Venturini Motorsports Going Back to Chicagoland!

 

Venturini Motorsports

(CONCORD, N.C. – July 19, 2013) – Venturini Motorsports celebrated its 30th season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards last year with a dominant win at Chicagoland Speedway. Yet again, 30 is the goal. On Sunday, the team will have a chance at defending Victory Lane and earning its 30th ARCA win in a return to the place the Venturini family calls home.

Today, two-time ARCA driver champion Bill Venturini and owner champion Cathy Venturini, and son and team general manager Billy Venturini, are the key players in the team’s operation from North Carolina. But the family racing lineage began over 60 years ago in Chicago, when Bill’s father, Tony, raced at Soldier Field.

Bill and Cathy formed the team now known as Venturini Motorsports and entered ARCA competition in the early 1980s, and it was only 20 years ago that the family moved to Charlotte to stay ahead in racing. Still, by years, the majority of the Venturini family’s racing history has taken place in and around Chicago, making Sunday’s race as important as any.

“Chicago and Daytona always seem to be the two that we put checkmarks on at the beginning of the year that are important to win,” Billy Venturini said. “We have been lucky enough to win Chicago a couple of times. Hopefully, with our performance in the last intermediate race at Michigan we can roll that recent success to a win at Chicago. This race personally means a lot to our family and friends.”

Kevin Swindell led every lap at the 1.5-mile Joliet, Ill. track last season, establishing a new race speed record of 141.103 mph. In Sunday’s Ansell ActivArmr 150, four Venturini Motorsports drivers will have a chance to join Scott Lagasse (2008) and Swindell as Venturini winners at Chicagoland by scoring a milestone win.

Justin Boston, who is fourth in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards point standings, will be at the wheel of the Venturinis’ flagship No. 25 car in Sunday’s race, hoping to improve upon an impressive speedway performance at Michigan International Speedway last month. Boston (No. 25 ZLOOP Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers Toyota) led 15 laps before finishing fourth, which tied his career high.

Milka Duno (No. 35 CanTV/Milka Way Toyota), the team’s other full-time driver, stands seventh in points, only 110 points from fifth. Duno finished 18th at Chicagoland last year, and will look to improve on an already consistent run which has seen her place between 10th and 13th in each of the last six races this year.

Caleb Armstrong (No. 15 Venturini Motorsports Toyota) last raced in ARCA at Talladega in May, finishing a career-high third. Racing just a three-hour drive from his hometown of New Castle, Ind., Armstrong undoubtedly has his eyes on earning his first ARCA win in front of a Midwestern crowd.

The local connection is even stronger for A.J. Henriksen (No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota), who calls Elgin, Ill. – located fewer than 60 miles from the track – his hometown. Henriksen’s 90th ARCA start will be his eighth at Chicagoland but first since 2008. He placed seventh in 2001.

So as the green flag drops on Sunday’s Ansell ActivArmr 150 to mark the halfway point of ARCA’s 2013 season, Venturini Motorsports has plenty going for it: hometown support, familiar surroundings, and a strong history of recent speed and success.

Practice will begin at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at noon Sunday. The 100-lap, 150-mile race will begin at 5 p.m. CT and air live on SPEED. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage of all on-track events

 

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Venturini Motorsports Wins Daytona!

Venturini Motorsports Wins Daytona!

Venturini Motorsports driver John Wes Townley took the checkered flag Saturday after an amazing sequence of events inside the final 10 laps left him at the front of the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real. Townley won from the pole in what was the 50th annual ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona International Speedway.

“It’s one thing to win your first race in ARCA, it’s another to win at Daytona,” Townley said after the first win in the 31-year history of Venturini Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is just a great day for Venturini Motorsports,” Townley said. “This is priceless. I almost wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. It’s a real honor.”

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Victory Lane Again!

Tennessee’s Kevin Swindell picked them up and laid them down at Chicagoland Speedway this past weekend. Kevin put his Venturini Motorsports #55 CURB Records Toyota on the pole for the race, and then lead all 100 laps to win the ARCA Ansell ActivArmr® 150. “The car was excellent,” said Swindell. “I was able to get out in front and keep clean air and try not to make any mistakes in traffic, and everything went well. I didn’t have any trouble with the pit stops, and the Curb Records car was great. Everything was good, and I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports and my crew chief Keith Hinkein enough for one heck of a car.”
Swindell, the son of Sprint Car racing icon Sammy Swindell, earned his second career Pole position and his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory of his young career. At 23-years old, Swindell is no stranger to the spotlight as he’s gained national recognition as a three-time and defending champion at the famed Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Back to Back Wins!

 

Venturini Motorsports showed just how dominate of a team they are at the newly paved Pocono Raceway this past weekend. Brennan Poole dominated the entire race with his #25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota and picked up the maximum points possible to extend his lead at the top of the points standings.Poole started off the weekend by setting a blistering qualifying run which set a new qualifying record on Friday, breaking Kyle Busch’s 2003 mark with a fast lap of 173.554 mph. Poole won the pole by nearly a quarter of a second over teammate Kevin Swindell (No. 55 Curb Records/Venturini Motorsports Toyota). Poole started from the pole and went on to lead 77 of the 80 laps. Swindell also had a very fast car and passed more cars than any other driver on the track, but a front left tire issue plagued him all day.

Poole’s victory puts him unofficially leading the points by 60 points in the ARCA series. Venturini Motorsports and the ARCA series presented by Menards are heading to the Michigan International Speedway for the RainEater Wiper Blades 200, which will air live on SPEED Friday at 5:00pm.

Venturini Motorsports Wins Again!

(ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn.) – Brennan Poole passed Frank Kimmel for the lead in the Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Lap 134 of 200 and did not relent, winning his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Poole (No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Chevrolet) led 148 laps in all after first taking the lead from Matt Lofton (No. 16 Strutmasters.com Chevrolet) on Lap 12 and leading until the caution flag was out on Lap 92, then ultimately running first for the final 67 laps.

Matt Lofton finished second over Chris Buescher (No. 17 BeavEx/Reliance Tool Ford), and they were followed by Kimmel (No. 44 Ansell/Menards Toyota) and Tom Hessert (No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet).

“The car was really good,” said Poole, whose last win came in his series debut last spring at Salem Speedway in Indiana. “I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports enough. It’s pretty awesome to win the inaugural race at Elko. I had a lot of fun here tonight. The track’s a blast. Of course, it’s always fun when you’ve got such a good race car. I was slipping and sliding and trying to get everything out of it coming into the corner, dodging traffic. It was crazy.

“We’ve never been to a place like this. I’m proud of my guys and all the work they did.”

The race was the first for ARCA at Elko Speedway, just south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. ARCA’s top division had never before appeared in Minnesota.

Poole had shown his dominance early in the race, pulling away to leads of over three seconds on second place and more than 10 seconds on third. When Poole drove away, he truly got away from the field. Often, he would cross the start/finish line when someone as high as third place was just exiting Turn 2 on the 0.375-mile oval.

His final margin of victory was 1.205 second, perhaps a conservative margin.

“The car was really good out front and it worked really well in traffic,” said the 21-year-old from The Woodlands, Texas. “We were just a little bit tight, so we had to save the right front once we got into the lead. I kind of used up what I had to get into the lead so once I got there, I just tried to let it ride and protect that right front. That first run, I was good up front, but I used up my right front tire and started to get tight late in the run.

“I thought our pit strategy was great. (Crew chief) Billy (Venturini) made a great call on that. We came down and got four tires a little later than some of the other guys and our car was good enough to march to the front of the field.”

Alex Bowman (No. 22 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dodge) won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for the third time in six races this season, but could only hold the lead for eight laps before being passed by Lofton. Poole opened up a quarter-second lead at Lap 12 and extended it to more than three seconds by Lap 42. His lead over Lofton had fallen off to less than two seconds when a car spun on Lap 67 to bring out the race’s first caution. While Kimmel, Buescher, Bowman, Lofton, and other contenders elected to pit, Poole stayed out and got away clean at the Lap 76 restart.

Kimmel, driving on fresh tires, rose to third by Lap 86 and second over Hessert on Lap 89, but Poole still led by more than a second. Another spin on Lap 91 brought out the race’s second caution flag, causing Poole to pit.

Kimmel took the lead under the yellow flag on Lap 93, driving ahead of Lofton, Buescher, Poole, and Ryan Reed. He led out of the Lap 97 restart, and stayed there through two more caution periods, which concluded with green flags on Laps 117 and 123.

The Lap 123 restart would prove to be the race’s last, and Kimmel led a two-by-two pack as cars moved back to speed. On his outside was Buescher, and the two were trailed by Lofton on the inside and Poole on the outside, in fourth. Kimmel originally got away and the group became a single line six laps later, but Poole moved inside Lofton for third on Lap 130. Three laps later, he passed Buescher on the backstretch, and one lap later he took the lead from Kimmel in the same place. Buescher moved past Kimmel for second, but Kimmel eventually regained the spot.

Side-by-side traffic throughout the race’s late stages allowed Poole to get away. Hessert climbed to fourth in the final laps and had a look at third place. Larry Barford Jr., driving several laps down, drove into Hessert and Buescher as they all drove to the checkered flag, setting off some personal fireworks between Hessert and Barford as Poole coasted to a final victory margin of 1.205 seconds. He now leads Hessert by 10 points in the unofficial series standings.

Joey Miller, making his first ARCA start since last August, finished sixth at his home track; Miller is from Lakeville, Minn., and was looking for his sixth ARCA win after leading the first practice. Chad Hackenbracht, who won a national legends championship at Elko in 2008, finished seventh. Erik Jones, Mason Mingus, and Jared Marks filled out the top 10.

From the green flag to the checkered flag, the race last just 44 seconds over an hour, a 74.09 mph pace. Four caution flags slowed the field for 26 laps.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will visit Pocono Raceway for the first of two events this season next Saturday, June 9. SPEED will air the race at 2:30 p.m. on a same-day delay, one of 10 broadcasts for the series on the network this season. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track events Friday and Saturday.