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Venturini Motorsports All American and Kern County Post Race Report

October 27, 2020

Race 1                                                                                     Race 2

ARCA Menards Series West                                                  ARCA Menards Series West
NAPA Auto Parts 125                                                             NAPA ENEOS 125

All-American Speedway                                                         Kern County Raceway Park

10/23/2020                                                                               10/25/2020

 

Race Highlights:

 

·      Notching another historic double header weekend, Venturini Motorsports headed West to participate in the ARCA Menards Series West races at All-American Speedway (Roseville) and Kern County Raceway Park. (Kern).

·      Mason Diaz and the No. 25 team competed in both events, while Ryan Repko and the No. 20 team competed just at Kern. 

·      Both events had a one-hour combined practice/qualifying session for drivers to get acclimated to the track.

o   All-American – Diaz with a fast-time of 13.904 seconds paced the field tied for first, only to be moved to second by the official tiebreaker, owners points.

o   Kern County – Diaz had a fast time of 18.250 to place him third with Repko a close fifth at 18.363 seconds. 

·      Neither race was scheduled with a break for pit stops, so tire conservation and car control were vitally important to surviving until the end of each. 

·      Diaz immediately took the lead at Roseville, pacing the field for seven-laps before succumbing to second. He would stay glued to the leaders tail for most of the race, until on lap-116 when he was taken out of contention by the third-place car, effectively ending his night. He would be credited with a 12thplace finish. 

·      An incident on lap-1 at Kern would ultimately force Repko out of the race early with heaving front suspension damage. He would be credited with a 16th place finish.  Diaz, who had taken over second, was able to miss the incident and proceed on. 

·      Briefly take the lead early, Diaz once again found himself settling into the second-place spot. As things heated up, he once again found himself taking over the lead, holing it for 22-laps before finding himself in an intense battle that ensued for the remainder of the race. Diaz would bring home his Toyota Camry in second. 

·      On deck next for VMS is the ARCA Menards Series West finale at Phoenix Raceway, on Saturday, November 7th. The team will field Toyota entries for: No. 15 Drew Dollar, No. 20 Corey Heim and No. 25 Keith Rocco.  

 

 

 

Ryan Repko No. 20 Craftsman, Champion Power Equipment Toyota Camry

 

“Really unfortunate and disheartening end to our season. I felt we had a really strong Toyota Camry and my Venturini Motorsports guys worked hard to put us in a good spot for the race. Hopefully we will be able to put some things in motion during the off-season and come back next year even stronger. I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports and Toyota Racing enough for all of their support.”

 

Race 2: Start – 5                     Finish – 16                               

                        

 

Mason Diaz No. 25 Solid Rock, Mechanix Wear Toyota Camry

 

“Overall I feel like we had a solid weekend out west racing with the ARCA Menards Series West guys. We had a shot to win both races and my Venturini Motorsports crew brought me amazing Toyota’s to both races. Hate we got taken out at Roseville (All-American) but that’s racing on a bullring. Kern was another strong race for us and allowed us to end our ARCA season on a strong note.” 

 

 Race 1: Start – 2                    Finish – 12                  Laps Led – 7   

Race 2: Start – 3                     Finish – 2                    Laps Led – 23