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Venturini Motorsports (VMS) Iowa Speedway Post Race Report

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ARCA Menards – Series Shore Lunch 150 – Iowa Speedway

The Shore Lunch 150 was the seventh event of the 20-race season and the third race of the Sioux Chief Showdown.

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) fielded three Toyota Camry’s: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith and No. 25 Michael Self.

With a condensed weekend schedule, ARCA officials held one practice session Saturday afternoon. Self laid down the fourth fastest time, followed by Smith in fifth and Dollar in 11th

Starting grid was set off the 2020 Sioux Chief Showdown Owners Points. Chandler Smith would roll off in first, followed by Self in third and Dollar in 10th.  

Walking off with a sizeable lead at the start, Smith paced the field early in the race before an early caution bunched up the field.

Ignition problems plagued the No. 15 of Drew Dollar on lap-32, forcing the car to the garage for repairs. Dollar would rejoin the field later in the race.

Stage one ended on lap-50. The VMS Toyota Camry’s came to pit road for tires, fuel and adjustments, before restarting the race on lap-54.

Self and Smith spent most of the next segment racing solidly in the top-five while battling the hot and slick racetrack. 

Stage two concluded on lap-98 and the teammates once again entered pit road, looking for four fresh tires and a round of adjustments to help their cars handling.

Continuing to battle a slick race track, Self and Smith stayed consistently in the top-five for the remainder of the race as the traffic thickened all around the track.

With the checkered flag flying, No. 20 Chandler Smith came home fourth, followed by No. 25 Michael Self sixth and No. 15 Drew Dollar 17th.

On deck next for VMS is the ARCA Menards Series race at Kansas Speedway, on Friday, July 24th. The team will field Toyota entries for: No. 12 Corey Heim, No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Ryan Repko and No. 25 Michael Self 

Drew Dollar No. 15 Lynx Capital, Dollar Concrete Construction Company Toyota Camry

“Didn’t leave Iowa Speedway with the results that we were hoping for or felt we were capable of. Had a disappointing day, but I was still able to get a lot of experience. Already preparing for our trip to Kansas Speedway this weekend.” 

Start – 10                    Finish – 17                  Points – 3rd  

Chandler Smith No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry

“We had a good JBL Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway, but we’re just missing that last little bit to make it great. We struggled some in the middle of the race and track position was key all day long.”

Start – 1                      Finish – 4                    

Michael Self No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry

“Bit of a rough day for us as a team at Iowa Speedway. We tried a new package for this race and just couldn’t make it work. We all know we aren’t necessarily where we want to be, performance-wise right now, so we’ll go back and sit down and try and figure out what we’re missing. We’ve got some of the best guys in the garage building our cars and coming up with setups, so we’ll get things figured out and move forward.” 

Start – 3                      Finish – 6                     Points – 1st

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) remains true to it’s humble beginnings by continuing to field entries in the feeder series of ARCA and cultivating tomorrow’s drivers, mechanics, crew chiefs, and pit crew members.

VMS is committed to the ARCA Racing Series. Considered one of the cornerstone teams in the series, VMS has called ARCA home for the last 30-years. We pride ourselves on developing successful long-term relationships.

The company has had great success developing drivers and other team members to participate in premier levels of NASCAR competition. Such notable drivers include: Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley.

We work with our drivers in several areas – on track coaching, media training, sponsor relations and core fitness levels. We use different technology assets such as dartfish and race film study to enhance the driver’s on track performance.

We believe that to achieve success in higher levels of racing, drivers must enter the scene as prepared as possible, as well rounded as possible, mentally and physically driven to have a leg up on their competition.

As we look at the potential of each developing driver we assess strengths and weaknesses and work on bringing all aspects of the person into their prime. Once achieved, we focus our efforts on the brand building of those drivers through marketing, public relations, and the online world.

When working with Venturini Motorsports, drivers can be assured that they will move on prepared, focused and successful. Venturini Motorsports takes pride in attracting and developing world class race car drivers with real potential of becoming tomorrow’s future NASCAR stars!