August 6, 2020

Kentucky Speedway Post Race Report

ARCA Menards Series

General Tire 150

Kentucky Speedway

July 11, 2020

Race Highlights:

·      The General Tire 150 was the sixth event of the 20-race season and the first race at Kentucky Speedway since 2017.

·      Venturini Motorsports (VMS) fielded three Toyota Camry’s: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Ryan Repko and No. 25 Michael Self.

·      With a condensed weekend schedule, ARCA officials held one practice session Saturday afternoon. By sessions end, Self wound up second, followed by Repko sixth and Dollar eighth.

·      Starting grid was set off the 2020 ARCA Menards Series Owners Points. Michael Self would roll off in first, followed by Repko in second and Dollar in fourth. 

·      Walking off with a sizeable lead at the start, Self paced the field early in the race before a lap-16 caution bunched up the field.

·      Stage one ended on lap-30, with Dollar running sixth, Repko fifth and Self third. All three Toyota Camry’s came to pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments, before restarting the race on lap-34.

·      While Self worked his way back up to the second position, Repko and Dollar set their sights on the top-five. Track position was the name of the game all day and the teammates had to work hard to earn every position. 

·      After the end of Stage 2, all three VMS cars entered the top-five and set their sights on the front. Dollar, running third began fighting slower traffic, as Self and the leader tangled, sending him to ninth.

·      With the checkered flag flying, No. 25 Michael Self came home third, followed by No. 15 Drew Dollar fifth and No. 20 Ryan Repko sixth. 

·      On deck next for VMS is the ARCA Menards Series race at Iowa Speedway, a double header with IndyCar, on Saturday, July 18th. The team will field Toyota entries for: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith and No. 25 Michael Self 

Drew Dollar No. 15 Lynx Capital, Dollar Concrete Construction Company Toyota Camry

“Learned so much at Kentucky Speedway this weekend and I look forward to getting back to another 1.5-mile track with my Venturini Motorsports crew soon. I had a fun day and we were able to come away with a top-five finish. Built up a ton of confidence in the team this weekend and really saw what it’s going to take to win.”

Start – 4                      Finish – 5                    Points – 2nd

Ryan Repko No. 20 Craftsman, Tork Toyota Camry 

“We had a good run at Kentucky Speedway and a fast Craftsman, Tork Toyota. I had a great car and learned a lot all day about how to work the air and I feel like we’re in great shape for my next race at Kansas Speedway.” 

Start – 2                      Finish – 6            

    

Michael Self No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry

“My Venturini Motorsports guys did a really good job of giving me a fast Sinclair Oil Toyota all day at Kentucky Speedway. We made good changes in practice and I feel like we definitely had a car that was capable of winning. I made an aggressive move to try and take the lead and get clean air after the second stage break and unfortunately it just wasn’t enough and it cost me a ton of track position. It was fun fighting back through the field for a third-place finish, but our team wants more. We’ve got cars that are plenty capable of winning races, we’ve just got to close the deal. I’m confident we’ll get back in victory lane soon.” 

Start – 1                      Finish – 3                     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.

Credit: Venturini Motorsports