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The IDTechEx Show! in Santa Clara, Ca, USA on November 15-16 is the key meeting place for those involved in technology scouting and product innovation, bringing together emerging technologies with global brands.

Opening the event are four select Cornerstone presentations which will showcase how new technologies are coming to market which solve big problems created by changing demographics and global megatrends, from mobility to healthcare to enabling the ubiquity of electronics.

Opening the Cornerstone session is Julia Landauer, who is a 2-time championship winning NASCAR driver. After becoming the first woman to win a NASCAR Track Championship at Motor Mile Speedway in her division in 2015, Landauer graduated to the televised NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, becoming the highest finishing female in the series' 62-year history. Landauer's presentation, "The Clash of Silicon Valley and Racing" will hypothesize how both auto racing and Silicon Valley/the auto industry can learn from each others' focuses by reviewing relevant topics such as alternative energy sources, wearables (monitoring driver vitals), Augmented Reality (AR) and electric vehicles.

Following this is Thomas Morel, R&D Director at JCDecaux. JCDecaux is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world with sales of $4 Billion in 2016. Morel will present on "Applications for Emerging Technologies For Digital Out Of Home Media" which will include their work with flexible and printed displays and solar, internet connected street furniture and other innovations that are changing outdoor advertising.

Next up is Sebastien Ouchouche from Galvani Bioelectronics, founded between the $35 Billion GlaxoSmithKline company and Verily Life Sciences, a subsidiary of the $90 Billion Alphabet, Google's parent. Both are funding Galvani Bioelectronics with a whopping $675 Million. Ouchouche will cover their activities tackling healthcare issues while creating an enormous business by the linking of bio sciences and electronics.

This is followed by Dr Carl Dietrich of Terrafugia. Terrafugia makes flying cars. Dietrich will discuss Terrafugia's flying/driving vehicles, including some of their innovations including sensing, IoT and autonomous systems. Terrafugia will also show a flying car at the event.

Over 3,500 people are expected to attend the IDTechEx Show! at the Santa Clara Convention Center on November 15-16. The event features over 240 exhibitors showcasing technologies including the latest innovations in sensors, energy storage, energy harvesting, electric vehicles, IoT, printed electronics, 3D printing and materials. See www.idtechex.com/usa for full details.

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Closing out a successful season for Cunningham Motorsports, Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant put on a show during the Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway, both earning top-five finishes to add to their already impressive résumés. Lee and Sargeant battled back and forth within the top-10 contenders throughout the night to post an impressive fourth and fifth-place finish, respectively.
 
Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion
  • Start: 6th / Finish: 4th
  • Sitting sixth and reporting a loose car, Lee opted to make an early stop under a lap 17 caution for four fresh General Tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments.
  • Restarting 10th, Lee jumped to fifth on lap 27 and by lap 45 the No. 22 was sitting in third.
  • At the halfway point, Lee came down pit road one more time under caution for four General Tires, Sunoco fuel and a slight track bar adjustment.
  • Lining up fourth for the restart on lap 63, Lee swiftly bounced up to second until a battle with teammate Ty Majeski ensued, pushing Lee back into third.
  • When the final caution fell on lap 85, Lee and the team chose to stay off of pit road.
  • Starting second for the last restart with nine laps to go, Lee slid back into fourth for the remaining laps to earn his eighth top-five finish of the season.
  • Lee: “I was really hoping to have a strong run to end the year and a top-five is definitely great. This 22 team has had some ups and downs this season, but no matter what was thrown at them, they stayed resilient and came to the track every week ready to win. I wish we could have come away with a win this year, but we’ve had a lot of accomplishments to be proud of and finishing third in championship points is a good feeling. It’s bittersweet that the season is over…it was definitely a great year racing this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion.”
Dalton Sargeant, No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion
  • Start: 7th / Finish: 5th
  • Making his way to the top five with just 10 laps complete, Sargeant reported battling a free car and began to lose positions.
  • Coming down pit road under yellow on lap 17 for four General Tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments, Sargeant restarted from the 17th position.
  • By lap 30 Sargeant was back within striking distance, sitting seventh but still having trouble with the handling of his car.
  • Returning to pit road on lap 54, Sargeant once again took tires, fuel and adjustments, lining up 12th for the restart.
  • Breaking back into the top-10 with 32 laps to go, Sargeant chose to make his final pit stop with 15 to go.
  • With just nine laps remaining, Sargeant wheeled his No. 77 Big Tine Ford from ninth to fifth for his 10th top-five finish of the season.
  • Sargeant: “This was definitely a special year for me. I came in to this season with the goal of winning the championship and even though that didn’t happen, we had three wins on the year and every week we were contenders to win which is pretty incredible. It’s been an honor to race for Briggs Cunningham and work with Chad Bryant all season and I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done. I’m excited to see what happens next and take everything I’ve learned from Cunningham with me.”
Keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head to www.cunninghamrace.com for more news.
 
You can follow Shane and Dalton on social media as well. Follow Shane on Facebook/Twitter (@ShaneLeeRacing) and on Instagram (@Shane_Lee00). You can find Dalton on Facebook (@DaltonSargeantRacing) and Twitter/Instagram (@DaltonSargeant).
 
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The ARCA Racing Series wrapped up its 65th season of competition on Friday at Kansas Speedway. The 20-race schedule, beginning at Daytona International Speedway in February, featured many highs throughout the year with numerous drivers behind the wheel.

Austin Theriault was the most dominating driver of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season. Going into 2017, the 23-year old, from Fort Kent, Maine, had only two previous starts in the racing series before joining Ken Schrader Racing to pilot the No. 52 ride full-time.

Theriault opened the season celebrating in victory lane at Daytona International Speedway in February. The No. 52 Chevrolet with Orlando Longwood Auto Auction on the side led only four of the 75 circuits to score what would be their first of seven wins throughout the year.

The next four events wouldn’t end in victory lane but rather inside the top 10. Theriault showed dominance in race four at Talladega, a sister track of Daytona, by leading 30 of the 82 completed laps. However, when it was all said and done, the No. 52 Chevrolet finished right where it started in fourth.

The next victory for the team came two races later at Elko Speedway. There Theriault led the field for only four laps to claim his second win of the year. The young driver continued the momentum by placing inside the top 10 over the course of the next two races and later going to victory lane at Madison International Speedway. There he led 49 of the 200 laps in the No. 52 Toyota.

Despite not going to victory lane in the next five races -- Theriault still managed to gather all top 10 finishes. The driver from Maine went on to score three consecutive wins at Road America, DuQuoin, and Salem, making his year total to five after 17 completed events.

"I had some of the most fun at Springfield and DuQuoin that I ever had in a racecar," said Theriault about the dirt tracks on the ARCA circuit. "It goes back to the basics of racing. You just have to make sure you get through the corner without wrecking. I asked a lot of questions about racing on the dirt; but at the end of the day it goes back to the basics. To get a pole and win at the dirt tracks was a high point. Even the mile-and-a-halves…they gave us the most trouble…but we still got a win at Kentucky.”

"The road course was interesting. I am by no means a road course expert…I have very little experience on road courses…but we still came out with a win,” Theriault later added about Road America. “That was exciting for the whole team. I realized at that point…the fastest car doesn't always win. You just have to be there when I counts."

The streak later came to a close at Chicagoland Speedway in race 18 of 20. Theriault started seventh and led one lap to finish in the runner-up spot behind winner Christopher Bell. With the momentum going his way, Theriault scored his seventh win of the year at Kentucky Speedway one race later by leading 14 of the of the 100 laps.

Theriault essentially locked-up the 2017 ARCA Racing Series championship at Kentucky Speedway. However, per ARCA rules, Theriault had to enter the Kansas race and turn a lap in practice to clinch the series title.  

Going into the final race of the season Theriault scored top 10 finishes in every race thus far. And with the championship already secured, Theriault had no worries going into the evening that night.

Unfortunately for Theriault, his 19 top 10 finishing streak came to an end on lap 55 in turns one and two as a tire went down on the No. 52 machine. Theriault finished the night 46 laps down in 25th.

On the upside, Theriault and Ken Schrader Racing still left the 1.5-mile midwest oval with the 2017 title.

"He led from the first race on. He never gave up the points lead…that's pretty rare in this business, if ever,” said team owner and former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ken Schrader. “We had two bad runs where we were 6th and 9th. That isn't exactly terrible. Knew right off the get-go that the way they ran they were going to be there all year. These guys worked there hearts out. But Austin's ability and experience to keep the fenders on the thing…to pull the all nighters…not to just get to the next race, but to be better at the next race. The way he carried himself on and off the track…just a very impressive young man."

Theriault held an average finish of 4.2 and an average start of 7.0 and completed 98.2 percent of the laps ran in 2017.

“People say I'm a veteran; but I have no more than 5 or 6 Xfinity starts and maybe 8 or 9 Truck starts,” said Theriault. “It helped me to get to this point. We work hard and try and study these track as much as possible. We're very thankful the way the races turned out so good for us. Winning at all those different tracks makes it even more special."

Theriault spoke about the support he’s received back home in Maine.

"There's roughly a million people in Maine. I've been very fortunate have a huge number of people follow me. When you race at the national level, it takes everything to a new level. I'm proud of all our support from back home. I'm proud to be from Maine…it's helped shape the person I am. That sort of small town respect helped me be the person I am today. I wouldn't be here without the amazing support I get from back home. I wouldn't be here without them. This is their championship too."

Shrader later said that he would love to have Theriault back in 2018 if he cannot find a ride in NASCAR.

"If I could have any favorite scenario, it would be to have one of the those really good teams call him from over there (NASCAR). If that doesn't happen, hell yeah I want him back."

Other drivers had their moments in 2017. Riley Herbst will end 2017 with the SCOTT Rookie Challenge Award. Herbst sat out of the No. 81 Toyota at the season opener because of age restrictions. However, upon turning the age of 18 shortly after the event, Herbst was able to run the remainder of the races.

"We didn't win but we got the end result we came for…pretty good payday all the way around," said Herbst after the Kansas ARCA 150. "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 driver of the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink / UFC Gym Toyota finished the Rookie of the Year season with one victory, coming at Pocono Raceway, six top five, and 10 top 10 finishes throughout 19 starts.

Dalton Sargeant also had his highs throughout the year. The Florida native finished the season with three wins and three pole starts under the Cunningham Motorsports banner.

Each of his three visits to victory lane came on short tracks with the first coming at Salem. His next two came back-to-back in race 10 and 11 at Iowa and Lucas Oil Raceway Park.

Sargeant finished the year with 10 top five and 18 top 10 finishes.

Justin Haley made three ARCA Racing Series starts throughout 2017. The Indiana native made two victory lane visits at Talladega Superspeedway and Pocono Raceway.

He made his third start of the year in the season finale at Kansas Speedway and finished sixth in the No. 78 Chevrolet for Mason Mitchell Motorsports. Haley started the Kansas ARCA 150 fourth on the leaderboard.

Michael Self closed the party out in the season finale at Kansas by scoring his first career ARCA win.

"Yeah…it's amazing what a big win will do on a big stage like Kansas Speedway," said Self. "It's a little overwhelming. I've received tons of congratulatory remarks…well-deserved…all that. For us to finally get an ARCA win in the Sinclair car…getting it the way we did in the last race…the social media response has been overwhelming, not just for me but over there at Sinclair."

Though Self isn’t resting quite yet as the series goes into the offseason. The driver from Utah is beginning to piece a deal together that could get him on-track more in 2018.

"I'm working on a proposal for 2018…what a full championship season would be worth. I want to send it off today…hopefully get some answers in the next couple of weeks," said Self. "I want to run for an ARCA championship. I've got to look at the bigger picture. I'm going to be 27 years old next week. And there was a three-year span when I was out of the car altogether…I literally didn't race for three years. We'd all like to say we're going to the Monster Energy Series, but my focus over the last couple years was just how I was going to get back in a race car. My reality may not be a Monster Energy Cup driver one day. What's more realistic is to grow with Sinclair and get them in a really good position to market their company. And I'd like to grow with them, and I think ARCA's the right place to do that. Business-marketing-wise I want to be in a good position to have that to fall back on."

Self made six starts in the series and finished the year with four top five and four top 10 finishes.

The ARCA Racing Series will return to action at Daytona International Speedway in February. Stay tuned to SpeedwayDigest.com for the 66th ARCA Racing Series season schedule.

A troubled engine hampered Chad Finley Racing’s (CFR) efforts to earn his fifth top-10 finish of the season in Friday night’s Kansas ARCA 150 at Kansas Speedway, but driver Chad Finley still gutted out an 11th place performance.

In their typical Chad Finley Racing way – the team showcased the initial speed of their No. 51 Auto Value Certified Service Centers Chevrolet during the final practice session of the season – but when qualifying rolled around, Finley posted the 15th quickest time.

Not initially worried about their mid-pack starting position, the team believed their Chevrolet would come to life as the race transitioned from daylight to darkness – like it had done in the past last month at Chicagoland Speedway and Kentucky Speedway respectively.

They were right.

From the moment the green flag dropped, Finley wasted little time maneuvering himself through the field.

With a fast race car and negotiating some of the fastest laps on the race track – Finley quickly found himself in the top-10 and thanks to quick work by his race team following a caution at Lap 56, the Dewitt, Mich. native was knocking on the door of the top-five.

Taking advantage of a brilliant restart, Finley sliced and diced his way into the top-five where he hovered until the event’s final caution waved 15 laps from the finish.

While most of the teams took varying strategies, Finley pitted for four tires hoping the fresh General Tire rubber would be enough for Finley to net his fifth top-five of the season.

However, on the restart, Finley’s engine sputtered and began losing RPMs. Making the most of the situation, Finley nursed his sour engine to the finish line in 11th, earning his sixth top-12 finish of the year.

“The motor really didn’t sound right from the drop of the green flag,” explained Finley. “But, we never gave up as a team and there at the end of the race it was just laying down. We had good speed in the corners, but just didn’t have it on the straightaways where it counted most.

“I’m really proud of this Chad Finley Racing team. We had a good car. We were contenders. Just had some bad luck. It’s part of the deal. It happens.

“Overall, I can’t ask for much more this season. We had speed, we were fast and we won a race. We’ll work hard during the off-season and try and get our program better and hope that 2018 brings bigger and better things for CFR. We have some things in the works and are looking forward to putting them in motion”

In addition to Auto Value, Air Lift Company and XLT Engineering adorned the No. 51 Chad Finley Racing Chevrolet as associate marketing partners for the 20th race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.

In 19 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts, Chad Finley has mounted one-win (Nashville 2017), eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes, including a pole at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway in 2009.

Finley is the son of former ARCA winner and NASCAR driver Jeff Finley.

Follow Chad Finley on Twitter @Chad_Finley.

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IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a leading marketer and promoter of sports and live entertainment experiences, announced the promotion of Louis F. Partenza to President and Chief Executive Officer.
 
Partenza joined IRGSE as the Chief Financial Officer in June 2015 and has served as interim CEO since May 2017. 
 
"I am honored and excited to assume the role of President and CEO," said Partenza. "I look forward to working with the Board to grow the IRGSE family of companies and continue to drive our industry presence and deliver greater value to our customers, fans and sponsors."
 
During his career, he has helped lead a diverse set of companies on strategy, operations and finance and has a significant background in executive leadership within the sports industry.

Prior to joining IRGSE, Partenza was the Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the NHL's Florida Panthers, Sunrise Sports and Entertainment and the BB&T Center.

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Anthony Campi Racing and Chase Purdy have made public their agreement to compete together in select super late model events during the 2018 season following a successful test this past weekend. ACR has quickly become one of the heavy hitters in national late model racing and by securing Purdy, they have reiterated their commitment to excellence on-track.
 
Chase Purdy is one of the hottest prospects in regional and national development level motorsports. Earlier this year, he was named to the NASCAR Next 2017-18 class, a group of young drivers who have promising potential to become future stars at the top levels of stock car racing.
 
After being named to NASCAR Next, Chase continued to display his potential by claiming four straight poles and five runner-up finishes while finishing fourth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings. Towards the end of the season, he made three starts in the ARCA racing series including his first intermediate track event at Kentucky where he contended for the win until late-race incident eliminated him from contention.
 
“I felt like things were pretty good during our test,” said Purdy about the ACR crew. “I felt really good about the group of guys. Everyone really seemed bonded, and I felt like I bonded with them. Anthony is really informative about everything and helpful to me as a driver, too. Plus, we were able to have fun together, and that’s always good.”
 
Over the last few seasons, Anthony Campi has transitioned from the role of driver to team owner and, in his short timespan at the helm of the team, has quickly led them to prominence. Starting at their home track of New Smyrna Speedway, ACR took various drivers to success at the half-mile oval on the east coast of Florida. During the 2016 season, they became a nationally known entity when Minnesota driver Cole Anderson drove their cars to victory in multiple high-profile events such as Oktoberfest and races in the Southern Super Series.
 
“Our initial test with Chase was very productive and I feel like we had great speed and a good baseline to work off of when we start racing,” said Campi. “It was fun, he’s got a great deal of talent and honing in on when and where to use that talent will be our key focus. Chase listens great and his feedback is on point, so it should make for an exciting year of racing.”
 
Campi and Purdy first had the opportunity to become familiar with one another during the CARS Tour Duels at Dominion when both parties were racing at the same track on the same weekend. Purdy ran second in both races while Campi’s team also ran inside the top five. Half a year later, when Performance Marketing Group made the introduction of team to driver and vice versa, each were familiar with one another after the early-season weekend in Virginia.
 
“I watched Chase at Dominion and thought, ‘wow, he has amazing raw talent,’ and I believed if someone could help to tame and teach him, that person could win a lot of races with him,” Campi said. “When the opportunity came up to work with him a short time back, we would have been crazy not to jump on it. We’re really looking forward to seeing how this entire deal plays out.”
 
Chase’s schedule with ACR includes ten marquee super late model dates and is scheduled to begin with the annual Speedfest event at Crisp Motorsports Park next January. Other events include races like the Rattler 250 and the Slinger Nationals.
 
For more information on Chase Purdy, visit his website at ChasePurdyRacing.com and follow him on Facebook (@ChasePurdyRacing), Twitter (@ChasePurdy12) and Instagram (@chase_purdy).
 
Anthony Campi Racing is a professional, championship race team based outside of Sarasota, Fla., who fields cars for various drivers across the country including NASCAR Next driver Chase Purdy. ACR invites fans and followers to connect with them on Facebook (@AnthonyCampi81), Twitter (@AnthonyCampi) and Instagram (@AnthonyCampiRacing).

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With a commanding performance in the season finale at Kansas Speedway, Cunningham Motorsports driver Ty Majeski never fell out of contention for the win after running in the top-five for the duration of the 100-lap Kansas 150 Friday night. Starting from the third position, Majeski took his No. 99 Treeo’s Ford Fusion to the front for 38 laps, coming away with a career-best second-place finish in the last race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
 
“We had a great race to close out the season and it was refreshing to finally get a finish that reflected how strong this No. 99 Ford has been each race,” said Majeski. “There really wasn’t a time throughout the race that I didn’t think we could win, right up until the final lap. We had speed all day and it definitely showed throughout the entire night.”
 
From the start it was clear Majeski had one of the strongest cars in the field, posting the third-fastest lap time during practice. Even after an engine swap midway through practice, Majeski maintained those high speeds with a third-place General Tire Pole Qualifying effort.
 
When the green flag fell, Majeski quickly moved up to second and settled into that position slowly chipping away at the lead. With a caution falling just 17 laps into the night, Majeski reported battling a free car, but opted to stay off of pit road until later in the race. On lap 24, Majeski took the lead on the restart and held it for the next 32 laps.
 
“I knew once we had the lead I could really work to create a gap between first and second,” said Majeski. “We knew we needed to make a pit stop at some point during the race still and if there wasn’t a caution I knew I’d want a sizeable lead to pit comfortably and hopefully not lose any positions. I knew we had a good car and it was just up to me to make sure I could stay focused and consistent for the rest of the race.”
 
That chance to make his way down pit road came under yellow on lap 54 where he got four fresh General Tires, Sunoco race fuel and adjustments. Taking the outside line on the lap 63 restart, Majeski lost the lead and fell back to third but swiftly climbed back to second with 30 laps to go. Majeski came down pit road one final time after a lap 85 caution for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With a quick stop complete Majeski stalled leaving the box, costing him valuable positions for the restart. Lining up fifth and having nine laps left when the track went back to green, Majeski was able to regain those lost spots to finish the night in second.
 
“We overcame a lot of obstacles throughout the day to get that second-place finish,” said Majeski. “I’m disappointed we weren’t able to come away with the win since we were so close but overall it was a great way to end the season. I think if I hadn’t stalled on that last pit stop we could have won the race, but it’s just another learning moment for me as a driver. These five races this season have been incredible opportunities for me and I can’t thank Treeo’s, Cunningham Motorsports, Ken Schrader Racing and Roush Fenway Racing enough. I’m really looking forward to take what I’ve learned here and apply it to my future endeavors as a driver.”
 
The second-place finish tops off a list of achievements earned by Majeski throughout the 2017 season. In all five races with Cunningham Motorsports, Majeski never qualified or finished outside of the top-10. The Roush Fenway Racing development driver came away with one top-five finish, five top-10 finishes and 89 laps led. Majeski’s average finish was fifth with an average start of fourth.
 
Keep up with Cunningham Motorsports on Facebook and Instagram (@CunninghamRace) and on Twitter (@Cunningham_Race). Head to www.cunninghamrace.com for more news. You can also follow Ty Majeski on Facebook (@TyMajeskiRacing), Twitter (@TyMajeski) and Instagram (@TyMajeski_).
 
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MDM Motorsports ended the 2017 ARCA Racing Series (ARS) Presented by Menards season on a high note on Friday at Kansas Speedway with driver Michael Self winning the Kansas 150. Zane Smith finished third, and Sheldon Creed dominated the 150-mile event but blew a tire with three laps to go and finished a disappointing 19th.
 
The win was Self's first-career ARS victory and marks the team's fifth ARS victory of the season with five different drivers. In addition to the win, the Mooresville, N.C., organization won the General Tire Pole Award with Smith. Creed qualified second, and Self started his winning drive from the eighth position.
 
MDM Motorsports scored victories at Talladega (Ala) Superspeedway with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Haley, Toledo (Ohio) Speedway with 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Harrison Burton, Michigan International Speedway with NASCAR XFINITY Series star Brandon Jones, Winchester (Ind.) Speedway with NXS driver, Kyle Benjamin, and now at Kansas Speedway with eighth time NASCAR K&N Pro Series West (NKNPSW) winner, Self.
 
Michael Self, driver of the No. 28 Sinclair Oil Chevrolet... Self entered the final ARS event of the season coming off two consecutive NKNPSW victories at Meridian and Roseville. The 27-year-old Utah driver qualified the Sinclair Oil sponsored machine eighth and spent most of the event in the top-10 despite fighting a very tight race car. Working with Harrison Burton's 2017 NKNPSE championship team led by Mardy Lindley, Self continued to fight. He restarted sixth on the final restart and held off NXS driver Ty Majeski to score a dramatic win for MDM Motorsports and Sinclair Oil.
 
Self on Kansas: "It feels awesome. A few years ago I didn't know if I would ever get this opportunity, and thanks to the folks at Sinclair, I've been given the opportunity to race again. More than anything, it is just a great feeling to get them in victory lane. MDM Motorsports has given me fast race cars all year, and we've been close more than once this season. On the final restart, I wasn't coming out of the gas, and I'm glad it worked out. Hopefully we can do more of this next year."
 
Zane Smith, driver of the No. 41 ICON Vehicle Dynamics Toyota... Smith joined MDM Motorsports at Salem Speedway and nearly won the race after starting from the General Tire Pole. He was able to score another General Tire Pole on Friday beating his teammate Creed and for the fourth event in a row, the 18-year-old driver had a shot at the victory. Midway through the 100-lap race, Smith fought an ill handling race car, but he and his No. 41 ICON Vehicle Dynamics team led by Jamie Jones made the right adjustments, and Smith was able to rocket back to the front with a chance to win on the last restart. He finished third and locked up a top-10 ARS points position, finishing ninth in the overall standings.
 
Smith on Kansas: "Every time I've come to the track with MDM Motorsports, I've been really fast. It is crazy how prepared this race team is, and it has been a ton of fun. We had a really good ICON Toyota tonight but just never quite were able to get the track position we needed to put ourselves in a position to win. It's crazy to think that we're a little disappointed with a third-place finish. Although I don't really want the season to end, I'm looking forward to a relaxing off-season."
 
Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 12 United Rentals/A.M. Ortega Construction Toyota... Alpine Calif., native Creed had a breakout season in both NKNPSE and ARS competition despite his terrible luck. Once again, Creed appeared to have the car to beat, leading a race-high 52 laps and racing in the top-five all night. On the final restart, contact with another competitor resulted in a flat tire relegating the two-time SPEED Energy Stadium Super Truck Champion to a 19th-place finish in the ARS season finale.
 
Creed on Kansas: "Jeff Stankiewicz and this No. 12 MDM Motorsports team have brought me unbelievable race cars this season, especially the last few weeks, and we should have a bunch of wins to prove it, but we don't. I guess that's racing, but it sure is disappointing. I've learned a ton this year about racing on asphalt, and I can't thank United Rentals, A.M. Ortega Construction, MDM Motorsports and all our partners enough for the opportunity I was given this year. We'll be back stronger than ever, and I can't wait."
 
For more information about MDM Motorsports, including driver development opportunities, please visit www.MDMMotorsports.com.
 
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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.

Follow MMM on Social Media: To keep up-to-date with the latest, news, information and race updates, follow MMM racing’s twitter page @MMM_Race and “like” their facebook page at  Mason Mitchell Motorsports.

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.