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Landon Pembelton Joins TRD’s Venturini Motorsports ARCA Program in 2022

January 6, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the signing of 16-year old Landon Pembelton. Pembelton, who made headlines in 2021 after winning the Nation’s Premier Late Model Race at Martinsville Speedway, will compete in four ARCA races under the team’s Toyota Racing Development banner in 2022.

The Amelia County, Virginia born driver will pilot VMS’s Toyota Camry in the ARCA Menards Series at Elko Speedway, Milwaukee Mile and Toledo Speedway, as well as the Fall Phoenix event in the ARCA West Series.

“I am grateful for the opportunity with Venturini Motorsports and will make the most of the time. I am given to learn as much as I can,” said Pembelton. “Toyota and Venturini Motorsports are both proven winners in ARCA and I am excited for the challenge. I’m ready to rely on their leadership and knowledge to give me the best opportunity to succeed. I’ve got high expectations for myself. With the good equipment underneath me and knowing what I’m capable of, there’s no reason we can’t start off running top five.”

With some karting experience under his belt, yet relatively unknown within the racing community, the young Virginia driver’s interest in organized racing started in 2019. During his first year in the Limited Sportsman Division at South Boston Speedway he ran 8 races, capturing 6 top 5 finishes. The following year he won the Championship in the Virginia Racers Challenge Series which was a collaboration between Dominion Raceway and Langley Speedway.

In November of 2020, Landon participated in a non-winners race for the late model division at Dominion Speedway, he managed to capture the checkered flag in his first attempt piloting a late model stock car. Just two and a half years into the sport, he took the checkered flag in a NASCAR sanctioned points race at South Boston Speedway on August 7, 2021.

Now a high school junior, Pembelton was named the Virginia State Division I and the South East Division I Rookie of the year in 2021 and also ranked 10th in the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series National Division I Standings.

Landon Pembelton will make his first career ARCA Menards Series start in the Elko 250 at Elko Speedway on June 25. The race will be aired live on MAVTV at 9 p.m. CST.

Follow Landon on social media @Lbpem0 on Twitter and @landonpembelton0 on Facebook.

Fifteen-Year-Old Conner Jones Takes Next Step with Venturini Motorsports

January 5, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the signing of 15-year old Fredericksburg, Virginia driver, Conner Jones to a three-race schedule in 2022.

Jones, who comes to the team with the mindset of gaining experience while furthering his young career at the next level will compete in the ARCA Menards Series events at Iowa Speedway (6/11) and Salem Speedway (10/1). The high school Sophomore will also team with VMS at Dover for the ARCA Menards East race in April.

VMS, with a rich tradition of winning in the ARCA Menards Series, is well-known for their success nurturing young talented drivers with goals of reaching the highest levels of the sport. Notable past VMS 15-year old driver signings include NASCAR Cup driver Erik Jones, NASCAR driver and 2019 ARCA Menards Series Champion Christian Eckes, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Justin Haley, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Chandler Smith and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and youngest ARCA winner in history Todd Gilliland.

“It’s exciting to take the next step in ARCA with a team like Venturini Motorsports,” said Jones. “They’ve been one of the most dominant teams in ARCA for a long time. It gives me added confidence knowing I’m surrounded by a lot of successful people and racing really good equipment. I’m looking at this as an opportunity to learn as much as I can for the future. I’ll be really happy if I can go out and run top five, top ten each week.”

Starting off in the seat of a go-kart, Jones has made the early progression through the ranks learning his trade behind the wheel of Bandoleros, Legends and Late Models. Furthering his development over the last two years, Jones was successful running a healthy dose of late model event in the East at Caraway, Dominion, Hickory & South Boston speedways.

In 2021, he started the season winning two Super Pro Late Model events at New Smyrna at the World Series of Asphalt before taking on a full season in the CARS Late Model Stock Tour. His 2022 plans also include a second straight year in the CARS tour.

Follow Conner on social media @ConnerJones88 on Twitter, @ConnerJones6 on Instagram and Conner Jones Racing on Facebook.

Jonathan Shafer Joins Venturini Motorsports’ Driver Development Program for Five ARCA Events in 2022

January 4, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the signing of 16-year old driver, Jonathan Shafer to a limited five-race ARCA schedule in 2022. Ready to embark on the next step of his career, Shafer will get his first taste at the next level when he joins VMS at Iowa, Lucas Oil, Bristol and Salem in the ARCA Menards Series, along with the springtime Dover race in the ARCA East Series.

“This is such a great moment in my career. A lot of hard work has gotten me to this point,” said Shafer, the Ashland, Ohio native when asked about taking the next step in his racing career.

“I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports and Toyota enough for giving me this opportunity. I’m excited to have this chance and continue to develop as a driver. Knowing I’ll be running great equipment with a team as good as Venturini Motorsports gives me a lot of confidence going into my first start at Iowa.”

Following the typical path nowadays, Shafer began driving quarter midgets at the age of five and has methodically moved his way up the speed ranks with age. With nearly 300 feature wins along the way, the high school junior has concentrated on a heavy dose of midget racing and late models in recent years. Along with running with Toyota’s Keith Kunz Motorsports he has spent the last three seasons in the JEGS CRA Series and CARS Tour.

“I’ve gained a lot of great experience with Keith (Kunz) and his midget program along with Lee Pulliam in the CARS Tour. The last couple of years racing late models have been an important stepping stone to get me where I am today. I’m focused on continuing to get better and go out this year and do the best I can.”

Shafer will make his debut with Venturini Motorsports at Dover Int’l Speedway on April 29, 2022 in the ARCA East event. He will make his ARCA Menards Series driving debut behind the wheel of VMS’ No.15 Toyota Camry at Iowa Speedway on June 11, 2022. The race will be aired live on MAVTV.

Follow Jonathan Shafer by visiting @JShaferRacing on Twitter, @JonathanShaferRacing on Instagram and @ JonathanShaferRacing on Facebook

TRD’s Jesse Love and Corey Heim Back with Venturini Motorsports to Co-Pilot Team’s No.20 Toyota Camry for Upcoming 2022 ARCA Menards Series Season

January 3, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the return of a formidable pair of Toyota Racing Development drivers, Jesse Love and Corey Heim, who’ve been selected to co-pilot the team’s No.20 Toyota Camry for the upcoming 2022 ARCA Menard Series season.

Sharing the wheel for a championship bid, 17-year old Jesse Love will handle the lion’s share with fourteen races in command of VMS’s No.20. Love, with back-to-back ARCA Menards Series West Championships (2020 & 2021), will handle the driving duties in 14 of the 20 ARCA Menards race schedule; Phoenix, Iowa, Berlin, Elko, Mid-Ohio, Pocono, Lucas Oil, Watkins-Glen, Springfield, Milwaukee, DuQuoin, Bristol, Salem and Toledo. In addition, Love will also drive for Venturini Motorsports at Dover (ARCA East) and Phoenix (ARCA West).

Dominating the ARCA West Series over the last two years, Love, from Menlo Park, California, has strung together 14-career starts in ARCA’s premier series since 2020. Competing in a limited schedule with VMS in 2021, the West Coast teenager found victory lane in his final start of the season at Salem Speedway, marking his first career ARCA Menards Series win.

“This is a great opportunity and very exciting time in my life,” said Love. “I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot of great support over the years and it continues this year again with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports.

Last year we made some huge gains at the end of the season but I’m still learning and making the transition to the ARCA Menards Series. I feel like I’m in a great position working with crew chief Shannon Rursch and getting to lean on Corey and my spotter for more help. Winning at Salem last year was a huge confidence booster – we will build off that momentum and hopefully start the 2022 season the same way we finished last year, with a win.”

Corey Heim will take the reins for six races beginning with Daytona, Talladega, Kansas (Spring), Charlotte, Michigan and Kansas (Fall). Heim, who drove full-time for VMS in 2021, was runner-up in the series’ championship point standings, tallying six victories over twenty races.

“I’m excited to be back with Venturini Motorsports,” said Heim. “We won a lot of races last season and had a great year overall. Although the goal of winning remains the same, I’m looking forward to taking on more of a leadership role with some of the other young drivers on the team. Sharing the twenty-car with Jesse (Love) is going to be a lot of fun.”

Heim, hailing from the driver rich state of Georgia, has made 36 ARCA starts since 2019. Over the last three seasons he’s tallied 7 wins, including last year’s season opener at Daytona, 26 top-5 and 35 top-10 finishes. In addition to his 2022 ARCA efforts, Heim will also compete in the Camping World Truck Series with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

Shannon Rursch will resume his duties as crew chief for the young drivers and look to continue his success with the team in 2022.

Venturini Motorsports will begin their quest for an ARCA Menards Series Championship beginning at Daytona International Speedway in the series’ season opener Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire on Saturday, February 19. The race will air live on FS1 and Fox Sports App at 1:30pm EST.

Jesse Love Claims First Career ARCA Menards Series Win at Salem

October 3, 2021 (Concord, NC) – Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD), Jesse Love, driving Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) Mobil1 Toyota Camry, captured his first ARCA Menards Series victory, winning Saturday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPex 200 at Salem Speedway. Love’s victory handed VMS its 10th overall win at Salem and the team’s 79th all-time in ARCA Menards Series competition.

Love, the defending ARCA Menards Series West Champion and the current West Series points leader, powered past Ty Gibbs late in the race and held on for the final 45-laps to claim his first national ARCA Menards Series win in his 15th series start dating back to last year.

“After (the pass), it was ‘run like heck,’” Love said of the final 40-laps. “I did all I could to keep (Gibbs) behind me. Ty’s one of the best right now, and it feels good to beat him.

“We weren’t quite the best in the beginning, but at the end of the race we were the best car on the race track.  I can’t thank Toyota and VMS enough for giving me this opportunity.  We’ve run strong all season.  It’s great to finally get into victory lane.”

VMS’ Gracie Trotter driving her No.25 Calico Coatings Toyota finished 5th, earning her second top-5 of the season, while relinquishing championship hopes, Corey Heim (No. 20 Craftsman Toyota) finished seventh.

The ARCA Menards Series season finale at Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 23, is scheduled to take the green flag at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET. The Reese’s 150 will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

Corey Heim Aiming for Dirt Sweep; Jesse Love and Toni Breidinger Bring Experience to DuQuoin State Fairgrounds

September 3, 2021 (Concord, NC) – For the second time in three weeks the ARCA Menards Series returns to dirt racing for Sunday’s Southern Illinois 100 presented by Lucas Oil under the lights at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds. The Labor Day weekend tradition marks the series 17th event of the season.

Located in the southern part of Illinois, about 90-miles southeast of St. Louis, the track appropriately nicknamed the “Magic Mile” is one of the two one-mile clay ovals remaining on the ARCA Menards Series schedule.  The other, the Springfield Mile at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, is located 150 miles north on Interstate 55.

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) returns to the dirt with the identical driver lineup presented last month at Springfield, led by six-time season winner Corey Heim (No.20 Craftsman Toyota), Jesse Love (No.15 Mobil 1 Toyota) and Toni Breidinger (No.25 HairClub Toyota).

Hoping to create some magic of his own and complete the 2021 dirt sweep, Corey Heim looks to rebound from a disappointing sixth place finish last week at the Milwaukee Mile. After dominating the race at Springfield, Heim struggled to find his groove as on-track rival Ty Gibbs walked away with the win at Milwaukee, breaking the tie atop the championship leader board.

Facing the largest points deficit (-11) in the series point standings all season long, Heim and Gibbs will be the focal point come Sunday night as the season ticks down with only four races remaining.  Hanging on every lap the remainder of the season, Heim, unshaken, will take the same approach he has for every race – rely on the strength of his team and focus his attention outside the front of his windshield.

Jesse Love still looking to break out in ARCA’s premier series will make his third consecutive start at eighth overall on the season behind the wheel of his VMS prepared Toyota.  Love scored a fifth place finish on the Springfield dirt three weeks ago while finishing seventh last week at Milwaukee.  Still honing his skill, the 16-year old driver from California has completed all 1,200 laps in ARCA competition on the season.

Coming off back-to-back top-10 finishes since joining VMS mid-season, Toni Breindinger is counting on her Springfield experience to continue her recent surge.  Credited as the United States Automobile Club’s (USAC) all-time winningest female driver with 19 victories, Breidinger has three top-10 finishes in eleven ARCA Menards Series starts since 2018.

The Southern Illinois 100 from the Illinois State Fairgrounds will broadcast live Sunday, September 5 on MAVTV starting at 8:00 p.m. CT with a live stream available on NBC’s TrackPass.

HairClub Shows Support for Women in Male-Dominated Sport with New NASCAR Athlete Partnership

Charlotte, NC (September 01, 2021) – In recognition of women in sports, especially those that are male-dominated, hair loss solutions company HairClub has partnered with Arab – American female NASCAR driver Toni Breidinger for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Breidinger is the first Arab-American female driver to have participated in a NASCAR national series and currently drives the #25 car for Venturini Motorsports, a Toyota Racing Development team. Women, let alone women of color, are drastically underrepresented and underfunded in professional sports, and Breidinger breaks through these barriers rooted in gender and ethnic inequalities in the fast lane.

“Gaining confidence in yourself is so important, especially as a driver,” said Breidinger. “Building up your self-confidence can be life changing. It’s something I’ve been working on in myself and that I hope to help other women with as well. Partnering with HairClub is a perfect match for that goal and together I believe we can really make an impact.”

Breidinger will be driving #25 HairClub Toyota Camry this weekend for the NASCA’s ARCA Mendards Southern Illinois 100 race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

Breidinger was a natural partner for HairClub as her success as a NASCAR racer fulfills much more than her goals as an athlete. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, over 75% of working women feel that sports help enhance their self-image. HairClub aims to accomplish the same goal. Transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands through hair regrowth, replacement, and restoration, both Breidinger and HairClub believe in the value of self-confidence.

“We’re honored to partner with an athlete as talented as Toni,” said Mike Nassar, President & CEO of HairClub. “We applaud her determination to defy the odds in NASCAR while continuing to stand by her values and roots, which align with our own. We’re always looking to identify changemakers that best represent HairClub’s core values and will continue to do that with partnerships to come.”

Empowered women like Breidinger empower other women. Her partnership with HairClub allows the hair loss solution company to redefine what it means to support women. HairClub’s hair loss solutions, for women in particular, go far beyond enhancing cosmetic image. The results that HairClub clients experience lift them up and empower them to be their best selves. This partnership is another step in HairClub’s commitment in working with likeminded brands and changemakers that promote self-confidence and female achievement.

About HairClub

Founded in 1976, HairClub is North America’s number one provider of total hair loss solutions. For more than 40 years, Hair Club has helped hundreds of thousands restore, replace and regrow their hair and transform their lives. Today, HairClub has nearly 120 locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Aderans Co. Ltd., the world’s leading provider of total hair loss solutions.

VMS’ Corey Heim, Jesse Love and Gracie Trotter with a Chance to Make Dreams Come True in ARCA’s Return to the Milwaukee Mile

August 26, 2021 (Concord, NC) – The ARCA Menards Series returns to the Milwaukee Mile for the first time since 2007 for the running of Sunday’s highly anticipated Sprecher 150. Located on the outskirts of the city of Milwaukee, in West Allis, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Mile is the world’s oldest operating race track dating back to 1903.

Over the years, the historic track has played host to CART, INDY CAR, NASCAR, ARCA, USAC and other racing series.  ARCA has appeared at the Wisconsin track five times since 1985 and is a driver and fan favorite alike.

Schlemeil! Schlimazel!, racing the Milwaukee Mile…. this week looking to hand their Venturini Motorsports’ team it’s 80th all-time ARCA win, is a cast of characters featuring Corey (Shirley) Heim, Jesse (Laverne) Love and Gracie (Squiggy) Trotter.

Check out the Milwaukee Mile Hype Video

Never hearing the word impossible, Corey Heim (No.20 Craftsman Toyota), with a SHOTZ at the 2021 ARCA Championship, continued to make his dreams come true winning last weekend at Springfield and pulling even with on-track rival Ty Gibbs atop the leaderboard.

Heim, with six wins on the year, is in the midst of putting together a magical season.  Boasting a remarkable 2.3 finishing average after fifteen races, the 18-year old driver has all series laps compiling 14 top-5’s, three pole positions and 415 laps led three quarters through the season.

Doing it his way with his California Swagger, Jesse Love (No.15 Mobil 1 Toyota) is coming off of a fifth place finish on the dirt at Springfield.  The 16-year old TRD driver prospect with a high ceiling, looks to continue honing his skills this season driving both the ARCA Menards Series and ARCA West Series.  At the age of 15, Love took home the 2020 ARCA West Championship.

Straight ahead and on the track this week at Milwaukee, Gracie Trotter (No.25 Calico Toyota) slides back into the seat for her eighth start of the season with Venturini Motorsports.  Moving from late models to the ARCA series, the North Carolina driver is gaining valuable experience.  Posting a season best third-place finish at Elko Speedway, Trotter became the first female driver in history to win an ARCA sanctioned event after capturing the checkered flag in 2020 during the ARCA West race at the Bullring in Las Vegas.

On their mark, set, and ready to go, the ARCA Menards Series Sprecher 150 from the Milwaukee Mile will air live on MAVTV Sunday, August 29 at 2pm CT with a live stream available on NBC’s TrackPass.

Corey Heim Dominates Springfield Winning Sixth Race of Season

August 23, 2021 (Concord, NC) – It was ‘Heim-Time’ Sunday afternoon at Springfield as Venturini Motorsports’ Corey Heim dominated the ARCA Menards Series event at the Illinois State Fairgrounds picking up his sixth win on the 2021 season and matching Ty Gibbs in the Championship point standings.

“Can’t thank my Venturini Motorsports team enough for battling back today,” Heim said.  “I know we kind of got behind at one point, but I felt good about my Craftsman Toyota all day and just wanted to bring it home in first.”

Heim’s victory handed VMS their fifth team win at Springfield since 2014 and their 78th overall all-time in the ARCA Series.

Starting from the pole position, Heim was on cruise control leading 86 of 100 laps.  His only challenge of the day occurred on lap-73 when he caught a lap car in turns 3 and 4 and made contact to the rear bumper attempting to navigate his way around the slower car.  Momentarily slowed and moved back to third place on the ensuing green flag, Heim would get his spot back after chasing back down the leaders.

Teammates Jesse Love (No.15 Mobil 1 Toyota) and Toni Breidinger (No.25 Free People’s FP Movement Toyota) turned in respectable finishes with Love earning a fifth place finish while Breidinger scored her second consecutive top-10 with a seventh place effort.  Love’s Springfield outing came less than 24-hours after winning the ARCA West race at Irwindale Speedway in California.  After completing his media responsibilities late Saturday night, the 16-year old driver flew to Chicago and arrived at the Springfield track within minutes of taking the track for practice.

Staying with the Midwest theme the ARCA Menards Series will be back at it Sunday, August 29 for the Sprecher 150 at the Milwaukee Mile.  The race will air on MAVTV beginning at 2pm CT.

ARCA Menards Series and the Greatest Stock Car Show on Dirt Return to the Illinois State Fairgrounds for Sunday Feature

August 21, 2021 (Springfield, IL) – An ARCA racing tradition like no other! On Sunday, the ARCA Menards Series will make its triumphed return to the Illinois State Fairground’s historic dirt mile for the running of the 33rd annual Allen Crowe 100.

If Ferris wheels, roasted sweet corn and dirt are your thing, Springfield is your racing destination dream come true. On the final day of the Illinois State Fair, fairgoers and race fans will be treated to one of the most exciting ARCA events of the year.  Opened in 1863, the Springfield Mile track has played host to competitive motorsports since 1910. A must see event, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of watching the power behind a 3,400-pound ARCA car slipping, sliding and slinging dirt as they pace the clay oval.

Proud to be a part of Springfield’s rich history, Venturini Motorsports has fielded winning cars on the dirt mile for Brennan Poole ’13, Kevin Swindell ‘14, Christian Eckes ’18 and Michael Self ’19.  This year brings a new crop of VMS drivers to test their fate on the “World’s Fastest Dirt-Mile” with Corey Heim, Jesse Love and Toni Breindinger riding the team’s carousel of Toyota’s.

Championship contender Corey Heim (No.20 Craftsman Toyota) will make his second career start at Springfield hoping to top his 2019 seventh place finish.  Going into the weekend which will feature two races (Michigan Int’l Speedway & Springfield) in three days, Heim trails Ty Gibbs by a slim 3-points in the overall driver standings.

Pulling a ARCA Series double on back-to-back nights, Jessie Love (No.15 Mobil1 Toyota) will attempt to pull off an ARCA West race in California Saturday night before catching a red eye flight to Chicago before making an early morning trek down to Springfield by car for the early afternoon ARCA Menards Series race.  Love is scheduled to make his first career start on Springfield’s magic mile.

Toni Breidninger (No.25 Free People’s FP Movement Toyota), will make her second start of the season with Venturini Motorsports after earning a top-10 finish last month at Winchester.  Breidinger, no stranger to dirt, is the United States Automobile Club’s (USAC) all-time winningest female driver with 19 victories.  This will be her tenth career ARCA Menards Series start and first at Springfield in a stock car.

The Allen Crowe 100 from Illinois State Fairgrounds will broadcast live on MAVTV starting at 1:30 p.m. CT with a live stream available on NBC’s TrackPass.