Concord, NC (July 22, 2015) – Two-time ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race winner, Brandon Jones, is set for his return to familiar Lucas Oil Raceway, site of his last win, ready to defend last year’s race title. Shutout thus far in 2015, the 18-year old Atlanta native is beginning to heat up – with 129 laps led the past two races, Jones is poised to breakout and return to victory lane in Friday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care.
“Our Ansell-Menards Toyota has been extremely fast all season. We’ve led a bunch of laps the last two races, so now we just need to work on putting together the finish. With our team’s recent performance and my past history at Lucas Oil Raceway, I see no reason why we can’t end the night in Victory Lane,” said Jones.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 presented by Federated Car Care marks the 13th race on the ARCA schedule. In preparation for Friday’s race under the lights, Venturini Motorsports and Jones visited Indianapolis last week, testing the new ARCA composite style body on the .686-miled paved oval track.
“We tested the new composite body car last week on our way to Iowa which allowed us to better simulate track conditions come race time. We unloaded fast and we were able to get even better throughout the test,” said Jones. “It was good to have that time to work on our communication too. I think we’ll be strong when we get back to Indy this week.”
In 10 career ARCA starts, Jones has only once finished outside the top-10. His impressive stat sheet includes back-to-back wins in 2014 to go along with seven top-5 and nine top-10 finishes over the last two seasons – his season best so far is runner up at Mobile Int’l Speedway.
Brandon Jones, along with Venturini teammate and co-pilot of the No.25 car Frank Kimmel, continue to be a strong driving tandem in the Ansell-Menards Toyota. The two drivers who split the series schedule with 10 races apiece have already earned a combined seven top-5 and 9 top-10 finishes, placing the Venturini Motorsports’ car second in the ARCA Series Owner Championship point standings.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FOX Sports 1 at 9:00pm. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities, starting with the first of two practice sessions at 1:35pm. All times are ET.
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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, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, John Wes Townley, Erik Jones, and Justin Boston. 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 and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.