Concord, NC (August 27, 2013) – Fifteen-year old Venturini Motorsport’s driver Kyle Benjamin made history Sunday, becoming the youngest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history, winning the 200-lap Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.
“Winning today is the highlight of my career! We had a top five car at the beginning before making our first and only pit stop. We got that two tires and the car came to life,” Benjamin said. “From there it was smooth sailing. Kevin Reed is such a good crew chief. I got the best team behind me. Billy Venturini is awesome. I had a great spotter. Everything just came together today. I’m really happy for all of the guys.”
Benjamin’s victory was the third consecutive victory for Venturini Motorsports (VMS) setting another series record for the most consecutive team/car wins with multiple drivers behind the wheel. Erik Jones and Brennan Poole found victory lane the two previous races (Berlin Raceway & Springfield) both driving the No.15 VMS entry. Furthermore VMS’s No.15 car has now won five times in 2013 all with crew chief Kevin Reed at the controls.
Justin Boston finished second at Madison earning a new career best driving his No.25 ZLOOP Computer and Electronics Recycling Toyota. Boston who is battling fellow competitor Mason Mingus (No.32 811 Call Before you Dig Toyota) for ARCA rookie of the year honors now has (6) top-5 and (13) top-10 finishes in 16 of 21 events.
“Solid finish and good point’s day,” Boston said. “We had a great car today but just missed out with that long green flag run. Our car was fastest on the track at the end of the race giving me opportunity move up to second but I just didn’t have enough laps to catch him. I wish a caution would have come out so I could have got up there and gave Kyle a battle. He earned that win, though, with only taking on those two tires early. He drove the heck out of it today.”
Sunday’s race will air on NBC Sports Network Thursday night at 11:00 P.M. ET.
Drivers Justin Boston, Brennan Poole, Taylor Ferns and Milka Duno will try to make it four in a row for team VMS this week when the ARCA Racing Series returns to the DuQuoin, Illinois State Fairgrounds and the Magic Mile on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd.
Practice for the Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15. The 60th annual Southern Illinois 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local. The event will feature live timing and scoring for all on-track activity at ARCAracing.com, as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage of the race.
About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Johanna Long.
In 2012, VMS and the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano, among others.
After nearly two decades away from NASCAR, 2013 marks VMS’s modern day return to the series with John Wes Townley driving the team’s familiar No.25 in selective NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
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