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Natalie Decker Brings Excitement to First Salem Speedway Start

Concord, North Carolina (April 18, 2018) – Rookie contender Natalie Decker will make her third start of the 2018 campaign and track debut when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to action in Sunday’smatinee running of the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 at Salem Speedway.

Decker, a fan favorite, started out the season winning the General Tire Pole Award and finishing fifth at Daytona and 11th at Nashville, expresses excitement and optimism headed into the weekend. Also to note, Decker’s Salem start will mark the energetic drivers’ 10th career ARCA appearance since jumping onto the scene last May at Toledo Speedway.

“I’m super excited to make my first start at Salem,” says Decker. “I came down with the team (Venturini Motorsports) last year after signing my deal to get acquainted with everyone and watch the Spring race. It didn’t take long for me to figure out why drivers like this place. It’s really racy with unique turns on both ends of the track – from a fan’s perspective, it delivers a lot of excitement. I fell in love with this place right away.”

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Brandon Lynn Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports at Talladega and Charlotte

Concord, North Carolina (April 16, 2018) – Driver Brandon Lynn has signed on with Venturini Motorsports as part of a two race deal to pilot the No.55 Remodeez Toyota in upcoming ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events at Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

A familiar face in the garage, Lynn, a 23-year old native of Penn Yann, NY, has made eight series starts with two top-10 finishes since making his ARCA debut back in the Spring of 2015.

“This is an awesome opportunity,” said Lynn. “It’s great to be back in the series and an honor to race with a team with so much prestige in ARCA. It’s a great feeling knowing I’m getting in equipment capable of winning. As long as the driver is in the game we should be good off the hauler.”

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Venturini Motorsports’ Drivers Delivers Another Solid Effort at Nashville

Concord, North Carolina (April 9, 2018) – The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returned to the track this past weekend for the running of the Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

Despite unseasonably cold temperatures, it was business as usual for Venturini Motorsports which returned to racing action turning in a solid overall team performance.

Michael Self and Chandler Smith, both leading laps, finished in the top-5 taking the checkered flag fourth and fifth respectively. Christian Eckes finished eighth and Natalie Decker rounded out the team effort in 11th place.

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Toni Breidinger, USAC’s All-Time Winningest Female, Joins Venturini Motorsports

Concord, NC (March 2, 2018) – Announced today, 18-year Hillsborough, California native, Toni Breidinger, has joined Venturini Motorsports and will make three driving appearances during the 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Breidinger, USAC’s (United States Auto Club) all-time winningest female driver with 14 pavement victories, will make her ARCA Series debut at Madison International Speedway on June 15. Joining an already dynamic team driver lineup, Breidinger’s will race in three consecutive ARCA events including Gateway Motorsports Park (June 22) and Chicagoland Speedway (June 28).

With her sights set on becoming a successful driver at NASCAR’s highest level, Breidinger began her career behind the wheel of a go-kart at the age of 9. Progressing with age and moving up the ranks, Breidinger began racing midget cars in USAC. In 2014 and 2015 she placed 2nd overall in USAC’s Speed 2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series driver standings. After a breakout year, she went on to claim the 2016 Speed 2 Western U.S. Pavement Midget Series Championship.

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Venturini Motorsports Sweeps Daytona with Pole Award and ARCA Victory

Concord, NC (February 12, 2018) – It’s the most highly anticipated event of the year playing out on racing’s biggest stage. On Saturday, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards kicked off the new season with the 55th running of the series’ Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

Coming off a sub-par season, Venturini Motorsports dedicated the offseason to regaining their form. After an organizational reboot, the long-time ARCA Series team went to work rebuilding from the ground up in preparation for the season opener.

Rising to the occasion the team’s off-season commitment was rewarded and on full display Saturday evening when Michael Self drove his No. 15 Venturini Motorsports’ prepared Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry to Daytona’s Gatorade Victory Lane giving the 27-year old driver his second career series victory and first at the World Center of Racing.

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Leilani Münter and Vegan Strong Announce Extended ARCA Schedule

Daytona Beach, Fl. (February 10, 2018) – Just hours before today’s highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway, driver, Leilani Münter, addressed the media at the ‘World Center of Racing’ unveiling her extended 2018 series schedule.

Following a busy morning of appearances, Leilani proudly introduced her No.20 VEGANSTRONG.com Daytona car along with a season schedule which will feature the Rochester, Minn. native in eight series events – the most single-season events she’s competed since her series debut in 2010.

Leilani, a biology graduate, turned race car driver and environmental activist with support from A Well-Fed World and TRYVEG.com (VEGAN STRONG), will start today’s race from the fifth-starting spot – a career best.

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Natalie Decker Wins Pole Award at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 9, 2018) — Natalie Decker, in her first attempt at Daytona, won the General Tire Pole for Saturday’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona Int’l Speedway.

The Eagle River, Wisconsin rookie qualified with a top speed of 181.859 mph in her No. 25 Venturini Motorsports-prepared N29 Capital Partners – Yamaha Power Products Toyota Camry. Her top speed came from the fourth group among the six groups that qualified.

“This means so much to me to be here,” said Decker. “And to get the pole at Daytona is definitely the biggest moment of my career. I beat Johnny Sauter once at State Park Speedway, but this even beats that.”

Decker got some good help from veteran spotter Eddie D’Hondt.

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Natalie Decker Ready to take Flight; Daytona Debut Next

Daytona Beach, Fl. (February 7, 2018) – Three months after unveiling her 2018 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards full season schedule the day has finally arrived for 20-year old rookie driver Natalie Decker.

Decker, driving for Toyota aligned Venturini Motorsports (VMS), kicks-off the new season this weekend in ARCA’s premier season opening Lucas Oil 200 – Driven by General Tire event at Daytona International Speedway.

Driving VMS’ flagship No.25 Toyota Camry, Decker’s journey begins Saturday when the dynamic driver showcases sponsorship support from N/29 Capital Partners and YAMAHA Power Products during her highly anticipated Daytona debut.

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Michael Self with Sinclair Oil Ready for Season Debut at Daytona

Concord, NC (February 7, 2018) – Coming off a breakout season, driver Michael Self looks for continued success starting with the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season-opening Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire event this coming Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.

Self, 27, made offseason news by aligning with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for the upcoming season. After months of anticipation, the pair is set to unveil the team’s No. 15 Sinclair Oil Toyota Camry.

“I’m very excited to finally get behind the wheel of the No. 15 Toyota Camry with the Sinclair colors on board, but would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous as well. I only have one superspeedway start, which was Daytona last year, and even though I feel like I learned a ton, I’m definitely still learning and building my confidence with this kind of racing,” said Self.

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Quin Houff Returns to Daytona, Looks to Repeat and Improve Performance from One Year Ago

MOORESVILLE, NC (Feb. 9, 2018) – Racers often go to Daytona to accomplish a lifelong dream of simply making laps on the famous high banks. A year ago, Quin Houff was that racer, but this year his perspective has changed.

It no longer is enough for Quin to make competitive laps; he wants to win.

In last year’s Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire, Quin worked his way forward through the race and led over a quarter of the event (23 laps) before pitting for fuel during the team’s only planned pit stop of the race. Soon after he rejoined the fight for the win, an accident ahead of him swept Quin and the No. 98 Chevrolet into the melee, ending his chance for victory.

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Quin Houff Joins Mason Mitchell Motorsports Again for Daytona ARCA Event and Beyond

MOORESVILLE, NC (Jan. 8, 2018) – One year ago, a newcomer to ARCA racing turned the head of every observer during the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Virginia native Quin Houff came to the WorldCenter of Racing and dominated a large portion of the 200-mile contest which kicks off Speedweeks.

An accident not of his doing wiped out Quin’s chance to win in2017 and left him yearning for a chance to do it again. This February, he will return to the seat of a Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet at Daytona for the second consecutive year, attempting to replicate his performance from one year ago where he led over a quarter of the event.

Last year’s Daytona run set the stage for Houff to race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with Precision Performance Motorsports for a handful of races, making his debut at Bristol Motor Speedway where he once again impressed industry experts with stout qualifying and race runs.

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2018 ARCA schedule released; Charlotte, Gateway, Berlin return

TOLEDO, Ohio (Nov. 22, 2017) – The 66th consecutive season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is now in place, as Series officials have released the 2018 schedule to include 20 race-dates across 13 states.

Another healthy mix of superspeedways, intermediate tracks, paved short tracks and dirt tracks will highlight the 2018 tour, including returns trips to Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, and Berlin Raceway. The race date at Charlotte will be the 21st ARCA race at the 1.5-mile speedway since 1964, and ends a 14-year hiatus. The last time ARCA raced at Gateway was 2007, when Bryan Clauson was the winner.

“We are pleased to announce our complete 20-race, 2018 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “From superspeedways recognized among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks and mile dirt tracks, the schedule highlights the long-standing diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Charlotte Motor Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park, and Berlin Raceway.”

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Anthony Campi Racing & Chase Purdy Announce 2018 Super Late Model Partnership

SARASOTA, FL (October 24, 2017) – Anthony Campi Racing and Chase Purdy have made public their agreement to compete together in select super late model events during the 2018 season following a successful test this past weekend. ACR has quickly become one of the heavy hitters in national late model racing and by securing Purdy, they have reiterated their commitment to excellence on-track.
 
Chase Purdy is one of the hottest prospects in regional and national development level motorsports. Earlier this year, he was named to the NASCAR Next 2017-18 class, a group of young drivers who have promising potential to become future stars at the top levels of stock car racing.

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Christopher Bell Pulling Double Duty at Chicago

Seeking Third ARCA Win and First NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Regular-Season Championship

Concord, North Carolina (September 12, 2017) – Current NASCAR Camping Truck Series (NCWTS) points leader Christopher Bell returns to competition with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for Thursday’s SCOTT 150 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Bell, owner of four NCWTS victories on the season, returns to Chicago with a full slate of weekend racing taking his talent to the track for double duty action.

In addition to rejoining VMS behind the wheel of the team’s prepared No.25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce / JBL Audio Toyota Camry in a rare Thursday night series feature, the 22-year old Norman, Oklahoma native also looks to wrap up the NCWTS regular-season championship in Friday night’s Chicagoland 225.
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Cunningham Strong at Salem; Sargeant Grabs Third, Lee Ninth in Fall Classicar

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 11, 2017) – Running within the top-five for the majority of the race, Cunningham Motorsports drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant completed a strong showing at Salem Speedway Saturday night with a top-five and top-10 finish. Sargeant took home a third-place finish while teammate Lee finished ninth in the Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200.

Shane Lee, No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion
Start: 3rd / Finish: 9th

Lee held the third position for the majority of the first half of the race until he moved into fifth 57 laps in to the 200-lap feature.
The first caution fell on lap 68. Lee reported being free all the way through the corner. He came down pit road for new right side General Tires, Sunoco fuel and adjustments.
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Late Race Heartbreak for Teammates Eckes and Hessert at Salem; VMS Newcomer LeMastus Finishes 12th

Concord, North Carolina (September 11, 2017) – The ARAC Racing Series presented by Menards rolled into Salem Speedway for the 102nd all-time track visit for the final short track event of the ’17 season Saturday night under the lights for the Eddie Gilstrap Fall Classic 200.

Featuring a stout driver lineup including six-time series winner, Tom Hessert, rookie standout, Christian Eckes, and VMS newcomer Bo LeMastus, the team returned to familiar territory seeking short track supremacy.

Stacked with a strong field for the Fall Classic the duo of Eckes and Hessert flexed their muscle early before both drivers ended up suffering catastrophic issues ending their nights before the checkered flag waved.
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Christian Eckes Seeking Spotlight in Final ARCA Season Start at Salem Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (September 7, 2017) – Sixteen-year-old rookie Christian Eckes will make his tenth and final ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start of the season in Saturday’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 at Salem Speedway.

“We had a good run here in the spring race – led a bunch of laps and gained a ton of experience,” said Eckes. “Winning is never easy especially when you come to a place like Salem. Pit strategy and conserving your stuff is key. Salem’s rough surface is tough on these General Tires – we saw the drastic drop-off earlier in the year on those long green flag runs – the guys who guess right and have tires at the end have got the best shot.”

Driving a partial season behind the wheel of his Venturini Motorsports prepared No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota, Eckes has produced – quietly emerging as one of the series brightest newcomers leading 274-laps and posting an impressive 5.8 finishing average in nine season starts. Eckes has twice finished second (Elko Speedway and Winchester Speedway) and has strung together nine consecutive top-10 finishes.

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Tom Hessert Settles for Top-15 Finish in ARCA Return

Concord, North Carolina (August 21, 2017) – Veteran driver Tom Hessert returned to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards making just his third season start during Sunday’s Herr’s Potato Chip 100 on the Springfield dirt mile.

Hessert, winner of last season’s ARCA dirt race at the DuQuoin Magic Mile had his sights set on a repeat performance. Showing no signs of rust the six-time series winner qualified fourth behind the wheel of his No.25 Musselman’s Big Cup Apple Sauce Toyota.

Maintaining solid track position and playing pit strategy Hessert would be among a small group of cars pitting early during the second caution of the day for tires and fuel. Hoping to use pit strategy in his favor Hessert would drive his Musselman’s backed Toyota inside the top-5 with less than 40 laps remaining in Sunday’s main event.

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Christian Eckes Finishes Sixth in Dirt Debut at Springfield Mile

Concord, North Carolina (August 21, 2017) – Sixteen-year-old Christian Eckes finished sixth in Sunday’s Herr’s Potato Chips 100 at Springfield’s historic dirt mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

As part of tradition the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards helped close out the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, IL. On the final day and under hot and humid conditions teams arrived early for what was a jammed packed Sunday schedule.

Unlike most race days, Springfield comes fast and furious with practice, qualifying and racing all within a four hour window. For Eckes, the fast moving schedule had no ill affect. With no prior dirt experience and only one hour of practice, Eckes turned in a solid effort during his maiden voyage.

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Venturini Motorsports’ Weekend Rewind – Winchester Speedway

Fast VMS Toyota’s deliver mixed results at Winchester; Another second place for Eckes, Lessard earns career best finish and Heartbreaker for Smith

Concord, North Carolina (August 7, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports’ drivers Christian Eckes, Raphael Lessard, and Zane Smith showed up in force on Sunday afternoon for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 200 at Winchester Speedway. The talented trio of teens made noise as each driver put their fast Toyota race cars into the spotlight throughout the 200-lap event.

Christian Eckes turned in another great performance on Sunday finishing second behind race winner Kyle Benjamin at Winchester Speedway. Eckes, in the No. 15 New York Bus Sales Toyota, stepped up in the end and got within five lengths of the leader, but fell back about a half-second at the final stripe. The Middletown, NY rookie tied his career-best finish with his runner up finish and earned his eighth consecutive top-10 finish of his season campaign.

“This place is so cool…maybe the most fun I’ve ever had at a race track,” said Eckes. “You have so many lines to work with. We started kind of slow in practice but once we got around other cars in the race, we were really good. We definitely had a great long run car…couldn’t get fired off too well on the restarts. But 30-to-40 laps into the run, the car came to us. Not sure if we could have gotten to the 28, but we had a good of a shot as anyone.”

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Zane Smith Welcomes Pennsylvania’s Hometown Musselman’s back to Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, PA (July 27, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports’ rookie Zane Smith will make his second career visit to the ‘Tricky Triangle’ tomorrow afternoon in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway.

Smith, an 18-year native from Huntington Beach, CA and current member of this year’s NASCAR Next group, finished fourth at Pocono during the ARCA series’ first season visit to Pocono last month.

In his quest to tame the intimidating 2.5-mile superspeedway, driver Zane Smith welcomes back Pennsylvania’s very own Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce to the side of his black No.55 Toyota Camry. Musselman’s, a valued partner of Venturini Motorsports’ ARCA program, has been prominently featured on the team’s fleet of Toyotas throughout the 2017 season.
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Sargeant Goes Back-to-Back at LOR in Thrilling Charge; Edges Closer to Championship

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 24, 2017) – For the second race in a row, Cunningham Motorsports driver Dalton Sargeant turned heads, driving his No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion to the lead in an impressive win in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway Friday night. Charging his way from 11th to first in just four laps, the win comes two weeks after Sargeant left his mark at Iowa Speedway, making this his third victory of the season and Cunningham’s second win at the famed Indiana track.

“This was definitely a much-needed win,” said Sargeant. “Every race we know we have to get a good finish in order to stay fighting for the championship and the guys on this team have never given up even though we’ve had a pretty big point deficit in the past. To be able to battle back from a 12th place starting position and methodically work our way to the front and put ourselves in contention for a win is a testament to how fast these Cunningham cars are every week. A lot of our friends from Big Tine were at the race and to be able to get a win with all of them there was really special. I think there’s a lot to look forward to these next few races and hopefully, we’ll keeping adding wins to the season.”

The night opened with Sargeant starting back in the 12th position but immediately made his way into the top-10 by lap five. When the first caution of the night fell on lap 56, Sargeant came down pit road to get two new General Tires and Sunoco race fuel, restarting in the seventh position on lap 64. Three more cautions fell before Sargeant broke into the top-five, restarting third on lap 136 after the team opted to follow the two leaders and stay off of pit road. Battling a field full of cars with fresh tires, Sargeant fell back into seventh and remained off of pit road when another caution came with just over 50 laps to go. Continuing to fight lead cars with new tires, Sargeant dropped to tenth before rain started to fall, bringing out the final caution on lap 174 where Sargeant would get the four tires he needed to propel him towards the front of the field.

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Natalie Decker Adds Pocono Encore and Kansas to ARCA Schedule

Concord, North Carolina (July 18, 2017) – After securing a four-race deal earlier in the year with Venturini Motorsports, nineteen-year old Natalie Decker announced today the addition of next week’s event at Pocono Raceway along with the series’ season finale at Kansas Speedway to her remaining 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule.

Decker, a popular Midwest late model driver, jumped onto the ARCA scene in May finishing 11th in her series debut at Toledo Speedway. Followed by solid performances at Elko Speedway and Pocono Raceway, Decker will return to action with Venturini Motorsports driving the No.25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota Camry in next Friday ARCA’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono’s Tricky Triangle.

Decker, also on the entry list for the next month’s ARCA road course event at Road America, is excited for the opportunity to return to the series.

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In Commanding Fashion, Sargeant Defends Cunningham Win at Iowa Speedway

Cunningham, Lee Focus on Positives Leaving Iowa

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 12, 2017) – Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee had a day full of highs and lows at Iowa Speedway in the race that marked the halfway point of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. From winning the General Tire Pole Award and leading the most laps in the Fans with Benefits 150, an 11th-place finish is not how Lee and his No. 22 team were hoping to end the night.

Starting from the first position, Lee pulled away from his contenders quickly creating a gap that would be hard to fill. Two cautions would fall early on laps 19 and 32, and Lee and veteran crew chief Paul Andrews decided to keep his No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion off of pit road until later in the race. Lee would keep the lead on both restarts and it wasn’t until lap 59, battling cars on fresher tires, that he fell out of first place and into third. Another caution came on lap 61 and this time Lee opted to bring his car down for four new General Tires, Sunoco fuel and a tick up on the track bar. A slow pit stop and a turn down, rather than up, by the pit crew on the track bar, though, would cause Lee to fall from third to 14th and be unable to make up position, ultimately finishing in 11th-place.

“I think we had the car to beat,” said Lee. “Everything was going our way from practice to qualifying and even the beginning of the race. If things had gone our way on pit road then there’s no doubt we would have been a contender to win. It’s a bit of a heartbreaker. I can’t thank my crew chief Paul (Andrews) and all the guys at the shop who work so hard to put together good cars for me to run in every single week. We’ll take the positives that we have from this race, move on to Lucas Oil and hopefully get this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion into victory lane.”

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With Racing, Baseball and Birthdays…Shane Lee Turns to Iowa

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (July 6, 2017) –  From top-five finishes to birthdays and baseball games, Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee has a lot to look forward to heading into the tenth race of the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season. After earning a fourth-place finish two weeks ago, Lee is ready to take that momentum to Iowa Speedway and look for his first ARCA win in the Fans with Benefits 150 this Saturday.

“I’ve never been to Iowa, but I think I’ll be able to adapt pretty quick,” said Lee. “There are a lot of tracks on the schedule that I’ve never been to, but have had to get accustomed to in a short amount of time and Iowa won’t be any different. It’s a unique track and Cunningham has had success here before, so hopefully we can finally get the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion a win. We had a weekend off which was a good time to regroup and get everything set for the halfway point of the year.”

During that ‘regrouping’ time, Lee celebrated his 24th birthday on July 4 and hopes the celebration can carry over into victory lane with a win at Iowa. Lee has been a strong contender each race, stacking up four top-five finishes so far this season with his best finish coming in the premier event of the season at Daytona where he wheeled his way up to third. Turning to Iowa, Lee has never seen the 7/8-mile track, but veteran crew chief Paul Andrews doesn’t see that as a problem.

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Sixteen Year-Old ARCA Driver Christian Eckes on the Rise

Concord, North Carolina (July 3, 2017) – Once a destination for drivers to make a career, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has evolved over the last couple of decades becoming one of the premier proving grounds for young up and coming drivers hoping to make their mark and catapult their careers in the sport of stock car racing.

One rising star quietly making his presence known within the series is 16-year old Middletown, NY native Christian Eckes, driver of the No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.

Eckes, with nine career ARCA starts since making his series debut in 2016, has joined the conversation as one of the series’ top young rookies – evolving into a legitimate contender each and every time he suits up and straps into the car.

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Shane Lee Ready for Breakthrough at Madison

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (June 21, 2017) – Cunningham Motorsports driver Shane Lee has been ready for his first win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since Daytona…and now he turns to Madison International Speedway with the hopes of getting just that. After coming in 15th at Michigan, the 23-year-old driver is looking to rebound as he heads back to short tracks for the Montgomery Ward 200.

“We didn’t get the finish we were hoping for at Michigan, but I’m looking forward getting back on track at Madison,” said Lee. “It feels like we just keep running into bad luck, so hopefully that’ll turn around and we can finally get that first win this weekend. Cunningham always has great cars that they bring to the track every single week and I know we have the potential to win every week. We’ll put Michigan behind us and move on to Madison and hopefully get this No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion a win.”

Just like many other tracks on the ARCA circuit this season, Lee has never seen Madison and will rely on the expertise of veteran crew chief Paul Andrews. Andrews says he’s enjoyed working with Lee and watching the progress the young driver has made throughout the season.

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Midget Standout Tanner Thorson Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports and Musselman’s Apple Sauce

Concord, North Carolina (June 21, 2017) – Reigning USAC National Midget Champion Tanner Thorson returns to the seat driving for Venturini Motorsports (VMS) in Friday’s Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway.
Thorson, who made his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut last season on the Illinois State Fairground’s dirt-mile, will pilot the team’s No.25 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Toyota for his first series pavement short track event of his career.

Thorson, part of VMS’ Family of Musselman’s drivers, joins Zane Smith, Noah Gragson, Tom Hessert, Raphael Lessard and Christopher Bell to drive the team’s Musselman’s Apple Sauce backed Toyota this season. Continue reading ‘Midget Standout Tanner Thorson Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports and Musselman’s Apple Sauce’

ARCA Returns to Wisconsin ‘Live’ on MAVTV June 23

ARCA returns to Wisconsin ‘live’ on MAVTV June 23 at 9:00 pm ET

Corona, CA. (June 15, 2017): ARCA will bring its exciting style of short track racing back to the MAVTV Motorsports Network at 9 p.m. EDT Friday, June 23, when the stock car series rolls into Madison International Speedway in Oregon, WI., for the Montgomery Ward 200.

MAVTV’s award-winning production team will have live flag-to-flag coverage of the race scheduled for 200 laps on Madison’s half-mile paved oval.

The Montgomery Ward 200 will follow back-to-back superspeedway events and has been eagerly anticipated by ARCA fans who still are talking about the finish of the series most recent short track contest at Elko, MN. That one featured a four-way fight for the lead over the final six laps, a photo finish and some multi-car mayhem as the checkered flag waved.
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Venturini Motorsports Weekend Rewind: Pocono Raceway General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200

Concord, NC (June 12, 2017) – Visiting the most scenic race track on tour, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returned to Pocono Raceway over the weekend for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200.

Venturini Motorsports with the team’s accustomed three car effort once again featured an all rookie lineup with drivers Spencer Davis, Natalie Decker and Zane Smith. It was each driver’s first appearance on the 2.5 mile Superspeedway known as the ‘Tricky Triangle’.

Pocono Team Results for ARCA’s General Tire #AnyWhereIsPossible200: Zane Smith (4th), Spencer Davis (11th) & Natalie Decker (27th).

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