Messina Wildlife’s Stock Car Racing Sponsorship

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Messina Wildlife Management to Sponsor ARCA’s Rookie Program

(WASHINGTON, N.J.) – Messina Wildlife Management officials announced today that the New Jersey company would become the title sponsor of the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Rookie of the Year awards program.

The “Team Messina Rookie Challenge” will kick off this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with the 49th Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway, televised live on SPEED.

First-year ARCA competitors will compete for per-race cash bonus awards, as well as the year-end Team Messina Rookie Challenge bonus of $10,000.

Last season, Team Messina Rookie of the Year Chris Buescher edged series champion Ty Dillon by two points in the rookie chase, winning three of the season’s last four races to take the award pursuit down to the last lap in the season’s final race.

Messina Wildlife Management is a family-owned corporation that manufactures a full line of organic animal management tools. Messina Wildlife offers a complete line of animal repellents that are proven effective, safe, organic, and pleasant-smelling pest repellents designed to control and stop unwanted animals from damaging gardens and decorative vegetation. The products were developed by landscape architect and president and CEO James J. Messina, whose personal goal is to provide homeowners, hunters, gardeners, farmers and wildlife management experts with innovative, proven effective, well-researched, safe, convenient organic animal management tools.

Messina Wildlife Management is part of the Menards Racing vendor program in ARCA, and has been involved since 2010. In addition to the Team Messina Rookie Challenge, Messina Wildlife is an official company sponsor, and will be announced later this season as the title sponsor of an ARCA Racing Series event in 2012.

“Many ARCA Racing Series rookies have developed into successes at numerous levels of racing, and we are proud to align Team Messina with those drivers and the next group of young stars as they rise in their careers,” said James D. Messina, the company’s vice president. “Distributing our products through Menards, the third largest home improvement chain in the country, has been a valuable element of our ARCA relationship. We look forward to the Team Messina Rookie Challenge bringing many of the same benefits.”

2012 will be the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The season begins with the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, February 18. The event will air live on SPEED.

The complete 2012 event schedule is available at

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series will visit Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota’s Elko Speedway for the first time; ARCA’s first visit to Minnesota will give ARCA a race in a 29th state.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

Griffin Hickman, ARCA
(419) 574-2685 (mobile)

Don Radebaugh, ARCA
(419) 450-0611 (mobile)

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