Concord, NC (September 28, 2015) – A promising beginning at Kentucky Speedway ended with mixed results in Saturday afternoon’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Crosley Brands 150.
After a successful week of testing, topping ARCA’s final practice session, and winning the qualifying pole award on Friday afternoon the stage was set for Daniel Suarez (ARRIS Toyota), Brandon Jones (Ansell-Menards Toyota) and William Byron’s (Liberty University Toyota) leading into the 19th event of the ARCA season.
Good fortunes continued for William Byron and Daniel Suarez as the VMS drivers swept the front with Byron winning his first career Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell and Suarez qualifying second. Jones also fast, failed to make a qualifying lap after spinning in turn 4 coming to the stripe relegating him to a 30th place starting positon for the beginning of Saturday afternoon’s race.
After qualifying, the Liberty University team of William Byron was forced to make a change after noticing a front right tire rub. The fender work to relieve the problem would force the 17-year old rookie to the rear of the field for a starting position on the inside of teammate Brandon Jones.
The downgraded starting positions for Byron and Jones would prove costly as both drivers we’re involved in a first lap accident involving Sarah Cornett-Ching and Tom Hessert. William Byron, with the accident outside his windshield, was unable to avoid the spinning cars and crashed hard ending his promising day before it began – he was credited with a 32nd place finish. Jones, driving to the outside of the accident, was clipped and sustained right side damage. Jones would continue, but his progress would be hampered throughout the race – he would battle back and finish 12th.
Daniel Suarez would prove to be the lone highlight for VMS as he quickly took advantage of his top starting position leading the first 53-laps of the 100 lap race. After a caution for light rain Suarez would pit for tires and adjustments giving up the top spot.
Once the race was resumed the Monterrey, Mexico native restarted inside the top-10. Losing clean air, Suarez would find himself battling loose conditions behind the wheel but would remain within striking distance. A final stop late in the race for tires and adjustments would not be enough as Suarez would settle for a sixth place finish. The ARCA Series will move onto Kansas Speedway for the final event of the season on October 16th – Brandon Jones and Daniel Suarez will be back for the finale.
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.