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Venturini Motorsports Seeks Eighth Victory of ’18 in ARCA’s Return to Indianapolis

October 1, 2018
Venturini Motorsports Seeks Eighth Victory of ’18 in ARCA’s Return to Indianapolis


Concord, North Carolina (October 1, 2018) – Originally scheduled last month but postponed due to rain, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will make its second to last stop on tour at the Lucas Oil Raceway for the Shore Lunch 200 on Saturday October 6.

Closing in on one another successful season, Venturini Motorsports (VMS) returns to action seeking their eighth victory of the season. Tallying seven victories on the year, including three of the last four series’ events, VMS is poised for more success. Matching their season win total with seven General Tire pole awards, the long-time ARCA team has led 1,212 of 2,426 laps throughout 18 series events.

Looking to continue their success at the final short track event of the season VMS will unload a formidable driver lineup led by Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, Natalie Decker and Michael Self.

Christian Eckes (No.15 JBL Audio Toyota) – Two-time series winner this year, Christian Eckes, 17, will make his lucky 13th and final ARCA appearance of the season at Lucas Oil Raceway. Driving a selective tour schedule in 2018, Eckes is coming off a top-10 finish in his last attempt at Salem Speedway. Already with two victories and a General Tire pole award, Eckes looks to add to his career series stats. In 26 series starts the New York state native has tallied nine top-5’s and 17 top-10’s – with 510 laps led.

Chandler Smith (No.20 Craftsman Toyota) – ARCA’s most recent winner, Chandler Smith, 16, will make his Lucas Oil Raceway track debut and ninth career start of his young ARCA career. With season victories at Madison Int’l Speedway and Salem Speedway, Smith, is one of the most prolific drivers to enter the series in recent years. Starting his ARCA career with a record setting four consecutive General Tire pole awards, the Talking Rock, GA native leads all current drivers with an astounding 763-laps lead – nearly 50% of all eligible laps on the season. In eight series starts the high school junior has recorded two wins, four pole positions, five top-5’s and 8 top-10’s. Saturday night’s event will be Smith’s final ARCA event of the season.

Natalie Decker (No.25 N29 Capital Partners Toyota) – Sitting Seventh in the ARCA Series driver point standings, full-time driver Natalie Decker, 21, will make her first ever appearance at the famed Lucas Oil Raceway outside Indianapolis. Winning the General Tire pole award in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, the Eagle River, Wisconsin native is coming off her eighth top-10 of the season in her last attempt at Salem Speedway. In 25 career series starts since 2017, the popular driver has accumulated two top-5’s and 10 top 10 finishes.

Michael Self (No.55 Sinclair Oil Toyota) – Three-time series winner, Michael Self, 27, will make his ninth start of the season and eighteenth of his career in Saturday night’s ARCA event at Lucas Oil Raceway. The Park City, UT native picked up his biggest victory of his career in the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Also winning at Chicagoland back in June, he earned his first career General Tire Pole Award earlier in the season at Talladega Superspeedway. Since making his series debut with Venturini Motorsports in 2014, the talented driver has notched 10 top-5’s and 10 top 10’s. Self finished second in his only other appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Rain washed out the original date for the Shore Lunch 200 on September 7. With no practice or qualifying held that day, when the teams return on October 6, they will get 90 minutes of practice at 2 pm ET, with General Tire Pole Qualifying slated for 4:15 pm ET. The race will go green shortly after 7 pm ET.