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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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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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