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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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KMC Wheels to Partner with ARCA Rookie Zane Smith

BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA (January 24, 2017) – Announced today KMC Wheels has entered into a sponsorship agreement with ARCA Racing Series’ rookie of the year candidate, Zane Smith, for the upcoming 2017 racing season.

KMC Wheels, a leading automobile wheel manufacture and distributor located in Southern California, will partner with Zane Smith and his Venturini Motorsports backed Toyota team to promote the company’s popular KMC Truck and SUV Wheel brand.

“We’re proud to support Zane’s efforts with our KMC Wheel Brand for the upcoming ARCA season. Zane’s youth and talent compliments our overall KMC target demographic and appeals to a large segment of the U.S. light and heavy truck market consumer base,” says Todd Hayes, Global Director of Sports Marketing and Events for Wheel Pros, LLC.

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Harrison Burton Announces Final 2017 Plans, Includes Competing for the K&N Pro Series East Championship

Young Driver Backed by Sponsorship from Several Companies

Charlotte, N.C. (Jan. 18, 2017) – Harrison Burton will be very busy in 2017. As announced earlier, Harrison has signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to compete in a partial NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule. He recently reached an agreement with MDM Motorsports to compete for a championship in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East as well as racing in select ARCA races. In addition, Harrison has earned one of the coveted seats at Fury Race Cars’ factory-supported Super Late Model team which will compete at numerous marquee events, including the Snowball Derby.

With a commitment toward the future of NASCAR, six sponsors have stepped up to support Burton next season, including DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and Rheem Manufacturing Company. Burton, a 16-year-old, second-generation driver, is set to begin his year at the K&N Pro Series East race in New Smyrna Speedway on February 19th.

“I’m truly fortunate to compete with three teams that will give me the best chance to have success at the highest levels. I’m incredibly grateful to have not one, but six, corporate partners so committed to my future and that of the sport,” Burton said. “DEX Imaging, Toyota, Morton Buildings, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and Rheem Manufacturing could have put their resources toward a more veteran driver, so I am extremely appreciative they chose to support me, and I am thrilled to work with them this season.”

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Zane Smith Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2017 Season; Pairs with Noah Gragson for Full Season Effort with 55-Toyota Team

Concord, North Carolina (November 18, 2016) – Announced today, seventeen-year-old Zane Smith has signed on with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) to pilot the No.55 Toyota Camry during the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

Smith, a native of Huntington Beach, California, will appear in 18 of 20 scheduled series events starting at the second race of the season in Nashville. Due to ARCA age restrictions, Smith will not participate at Daytona Int’l Speedway or Talladega Superspeedway as both tracks require drivers to meet the minimum age of 18.

Taking the reins in Smith’s two race absence will be 18-year old, Las Vegas product Noah Gragson. Gragson, who recently signed with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for a full season effort in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), will drive VMS’s No.55 in the ARCA season opener at Daytona International Speedway (February 18) and again at Talladega Superspeedway (May 5).

Gragson will also pilot the No. 15 VMS Toyota entry at Pocono Raceway (July 28) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 14).
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Tom Hessert’s Second Half Surge Sets Table for Career Best Finish in ARCA’s Championship Point Standings; Kansas Finale Awaits

Concord, North Carolina (October 13, 2016) – Poised to earn his career-best season finish in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ championship driver point standings, veteran driver Tom Hessert takes to the trackFriday night aiming to solidify his current campaign in the ARCA Series Kansas 150 season finale at Kansas Speedway.

In his first season driving for Venturini Motorsports, Hessert has relied on a strong second half surge to put himself in position for a career best second-place season-ending finish in the series’ overall driver point standings.

Hessert, a 10-year series veteran who finished a career-best third in ARCA’s point standings in 2010 and 2014, currently finds himself 475 points behind series leader Chase Briscoe for top spot and stands alone in second with a 185-point advantage over third place driver Matt Kurzejewski.

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Dalton Sargeant Chasing History at Kansas Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (October 11, 2016) – After several weeks off from competition Dalton Sargeant and his Venturini Motorsports team roll into America’s heartland for the highly anticipated ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 14.

Sargeant, hailing from Boca Raton, Florida, leaped onto the ARCA scene earlier this season with hopes of making the most of his limited series schedule. Now with one race remaining the 18-year old rookie is on the verge of making history.

Going into this week’s Kansas 150 Sargeant is poised to capture ARCA’s SCOTT Rookie of the Year honors as well as doing his part in helping Venturini Motorsports capture the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge Championship at the conclusion of Friday night’s finale.

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Noah Gragson Joins Venturini Motorsports for ARCA Season Finale at Kansas

Concord, North Carolina (October 10, 2016) – On the heels of last week’s signing with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) for a full-time driving effort next season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), it was announced today Noah Gragson will join Venturini Motorsports (VMS) for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – Kansas 150 season finale at Kansas Speedway on October 14.

“The last couple weeks have truly been amazing,” says Gragson. “Running with Venturini Motorsports at Kansas is an exciting opportunity and just another step towards my integration into the Toyota family. The Venturini Motorsports group has a strong reputation in the series and a proven track record. I’m looking forward to working with Billy (Venturini) and the guys on the team. It’s going to be an exciting week!”

A current member of the NASCAR Next program, the 18-year old Gragson will make his VMS debut driving the team’s No.15 SpeedVegas – Alert ID Toyota Camry and will be paired with two-time season winning crew chief Jeff McClure. McClure and Christopher Bell combined for the season sweep at Salem Speedway earlier this season.

Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, has spent the last two seasons primarily racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West Tours. Running two full consecutive seasons on the West tour, Gragson earned Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2015. In 41 career NASCAR K&N starts across both regional series, Gragson has tallied 6 wins, 18 top-five and 31 top-10 finishes.

Friday’s ARCA race at Kansas will mark Gragson’s third series attempt. In his two previous starts (Kentucky ’15 and Pocono ’16) he’s finished a career best 14th at Kentucky Speedway.

The Kansas 150 marks the 16th consecutive ARCA race at Kansas since the series debuted on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in 2001.

RaceDay Schedule – Friday, October 14
Practice for the Kansas 150 is Friday, October 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:25 a.m. with final practice following from10:35 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is slotted in for 2:25 p.m. The 16th Kansas ARCA 150 is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., with live coverage on FS1. All times are local, central time. ARCAracing.com will also feature Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat of all on-track activities.

Tickets are currently on sale for the full weekend of activities, which kicks off with the Kansas 150 show-openerFriday night, followed by the Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race Saturday with their inaugural Chase for the Championship. The Hollywood Casino 400 grand finale, the fifth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, takes center stage Sunday afternoon.

ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.

Sources: Tommy Venturini/Venturini Motorsports PR

Venturini Motorsports Back in the Blue Grass State for Testing, Race at Kentucky Speedway

Sparta, Kentucky (September 21, 2016) – Venturini Motorsports’ Tom Hessert, Dalton Sargeant, and newcomer Zane Smith participated in Tuesday’s open test on Kentucky Speedway’s newly repaved 1.5 mile surface in preparation for Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Crosley Brands 150.

Zane Smith Quick at Kentucky Test

After a full day of testing it was 17-year old Zane Smith, making his first 1.5-mile speedway attempt, leading the Venturini Motorsports trio in Tuesday’s open test session at Kentucky Speedway.

Smith was third fastest overall among the 23 drivers on-hand for Tuesday’s test. Smith’s unofficial fast lap of 29.942 seconds (182.278 mph) was better than the official track record set by Parker Klingerman in 2009 at 30.126 (179.247 mph).

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Holmes Records Career-Best ARCA Finish at Salem

(MUNFORD, AL) -Bret Holmes recorded a career best third-place finish in Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series race at Salem Speedway (IN). The Munford, Alabama driver now has three top-five finishes and has not finished outside of the top 10 in his five ARCA starts this season.

“It felt great, but we definitely have some more potential,” Holmes said. “I’m glad our team could rack up another good finish, but we want more than that. Our goal going into every race is to win, and when we don’t we improve on what can make us better.”

Due to rain showers in the area, qualifying was canceled and the starting lineup for the race was set by practice times, putting Holmes 12th on the grid.
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Christopher Bell Gives Venturini Motorsports 43rd Career Win; Team Finishes One-Two at Salem Speedway

Concord, North Carolina (September 12, 2016) – Christopher Bell dominated the second half of Saturday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic at Salem Speedway, handing Venturini Motorsports’ its 43rd team win, second consecutive season victory and third win in the last four races.

Bell, piloting his No.15 JBL Toyota Camry, led 88-laps en route to his second career ARCA series victory. Bell’s win, the second on Salem’s high-bank oval, marks the first time an ARCA driver has swept both Salem races in the same season since Shelby Howard in 2003.

“Wow! Incredible night for our Venturini – JBL Toyota team,” said Bell. “My crew chief Jeff McClure gets the credit for this one. He took a big swing on pit strategy and it paid off. We took four General Tires on our first pit stop when everyone else took two. The strategy worked out and we were able to get out front and runaway.”
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Sweet Taste of Victory Still Fresh on Sargeant’s Mind

Concord, North Carolina (September 8, 2016) – Despite missing the last two ARCA races, Dalton Sargeant’s last start is still fresh in his mind. Sargeant drove to victory lane in his last series start at Berlin Raceway earning his first career win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

Reuniting with his Venturini Motorsports team, Sargeant returns to the seat ready to pilot his No.55 Toyota Racing Development – Windows 10 Camry in ARCA’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing 200 at Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 10.

Sargeant, a leading candidate for ARCA’s SCOTT Brand Rookie of the Year honors, finished third in his first appearance at Salem Speedway earlier in the year. So far, in an abbreviated 2016 campaign, the Boca Raton (Fl.) native has notched one win, eight top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes in just 11-series starts.

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“Sunglasses at Night”; Tom Hessert Racing under the Lights at DuQuoin with Detour Sunglasses

Concord, North Carolina (September 1, 2016) – 80’s Pop singer Cory Hart sang about it in his (totally awesome) 1984 hit song, “Sunglasses at Night”; now Tom Hessert will wear his Detour Sunglasses at night under the lights in Sunday’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – General Tire GRABBER 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

Detour Sunglasses, a proud partner of Venturini Motorsports (VMS), will celebrate Labor Day weekend’s unofficial end of summer party with primary sponsorship of Tom Hessert’s No.25 Detour Sunglasses Toyota on DuQuoin’s dirt mile.

Outfitting VMS drivers and crew members since 2013, Detour will extend a 25% discount on all online sunglasses and apparel orders between today and September 21, 2016. Simply visit Detour online at www.DetourSunglasses.com and use discount code VMS25 to receive your instant savings.
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Dalton Sargeant Hoping Second Time Around Translates to Success at Berlin

Concord, North Carolina (August 4, 2016) – ARCA Series rookie of the year challenger Dalton Sargeant will make his eleventh-career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards appearance driving for Venturini Motorsports in this weekend’s ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway.

Despite Sargeant’s rookie status and shortage of first-hand track experience at all but four race tracks (Winchester Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Iowa Speedway and Berlin) making up the ’16 ARCA schedule, Sargeant has adapted, proving to be a threat each and every time out driving for Venturini Motorsports.

This weekend Sargeant will pull from experience when making his return to Berlin Raceway, a track he visited two months ago competing in the ARCA/CRA Super Series’ Battle at Berlin super late model event.
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Christopher Bell Prepared for Double Duty Action at Pocono Raceway; ARCA and NASCAR Truck Series Starts Await

Concord, North Carolina (July 26, 2016) – Christopher Bell will make his third career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway. This will be Bell’s first attempt at the Tricky Triangle and will also serve as a preamble to his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start with Kyle Busch Motorsports on Saturday afternoon.

Bell, who drove his JBL Toyota to victory lane in his ARCA debut at Salem Speedway earlier in the season, anticipates the double duty weekend challenge at Pocono.

“I’m really excited to make my first start at Pocono this weekend,” said Bell. “Pocono’s unique track configuration puts a lot of emphasis on the technical aspect behind the wheel. I’m looking forward to the challenge – running back-to-back events will be a lot of fun and give me plenty of laps to adapt to a new track. I’ve had this weekend circled on my calendar for a while now.”

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Venturini Motorsports’ Weekend Rewind: ABC Supply Co. 150 – Iowa Speedway

Dalton Sargeant Finishes Fourth at Iowa, Christian Eckes Settles for 11th, Hessert Battles for 16th Place Finish

Concord, North Carolina (July 11, 2016) – The second-half of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season officially kick-off over the weekend with the ABC Supply Co. 150 at Iowa Speedway. The ARCA Series’ eleventh event of the twenty race schedule was run under the lights Saturday night at Iowa’s 7/8 mile paved course.

Dalton Sargeant led the trio of VMS drivers finishing fourth for his sixth top-5 effort of the season. Christian Eckes, the team’s top qualifying driver, made his first career Iowa attempt and third overall series start. He experienced engine gremlins early, but was able to hang on for a respectable 11th place finish. Veteran driver Tom Hessert, who earned his first ARCA Series win at Iowa in 2010, had a forgettable night finishing 16th.

The same team driver roster will be back in action for The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive at Lucas Oil Speedway on Friday, July 22. The race will once again be part of a huge weekend of racing in the Indianapolis area featuring USAC, ARCA, and NASCAR.

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Streaking Sargeant Enters ARCA 150 at Iowa Speedway Optimistic

Concord, NC (July 6, 2016) – Dalton Sargeant will look for his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory this weekend in the ARCA 150 presented by Casey’s General Store at Iowa Speedway on Saturday, July 9.

Sargeant, locked in a tight battle for ARCA Rookie of the Year honors with fellow competitor Chase Briscoe, has earned seven consecutive top-10 finishes in as many races.

Driving Venturini Motorsports’ No.55 Toyota Racing Development – Windows 10 Camry during 15 of the 20 series events, Sargeant has already scored two runner-up and five top-5 finishes thus far during his abbreviated rookie campaign.
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Eckes Seeking Father’s Day Success in Second ARCA Start

Christian Eckes is heading to Dairyland to make his second ARCA Racing Series start in the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 at the Madison International Speedway on Sunday. The 15-year-old driver will once again be driving the No. 15 New York Bus Sales Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Eckes. “I’ve watched videos of past races and the track looks like a fun time. It kind of reminds me of South Alabama. There will be less pressure than the first one too so I’m looking forward to it.”

Eckes finished eighth in his ARCA debut earlier this year at the Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in Tennessee. He also finished seventh in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debut on Memorial Day at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway.
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Dalton Sargeant Ready for First Pocono Start

Long Pond, PA (June 2, 2016) – Coming off his third podium finish of the season last weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Dalton Sargeant is now ready to take on the ‘Tricky Triangle’ in Friday night’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards – General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 at Pocono Raceway.

“Another new track for me,” said Sargeant, whose introduction to ARCA has been headlined with this common theme. “Tuesday was a really good test day for the entire Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry powered by Windows 10 team. It took a bit to get comfortable for the first couple times around Pocono, but I really enjoyed the track and it’s challenging layout. I’m very excited to have this opportunity and looking to continue and build on our recent success.”

Sargeant, who has made the most of his first four career ARCA starts with Venturini Motorsports, has finished inside the top-3 all but once this season. His only finish outside the top-3 was sixth at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Tom Hessert Returns to Home Track Seeking Road Course Success

CONCORD, North Carolina (May 26, 2016) – Tom Hessert, a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will return to action this weekend at his home race track competing in Saturday’s Unique Pretzels 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).

NJMP, located within an hour drive of Hessert’s hometown, would be a special place for the 30-year old driver to earn his sixth career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory.

“It’s always great to return to New Jersey,” said Hessert. “It’s my home track and we’ve come really close to winning the last couple of seasons. I can’t think of anything better than winning on a road course in front of our hometown fans.”

Hessert, a nine-year series veteran, will be the only driver in Saturday’s ARCA field to have raced in every New Jersey event since the inaugural race in 2008.

Adding to his desire to win on a road course is the fact Hessert’s father, Tom II, is a decorated racer who has won countless road course events during his career including winning the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona three times. Since 2007, Hessert had made eight career starts at NJMP, finishing second twice (2013 & 2015) and recording 4 top-five finishes overall.

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Christopher Bell Sets Sights on First Career Road Course Start

Concord, North Carolina (May 25, 2016) – Christopher Bell is back with Venturini Motorsports making his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start on Memorial Day weekend during the ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).

Bell, who drove his JBL Toyota to victory lane during his ARCA series debut last month at Salem Speedway, will attempt his first-ever road course race at NJMP’s Thunderbolt Raceway on Saturday, May 28.

“I’ve done a lot of racing in my career but this will be an entirely new experience,” says Bell.

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Sargeant Returns to Racing Roots; Vying for First ARCA Win at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Road Course

Concord, North Carolina (May 24, 2016) – Dalton Sargeant has quickly made a name for himself during his young ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards career. Sargeant, who made his series debut less than a month ago with Venturini Motorsports, has already claimed two top-3 and three top-10 finishes during his first-ever series attempts.

After starting his season with impressive results, Sargeant now shifts focus to this weekend’s ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt Raceway – a 2.3 mile-paved road course.

Sargeant, driver of the No.55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Racing Development Camry powered by Windows 10 Toyota, is considered to be one of the premier road racers on ARCA’s New Jersey entry list.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel at a road course,” said Sargeant. “For so much of my career I’ve been competing at road courses, so I always get excited when I get to return to them. We are definitely aiming for the win, we have some great momentum heading into this weekend and it’s been a really successful start to the season with Venturini Motorsports. It’d be really special to seal the deal at New Jersey Motorsport Park; looking forward to a great race!”

Returning to his racing roots, Sargeant is a decorated road course racer with an impressive resume to his name. Sargeant, who started his career on the karting circuit in his home state of Florida, won the Rotax United States Grand Nationals Karting Championship in 2011 and also represented the United States in the World Championships in the United Arab Emirates the same year.

In 2012, Sargeant moved to Europe taking up residence in Italy and Switzerland where he would travel the world and compete at the highest levels in FIA-CIK and WSK international karting championships before finding his way as a test driver for various European Formula Open-Wheel teams.

Sargeant’s success on the road course would later translate after the 18-year old driver started racing stock cars in 2014. In 2015, competing in both NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, Sargeant would earn two second place finishes at famed road courses, Sonoma Raceway (K&N West) and Watkins Glenn (K&N East).

Sargeant, hoping to continue his hot streak, goes into this weekend’s road course race as a legitimate contender for Saturday’s ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

NJMP’s Thunderbolt Raceway
Thunderbolt Raceway is New Jersey Motorsports Park’s signature road circuit featuring 2.25 miles of asphalt, 12 challenging turns, a one half mile straightway and approximately 40 acres of full service paddock space. For more information visit www.NJMP.com.

Follow Dalton Sargeant on Social Media
Be sure to follow Dalton on all social media platforms. You can find him on twitter at @DaltonSargeant and Instagram @DaltonSargeant. He can also be found on Facebook at Facebook.com/DaltonSargeantRacing and at www.DaltonSargeant.com.

NJMP ARCA 150 Presented by Unique Pretzel Weekend Schedule
The ARCA Racing Series will have on-track activities beginning Saturday, May 28 with two practice sessions from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 11:15 to 12:00 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 2:00 p.m. and the green flag will drop the same day at 5:00 p.m. All time Eastern.

ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, and Brandon Jones. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.

Official: www.VenturiniMotorsports.com | Twitter: @VenturiniMotor | Facebook: Venturini Motorsports

Sources: Tommy Venturini/Venturini Motorsports PR




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