Venturini Motorsports and “Sliced Bread” Take Home the Victory at Pocono
Topics: Joey Logano, Pocono ARCA 200
Concord, NC (6/7/09) – Venturini Motorsports took the checkered flag Saturday in the Pocono ARCA 200 and visited victory lane at Pocono Raceway. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie Joey Logano driving the No. 25 Home Depot Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry led a race high 52 of 80 laps enroot to his second ARCA RE/MAX Series victory with the team.
The Pocono ARCA 200 marked the first that Venturini Motorsports visited victory lane at Pocono Raceway. It is also their second victory of 2009 with one win coming at Rockingham Speedway earlier this season.
“It’s a good series to learn a lot,” said Logano. “For me, it helped me out a lot today to get some experience for the Sprint Cup race coming up here Sunday.”
In three previous starts with Venturini Motorsports, Logano has amassed a win at Rockingham and two runner-up finishes, coming at Talladega and Daytona. Saturday’s win was the first time Logano had seen racing action at the famed triangle track.
“I want to thank Joe Gibbs Racing and Home Depot for giving us another chance to work with Joey,” commented an ecstatic Billy Venturini. “I am so proud of Joey and our whole team, they really did an outstanding job today. I am thrilled that Joey took his Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry to victory lane.
Logano started the 200 mile event in the fourth starting spot after intermittent rain showers cancelled Friday’s planned pole qualifying. Starting positions were set on current 2009 owner’s points. Rain also cancelled practice; forcing teams to learn everything they could in 45 minutes Saturday morning. By practices end Venturini Motorsports and Joey Logano were on top of the board.
“Rain shower’s Friday cancelled all of our on-track activities, forcing us to have a shorter practice Saturday” said Billy Venturini. “Our cars always leave the shop prepared 100% ready for fine tuning. Joey did just that, and gave great feedback, allowing us to use those 45 minutes very productively.”
Shortly after the green flag waved Logano took his No. 25 Home Depot Toyota Camry straight to the front. In clean air, Logano reported that the car was handling great and really felt like it was pulling away. The first of two pit stops came around lap 30 where the team serviced the car with four fresh Hoosier tires; Sunoco fuel and a slight air pressure adjustment sending Logano back out first.
When the race restarted Logano decided to conserve his car and not push it to the extreme. Racing with the poise of a seasoned veteran he wielded his Camry around the three corners with grace, waiting on the next round of pit stops where he wanted to be tightened up.
Final pit stops came before lap 60, when a caution brought all of the leaders down pit road. Once again his Venturini Motorsports crew got him back out in front of all of his competitors. With less than 20 to go when the green flag again waved, Logano laid the hammer down and started to check out on the field.
A late race caution bunched the field back together for a five lap shootout. Logano took the green flag for the final time never looking back as he left his competition in the dust. He would cross the finish line first in his Venturini Motorsports prepared Camry.
“I definitely had a great race car today,” commented Logano. “We led most of the laps. The one time we got a little challenge but we were able to adjust the car and make it better. All the guys did a great job, we had good stops, came out first every time, so that was pretty cool. I had fun out there and I learned a lot.”
“The car was spot on all day today,” exclaimed Billy Venturini. “Joey raced a heck of a race and really showed his talent and maturity out there. This victory should really translate well for him come Sunday.”
Make sure to catch Venturini Motorsports LIVE on SPEED from Michigan International Speedway for the Racing for Wildlife 200 Friday June 12, 2009 at 5:00PM EST.
Also make sure to catch Joey on the Venturini Motorsports Power Hour exclusively on RaceFanRadio.com this Thursday June 11, 2009 at 9:00PM EST.
For more information on Venturini Motorsports please visit www.venturinimotorsports.com
For more information on Joey Logano and Home Depot please visit www.homedepotracing.com
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