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NCATS West teams drop out?
« on: February 04, 2008, 10:33:17 PM »
Has anyone heard this: All teams except one team from the west has left NCATS for ARCA program starting this year at Canadian & US Tracks?

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NCATS West teams drop out?
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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 10:43:35 PM »
I'd think WEST would be more likely, but frankly I can't blame them...

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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 10:46:57 PM »
Is there going to be ARCA races in Canada? can anyone confirm this or not???



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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 10:49:21 PM »
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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 10:51:33 PM »
MERCED CA (January 24, 2008) - Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America have announced the expansion of the ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series. Under the terms of the expansion, the NEWALTA Late Model Challenge Series will combine with ARCA West to become the ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series in 2008.

“Uniting the NEWALTA LMCS with the ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series will strengthen the ARCA brand and Late Model Racing in the Northwest,” said Richard Michaud, president of ARCA West. “We’re excited about the opportunities this merger presents.”

The former NEWALTA LMCS, the largest touring stock car series in Western Canada in recent years, has a technical and procedural rules package very similar to that of the ARCA West LMCS. Plans call for standalone events in both Canada and the U.S. as well as a number of companion events.

The 2008 schedule, which will be released in full in the coming weeks, is expected to include venues that were on the 2007 NEWALTA LMCS Schedule as well as the ARCA West tour, plus the possible addition of some new venues.

Craig Ball has been appointed director of racing for all of ARCA West’s operations in Canada.

"The partnership with ARCA West enhances our commitment to the sport of stock car racing in Canada," said Ball. "I believe the timing is perfect and it provides the drivers, teams and corporate partners of the Series a new level of challenge and opportunity in oval racing in North America."

The ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series features template bodied, straight rail late models with drivers from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada competing in a fast, fun and affordable touring series. The series is a licensee of the nationally-based Automobile Racing Club of America and provides a West coast connection to the ARCA Sanctioning body.

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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2008, 10:54:51 PM »
Merge puts drivers into fast lane   
Stock-car drivers have golden ARCA opportunity

By Todd Kimberley, Calgary Herald Published: Sunday, January 27, 2008

Craig Ball's group of gearheads have suddenly found themselves on a very intriguing merge lane.



Craig Ball, president of the Newalta Late Model Challenge Series the past two years, was approached in September by ARCA West about a merger. He's now ARCA West's director of Canadian racing.Ball, president of the Calgary-based Newalta Late Model Challenge Series, announced Friday that his Western Canadian stock car circuit would combine with ARCA West in 2008.

The new product is the ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series - and it's got plenty of opportunity up around the bend.

"The Reader's Digest version of what this means? We're kicking a barn door open," said Ball on Sunday, "and it'll mean a straight line for Canadian racers to really have a legitimate chance at making a career out of racing.

"We're making a major stride here. The opportunities are unbelievable."

ARCA West, which runs its super late-model division in Washington, Oregon and Montana, is a division of the Automobile Racing Club of America, the oldest sanctioning body in the States.

"Uniting the Newalta LMCS with the ARCA West Late Model Challenge Series will strengthen the ARCA brand and late-model racing in the (U.S.) northwest," said Richard Michaud, president of ARCA West, based in Merced, Calif. "We're excited about the opportunities this merger presents."

Not much is expected to change, schedule-wise, in either series this summer.

But in 2009, Ball said the goal is to hold four crossover events - two here, two there - and crown a border challenge champion.

The former Newalta series, which rose from the ashes of the Western Racing League in 2006, is the largest touring stock-car loop in Western Canada, and the fastest group of stock cars from coast to coast.

Its technical and procedural rule books are similar to those of ARCA West, which will make for a relatively painless merger.

And for any of Western Canada's young left-turners who want to make it south of the 49th parallel, the dream suddenly doesn't sound so impossible.

"ARCA and NASCAR have deeply rooted connections. There's a very good working relationship there," said Ball, now ARCA West's director of Canadian racing.

"Every (Sprint) Cup team out there has an ABC driver development program - ARCA, Busch, Cup.

"Last year, we had a Canadian racer (Ryan Fisher of Surrey, B.C.), who'd been with the Newalta Series in 2006, who did a pair of ARCA Re/Max races. He's been testing at Daytona and Talladega, and he's lined up for a Busch ride this year.

"This is some of what I'm getting at," added Ball.

"No more fuddling around in all the different Canadian divisions, finding a truckload of cash and taking an attempt. It's a legitimate, straight shot."
 


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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008, 10:56:23 PM »
Technically, nobody was really going to run the full schedule anyhow, save for Jason White, so this might be much ado over nothing, really...

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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2008, 11:03:53 PM »
From what I heard now no West drivers are going to be in the NCATS series.



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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2008, 11:06:47 PM »
I don't know if the schedules would align for them to do the Western swing and ARCA West or not...

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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008, 11:37:22 PM »
Last year there were only 11 teams from the old cascar western series that ran the western races Vernon and Edmonton. there was only three or four that ran both. what dose that tell you In 06 there was a lot more I would say there was 15 to 20 that ran both .
IT was to bad that nascar did not continue with some kind of western series when they took over cascar, they really gave these guys no choice but to move on to do something else .



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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2008, 12:27:20 AM »
I'm glad they started their own series. Yes it would have been nice to see a West Series involved in the NCATS.


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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2008, 12:38:58 AM »
nobody started a new series, this is the old newalta series , newalta dropped out as title sponsor and arca now came on board


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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2008, 09:14:23 AM »
pls let me clarify a few things. first as far as i know Jason white is working hard to run the full ncats. second, arca and the former newalta series merged, these are super late models and former cascars would not meet the rule package.third all former newalta races in Canada and the us are now arca races but as i understand it the two series will run separate with some common events(not a hard fact yet). lastly the Siemens west was started with sportsman cars from Saskatoon and former west super series cascar teams when nascar Canada declined to carry on the sportsman and west programs, we have to date avoided conflict with the ncats west dates so the drivers/teams in the Siemens west can take part in them if they so wish. ps Siemens west and arca(formly newalta) west slm are two separate entities. more will be clear after Feb 23 when a meeting for arca west is held.

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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2008, 01:05:42 PM »
 I just hope this is the begining of the end of  NASCAR in Canada . I will continue to support Canadian series but i will not send a dime to Brian France in Daytona Beach .

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Re: NCATS West teams drop out?
« Reply #14 on: February 05, 2008, 06:48:47 PM »
Now if Delaware trucks were able to hooked up with Arca trucks here and another track started a truck class like them....plus Cayuga and Sauble each have a race for them already........Arca trucks north ....i was trying to find their rules but havent been able too.

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