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Bret Holmes Racing (BHR) announced today they will field a part-time entry in the ARCA Menards Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) with drivers Bret Holmes and Sam Mayer.
The Mooresville, N.C., -based team will continue to run the No. 23 Chevrolet SS in the ARCA Menards Series and is slated to run the No. 32 Chevrolet Silverado in the Truck Series. Shane Huffman will return as crew chief for both Holmes and Mayer this season.
“I’m really looking forward to this season with Bret (Holmes) and Sam (Mayer),” said Huffman. “We worked hard and learned a lot last season. That all paid off when we brought home the ARCA Menards Series championship. We will take all that and capitalize on it this year. I am so proud of this team and how much we’ve all grown over the last two seasons. By moving up to compete in the Truck Series, it shows how strong this team is. I’m honored to be part of this group and ready to get the season started with two very talented drivers.”
The 2020 season marked a memorable year for Holmes and the BHR team. The Holmes-Huffman duo captured the ARCA Menards Series championship on the strength of one victory, 14 top-five and 19 top-10 finishes. The Munford, Ala., native was also awarded the CGS Imaging Four Crown title for the second consecutive year.
“Words can’t describe how excited and grateful I am for this upcoming season,” said Holmes. “It has always been a dream of mine as a kid growing up to make it into the top-three divisions of racing. To get the chance to do just that with our own team and the same guys over the last few years, is just really neat. It’s great to see how far we’ve come.”
Holmes is scheduled to compete in multiple ARCA Menards Series events this season, beginning with the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. The Auburn University graduate will make his NCWTS debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, followed by a handful of additional Truck Series races of which will be announced at a later date.
“It means a lot that Sam (Mayer) believes in BHR and to have him as a teammate this season,” said Holmes. “Our goal is to win races in both series between the two of us. I know Sam will bring a lot to this team. He’s another ARCA (Menards Series) champion. I’ve raced against him in the past; and he’s a great driver. It’s an honor to have him on board for the upcoming season.”
Mayer’s 2020 season unfolded in dominating fashion. The 17-year-old secured his second-consecutive ARCA Menards Series East championship. Mayer earned eight victories and 17 top-five finishes across ARCA and its East and West Series. Mayer also competed in six NCWTS events. He visited victory lane at Bristol Motor Speedway, earning his first-career series win and making him the second youngest winner in the history of the series.
“I’m super excited for another great year of racing in the ARCA Menards Series,” said Mayer. “I know we have the chance to win every time we show up because these guys at BHR are so good at what they do. I’m also excited to continue my Truck Series career with BHR. They have some things to learn with getting into a new series, but I know that we will be in contention to win by the end of it.”
The Franklin, Wisc., native is slated to compete in six ARCA Menards Series events this season, beginning with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in June. Mayer is also scheduled for five NCWTS races with BHR, including Richmond Raceway and Bristol Motor Speedway. At a later date, Sam’s full schedule will be available at www.sammayerracing.com.
“I can’t thank enough all the people who helped put this deal together,” said Mayer. There was a lot of hard work and many hours that went into making this all happen and it’s going to be worth it.”
CURO Financial Technologies Continues Partnership with Front Row Motorsports. Speedy Cash to Sponsor Alfredo in Daytona 500
For the third consecutive season, CURO Financial Technologies will partner with Front Row Motorsports. Their brands, Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking will be highlighted on all three teams and drivers. Speedy Cash will be the primary sponsor of Sunoco Rookie-of-the-Year candidate, Anthony Alfredo during his first Daytona 500 on February 14 airing on FOX.
Speedy Cash or Revolve Finance Online Banking will also be the primary partner of Alfredo and the No. 38 team at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, the Talladega Superspeedway in April, the Daytona International Speedway in August and at the Kansas Speedway in October. Speedy Cash will be the primary partner during the All-Star race and the NASCAR Cup Series weekend in October at the Texas Motor Speedway. Speedy Cash is an official partner of Texas Motor Speedway and of their Victory Lane. Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking will be a season-long associate partner of the No. 38 team.
In addition to their support of Alfredo, Speedy Cash will be the primary partner of Todd Gilliland and the No. 38 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team at the SpeedyCash.com 400 truck race at the Texas Motor Speedway in June. Speedy Cash will be a season-long associate partner of Gilliland and Michael McDowell and the No. 34 team. “Our company and our customers enjoy our partnership in the sport and with Front Row Motorsports,” said Don Gayhardt, CEO, CURO Financial Technologies. “This partnership helps us connect with our customers across the country. Speedy Cash will continue to be front and center as the brand our customers know and love, but this year we’re excited to introduce them to a new online banking brand, Revolve Finance. We are excited to see the progression of Anthony Alfredo and wish the best to Michael McDowell and Todd Gilliland this upcoming season.”
Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, CURO Financial Technologies offers a variety of convenient, easily accessible financial services, including installment loans, lines of credit, title loans and check cashing. The lender is also the exclusive provider of Revolve Finance Online Banking. For over 20 years, Speedy Cash has provided the latest and most innovative lending methods to its customers with services available in branches, online, over the phone and via mobile app.
“It’s just awesome to see Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking support me in my first Daytona 500 and throughout my rookie season,” said Alfredo. “I want to thank them for their support, and I can’t wait to work with them this year.”
“I want nothing more than to get our Speedy Cash Ford F-150 into Speedy Cash Victory Lane at the Texas Motor Speedway this summer,” commented Gilliland. “They are stepping up for Front Row Motorsports and that includes our Truck program, too. We’re going to race for the championship and it’s awesome to have Speedy Cash with us.”
For more information about Speedy Cash and Revolve Finance Online Banking, visit SpeedyCash.com and RevolveFinance.com.
Abreu Dominates In Leading Toyota 1-2-3 In Wednesday’s Chili Bowl Qualifying Preliminary Night Feature
Rico Abreu turned in a dominating performance in leading all 30 laps on the way to winning Wednesday’s Circle City Raceway Qualifying Night at the 35th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. Alex Bright placed second, while Brad Sweet finished third as Toyota-powered drivers swept the podium.
The victory is the third straight for a Toyota driver in the first three nights of qualifying and marks the sixth preliminary feature win for Abreu in the last seven years. With the win, the two-time Chili Bowl champ will advance directly to Saturday’s A Main feature event.
Abreu and Bright led the field to the green flag with Abreu moving into the lead from the pole position, with Bright falling in behind him. The two Toyota drivers would hold those positions throughout the 30-lap event with Abreu quickly pulling away from the field. Within the first 10 laps, he would begin to lap the tail end of the field. The only thing that could slow him down on the way to the win was a handful of caution flags.
“Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) has some phenomenal race cars,” said the victorious Abreu. “With Toyota’s support and the great guys that work at KKM behind the scenes with the late nights and the early mornings, that’s where the success comes from. I just tried to focus on minimizing my mistakes. The cushion could get really technical at times. I just tried to understand where the track was moving to. We had great rotation in my car tonight and that’s what allowed me to be able to move around when we got to traffic. I’m excited for Saturday. This is the best I’ve felt in this building. They’ve worked on their race cars to get them better and better. These guys are hungry for a ‘Driller’.”
Bright also registered a stellar performance on the way to transferring to Saturday’s A Main, never dropping below second in the event. After fighting off an early challenge from Sweet, the Collegeville, Pennsylvania-native was able to pull out a comfortable advantage as a five-car battle went on behind him for third place.
“This is probably the best car I’ve ever been in coming to the Chili Bowl,” relayed Bright. “We didn’t get the win today, but that Ed Pink Toyota definitely made it easy on me in finishing second. I can’t thank everyone on this team enough. I’m looking forward to Saturday.”
Sweet, the reigning World of Outlaws champion, began the race in ninth, but quickly moved up through the field as the race ran green for the first 13 laps. He would eventually find himself battling with Jake Neuman, Colby Copeland, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Jake Swanson for the final spot on the podium with Sweet coming out on top.
Eight Toyotas advanced to the night’s A Main, with Gio Scelzi placing tenth, Brian Carber was 12th, Emerson Axsom finished 14th, Tyler Thomas came home in 15th and Robert Dalby was 21st after running in the top-five for much of th early going
This year’s Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals features more than 310 entries - each fighting for one of the 24 openings in Saturday night’s A Main. Through the first three nights, Toyota drivers have secured five of the six direct transfers to Saturday’s feature event. Qualifying continues the next two nights with 10 Toyota-powered drivers expected to attempt to qualify on Thursday.
While most of the NASCAR industry continues prep for the Daytona 500 and 2021 season coming up in just a month, Ryan Newman is set for his second-straight appearance at the Chili Bowl Nationals.
Midget car racing, after all, is where Newman – the now 20-year NASCAR veteran – got his start as a young racer. This week’s action from Tulsa, Oklahoma is known as the “Super Bowl of Midget Racing,” with more than 300 competitors on the entry list. Newman is one of a handful of drivers from the NASCAR ranks to make the trek West, in hopes of claiming the coveted trophy Saturday night.
“There’s a little bit of everything here, and that’s one of the things that makes it so special,” Newman said of the Chili Bowl. “One of the things that make it so special is the guys from the different ranks that show up here, and it’s amazing to know you’re one guy competing against all those guys from NASCAR, IndyCar, USAC and other ranks.”
The 1999 USAC Silver Crown Champion will drive the 00C as one of five entries for Clauson-Marshall Racing, a two-time National USAC Champion team. The 43-year-old also drove for the Indiana-based organization at the 2020 Chili Bowl.
“We had a good run a year ago and are excited to be back,” Newman said. “We have a great team and great sponsor this year with Driven2SaveLives. My car number will be 00C, which is in honor of a young man who lost his life and donated his organs. Driven2Save and the Indiana donor network are great partners of Clauson-Marshall Racing, and proud to run his name on the car. And the fact he saved five lives with his organ donation gives me chills, because here’s someone that raced ¼ midgets like I did and in the end he became a hero.”
Newman’s night of heat races and qualifying action is set for Wednesday. The top two finishers in the qualifying night’s feature event progress into Saturday’s main show, while the remainder of the entries from the respective qualifying night will attempt to race their way in through a series of additional races.
“It’s just fun to be here, and so many different people from so many different types of racing at an indoor venue on dirt, it’s awesome,” Newman added.
Among the list of entries along with Newman on Wednesday include fellow NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott and Brett Moffitt, and former Chili Bowl Champion Rico Abreu. Stay tuned to Roush Fenway on social media (@RoushFenway, @Roush6Team) for coverage throughout the week.
The Chili Bowl will be shown online on www.floracing.com through the qualifying events. Saturday’s final features will switch to the MAVTV Motorsports Network. For a complete listing of channels and to request MAVTV, log onto www.mavtv.com.
All official news regarding the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl National presented by General Tire can be found at www.chilibowl.com.
Teenage standout Parker Retzlaff will embark on the next opportunity in his young Motorsports career by taking to the high banks of Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway during this weekend’s preseason ARCA Menards Series testing.
While Retzlaff, 17, is not eligible to compete in next month’s General Tire 200 at the “World Center of Racing”, the opportunity to tackle the 2.5-mile superspeedway for Fast Track Racing as part of the series’ Road to Daytona program, the teenager is prepared to embrace the experience with a goal of competing in the annual series’ opener in the future.
“I cannot tell you how excited I am for this weekend,” said Retzlaff.
“For any race car driver, the chance to turn laps at Daytona is not only very humbling but a dream come true. I cannot thank ARCA, Andy Hillenburg and Fast Track Racing enough for this unbelievable opportunity.”
Sharing the No. 10 Fast Track Racing Chevrolet with four other drivers will certainly limit his track time at Daytona this weekend, but that doesn’t bother the young driver.
“The opportunity to be coached by a respected owner and former ARCA champion driver Andy Hillenburg – and the chance to converse with the other drivers is all apart of the experience this weekend,” added Retzlaff.
“Sure, the track time is important, but it's striving to be a better driver and utilizing the resources around me to help. Hopefully, the test will be successful and I can use it as a stepping stone to come back in the future and prepare for the actual race.”
The two-day ARCA Menards Series preseason test officially kicks off the 2021 season and Retzlaff is excited about what’s ahead and intends on announcing his plans within the next few weeks.
“I believe that 2021 is shaping up to be a good year,” sounded Retzlaff. “I learned a lot last year, despite the pandemic. I will continue to grow as a driver, but I think the goals set forth this season are obtainable.
“A lot of people are investing time, effort and financially for me and I have to be sure to go out there and make sure I not only do my job but do it well and continue to take the steps up the racing ladder.”
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Gracie Trotter Continues Climb, TRD Driver Signs with Venturini Motorsports for Partial 2021 ARCA Menards Series Season
Poised for the next chapter in her racing career, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) driver Gracie Trotter has signed with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) to a 10 race ARCA schedule for the upcoming 2021 season. Trotter, 19, became the first female driver in history to win an ARCA sanctioned event after capturing the checkered flag in 2020 during the ARCA West race at The Bullring at Las Vegas.
With her sights set on the future, Trotter is scheduled to make ten starts splitting time behind the wheel of VMS’ No.15 Toyota Camry and iconic No. 25 Mobil 1 Toyota Camry in the ARCA Menards Series, starting with the series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13. After making her superspeedway debut at the beach, the Denver, NC driver will compete at Phoenix (3/12), Talladega (4/24), Toledo (5/22), Elko (7/10), Berlin (7/17), Michigan (8/20), Milwaukee (8/29) and Salem (10/2). Trotter and VMS will close out the season running the ARCA West event at Phoenix on November 6.
“I couldn’t be more excited. I’m so thankful to everyone at Toyota Racing Development, Mobil 1 and VMS for giving me this surreal opportunity to continue living out my dreams,” says the former NASCAR diversity driver. “Toyota has been incredibly important to my development over the last four years. They’ve guided me so much, helping me move up at the right pace with the right people.”
Trotter, who cut her teeth in the sport racing late models throughout the Carolinas, made the move to heavier stock car racing in 2020 pairing with TRD’s Bill McAnally Racing for a full season effort in ARCA West, finishing third overall in the series’ championship point standings. The two also combined for three starts in ARCA’s premier series, with Trotter posting a best ninth-place finish at Iowa.
“I tell myself I can win every time I strap myself into a race car. This year will be no different but with a learning curve,” added Trotter. “My time in the car now is about the future. It’s about learning as much as I can about the car, communication with my team and all the new tracks. Coming to a place like Venturini Motorsports to race and learn from some of the best makes me feel like there’s no better place to be right now.”
Trotter will make her official 2021 ARCA Menards Series debut this weekend behind the wheel of the No.25 during the series 2-day test at Daytona International Speedway.
TRD Driver Drew Dollar Inks New Deal with Venturini Motorsports; Announces Limited 2021 Schedule in the ARCA Menards Series
Coming off a successful 2020 season in the ARCA Menards Series (ARCA), highlighted with his first career victory at Talladega Superspeedway and finishing fourth in the series’ championship driver point standings, Drew Dollar, returns to Venturini Motorsports (VMS) to pilot the No.15 Toyota Camry for a limited 13-race schedule.
Poised for more success in the new year, Dollar will continue his development in the ARCA Series under the watchful eye of VMS’ General Manager, Billy Venturini, who will take over the crew chief responsibilities for the Atlanta, Georgia native during 2021.
Toyota Development Driver, Drew Dollar will begin his season assault in the ARCA Menards Series’ season-opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13. Afterwards, he will compete in ARCA scheduled events at Phoenix (3/12), Talladega (4/24), Kansas (5/1), Charlotte (5/29), Mid-Ohio (6-4), Pocono (6/25), Watkins-Glen (8/6), Michigan (8/20), Bristol (9/16) and the season finale at Kansas (10/23).
In addition to running 11 races in ARCA’s premier series, Dollar and VMS will combine in the ARCA East Series at Dover (5/14) and the ARCA West Series race at Phoenix (11/6).
“Returning to the ARCA Series with Venturini Motorsports is such a huge opportunity for me at this stage in my career,” says Dollar. “Last season was my second-year running stock cars and the experience I gained was exactly what I needed to progress - I’m excited for another opportunity to continue and contribute to the overall success of such a great team.”
Completing a challenging season marred by schedule changes due to COVID-19, Dollar walked away with a fourth-place series trophy for his season efforts by posting solid results during his 20-starts, earning one victory, four top-5’s and 14 top-10 finishes.
“We had some success last year and I learned so much from my crew chief Shannon Rursch. This year I’m really looking forward to working with Billy Venturini; pairing with him on the pit box gives me the added confidence going into this season. Billy and I developed a great relationship away from the track and his passion and knowledge of the sport will help me become a better race car driver.”
Venturini Motorsports Taps Toyota Racing Development Driver Corey Heim for 2021 ARCA Menard Series Championship Bid
Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announces today the signing of Toyota Racing Development driver, Corey Heim, to a full-time schedule behind the wheel of the No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry for the upcoming 2021 ARCA Menard Series season.
Hailing from the driver rich state of Georgia, Heim made his ARCA debut in 2019 as a sixteen year-old running short track events. Showing speed early in his career, the talented driver joined VMS last season and further put his name on the map after capturing his first career series win in the 2020 season finale at Kansas Speedway. Over the course of the last two partial seasons he’s impressed with an average finish of 5.8 and 97 laps led in just 16 series starts.
“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m excited to get my shot running for championship in the ARCA series,” says Heim. “It’s a great honor to race under the Venturini Motorsports banner with the confidence of Toyota behind me. I’ve got high expectations.”
VMS crew chief, Shannon Rursch, will call the shots atop the pit box for Heim in 2021. The two will officially begin their journey together starting this weekend (January 15-16) when the ARCA Menards Series kicks-off the season with open testing at Daytona International Speedway.
“This team has a ton of resources and expects to win every time we hit the track. Having a guy like Shannon (Rursch) leading the team is a great thing, he’s really determined and we’ve already developed some great chemistry from working together last season. It’s a long season. There’s still a lot for me to learn as a driver, but I’m gonna take it one week at a time - our goal is to finish at the top when we leave Kansas in October.”
Heim will start his championship bid with the first of 20 races beginning at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 13. The race will air live on FS1 at 1:30pm EST.