CONCORD, NC | SEPTEMBER 21, 2020
ARCA Menards Series / East Series
Bush’s Bean 200
Bristol Motor Speedway
September 17, 2020
ARCA Menards Series
Toyota 200 by Crosley Brands
September 19, 2020
- In a year of firsts, two more were added this past weekend. Racing at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time since 1969, with a one-day turnaround to head to Winchester Speedway, the first time back since 2017.
- Bristol’s Thursday night race was run as a combination race between the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA Menards Series East.
- Venturini Motorsports (VMS) fielded four Toyota Camry’s for both events: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith, No. 25 Michael Self and No. 25E Mason Diaz.
- Rain plagued the track for most of the day Thursday, cancelling all scheduled-on track activity, but lifted in-time for the late night 200-lap spectacle.
- With the field set on combined Series points, Smith rolled off third, followed by Self in seventh, Dollar 10th and Diaz in 15th.
- Dollar made quick work on the start, picking off several cars on his way into the top-five, reaching as high as third. Self and Smith settled in for the long haul as Diaz immediately cracked the top-10.
- Just before the break on lap-71, Smith suffered a suspension issue, sending him hard into the outside wall, prematurely ending his day. Dollar would suffer a similar fate, losing an engine on lap-156, ending his night.
- Diaz and Self continued to work their way through the tight field, with Self leading nine laps and earning a bonus point. Checkered flag waving Diaz came home fourth, Self fifth, Dollar 18th and Smith 23rd.
- Heading into Saturday’s race at Winchester, officials gave the teams a 30-minute practice session as well as General Tire Pole Qualifying. With the stating field set, Self rolled off second, Love third and Dollar sixth.
- All three VMS Toyota Camry’s found themselves in the top-five for most of the race, with Self continually knocking on the leader’s door.
- Fast paced and running most of the race under green, the checkered flag soon fell. Self would come home second, Love fourth and Dollar sixth.
- On deck next for VMS is the ARCA Menards Series race at Memphis International Raceway, on Saturday, September 26th. The team will field Toyota entries for: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith and No. 25 Michael Self
Drew Dollar No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camry
“I was pretty happy with our Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camry at Bristol (Motor Speedway), we had a lot of speed and spent some time racing up-front. Unfortunately our day was cut short when we lost a motor. Winchester Speedway was really a cool track, a fast track and totally new to me. Felt like a long 200-lap race and we came up just short of a top-five finish. Already looking forward to Memphis (International Raceway) this weekend.”
Bristol: Start – 10 Finish – 18
Winchester: Start – 6 Finish – 6 Points – 4th
Chandler Smith No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry
“Fired off pretty good at Bristol (Motor Speedway) and was looking forward to the first break to make some adjustments. Something broke right before that break and sent us into the wall hard, ending our day. Head up, focused on Memphis (International Raceway) now.”
Bristol: Start – 3 Finish – 23
Jesse Love No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry
“Overall Winchester (Speedway) was a pretty cool place and made for some really fast paced racing. I had a lot of fun and it was super awesome getting to make my debut for Venturini Motorsports. We made really huge gains in practice to qualifying which set us up pretty good for the race. The race was very fast paced the whole time which made it a lot of fun. I made mistakes as a driver that hurt us but I’ll learn from them so we can get even better.”
Winchester: Start – 3 Finish – 4
Michael Self No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry
“It was a solid two races for us as a team. Without ever having driven at either track I wasn’t sure of what to expect, but the Venturini Motorsports crew put really good cars together which helped out a lot. We had a shot to win at Bristol (Motor Speedway) before getting damage when a car in front of us blew a motor and we were able to stay up front the whole race at Winchester Speedway. We’ll look to keep making progress and move on to another new track at Memphis (International Raceway) next weekend.”
Bristol: Start – 7 Finish – 5
Winchester: Start – 2 Finish – 2 Points – 1st
Mason Diaz No. 25E Solid Rock Carriers, Craftsman Toyota Camry
“Had a good showing at Bristol Motor Speedway this past week, I always enjoy getting a chance to race there. Our Solid Rock Carriers Toyota was strong, but with no qualifying, we were forced to start 15th, which made for a busy night. My Venturini Motorsports guys did a great job all night making adjustments and we kept our head in the game, bringing home a top-five.”
Bristol: Start – 15 Finish – 4