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Zane Smith Tops Team Performance with Fourth-Place Finish at Toledo Speedway, Christian Eckes Nets Top-10 and Natalie Decker Shines in Series Debut

Concord, North Carolina (May 22, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) turned in solid performances across the board this weekend in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards thanks to the driving efforts of teenage rookies Zane Smith, Christian Eckes and Natalie Decker in Sunday’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

It was seventeen-year old Zane Smith topping the trio of talented drivers with a fourth-place finish behind the wheel of his No. 55 La Paz-Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota Camry. Smith, a native of Huntington Beach, CA and one of the most recent selections in this year’s 2017-18 NASCAR Next Class of drivers set a new ARCA career best with Sunday’s finish.

“We’re happy with the way it ended…bummed on how we started,” said Smith. “I slid in some water on pit road and stalled the car and lost a lot of positions. Our car was good…we just need to be a little better. We got a push when the sun came out.”

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Venturini Motorsports’ Drivers Zane Smith and Christian Eckes Making the Grade; Next Up Toledo Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (May 17, 2017) – Two drivers gaining national recognition this season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards are seventeen-year-old Zane Smith and sixteen-year-old Christian Eckes. With twenty-seven combined series starts scheduled in 17’, the teenage duo are serving as this year’s main cornerstones for Venturini Motorsports potent Toyota driver development program.

Zane Smith, who made his series debut last season with Venturini Motorsports will carry the bulk of the load in terms of team starts this year with an ARCA schedule comprising of eighteen series starts. Missing out on Daytona and Talladega due to not meeting the series’ minimum age requirements, Smith will run the remainder of the season driving his No.55 VMS Toyota.

Smith returns to the track this weekend for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Auto Care at Toledo Speedway.

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Two Ohio Companies Partner with Ken Schrader Racing for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care

Concord, N.C. – (May 17, 2017) – Ken Schrader Racing, Inc. announced today that Midwest Logistics Systems and K & L Ready Mix will serve as sponsors for its #52 Entry with driver Austin Theriault, for the May 21, 2017, Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

Midwest Logistics Systems located in Celina, Ohio served as an associate sponsor with Ken Schrader at the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

K & L Ready Mix, headquartered in Ottawa, Ohio, has been one of the Ken Schrader dirt team sponsors for five years and also participated in the 2016 truck race at Eldora. The family-owned company has been in business since 1957. K & L Ready Mix is the leading supplier of ready mix concrete, brick, block and building supplies, serving Northwest Ohio.
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Anticipation Builds for Natalie Decker in Advance of ARCA Debut

Concord, North Carolina (May 16, 2017) – 19-year old Natalie Decker is poised and ready to join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for her highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut during this weekend’s Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care at Toledo Speedway.

Decker, a popular Midwest late model driver hailing from Eagle River, Wisconsin, will make her first team appearance on Sunday behind the wheel of her VMS prepared No.25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota Camry.

“I haven’t been this excited or nervous for a race in a long time,” says Natalie Decker. “I’ve been preparing mentally and physically since the moment we made our announcement. This will be my first shot driving a heavier, bigger ARCA car. I’ve put a lot of effort training at the gym and studying film to prepare. The support I’ve received from the team and my sponsor, N29 has been incredible – I’m so ready for that green flag!”

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Seuss Plays Role of David in Battle Against Goliath at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL — In David-vs.-Goliath fashion, Andy Seuss recorded a career-best second-place finish in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway (AL).  Seuss of Hampstead, N.H. patiently made his way towards the front from the 33rd starting position and fell short of the win by just 0.108 seconds.

“It’s pretty incredible. I go back and forth as competitor. You want to win and don’t want to pat yourself on the back for anything but a win.  But, if you take a step back and see the competition we were up against, it’s really neat,” said Seuss, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion.  “It’s right up there with any of the other highlights of my career. It’s such a sense of accomplishment really. Talladega itself is really special.  My dad brought me on a father-son trip there when I was 12. I remember thinking I’d never make it to the Talladega Short Track to race let alone the superspeedway.”

For many watching at the track and at home, Seuss played the role of the underdog that everybody likes to cheer for.  The veteran racer is an undefended, often underfunded, hard-nosed driver, who puts his blood, sweat and tears into his racing.  In areas where some teams use their budget to go fast, Seuss uses hard work and determination.

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Seuss Plays Role of David in Battle Against Goliath at Talladega

TALLADEGA, AL — In David-vs.-Goliath fashion, Andy Seuss recorded a career-best second-place finish in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway (AL). Seuss of Hampstead, N.H. patiently made his way towards the front from the 33rd starting position and fell short of the win by just 0.108 seconds.

“It’s pretty incredible. I go back and forth as competitor. You want to win and don’t want to pat yourself on the back for anything but a win. But, if you take a step back and see the competition we were up against, it’s really neat,” said Seuss, a two-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion. “It’s right up there with any of the other highlights of my career. It’s such a sense of accomplishment really. Talladega itself is really special. My dad brought me on a father-son trip there when I was 12. I remember thinking I’d never make it to the Talladega Short Track to race let alone the superspeedway.”

For many watching at the track and at home, Seuss played the role of the underdog that everybody likes to cheer for. The veteran racer is an undefended, often underfunded, hard-nosed driver, who puts his blood, sweat, and tears into his racing. In areas where some teams use their budget to go fast, Seuss uses hard work and determination.

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Venturini Motorsports – Talladega Superspeedway Weekend Rewind

Concord, North Carolina (May 8, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports turned in an overall solid performance in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Met with mixed results, Spencer Davis and Tom Hessert turned in top-10 performances while Noah Gragson’s day ended early after getting collected in the “Big One” – forcing the 18-year old driver to settle for a 30th place finish.

For the second consecutive weekend, Mother Nature played a major role with constant rain forcing ARCA Series officials to cancel qualifying and postpone Friday’s originally scheduled race to Saturday afternoon. Setting the field by last season’s owner points VMS drivers started inside the top-10.

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Musselman’s Apple Sauce Serving-Up Double Dose of Sweetness with Tom Hessert and Noah Gragson at Talladega

May 3, 2017 (Concord, North Carolina) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return to ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ this weekend for Friday afternoon’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway.

As part of their ongoing partnership, VMS and Musselman’s will serve up some sweetness by delivering two helpings of Apple Sauce with team drivers’ Tom Hessert and Noah Gragson featuring Musselman’s Squeezables and Big Cup brands on their team backed Toyota Camry race cars.

Musselman’s BIG CUP satisfies appetites of teens and adults with active lifestyles, while Musselman’s Squeezables is the healthy snack Mom can provide to her children who are on-the-go.

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Lee Strong at Salem; Cunningham Looks Ahead to Talladega

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 2, 2017) — Shane Lee capped off a strong weekend for Cunningham Motorsports with a fourth-place finish in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 at Salem Speedway. After starting in the second spot, the Newton, N.C. native played on a late race pit strategy that gave him his second top five finish this season. 

“We had a strong day and I’m pretty happy with where we finished this race,” said Lee. “I raced the car pretty hard right off the bat and I could’ve conserved tires a little bit better, but once we came in and got four new General Tires, we really had a lot of speed and were able to get back into the top five. Overall it was a solid day…it was a good points day and we’ll take what we learned here and get ready for the next one.” 

Lee stayed in contention throughout the day, battling lap traffic and long green flag runs to stay within the top 10. When a caution came on lap 130, the No. 22 Big Tine Ford Fusion came in and got a new set of tires and filled up on Sunoco race fuel. Restarting on the inside line, Lee moved into the fifth position and worked his way into fourth with 10 to go. 

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Eckes Dominates & Nearly Takes ARCA Salem Win Till Late-Race Issue

(SALEM, IN) – There’s a saying in racing that sometimes the fastest car doesn’t always win the race. That’s what happened to Christian Eckes on Sunday in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 for the ARCA Racing Series at Indiana’s Salem Speedway. Eckes, at one-point, lapped the entire field before an issue with a right-rear tire left him with an eighth-place finish.

“This place is crazy, a tough place,” said Eckes of his first race on the legendary high banks of Salem Speedway. “We had such a good car. I can’t thank my Venturini guys enough. Our Toyota Camry was just really fast on long runs. We put those four tires on and it really came alive.”

Eckes pitted early for four new General Tires and the move paid off. The 16-year-old driver flew through the field to get into the lead. He then continued his torrid pace by lapping the entire field.

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Zane Smith, Musselman’s Brings Distracted Driving Awareness to Indiana

Salem, Indiana (April 28, 2017) – On Friday, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) driver Zane Smith began his race weekend with a special appearance at Salem, Indiana’s City Hall. The seventeen-year-old Smith is in town competing in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event at Salem Speedway.

Meeting with Salem’s Mayor along with members of the city’s Public Works department, the group discussed the importance of bringing Distracted Driving Awareness to the area in hopes of educating drivers and saving lives. Zane Smith, representing Musselman’s Apple Sauce and People Against Distracted Driving (PADD®) presented the city with street signage to serve as a community reminder to the importance of safe driving.

“The City of Salem is proud to get behind this important and timely initiative,” said Troy Merry, Mayor of Salem, Indiana. “Take notice the next time you’re driving – It’s almost impossible not to spot someone texting and driving behind the wheel. This is a major safety concern not only to our city but for all cities across America. Our efforts to raise distracted driving awareness will initially be focused in and around school zones throughout our community. Targeting these areas will deliver a repetitive message to future drivers (children) and a friendly reminder to the parents who have the ultimate responsibility behind the wheel.”

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Tom Hessert Joins Musselman’s and PADD® for the ‘Nikki Kellenyi Foundation’s Walk against Distracted Driving’

Concord, North Carolina (April 14, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports’ driver Tom Hessert and family will join People Against Distracted Driving (PADD®) in this weekend’s 5th Annual ‘Nikki Kellenyi Foundation – Walk Against Distracted Driving’ event in southern New Jersey.

PADD® along with their national sponsor Musselman’s Apple Sauce will host the charity walk on Saturday, April 15 at Washington Township Lake Park in Sewell, New Jersey. The event is open to the public with registration starting at 8:00AMfollowed by the charity walk at 9:00AM. For more information on how to donate or participate visit PADD.org.

Joining Hessert and Musselman’s will be representatives from Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, along with support from New Jersey Manufacturing Insurance, Texas Coral, Barbera’s Autoland, Drive Beehive, House of Gamez and many more local business participants.

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Lee, Sargeant Battle Ups and Downs in the Music City

 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 10, 2017) – The ARCA Racing Series opened the 2017 short track season with the Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville this past weekend. The two Big Tine Ford Fusion drivers Shane Lee and Dalton Sargeant for Cunningham Motorsports drove solidly within the top 10 all night, but ultimately did not get the results they were hoping for. After qualifying third and sixth, and breaking into the top five multiple times, Sargeant and Lee took both of their Big Tine Ford Fusions to ninth (Sargeant) and 12th (Lee) place finishes.

Race Recap

  • First caution came out on lap 14 with Sargeant in second-place and Lee in sixth.
  • On the second caution of the night at lap 40, Lee and Sargeant both come in to pit taking two General Tires and Sunoco Racing Fuel.
  • Sargeant reports that his No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion gets a little loose on entry, but still hangs on to third around lap 75.
  • Halfway through, on lap 104, Lee and Sargeant pit under caution taking four tires and fuel.
  • Lee reports being tight in center…make track bar adjustments on lap 152 under caution.
  • With 10 laps to go, Lee moved back into the top 10 with Sargeant at P5.
  • A late-race caution ended the night with a green-white-checkered finish. Sargeant ends his night in ninth-place with teammate Lee in 12th.

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Zane Smith Earns Top-10 Finish at Nashville

Concord, North Carolina (April 10, 2017) – In his first season ARCA start, California’s Zane Smith finished 10th in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – Music City 200 under the lights at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

Smith, driving Venturini Motorsports’ No.55 LaPaz-Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota Camry, was solid throughout the day providing an impressive glimpse of the future.

After qualifying seventh, Smith led 12-laps and maintained a stranglehold on the top ten positions the entire night at Nashville’s historic half-mile track.
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Christian Eckes Impresses at Nashville with Career Best Third-Place Finish

April 10, 2017 (Concord, North Carolina) – It was a career night for Christian Eckes in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Making just his fifth series start the 16-year old Eckes finished a career-best third driving his Venturini Motorsports (VMS) prepared New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry in ARCA’s first short track event of the season.

Eckes, who qualified on the outside front row, was a factor the entire night leading 28-laps en route to his best series finish.

Riding in second and seemingly in good position to place a bid for top spot, Eckes’ chances were hampered on lap 109 after a miscue on pit road sent the talented teen back to the 16th spot for the race restart. Continue reading ‘Christian Eckes Impresses at Nashville with Career Best Third-Place Finish’

Eckes Hoping to Strum Some Chords in Nashville

GREENVILLE, NY — On Saturday, Christian Eckes is returning to where his ARCA Racing Series career began, the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN), for the second time. And this time, he hopes he’ll be strumming a few chords on the famous Nashville guitar.

Eckes started eighth and finished eighth in his ARCA debut one year ago, but now the driver from Middletown, New York has a ton more experience in heavy stock cars, as well as prior knowledge of the fast 5/8-mile oval to lean on when he makes his season debut for Venturini Motorsports.

“Last year is going to contribute a lot to this year, no doubt,” said Eckes. “Learning the track last year for the ARCA race as well as running the Super Late Model a few times last year makes me a lot more prepared heading into this race.”

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Big Tine Expands Partnership with Cunningham Motorsports

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 5, 2017) – Big Tine, year-round deer products to support a healthy and flourishing herd, is expanding its partnership with Cunningham Motorsports for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series season.  Big Tine will be the featured primary sponsor of the No. 22 Ford Fusion driven by Shane Lee for the 2017 racing season, with select primary and associate sponsorship of the No. 77 Ford Fusion driven by Dalton Sargeant.  The Music City 200 will be the debut of both Big Tine primary paint schemes for the 2017 season.

“It’s great to have Big Tine on board for the entire season,” said Lee. “It’s a fun brand to work with and I think it’s going to shape up to be a pretty good year. Big Tine has had a good relationship with Cunningham for a year now, so hopefully I can come into this and bring them the same success they saw last year with Chase (Briscoe) and help continue to expand this sponsorship.”

The expansion of the partnership between Big Tine and Cunningham Motorsports comes after a successful first season in motorsports for the company, as Briscoe’s No. 77 Big Tine Ford Fusion reached victory lane six times. Cunningham and Big Tine both look to continue the trend this season, starting with the Music City 200 from Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on April 8, 2017.

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Zane Smith Poised for Success; 2017 ARCA Campaign Starts with Music City 200

Concord, North Carolina (April 5, 2017) – Zane Smith will make his highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season debut on Saturday, April 8 during the Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

After sitting out Daytona, unable to compete due to series’ age restrictions, the seventeen-year-old driver has been patiently waiting his turn behind the wheel. That time is now – Smith will roll out his No.55 Icon Vehicle Dynamics-LaPaz Toyota this weekend.

“It’s been a long time waiting for this moment to finally get here,” said Smith. “I’ve been fired up since we made the announcement during the off-season. Everyone has been preparing for this moment and eager to get off to a fast start. I’m thankful for the opportunity and appreciate Toyota and all the support I receive from our partners.”

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Raphaël Lessard Tuned-Up and Ready for ARCA Debut at Nashville; Together with Musselman’s Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Concord, North Carolina (April 4, 2017) – In a town known for its rich country music tradition, Nashville, Tennessee will play host this weekend to the Music City 200 on April 8 as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to the track after nearly a two-month hiatus.

Among those eagerly waiting to showcase their talent is fifteen-year-old newcomer Raphaël Lessard.

Lessard, a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) driver out of Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce, Quebec Canada, will make his ARCA Series debut driving the No.25 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Camry for Venturini Motorsports (VMS).

Relatively unknown in the U.S. prior to the 2016 racing season, Lessard jumped onto the short track scene winning four CARS Late Model Stock Tour events en route to the CARS championship last season driving for David Gilliland Racing (DGR).

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Christian Eckes Returns to Familiar Grounds for ARCA Season Debut

Concord, North Carolina (April 3, 2017) – Just months after winning the prestigious Snowball Derby Super Late Model Race, Christian Eckes is set to make his return to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards during this weekend’s Music City 200 at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.

At 16-years old, Toyota Racing Development driver Christian Eckes will pilot the No.15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry under the lights Saturday night at Nashville’s historic short track. Nashville, a familiar track for Eckes, was the site of his series debut last season where the then 15-year old turned in a solid top-10 finish driving for Venturini Motorsports.

“It’s been a long wait but there’s no doubt I’m ready to get back in the ARCA car at Nashville,” said Eckes. “We had a good run there (Nashville) last year and after winning the Snowball Derby back in December I’ve got a lot of confidence going into this season’s effort with Venturini.”
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Musselman’s Apple Sauce, Venturini Motorsports Set to Launch Distracted Driving Awareness Campaign

Concord, North Carolina (March 27, 2017) Musselman’s Apple Sauce and Venturini Motorsports (VMS) have announced a partnership with safety advocate and charitable organization, ‘The Nikki Kellenyi Foundation – People Against Distracted Driving’ (PADD®) in effort to launch a multi-tiered, nationwide distracted driving awareness campaign.

Beginning in April, also Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Musselman’s, VMS and PADD® will join forces and unveil a year-long distracted driving educational campaign designed to create attention to this modern day epidemic. Using government, community involvement, social media, and the national reach of professional motorsports, the group’s combined efforts will target all demographic ages, but mostly adolescence, to promote safe and responsible driving.

PADD®, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, is one of the country’s leading authorities on distracted driving awareness advocacy providing education and support to thousands of families affected by injury or death as result of automobile accidents caused by distracted drivers. PADD®’s primary objective is to raise public awareness, offer 24/7 support to victims of inattentive driving and to influence legislation regarding distracted driving reform.

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Natalie Decker Joins Venturini Motorsports in ARCA Racing Series; Toledo, Elko and Pocono Await

March 15, 2017 (Concord, NC) – Announced today, 19-year old Natalie Decker from Eagle River, WI will join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for three races during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Complementing VMS’ already stout driver lineup, Decker, with sponsorship support from N|29 Capital Partners, will make her ARCA Series debut in consecutive race weekends starting with Toledo Speedway (May 21), Elko Speedway (June 3) and Pocono Raceway (June 9).

“This is definitely the biggest step in my racing career so far,” said Decker. “Racing takes sponsorship support, and it takes hearing a lot of No’s before you find a Yes. I’m so blessed and thankful to ‘N Twenty-Nine Capital Partners’ (N|29) for believing in me and providing this opportunity to compete with Venturini Motorsports.”

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Musselman’s Racing Looks Ahead to Season Effort with Venturini Motorsports and ‘Family of Drivers’

Concord, North Carolina (March 14, 2017) – As previously announced Musselman’s Apple Sauce has partnered with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

As part of Musselman’s efforts to promote their retail brand of products and ongoing initiative to expand their national motorsports presence, Mussleman’s and VMS have created the ‘Musselman’s Family of Drivers’ program. The program, which will highlight the strength of VMS’ well-known driver development platform, will integrate a multi-driver rotation to carry out Musselman’s branding throughout the 2017 ARCA Racing Season.

The Musselman’s brand will showcase their Musselman’s BIG CUP and Musselman’s Squeezables products in primary and associate branding on VMS’s No.25 and No.55 Toyota’s throughout the 20-race season. This will include primary branding in twelve races and associate branding across the remaining eight races. Musselman’s BIG CUP satisfies appetites of teens and adults with active lifestyles, while Musselman’s Squeezables is the healthy snack Mom can provide her children who are on-the-go.

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Leilani Münter, Lone Female Driver, Bringing Vegan Message to Daytona

Daytona Beach, Florida (February 16, 2017) – A dream that has been five years in the making will become reality this weekend for environmental activist and race car driver Leilani Münter. Münter, in partnership with A Well-Fed World, will drive the first ever vegan-themed race car at Daytona International Speedway during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener.

After spending several years pitching the idea to vegan companies, the break came last summer during Münter’s acceptance speech of the Vegan Athlete of the Year Award at the Animal Rights National Conference in Los Angeles.

“I talked about how I have this dream of bringing vegan food to the race track and exposing it to this whole new demographic of people, especially because I’ve had some success getting my race team to open up to vegan foods,” Münter said of the speech.

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No Shortage of Support for Rookie Noah Gragson in Daytona Debut with Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce

Concord, North Carolina (February 16, 2017) – There are few venues in sports which stand-alone and bring out the raw emotion of anticipation and excitement quite like Daytona. Eighteen-year old driver Noah Gragson is about to experience that moment with his first career start at the World Center of Racing in this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series season-opener.

Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, will make his highly anticipated first start behind the wheel of Venturini Motorsport’s No.55 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.

“This is a dream come true,” says Gragson. “There’s probably no other track in the world that commands this much attention – ever. Between late January with the Rolex 24 and the running of the Daytona 500, this track becomes the center of the racing universe. It’s just simply and honor to be here and have this opportunity. It’s humbling and hard to explain just how much I appreciate the support I’ve received leading up to this moment.”

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Phoenix Construction Returns to Daytona with Dalton Sargeant

Charlotte, N.C. (February 13, 2017) – This year’s Lucas Oil 200 from Daytona International Speedway will carry a long list of firsts for 2016 ARCA Racing Series Rookie of the Year Dalton Sargeant. None more exciting than Phoenix Construction and Billy Ballew Motorsports’ return to the historic 2.5-mile superspeedway where they have each found victory lane before. The race also marks the first time that 18-year old Sargeant will compete at the famed racetrack, as well as his debut with Cunningham Motorsports in the Chad Bryant led No. 77.

“The No. 77 Phoenix Construction, Billy Ballew Ford Fusion looks great and I couldn’t be more excited to make my first start with Cunningham Motorsports,” said Dalton Sargeant. “To have the opportunity to race a car with Phoenix Construction on the hood is really cool, James Finch and Billy Ballew had some great drivers in their cars throughout the years so it’s an honor to include my name on that list. There’s a Florida connection with these group of guys and we’re all looking forward to a bit of a homecoming at Daytona this weekend. Hopefully, with all of us being from the sunshine state, it will bring us some luck.”

James Finch and Billy Ballew individually have an extensive history in NASCAR and the ARCA Racing Series. Between the two of them, they have achieved a total of 44 wins in Monster Energy Cup, Xfinity, Truck Series and ARCA competition as team owners. Billy Ballew Motorsports is a car dealership with two locations, one in Daytona Beach, FL and the other in Blairsville, GA while Phoenix Construction has its headquarters in Lynn Haven, FL.”

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Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson and Raphaël Lessard Added to Venturini Motorsports’ ARCA Driver Roster

Concord, North Carolina (February 13, 2017) – Announced today, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) unveiled the addition of Christopher Bell, Tanner Thorson and Raphaël Lessard to the team’s 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver roster.

The trio of drivers will combine for seven races driving for Venturini Motorsports.

While drivers Christopher Bell and Tanner Thorson return to the team, 15-year old Raphaël Lessard is set to make his ARCA Series debut with VMS in Nashville.

“Toyota Racing Development is proud of our relationship with Venturini Motorsports,” says Jack Irving, Director, Team & Support Services Toyota Racing Development. “Entering their 35th year of ARCA competition, Venturini has set a formidable driver roster across the board and is poised for another winning season. I’m excited to watch this young group develop and perform.”

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Musselman’s Apple Sauce Partners with Venturini Motorsports for 2017 ARCA Season

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (February 7, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and Musselman’s Apple Sauce have agreed to a one-year partnership for the upcoming 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Knouse Foods, Inc., based in Peach Glen, PA, is a grower-owned producer, marketer, and distributor of Musselman’s, one of the country’s leading brands of applesauce. Celebrating over 100-years of business, Musselman’s has been winning over generations of families with their “Quality You Can Taste” products.

In effort to expand their ongoing motorsports presence, Musselman’s has partnered with well-known racing family, Venturini Motorsports, to broaden their national presence through a strategic, multi-faceted marketing campaign with special emphasis on community involvement through a national Distracted Driving Awareness campaign.

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Our Motorsports Returns to Competition with Andy Seuss

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 2, 2017) – Our Motorsports announced today that the team intends to run a partial scheduled in the ARCA Racing Series with driver Andy Seuss.

The No. 02 Robert B. Our Construction / Canto Paving team is scheduled to run at Daytona International Speedway (2/18) and Talladega Superspeedway (5/5) with additional races TBD.

Following a test at Daytona International Speedway, Seuss and team owner Chris Our are excited for the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire. “Our car showed some good speed during our test session,” said team owner Chris Our. “Andy and the guys have been working day and night building this car and I’m confident that come Daytona, we will make the race and be competing for a strong finish.”

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Tom Hessert, Back with Venturini Motorsports, Unveils 2017 ARCA Series Schedule

CONCORD, NORTH CAROLINA (January 31, 2017) – Tom Hessert, the popular 10-year veteran of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, announced today his return to Venturini Motorsports (VMS) with an abbreviated 2017 race schedule beginning with the series’ season opener at Daytona International Speedway.

Coming off of a career best, second-place finish in last year’s ARCA National Championship standings, Tom Hessert will return to the series for five selected events in 2017. With six ARCA victories in 179 starts, Hessert is slated to pilot VMS’ No.25 Toyota at Daytona Int’l Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Illinois State Fairgrounds, DuQuoin State Fairgrounds and the Fall Salem Speedway race.

“Although it’s going to be a different look for me this season I’m really excited to rejoin Venturini Motorsports and the 25-team,” says Hessert. “I’m not sure if it was necessarily by design but the schedule we put together includes some of my favorite tracks – tracks I’ve had a lot of success on in the past.”

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