August 14, 2020

Venturini Motorsports Toledo Speedway Pre-Race Fast Facts CONCORD, NC | JULY 29, 2020

Race 1

Series: ARCA Menards SeriesTrack: Toledo Speedway 

Date: 07/31/2020 

Race: 200 presented by SPxE 

Duration: 200 laps / 100 miles

Segments: Segment one – at or near lap 75. Segment two – at or near lap 150.

TV/Radio: 8:00PM ET MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Gold

Race 2

Series: ARCA Menards Series

Track: Toledo Speedway

 Date: 08/01/2020

Race: Menards 200 presented by Crosley Brands 

Duration: 200 laps / 100 miles

Segments: Segment one – at or near lap 75. Segment two – at or near lap 150.

TV/Radio: 6:00PM ET MAVTV and TrackPass on NBC Gold

TROPHY CHASING: VMS enters the weekends races with four victories at the half-mile short track. One by patriarch Bill Venturini in 1987 and the other three in 2014, 2015 and 2019 by Justin Boston, Todd Gilliland and Chandler Smith respectively. 

 ·       DRIVER REPORT: This week’s VMS driver lineup:o   Drew Dollar – No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camryo   Chandler Smith – No. 20 JBL Toyota Camryo   Michael Self – No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry

·      PREVIOUS STARTS: Chandler Smith and Michael Self both have previous starts at the half-mile track. Dollar will be visiting the facility for the first time.

 ·      SIOUX CHIEF: Friday and Saturday night’s race will make up rounds four and five of the 2020 Sioux Chief Showdown. Chandler Smith currently leads the standings, followed by Self in second and Dollar in eighth.  

 ·      SCHEDULE: Both races will see a limited practice session beforehand. Friday ARCA officials will have a 45-minute segment, while Saturday will see 30-minutes of practice.

·      DOUBLE HEADER: The weekend races mark a rare ARCA Menards Series doubleheader and will be in the backyard of ARCA headquarters, Toledo, Ohio.

·      STARTING LINEUP: General Tire Pole Qualifying will set the field for both races.

 ·      LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Tune in live on MAVTV Friday, July 31 at 8 PM ET and be sure to look for Chandler Smith with the Sioux Chief in-car camera as well as Drew Dollar as the Bounty Rookie Spotlight. Michael Self will carry the Sioux Chief in-car camera for Saturday nights race live on MAVTV at 6 PM ET. 

 ·      SOCIAL: Fans can interact with VMS and their drivers on social media utilizing the different outlets:o  

 Facebook: VenturiniMotorsportso   

Twitter: @VenturiniMotoro  

 Instagram: VenturiniMotorsportso  

 Hashtags: #FlyTheV #TeamToyota #DINOracing #PoweringChampions 


Drew Dollar – No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camry “This will be my first time ever seeing Toledo Speedway and I am pretty excited. I’m glad we actually get some practice. I think it will be really fun to run double headers and I know my Venturini Motorsports crew will have prepared me a fast Sunbelt Rentals Camry.” 

Chandler Smith – No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry “It’s always fun to get the chance to short track race and to have a double header at Toledo (Speedway) is going to be neat. We were really good there last year and came home with the checkered flag, so we hope to recreate that for both races. I’m looking forward to hitting the track in our JBL Toyota Camry.”

Michael Self – No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry“Toledo Speedway was an interesting race for us last year. Qualified on the pole, which was a big deal for me, but our car was super loose early on and we fell way back, almost getting lapped at one point. We were able to rebound and drive back to a top-five finish, so I learned a lot through all of that. It’s a really fast track with a ton of grip and two very different corners. The Venturini Motorsports cars had decent speed there for the ARCA East race earlier this year and our guys have been thrashing putting in a lot of hours trying to figure out how to make our program better and we’re on a mission to make that hard work pay off this weekend.”

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.
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