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Owens Kick-Starts 2010 with Venturini Motorsports in Rockingham Finale

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Alli Owens, ARCA RE/MAX American 200

Owens Kick-Starts 2010 with Venturini Motorsports in Rockingham Finale

Emily Teeter
Venturini Motorsports
October 6, 2009

ROCKINGHAM NC (10-6-09) - Alli Owens has already announced that she will be driving for Venturini Motorsports in 2010. As it turns out, the Daytona Beach, Florida driver is going to kick-start her tenure with the Venturinis this weekend at Rockingham Speedway in the ARCA RE/MAX American 200.

"I'm really excited about this weekend," said Owens, who is going to drive the no. 35 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevrolet.

"This will be my first race with Venturini Motorsports. I've had some of my best finishes at Rockingham and the Venturinis have an incredible track record there. I can't think of a better place for us to kick off our relationship. I feel like this is going to be the start of something big."

Owens has previously raced in both ARCA RE/MAX Series events at Rockingham in May of 2008 and 2009 with credible success. She finished 12th at Rockingham in an Eddie D'Hondt Motorsports Toyota in May of this year becoming the highest finishing female driver in Rockingham Speedway's history.

The Venturinis, with drivers' Joey Logano and Sean Caisse, are two for two in the win column at Rockingham.

"Although I've never run a race with the Venturinis, I have all the confidence that we can hit the ground running. I'm sure there will be a learning curve. Of course it takes time to develop the driver/crew chief chemistry, but I feel like their experience already puts us a step ahead of the competition. They know what it takes to run well at Rockingham and have top-notch equipment. We have all the elements in place to get a great finish and carry the momentum over into the 2010 season."

Owens relates her previous racing experience on local short tracks to Rockingham's character.

"Rockingham makes for good, old-fashioned racing. It has a rough surface that wears your tires down. That's when cars start sliding and it puts the handling in the driver's hands. You've got to drive with discipline to make your tires last. That's something that I've had lots of practice doing. When I raced the local tracks, I had to make a set of tires last for a few races. I know how to get the most out of them. My last two races here taught me the importance of being patient in the beginning stages of a run. If you take care of your Hoosiers early on, they'll take you a long way.

"This is the last race of our season. I want nothing more than to get our ElectrifyingCareers.com car in victory lane. I'm not points racing, so I've got nothing to lose. I'm going for the win. I'm going to take risks that I usually wouldn't. I want to end the year with a ‘W' and this is my last chance, so I've got to make the most of it."

Coverage of Championship Weekend at Rockingham will be featured in live streaming audio at ARCAracing.com. In addition to live timing and scoring, live steaming audio coverage begins Saturday afternoon, October 10th with practice from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 2:30.

The Sunday afternoon American 200, scheduled for 1:00 PM, will also feature live streaming audio coverage at ARCAracing.com.

The American 200 will also air same-day on SPEED at 10:00 PM.

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