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TOLEDO SPEEDWAY POST RACE REPORT

September 14, 2020

ARCA Menards Series / ARCA Menards Series East                                                  
Royal Truck & Trailer 200                                                      

Toledo Speedway                                                                   

September 12, 2020                                                                           

 

Race Highlights:

 

·      Saturday’s Royal Truck & Trailer 200 was the 145h race of the 2020 ARCA Menards Series season and fourth of the ARCA Menards Series East season.  

·      Venturini Motorsports (VMS) fielded four Toyota Camry’s for the combination race: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Chandler Smith, No. 25 Michael Self and No. 25E Mason Diaz

·      Holding a 45-miniute practice session, Self paced the group in fourth, followed by Smith in fifth, Diaz in eighth and Dollar in ninth. 

·      General Tire Pole Qualifying allowed each driver two timed laps around the half-mile facility. Smith posted the second fastest time, followed by Self in eighth, Dollar in 10th and Diaz 12th.

·      Green flag in the air and all four VMS entries immediately were on the move forward. Smith took the lead by lap-two, while the duo of Dollar and Self headed towards the top-five and Diaz cracked into the top-10. 

·      Utilizing the first break on lap-75 everyone came to pit road for tires, fuel and a round of adjustments. 

·      Shortly after the restart, a competitor got underneath Dollar entering turn three and sent him hard into the outside wall, ending his day early on lap-87.

·      After another round of pit stops on lap-150, the race would go green through the end. 

·      Self, having already overcome an incident earlier, where a competitor sent both of them sideways in turn-two, was once again the victim on lap-150 when he was sent into the outside wall of turn-three, this time receiving heavy damage. 

·      With the checkered flag waving Smith came home second, Self seventh, Diaz ninth and Dollar 15th

·      On deck next for VMS is the ARCA Menards Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway, on Thursday, September 17th. The race will be another combination race between the ARCA and ARCA East Series. VMS will field Toyota entries for: Drew Dollar, Chandler Smith, Michael Self and Mason Diaz. 

 

 

 

Drew Dollar No. 15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota Camry

 

“Another rough race for us at Toledo Speedway Our Sunbelt Rentals Camry was the best short track car we’ve had all year until we ultimately got taken out by someone else’s mistake on track. Bad results, but I think we learned some things as a team that we can build on. We’ll battle back and head to Bristol (Motor Speedway).” 

                         

Start – 10                    Finish – 15                  Points – 4th   

 

 

 

Chandler Smith No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry

 

“Really thought we had the Toyota Camry to beat Saturday, but we just got too loose on the long runs. My JBL Venturini Motorsports guys gave me another solid piece.”

 

Start – 2                      Finish – 2                    

              

                        

 

Michael Self No. 25 Sinclair Oil, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry

 

“Not the day we were hoping for in Toledo (Speedway). We had decent speed in practice, but overall lacked on handling during the race. The adjustments my guys made were good and helped but we we’re off just a bit. Hopefully we can rebound strong at Bristol (Motor Speedway) this week and put our Sinclair Oil Camry back up front.” 

             

Start – 8                      Finish – 7                    Points – 2nd

 

 

 Mason Diaz No. 25E Craftsman Toyota Camry

 

“Not the finish we wanted this weekend at Toledo Speedway. My Craftsman Toyota crew worked their butts off all day, but we just couldn’t get the handling where we needed it. Looking forward to moving on to Bristol (Motor Speedway) this week and rebounding strong.” 

 

Start – 12                    Finish – 9                    Points – 6th  

 

 

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About Venturini Motorsports

With over 65 victories, the 2019 ARCA Menards Series champions, Venturini Motorsports, are an official Toyota Racing Development team, and have been a permanent fixture in the ARCA Menards Series since 1983 and are considered one of the early pioneers in NASCAR driver development programs. 

Since Joey Logano, the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup champion, raced for the team in 2007, VMS has gone onto assist many of the sports’ top driver prospects in pursuit of making it to the highest levels of stock car racing. 

The growing list of drivers racing today in one of NASCAR’s top-three touring series include current Toyota drivers Erik Jones, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes, Chandler Smith, Brandon Jones, Todd Gilliland, Brennan Poole, Ryan Reed and Natalie Decker. VMS Alumni also include Joey Logano, William Byron, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Bubba Wallace, Matt Tifft, Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Justin Haley.