Concord, North Carolina (September 8, 2016) – Despite missing the last two ARCA races, Dalton Sargeant’s last start is still fresh in his mind. Sargeant drove to victory lane in his last series start at Berlin Raceway earning his first career win in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.
Reuniting with his Venturini Motorsports team, Sargeant returns to the seat ready to pilot his No.55 Toyota Racing Development – Windows 10 Camry in ARCA’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing 200 at Salem Speedway on Saturday, September 10.
Sargeant, a leading candidate for ARCA’s SCOTT Brand Rookie of the Year honors, finished third in his first appearance at Salem Speedway earlier in the year. So far, in an abbreviated 2016 campaign, the Boca Raton (Fl.) native has notched one win, eight top-5 and 10 top-10 finishes in just 11-series starts.
“I’m more than ready,” says Sargeant after being asked if he’s ready for his Salem return. “It seems like an eternity since we drove away with our win at Berlin. I’ve been waiting a long time to get back together with my guys. We tasted victory once, now I’m ready to get back to work and hopefully get another one for them this weekend.”
The upcoming Salem event marks the 100th ARCA Racing Series race at Salem since the tour debuted on the legendary high-banked half-mile track in 1955. No track has appeared more on ARCA’s schedule over the tour’s 64-year history than Salem.
“It’s a thrill going back to Salem – the track is just so cool and fun to drive – if Saturday night’s race is anything like the Spring one we’re in for a great show. I’m excited to part of Salem’s big night,” added Sargeant.
Sargeant will join teammates Christopher Bell, Tom Hessert, and Zane Smith for the historic 100th ARCA race at Salem.
Venturini Motorsports with 41 all-time ARCA Series victories has five team wins at Salem Speedway (Billy Venturini ’06, Steve Arpin ’10, Brennan Poole ’11, Kyle Benjamin ’13 and Christopher Bell ’16). Venturini Motorsports is tied for second with Harold Steele on the all-time ARCA Series team victory list. Larry Clement, who was teamed with Frank Kimmel for many years, leads the way with 71 team victories.
Golf Scramble, Hauler Parade, Friday Night Fan Fest
The Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 presented by Meadow View/Salem Crossing tops off two full days of celebration that kicks-off on Friday, Sept. 9 with a Golf Scramble, Hauler Parade and evening Fan Fest at the track.
Raceday also includes the Lucas Oil Great American Stocks alongside the stars and cars of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m., followed by final practice from 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell is scheduled for 4 p.m. The 100th Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic starts at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night, September 10.
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.