OFFICIAL RELEASE: Concord, North Carolina (August 25, 2016) – Twenty-Five year old, Trista Stevenson will make her ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the General Tire GRABBER 100 on Sunday, September 4.
Stevenson, a native of nearby Pocahontas, Illinois, will pilot the No.15 Stevenson BP Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. A second generation driver, Stevenson’s career spans over a decade primarily racing late model super trucks and UMP Dirt Modifieds. Trista’s uncle, Steve Stevenson, is a former ARCA Series competitor with 12 series starts during the late 90’s with a career best eighth-place finish coming at Springfield in 1997.
Asked about her upcoming series debut at DuQuoin, Stevenson replied. “It’s surreal, this is a dream come true. We’ve always talked about building a car for Springfield or DuQuoin but never pulled the trigger. So when the opportunity came to drive for Venturini Motorsports we jumped at the chance.”
Stevenson, a graduate of Lynn St. James’ Women in the Winners Circle academy and former NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine participant, will replace Jake Griffin who was originally scheduled at DuQuoin but due to a scheduling conflict will miss his start. Griffin, who finished 9th behind the wheel of the No.15 at Springfield, will attempt to make the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at the Canadian Road Course race the same weekend.
“This is a big race for me. I’m excited, but realistic with my goals. I have some experience racing these heavier cars, but it’s my first time out in the ARCA series and my first ever attempt at DuQuoin. I adapt well behind the wheel and hope I can go out and run in the top-10.”
Stevenson will be paired with Tom Hessert and Ken Schrader, both running for VMS at the DuQuoin State Fairground’s dirt mile.
Raceday Schedule - Practice for the September 4 General Tire Grabber 100 is scheduled from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5:30 p.m. The 63rd General Tire GRABBER 100 will be run under the lights at 8:00 p.m. All times central, local time.
Media Coverage - The race will be tape-delayed on the American Sports Network. It will be broadcasted on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00pm ET. The race will feature live timing and scoring and live chat for all on-track activity at ARCAracing.com, as well as live flag-to-flag audio race coverage.
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, Erik Jones, William Byron, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Daniel Suarez, Brandon Jones and John Wes Townley. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.
OFFICIAL RELEASE:TOLEDO, Ohio (August 25, 2016) - ARCA to make 23rd appearance at Kentucky Speedway Friday night, Sept. 23; Open Test scheduled Sept. 20 ahead of Crosley 150 race event
The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is preparing for its annual trek to Kentucky Speedway for the Crosley 150 taking center stage on the 1.5-mile Sparta, Kentucky track Friday night, September 23.
Mitchell, Indiana rookie sensation and championship leader Chase Briscoe will lead the way to Kentucky. The driver of the No. 77 Big Tine-Cunningham Motorsports Ford has taken the series by storm, earning four consecutive wins at Winchester, Iowa, Lucas Oil and Pocono. Like most of the tracks on the ARCA Racing Series tour, Briscoe has not yet turned a lap at Kentucky.
"I've never been to Kentucky," Briscoe said. "I know it's an intermediate track...a mile-and-a-half...that's about it. I've got a few superspeedways under my belt now, but I've never raced on a mile-and-a-half track yet. I'll get to try out Chicagoland the week before, so that should help some. It'll be another first time track for me at Kentucky."
NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Reed, in a Lira Motorsports Ford, won last year's Crosley 150.
Three-time ARCA Racing Series champion Tim Steele won the inaugural ARCA race at Kentucky. From there the list of ARCA winners at Kentucky includes Ryan Newman, Frank Kimmel, Kyle Busch, Steve Wallace, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Michael McDowell, James Buescher, Corey LaJoie, Parker Kligerman, Brennan Poole and Reed to name a few.
Kimmel, the 10-time ARCA Racing Series champion, is the all-time Kentucky winner with four victories - his last win there in 2005. Kimmel, the all-time ARCA winner with 80 victories, is also the all-time lap leader at Kentucky, with 557 laps led in 12 races.
This year's Crosley 150, the 23rd ARCA race at Kentucky since the inaugural event in 2000, will serve as the show-opener for the next-night NASCAR XFINITY Series MyrtleBeach.com 300.
Open Test Tuesday, September 20 - ARCA Racing Series officials are conducting an open test at Kentucky Speedway Tuesday, September 20, with on-track testing from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with an hour break for lunch at noon. Media is invited to attend.
Raceday Schedule, September 23 - Practice for the Crosley 150 is Friday afternoon, September 23 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00, followed by Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell at 4:40. The Crosley 150 is scheduled to get the green flag just after 8:00. In addition to Live Timing and Scoring and Live Chat at arcaracing.com of all on-track activities, the Crosley 150 is live on FS2 at 8:00 p.m. eastern.
OFFICIAL RELEASE: DOVER, Del. (Aug. 19, 2016) – Dover International Speedway has started two construction projects which will add more than 500 feet of SAFER barriers around the track and increase usable space for NASCAR haulers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage.
Both projects are scheduled to be completed in time for the Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at the Monster Mile, highlighted by the first elimination race of the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship playoffs on Sunday, Oct. 2.
Facts on the recent construction:
• Approximately 500 feet of Steel And Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers will be added to the one-mile, high-banked, concrete oval. The outside wall in Turn 2, under the walkover bridge, and the outside wall of Turn 4, entering the frontstretch, will now include SAFER barriers. All of the SAFER barriers will be added to existing walls.
• The installation companies are Kent Construction of Smyrna, Del., and North Industrial Machine of Hartsville, S.C.
• A 753-foot-long concrete wall separating the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage area from the existing harness racing track is being added. The 10-foot-high wall will stretch from the Infield Media Center to the end of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, removing the grass hill between the garage area and harness track that was in place.
• The new construction will allow for additional space for each NASCAR hauler to park in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, and will create a safer environment in the area.
• The installation company is Kent Construction of Smyrna, Del.
Mike Tatoian on Improvements:
“We continue to improve our facility for all parties involved in NASCAR, including drivers, race teams and fans,” Dover International Speedway President and CEO Mike Tatoian said. “Safety is always our top priority and the added SAFER barriers will certainly benefit our competitors. The renovations in the garage will also allow us greater opportunities for space flexibility in the coming years too.”
The Sept. 30-Oct. 2 NASCAR weekend includes the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, Sept. 30, the “Drive Sober 200” presented by the Delaware Office of Highway Safety NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Oct. 1 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Oct. 2.
For tickets or more information, call (800) 441-RACE or visit DoverSpeedway.com. You can also keep up with the Monster Mile at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
About Dover Motorsports, Inc. Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival, produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice. For more information, visit www.DoverMotorsports.com.