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Post by Ceej on Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:27 pm

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Changes coming to FARC race & championship formats

Best-of-10 championship
As part of a continuing effort to help the smaller teams remain viable in the sport, FARC officials has announced significant changes to the FARC Lowe Dollar Series championship format.

FARC Competition Director Jen Walker published an announcement to FARCRacing.com that, out of the 16 races scheduled for the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series season, only a driver's best 10 results will count towards the championship, with their lowest scores to be wiped upon starting races 11 and beyond.

This change comes as a compromise of sorts between the season-long points battle and the much-criticized "FARC-Off" playoff format from 2015, which was seen by some as giving preference to drivers and teams that rarely showed up, the most egregious examples being Leslie Riggs' inclusion in the FARC-Off after only making two starts before the cutoff, and Tristan Kristoph's inclusion in the "Final Five" after finishing 10th in his only start of the previous round.

"We believe that the new format will provide the most balanced competition between all of our teams," Walker wrote. "The teams that can only run more limited schedules will be able to compete for the FARC Lowe Dollar Series championship, but there will still be that incentive to improve on their results by making the effort to show up to more races."

30-car grids, stage racing, & consolation races
The FARC Lowe Dollar Series race format will also experience changes for the 2018 season, starting with a reduction in the standard grid size from 36 starters to 30. The top 28 fastest cars in qualifying will be locked into each race, plus the returning Wild Card spots, where two teams outside the top 28 qualifiers are randomly selected to start at the back of the feature. The Rockford 200 will still start 60 cars.

While most races will be contested with the traditional single-race format, the short tracks with limited pit lane space will also accommodate 30 starters with a new 2-stage race format, similar to the 3-stage format that will be implemented at the 2017 Rockford 200 and beyond.

After qualifying, the 11th - 30th place starters will contest the short stage 1. The top 10 finishers will join the top 10 overall starters in stage 2, which will finish off the race. The bottom 10 finishers of stage 1 will be eliminated from the race and credited with finishing 21st - 30th overall.

To compensate for the reduced grid sizes in addition to providing greater entertainment for the fans at the track, points-paying consolation races will be held before the feature at all events. All teams that fail to qualify for the feature will line up in inverted order for a sprint race, with the winner receiving 5 points, the same as last place in the feature. Points will also be awarded to the rest of the top 5, and points-paying finishes in the consolation races will count towards a driver's best-of-10 during the season.

Inverted starting grids at short tracks & road courses
All races at ovals under one mile in length and road courses in the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series season (excluding the Rockford 200), as well as every FARC Super Series and FARC Truck Series race, will feature post-qualifying inversions of the starting lineup.

After qualifying, the pole sitter will roll a six-sided die, and the number that they roll will determine how many rows are inverted for the start.

1 = No inversion
2 = Top 2 rows inverted
3 = Top 3 rows inverted
4 = Top 4 rows inverted
5 = Top 5 rows inverted
6 = Full field inversion, excluding Wild Card winners & cars failing to post a qualifying time

At 2-stage races, a full field inversion will take place for both stages. The pole sitter will still be credited with the pole and receive bonus points.

Noah Dalitz, Kerry Fenton signed to M&J

The next chapter in M&J Racing's legacy is set to be written by two new faces from two of FARC's familiar families, as rookies Noah Dalitz and Kerry Fenton strap into the team's flagship entries to contest the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series season.

Dalitz, the younger brother of former FARC competitor Scott Dalitz, will drive the No. 63 Zing Energy Drink Saar in place of the retiring Kevin Monroe.

Kerry Fenton, younger cousin to Leslie and Allie Riggs, will drive the No. 64 Saar full-time with support from TirADE and Bunni's Salon & Spa.

Both Dalitz and Fenton declared their excitement for threatening victory at the dirt tracks in particular, as they competed for their families' respective teams in the Voltroxx Mudstars Dirt Late Model Series in 2016 and 2017, with a handful of feature wins between them.

"I'm going after [the dirt races] like any other race," said Fenton. "But I've got a huge dirt family to lean on, especially Allie [Riggs] and Auntie Brenda [Riggs]. Winning those would be really special."

"Scott [Dalitz] and me are dirt naturals," said Dalitz. "And it's all I race on RaceSim. It takes so much talent to slide a car around and not crash. Obviously Zing Energy knows talent when they see it, so I'm glad we partnered up."

However, those who have been around the sport for long enough are wondering if the previous rivalry between Scott Dalitz and Allie Riggs, which allegedly started when they were children in kart racing and became highly publicized in 2009 after the two collided in a TM Master Cup Series qualifying race, would create conflict between the new teammates.

"No way," Fenton said with a laugh. "We'll probably get on the way most teammates would. Besides, Allie pretty much told me 'don't do what I did'."

"Man, she'd better not mess with me," said Dalitz. "I hope for her sake she's smarter than her cousin."

Smith-Thompson, Enola re-sign & swap rides at Pearson-Sweeney

Current FARC Lowe Dollar Series points leader Billy Ray Smith-Thompson and FARC veteran Harry S. Enola will return to Pearson-Sweeney Motorsports in 2018, but fans will have some changes to get used to.

PSR announced that Enola will take over the iconic No. 2 Smash Beer Lenard full-time, with additional support from Ammunation and Enola's longtime partner Freedumb Missiles. Smith-Thompson will reunite with the No. 42, formerly Enola's No. 45, which he will pilot full-time with The Home House sponsorship.

"We're more than happy with the team's success this year," said Andy Pearson, former four-time FARC Lowe Dollar Series champion and car owner of the No. 2. "[Enola and Smith-Thompson's] numbers are probably all we're changing for those two. Billy's been with 42 most of his career, and I know Harry and his partners are excited to represent number 2, as a symbol of one of the most sacred rights we have in this country."

Pearson-Sweeney Motorsports is also expected to continue fielding the No. 8 in 2018, but no details have been announced at this time.

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Re: 2018 FARC Silly Season

Post by gwoodard41 on Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:34 pm

Accelerator Motorsports plans to return with no changes in the roster.

Accelerator Motorsports has announced that they plan to return and resign lead driver Zack Webster after the astounding season they have had during the current season.

"It would be idiotic to not resign Webster, he's given us very good finishes and does his best to keep the car clean."

Kelly Splison was also slated to return with Jack Dempsey rumored as a backup driver in case of driver injury. The team hopes to retain the numbers 41 and 96 and plan to use the Lycoia Interceptor chassis.

Barry Spengler plans to run again with Canuck Maple Ale.

Barry Spengler plans to run the next season with an actual sponsor and will resign with the Saar brand for the next season, his current tenure as a team owner has been lackluster and wreckfilled to say the least. He believes he'll have a shot at a faster car with the additional sponsorship, he'll plan to resign with the number 55.
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Re: 2018 FARC Silly Season

Post by UndyingLight on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:01 pm

Master Sport Racing plans to expand their line-up for a 2018 FARC stint
Alexa Lake, who took over the #53 car that was once driven by someone who will not be named began to put a worry on some of the field. In her limited starts, she was able to claim numerous top tens and a few podiums even in her very confounded schedule. Alexa Lake, who runs the Master Sport Racing team alongside co-owner Breggium Antutonnen plans to essentially go "all out" with this expanded team in FARC.

In a press release shortly after Meadowdale, she noted several things "I guess the time for silly season is vastly approaching, so it is my duty as owner of this team to decipher where I plan to go with our potential 2018 stint - Essentially, we're going all out and we are quickly expanding our team in efforts to get our team noticed, if it hasn't already. I am potentially looking at driving this #26 Binco car again, except full-time. Binco has already expanded my contract for another two years, so that's almost a done deal."

"Antutonnen and I were chatting amongst ourselves about what to do for potential candidates or even another full, or half, scheduled car when a company rang us up amidst our conversation. Circuit City, who has been trying to get its name known has jumped on board of our secondary car, which number is to be discovered sooner or later."

She continued on talking about potential candidates and other rumours. "It took me awhile to decide on a plan with our secondary, and even my ride. I'll pilot the #26 most of the races, but I've also tabbed Wes Maret to run a couple since I already have other nifty plans for those dates. Should be only a mere four or five races at per Maret's account since he'll likely stay at late model driving.
"For our secondary, several drivers are already in the works for a jointed stint to give several drivers a shot to make a name, or expand their experience. We're planning to have this car shared between three or four drivers. Harrison Lankford, who lives in America will step in our car for the longest period. Other names have circulated around including Eric Herrington among others. Though, most of this is mere rumours other than Lankford stepping in."

As it currently stands, the team hasn't decided on a manufacturer since there is potential that Calton-Morel's Nova possibly may not return. Alexa Lake noted that CM will return if the Nova isn't kicked off the series. Ah well, she continued on in a different press release as silly season actually started out. "We're in the works as well to bring in a third, half schedule car for FARC in 2018. This car will be given out to just about any driver who would like a ride, but doesn't have the money for their own team. Offers are for anyone, so come as you may!"

Line-up as it sits:
Alexa Lake/#26/CM Nova? (Kanako)/Jacksonville, FL/Age: 24/Full Time
Harrison Lankford/#21(?)/CM Nova?/??, Alaska/Age: 21/Full Time
Dack Jovic(?)/#42(?)/CM Nova(?)/Scotland/Age: 39/Part Time
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Post by Magus978 on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:22 pm

Tom Delgado Racing Not Planning 2018 FARC Campaign

Via a TDR press release, Tom Delgado confirmed that Tom Delgado Racing would not be returning to the series this season. Delgado is currently nursing torn ligaments in both of his knees and has been ruled out of any racing in the 2018 season, even though he is effectively retired after his 2017 Dash Cup Super Stocks championship.

"We have a great history in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series, and love competing in it. However, this year is out of the question. We are not in a position to secure car bodies and sponsors at this time due to our recent downsizing. We will see what happens about anything going forward" The Tom Delgado Racing press release read.


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Post by pennst24 on Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:40 pm

Ramsey Coquinner Looking to Start New Team

FARC journeyman Ramsey Coquinner has made sporadic appearances in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series with no success since the last time he was a full-time participant on the tour. However, he plans to change that in 2018. "We've had some discussions with some guys from other teams to come help us out with a deal. We're going to see how it comes along. I've wanted to get back into the series because it's a real thrill to compete in a stacked field, and when you get those feelings to want to be a part of something awesome like FARC, those feelings swell and come and it's hard to ignore."

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Post by The_Wall_91 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:11 pm

Tony Long Listening to FARC Offers?

A name that has surprisingly popped up on the FARC radar is former Dash Cup and current NAAC Launch Energy Series driver Tony Long.

Tony announced earlier today that he is open to listening to offers from FARC teams to compete in a part-time or possibly full-time drive due to his new found availability after Long Family Autosport pulled out of Dash Cup after 2017.

"The costs of us (Long Family Autosport) to work on a full-time campaign in one continent and then doing a part-time campaign on another was enormous" Tony stated. "We lost a large amount of our money to continue that kind of schedule so we decided on pulling the team from a World Tour series and keeping it on a 1 continent series."

"As far as FARC goes, Long Family Autosport is not going to have enough of a budget to field any sort of car" Tony continued. "However, FARC is something I want to dabble with and figure out if this is something I want to try and get a career in. I am willing to hear offers if I am approached but I can't do much in terms of sponsorship. I would prefer a part-time schedule but if a full-time offer comes up, I might take it."

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Post by NASCARLOVER427 on Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:59 pm

Jeffer Jackson will race in full Lowe Dollar Series season

Jeffer Jackson has announced he has a ride for 2018, but it will not be for long time AST Voltson Super Trucks team Home Grown Racers. Jackson stated earlier today he has signed with new-coming team Terminal Velocity Racing and will drive in all 16 races for the team. Sponsorship will come from the Indianapolis-based candy company Joy. Other details about the entry will be revealed later.
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Post by bsoyuz on Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:02 am

Ashcroft Family Racing announces partial lineup. One car full-time, two part-time

Through their social media pages, Ashcroft Family Racing has announced their lineup for the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series season. What was expected until the moment was for Donnie Ashcroft to take upon the #909 Marlisle/Cicero/Yakumo-Hearn Industries Lenard, which has been now confirmed.

The team will also enter two more additional cars in select events, the #919 and #929, whose drivers and sponsorship are currently unknown, but according to team owner Jack Ashcroft, have been secured, but willjust be announced at a later date.

Kenny George scaling back from Lowe Dollar Series

After a diffifcult season filled with wreckage, Kenny George has seemingly sold off most of his Lowe Dollar Series equipment, and may be looking elsewhere for a ride. The most likely fate for him may be the Larry Lemon Late Model Super Series. So far he will retain the #50 for a part-time effort in 2018 Lowe Dollar Series.

Trueman Ellison secures funding, hopes to contest 2018 full-time

Part-time realtor, part-time movie producer, part-time leather jacket importer, part-time driver. Seems Trueman Ellison has a pretty busy routine, which seems to get busier as he may have secured funding for a full-time run in 2018, but if it will indeed be the case it's unknown, about it, Trueman Ellison only said: "I'm not a god, I'm just a simple guy." what he meant by that is unknown.

This comes off the heels of the announcement that Hugh Patrick will also drive a second car for the team in 2018 with funding of his own.
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Post by V8fan12 on Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:49 pm

SWH Racing to launch full-scale assault on 2018 FARC Championship

In a press release today, SWH Racing have announced some of their plans for the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series season. Danica Holifield will continue in the #25 Lenard, which will continue to be sponsored by Matador Restaurants. The #51 Lenard will also be run full-time in 2018, to be steered by a yet to be named driver, but continuing with sponsorship from Paragon Mutual Leasing. It is also rumored that the #777 will return for selected events once again.

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Post by navycook75 on Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:39 pm

Leckliter plans on coming back for 2018

After taking a year off to focus on local racing, team owner Daniel Leckliter announced that he's planning on returning to the Lowe Dollar series in 2018. He plans on bringing his usual number with him (10) along with Lenard. Sponsorship is unknown at this time.

Andrea Kinasa eyes comeback
Shortly after announcing her entry into the 2017 Rockford 200, Andrea Kinasa also announced that she's returning to the Lowe Dollar series after taking a four year sabbatical. Kinasa will be running under her own team, Kinasasport and will have Inglesby as a manufacturer. Number and sponsor is currently TBA.
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Post by Ben Atkins on Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:22 am

Desert Star set to part ways with Tucker

Desert Star Motorsports have announced that they will be parting ways with Ashley Tucker after the 2018 season. Tucker, who has won 4 races in the series, with her last win in 2014 with Bjorn Green Racing, is expected to leave the series after competing every season since 2012.

Desert Star have not announced a replacement driver in the #83 car but are expecting to return to the FARC grid in 2018 alongside the NAAC Launch Energy Series, where they have entered two full time cars with former FARC race winner Tammy Barnton and Thomas Culler.

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Post by Rovenami on Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:01 pm

Freya and Saito to run full-time in 2018.
F&S have announced that the team's flagship #74 team will run full time with Dan Meyato driving with J.C. Eagle replacing Chums Gum. The team also has expressed interest in retaining Archer Helms with his current sponsor along with Delaparts joining from Helms' AST team.
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Post by Hockeyusa81 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:43 am

American Racing to continue part time in 2018
Daniel Voyles and American Racing announced that they will return to the FARC Lowe dollar series in 2018 on a part time basis. “I’m very pleased with how this team has done this season and 2018 will be better” he said. “Our plan is to gain more experience before we are ready for a full season as a team and at the same time we want to finish 2017 on a high note.” No word on sponsorship at this time
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Post by The_Wall_91 on Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:38 pm

Tony Long Inks Deal with SWH Racing

Former Dash Cup and current NAAC driver Tony Long announced earlier today that he has signed a full-time deal with SWH Racing for the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series season.

"SWH Racing and I talked too each other about this deal and I personally felt this was the best chance that I was offered" Tony stated. "I am really excited about the chance to enter a series I grew up watching on TV."

Tony will be piloting the #51 Paragon Mutual Leasing Lenard alongside new teammate Danica Holifield.

"I am excited to be a teammate to Danica" Tony said. "I think that we can really help each other coming from two different backgrounds of auto racing. Danica, to my knowledge, has been in FARC for a while and I come from several different series with varying tracks."

When asked about transitioning to a new car, Tony said, "it is nothing I haven't done before. It will be a lot of work but I am going to put in as much work and time at SWH to understand this new car."

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Post by TPGRacing75 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:09 pm

Rick Forest Racing plans expansion for 2018

FARC Elite series driver Rick Forest from Grove City, Minnesota plans to expand his small single car operation for 2018, with a planned 2nd car as well as a Super Series entry.

After a stunning opening season, Forest managed to secure funding for a potential second entry, rumored to run #59 or #58.

In an interview with owner/driver Rick Forest, he said,"We plan on running a second car with multiple drivers. Preferably we would like a veteran driver with experience behind the wheel, if they bring sponsorship, even better."

Meanwhile Dom Forest will, run a full Larry Lemon Super Series Schedule, with Pontiac Resorts and Casinos sponsoring the entry.
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Post by Dexter249 on Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:13 pm

Genesis and Bouchard returning for 2018.
In an Expected turn of Events, Genesis will return for 2018.
Hoping to go Half time for 2018 and Focusing more on Car Development.
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Post by JMac525 on Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:17 pm

Big Mac Racing Planning on Re-signing Monica Rook

Despite an up and down year, Big Mac Racing is more than likely keeping Monica Rook as their driver for the 2018 FARC season. Rook's father's construction/building company, Rook Construction, will continue to fund the entry in full. No official statement has been given though.
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Post by NeverNeutral on Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:56 pm

Singer family planning return to FARC
Notorious FARC driver Aaron Singer was last seen in the FARC Lowe Dollar Series in 2016, performing surprisingly well in his few starts for the legendary M&J Racing after bringing his family funding to the team. After disappearing for most of the 2017 season, Singer recently resurfaced in the garage area at the Erraticab 100 speaking with several team owners. When approached, however, Singer hesitated to confirm that he was looking to make similar arrangements for 2018.

"First of all, none of your damn business. Second of all, I was just catching up with some of the people we've worked with the last few years. I've been wanting to get back behind the wheel and go for some wins, prove I'm still the future. But we're not making any deals yet."

"I can tell you, though, that I will be back for Rockford. Dad's putting some cars together for me and my little bro", referring to Lou Singer, Jr., the 18-year old who would be attempting to start his first professional race. "After we win the 200, we'll go from there. We're both trying to run like half the season, but I dunno if it'll be dad's cars or someone else. So don't fuckin' worry about it, bro."

Lou Singer's Singer Hotels and Casinos will continue to support his sons' FARC efforts at Rockford, and potentially in 2018.

"Knuckles" Malone back on track
Los Angeles restaurant owner and part-time race car driver Mike Malone was also spotted at Cicero, watching the action from the pits. After spending most of 2017 refocusing on running Knuckles' Sandwiches, Malone confirmed he would also enter the Rockford 200 and look to run more FARC races in 2018.

"I still love driving these cars for sure. This year I had to step back, money wasn't there and I wanted to make sure things kept running smoothly with the biz. But now I'm back for the 200, and you bet your ass I'll be at Albukirkah and a couple other races next year. Gonna remind people I make the best damn sandwiches in LA, and of course give back to the community too. So if any of those jabronis think they're gunna beat me, just remind yerself that you're messin' with the kids, and the homeless! So get the hell out of the way of the kids and the homeless!!"

Laser Motorsports seeks funded drivers
Canadian sports car team Laser Motorsports' initial FARC foray in 2016 failed to bring much in terms of attention or results to the small outfit. After scaling back in 2017, team owner Ted Johnson made a classified post on RaceCarShit.com announcing that the team intends to make a second run in the series for select races in 2018. Johnson is seeking funded drivers to support the team's efforts, adding that prior FARC experience would be preferred; such a driver would likely play a similar role that road course ringer Osvaldo Ramierez played for the team in 2016.

Little other information of Johnson's plans had emerged, outside of garage rumors suggesting that the team's schedule is not set apart from appearances at any Canadian races on the schedule, and that 2016 drivers Art Gordon and Jackie Thompson would likely be called on to drive the #91 machine again if no further suitors would emerge.
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Post by MrDude68 on Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:50 am

Dynasty Motorsports back next season
Hearing from an inside source that Dynasty Motorsports will be expanding to a 12-race schedule for 2018. Additional information forthcoming.

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Post by Groribe on Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:23 am

Both Ruiz set to return next season, not much changed.

A few hours before the Milwaukee race, Xavier announced on twitter, that he plans on running the 2018 FARC Lowe Dollar Series, even though in his 2 races, he wrecked several cars, with Reality Network onboard. Reality Network was originally hesitant of returning, but said they are giving him another shot. Their contract goes through 2019, with an opt-out option after the 2018 season. Whatever it was luck or coincidence, Timothy Ruiz would also announce his plans on running the 2018 season. Where Reality Network is getting cold feet with Xavier, Polito's, as of late, have been very content with Timothy's performance, only would like to see him more consistent, but other than that, pretty fine with him. Their contract also runs through 2019, but have an opt-in that will extend the contract to 2022, so well see if Timothy can make them happy enough to want to opt-in.

As of Race 23, most of the thing said have been said. Timothy now have more motivation for next season while Xavier isn't too worried about sponsors.
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