(Concord, NC – August 18, 2015) – Matt Tifft will make his debut on the ARCA dirt tracks this week when the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards hits the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill. Tifft, who’s made three NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with Venturini Motorsports, will make his first team appearance on the ARCA side – driving the No.55 Toyota entry Sunday afternoon.
“I’m excited to be re-joining Venturini and our Toyota team this weekend at Springfield. This is a great opportunity for us,” says Tifft. “I grew up around dirt racing and have done a bit it over the years – most recently at Eldora. It’s exciting to get another shot this season. Springfield will be way different than Eldora – a lot more speed and much bigger track. VMS has a few wins on the dirt the last few years so I’m confident we’ll have a good piece come raceday.”
It will be the 20th career ARCA race for the Hinckley, Ohio, native. He has accumulated nine top-five’s and 13 top-10’s in the series.
Tifft has split up his 2015 season between racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and ARCA. This season he’s made seven truck series starts – three with Venturini Motorsports and four with Kyle Busch Motorsports – to go along with seven ARCA starts – all for Ken Schrader Racing. His ARCA season best is a second-place finish at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville.
It will be his first ARCA race for Venturini Motorsports. Tifft’s Springfield teammate will be Frank Kimmel in the No. 25 Ansell-Menards Toyota.
Tifft – No Stranger to Dirt
In 2010, Tifft made the transition from karts to dirt super late models with the help of specialists Josh Richards, Dale McDowell and Clint Smith. Recently he completed in the NCWTS Mud Summer Classic at Eldora Speedway for KBM – finishing 21st after a late race spin while running inside the top-15.
Venturini Motorsports Prepared to Defend Dirt Title at Springfield
Matt Tifft, along with VMS weekend teammate Frank Kimmel (No.25 Ansell-Menards Toyota), have high hopes to defend VMS’s 2014 Springfield victory – It was Kevin Swindell driving for VMS on the Springfield dirt capturing his second career ARCA win.
Team Venturini continues to show support for driver Kevin Swindell (Nickname, Bull Dog) who was injured last week in a crash during a qualifying heat race for the Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa. VMS team cars will carry the #BulldogStrong mantra as the 26-year old Germantown, TN driver continues his recovery. Swindell, a two-time ARCA winner with VMS and 4-time Chili Bowl winner, has also competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series’. His first ARCA Series win came in 2012 at Chicagoland Speedway. Swindell, who started on the pole and led every single lap, gained an important win for VMS in their 30th Anniversary Season in ARCA competition.
SuperChevyStores.com 100 Schedule
Practice for the 53rd running of the SuperChevyStores.com will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 23rd and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at 11:15 a.m. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 1:30 p.m. All times CT. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day.
The SuperChevyStores.com 100, the 16th ARCA event of the season, will be televised live on CBS SPORTS Network starting at 2:30pm ET on Sunday, August 23rd.
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, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, Brandon 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.