Concord, North Carolina (August 4, 2016) – ARCA Series rookie of the year challenger Dalton Sargeant will make his eleventh-career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards appearance driving for Venturini Motorsports in this weekend’s ARCA 200 at Berlin Raceway.
Despite Sargeant’s rookie status and shortage of first-hand track experience at all but four race tracks (Winchester Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Iowa Speedway and Berlin) making up the ’16 ARCA schedule, Sargeant has adapted, proving to be a threat each and every time out driving for Venturini Motorsports.
This weekend Sargeant will pull from experience when making his return to Berlin Raceway, a track he visited two months ago competing in the ARCA/CRA Super Series’ Battle at Berlin super late model event.
Sargeant, driving his familiar No.55 Toyota Racing Development – Windows 10 Camry, believes his recent racing experience will reduce his learning curve and allow him to focus on achieving the ultimate success at Berlin come Saturday night.
“There’s no doubt racing at Berlin earlier in the summer will help me this second time around,” said Sargeant. “I have high hopes – and believe we’ll have a solid chance. It’s such a unique place. With little or no true straightaways you’re basically always turning the wheel. Set up is definitely the key as you’ve got to make sure the car isn’t too free. Battling too loose of a race car at this place will make for a long night. I’ve got a lot of confidence in this race team – really looking forward to a good night – nothing would be sweeter than duplicating Erik’s (Jones) team effort and picking up my first ARCA series win at Berlin just like he did a couple of years ago driving for VMS.”
Credited with five top-three finishes, and an impressive seven top-5’s in just ten series attempts, Sargeant hopes to pick up ARCA career victory number one at Berlin. With three less race attempts in 2016 than the regular full time series drivers, Sargeant currently occupies the seventh spot in ARCA’s championship driver point standings.
Berlin ARCA 200 Schedule
On-track activities for the Berlin ARCA 200 begin with two practice sessions from 2:30-3:15 p.m. and final practice from 3:45-4:30 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is at 6:00 p.m. with the Berlin ARCA 200 scheduled to start at 9:00 p.m. The 200-lap race is preceded by an on-track autograph session from 7:30-8:15 p.m., followed by pre-race ceremonies at 8:30 p.m. All times Eastern.
The 29th running of the Berlin ARCA 200 is live on the American Sports Network at 9:00 p.m. EST. AmericanSportsNet.com will stream the race live. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.
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.