Concord, North Carolina (July 27, 2016) – Of all the race tracks Dalton Sargeant has raced throughout his young, yet expansive career, the 18-year driver puts Pocono Raceway amongst his favorites of all-time.
Looking to parlay one of his favorite tracks into success, Sargeant is confident in his ability heading into this weekend’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return to Pocono for Friday afternoon’s ModSpace 150.
Sargeant, who earned a fourth-place finish back in June during his first appearance at Pocono, believes the experience gained earlier in the season will provide him with the edge needed to improve this second time around. “I can’t wait to go back. I learned so much my first time and have studied film from the first race to see where I can improve. I’m looking forward to taking my experience back to Pocono and coming out with a better result,” said Sargeant.
“It’s such a unique track. Pocono teaches drivers a little bit of everything. It carries so much speed and you have to learn to take care of your car. It has three different corners so you have to learn three different entry points and three different exit strategies. Every track is challenging but Pocono demands the ultimate concentration. The smallest adjustments one way or another around the track makes all the difference.”
Running all but five ARCA series events on this year’s schedule, Sargeant has already competed in nine of the series 12-events – posting six top-5 and eight top-10 finishes.
Pocono is one of two tracks (along with Salem Speedway) the ARCA Series visits more than once during the course of the 20-race season.
Sargeant will get his chance to improve and hopes to redeem last week’s disappointing finish, his first outside the top-10, when he returns to Pocono this week with his Venturini Motorsports prepared No.55 Toyota Racing Development – Windows 10 Toyota.
This week’s Pocono race also is the fifth leg of the General Tire Superspeedway Challenge. Sargeant and his No.55 team currently lead the tight battle by 15-points over Chase Briscoe and the No.77 Cunningham Motorsports team.
The General Tire Superspeedway Challenge, a championship within the overall season championship, is an accumulation of points from all of ARCA’s Superspeedway events each year. This year’s Superspeedway championship includes races at Daytona, Talladega, both Poconos, Michigan, Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas.
Practice for the ModSpace 150 is from 9:30 A.M. to 10:55 A.M. Friday morning July 29, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 2:00 P.M. The Friday late afternoon ModSpace 150 is live on FOX SPORTS 1 (FS1) at 5:30 P.M. Eastern. All on-track activity will be featured in live Timing & Scoring and live Chat at arcaracing.com.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS:
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, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. 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.