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Justin Haley and Mason Mitchell Motorsports (MMM) continued their success together at the Kansas Speedway Friday evening in the Kansas 150. The No. 78 team earned a sixth-place finish at the 1.5-mile track to wrap up the 2017 ARCA season.

For MMM it marks the conclusion of their fourth season in the ARCA Series.

“I can’t thank the MMM guys enough for allowing me to race with them twice this year,” Haley stated after the 100-lap event. “We just needed a little bit more at the end but I’m glad to help them earn a solid finish to end the year. The restarts really played to our advantage tonight gaining us spots. The experience in trucks definitely helps with that. Hopefully we can come back and race a few times together in 2018.”

Haley started the 20th and final race of the 2017 season from the fourth position. When the green waved the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (MMM) rookie made a veteran move gaining two positions in the first lap of competition.

Haley continued to race inside the top-five until the evenings second caution at lap 56. Under the yellow flag, Haley brought the No. 78 down pit-road for four fresh General Tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.

A late race yellow flag set up a late race restart inside of ten laps to go. Haley and several other competitors made it five-wide racing into turn one after the restart. Haley and everyone made it through the intense battle unscathed. The No. 78 would cross the stripe in the sixth position.

Since coming into the ARCA Series in 2014, MMM has earned a win every season in the series including a victory at Pocono Raceway this season with Haley behind the wheel.

More impressively, 18 different drivers raced for the championship team during the 2017 season! MMM also made its 100th start in the series at the Kentucky Speedway in September.

The next activity for the ARCA Racing Series will be a two-day composite body open test at Talladega Superspeedway Nov. 7-8. The 65th annual national championship awards banquet follows in Indianapolis Dec. 9.

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Mason Mitchell Motorsports: Is a championship driver development team fielding multiple entries in the ARCA Racing Series for the 2017 season. The team is based out of Statesville, North Carolina. http://www.masonmitchellmotorsports.com

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The 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards racing season came to a conclusion Friday night with Venturini Motorsports wrapping up its 35th year of series competition at Kansas Speedway.

ARCA’s last dance featured three familiar drivers coming out of VMS’ driving stable – Spencer Davis, Natalie Decker and newcomer Cole Rouse.

The three-car effort was led by Spencer Davis who drove his No.55 Musselman’s BIG CUP Applesauce Toyota to a seventh place finish, Natalie Decker finished 12th and Cole Rouse completed his second series race in the 13th position.

Davis, 18, competing in his seventh race of the season for VMS notched his best finish since finishing third in his series debut back in May at Talladega Superspeedway.

“We fired off in the ninth spot and moved our way inside the top-5 early,” said Davis. “Had a really good Toyota most of the race and improved with solid pit stops. I thought we had a good shot at the end with ten to go – after that final pit stop we put some cold General Tires on and made a charge. Spun the tires on the final restart but had momentum going into turn 2 – unfortunately we were three-wide and it slowed our momentum and had to settle for seventh. Can’t complain, we had a great Musselman’s Toyota today and ended the season in good shape.”

Natalie Decker, 20, made headlines prior to her seventh series start of the season, announcing plans to run the full ARCA schedule with VMS in 2018.

The driver of the No.25 Yo Cool Frozen Yogurt / N29 Capital Partners Toyota Camry held her own during her first visit to Kansas Speedway, finishing 12th and bringing home her sixth top-15 in seven season starts.

“I was hoping for a better finish but happy with the outcome of tonight’s race,” said Decker. “My Toyota Camry was super free through the center and tight off most off the night. We struggled a bit early but my crew chief (Dave Leiner) made a bunch of changes and got the car really dialed in towards the end. The experience I gained tonight will pay huge dividends come next season. Every time I strap into the car I’m getting more comfortable and able to provide solid input. It’s been a great season – I’m super pumped for next season!”

Decker’s next event will be the ARCA season opener in February at Daytona International Speedway.

Cole Rouse, piloting the No.15 Toyota Camry with support from Musselman’s BIG CUP Applesauce and Flexzilla rounded out VMS’ team effort finishing in the 13th position at Kansas Speedway.

Rouse, 20, made just his second ARCA Series start of his career. The Fort Smith, Arkansas native was recently crowed the CARS Tour Super Late Model Champion driving for Kyle Bush Motorsports.

“We found some speed at the end but overall didn’t have the night we wanted,” said Rouse. “I kind of moved around all night and had some success on the top side but just never got going. Track position seemed to hurt us too. I wish we could’ve given Musselman’s and Flexzilla a better showing – we’ll just have to figure it out next time out.”

The next scheduled activing for the ARCA Racing Series will be a two-day composite body open test at Talladega Superspeedway November 7-8. Venturini Motorsports will participate and will announce which drivers will participate in the coming weeks. The 65th annual national championship awards banquet follows in Indianapolis on December 9th.

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Michael Self went to victory lane in the ARCA Racing Series for the first time of his career on Friday at Kansas Speedway. Self took the lead with eight laps to go on a late-race restart with nine laps remaining in the event.

"I knew it was going to get hairy. I just kept my foot in it," said Self after the 150-mile race. “Once we got out in clean air, it was all about hitting your marks. Once I got the lead, Derek came on the radio and said, 'listen to me. I want you to do exactly what I tell you to do. I did exactly what he said and we were able to pull away from the 99. It's amazing how much a good spotter can help."

Sheldon Creed, leading at the final restart, had a tire go down in the closing laps that hampered his finishing result. The 19-year old racer went on to finish five laps down in 19th.

Creed will finish the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season with five top five and eight top 10 finishes in 11 races.

As for race winner Michael Self, he’ll end the year with four top five and four top 10 finishes through six starts.

Ty Majeski will leave Kansas with the runner-up spot. Majeski, piloting the No. 99 Treeo’s Ford, had a threat for the lead in the closing laps. However, as the run went on, the Roush Fenway Racing development driver lost ground.

Majeski scored his second career top five finish in the ARCA Racing Series ranks and led 38 laps in the Kansas ARCA 150.

Rounding out the top three finishers at Kansas was pole sitter Zane Smith. Smith led the field for only one circuit in his No. 41 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota. He’ll end the year with seven top five and 11 top 10 finishes through 14 races.

Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant rounded out the top five finishers.

Austin Theriault will walk away with the 2017 ARCA Racing Series championship despite a rough night on Friday. Theriault’s night ended early on lap 54 when he brought out the caution.

That didn’t matter though as Theriault clinched the championship the last time out at Kentucky Speedway.

He’ll end the year with seven victories, 16 top five and 19 top 10 finishes.

"We overcame a lot of challenges this year," said Theriault after the race. "We had a tremendous year…the support from back home, the crew…the all-nighters. I couldn't be more proud of the effort from everyone who shared in this championship."

Riley Herbst will claim the 2017 SCOTT Rookie of the Year award. Herbst started the race in 16th and went on to finish ninth at Kansas.

"We didn't win but we got the end result we came for. Pretty good payday all the way around," said Herbst. "Thanks to all my Joe Gibbs Racing guys and all their hard work, and thanks to SCOTT for the Rookie of the Year. We're coming back next year to go after the championship."

The next race for the ARCA Racing Series will be the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February.

Hours before the start of Friday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway, Venturini Motorsports announced that driver Natalie Decker will compete full time in the ARCA series in 2018.

Decker, a 20-year old native of Eagle River, WI, will pilot Venturini Motorsports’ No.25 Toyota Camry with veteran crew chief Dave Leiner at the controls.

“It’s an incredible feeling sitting here today making this announcement,” says Decker. “It’s really a dream come true! I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports, Toyota Racing and N29 Capital Partners enough for giving me this opportunity.”

The popular rookie driver has made six ARCA starts this season highlighted by two top-10 finishes and a career best seventh-place finish at Road America.

“This is obviously a big step in my career. I’m really fortunate – coming from the competitive Midwest and running short tracks most of my career. I’m confident and ready for this next move. After tonight my focus shifts to next season. We’ll be ready to go at Daytona,” added Decker.

Decker stands to become just the fifth female in modern day ARCA history to compete for a series driver championship, joining Shawna Robinson (’00), Christi Passmore (’03 and ’04), Milka Duno (’13) and Sarah Cornett-Ching (’15).

Already with support from N29 Capital Partners LLC., Decker is pursuing additional sponsorship for the 2018 season.

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Zane Smith will start on the pole for the Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway on Friday. Smith posted a time of 30.000, 180.000 mph. to score his second career ARCA General Tire pole.

Coming into Kansas, Smith, from California, has scored six top five and 10 top 10 finishes through 13 races. Three of those six top five finishes for Smith were all runner-up finishes.

Sheldon Creed will start second in the No. 12 United Rentals Toyota. Creed posted a 30.119, 179.289 mph. on his one and only qualifying lap at Kansas. The 19-year old racer comes into Kansas looking to score his first career ARCA victory as he finished third at Kentucky.

Ty Majeski will round out the top three Kansas ARCA 150 starters. Majeski posted a 30.159, 179.051 mph. on his lap in qualifying. The young racer holds an average start of 4.5 and an average finish of 6.5 in four career starts.

Austin Theriault, who has locked up the 2017 ARCA Racing Series championship, will start 10th on the leaderboard. Theriault has seven victories this season coming into the season finale.

The Kansas ARCA 150 will air live on FS2 at 8:30 p.m. ET.

SiriusXM and Formula 1 have entered into a multi-year agreement that makes SiriusXM the exclusive North American radio broadcaster of all Formula 1® (F1®) races, starting with this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

SiriusXM‘s coverage of the 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, TX will air live this Sunday, October 22 (3:00 pm ET/2:00 pm CT), exclusively on Sirius channel 132, XM channel 203 and channel 963 on the SiriusXM app.  The channels will also carry qualifying on Saturday, October 21 (5:00 pm ET/4:00 pm CT).  Listeners will hear the BBC 5 Live radio broadcast for each race.

The four remaining 2017 Formula 1® races will all air on SiriusXM, including the season-finale 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 26.  Starting with the 2018 Formula 1 season and beyond SiriusXM will air every Grand Prix race on the calendar.

“Formula 1 races are sensational, world-class events, which showcase the most advanced automotive technology in the hands of exceptional drivers competing on very challenging circuits,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “We are very excited to deliver the excitement of these races to SiriusXM listeners across the country.  As Formula 1 makes its way around the globe, we will bring its fans in North America to each international venue and enable them to follow the action live.”

“We are delighted to have Formula 1 back on SiriusXM,” said Sean Bratches, Managing Director, Commercial Operations at Formula 1.  “Their ability to offer live coverage of all races throughout the Championship to their numerous fans and listeners provides tremendous additional exposure for F1 in the North American market.”

The FIA Formula One World Championship is the highest end of open wheeled motor racing.  The season runs from March through November and this year consists of 20 Grand Prix races run on road course tracks, as well as some closed city streets circuits.  The results of each race are combined to determine two titles, one for drivers and one for constructors (teams).

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain is the top points holder this season (306), ahead of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (247) and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland (234).  Mercedes, the reigning constructor’s champion, holds the 2017 team points lead.

Formula 1®  complements an extensive auto racing lineup on SiriusXM that includes every NASCAR race and every Indy Car Series race, and also expands the amount of European sports programming available to SiriusXM listeners, which already features English Premier League and Champions League soccer.

For more information visit www.SiriusXM.com.

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Make no mistake about it, partial schedule or not, Codie Rohrbaugh and his Grant County Mulch Racing (GCM) team have made the best of their appearances in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2017.

Set for eighth ARCA start of the season in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150, Rohrbaugh and his family-owned team are determined to end the year on a high note with their second top-10 finish in his second appearance in the land of Oz.

“I can’t believe it’s the end of the year,” said Rohrbaugh. “It seems like this year went incredibly fast but we’ve made a ton of gains from when we took the green flag this season and hope to make some more when the checkered flag falls on Friday night.”

With a career-best eighth place finish earned in June at Michigan International Speedway, the Petersburg, West Virginia native says his team has had the speed and car capable of earning better finishes, but when it boils down to lady luck, it hasn’t been on their side.

Especially the last two races.

“We’ve had some bad luck at Chicago and Kansas, but I’m hoping we can right the ship and return to Kansas with some speed and shake the monkey off our back and give us some momentum to get ready for 2018.”

Rohrbaugh says he likes the fast 1.5-mile track of Kansas Speedway and despite having a fast No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet in the 2016 ARCA finale, an electrical issue 35 laps into the race left the former CARS Tour competitor with a 32nd place finish.

This weekend, anything less than a top-10 performance would be just as disappointing.

“We’re taking the car we had at Chicagoland and Kentucky,” offered Rohrbaugh. “We got collected in a late race situation at Kentucky and banged up the car, but my guys have done a great job putting her back together for Kansas.

“I feel like with the speed we had last year, that setup will be a good place for us to start. The biggest challenge for our team will be keeping up with the handling throughout the day from practice to qualifying and then the race.

“We need to be able to roll our car through the corners and carry the speed on the exit of the turns to get that momentum for the frontstretch and backstretch. We’ll have an opportunity to tweak on it once the race starts, but we need to be in the ballpark.

“We’ll hope for the best and just be grateful we’re at the track!”

Entering Kansas, the 23-year-old has competed in seven races this season, qualifying inside the top-10 five times, including a career-best fourth at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in July. The Petersburg, W.V. native averages a 14.9 finish, which includes six top-16 finishes in the last seven races.

In nine career ARCA starts, he has a best finish of eighth at Michigan International Speedway (June 2017) after starting a career-best eighth at the same 2.0-mile speedway.

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The Kansas ARCA 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 20 with a two-hour practice session planned from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later shortly after 7:30 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).

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Heavy rains overnight and throughout the morning combined with track conditions in the afternoon to wash out Day 3 of the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators. The 12 participants competing for a spot on the 2018 Rev Racing roster were slated to take laps in the team's NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars. The early end to the session, however, did not adversely affect the evaluation process.

Drivers took part in media and physical assessment at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona on Monday, and each of them got two sessions in a Late Model Stock Car Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway.

"This has been probably our most talented group of drivers we've brought to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine," said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR manager of racing operations & event management. "Each driver really stepped up both off the track and on the track. We had two great days of evaluation.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get on track on the third day, but based on the body of work we've seen, we feel we're at a point to make a decision on who we're going select for next year."

The first two days were comparable to the experience of previous NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combines. The additional day of testing, in the K&N Pro Series cars, was scheduled to be a new addition this season to provide another layer of data; until inclement weather changed those plans.

As part of the evolution of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, though, the enhanced focus the overall driver profile means Monday's off-track evaluations will factor more into the 2018 roster than in the past. The team is also looking at increase in seat time to ramp up the competition next season.

To that end, a smaller pool of 12 participants were invited to the tryout, out of which four will be selected for the 2018 Rev Racing team. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

It also meant that current Rev Racing drivers who were invited were also part of the on-track testing, which was new this year.

One of those drivers looking to reclaim a spot with Rev Racing is Ruben Garcia Jr. The 2015 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, Garcia has driven for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series each of the last two years. He finished fifth in the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points.

"Seat time, especially for those of us trying to get up in the ranks, is the most important thing," said Garcia. "I think it's a great step for the program. I'm actually really, really excited and hoping I can get back into the program to be able to get that seat time. I think it's a great, great opportunity for us."

Garcia is one of two drivers from the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series who were invited to the combine. He was joined in New Smyrna by Fabian Welter, as they look to follow in the path paved by 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez, who got his start in NASCAR Mexico. Welter has already clinched the championship for the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Challenge Series -- the second level for NASCAR in Mexico -- with a race remaining.

"The base is very similar," said Garcia when asked to compare the K&N Pro cars to the ones in Mexico. "A K&N car is kind of like a NASCAR Mexico car on steroids: It's bigger, heavier, way more horsepower. It has more variables set-up wise, so more things you need to think about while you're practicing.”

For a driver, though, Garcia said, they still have one important thing in common: “They're still stock cars with a V8 engine.”

Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It's compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing's Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandoleros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

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Still upbeat after notching his second top-10 finish of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) heads to Kansas Speedway looking to end his freshman season on the tour with a career-best finish in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150.

While having nearly a month to allow his 10th place finish at Kentucky Speedway to soak in, Fontaine has been incredibly focused on heading to Kansas and improving the performance of his No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota with the intention of delivering his first top-five run in his Kansas debut.

The Asheville, N.C.-native will tell you that the recent late summer to fall surge of momentum from AM Racing’s development partner Win-Tron Racing team rallies behind a confident driver and competitive race cars.

Two solid ARCA performances on the mile-and-a-half tracks at Chicagoland and Kentucky Speedway respectively, plus a competitive top-20 performance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) at Chicagoland has Fontaine hungry for more.

“I’m feeling really good about Kansas,” said Fontaine. “Kentucky was good for us, but there’s always room to be better and that’s what we are focused on. With every lap on an intermediate track, I feel like I’m even more comfortable and able to help the team improve the car.

“Each of these tracks are a little different – but overall have the same fundamentals. The rainout of the Kentucky Speedway test put me a little behind because of school, but I felt like start to finish we made up a lot of ground and it has me probably the most confident I have been this season on these bigger tracks.

“These bigger tracks are a blast to drive too.”  

While the recently turned 20-year-old has never been to Kansas, he’s leaning on his team and his Win-Tron Racing teammate Gus Dean for additional support to hopefully propel the North Carolinian to his career-best finish in his 13th career ARCA start.

In fact, it would be the perfect belated Birthday present for Fontaine who turned 20 on Wed., Oct. 18.

“I’ve been fortunate throughout the year to have some good connections with the drivers in the garage,” 

explained Fontaine. “Of course, I know I can always lean on Gus, but it’s a good feeling that when you’re feeling something you can lean on one of your friends – even though he’s a competitor to get some feedback.

Friday night’s race is going to go by quick and I feel like I’ve done a good job preparing myself from Kansas. From studying various layouts to watching some old races or just talking – I feel prepared and hopefully that shows right away in practice on Friday morning.”

The Kansas ARCA 150 will mark the final race of the 2017 ARCA season and while Fontaine has certainly experienced his ups and downs, the seat time has been priceless and the former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competitor hopes to showcase that not only on Friday night but next season as well.

“I’ve learned a lot this year,” sounded Fontaine. “I thought Daytona was going to be a good race, then I got hurt and to go through a recovery process and we steadily got our mojo going during the summer months.

“I feel like there’s still plenty left to be accomplished. We’re going to work real hard this week at Kansas to end our season on a high note for ProMATIC and all our other partners to take into the off season.

“I’m very grateful and appreciative to be driving race cars and I’d like to show my appreciation for that with a good run on Friday night.”

In addition to ProMATIC Automation, Fontaine will have additional marketing partnership support from Accu-Tech, Snap Track, AM Technical Solutions, Superior Essex and Legrand for his third-career ARCA intermediate start.

Entering Friday night’s ARCA race, Fontaine currently sits 14th in the series’ standings (+1 position from Kentucky). Fontaine has a career best finish of ninth at Winchester Speedway in the Winchester ARCA 200 on Aug. 6. An eighth-place qualifying effort at Iowa Speedway in July is his best time trials effort to date.

The Kansas ARCA 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 20th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., Oct. 20 with a two-hour practice session planned from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 2:30 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later shortly after 7:30 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 2 (FS2), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (CT).
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Sheldon “The Showstopper” Creed, will have his final chance to score a maiden win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards this Friday at Kansas Speedway.  This will be the 20th series run and is the final round of the year. He has been very close to victory several times, but has yet to park his MDM Motorsports Toyota in the Winner’s Circle.

The Kansas 150 will be Creed’s 11th ARCA start of the season. In the previous 10 races, he has scored five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes, as well as a General Tire Pole Award at the previous ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway. He has also competed in 16 other races in 6 other race series this season, including the NASCAR Xfinity, Camping World Truck Series, and K&N Pro Series East and West, as well as the Trans Am Series and the Stadium Super Trucks Series.

Creed will again be behind the wheel of the #12 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega MDM Motorsports Toyota featuring the red and white Davey Allison ARCA-era tribute paint scheme for the Kansas race. This season in ARCA, Creed has alternated between Davey Allison’s iconic #28 NASCAR paint scheme and Davey’s lesser-known #12 ARCA paint scheme. Creed’s connection to Davey Allison comes through his regular spotter and racing mentor, Lorin Ranier, whose father, Harry Ranier, gave Davey Allison his first full-time ride in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series in 1987, famously winning at Talladega and Dover in his rookie season.

Sheldon Creed on Kansas:

“I’ve really started to enjoy these fast mile-and-half speedways like Kentucky, Chicago and Kansas. We’ve been really fast at all of them and should’ve won a few of them. We have one more chance to get a win this season, and I have no reason to think we can’t do it. It’s been a really positive year, and I’m hoping to end it on a high note.”

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Kansas 150 is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday October 20, and will be broadcast live on FS2. Live timing and scoring and race updates will be available at www.arcaracing.com.

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The season-ending AutosByNelson.com 250 at South Boston brought an end to one of the closest points battles in CARS LMSC Tour history. JR Motorsports driver Josh Berry found himself in the middle of the points battle, as he trailed leader Layne Riggs by only four points in the standings, while keeping a small five-point advantage over his JR Motorsports teammate Anthony Alfredo in third.

Berry needed a flawless weekend during the series’ first visit to South Boston in order to overtake Riggs and earn his first CARS LMSC Tour championship. However, the weekend proved to be a struggle for the CARS Tour veteran, as he nearly lost control of his car during the second round of qualifying, which relegated him to an eighth place starting spot. Although Berry had a comfortable advantage over Alfredo, who was starting 20th, Berry would have to find speed to chase down Riggs, who was starting on the outside of the front row.

Riggs proved to have one of the strongest cars in the field early on, as he quickly overtook polesitter Philip Morris for the lead on the first lap of the race. Despite losing the lead a few laps later, Riggs was able to constantly challenge Morris and race winner Deac McCaskill during the opening laps of the race, while Berry struggled to work his way up to the front, and found himself in seventh place when the first caution came out.

Berry got the break that he needed on the following restart when Riggs’ transmission broke going into the first turn, which forced the 15-year-old rookie to retire from the race, effectively knocking him out of the championship. Berry, who never cracked the Top 5 during the entire race, only had to contend with Alfredo for the championship, and was able to secure the championship from his teammate by only a few points.

“It’s awesome to win a championship for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kelley Earnhardt,” Berry said. “They’ve been really good to me, and they’ve always been big supporters. I think this is my third or fourth championship for them, but a touring championship is obviously a big deal. There are a lot of different racetracks, and a lot of work went into this, so I’m really excited to win this championship and check it off the list, and I’m going to enjoy it and get ready for next year.”

Berry’s championship in the CARS LMSC Tour adds another chapter to his brief, but illustrious career in Late Models. Berry got his start in Late Model racing in 2011 at South Boston Speedway, where he made 19 starts and earned one victory, which placed him fourth overall in the track’s final 2011 standings. Since 2012, Berry has been a regular at both Motor Mile Speedway and Hickory Motor Speedway, where he has won over two dozen races between the two tracks, and has one track championship at both facilities.

Berry’s success on short tracks eventually convinced Dale Earnhardt Jr. to start fielding an part-time Xfinity car for him, with Berry finishing 12th in his series debut at Iowa in 2014. Berry has made five more starts in the series since his debut with JR Motorsports and Obaika Racing, earning a career-best finish of seventh in the 2015 Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond Raceway. Berry has expressed interest in running more Xfinity races, but a lack of sponsorship and a commitment to Late Models has prevented him from being more active in the series.

In 2015, Berry began to make select appearances in both divisions of the recently formed CARS Tour, but quickly found his place in the CARS LMSC Tour, where he won three out of the four races he started. Berry carried the momentum he established from 2015 into 2016, where he won five more races and finished in the Top 5 in all of his starts. However, Berry ultimately forfeited his shot at the CARS LMSC Tour championship when he missed the 2016 Summertime Showdown at Orange County due to a commitment with the Xfinity Series, but Berry still managed to finish third in the standings to Deac McCaskill.

Berry would have several new challenges to face for the 2017 season, such as an increased schedule, new tracks and competitors, and dealing with the loss of his long-time sponsor Speedco. However, Berry was able to overcome the adversity, and knocked off four more victories in the 2017 CARS LMSC Tour season to secure his first championship in the series, including a season sweep at Concord Speedway. Berry believes that he and his team met all of their goals for the 2017 season, and is proud of the hard work they put into his car despite some of the struggles they faced.

“In 2016, it seemed like things came a lot easier for us,” Berry said. “You just have to learn not to take things like that for granted. We had a lot of ups and downs this year, but at the end, I’m excited to be the champion, and hopefully we can contend for the championship next year.”

There are many unknowns for Josh Berry going into 2018, but he does plan to return to the CARS LMSC Tour next year with the hope of becoming the first repeat champion in the series’ brief history. Berry has also expressed interest in competing in other divisions next year, but added he is still trying to work out many details.

“Right now I’m not exactly sure what I have lined up for next year beyond the CARS Tour,” Berry said. “I can definitely say that I have a few things in the works, but I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.”

The 2018 CARS Tour season will introduce a variety of changes to the schedule and competition for Berry and his competitors, including inaugural visits to Wake County Speedway, Ace Speedway, Kingsport Speedway and Carteret County Speedway. The CARS Tour will also not return to Concord Speedway for the 2018 season, which was a track that Berry was undefeated at during his career in the series. However, Berry is looking forward to the changes and tribulations that the 2018 season will bring him, and remains confident that he will once again be one of the drivers competing for a championship when the season concludes at South Boston next year.

For additional information on the CARS Late Model Stock Tour and the CARS Super Late Model Tour visit www.carsracingtour.com. Be sure to stay active and social with the tour by liking “CARS Tour” on Facebook, following @CARSTour on Twitter, and scrolling through photos on Instagram cars_tour. Additional series information can be obtained by calling the CARS Tour series office, located in Mooresville, NC, at 704.662.9212

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