver of the Happy Cheeks Ford Fusion would lead the next 20 circuits until the yellow flew once again on lap 57 for Erik Jones spinning off of turn 4. On the lap 61 restart Mitchell would lose two spots by turn 2 when the caution waved for the No 74 of Garrett Smithley.
The 19-year-old driver from West Des Moines, Iowa quickly passed Chad Boat on the restart and engaged in a battle for the runner-up spot with Spencer Gallagher. Mitchell again used the middle grove around the track and began mirroring lap times to leader Lajoie but would run out of time and finish a career best second.
“We made a lot of changes from Friday to Saturday and it helped our car. Clean air meant everything here at Kentucky. I’m stoked for Kansas, I feel like we learned a lot that will help us in two weeks’ time.”
Since joining Empire Racing at Pocono Raceway in August Mitchell has earned 8 straight top 10 finishes, 3 top 5 finishes and two Menards pole awards. Mitchell has also earned more driver points than any driver in the last 8 races.
Practice for the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 4, with qualifying following at 5:35 p.m. The 99-lap, race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m., and ARCARacing.com will present live timing and scoring of all on-track events. All listed times are Central.
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - 17-year-old Erik Jones concludes his season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards with a sixth place finish at Kentucky Speedway. Starting second, Jones' afternoon began in a dominating fashion but quickly turned into a scramble after a miscue on pit road sent the No. 15 Toyota Care/Matrix Protection Toyota to the ground without a left rear tire in place. Dropping from first to thirteenth Jones was suffering from an extremely loose racecar and in an attempt to pass for eighth just after the halfway point he lost control of his machine sending him spinning into the front stretch grass. Rebounding in typical Jones fashion the rookie made his way back through the field and took home his eighth top-10 in 14 ARCA starts.
"We just made a huge mistake on pit road today," said Jones. "We were taking a big swing during the stop because of how loose the car became and unfortunately didn't take a big enough one because it was still wicked loose which caused us to spin. All together though it was another solid day - I can't thank my Venturini crew enough for this season and I'm looking forward to returning to the ARCA series in the future."
The ZLOOP 150 that was originally scheduled for Friday night was delayed for over 17 hours due to heavy rains that swept over northern Kentucky. Unable to hold qualifying, the field was set by owner points placing Jones on the outside of the front row next to nine time series champion, Frank Kimmel. As soon as the green flag waved, for the 100 lap race, the first of four yellows slowed the field due to Venturini Motorsports teammate Milka Duno backing hard in the turn two wall. Restarting single file, according to ARCA rules, Jones was able to power by Kimmel and take the lead racing into the first turn.
Jones maintained the lead until a mishap while pitting for four tires and fuel sent him out of the top 10. Recovering from thirteenth to ninth by the half-way point the teenager was doing everything he could to keep control of his extremely loose racecar. On lap 54 however, Jones was sent spinning through the front stretch grass bringing out another caution. Pitting a second time for four fresh tires, a wedge adjustment and fuel, Jones restarted once again in thirteenth on lap 62. Picking off cars one by one he was able to make the best of the day and bring home a sixth place finish to wrap up his season in the ARCA Racing Series.
Corey LaJoie won the race, which finished in one hour, 12 minutes, and 33 seconds and at an average speed of 124.149 mph. Thirty-two cars started the event and there were only four cautions totaling twenty two laps.
Jones will be making one last appearance with Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix International Raceway on November 8th, along with a handful of late model races to wrap up his 2013 schedule.
Sep 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) – In his final ARCA Racing Series start of the season, Chase Elliott opened with a strong run but encountered misfortune early in the rain-delayed Sept. 21 event.
Elliott, who tested earlier this season on the 1.5-mile oval, was able to get a bit more track time when the weekend kicked off with a practice session on Friday, Sept. 20. He posted the fourth-fastest time, but rain showers limited his strong run and prompted race officials to cancel qualifying. The washed-out qualifying session meant the field was set based upon owner’s points, and Elliott found himself faced with a familiar challenge. His No. 9 Chevrolet would line up 26th in a field of 32 cars for Saturday’s rescheduled 100-lap ARCA event.
While inconvenient, the deep starting spot didn’t deter Elliott, who had been in this situation twice before this season. In both ARCA events, Elliott lined up deep in the field before racing his way to the front and finishing inside the top nine. He notably won under these circumstances at Pocono Raceway in June.
When the green flag waved on Saturday, Elliott charged through the field and picked up 13 positions before a caution was issued as the field approached the start/finish line for the second lap. After a short yellow-flag period, the Dawsonville, Ga., restarted 13th on Lap 4 and was running in the top five 10 laps later. The driver of the No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet had gained almost 20 positions since the drop of the green flag 14 laps before.
The caution flag was waved again on Lap 33, and crew chief Lance McGrew called Elliott down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to address a loose-handling condition. Thanks to quick work from the No. 9 team on pit road, Elliott led the field to green on the Lap 39 restart and was pulling away from the field when trouble hit just a few laps later.
After a strong restart as the leader, Elliott radioed to his crew that he had lost power. McGrew called the No. 9 down pit road, and he worked with Elliott to re-fire the Chevrolet. To better address the issue, the team pushed the car behind the wall. The No. 9 team later discovered the issue was related to water in the fuel and opted against returning to the track since Elliott is not in the ARCA points race.
"We used the fuel during the practice session and to start the event without incident,” McGrew said. “However, during the race, it was found to be contaminated with water. I don't really have an explanation on why that happened. It was unfortunate though because we had a fast No. 9 Aaron’s Dream Machine/Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet."
After a strong start and untimely finish, Elliott was ultimately credited with a 27th-place result.
“We had an awesome car and were able to come from the back in a strong run,” Elliott said. “We were just a little bit off in that first run and made some really good adjustments on that pit stop and got off pit road in the lead. I’ve enjoyed running in the ARCA Series this year and hate it had to end like that.”
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Sep 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM
(SPARTA, Ky. – Sept. 20, 2013) – Mt. Washington, KY resident, Christopher Brown, will be making his professional auto racing debut in the ARCA Racing Series, presented by Menards on Friday, September 20.
Christopher will be driving the No. 29 Correct Temp Dodge in The ZLOOP 150 at Kentucky Speedway to be televised on the new Fox Sports 1 channel.
After teammate Trevor Edwards finished 8th last week at Salem in the same car, Brown hopes to match that success with a good run at Kentucky.
Christopher is a 2011 graduate of St. Xavier High School in Louisville, KY, and is currently a Junior at University of North Carolina-Charlotte pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned Eagle Scout honors with Boy Scout Troop 868 in Shepherdsville, KY.
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Sep 19, 2013 at 8:30 PM
(SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich.) - Kentucky Speedway and Eldora Speedway are about as opposite as tracks could be. Same goes for an ARCA stock car, a USAC Silver Crown car and a USAC Midget. Kentucky Speedway is a banked 1.5-mile, paved superspeedway, while Eldora Speedway is a high-banked, dirt oval. An ARCA machine weights about 3,400 pounds and puts out over 800 horsepower, while a Silver Crown car is 1,500 pound and has around 700 horsepower. Last but not least, is a Midget, which tips the scales at 900 pounds and is around 300 horsepower. Each takes a unique driving style and Taylor Ferns has acquired that trait and will use it this week as she races at each of the aforementioned venues in the three types of racing machines listed. The weekend will begin for the native of Shelby Township, Mich., on Friday, Sept. 20 at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards, and the running of the ZLOOP 150. A two-hour practice session in the afternoon will open the event, with qualifying to follow, and the 134-lap event, which will air live on Fox Sports 1, slated for 8 p.m. Eastern. Ferns will then head to the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Saturday, Sept. 21 for the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series and Honda USAC National Midget Series portions of the 4-Crown Nationals. Ferns has made seven total starts with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards this season, piloting the No. 55 National Auto Placement Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. She made her debut back in March at Mobile International Speedway in Alabama, qualifying fifth and finishing ninth in that 200-lap event. The 17-year-old also finished among the top-10 on the dirt at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds, both one mile facilities. She has qualified 11th or better in five or her seven starts and has finished among the top-15 in six of those races. In her last ARCA start at Iowa Speedway on Sept. 7, Ferns finished 13th. She qualified 15th at the seventh-eighths-mile paved oval located in Newton, Iowa, and ran near the top-10 for a large portion of the event. That race marked the fifth pavement start of the season for Ferns with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards. “Racing at Iowa (Speedway) should definitely help, heading to Kentucky (Speedway) this week,” said Ferns. “I don’t get to race on bigger tracks every week, so having laps at a place like Iowa (Speedway) where you carry a lot of speed around a higher-banked track should translate to this weekend. Running the longer races this year, I’ve learned how to be conservative and be there at the end.” Ferns has recorded three top-10 finishes in five starts in 2013 with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series in the No. 35 Motor City Transport Inc. Toyota-powered Beast. She finished a career-best fifth at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in her most recent start with the series on Sept. 1. Prior to that she ran 10th at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and also was 10th on the pavement at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis in late July. “Eldora is so fast and has so much banking,” she noted. “It’s a unique track and there is really nowhere else like it. I learned a lot there last year, so hopefully I can use some of that this year. Eldora is half the size of the other dirt tracks I’ve races the Silver Crown car on this year, so it will be a learning experience for sure.” With the Honda USAC National Midget Series Dirt Championship in 2013, Ferns has competed in eight races. She took part in Indiana Midget Week for the second consecutive year, which is comprised of five races in five nights at Hoosier state ovals. Ferns made her most recent pair of appearances on the dirt in a midget in early July at Belle-Claire Speedway in Illinois. “In a midget at Eldora (Speedway) you go all out, every lap,” said Ferns. “The track is so banked and you carry so much speed. You try to get everything you can out of the car and that’s how it seems to be at Eldora. I’ve been watching some videos of races at Eldora online, so that should help as well. Hopefully I’ll have a better weekend and run in the midget than we did there last year.” Entering this weekend’s event at Kentucky, the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports team is seventh in owner points with the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards. With the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series, Ferns is ninth in the standings. “I want to run up front all weekend at both Kentucky and Eldora,” stated the high school senior. “I want to win every time I am on the track, but I have to be realistic about my goals, especially in the Silver Crown car. This will be my first time on a smaller track in one of those cars. Learning a lot, pacing myself and being there at the end will be the game plan this weekend.” Tune in and see Ferns compete in the ZLOOP 150 from Kentucky Speedway live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Sept. 20. Taylor Ferns and Ferns Racing would like to thank their valued partners: Motor City Auto Transport Inc., National Auto Placement, FK Rod Ends, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, Lansing Sanitary Supply (LSS), Simpson Race Products, Indy Race Parts, ButlerBuilt, Allstar Performance, Stanton Racing Engines, Hoosier Tire Midwest, Lyn St. James Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, Race4Girls and Racing2Cure.
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Sep 19, 2013 at 8:25 PM
(BYRON, Mich.) - Dashing back into the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since his victory in August at Berlin Raceway, Erik Jones has been anxiously awaiting his final appearance in the series for the 2013 season. Prior to arriving at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta this weekend, the only laps the 17-year-old colt has made around the 1.5 mile oval was for a test in early July. Jones joined his Venturini Motorsports team in a one day effort to get a feel for their set up and left the facility confident that his No. 15 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry will be strong right out of the gate for the Zloop 150 on Friday night.
Jones' Kentucky start will mark his fourth start this season in the ARCA Racing Series. Appearing first at Pocono Raceway in June, the Byron, Michigan native was thought to have the victory wrapped up but a mid-race mishap force him to race back through the field where he came up one spot short of winning. Returning to the "Tricky Triangle" in August Jones was again tricked from a victory for the second time. Leading the majority of the 50-lap race, Jones came to a halt with two laps remaining due to an untimely mechanical issue. Determined to not let another race slip through his fingers, Jones claimed his first ARCA victory a week later in front of a home state crowd at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway. Of the 1,965 laps completed in those three races, Jones has led a total of 302, giving him an average of 60% laps led.
Jones also enters Kentucky on the Venturini Motorsports wave of domination. Out of the four drivers to take seat in the No.15 machine, all have visited victory lane including Jones at Berlin. For all track styles the ARCA Racing Series visits - super speedways, intermediate, short tracks, and dirt - the No. 15 has won on all at least once. With crew chief Kevin Reed, it seems as though a win is never out of the question and he will reunite with Jones in hopes of gaining number seven for the season.
Festivities for the Zloop 150 will kick off on Friday, September 20 at 1:00 pm ET with a two hour practice session. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell will begin at 5:15pm followed by the drop of the green flag at 8:00 pm. Fans can tune into race coverage on FoxSports1.
Erik Jones, Driver of the No. 15 ARCA ToyotaCare Camry:
What are you looking forward to returning to the ARCA Racing Series at Kentucky Speedway?
"I'm pretty excited to get to Kentucky this weekend with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series. We had a great test there in August and getting on a 1.5 mile track is something that I have been looking forward to doing all year. Kentucky is a place that has a lot of character. I feel like we learned a lot at the test, even as fast as we were right off the trailer we were able to make some changes and got the car to drive more comfortably. It's going to be a learning experience, and I'm sure that I will be learning a lot throughout the night."
Is there some added pressure knowing you will have a target on your back running in the No. 15?
"No, it is just another race for me. The Venturini group has been very strong this year, and I'm looking forward to getting to work with them one more time before the year is over. Kevin does such a great job and we get along well. We have had winning cars every time we are together but haven't been able to put it together every race but I have a really good feeling going into Kentucky."
Notes of Interest:
Erik Jones 2013:
Won his first ever ARCA Racing Series event in his home state of Michigan at Berlin Raceway in August
- Accomplished a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career-best finish of second in the July race at Iowa Speedway
- Finished ninth in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, the same result that KBM owner Kyle Busch produced in his Truck Series debut at Indianapolis Raceway Park in August of 2001
- Gained the most positions on-track in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway to bring home his second top-10 finish for KBM in just his second series start
- Became the first 16-year-old to compete in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event since KBM owner Kyle Busch finished ninth at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway in October of 2001
Erik Jones 2012:
- Won the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., outdueling KBM owner Kyle Busch in the closing laps to secure the victory
- Became the first 15-year-old driver ever to compete in the ARCA Racing Series, making his debut at the Mobile ARCA 200 at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway
- Posted four top-five and five top-10 finishes while leading a total of 103 laps across 10 ARCA starts
- Qualified inside the top 10 for all 10 races and posted two third-place finishes, June 24 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and Aug. 11 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mich.
Erik Jones Career:
2011 - Became the first non-Florida native to win the Governor's Cup 200 Super Late Model race at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in over 30 years (11/21/11)
2011 - Posted seven fast time awards and two feature wins en route to the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour championship
2010 - Became the youngest winner in the 41-year history of the prestigious Oktoberfest ASA Late Model event at LaCrosse Fairground Speedway in West Salem, Wisc. (10/9/10)
2010 - At age 14 became the youngest winner in ASA Late Model History, when he won the Bob Cross Memorial at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Mich. (8/20 /10), breaking the record of 16 years of age - previously held by current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Landon Cassill.