Oct 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM
(KANSAS CITY) - Going in to the final race of the 2013 ARCA season each team has an agenda, for some it’s to run up front and win the race at all cost, for others making their first start it’s simply to have a good day preparing for 2014 and there is everything in between. For Hixson Motorsports/Max Force Racing with their Scott’s Rookie of the Year Candidate Thomas “Moose” Praytor’s goal was simple, do or don‘t do whatever it takes to remain in the top 10 in the Championship standings.
The Kansas Lottery 98.9 presented by the Rock started with a full day of technical inspection at Kansas Speedway. The lengthy tech process caused the team to make an afternoons worth of changes before Praytor headed to Cabela’s for an autograph session. “This was my first trip to Kansas Speedway and the place is like the Taj Mahal of racing, it’s incredible. My Dad was the color commentator for the first TV broadcast and even he was blown away by all the development around the track,” offered Praytor.
The task for the only practice on race day was to put the Realtor Ford Fusion through its paces, keep it in one piece and get ready to race. Racers being racers the team used up every minute of practice with Praytor being one of the final cars on the track improving lap times every time out. “Kansas has to be one of the smoothest tracks I’ve ever been on. It was so smooth the speed our Realtor Fusion carried into the corners was really incredible. We knew what we needed to accomplish and we were probably too conservative on our approach but with just 1 car we couldn’t afford to be out on the ragged edge.”
Qualifying in the ARCA Series is usually an uneventful happening with the only drama being who will set the fast time and take home the Ansell Pole Award. Friday’s qualifying took on a new meaning as 5 of the first 10 out either spun or wrecked during their qualifying effort. A conservative setup just got more conservative as the tire pressures were changed to handle the cooler track with less grip. “After seeing some really great drivers struggle we changed our setup up some and I changed my first lap to make sure our Realtor Fusion had all 4 corners on when we got done. I was glad we did because on cold tires our car was a handful. My 2nd lap was better but still off from practice.” Praytor would roll off 25th.
While the day had been beautiful the weather was changing and anyone with a phone or an Ipad could see the change rolling across the country side. The race strategy became much like the strategy used all season by the underfunded team with shops in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee and Mobile, Alabama, don’t take yourself out early, out point the competition and go the distance.
The team devised a plan that would put the Realtor Fusion on pit road early and often continuing to keep the tank full of Sunoco to gamble on the long green flag run to the end or when the weather hit. With years of watching hurricanes on the coast the team estimated that the race would go the distance or get really close to it, and like a road course the idea was to be the first person to be able to go the distance.
With the drop of the green flag Praytor was able to make up the spots he left on the table during a conservative qualifying effort but the Realtor Ford Fusion was struggling under the lights. “Our Ford got really tail happy when we were around other cars and it made it hard to run in traffic. The cautions were laying out perfectly for us to change it up and we thought our strategy was working in our favor every lap it didn’t rain.”
As the race neared the halfway point the gamblers started making their final bets, to come in or gamble and stay out. The Hixson Motorsports/Max Force Racing effort had already put its chips on the table. In order for the gamble to payoff the rain had to stay away and the race had to go the distance. Little did they know.
At lap 60 it was announced the race would go 5 more laps and stop due to the weather coming towards the track, not at the track but coming. “Between my Dad and Wayne (Hixson) I think they have more than 50 years of racing experience and they said it was the first time they could ever remember a race being called while it was going on and before it started raining.” The early ending doomed the 2 to a 19th place finish. The rain would come 30 minutes after the drop of the early green flag and when it came it came big.
“While we were big picture racing all day we were still after the best finish we could get and not getting a chance to play that strategy out is really disappointing. Our guys had a good weekend in the pits and I’m proud of what they have been able to accomplish in their first year together. We raced around James Hylton a lot tonight and he can still wheel a racecar. I think I got the better of him on a restart one time and just made him mad. He got his Roush Yates horsepower wound up and just blew by me. What an incredible guy. Congratulations to Frank (Kimmel) on his 10th Championship and his 80th career win, those guys were awesome all year.”
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Oct 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM
(KANSAS CITY) - Josh Williams and the No. 02 Allegiant Travel team entered the 2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday night with great anticipation to close out the 20-year-old’s best season to date. Though severe weather shortened the scheduled distance of the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Williams secured a 10th-place finish and locked himself into the fifth place in the final driver’s point standings.
Starting from the 14th position, it didn’t take long for Williams to report to his Allegiant Travel team and crew chief Mario Gosselin that his Impala was struggling to maintain momentum off the corners. Hanging tough in the top-15 through the first caution, the team called their driver down pit road under the second caution on Lap 35 for four tires, fuel and changes to help his handling. Restarting 14th,Williams soon reported the changes had helped his No. 02 Chevrolet and he was eager to get to the front.
However, shortly after the field returned to green flag racing, the caution flag flew two more times and robbed the competitors of precious time to race before approaching weather made its appearance. Finally getting the chance to return to green flag racing just past halfway, the severe weather closed in and ARCA Racing officials determined the race complete 34 laps shy of the scheduled distance. The shortened event left Williams with less time to move forward after adjustments made during their first and only pit stop of the night, leaving him with a 10th place finish.
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“I can’t be too disappointed with a top-10 finish to end the great season we’ve had, but I wish we could’ve had a shot to compete for the win tonight in the Allegiant Travel Impala. This Gallagher Motorsports team made a great call under our pit stop to fix the handling that gave us a chance to contend, but the weather really stalled out our chances. Overall, I’m thankful for our great points finish and all of our supporters who got us here this season. I’m already looking forward to getting back in the car and using what we learned this year to help us in the future.”
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Oct 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM
(KANSAS CITY) - After testing at the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway a few weeks ago and posting the quickest speed on the charts with 17 year old Tyler Reddick, the Cunningham teams were hoping to defend their victory last year at Kansas with current Nationwide driver, Alex Bowman. Due to age restrictions, Reddick wasn’t eligible to run on the 1.5 mile track. Enter the 10th driver to jump in the second Dodge entry in the Cunningham stables, Scott Lagasse. No stranger to Cunningham or Kansas Speedway, Lagasse drove 13 races for the organization in 2006 and 2007, grabbing his first ARCA Series victory at Kansas Speedway in 2007.
Lagasse posted the 11th fastest speed during the lone 135 minute practice at the Kansas City race track. Going out to qualify 2nd posed some problems and concerns for Scott and the Fort Knox Gun Vaults team, as the Nationwide and Sprint Cups team had recently practiced on the track. The first ARCA Series cars (on Hoosier rubber) to qualify had to contend with the Goodyear rubber on the track from the earlier NASCAR practice sessions. The different rubber compounds can make the track extremely slippery, as Lagasse experienced. After all drivers had qualified, Lagasse ended up with the 6th starting spot.
When the green flag dropped, Lagasse set sail for the point, grabbing the lead before the field closed out the first lap. During the first 5 laps, Lagasse took a sizeable lead over the field. Corey LaJoie picked up the battle for the lead, getting by Scott for one quick lap. After regaining the lead, Lagasse continued to hold the lead through lap 18 when LaJoie said, “the string broke between my foot and brain”--- as he drove through the #22 in turn 2, finishing the night for Lagasse. The race was cut 34 laps short due to extreme weather in the area, with Lagasse finishing 27th. A disappointed driver stated, “Proud of the hard work from the Cunningham team today. Thanks for believing in me. Would’ve liked to see the end!”
After practicing 13th on the speed chart, Hessert lined up 30th of the 32 cars taking qualifying times at Kansas Speedway. With a qualifying time of 31.145, Hessert lined up 7th on the starting grid. As the green flag flew, the Cherry Hill, NJ native quickly took over 4th on the first lap before falling to 5th on the next lap. Hessert fell to 9th by lap 5 where he settled in for 20 laps. When the caution flew on lap 30, Hessert’s crew chief, Paul Andrews called his driver in to the pits for 4 fresh Hoosier tires, fuel and no additional adjustments.
With the track going green on lap 38, Hessert restarted 12th. With a few quick cautions coming out immediately after the next two restarts, Tom gained a few spots…up to 8th. With dangerous lightning in the immediate area on lap 55 of the scheduled 99 lap event, ARCA Series officials notified the teams that the race would be shortened to 65 laps. With 4 laps remaining in the weather-shortened final race of the 2013 season, Hessert held the 11th spot. As the final laps played out, Hessert fell to his finishing spot of 13th. Tom finished 4th in the season-long championship points, as Frank Kimmel won his 10th championship and the checkered flag at Kansas. The victory was Kimmel’s 80th ARCA Series win, which surpassed Iggy Katona’s previous Series high of 79 wins.
Cunningham Motorsports has two more NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races scheduled for the season. Roddey Sterling will pilot the #77 at Road Atlanta on October 18 and Austin Wayne Self will make the trek to the Phoenix International Raceway on November 9 for the K&N Pro West Series finale.
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Oct 8, 2013 at 4:59 PM
(KANSAS CITY) - Justin Allison came home with a solid 11th place finish in his first-ever ARCA Racing Series event, the rain-shortened Kansas Lottery 98.9 which was run on Friday, Oct. 4, at the Kansas Speedway.
Originally scheduled for 99 laps, ARCA and track officials shortened the race by 34 laps for safety reasons due to the rain and threatening weather in the area.
Allison qualified 11th in the No. 88 HAVACOSALES.COM Ford Fusion powered by RoushYates Engines, and once the green flag flew, he was able to maneuver through the field and make his way as high as 6th at one point.
Several cautions slowed the race allowing Crew Chief Howard Bixman plenty of chances to boost Allison's confidence as much as possible. At one point, Bixman told him over the radio, "You're doing a great job out there. Many drivers are out there to gain Championship points so they're driving aggressively. Just stay smart and stick to our game plan, and you'll be in great shape."
Bixman made the call to bring in the No. 88 HAVACOSALES.COM Ford Fusion during a caution on lap 35 for four Hoosier tires and Sunoco fuel, but made no adjustments. While Allison was making his way down pit road, Bixman then decided to bring him back down pit road again for fuel only before the green flag flew, and this gave the No. 88 enough gas to make it to end.
With a possible tornado in the area, ARCA officials felt it was best to clear the grandstands, so they announced on lap 55 that the race would end in 10 laps. At that time, Allison was in 16th and had to make up as much as ground as possible in the short time available, and he was able to climb to 11th.
"We had a top 5 car here for sure," Allison said. "I hate to see the race end so early when we were the first car with fresh tires and enough fuel to make it to the checkered flag. This was a great start to my ARCA racing career, and I look forward to working with Team BCR and Howard in the future. I'd like to thank the HaVACo group for coming out to watch the race, and I would like to thank the rest of my marketing partners for being a part of my debut; Rush Racing Products, Rick and Bubba Sausage produced by Polk's Meat and Husky Liners. I greatly appreciate it."
Bixman was equally thrilled with the results.
"Justin has some amazing driving talents, and I can already tell the family legacy will continue to live on," Bixman said. "Justin has given me a lot to look forward to, and I can't wait to work with him even more in the future. If the race wasn't shortened, I have no doubts Justin would have came home with a top 5 finish and possibly have been a contender for a win. He has a very bright future ahead of him."
Justin Allison is grandson of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and great nephew of Bobby Allison. Donnie attended the race to support his grandson and could not be more proud of Justin's first performance on a major racing circuit.
"I think Justin did a tremendous job being that it was his first race ever in this type of car on this big of a racetrack," Donnie Allison said. "I think he showed everybody his abilities as a race car driver."
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Oct 8, 2013 at 4:56 PM
(MOORESVILLE, N.C.) - Mason Mitchell and Empire Racing capped off a fantastic 9 race stretch together Friday night in the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at the Kansas Speedway finishing runner-up for the second straight race. The 99 lap event was shortened to 65 laps when threatening weather approached Kansas Speedway forcing ARCA Racing Series officials to shorten the event for everyone’s safety.
Earlier in the afternoon Mitchell qualified the No. 82 Happy Cheeks Ford Fusion in the 12th position for the final event of the 2013 season.
When the green flag waved Mitchell immediately went 3-wide and moved into the top 10 at the end of lap 1. Mitchell would battle a loose condition throughout the remainder of the first run and fall back to the 15th position
The first caution waved at lap 18, when leaders Scott Lagasse Jr and Corey Lajoie made contact in turn 2. Mason would pit from the 14th position for two tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment.
Crew Chief Teddy Brown elected to keep Mitchell and the No. 82 car on the track and gain valuable track position at lap 34. The call would move Mitchell from 11th to the 2nd position.
At lap 53, the ARCA Racing officials informed the crew the race would end at lap 65 due to inclement weather approaching. Mitchell would battle with John Wes Townley for the runner-up position and prevail after battling the No. 15 for 5 laps. Mitchell would tie his career best finish for the second straight race by finishing in the 2nd position.
“The last 9 races were awesome, I can’t thank Happy Cheeks and Empire Racing enough for this opportunity. We did everything we could to get that victory before seasons end, we just ran out of time.”
Frank Kimmel won the rain shortened event and become the all-time win leader in ARCA history with his 80th victory.
“It was an honor to race against the greatest ARCA driver of all-time in 2013 Frank Kimmel, I learned a lot from him over the course of the season.”
Mitchell finished his rookie season in the ARCA Racing Series 6th in championship points with 6 top 5 finishes, 13 top 10 finishes in 20 races. The 19-year-old finished the 2013 season on fire, capturing 9 top 10 finishes over the final 9 races also earning 4 top 5’s and 2 track records during that stretch.
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards end of the season awards banquet is scheduled for Saturday, December 14th at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Fans can reserve their tickets at arcaracing.com for the event.
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Oct 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM
(KANSAS CITY) - - Win-Tron Racing and SCOTT Rookie of the Year candidate Mason Mingus gave it their all during Friday night’s Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway, but once again circumstances beyond the team’s control hindered their opportunity to capitalize in the season finale.
Mingus and his Mark Rette-led team approached the 21st and final race of the season with an “all or nothing” attitude, with the championship officially out of reach and a comfortable cushion for the runner-up position in the point standings, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team felt they had nothing to lose in Mingus’s Kansas City debut.
After struggling for grip in their No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry, which resulted in only the 10th quickest lap overall in the only practice session of the day, Friday morning, Mingus and Rette bounced ideas off each other, hoping that they would find an adequate setup for qualifying and the race, some six and a half hours later.
In time trials, Mingus throttled his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry, decked out in florescent pink to show the team’s support towards Breast Cancer awareness month to the 10th fastest run.
Optimistic about the handling of their automobile and with severe weather approaching the speedway, the Win-Tron Racing team knew they had to further accelerate their “all or nothing” plan.
When the green flag dropped, the field scattered and Mingus found himself quickly on the move. By the completion of lap five, the teenager had gained five spots and battling his championship rival Frank Kimmel for a spot inside the top-five.
Through the early stages of the Kansas Lottery 98.9, Mingus kept his No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry inside the top-five, until the first caution flag waived on lap 18, when the two leaders of Scott Lagasse Jr. and Corey Lajoie collided.
Riding in third at the time of the caution, Rette elected to keep his rookie driver on the race track for the lap 23 restart. Almost immediately, Mingus felt pressure from his competition, but through lap 28, Mingus kept them at bay.
Unfortunately, the time inside the top-half of the field would be short lived as while running quietly, but consistently in the fourth position, a lapped car spun in front of Mingus squeezing him into the turn four wall and causing significant damage to the No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry on lap 35.
Immediately, Rette called for damage control, but remained confident that he was going to keep his rookie driver on the lead lap. He stayed true to his word, as a valid team effort allowed the veteran organization to stay in the battle.
After starting 15th on the lap 39 restart, Mingus hustled his way forward the best he could, despite maneuvering a less than perfect handling racecar, the 18-year old stayed focused and began picking off his competitors one at a time, launching himself back into the top-10 just two laps later.
On lap 55, ARCA Racing Series officials informed the teams that only 10 laps would remain in the originally scheduled 99-lap event because of approaching severe weather.
With the message delivered to the driver, Mingus fought to maintain his placement inside the top-10. When the checkered flag waived, the former High School wrestling champion was able to advance one position; credited with a ninth-place run and his 18th top-10 effort of the year.
“We had a pretty fast No. 32 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Toyota Camry,” said Mingus. “Unfortunately, we were collected in a spin with a lapped car and we had to dig ourselves out of a hole. Even after fixing the damage the best they could, we were moving our way forward, but just ran out of laps to get the finish I think we were capable of. We really needed the race to go all 99 laps to see how everything was going to shake out, but obstacles out of our hands stopped that from happening. It’s just the way it goes in racing, sometimes.”
In his bid to claim the SCOTT Rookie of the Year honors, Mingus fell a few points short of overtaking Justin Boston for the title.
Overall, Mingus’s freshman season in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards was a solid one. With 21 starts, five top-fives and 18 top-10s, the consistency that the Win-Tron Racing team showed will only give them more momentum towards the 2014 season, set to begin at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in February.
Mingus added, “I’m really proud of the team. We gave it our all towards the championship and came up a little short. Overall, the season was good. Even though we didn’t score a win, we won poles, led laps and contended for victories. We’ll use the off-season to strengthen our program even more and hope for an even better year when Daytona rolls around in February. I want to especially thank Call 811 Before You Dig, Diamond Equipment, and Mark-It! Madness for their support. Without them, this season would not have been possible.”
Next up for the Mingus and the Win-Tron Racing team is their debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on Saturday, October 19. Mingus will pilot the No. 35 Call 811 Before You Dig / Mark-It! Madness Chevrolet Silverado.
Exiting The Sunflower State, the Tennessean has 34 ARCA Racing Series races to his credit. During that tenure, he has acquired five top-fives and 25 top-10 finishes, including second-place runs at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Toledo Speedway and Berlin (Mich.) Raceway in August 2013. Additionally, two pole runs at Mobile (Ala.) International Speedway (March 2013) and Iowa Speedway (September 2013), is his best time trials effort to date.
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:26 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - Erik Jones finished sixth to lead a group of three Venturini Motorsports drivers among the first dozen finishers in the ZLOOP™ 150, the first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race at Kentucky Speedway since 2009.
Jones (No. 15 Toyota Care/Matrix Protection Toyota) started second with the field set by owner points, and he led 25 laps early. The race, which started at 1:47 p.m., had been delayed over 17 hours from Friday evening, when heavy precipitation swept through northern Kentucky. This left the racing surface unavailable for use and the lineup set by the rule book. Jones contended for the lead before a pit stop miscue on Lap 36 sent him out of the top 10. The jack fell before his crew had finished his stop, sending Jones' car to the ground and delaying him considerably. From 13th place, the 17-year-old from Michigan recovered and moved to ninth by the race's halfway point. On Lap 54, though, he spun in the frontstretch grass, again falling out of the top 10.
Jones restarted 13th on Lap 62 and improved to ninth over the next 13 laps. He then gained three positions in the final 25 laps to earn his eighth top-10 in 14 ARCA starts. Scott Rookie Challenge contender Justin Boston (No. 25 ZLOOP™ Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers Toyota) had extra incentive to earn a first career victory in his 20 ARCA starts, with his sponsor also acting as the primary supporter of ARCA's 20th event at Kentucky. Boston started fifth but fell to seventh shortly thereafter, an area in which team general manager and No. 25 crew chief Billy Venturini acknowledged the young driver can improve. "We need to get a little better on our initial restarts with the 25, but once Justin got rolling, he did a great job," Venturini said.
Indeed, Boston returned to the top five by Lap 15 and stayed there through a caution period and a Lap 36 pit stop in which he took four tires and fuel, and made several minor adjustments. With four fresh tires, Boston moved into fourth soon after the Lap 40 green flag, and drove to third when leader Chase Elliott slowed down the next time around. Boston started to drop around the race's halfway point, and found himself fifth for a Lap 62 restart which would shape the fate of his day. Soon after the green flag, Boston felt his tires were too cool and he was unable to get a good run down the Kentucky backstretch; he fell to seventh. Jones passed him in the final quarter of the race and Boston stayed eighth from there, but Venturini found positives for his 24-year-old rookie from Maryland.
First of all, a broken engine part caused Boston to lose horsepower late, so maintaining a top-10 finish ended up a silver lining. After the checkered flag, Venturini quickly pointed out to his driver over the radio that he had gained on Scott Rookie Challenge rival Mason Mingus by beating him by two positions. "I think that finish right there by Justin just made the worst-case scenario that we can finish in a tie in first," Venturini said, with the official standings set to be released by ARCA at the beginning of next week.
Boston's top-10 finish was his 15th in 20 starts.
Seventeen-year-old Taylor Ferns (No. 55 National Auto Placement/Motor City Auto Transport Toyota) finished 12th in her eighth start. "Taylor, she's obviously got the least amount of experience in a stock car, so finishing 12th, I think she showed a lot of positives," Venturini said. "There's a lot of potential there. She can be great once we get her a little more experience." Rounding out the Venturini group, Milka Duno (No. 35 CANTV/Milka Way Toyota) finished 23rd and Tom Berte (No. 20 CGS Premier Chevrolet) was 25th.
Corey LaJoie won the race, which finished in one hour, 12 minutes, and 33 seconds at an average speed of 124.149 mph. Thirty-two cars started the event. Venturini Motorsports will next compete in the season finale, the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 4. Practice will begin at 9 a.m. with qualifying following at 5:35 p.m. The 99-lap, 148.5-mile race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m., and ARCARacing.com will present live timing and scoring of all on-track events. All listed times are Central. About Venturini MotorsportsVenturini 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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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM
(SPARTA, Ky.) - The Zloop 150 at Kentucky Speedway was the realization of a 12 year olds racing dream for Thomas “Moose” Praytor. As part of the Outdoor Channel film crew, Kentucky was the site of Praytor’s first ARCA race and the beginning of a dream of competing in the most versatile driving series in the world.
The last of a 10 consecutive race week stretch, the Zloop 150 marked the return of “Batman” the Hixson Motorsports/Max Force Racing preferred down force chassis that was lost in the first of the 10 race stretch at Chicago.
Performance Vehicle Works in North Carolina spent the last few weeks working overtime to not just repair but replace the Realtor car from the rear of the roof to the back bumper. With such an extensive repair the team did not get the car back until after Salem and the thrashing was on with just 3 days to prepare for Kentucky.
“We knew we were pushing it to get Batman ready for Kentucky but it’s our best Realtor car and with 2 races left in the season we’re doing everything we can to stay in the top 10 in the Championship standings,” said Praytor. “Doug Thompson from our road crew came back to Mobile with us from Salem and we were wide open with our Mobile guys. Late Tuesday night we realized the motor and transmission in the car that we originally thought survived the wreck in Chicago didn’t.”
The Mobile crew spent Wednesday pulling out the motor and transmission while the Soddy Daisy crew prepped the new motor and the backup car, just in case. Late Wednesday early Thursday morning the Mobile crew arrived in Soddy Daisy with Batman.
On Thursday the backup motor that wasn’t 100% complete was finished and installed in the car. The team then went to work on finishing the setup and prepping the car for the Zloop 150. At 11:00 on Thursday night the trailer door was closed in Soddy Daisy and the team arrived in Kentucky at 5:30 AM on Friday morning. A couple of hours of sleep and the garage was open for a busy 1 day show.
“We rolled out of the trailer in Kentucky and had no clue what we had. Our motors usually go to the chassis dyno at Roush-Yates, this one hadn’t and the entire drive train had been replaced. Basically, the car had been taken completely apart and put back together with no laps on it and I had never turned a lap at Kentucky. We had a lot of unknowns.”
The first tentative laps on the Realtor Ford will not go down in racing history as anything other than slow, really slow. “After we shook the car down we just weren’t very good, the car wasn’t working well and I was struggling with the bumpy race track.”
Mobile’s Grant Enfigner was parked one garage over with his Team BCR group fresh off their win from Iowa. Howard Bixman Team BCR owner, or as we call him 1800CREWCHIEF stepped in to help the Scotts Rookie of the Year Candidate.
“Howard put his healing hands on our Realtor Ford and we immediately started to get better, a lot better.” Praytor’s lap times improved 5 seconds during the last half of practice. “I think if we had given Howard another hour he would have had us on the pole.”
Rain washed out qualifying and the race on Friday and the Realtor car would roll of 11th based on 2013 owner’s points on Saturday allowing the team to get some much needed rest.
The start of the Zloop 150 would be a 160 MPH dance with extremely fast cars in the back of the field that didn’t have owner’s points. “The start was interesting at best but it didn’t take long for our Realtor car to find its footing. With each lap I was able to keep pushing harder and we picked up another second over our practice times and we had a competitive racecar.”
The Realtor car dodged some serious bullets with wrecks that happened just in front of or beside Praytor. With 30 laps to go the Realtor Ford got really loose going in to turn 3, the right rear had been punctured by debris. Praytor brought the car to pit road under green and while the tire was replaced the team lost valuable laps and would finish 19th.
“Our race team over came so much this week the flat tire was a heart breaker. I know 19th doesn’t sound like a good finish but with everything that happened this week I’m really proud of our race team and their effort. Our Realtor Ford was solid and we can use what we learned at Kentucky to build for the finale in Kansas. Our goal has been the top 10 and we’re going to do everything we can to stay there.”
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Sep 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM
(CONCORD, N.C.) - Despite losing power in the final stretch of the ZLOOP™ 150, Justin Boston ensured he would not experience a total wash at Kentucky Speedway for the second consecutive day. Following a delay for over 17 hours after heavy precipitation washed out the 1.5-mile racing surface Friday night, Boston started fifth in his 20th ARCA Racing Series presented by Meanrds event, the first for ARCA at Kentucky since 2009.
Boston's eighth-place finish might not have totally been up to the standards of a driver with four top-fives in seven recent races, but it did return him to the top 10 after finishing outside that group in consecutive races for the first time in his ARCA career. "I guess you can call it a recovery, because we finished, but I'm a little disappointed in myself," said Boston, who had finished 16th at Iowa Speedway and 23rd at Salem Speedway earlier this month. "I didn't make all good decisions and I didn't put us in a good position. I feel like we should finished at least top five, and we ended up eighth. Definitely at the end there, we lost some horsepower, but I still should have been better today."
Horsepower was indeed an issue for Boston, whose No. 25 ZLOOP™ Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers Toyota sustained an unusual broken engine part late in the race. That kept him from improving his position over the final 25 laps. Before that, though, Boston had already rebounded from a minor issue once. He had trouble with the initial start of the race, falling to seventh by Lap 6. He moved back to fifth soon after that, though, and stayed there through a Lap 36 pit stop for tires, fuel, and adjustments. With fresh tires all around, Boston improved to fourth right after the Lap 40 green flag. He then moved up to third when leader Chase Elliott slowed down on the next lap.
Boston struggled at the race's halfway point, and he was back in fifth for the Lap 62 restart that would tell his story for the finish. "With this compound of tire we have here at Kentucky, it's really hard and you've got to keep it as warm as possible," he said. "I think I just screwed up on the restart, and it was compounded by having cold tires. I didn't get a good run down the backstretch and I got passed by a couple of cars. We could never find a way to get back by them." Boston fell back to seventh there. Despite Venturini Motorsports general manager and No. 25 crew chief Billy Venturini encouraging him with 30 laps left that this was "the time to go," Boston could not make the full improvement he needed.
He fell back to eighth, nearly eight seconds off the pace, at Lap 77. Teammate Erik Jones passed Boston soon after that, and Boston maintained eighth place over the final 20 laps to earn his 15th top-10 in 20 ARCA starts. With the finish, Boston gained an advantage over Mason Mingus in the Scott Rookie Challenge standings. "We gained some points, so we'll go to Kansas and try to keep the 32 behind us," he said. "I hope everything can fall into place and I can win the rookie of the year award." Mile-and-a-half tracks are one place Boston says he could use some more experience, so he's thankful that's where the October 4 ARCA season finale is scheduled.
"I can't wait, because I really think we did well at the Kansas test," said Boston, who was third fastest in that session. "I'm learning on these bumpy tracks. It's just different, because out of any races this year, I think I'm struggling most on the mile-and-a-half tracks. The more of those I get to run this year, the better I'll be next year." Corey LaJoie won the race, which finished in one hour, 12 minutes, and 33 seconds and at an average speed of 124.149 mph. Thirty-two cars started the event.
Practice for the Kansas Lottery 98.9 at Kansas Speedway will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, October 4, with qualifying following at 5:35 p.m. The 99-lap, 148.5-mile race will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m., and ARCARacing.com will present live timing and scoring of all on-track events. All listed times are Central.
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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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