|Daytona International Speedway Road Course Post Race Report|
CONCORD, NC | AUGUST 16, 2020
|ARCA Menards Series |
General Tire 100
Daytona International Speedway
Friday’s General Tire 100 was the first ever ARCA Menards Series race on the 3.61-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway and marked the 12th race of the season.
· Venturini Motorsports (VMS) fielded three Toyota Camry’s for both events: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith and No. 25 Michael Self.· With the only practice session on the schedule for the entire weekend, ARCA officials allowed the teams one-hour on Friday on the new track.
· Using 2020 Sioux Chief Owner’s Points, the field was set, Chandler Smith rolled off second, Michael Self second and Drew Dollar eighth.
· Persistent rain and lightning plagued the greater Daytona area for much of Friday afternoon, pushing back the race almost three hours. Once the race did start, teams opted to put on their first set of General Tire rain tires to take the green flag.
· While Dollar and Smith were making their first ever road course starts, Self, a seasoned vet at making left and right turns, began to battle for the top spot immediately.
· Stage one ended at the races halfway point on lap-14, where all three VMS cars came to pit road for fuel, rain tires and adjustments.· With the last segment just a short 12-lap dash to the finish, Dollar and Smith set their sights on the top-10 while Self once again battled for the lead.
· Checkered flag waving on lap-28, Self crossed the line first, making history as the first driver to sweep the 2.5-mile superspeedway oval and the road course in the same year. Smith came home ninth and Dollar 12th.
· On deck next for VMS is the ARCA Menards Series race at the WWT Raceway at Gateway, on Saturday, August 29th. The team will field Toyota entries for: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith and No. 25 Michael Self
No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camry
“The road course at Daytona (International Speedway) was a tough one for us. I had never raced on anything like that before and with a limited amount of practice it was a big learning curve. All-in-all it was still a fun day and I learned a ton. Really looking forward to heading to Gateway in two weeks.”
Start – 8 Finish – 12 Points – 3rd
No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry
“First road course race is in the book and it was a tough one. I made to many mistakes, but to be the best you need to make those mistakes early and learn so they count later. I can’t thank Toyota, JBL and Venturini Motorsports enough for the fast car, we will get them these next few races.”
Start – 1 Finish – 9
No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry
“This was a really special win for me. I come from a road racing background and spend a lot of my weekends outside the car coaching guys in the Trans Am Series, so to be able to back that up with the on track performance myself is obviously really important to me. It’s been a bit of a rough few weeks, but we capitalized at a place I was really focused on and everyone at VMS did a great job executing and getting our Sinclair Oil, Toyota where it needed to be for both wet and dry conditions.”
Start – 2 Finish – 1 Points – 1st
|ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS|
With over 65 victories, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champions, Venturini Motorsports, are an official Toyota Racing Development team, and have been a permanent fixture in the ARCA Menards Series since 1983 and are considered one of the early pioneers in NASCAR driver development programs.
Since Joey Logano, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion, raced for the team in 2007, VMS has gone onto assist many of the sports’ top driver prospects in pursuit of making it to the highest levels of stock car racing.
The growing list of drivers racing today in one of NASCAR’s top-three touring series include current Toyota drivers Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, Brandon Jones, Todd Gilliland, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed and Natalie Decker. VMS Alumni also include Joey Logano, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Matt Tifft, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley.