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Officials from Chad Bryant Racing (CBR) announced today that Connor Hall (@connorhall77) has joined the veteran ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards team for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Hall will make his series’ debut aboard the No. 22 Ford Fusion with support from Marlow Yachts and Healing Hands. NASCAR championship winning crew chief Paul Andrews will call the shots for Hall in the 80-lap season opener.

“I am ecstatic that I get to work with Chad Bryant Racing some this year,” Hall said. “I am beyond thankful for my sponsors and I’m extremely happy to represent them for this event, as well as the rest of the 2019 season.

“I look forward to what the 2019 season will bring for myself as a driver and also for my partners. I hope this is going to be our biggest and best year yet.” Hall, 21, participated in the ARCA open-test at the “World Center of Racing” in January with another team where he earned crucial drafting experience readily preparing him for his superspeedway debut.

Team owner Chad Bryant said he kept an eye on Hall during the two-day session and was impressed with his ability to get up to speed quickly.

“We had a lot going on during the test at Daytona, but you always keep an eye on the competition,” said Bryant. “Connor was very smooth and attentive during the test and when he approached us about the running the race, it made sense.

“He knows in order to have an opportunity to win, he has to be around for the finish. He’ll make a great teammate to our other car driven by Joe Graf Jr. and we look forward to a strong start to the 2019 ARCA season.”

Hall’s partners are equally enthused about being a part of Speedweeks 2019.

“Marlow Yachts is happy to announce their partnership with Connor Hall and Chad Bryant Racing for the 2019 ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway,” said Marlow Yachts president David Marlow. “We are hoping for much success from Connor and the people at Chad Bryant Racing.”

“Connor is a talented race car driver and we are looking forward to what the future will hold for Marlow Yachts and Connor Hall in the ARCA Racing Series as well as the higher levels in NASCAR.”

Healing Hands vice president Sid Lakhani offered, “Healing Hands is excited to get to work with Connor Hall during his ARCA Racing Series debut at Daytona International Speedway. “This is going to be our first race partnered with Connor and the Chad Bryant Racing team and we feel great about what our partnership with each of them will bring.

“We believe partnering with Connor will provide our company with a new great ambassador. We look forward to being in Daytona and following the green tree around the track!”

In addition to the ARCA opener, Hall will participate in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season-opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway on Feb. 10 aboard the No. 31 Chevrolet for Marsh Racing. The Virginian will make his fourth series’ start and look to better his seventh-place finish at Langley (Va.) Speedway last April.

For more on Connor Hall, please like him on Facebook (Connor Hall Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@connorhall77) and Twitter (@connor_hall77).

For more on Chad Bryant Racing, please like them on Facebook (Chad Bryant Racing) and follow them on Twitter (@ChadBryantRace). Also visit the new ChadBryantRacing.com.

The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps | 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Feb. 7 with a two-hour session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in on Fri., Feb. 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The season-opener for the 67th consecutive ARCA season is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 9 shortly after 4:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.

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The Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire serves as the 67th season opener for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, but it will also serve as the opening round of the 2019 General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, a nine-race series-within-a-series that takes place on tracks longer than one mile in length.
 
ARCA has awarded a superspeedway championship each year dating back to 1984 when Davey Allison drove his own self-owned car to the big track title. Last year's winner was team owner Matthew Miller, who fielded cars for overall series champion Sheldon Creed.
 
Notable previous Superspeedway Challenge winners include Cathy Venturini (1987, 1991, 2012), James Finch (1993, 1994), Larry Clement (1998, 2001, 2005, 2006), Ken Schrader (1999, 2017),  Bill Gerhart (2004), Ray Evernham (2007), and Billy Venturini (2016). 
 
Races on the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge schedule for 2019 after Daytona include the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 26, the General Tire 150 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 23, the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway on May 31, the Zomongo 200 at Michigan International Speedway on June 7, the ARCA Gateway 150 at Gateway Motorsports Park on June 22, the ARCA Chicagoland 150 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 27, the ARCA Pocono 150 at Pocono Raceway on July 26, and the ARCA Kansas 150 at Kansas Speedway on October 18. 
 
The races sponsored by General Tire, events at Daytona, Talladega, Charlotte, and Pocono, will be double-points events. 
 
Each of the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge races with the exception of the event at Gateway will be televised live on FS1 or FS2. The Gateway race will be shown live on MAVTV.
 
ARCA Racing PR
FOX Sports has announced its talent lineup for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Lucas Oil 200 driven by Menards at Daytona International Speedway.
 
Veteran motorsports broadcaster Dave Rieff will anchor the Daytona broadcast alongside long-time ARCA color analyst Phil Parsons. They will be joined on pit road by Dillon Welch and, for the first time, Kim Coon.
 
Rieff comes to the ARCA broadcasts after spending several years calling NHRA action for FOX Sports. Rieff had spent 12 years working the pits for NHRA broadcasts for ESPN before transitioning into the play-by-play role in 2013. He made the move to FOX Sports when the network acquired the NHRA rights in 2017.
 
"While the last three decades have included plenty of dirt roads, straight lines and the occasional oval, I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the ARCA Racing Series in 2019," Rieff said. "The mix of young guns and savvy veterans, the complete change in racing philosophy to drag racing and the opportunity to share a microphone with Phil Parsons are just a few ‘drops’ in the bucket of excitement that I am trying to contain.
 
"Challenge?  Sure.  But one I look forward to beginning at Daytona in just a few days."
 
Parsons is an accomplished driver, having scored wins in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series along with a win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. He is the younger brother of 1968 and 1969 series champion Benny Parsons and has been part of ARCA telecasts since 2003. 
 
Welch, son of fellow FOX Sports broadcaster Vince Welch, worked pit road for the Daytona race in 2018. He also has called turn action for MRN Radio and worked pit road for select NASCAR broadcasts on NBCSN. He also continues to compete in a limited number of open wheel midget races throughout the course of each year, most recently in the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
 
Coon, who served as Miss Sprint Cup for four years, will be making her FOX Sports debut with the ARCA broadcast at Daytona. She has served in a number of roles for MRN Radio since 2015, including as a pit reporter, ISM Vision reporter, and social media reporter. She currently co-hosts the popular "Glass Case of Emotion" podcast with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Blaney.
 
"I can’t wait to join the team for coverage of the ARCA Racing Series," Coon said. "Some of racing’s most well-known drivers have cut their teeth here, and I am excited to help showcase the current crop of talent. My work at MRN has helped prepare me for this, and I look forward to this opportunity."
 
FS1's coverage of the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire will go live at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates throughout practice, qualifying, and the race free for ARCA for Me members. New users can register for free at ARCARacing.com/login.
 
ARCA Racing PR
When race fans think of Daytona International Speedway, one name usually comes to mid.
 
Petty.
 
The Petty family - Lee, Richard, Maurice, Kyle, and Richard's cousin Dale Inman - have had more success at the 2.5 mile speedway than most drivers have throughout their entire careers.
 
Lee, the family patriarch, won the inaugural Daytona 500 in a photo finish. Back when it took days to develop photos and transfer them in the mail, it took the better part of a week to determine that Lee beat Johnny Beauchamp to the line by a matter of feet to win a caution-free speed fest on the brand-new track that would become the cornerstone of the family's legacy.
 
Lee's two sons, Richard and Maurice, would turn the high banks into their personal playground through the 1960s and 1970s. With Richard behind the wheel and Maurice building the engines under the hood, and cousin Dale Inman calling the shots for the team from the pits, Richard won a record seven Daytona 500s from 1964 through 1981. Richard won ten times in 74 career points-paying starts at Daytona, including his all-time record 200th career NASCAR Cup Series win in the 1984 Firecracker 400, witnessed live and in person by then-President Ronald Reagan.
 
When Richard's son Kyle, then just 18 years of age, decided he would like to pursue a career as a professional racecar driver like his grandfather and father before him, it was decided he would make his first career start in any type of race in the ARCA 200 at Daytona in 1979. It may have been a surprise to some, but Kyle lived up to his namesakes and made the trip to the hallowed ground of Daytona's victory lane.
 
Even Maurice's son Ritchie found success at Daytona. He made one of his 13 career ARCA starts at Daytona and finished ninth in 1992, driving a car built and owned by his father.
 
Between Lee, Richard, and Kyle, the Petty family has combined for 262 wins in the Cup Series as drivers. Inman left the family team for several years in the 1980s and won races and another championship with Terry Labonte. Virtually every record that can be held in NASCAR was at one point held by a member of the Petty clan.
 
But it hasn't always been an easy ride for the Pettys. Lee's career was cut short after a grinding crash in a qualifying race for the 1961 Daytona 500 with, ironically, the driver he defeated to win the 1959 race, Johnny Beauchamp. Richard's 20-year-old brother-in-law, Randy Owens, lost his life in a freak pit accident at Talladega Superspeedway in 1975. And tragically, Kyle's 19-year-old son Adam perished in a racing crash at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2000.
 
Adam was to be the fourth generation to carry the Petty name well into the 21st century. Four months after Adam lost his life, Richard's daughter Rebecca and her husband Bryan Moffitt, who is now CEO of Richard Petty Motorsports, had a son named Thad, and 18 years later, the Petty family is again on track at Daytona.
 
Thad Moffitt has the Petty smile, if not the last name. He started racing late models in the mid-Atlantic region when he was fourteen, and in 2016 was the Southeast Limited Late Model champion. In 2017, he dipped his toes into the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and in 2018 earned his first career top-ten ARCA finish at Toledo.
 
In 2019, Thad and his Empire Racing team will compete for the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, a championship-within-the-championship that encompasses tracks longer than one mile. 
 
"We've done short track stuff to this point but now that I am old enough we're going to concentrate on the superspeedways in 2019," Moffitt said during the ARCA Racing Series' annual pre-season test at Daytona. "We have sponsorship for most of the races already set and we're pretty confident we'll line things up for the races we don't have covered yet. We're really excited to get on track and see what we can do."
 
He knows the family has a long history at Daytona, and he's ready to do his part to carry it on.
 
"It wasn't something I thought about when I was out there on the track the first time," he said. "But when you get out of the car and it kind of sinks in, it's really incredible to be out on the same race track where Lee won back in 1959, and The King won the 500 seven times, and uncle Kyle won the first time he ever drove a race car. It's a pretty amazing feeling to think about it."
 
Moffitt will attempt to become the fourth member of the Petty family to win in ARCA when he fires off for Saturday's Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona, joining Lee's brother J.H. Petty, who won both halves a twin-100 event at Flat Rock in 1953, Kyle, who won at Daytona in 1979, and Adam, who won at Charlotte in 1998 in his first-ever series start.
 
Both Richard and Kyle have said their sons' respective ARCA wins were among the most memorable moments in their racing careers.
 
"I'd have to say 1979 was probably the most exciting from my standpoint," Richard said in a 2008 interview with Speedway Illustrated magazine. "1964 was big because that was my first superspeedway win, but 1979 was memorable not just because we won the 500 but also because Kyle won the ARCA race, the first time he'd ever been on a race track."
 
"Watching my son Adam win at Charlotte is my greatest sports memory," Kyle told Winston Cup Scene in 2003. "Seeing him win at Charlotte in an ARCA race in 1998. He had an accident in practice and dang if he didn't go out and win the race. That was my biggest moment."
 
Thad, for his part, would like to create a moment of his own.  
 
"I wish I was around to have met Adam. He was a really special person, and he did so much good for everyone around him, and he still does," Moffitt said, referring to the Victory Junction Gang Camp that carries on Adam's memory. "We all wish he was around to be the fourth generation of Petty, but it's really an honor for me to be able to do it. We'll find out on race day if we're able to carry on the family legacy here at Daytona. We're going to give it our best shot."
 
Moffitt and the rest of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take the green flag in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 9 at 4:30 pm ET. The race will be televised live on FS1. ARCARacing.com will have live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates free for registered users.
 
ARCA Racing PR
MAVTV will air 12 (2-hour) ARCA races LIVE in 2019. This is the third year of a broadcast agreement between MAVTV Motorsports Network and ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America), and the first time that MAVTV will broadcast 'live' all 12 races.
 
MAVTV’s broadcast schedule begins at 7:00pm ET on March 9 (re-air at 10:00pm ET), with ARCA’s return to the Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. This is the opening race for the entire 11 event Sioux Chief Short Track Challenge sponsored by Sioux Chief Manufacturing. The General Tire Superspeedway Challenge from the 1.25-mile oval at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, IL, takes the 12th broadcast slot.
 
Additional Air-Times will be announced in the coming weeks.
 
“The ARCA series provides great race action on the track and we are delighted to bring it to our MAVTV viewers live in 2019,” said Bob Patison, President of MAVTV.
 
MAVTV's 12-Race Live Coverage:
March 9th: Five Flags Speedway - Pensacola, FL
April 14th: Salem Speedway - Salem, IN
May 4th: Fairgounds Speedway Nashville - Nashville, TN
May 19th: Toledo Speedway - Toledo, OH
June 14th: Madison International Speedway - Oregon, WI
June 22nd: Gateway Motorsports Park - Madison, IL
July 13th: Elko Speedway - Elko, MN
July 19th: Iowa Speedway - Newton, IA
August 18th: Illinois State Fairgounds - Springfield, IL
August 31st: DuQuoin State Fairgounds - DuQuoin, IL
September 14th: Salem Speedway - Salem, IN
October 5th: Lucas Oil Raceway - Indianapolis, IN
 
MAV TV PR
Willie Mullins and Mullins Racing are heading back to Daytona International Speedway this Saturday with one goal in mind - do one position better than they did in 2018.
 
If Mullins, 38, is able to improve his 2018 finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire by one position, he’ll end the night celebrating in victory lane.
 
Last year at Daytona International Speedway Mullins avoided multiple late-race crashes and ended the evening second behind race winner Michael Self. The finish, a career-best in 13 ARCA starts for the Fredericksburg, Va., native, has made Mullins more motivated than ever.
 
“We’re very motivated. We’re always there to do better and try to succeed and this year is no different. We’re just trying to get one spot better,” said Mullins. “We added Tony Furr recently as our crew chief and he brings just a little bit more knowledge. Andy Belmont, our crew chief last year, did good to help us get where we are and Tony is helping us get to the next step and hopefully getting that last missing piece to get one more sport on Saturday at Daytona.”
 
This year at Daytona Mullins’ No. 3 Ford will carry primary sponsorship from County Waste, a company that provides communities with a full line of trash, recycling and construction and demolition removal services. County Waste currently services more than 200,000 residential customers each week through homeowner associations and individual subscription services.
 
A partner of Mullins Racing the past four seasons, this will be the first time County Waste has been a primary partner on the Mullins Racing Ford. You can learn more about County Waste by visiting www.county-recycling.com.
 
“County Waste is a very large partner in our day-to-day operations at Bugsy’s Auto Repair,” said Mullins, who owns and operates Bugsy’s Auto Repair in Virginia when he’s not at the race track. “Them stepping up to give us a hand and allow us to be able to fund this Daytona adventure and be able to hopefully get this thing to the front means a lot. It means a lot to have someone you work with every day step up and support you even more.”
 
Also returning as a major sponsor of Mullins and Mullins Racing will be Crow Wing Recycling. Crow Wing Recycling is a family-owned business that buys, processes and sells scrap metals— ferrous and nonferrous — from automobiles, trucks, appliances, machines that are generated by industry through construction or deconstruction of facilities.
 
This will be the 10th year that Crow Wing Recycling has partnered with Mullins Racing. You can find out more about Crow Wing Recycling by visiting www.crowwingrecycling.com.
 
“It’s great to have Crow Wing Recycling back,” Mullins said. “We’re happy to continue working with them. Their business is growing so we’re trying to give them a national stage to show off. Another one of our partners, CW Metals, is their sister company too, so it’s been great for both of us to have this long term partnership.”
 
Mullins, who will be making his fourth start at Daytona, said he’ll be happy just to roll his car back on the trailer in one piece after the race. That said, he knows this could also be his year to stand in victory lane at ‘The World Center of Racing.’
 
“Every year we go in there optimistic and we just want to have a car that rolls back on the trailer,” said Mullins. “That’s our main objective and that’s how we feel every year. Whether or not this is the year, any year could be the year. It’s just how the racing luck plays out.”
 
Practice for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire begins on Thursday, Feb. 7 and runs from 4 to 6 p.m. EST. Final practice is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EST, with General Tire Pole Qualifying scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EST. The green flag for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire is scheduled to wave over the field at 4:45 p.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 9.
 
Race fans can watch the race live on FS1 beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST. Live timing and scoring will also be available online at www.arcaracing.com.
 
The No. 3 Mullins Racing Ford carries sponsorship support from County Waste, CW Metals, Crow Wing Recycling, Bugsy's Auto, Snap On by Timmy Brann, Sherwin Williams Paint and Dinah Marie Photography.
 
Mullins Racing PR

Harrison Burton’s time is now. The budding 18-year old driver is set to launch a busy week and season of racing with the upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards opening event at Daytona Int’l Speedway on Saturday, February 9. 

Joining Venturini Motorsports (VMS) during the off-season, the two-time ARCA Series winner and former NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion will make his Superspeedway debut piloting the No.20 DEX Imaging Toyota. 

 Aiming his sights on Daytona’s coveted Gatorade Victory Lane, Burton is confident entering the spotlight during stock car racing’s version (Speedweeks) of the Super Bowl. 

“I’m excited we’re finally here,” says Burton. “Being able to race at such a historic track like Daytona is a huge honor. As a driver you hope one day to have this opportunity. My whole career has led up to being able make this first start at Daytona.

“Everyone has put a lot of work in during the off-season to get to this point. I’ve worked hard to get myself ready and now it’s time to focus on the race. I’m excited to get out there. This weekend it’s all about gaining experience. I need to keep my nose clean and make it to the end - and once we get there who knows what can happen.

 “This Venturini Motorsports team has put together a great Toyota Camry for Saturday’s opener. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. Especially my parents as well as my sponsors DEX Imaging, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Morton Buildings, RUUD and FIELDS for being great corporate partners.”

 Burton, son of former NASCAR Star Jeff Burton and a member of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) family, will compete in select races with VMS in 2019 while running full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS). His ARCA premier will be the first of back-to-back weekends of racing on the beach.

 The first official track activity of the season will come on Thursday, February 7 when the teams receive two hours of practice starting at 4 pm ET. There will be another hour of practice on Friday, February 8 starting at 9:30 am ET followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 pm ET. 

 FOX Sports 1 will air the race live starting with green flag coverage of the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire starting at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9.

VMS PR

With the kickoff of the 2019 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season right around the corner, everyone is excited to make the trip to Daytona International Speedway for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. It is the first opportunity to see the 2019 drivers and teams on track, and it's also an opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with the drivers, teams, and cars in the ARCA garage area on race day.
 
The ARCA Racing Series will open its garage area to fans who have purchased a Fan Zone ticket. Those fans  will have 90 minutes to walk through the garage, get autographs and selfies with the drivers, and get to see the racecars up close just before they are rolled to the grid for the start of the 56th annual Lucas Oil 200. Most, if not all, of the drivers entered will be at the back of their team transporters to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
 
Several teams are preparing special activities for fans in the ARCA Open Garage, including last year's runner-up finisher Willie Mullins. Known for the flock of ducks that live with him and his wife Dinah near their business and race shop, Mullins will be giving away 200 Mullins Racing rubber ducks and have other opportunities for young fans as well.
 
"We'll be giving away 200 rubber ducks with our logo on it," Dinah Mullins said. "And we're going to have a couple of cardboard cutouts of Willie's uniform so kids can get their picture taken with it like they are a driver. We love this kind of fan interaction and we're really excited to get to Daytona and see everyone."
 
Fans can visit the ARCA Open Garage from 12:30 through 2 pm ET on Saturday, February 9, just prior to the start of pre-race activities for the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. Fans who have purchased a a 3-Day General Admission ticket receive unlimited access to the UNOH FanZone; General Admission frontstretch tickets with FanZone access for Saturday only are $25.
 
The season-opener for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is scheduled for live broadcast on FS1 starting at 4:30 pm ET. ARCA for Me members can access free live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates throughout practice, qualifying, and the race. New members can register at ARCARacing.com/login.
 
ARCA PR
For the 56th time, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will take to the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway as it kicks off the 2019 stock car racing season with the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire. Defending race winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota) will be back to go for his second consecutive victory, and he'll be faced with steep competition throughout the field. 
 
Self returns to Daytona brimming with confidence. Not only will he be chasing his second straight Daytona win, he'll be pursuing the ARCA Racing Series national championship for the first time. 
 
"As we focus on a championship for the first time, it's really important that we get things right and are as prepared as possible for Daytona," he said. "If we can go in and win again, obviously that's the best scenario for many reasons but ultimately this year is about the championship so coming out of Daytona clean with a solid finish is important on its own."
 
Self, one of four Venturini Motorsports drivers entered for Daytona, had a productive test in January at Daytona. The four VMS cars stood atop the leaderboard in combined speeds over the two days, with Self fourth quickest of the bunch.
 
"All four of our Venturini cars were really strong," he said, "but individually our car was a little bit off of where we want to be. We got stuck in a spot that no matter what change we made we weren't able to pick up speed."
 
While Self's team is focusing on fine tuning his car to go for another ride into victory lane, last year's second-place finisher Willie Mullins (No. 3 County Waste Systems/CW Recycling Ford) is also brimming with confidence as he returns to the site of 2018's incredible underdog run.
 
Mullins has added veteran NASCAR crew chief Tony Furr to his team's roster for Daytona. Furr is a former Daytona winning crew chief, calling the shots for John Andretti's 400-mile win in July, 1997.
 
"The main thing is the knowledge Tony brings," Mullins said. "He's such a large wealth of knowledge and we're able to tap into that. He's spent so much time in the wind tunnel with Hendrick, and we're going to use a lot of that knowledge to find speed with our car."
 
Mullins, whose full-time job is maintaining a fleet of garbage trucks in his hometown of Fredricksburg, Virginia, is confident he can again contend for victory with his small team against the powerhouse multi-car organizations.
 
“There is a lot of excitement this year,” he said. “Last year we had the unknown of the new body and this year we have the excitement of going back with a second-place finish and knowing we have a fast car now. Now we’ve got to turn that excitement into a result. We’re very much looking forward to going back and having a lot of our crew back with us this year and hopefully we can try and come out of there with a good result again.”
 
Other notable drivers who have filed entries and are expected to compete in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire include Self's Venturini Motorsports teammates Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), Harrison Burton (No. 20 DEX Imaging Toyota), and Leilani Munter (No. 55 What The Health Toyota), Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavating/Southern States Bank Chevrolet), Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Healthcare/Liberty Village Ford), Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 Eat Sleep Race Ford), 2017 series rookie of the year Riley Herbst (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota) and last year's General Tire Pole winner Natalie Decker (No. 54 N29 Capital Technologies Toyota). 
 
The first official track activity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season will come on Thursday, February 7 when the teams receive two hours of practice starting at 4 pm ET. There will be another hour of practice on Friday, February 8 starting at 9:30 am ET followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 3:30 pm ET. The green flag will wave over the expected 40-car field in the Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire live on FS1 at 4:30 pm ET on Saturday, February 9. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live chat, and live track updates from Daytona exclusively at ARCARacing.com; new members can register for free at ARCARacing.com/login.
 
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Peter Britten has had many titles in his 31 years of life: Albany-Saratoga Speedway Track Champion, Australian V8 Dirt Modified Champion, Batman, and now perhaps the most challenging of all, car owner. After parting ways with Ray Graham’s racing operation at the end of 2018, Britten knew it was time to try something new. The Batman from Queensland, Australia, is fielding his own equipment in 2019 as he makes a run at the Super DIRTcar Series Championship. The no. 21a is also slated to go for another Track Championship at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

For Britten, the time is right and the Big-Block Modified landscape is certainly fertile enough to start his own team. However, he knows it won’t be without its challenges. Being a car owner is, “a little bit of a double-edged sword. There’s a little bit of excitement. It’s nice to have your own stuff for sure. You have a chance to build your own team up. On the other hand, having to be a car owner isn’t necessarily all that fun sometimes, especially in the beginning. I am building up the team from not much at all. There’s a lot involved to get the thing up and rolling. It’s a lot of work but at the end of the day it’s the right move for me right now.”

There isn’t much “off” in Britten’s off-season. When he’s not keeping in shape, working in the shop, or representing Troyer at trade shows, he’s being a dad to his three-year old daughter Addison. Ever since the final checkered flag fell at the Can-Am World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte, Britten has been a busy man. “I’m not just a driver. Dylan, who works in the shop, and I do everything ourselves, so I am very hands on with everything I do. You mix into that some responsibility with Troyer, going to the Philadelphia Race Car and Trade Show, PRI, and the Syracuse Motorsports Expo – there’s not that much of an offseason. Meanwhile I’m trying to be the best Dad I can be,” said Britten. One of the benefits of owning his own racing operation is that he can choose his hours: “Instead of working all night, I can put down the tools at a regular hour and spend the time with Addison.”

One of the constants in Peter Britten’s American racing career has been his friend and fellow Super DIRTcar Series racer Rich Scagliotta and that won’t change in 2019. “We’ve always had a very close relationship. I consider them part of my family. We’ve been racing together for a long time now. Apart from the year I raced at HBR, we’ve raced out of the same trailer my whole career now. It almost doesn’t seem right going racing without mine and Rich’s car out of the same hauler. He owns the truck and trailer. He’s nice enough to cart my car around wherever we go racing. Obviously, that’s a big help because as we all know the price of fuel and the cost of owning a hauler is a lot. I wouldn’t be able to do this without their assistance,” Britten explained.

Last year, Britten was forced to sit out the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park due to a back injury. Fortunately, the rest helped him heal and he did not aggravate the injury during the rest of the 2018 season. Despite the setback and the pain, Britten managed to finish seventh in Super DIRTcar Series points. “My back is on the mend. If you talk to anyone with serious disc issues, it’s not something that goes away quickly. It takes a lot of time and you keep working at it. I have made a lot of progress from a year ago to this point when I unfortunately had to miss Florida. I’m not going to go jumping on trampolines or running marathons any time soon, but it’s well enough that I can work. I just have to be careful with everything I do and how I do it.”

This year Peter Britten will enter the DIRTcar Nationals feeling fit and confident behind the wheel of his own Troyer-built Big-Block Modified. Despite not being a points-paying race for the Super DIRTcar Series Championship, there is plenty at stake at the DIRTcar Nationals. It’s a proving ground. It’s a preview of the season and a who’s who in the world of dirt track racing. No one wants to miss it and Britten approaches racing in Florida a little differently than other drivers: “Everybody says, “Whatever happens in Volusia doesn’t matter because it’s nothing like what we race on” but I don’t buy into that theory. There are tracks that we go to that are similar, and in reality, every race track we go to is different. We go to tracks like Eldora and Charlotte, and I would say those two are very similar to Volusia. Anywhere that’s big and round is on the same scale. The track is very fast normally. It does fluctuate night-to-night though. The track is different every night so it keeps you on your toes. Like anything, you take it as it comes.”

One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of the off-season was the increase in Super DIRTcar Series purses to $7,500 to-win and $500 to start for standard races and NAPA Super DIRT Week Qualifiers are to pay at least $10,000 to-win. Britten sees this as a sign of strength amongst the DIRTcar sanctioned tracks. “It’s been good to see that the purse increase has been well-received by all the track promoters, even to the point that a lot of them have taken the $10,000 to-win option as well. I think it says a lot for the state of racing right now. In recent times, it’s the strongest the scene has been. It’s great to see it progressing forward and not in the downward spiral. For me as a car owner it’s very exciting because every dollar counts. It’s good to see the sport progressing and hopefully it can continue,” Britten said enthusiastically.

Furthermore, Britten likes seeing more high-profile tracks outside of the core DIRTcar Northeast facilities added to the schedule, such as the additions of Eldora Speedway and Sharon Speedway. “Sharon Speedway has a special place in my heart because that’s where I got my first Series victory. To me the Series needs to go to those places. You want to venture out and get the Big-Block Modifieds in front of people who don’t normally see them. If your Series or class of racing on dirt wants to be taken seriously, you need to go to Eldora. They are one of the tracks that are going in the right direction. It makes me happy to see the Series going to tracks like that.”

When Peter Britten isn’t on the Super DIRTcar Series, fans can catch him every Friday night wheeling his no. 21a Big-Block Modified against some of the best drivers in the country at Albany-Saratoga Speedway. “There’s a lot of places you could race at on the weekend. I am a big fan of what they do up at Albany. Over the years I’ve developed a good relationship with Lyle, the promoter up there. It’s no surprise that he was able to win Promoter of the Year last year. It tells you the job that he’s been doing. There are tracks going in the right direction and others are going in the wrong direction. Albany is leading the pack in the right direction. That makes it a good choice for me to base some of my racing at. I’ve had success there too,” Britten explained.

Britten has unfinished business at the Malta, NY race track. “I won the track championship a year ago. I wasn’t able to defend this past season because of my back issues and some other unfortunate events. I feel I have some unfinished business there. I want to get that Track Championship again. You race at the same track for years and you develop a good fan base. I’d like to keep racing there for a long time in the future and set that as my home base and venture out from there. I want to build a good relationship with the fans and Lyle and I want to do this for a long time to come. I want to get as much fan support as I can. I’d like to keep working on getting as many track championships as I can there.”

Race fans can catch Peter Britten at the DIRTcar Nationals February 12-16 at Volusia Speedway Park. Get your tickets now at www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

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Well-known biology graduate turned race car driver and environmental activist, Leilani Münter, has announced her forthcoming retirement from the sport following next week’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

 Leilani, 44, entering her seventh ARCA Season, will make her final series start of her career driving the What the Health No.55 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports on Saturday, February 9. Sponsorship support for Leilani’s farewell ride is a collaboration between strategic partners A Well-Fed World and TryVeg.com.

 What the Health, found on Netflix, is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award winning documentary Cowspiracy. Produced by Joaquin Phoenix and Kip Anderson this investigative documentary will be an eye-opener for everyone concerned about our nation’s health and how big business influences it.

 Leilani, who’s made a total of 18-career ARCA starts since 2010, will be making her seventh overall start on the high-banks of Daytona. The determined driver turned in a personal best effort in last season’s opening event setting career highs after qualifying fifth and finishing eighth. She has recorded two top-10 finishes in 18-career starts. In preparation for next week’s event, Leilani posted the fastest lap time in day one of ARCA open testing at Daytona earlier in the month. 

 “It’s been an amazing adventure doing what I love and I’ve been very fortunate being able to support so many great causes along the way,” says Leilani. “My entire career has been based on my ability to raise sponsorship. I’m at the point now where I don’t have anything lined up past Daytona so this is likely my last race. I am truly thankful for every lap I've ever taken in a race car. It was a lot of hard work, but it was a lot of fun as well. I have met so many wonderful people along the way, people I will stay friends with long after I hang up my helmet.”

 Starting out with grass roots racing, Leilani’s career spans 18-years and includes competing in the INDY Lights Series before joining the ARCA Series in 2010. Sports Illustrated once named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world.

 “It has been an incredible journey and I’m truly thankful for everyone who has supported me along the way. I cannot thank the Venturini family enough for giving me such incredible race cars to drive the last few years. Although I’ll take a back seat to racing I will continue my off-track efforts championing causes near to my heart. I am currently on the board of three non-profit organizations and researching a documentary film that I will begin filming after Daytona with the Academy Award winning filmmakers behind The Cove and Racing Extinction.”

 Always racing for a cause, Leilani’s What the Health Netflix documentary joins a long list of environmental or social causes found on the side of the outspoken driver’s race cars throughout her career. Exclusively supporting messages in line with her lifestyle, Leilani is a biology graduate and environmentalist who was named the No.1 Eco Athlete in the World by “Discovery’s Planet Green”. An advocate for plant-based diets, solar power and animal rights, Leilani has made a career racing featuring these noteworthy causes. Her past race cars have included messages regarding renewable energy and clean energy legislation, as well as award-winning documentaries The Cove and Blackfish. 

 Leilani will race off into the sunset one last time in ARCA’s season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday February 9. The race will be aired live on FOX SPORTS 1 beginning with pre-race coverage starting at 4:30 pm ET.

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