auto racing · friday feature

The Vest Project Part 18-An ARCA Vest

[Editor’s note: I am on vacation until the end of July, normal operations will resume then.]

By David G. Firestone

Until being taken over by NASCAR, ARCA was an alternate group to NASCAR, with their own rules, teams, drivers, and fan bases. Many drivers used ARCA to get to NASCAR, and if their NASCAR careers didn’t work, they had the option to return to ARCA.

Central Merchant Services, Inc sponsored a few teams in ARCA from 2006 to 2009 for S&H Motorsports and Venturini Racing among others. They had some success on track. During that time, one of the pit crews wore this Impact vest. The vest shows very light use.The blue collar is unadorned.The right chest features READYHOSTING.COM, and PILLDEPOT.COM embroidered into it.The left chest features ARCA RE/MAX SERIES, PORK, GLADIATOR GARAGE WORKS, HOOSIER RACE TIRE, and SUNOCO logos embroidered into it.The front torso features a blue CENTRAL MERCHANT SERVICES logo embroidered in the white material. There is blue material below that.Inside the front zipper is the Impact warranty label.The corners have Velcro comfort straps attached. The blue shoulder epaulets are unadorned. The vest has standard arm holes present. The back of the vest doesn’t show that much use.The blue collar is unadorned in the back.The back torso features a blue CENTRAL MERCHANT SERVICES logo embroidered in the white material.It’s sad that ARCA, once an independent stock car racing series with its own identity is going to become just another NASCAR developmental series. Guys like Billy Venturini need ARCA to help their careers, and help keep their identity. I hope the ARCA guys are able to find their places after this is all said and done.

Next Week, we cover a familiar topic.

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