Concord, North Carolina (July 19, 2017) – Huntington Beach, California’s Zane Smith, will make his ninth ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season start driving for Venturini Motorsports in Friday’s Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Coming off a top-15 finish at Iowa Speedway, the eighteen year-old driver hopes to get back in the groove when the series returns to the famed half-mile track located on the outskirts of Indianapolis.
“This is a big week for the fifty-five team,” says Smith. “We took advantage of the off week after Iowa and went to Indy this past weekend and tested a new car. The guys have been working hard and really rolled out a nice piece – and it showed in our speed.”
Smith, a member of this year’s NASCAR Next group looks to rebound once he straps back into his VMS prepared No.55 Icon Vehicle Dynamics – Musselman’s Apple Sauce Toyota Camry.
“Lucas Oil reminds me a lot of my home track (Irwindale) out in California. It’s cool to go to a new place and feel at home. I like our chances this week. I think we’ve got a really good shot.”
Despite missing out on two ARCA events (Daytona and Talladega) due to mandated age restrictions set by the series, Smith still occupies the seventh spot in the championship standings with three top-5 and six top-10 finishes.
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ARCA Racing Series practice is from 12:15 – 2 p.m., followed by General Tire pole qualifying at 5 p.m. Pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions begin at 8:30 p.m. with the green flag waving just after 9 p.m. The 100-lap ARCA/CRA Super Series late model race precedes the 200-lap ARCA national tour event.
The Sioux Chief PowerPEX® 200 is live on FS1 at 9 p.m. ET. ARCAracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all ARCA Racing Series on-track activities.
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, 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.