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ARCA Kentucky Open Test Entries on the Rise for Crosley 150

September 16th, 2017

SPARTA, Ky. – The entry list for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test at Kentucky Speedway Tuesday, Sept. 19 continues to grow. The test, in preparation for the Crosley 150 Friday night, Sept. 22, is open to the media.

Current ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship leader Austin Theriault leads the charge for the open test, entered in the No. 52 Ken Schrader Racing Ford. Theriault, of Fort Kent, Maine, has been in the headlines a lot this year with 6 wins on the season, including three straight recently at Road America, DuQuoin and Salem.

Also entered is a trio of MDM Motorsports Toyotas with drivers Zane Smith (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.) and Vinnie Miller (Ortonville, Mich.). MDM has also been in the news a lot with four wins with four different drivers — Justin Haley and Talladega, Harrison Burton at Toledo, Kyle Benjamin at Winchester and Brandon Jones at Michigan. Smith, in his first start with MDM at Salem, finished second to race winner Theriault back on Sept. 9.

Venturini Motorsports is also entered with three Toyotas — Dahlonega, Ga.’s Spencer Davis in the 25, Middletown, N.Y.’s Christian Eckes in the 55, and a driver TBA on the team’s third entry.

Cunningham Motorsports is coming with three drivers — Shane Lee (Newton, N.C.), Ty Majeski (Seymour, Wis.) and Dalton Sargeant (Boca Raton, Fla.). Sargeant is currently second in championship points on the strength of three wins this year at Salem, Iowa and Lucas Oil. Majeski fits under the Roush Fenway Racing driver development banner.

Joe Gibbs Racing is also planning to test with ARCA SCOTT Rookie of Year contender Riley Herbst (Las Vegas, Nev.) Herbst made headlines at Pocono back in June where he won in his career-first Pocono attempt.

ARCA championship team Mason Mitchell Motorsports is entered with Wentzville, Mo.’s Kyle Weatherman and a driver TBA on the team’s second entry.. Win-Tron Racing is also coming with a pair of drivers — leading SCOTT Rookie of the Year contender Gus Dean (Bluffton, S.C.) and Justin Fontaine (Asheville, N.C.).

Other test entries include Nick Higdon (Kimmel Racing), Codie Rohrbaugh (CR7 Motorsports), Josh Williams (Josh Williams Motorsports) and AJ Fike (RFMS Racing).

Tuesday, Sept. 19 Open Test Schedule/Media Coverage
2 Sessions: Morning (9 a.m. to noon) and Afternoon (1 – 5 p.m.). There will be an hour break for lunch from noon – 1. will provide Live Timing, Scoring and Live Chat Board for all on-track activities for the open test.

Kentucky ARCA History
Three-time ARCA Racing Series champion Tim Steele won the inaugural ARCA race at Kentucky in 2000. From there the list of ARCA winners at Kentucky includes Ryan Newman, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch, Steve Wallace, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Michael McDowell, James Buescher, Corey LaJoie, Parker Kligerman, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed and Austin Cindric.

Kimmel, the 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion, is the all-time Kentucky winner with four victories – his last win there in 2005. Kimmel, the all-time ARCA winner with 80 victories, is also the all-time lap leader at Kentucky with 557 laps led in 12 races.
This year’s Crosley 150, the 24th ARCA race at Kentucky since the inaugural event in 2000, will serve as the show-opener for the next-night NASCAR XFINITY Series 300, all part of General Tire Super Weekend.

Raceday Schedule, Friday, September 22
Practice for the Crosley 150 is Friday afternoon, Sept. 22 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5;10. The Crosley 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8.

In addition to Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat at of all on-track activities, the Crosley 150 is live on FS1.

Coughlin Shows Plenty of Speed in the Bluegrass State

July 9th, 2017

SPARTA, KY – Cody Coughlin had been itching to get back to Kentucky Speedway for a long time, and he showed why on Thursday night in the Buckle Up in Your Truck 225. Coughlin raced in the top 10 for much of the late-night race that was delayed by rain. Coughlin eventually finished 15th after his engine expired on the final lap of the 150-lap event.

The Delaware, Ohio driver started 14th after qualifying was rained out. When the green flag waved a little after 10 p.m. Coughlin’s race got wild.

Coughlin almost immediately had to dodge a spinning truck in the early stages of the race. Just one lap into the race’s second stage, Coughlin again had to avoid his spinning trucks, this time his ThorSport Racing teammates. Then in the race’s final stage, Coughlin had to make his way by another spinning truck. He managed to do so all three times without receiving damage.

The 21-year-old driver was battling for his first career top 10 when his engine expired entering turn one on the final lap of the race.

“That was a bit weird,” said Coughlin. “I had no warning that was going to happen until the engine just let go. It’s disappointing because we had another fast truck and had a top-10 finish within our grasp. It was fun racing up there for much of the night; it was certainly wild at times. I’m glad the rain stopped and we were able to get this race in, and I appreciate all of the fans that waited out the delay to watch us race.”

Coughlin’s next NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race with ThorSport Racing is on Wednesday, July 19th on the dirt of Ohio’s Eldora Speedway. Coughlin had a strong run at Eldora in 2016; he raced his way into the top 10 from the Last Chance qualifying race before a cut tire ended his night.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Eldora. I never thought I’d say that I’m looking forward to racing on dirt, but last year’s race was a lot of fun until that tire went down. Hopefully we can have even more success this time around and I know this ThorSport Racing team will give me a great piece to tackle Eldora. We want to give Duke and Rhonda Thorson a great finish in our homestate.”

For more information on Cody Coughlin and Team JEGS, visit and follow Cody on Twitter, @Cody_Coughlin. Follow Team JEGS on Twitter, @TeamJEGS, and “Like”JEGS Performance on Facebook. Follow ThorSport Racing on Twitter, @ThorSportRacing, and visit them online at If you need more information regarding ThorSport please contact Jessica O’Brien via email at Any other inquiries for Cody Coughlin can be sent to Bob Dillner via email at

About JEGS Automotive, Inc.

In 1960, Jeg Coughlin Sr. founded JEGS as a small speed shop. It has grown into a high-performance powerhouse that includes a race team (Team JEGS), 250,000 square foot warehouse, retail store, mail order and website. The 350+ employees at JEGS still strongly believe and practice our simply business philosophy: Customer Care is #1. For more information about JEGS Automotive, Inc. visit

About Ride Television Network, Inc.

Ride Television Network, Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company was formed in 2011 for the purpose of launching a 24-hour, high definition, television network. RIDE TV launched on October 1, 2014 in the United States and is now available internationally. The network features high-quality television programming showcasing both English and Western disciplines and lifestyles and includes live events, reality shows, talk shows, children’s programming, documentaries and more. For more information about RIDE TV, please visit

About ThorSport Racing

ThorSport Racing, based in Sandusky, Ohio, is the longest-tenured NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team. ThorSport Racing, which has competed in the NCWTS since 1996, will run the No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra driven by two-time NCWTS drivers’ champion Matt Crafton, the No. 13 JEGS/RIDE TV Toyota Tundra driven by Cody Coughlin, the No. 27 Tundra driven by Ben Rhodes, and the No. 98 RIDE TV/Champion Power Equipment/Jive Communications/Curb Records Toyota Tundra driven by Grant Enfinger. For more information visit

Reed wins Crosley Brands ARCA 150 at Kentucky

September 27th, 2015

(SPARTA, Ky) – Ryan Reed grabbed the lead from Austin Cindric with 20 laps remaining in Saturday’s Crosley Brands 150, then held off a charging Travis Braden, to win his second ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race of the season.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s amazing when you drive as good as racecars as this one…how fun it can be,” Reed said. “We started the day off in maybe an eighth-place car, but my crew chief Teddy Brown and everyone at Lira Motorsports did a great job tuning up our hot rod. We just never gave up. We got out front and got track position.” Reed, in the No. 38 Lilly Diabetes-MOMO-TraqGear-Ford Performance Ford, captured the second win for Lira Motorsports, a first-year team that entered four cars in Saturday’s Crosley Brands 150. Another of those cars, the No. 59 driven by David Levine, improved 15 spots to finish third. Braden, in the No. 01 West Virginia University-Matheson Gases-Platinum Express Chevrolet, was second. Ross Kenseth was fourth and ARCA Racing Series point leader Grant Enfinger finished fifth. Braden made up a big margin on Reed, closing the gap in the final laps before Reed pulled away, winning by .356 seconds.

“It was probably a rookie mistake on my part,” Braden said. “I think I got too close to him too soon. When I got there, I didn’t have anything for him. I’m very happy to finish second-place here. I definitely didn’t expect what we’ve done here in just two races.” Braden was the highest finishing SCOTT Rookie of the Race with Levine right behind him in a career-best finish.

“This car was an absolute rocket today,” Levine said. “To be where we were Tuesday in the test to where we are now is great. It’s great to see a Lira Motorsports driver in victory lane and that our team has won races.”

The rest of the top 10 included Daniel Suarez in the No. 15 Arris Toyota in sixth, Kyle Weatherman in the No. 22 Crosley Brands Dodge seventh and another Lira Motorsports entry, Chris Windom in the No. 36, eighth. Hoosier Superspeedway point leader Matt Kurzejewski finished ninth in the No. 54 Costy’s Energy Services Chevrolet and Bo LeMastus in 10th place in the No. 42 Crosley Brands-T&T Construction-Glad Precision Dodge. Cindric, after having a tire issue on lap 80, finished 17th in the No. 99 AutoZone Ford for Cunningham Motorsports.

Saturday’s race was scheduled for Friday night at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway but was moved to Saturday afternoon due to rain. It took one hour, 26 minutes to finish the race, which saw three cautions for 34 laps. Most of the caution laps came when a light rain shower hit the track near the middle of the race. Venturini Motorsports driver Suarez led the first 53 laps with Cindric leading 27 and Reed the final 20.

It was a big day in the point standings for Enfinger. The Fairhope, Ala. native entered the day with a 225-point lead over Josh Williams and Tom Hessert. Hessert, however, crashed on the first lap with Sarah Cornett-Ching, an accident that also caught up Menards Pole winner William Byron and the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota driven by Brandon Jones. Williams also had problems, finishing 24th, allowing Enfinger to widen his lead to 320 points. By starting race No. 20 of the 2015 ARCA season at Kansas Speedway, Enfinger will win his first series championship.

The Friday, October 16 race at Kansas Speedway will be live on FOX Sports 1 with live Timing and Scoring at

Ashley Newman Claims First-Career, Super Late Model Win

September 17th, 2015

Ripley, Tennessee- Ashley Newman has claimed several vicories throughout his career, but on Saturday evening he piloted his Upton Motorsports #73 Greg’s Sawmill/ Longhorn Super Late Model by scoring the feature win at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.

On Saturday night Upton Motorsports and Ashley Newman unveiled their sharp new wrap on their Longhorn Super Late Model at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway (Calvert City, Kentucky). It proved to be a great night as Ashley captured his first-career, Super Late Model victory. Winning by 1.248 seconds over Tim Brown in the main event, Newman scored his 8th overall victory of the season with Scott Bell, Jarryd Holshouser, and Jason Wagner rounding out the top five.

“I’ve had a lot of success in Crate Late Models, but to get my first win in a Super is really special to me,” said Newman with a big smile. “This opportunity that Greg and Angie Upton give me is just incredible, and I can’t thank them enough for their great support.

Complete results from this event can be found at .

The upcoming weekend, September 18th-19th, will take Ashley into battle in a pair of $5,000-to-win, DIRTCar Super Late Model events. On Friday evening the team will compete at Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois) before heading to Federated Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Missouri) on Saturday night. For more information on these events, please visit and .

Upton Motorsports would like to thank all of their sponsors including Greg’s Sawmill, 45 Race Shop, Best One Tire & Service, Gary Beard Trucking, Bob Pierce Race Cars, Rod End Supply, AR Bodies, Schoenfeld Headers, Real Racing Wheels, Ace Sign Company, PPM Racing Products, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Ashley Newman and Upton Motorsports, please visit and .

Riley Hickman Scores Win in Inaugural NeSmith Event at KLMS

September 3rd, 2015

Cleveland, Tennessee – Riley Hickman made history on Friday evening by piloting his Hickman Manufacturing #R1 Austin Trucking/CVR Late Model to the $2,500 victory in the inaugural NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series event at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.

On Friday night Riley Hickman made the trip to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway (Calvert City, Kentucky), pulling double duty in both his Crate and Super Late Models. Drawing a field of twenty-seven entries for the Southern All Stars Series-sanctioned Super Late Model event, Hickman recorded the fastest time in qualifying to lock into the pole position for the feature. Battling for a $4,000 payday, Riley recorded a 3rd place finish behind race winner, Billy Moyer Jr., and Ashley Newman with Brandon Kinzer and Dylan Ames rounding out the top five.

On the same night twenty-eight Crate Late Models signed in for the $2,500-to-win, NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series event. Recording the fastest time again, Riley earned the pole position for the feature. Charging to the lead on lap 12, and then holding off Matt Henderson, Riley scored his thirteenth win on the season with Henderson, Ryan King, John Owenby, and Jake Teague trailing him to the finish line.

Saturday night brought twenty-four Super Late Models to Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway for the $5,000-to-win, Southern All Stars feature event. Earning a 2nd row starting spot, Riley Hickman held his 4th place starting spot for the 50-lap A-Main, registering a 4th place finish behind Billy Moyer Jr., Dane Dacus, and Dylan Ames with Ashley Newman coming in 5th.

Looking to capture the $2,500 payday plus a bonus $1,000 for a weekend sweep, Riley was one of 29 Crate Late Models signed in for the NeSmith Chevrolet Dirt Late Model Series-sanctioned event. Battling with John Owenby for the 50-lap affair, Hickman was surpassed with three laps to go retiring to a runner-up spot behind Owenby with Ashley Newman, Ronnie Johnson, and Matt Henderson completing the top five.

“It was a great weekend in both cars, and it was a lot of fun to race at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway,” noted Hickman. “I want to thank my crew, my sponsors, and all of my fans for their great support.”

Complete results from these events can be found at and .

While Riley expects to compete in a host of events over the Labor Day weekend he hasn’t yet locked down his definite plans. He does have the $3,500-to-win, unsanctioned Super Late Model event at Duck River Raceway Park (Summertown, Tennessee) on Sunday night penciled into his schedule. For the latest team plans please keep your browsers pointed to .

For the latest information on Riley Hickman, please visit .