Venturini Motorsports

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Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports.jpg
Owner(s)Bill Venturini
Billy Venturini
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesARCA Menards Series
Race drivers15. Christian Eckes
20. Chandler Smith, Harrison Burton
25. Michael Self
51. Carson Ware
55. Leilani Munter, Hailie Deegan
Sponsors15. JBL Audio
20. Ruud, Craftsman, Morton Buildings, Dex Imaging, Smith General Contracting
25. Sinclair Oil Corporation
51. Jacob Companies
55. IK9, Sinclair Lubricants, TRD
ManufacturerToyota
Career
Debut1982
Races competed1011
Race victories51
Pole positions56

Venturini Motorsports is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the ARCA Menards Series. Founded in 1982 by Bill Venturini Sr., Venturini Motorsports is the longest continually operated ARCA racing team in the United States. The team is based in Concord, North Carolina.

History[edit]

Venturini Motorsports was formed by Bill Venturini, Sr., a former NASCAR driver, two-time ARCA Racing Series Champion (1987 and 1991), and 1983 ARCA Rookie of the Year. Largely influenced by his father Tony Venturini, Bill founded the racing team in 1982. The team is family owned and operated, with various members of the Venturini family holding positions on the team, including CEO, CFO, General Manager, and Director of Marketing and Public Relations. In 2007, Bill's son Billy helped found the Venturini Driver Development Program, one of the largest such programs for ARCA drivers in the United States.[1]

NASCAR[edit]

Bill Venturini drove the No. 35 Chevrolet with Rain-X as a sponsor to make its Winston Cup debut at Michigan in 1989, where he started 38th and finished 37th. Between 1982 and 1995, the team had made select starts in the Winston Cup Series, Busch Series, and Craftsman Truck Series with Bill Venturini behind the wheel.

In 2013, the team made its return to the Nationwide Series with driver John Wes Townley and sponsor Zaxby's on the 25 Toyota Camry. The team planned to run at Bristol, Charlotte, and Talladega with the possibility of up to eight more races.[2] Townley finished 17th in his debut at Bristol, crashed at Charlotte, and failed to qualify at Talladega.

It was announced in August 2014 that Venturini would return to the Camping World Truck Series on a part-time basis starting at Bristol with ARCA driver Justin Boston and his sponsor Zloop. Team owner Billy Venturini himself would serve as Boston's crew chief.[3][4] Boston qualified 27th and finished 30th after a crash.[5] The team planned to run the final three races of the season in preparation for a full-time effort in 2015,[3] but those plans were scrapped when sponsor Zloop shifted their focus to the next season.[5]

Boston and Zloop would move to Kyle Busch Motorsports for 2015. In addition, Venturini would field the No. 25 truck in select races for KBM driver Matt Tifft,[6][7] Joe Gibbs Racing driver Cody Coughlin, and Venturini road course specialist Brian Wong. The team has not made any scheduled races in 2016.

Various Cup Series, Xfinity Series, and Truck Series drivers, including Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Erik Jones, Daniel Suárez, Brian Scott, Dakoda Armstrong, Justin Marks, Mark Thompson, Scott Lagasse Jr, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed, Justin Haley, B. J. McLeod, Austin Theriault, Kyle Benjamin, Brandon Jones, Christopher Bell, Noah Gragson, Matt Tifft, Spencer Davis, Cole Rouse, and Tanner Thorson are former drivers for Venturini Motorsports.[8]

ARCA Menards Series[edit]

Venturini Motorsports currently has five active drivers in the ARCA Menards Series. Various Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, including Joey Logano, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Erik Jones and Daniel Suárez, are former drivers for Venturini Motorsports.[9]

Recent wins[edit]

In 2006, the team ended a 12-year winless streak when Billy Venturini won the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA 200 by Federated Auto Parts.

Since 2006, Venturini Motorsports drivers have won 41 races:[10][11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". Venturini Motorsports. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
  2. ^ Wolkin, Joseph (February 12, 2013). "Venturini Motorsports Hires Milka Duno and John Wes Townley as They Continue to Expand". Rant Sports. Rant Sports. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b Knight, Chris (August 2, 2014). "Venturini Motorsports Promotes Justin Boston To Limited Truck Schedule". catchfence.com. Catchfence. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  4. ^ Official Release (August 14, 2014). "Boston, Venturini Motorsports To Make NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Debut At Bristol Motor Speedway". SpeedwayMedia.com. Concord, North Carolina: SpeedwayMedia.com. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b Knight, Chris (October 31, 2014). "Justin Boston's Concentration Shifts Towards 2015". Catchfence.com. Catchfence.com. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  6. ^ "KBM sets crew chiefs, truck numbers for 2015 lineup". nascar.com. NASCAR. December 11, 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Kyle Busch Motorsports Driver Matt Tifft Opens NCWTS Season at Daytona with Venturini Motorsports". Venturini Motorsports. February 11, 2015. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Venturini Motorsports :: drivers". venturinimotorsports.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  9. ^ "Venturini Motorsports :: drivers". venturinimotorsports.com. Retrieved 2018-04-15.
  10. ^ "events". Venturini Motorsports. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
  11. ^ "Owner Bill Venturini's ARCA Racing Series wins - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  12. ^ "Owner Billy Venturini's ARCA Racing Series wins - Racing-Reference.info". www.racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2018-10-11.

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