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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.
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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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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.
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.