September 17, 2020

Dover International Speedway Post Race Report

ARCA Menards Series East

General Tire 125

Dover International Speedway

August 21, 2020

Race Highlights:

· The General Tire 125 at Dover International Speedway marked the third race of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series East (ARCAE).

· Venturini Motorsports (VMS) fielded three Toyota Camry’s: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Corey Heim and No. 25 Mason Diaz.

· Officials held a modified hour practice session, using the fastest lap from the session to set the field. At sessions end, Heim was fourth, Dollar seventh and Diaz eighth.

· After setting the field via practice times, the green flag waved to start the General Tire 125. Heim spent the first half maintaining his top-five presence, while Diaz and Dollar worked on bettering their track position. Break one came during the lap-31 caution, where all three VMS cars came to pit road for tires, fuel and much needed adjustments. Firing back off, everyone worked to put their Toyota Camry’s solidly into the top-five. Using the second break on lap-74 for more adjustments, all three drivers continued to work on track position at the fast Monster Mile. Shortly after radioing he had a right rear tire going flat, Heim made his way to pit road under the lap-109 caution. Bunching up the field, the short dash to the end saw Diaz and Dollar taking over the top-five and Heim ripping through the field.

· Checkered flag flying No. 15 Drew Dollar came home fifth, No. 20 Corey Heim sixth and No. 25 Mason Diaz third.

Drew Dollar – No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camry

“I had a difficult day at Dover (International Speedway). Just proud of how this Venturini Motorsports team fought all day to help me get better. Happy to escape with a top-five finish.”

Start – 7 Finish – 5 Laps Led – 0

Corey Heim No. 20 Craftsman, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry

“Dover (International Speedway) was a fun experience. We didn’t have quite the speed we were looking for, but we made some gains on it throughout the race to set us up for a good finish. Unfortunately we had a tire issue which cost us a lot of track position near the end, putting us sixth when the race ended. I’m confident my Venturini Motorsports team and I will rebound for the next one.”

Start – 4 Finish – 6 Laps Led – 0

Mason Diaz No. 25 Drydene, Craftsman Toyota Camry

“It was an up and down day. My Venturini Motorsports team never gave up and kept working until the end. By the time the checkered flag flew we had a strong Drydene Toyota Camry and were a contender. We were able to finish a race for the first time with a solid third place finish. I am looking forward to bringing this momentum into our next race.”

Start – 8 Finish – 3 Laps Led – 0

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.