Midget Standout Tanner Thorson Set for ARCA Return with Venturini Motorsports and Musselman’s Apple Sauce

Venturini Motorsports

Concord, North Carolina (June 21, 2017) – Reigning USAC National Midget Champion Tanner Thorson returns to the seat driving for Venturini Motorsports (VMS) in Friday’s Montgomery Ward 200 at Madison International Speedway.

Tanner ThorsonThorson, who made his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut last season on the Illinois State Fairground’s dirt-mile, will pilot the team’s No.25 Musselman’s Apple Sauce Toyota for his first series pavement short track event of his career.

Thorson, part of VMS’ Family of Musselman’s drivers, joins Zane Smith, Noah Gragson, Tom Hessert, Raphael Lessard and Christopher Bell to drive the team’s Musselman’s Apple Sauce backed Toyota this season.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” says Thorson. “As a driver I’ve made a lot of gains in the stock car over the last year. I’m a lot more comfortable with my new surroundings. Driving for a group like Venturini makes it that much better – they’ve got a lot of experience with young drivers. Last year we ran Springfield together and had a top-15 finish in my first start – but the biggest takeaway was the experience I gained. These ARCA cars are totally different from anything I’ve driven. I’m looking forward to getting on the track and doing my thing behind the wheel – I’m ready.”

Thorson, a 21-year old native of Minden, Nevada, is widely known for his prowess behind the wheel of his open wheel machines.

Gaining national recognition driving for Keith Kunz Motorsports in the USAC and POWERi series’, Thorson has also done his share of moonlighting the last few seasons – crossing over and running selected super late model races throughout the southeast.

Thorson scored a career best second-place finish driving his super late model last month at Caraway Speedway competing in the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) South.

The Montgomery Ward 200 is Friday, June 23 and kicks off with practice from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5:00 p.m. The 200-lap Montgomery Ward 200 is set for an 8:00 p.m. start and will air live on MAVTV. All times are local (Central). Look for Live Timing, Scoring and Chat at arcaracing.com.


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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, 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 and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.