Rookie Zane Smith Ready for Rebound at Madison

CONCORD, N.C. (June 22, 2017) – After a hard crash and premature ending at Michigan, rookie driver Zane Smith is anxious to hit the reset button when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards resumes Friday night for the Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway.

Smith, a rookie contender from Newport Beach, Calif., enters the weekend eighth in series championship point standings. Notching two top-5 and five top-10s in six series starts, Smith is focused on getting back on-track behind the wheel of his No. 55 LaPaz – Icon Vehicle Dynamics Toyota.Zane Smith Car Shot MIS 2017

“We had a really good car at Michigan, but terrible luck and results to show,” said Smith. “I’m focused on putting that behind us and going out this weekend and having a strong race. Up until last week we had some decent momentum building. It’s time to move forward and pick up where we left off. If Elko is any indication of what we’ll have for Madison, we’ll be in really good shape.”

After missing out on competing at Daytona and Talladega, Smith is slated to drive the 55 for the remainder of the year.

“We’ve got a lot more racing ahead of us this summer… no more breaks in my schedule. Billy (Venturini) and the guys in the shop have done a great job preparing fast Toyotas. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car and putting our bad luck behind us,” Smith added.

The Montgomery Ward 200 is Friday, June 23 and kicks off with practice from 1:30 – 3 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5 p.m. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward 200 is set for an 8 p.m. start and will air live on MAVTV. All times are local (Central). Look for Live Timing, Scoring and Chat at arcaracing.com.

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, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, 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.

By |2017-06-23T17:16:49+00:00June 23rd, 2017|ARCA, Front Page News, National, Upcoming Events|Comments Off on Rookie Zane Smith Ready for Rebound at Madison

2017 ARCA Racing Series Schedule Released

arca-logo-2010TOLEDO, Ohio (Nov. 10, 2016) – The 65th consecutive season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is set in stone, as Series officials released the 2017 schedule Thursday to include 20 race-dates across 13 states.

Another healthy mix of superspeedways, paved short tracks, dirt tracks and a road course will highlight the 2017 tour, including returns trips to Elko Speedway in Minnesota and Road America in Wisconsin. ARCA raced at the Elko short track 2012-2014 and once at the Road America road course in 2013.

“We are pleased to announce our full and complete 20-race, 2017 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “From superspeedways recognized as among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks, to mile dirt tracks and road course venues, 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 Elko Speedway and Road America.” (more…)

By |2016-11-11T14:03:17+00:00November 11th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on 2017 ARCA Racing Series Schedule Released

Rookie Sargeant Survives Wild One at Berlin; Wins Career-First ARCA Race

Sargeant Wins at BerlinMARNE, Mich. (August 6, 2016) – As difficult as it was for several, Dalton Sargeant kept himself out of trouble for 200 laps and out in front when it counted the most to win the action-packed, spark-filled Berlin ARCA 200 Saturday night at Berlin Raceway.

Sargeant, in the No. 55 Toyota Racing Development-Windows 10 Toyota, drove away from Chase Briscoe over the final 10 laps, denying Briscoe what would have been his fifth consecutive win, but ensuring himself of his career-first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in his 11th series start.

“This is amazing,” Sargeant said. “I can’t thank my guys enough at Venturini Motorsports…they killed it tonight.”

Sargeant, who led twice for 28 laps, got a little help on lap 181 of the 200-lap race when leaders Josh Williams and Briscoe spun off the backstretch after making contact with one another. Briscoe was able to restart despite the frontend damage to his No. 77 Big Tine Ford while Williams found his No. 6 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Chevrolet stuck between styrofoam blocks off turn three. (more…)

By |2016-08-09T01:32:21+00:00August 9th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Rookie Sargeant Survives Wild One at Berlin; Wins Career-First ARCA Race

Briscoe Best at Iowa, Benjamin Delivers, Burton Learns

Briscoe Wins at IowaTOLEDO, Ohio (July 11, 2016) – Cunningham Motorsports had a pretty good eye when they scoped out Chase Briscoe and ultimately scooped him out of the sprint car ranks and put him in one of the team’s stock cars.

Any way you shake it, it was a risk to put an untried, inexperienced and unfunded sprint car driver in the seat of the 77. But, as it turns it, it was a pretty darn good move on the chess board and on the part of Cunningham co-owners Briggs Cunningham and Kerry Scherer.

And it all comes full circle in a couple weeks when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returns to Lucas Oil Raceway for the Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 presented by Jive coming July 22. Lucas Oil is where Briscoe made his ARCA Racing Series debut in 2015. Driving a fourth Cunningham car, Briscoe finished 10th. If he didn’t set the world on fire in his first attempt, Cunningham took another chance with him at Salem where he finished fifth.

Enter 2016 where Briscoe has become the talk of the town as he continues to pad his point lead after winning Saturday night’s ABC Supply 150 at Iowa Speedway, a track he had only known from an iRacing computer game.

“Fortunately, Iowa Speedway is just like it is on iRacing,” Briscoe said in the Iowa Media Center after the race. (more…)

By |2016-07-12T16:06:00+00:00July 12th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Briscoe Best at Iowa, Benjamin Delivers, Burton Learns

Briscoe Out-Duels Sargeant on Final Restart at Winchester for Career-First ARCA Win

Briscoe Wins at WinchesterWINCHESTER, Ind. (June 26, 2016) – Chase Briscoe got the best of Dalton Sargeant on the final restart inside of 30 laps to go, then drove away to win the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 Sunday afternoon at Winchester Speedway.

It was Briscoe’s career-first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory in his 12th series start.

“This feels so good…I’ve been so frustrated,” Briscoe said. “To finally get my first win, and especially in my home state is just incredible,” added the Mitchell, Indiana rookie.

Debris on the frontstretch brought out the final caution and set up the final restart coming to the 177th lap.

Briscoe, in the No. 77 Big Tine-Cunningham Motorsports Ford, went side-by-side with Sargeant for a full three laps before pushing his car ahead of Sargeant’s No. 55 TRD-Windows 10 Toyota. Sargeant fell back 10 lengths at the checkered flag, finishing second.

“Car got really tight,” Sargeant said. “I gave it my all…I just got beat. I just want to thank everyone at Venturini Motorsports. This team did everything it needed to win this race…we just came up one short. Those final restarts didn’t help.” (more…)

By |2016-06-28T00:52:00+00:00June 28th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Briscoe Out-Duels Sargeant on Final Restart at Winchester for Career-First ARCA Win

Josh Williams first repeat ARCA winner in ’16; wins at Madison

Josh WilliamsMADISON, Wis. (June 19, 2016) – Josh Williams said after his career-first victory at Nashville back in April that he was going to win more races. He was right. Williams, in the family car, held off a hard-charging Kyle Weatherman to win the Montgomery Ward Father’s Day 200 Sunday afternoon at Madison Int’l Speedway.

After eight different winners in as many races, Williams, in his own No. 6 Southwest Florida Cable Construction Chevrolet, became the first repeat winner of the 2016 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

“This was a complete group effort today,” Williams said. “We weren’t even supposed to be here. We’re down on funds, and we came off the chassis dyno 45 horsepower down…not sure why. Other than that, the car was really on it today. It was so hot that being down on horsepower probably didn’t hurt as much. I just want to wish my father a happy Father’s Day watching back home in Florida.” (more…)

By |2016-06-21T05:20:45+00:00June 21st, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Josh Williams first repeat ARCA winner in ’16; wins at Madison

Brandon Jones cruises to victory lane at Michigan; wins ARCA Corrigan Oil 200

Brandon JonesBROOKLYN, Mich. (June 10, 2016) – Brandon Jones took advantage of his own really fast No. 8 Menards-Valvoline Chevrolet and Kyle Weatherman’s empty gas tank to win the 35th running of the Corrigan Oil 200 Friday afternoon at Michigan Int’l Speedway.

Late-race leader Weatherman gambled on fuel but ran well short when his No. 58 St. Charles Glass Ford ran dry four laps from the finish. From there, Jones cruised under the checkered flag more than six seconds ahead of his closest rival Chase Briscoe.

“I really wasn’t too worried about the 58,” Jones said. “I really didn’t know their game plan or what fuel cycle they were on, but I was definitely confident in our game plan. We had an awesome Menards-Valvoline Chevy all week. This is my first time being here at Michigan…pretty cool to get a win in ARCA’s backyard.” (more…)

By |2016-06-13T16:35:06+00:00June 13th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Brandon Jones cruises to victory lane at Michigan; wins ARCA Corrigan Oil 200

Veteran Enfinger Holds off Rookie Cindric in ARCA Thriller at Pocono

Grant EnfingerLONG POND, Pa. (June 3, 2016) – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran Grant Enfinger held off a hard-charging, hungry rookie to win Friday’s hard-fought General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible200 at Pocono Raceway.

Despite being in the fuel conversation mode over the last 20 laps, Enfinger had to go as hard as he could over the final three laps to hold off Austin Cindric who had been chopping off as much as a half-second per lap over the final 10.

“We didn’t have the car to do it with…we made so many wholesale changes to the car over the week to get here,” Enfinger said. “We were losing fuel pressure with 20 to go…it never hiccupped but we had already made our bed. We pushed ourselves into a fuel mileage situation, so we took advantage of it.”

Enfinger, in the No. 23 Holmes II Excavation Chevrolet, changed four General Tires just once during the race on lap 30, then topped off with fuel on lap 37. From there, Enfinger, who led the final 17 laps, stretched his tires and gas tank to go the 80-lap/200-mile distance. (more…)

By |2016-06-04T03:54:46+00:00June 4th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Veteran Enfinger Holds off Rookie Cindric in ARCA Thriller at Pocono

Rookie Myatt Snider Wins Menards 200 at Toledo in First ARCA Start

Myatt SniderTOLEDO, Ohio (May 22, 2016) – If rookie Myatt Snider wasn’t exactly sure of his ability to win going into his career-first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race, he’s more than convinced now.
The 21-year-old Charlotte, North Carolina driver, in the No. 22 Original Louisiana Hot Sauce-Cunningham Motorsports Ford, won the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway.
“I knew Cunningham Motorsports was capable of doing it; I just wasn’t sure if I was capable,” Snider said from the 7-Up Winner’s Circle.
There were indeed several new variables to conquer heading into the race…like pit stops.
“We made two pit stops today. That was only the second and third pit stops I’ve ever made. The biggest thing was getting everything I could from the car getting on pit road, and everything getting off.” (more…)

By |2016-05-23T18:22:43+00:00May 23rd, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Rookie Myatt Snider Wins Menards 200 at Toledo in First ARCA Start

Menards 200 to Launch American Sports Network Coverage of ARCA Racing

Local and Cable Affiliates, AmericanSportsNet.com to Carry Inaugural Broadcast

American Sports Network LogoTOLEDO, Ohio (May 18, 2016) – The first ever Live ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards telecast on the American Sports Network is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The broadcast, from Toledo Speedway, will mark the historic inaugural airing of motorsports on the start-up 24-hour sports network owned by Sinclair Broadcasting Group.
The live telecast will be available to more than 40 Million US homes, and will also be streamed on-line at the ASN website, AmericanSportsNet.com.
ARCA Members seeking to find local ASN affiliates can do so by visiting: AmericanSportsNet.com and clicking on the schedule button at the top of the home page. Click on the ARCA Racing Series Menards 200 in the schedule, insert your zip code under “Find your station,” and submit. The available channels will appear in the box to the right of the submit button. Fans can also access the “channel finder” at arcaracing.com, by clicking on the “Menards 200 from Toledo ASN Broadcast Information” in the right hand column on the homepage, including a complete list of affiliates carrying the Menards 200. (more…)

By |2016-05-18T21:39:15+00:00May 18th, 2016|ARCA, Front Page News|Comments Off on Menards 200 to Launch American Sports Network Coverage of ARCA Racing