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“Big Bill” Drove to Toledo’s Winner Circle in 1987 – Venturini Focuses on the 2nd

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Menards 200 by Federated Car Care, Steve Arpin, Mikey Kile

“Big Bill” Drove to Toledo’s Winner Circle in 1987 – Venturini Focuses on the 2nd

Emily Teeter
Venturini Motorsports
May 20, 2010

CONCORD, NC (05-20-10) It has been close to a month since the ARCA Racing Series has competed and while the team has kept busy by testing and traveling to golfing events, Venturini Motorsports drivers and team have the itch to get back on the track and back in the victory lane.

Venturini Motorsports will travel to ARCA’s home track of Toledo Speedway this weekend for the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care on May 23rd.

While Venturini Motorsports has visited victory lane with “Big Bill” in 1987 at Toledo Speedway, the team seems to remember Toledo as one of those tracks that is “so close to victory.” It is the track that the team knows they are in contention for the win and they have the equipment to do so. Billy nearly won at Toledo twice. He was leading late in the race both times, but race contact and cautions prevent the win on both occasions.

Twenty-three years later, Venturini Motorsports is focused on obtaining the team’s 2nd win at Toledo and 3rd win of the season. As the team travels with two cars in the top-five in points and a new driver in the 3rd car, victory lane does not seem so far away – only 100 miles after the green flag drops.

Mikey Kile and Steve Arpin will be behind the wheel of their respected cars, both chasing after the 2010 ARCA Racing Series Championship. Mikey Kile will be behind the wheel of the no. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota and Steve Arpin will be piloting the no. 55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade Toyota. The no. 15 car will be filled with an ARCA rookie driver, AJ Frank.

AJ Frank will make his ARCA Racing Series debut with Venturini Motorsports at Toledo Speedway. While Frank is no stranger to Venturini Motorsports as he has been traveling with the team this season, it will be the first time that he has put on the drivers helmet and climbed into the no. 15 Venturini Motorsports Chevy.

“I am very thankful to the whole Venturini family and team for giving me the opportunity to race in the ARCA Series. I could not ask for a better team to make my first series start,” said Frank. “I have never been to Toledo Speedway, but with the team's past experience and with a successful test by my teammates Mikey and Steve, I feel like we will be contenders for the win. Coming off 3 consecutive top-5's in 3 starts this year in the USAR Procup Series, I hope to carry that momentum right into this weekend’s race!”

The weekend at Toledo Speedway will kick off on Friday, May 21st with the ARCA FanFest from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Practice and Qualifying will take place on Saturday May 22nd and the green flag will drop at 2:00pm for the Mendards 200 presented by Federated Car Car on Sunday May 23rd. Be sure to tune into arcaracing.com for live timing and scoring all weekend long and follow Venturini Motorsports on twitter (@venturinimotor) for updates on the team.

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