AM Racing | ARCA Menards Series
Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway | Bristol 200
No. 32 AM Racing Team:
Driver: Christian Rose
Manufacturer: Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Ryan “Pickle” London
Spotter: Tony Raines
Chassis Intel: AMR Chassis No. 232
Engine: Ilmor Racing Technologies
Driver Championship Point Standings: Third
Team Championship Point Standings: Sixth
Notes of Interest:
The Home Stretch: AM Racing returned to the ARCA Menards Series full-time in 2023 with Automobile Racing of America (ARCA) Rookie of the Year candidate Christian Rose behind the wheel of the team’s No. 32 Ford Mustang.
The 2023 ARCA Menards Series will mark the first time that AM Racing has competed full-time in the NASCAR-owned development series since Gus Dean drove for the organization during the 2018 season.
The Bristol 200 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway signifies the continuance of the homestretch of the 2023 season with just three races remaining in the ARCA Menards Series season.
Meet Christian Rose: Rose, a former Division 1 baseball player for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has traded the glove and bat in for a steering wheel and helmet and has set achievable goals for his first full season of stock car competition aboard the team’s flagship No. 32 Ford Mustang.
Rose joins the Statesville, N.C.-based team on the heels of a limited ARCA schedule in 2022 competing in a series of races on ARCA’s platform with Cook Racing Technologies which was highlighted by a career-best seventh-place finish at Kansas Speedway last October.
Additionally, Rose earned two additional top-10 finishes at Five Flags (Fla.) Speedway and Dover (Del.) Motor Speedway respectively.
Glad To Have You: To help steer Christian Rose and the AM Racing team towards a championship in 2023, the organization has recruited Ryan “Pickle” London to serve as crew chief of the No. 32 Ford Mustang this season.
London, a long-time NASCAR CRAFTSMAN® Truck Series crew chief returns to AM Racing after spending the 2020 season with the team’s Truck Series program as the truck chief.
London has plenty of experience as a leader in the ARCA Menards Series, including guiding drivers Tom Hessert and Frank Kimmel to poles and leading Grant Enfinger to victories at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds in 2014.
In addition to the two wins as crew chief, the winning NASCAR CRAFTSMAN® Truck Series crew chief has numerous ARCA top-fives and top-10 efforts to his credit.
Partner Support: The Department of West Virginia Tourism will serve as the primary marketing partner on Rose’s No. 32 Ford Mustang in Thursday night’s Bristol 200.
The West Virginia Department of Tourism promotes West Virginia as a leading four-season travel destination and a top state to live, work and retire.
Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia is one of the most scenic states in the United States and home to thousands of acres of parks and public lands, including America’s newest national park and 45 state parks and forests.
In addition to its majestic mountains and rolling hills, West Virginia is full of rich historic sites, enchanting art galleries, charming towns and an immense sense of belonging found only in its heaven-like landscapes.
This weekend at Kansas, Rose and the AM Racing team will showcase their breathtaking Department of West Virginia Tourism summer paint scheme beaming the adventures that await with a tour of West Virginia for the final time in 2023.
On June 20, 2023, the state of West Virginia celebrated its 160th birthday!
Secured Partnership: In addition to the Department of West Virginia Tourism, Secure Testing Services (STS) will serve as a major associate marketing partner for the 18th of 20 races on the 2023 ARCA Menards Series tour.
Secure Testing Services LLC. is a nationwide leader in on-site drug testing located in Richmond, Virginia.
Quite simply, STS provides customized assistance to your organization’s Human Resources and Safety teams in achieving their compliance goals.
AM Minute: Last weekend was another busy summer weekend for AM Racing.
In addition to the ARCA Menards Series team being in action at Kansas Speedway, AM Racing’s NASCAR Xfinity Series team was also roaring to life on Saturday afternoon at Kansas.
After qualifying his No. 25 Concrete Supply | Destiny Homes 10th, Moffitt maintained a healthy presence inside the top-10 – running as high as fourth before settling for a seventh place effort at the checkered flag.
It was the eighth top-10 finish for the AM Racing team in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this season.
To The Point(s): Entering Bristol, Rose is third in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, 146 markers in the arrears to championship leader Jesse Love with three races remaining.
Rose sits three points ahead of fourth-place competitor Frankie Muniz.
He sits 18 points behind second place in the championship standings occupied by Andrés Pérez de Lara.
Rose is the series leader in most laps completed in 2023 at 1,951 of 2,024 laps at 96.4 percent overall.
AM Racing stands a respectable sixth in the ARCA Menards Series championship owner standings.
Thanks For Your Support: With 85 percent of the season complete, AM Racing and Christian Rose would like to thank their associate marketing partners for their support: AIRBOX Air Purifier, Black Draft Farm & Distillery, Disability Opportunity Fund, Eggs Up Grill, Extreme Family Fitness, Flying Circle, Lopez Team, Mountaineer Rub, Mobil 1, Whitetail Smokeless and Warwood Tool.
Christian Rose ARCA Bristol Motor Speedway Stats: Thursday night’s Bristol 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway will mark Rose’s second ARCA Menards Series start at the famed half-mile oval.
Last September, Rose qualified and finished 22nd at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile” after being swept into a mid-race accident, just past the halfway point.
Christian Rose ARCA National Series Stats: In 25 career ARCA National Series starts, Rose has earned 11 top-10 finishes highlighted by a career-best sixth place finish achieved at Kansas Speedway in September 2023. Additionally, Rose has showcased 16 top-20 finishes overall since 2022.
Sioux Chief Fast Track 150 | Kansas Speedway Race Recap: In the most recent ARCA Menards Series race at Kansas Speedway, Rose and the AM Racing team chased their 10th top-10 finish of the season together.
Returning to the track after a hard-fought top-10 finish in the spring, Rose and the AM Racing team continued to showcase speed in their No. 32 Department of West Virginia Tourism | Secure Testing Services LLC. Ford Mustang throughout last Friday’s activities.
Practicing just outside the top-10 in 11th, Rose was able to battle back and qualify inside the top-10 and throughout the 100-lap race steadily climbed through the field – running briefly inside the top five before settling for a career-best sixth place.
Overall, it was Rose’s 10th top-10 finish of 2023 and his 14th top-12 since Kansas Speedway in May 2023 for the Statesville, N.C.-based team.
Show Your Support: AM Racing and Christian Rose are proud to announce that official team 2023 apparel is available by visiting Christian Rose’s website.
You can show your support for Christian Rose and the No. 32 AM Racing team by purchasing an official West Virginia Tourism tee-shirt, as well as a team cap representing West Virginia Tourism, Secure Testing Services and Disability Opportunity Fund.
Christian Rose Quoteboard:
On Bristol Motor Speedway: “I am optimistic about returning to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Last year was not memorable, but I believe I can return to Bristol and have a productive race with my AM Racing team.
“Our team is headed to Bristol with some great momentum and I’d love nothing more than to back up our finish last weekend at Kansas with another strong result that will carry through the remaining three races this season.
“It’s a quick day of competition, so I know Pickle (crew chief Ryan London) is focused on making sure our No. 32 Department of West Virginia Tourism | Secure Testing Services LLC. Ford Mustang has a good balance so we can have a strong starting position – because track position will be everything on Thursday night.
“From there, we’ll see where we start and just focus on going forward and fight hard for our 11th top-10 finish of the season.”
On 2023 Season: “The season is starting to slowly wind down and I think we can really press the attack and make some noise the rest of the season.
“In my first entire season as a full-time driver, I have learned a lot. I have a great team around me that believes and supports me and we have incredible partners that allow us to be on the track weekly.
“Over the next month, I am focused on doing my part to ensure we leave the track every weekend with the best finish possible. Every race isn’t perfect, but limiting mistakes and capitalizing on the opportunity will hopefully propel us forward as we inch closer to the season finale.
“We have shown speed, finesse, led laps, and put ourselves in contention to win a race. I’m hopeful we can achieve everything we set out to do by October.”
The Bristol 200 (200 laps | 106.6 miles) is the 18th of 20 races on the 2023 ARCA Menards Series schedule
in the 71st consecutive ARCA season. Practice begins Thursday, September 14 from 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying in a timed session will begin a short time later at 3:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 6:00 p.m. ET. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (XM channel 391 | online channel 981) handling the radio waves. ARCARacing.com will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.
About AM Racing:
AM Racing is a multi-tiered, multi-faceted Motorsports program headquartered in Statesville, N.C.
Established in December 2015, AM Racing is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance.
The family-owned team will compete in the ARCA Menards Series, the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN® Truck Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and various Dirt Modified events in its seventh year of competition.
The team has named Brett Moffitt, Christian Rose and Austin Wayne Self as their primary drivers for the 2023 Xfinity, ARCA Menards Series and Dirt Modified seasons respectively.