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5-Time ARCA Winner Brennan Poole Back at Pocono; City of Peace Films, The Identical Movie Expands Venturini Team Sponsorship Role

July 28, 2014
5-Time ARCA Winner Brennan Poole Back at Pocono; City of Peace Films, The Identical Movie Expands Venturini Team Sponsorship Role

Brennan Poole will drive the No. 66 The Identical Movie Toyota prepared by Venturini Motorsports

Concord, NC (July 28, 2014) – Sidelined for most of the last two seasons due to sponsorship woes, 5-time ARCA winner Brennan Poole is set to make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards return on Friday, August 1st, at Pocono Raceway.

Brennan Poole, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, will make his first series start since 2013 driving the Venturini Motorsports (VMS) prepared No.66 The Identical Movie Toyota in Friday’s ARCA ModSpace 125. In addition the team announced today that Poole will drive at Madison International Speedway on August 24th and both ARCA dirt races at Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield) (8/17) and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (9/1). Poole holds the qualifying record at Pocono at 173.554 mph set in 2012.

“I can't thank Venturini Motorsports, So Good! Entertainment and everybody on The Identical project enough. I'm truly blessed to have this opportunity,” said Poole. “Our team has ran very well at all four tracks and we are determined to build upon those successes. We want to bring home four trophies for the mantle.”

Earlier in the month, City of Peace Films and So Good! Entertainment entered into a strategic partnership with VMS to promote the upcoming September 5th nationwide release of the film The Identical, starring Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Ray Liotta, Joe Pantoliano and lead singer Blake Rayne. This multi-tiered marketing plan utilizes VMS’s team strength to promote the feature film across several of the team cars and drivers including John Wes Townley, who’s been carrying The Identical movie graphics on both his ARCA and NASCAR Nationwide Zaxby’s cars since Chicagoland Speedway.

In addition to on-track activation, actor Blake Rayne will showcase his singing talent promoting The Identical movie soundtrack by headlining the ARCA Racing Summer Concert Series in a multitude of pre-race concerts which are co-produced by Tom Venturini (VMS) and Nashville-based, So Good! Entertainment. Rayne, the lead actor in The Identical movie, performed many of the movie’s 20-plus original songs, which were produced and co-written by Motown legend, Jerry Marcellino. During his famed career, Marcellino has composed and produced songs for Grammy-winning icons such as Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Eddie Money, Thelma Houston, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons and Bobby Darin, to name a few of his credits.

Following Pocono, teammates John Wes Townley, Justin Boston and Brennan Poole will join Blake Rayne in Charlotte for a three-day music video shoot for “Be-Boppin Baby,” one of the featured songs in the film. The video will be shot on location at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Zaxby’s restaurant located near IKEA Drive.

Although Poole hasn't driven since last season, the 23-year old driver has been instrumental in VMS’s success serving as consultant, driver coach and spotter for many of the team’s current and former drivers. But when he does drive, he is exceptionally skilled behind the wheel. In addition to earning the Hoosier Superspeedway Championship in 2012, he also finished a career-best third in championship points in 2012, his only full season in ARCA. Poole also has five wins including in his career-first start at Salem in 2011. He also won at Michigan Int’l Speedway (2013), Springfield dirt mile (2013), Elko Speedway (2012) and Pocono (2012). In 28 career ARCA starts, all with VMS, he has 14 top-five finishes and 22 top-10s and four pole awards. He has led 584 laps overall in 12 races.

The ARCA ModSpace 125 from Pocono Raceway will air live Friday, August 1st on Fox Sports 1 at 5pm EST.

About The Identical
The Identical tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50's rock ‘n' roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent's vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path - performing the legendary music of Drexel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers’ destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he's ever believed about God, family and his own identity.

The Identical is a City of Peace Films production featuring the talents of three generations of the Marcellino family from Nashville, TN: Grandson Dustin Marcellino is making his directorial debut, Grandfather Jerry Marcellino co-wrote the 20 plus original songs with his son,Yochanan, who is the founder of City of Peace Films. Yochanan Marcellino and Don Noes are the two men who propelled the movie to the big screen by raising the production funding and the film's marketing budget. The movie will be distributed by Freestyle Releasing and will be opening nationwide on September 5th.

STARRING: Erin Cottrell, Amanda Crew, Brian Geraghty, Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta

DIRECTED BY: Dustin Marcellino

PRODUCED BY: Mark G. Mathis, Yochanan Marcellino, Matthew Dean Russell

Featuring over 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino including: “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight”.

About City of Peace Films
City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films includes, but is not limited to, the following list of creative services: major physical and digital distribution, record production, artist management, artist development, music publishing, song development, art direction, graphic design, website development, music video production, film production and film development. City of Peace Media also consults in the following strategic areas: marketing plan development, public relations planning, radio promotion, publicity, advertising, touring and name branding.

The primary focus of City of Peace Media and City of Peace Films is to provide a framework where music, films and video with “redeeming value” can be developed, produced and distributed worldwide, bringing a message of hope, love and encouragement to this generation.

About So Good! Entertainment
Founded in Nashville Tennessee in 2009, So Good! Entertainment is an integrated entertainment marketing company specializing in the innovation and activation of marketing strategy for musical artists, athletes, and corporate clients across the nation. The creation of Jeff Goodwin and Suzzane Skinner, SGE is a company that has a combined 50+ years of experience in the racing and entertainment industries with clients like CMA, CMT, Folgers, Lays, Zaxby's, ZLOOP, Venturini Motorsports and NASCAR.

One of their longest and deepest relationships has been their successful partnership with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA and NASCAR Racing Series. Originally helping merge sponsors with talented young drivers, the two have successfully brought music to the track with four years of pre-race concerts and on-vehicle promotion and activation. With bands like Colt Ford, Buddy Jewel, the CJ Solar Band, Jaclyn North, The Truth, and Lucy Angel, So Good! has opened up the world of racing to the promotion and success of musical marketing. Nowhere is this more evident than in their latest joint venture with The Identical Project. The Identical is a full-length, award-winning feature film set to hit theaters September 5th and stars Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta and singer Blake Rayne. The powerful combination of Venturini and SGE have been entrusted with promoting the multi-million dollar film and its' soundtrack with the "Identical Band Racing Concert Series " leading up to the film’s release.

With its' solid commitment to the added value of music in racing, So Good! Entertainment is the leader in innovative and customized marketing partnership on a national level.