Rette Jones Racing is proud to announce that Tyler Dippel will drive full time for the organization in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series Season. Dippel, who drove for the team in K&N Pro Series last year, will take the next step in his career, with moving to ARCA in 2018, running for Rookie of The Year. Team Owner Mark Rette confirmed on social media that due to Dippel turning 18 after the 2018 season begins, Dippel will be unable to compete in the Season Opener at Daytona as he wont be old enough to compete. Dippel will turn 18 on April 5th, 2018, which will be about 3 weeks before Talladega. Co-Owner of Rette Jones Racing, Terry Jones, will make his return to Daytona where he nearly scored his first win one year ago. Tyler Dippel will be eligible to compete in Races 2 and 3 (Nashville, and Greenville), so he will be slated to compete in 19 of the 20 scheduled events for the 2018 season. Riley Herbst was unable to compete at Daytona in 2017 due to not being old enough to drive when competing for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Mason Mitchell Motorsports has confirmed Kyle Weatherman and Quin Houff will represent the organization in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series Season. Team Owner Mason Mitchell discussed the driver roster for 2018 would feature two full time cars and one additional part time entry. Missouri Native Kyle Weatherman will return to the team after running a partial schedule in 2017, driving the #78 while Quin Houff will enter his first full ARCA Campaign, driving the team's #98 entry in 2018. No word on who will drive the third entry in select races but Mitchell confirmed that they will have all 3 cars at Daytona to kickoff the 2018 season.
Kyle Benjamin has been tabbed by Venturini Motorsports to drive the #55 GoPuck Toyota in the 2018 Season Premiere of the ARCA Racing Series. Benjamin, from Easley South Carolina, will move to the NASCAR XFINITY Series full time in 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing and run for Rookie of the Year. Benjamin will kick off his season a week early as he'll compete in February 11th's Lucas Oil 200 from Daytona. The 20 year old has never competed on the Restricator Plate Tracks of Daytona and Talladega, and will be able to get a bit of seat time before he makes his XFINITY Daytona debut a week later. Cometic/GoPuck will serve as the primary sponsor for Benjamin in the #55 entry. Team Owner Bill Venturini stated that the organization intends to field 4 cars at Daytona, including the #55 of Kyle Benjamin.
Matthew Miller, Team Owner of MDM Motorsports, announced the organization's plans for the 2018 ARCA Racing Series Season, during a interview on MRN Radio. Miller, who ran part time entries in 2017, will field three full time cars in 2018, all running for the 2018 ARCA Championship. Miller also revealed that they will run one full time entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with more details yet to be determined. MDM Motorsports has tabbed Alpine California's Sheldon Creed to drive the team's #8 United Rentals Chevrolet. Creed ran for the team in 2017 and although did not collect any wins, he led many laps and it was enough to secure a full time gig for 2018. Michael Self, 26, from Park City, Utah will drive the team's #28 Sinclair Lubricants Chevrolet full time. Self won the Season Finale at the Kansas Speedway last year. Travis Miller will complete the MDM Motorsports roster for 2018, driving the #41 Maestro's Chevrolet. Miller will be the only MDM Driver running for Rookie of the Year. There's been speculation of MDM adding a fourth part time entry at some point during 2018 but nothing is concrete at this point.
Venturini Motorsports has announced that Spencer Davis, 18, will drive full time for the organization in the 2018 ARCA Racing Series Season. Davis, who resides in Dawsonville, GA, will pilot the #15 Part City Auto Parts Toyota full time in 2018, and will also run for Rookie of the Year. Davis, who has competed in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series, is expected to be the only Venturini driver to be Full Time in 2018. Spencer Davis revealed on social media that he expects to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut early in 2018 as well but nothing else was said
Cunningham Motorsports has announced that 18 year old Zane Smith, out of Hunington Beach, CA, will drive for the organization in 2018. Zane Smith will move into the seat of the #77 Ford beginning at Daytona in February. Smith, who drove for Venturni and MDM Motorsports in 2017, and collected two poles, will make his first full season attempt in the ARCA Racing Series and run for the Championship. Smith will replace Dalton Sargeant in 2018 as Sargeant reportley left the team at the end of 2017 and is expected to run in the Truck Series in 2018. LaPaz/Icon Vehicle Dynamics will serve as the primary sponsor for the season
The ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards will debut at a new track for the 2018 racing season. ARCA President Ron Drager revealed to the media Friday Morning
that the series will head down south to Greenville, South Carolina, and compete at the historic Greenville Pickens Speedway on March 24th, 2018. The Track that used to hold races for what is now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and XFINITY Series.and currently still hold races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, will be one of the 20 ARCA Racing Series events to be held in 2018
The 2018 NASCAR Mock Season Schedule was officially released this afternoon from NASCAR, revealing major changes to the schedule for the 2018 season. NASCAR confirmed that the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will continue with its normal 36 race season, along with 33 XFINITY Races, and 23 Truck Races
Next season, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will finally make their debut at the Iowa Speedway in August of 2018, making it a dobule header weekend for their fall weekend at the track, joining the XFINITY Series. This big change did come at a cost for one Monster Energy Cup Track; that being the Michigan International Speedway. Michigan will lose its Fall Date and will be replaced by Iowa on that respective date. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Michigan is normally held in the Fall but will be moved into the Spring on a Friday Afternoon, making it a quadruple weekend with Cup, XFINITY, and ARCA.
As Michigan loses a date, another track will receive an additional date for 2018; that being the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the first time since their inaugural race in 1998, Las Vegas will hold two Monster Energy Cup Series races in one season. The Second Las Vegas Race will kickoff the Cup Series Playoff's in Round #1 which will replace Chicagoland which will be moved to the Summer.
The Final regular season race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will be held at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway which will officially set which 16 drivers will face off in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs and battle for the championship. Indianapolis will replace Richmond of being the cut-off race, as Richmond's second date will become a Playoff Race.
NASCAR also confirmed that the Bank of America 500 will be run on the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (Road Course) in the Playoff's. This will give us 3 road course races for the Cup Series in 2018
The ARCA Racing Series, which is also connected in the NASCAR Mock Season, also released their schedule, with their one and only big change being their debut at the historic Greenville Pickens Speeway in Greenville, SC.
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