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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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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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