Concord, North Carolina (July 27, 2017) 19-year old Noah Gragson will reunite with Venturini Motorsports (VMS) and make his third ARCA Racing Series start of the season competing in Friday’s ModSpace 150 at Pocono Raceway.
Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, will pilot the No.15 Switch Toyota Camry with crew chief Jeff McClure leading the charge.
This will be Gragson’s second visit to Pocono Raceway and sixth overall career series start. His career best finish of fifth came last year during the series finale at Kansas Speedway.
“I’m really looking forward to the challenge this weekend,” says Gragson. “I’ll be running both the ARCA and Truck race on back-to-back days. There’s obviously a big difference between vehicles but the extra seat time will help a bunch just getting more familiar with the track. I’m going into Pocono open minded and hoping for the best outcome.”
The charismatic Gragson, a full time driver for Kyle Busch Motorsports (No.18 Switch Toyota Tundra), will use Friday’s 60-lap ARCA event as a warm up for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race.
The double duty action at Pocono marks the first time this season he’s run two races at the same track in the same weekend.
Currently ninth in the NCWTS driver standings Gragson will make two more ARCA starts this season with VMS – Road America (August 27) and Chicagoland Speedway (September 14).
No superspeedway has appeared more on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule over the years than Pocono Raceway. The upcoming ModSpace 150 marks the 65th ARCA race on the track’s 2.5-mile triangle since the series debuted on the big track in 1983.
Practice for the ModSpace 150 is Friday morning (July 28) from 9 – 10:30 a.m., with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 1:30 p.m. The ModSpace 150 is scheduled to get underway at 4:00 p.m., with the race airing on FS1 same afternoon at 6:00 p.m.
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, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Kyle Benjamin, Daniel Suarez, and Brandon Jones. 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 (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.