Author: Emily Venturini


July 5, 2022 (Concord, N.C.) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today that NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver, John Hunter Nemechek, will join VMS in the ARCA Menards Series at Mid-Ohio on Friday, July 8.

The 25-year-old from Mooresville, NC will pilot the No.55 Mobil 1 Toyota Camry, with team owner and seasoned crew chief Billy Venturini atop the pit box.

“Working with TRD opens the availability for us to work with some incredible young drivers,” said Billy. “He’s more experienced than most of the drivers when I get them. It’s a privilege to have John Hunter be a part of Venturini Motorsports and hopefully we can bring home the win for Toyota.”

Nemechek, a Toyota Racing Development driver, currently competes full-time in the NCWTS for Kyle Busch Motorsports. Nemechek will be pulling double-duty at Mid-Ohio running the ARCA race on Friday, July 8 and the NCWTS race on Saturday, July 9th.

“I’m looking forward to running Mid-Ohio this weekend with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports, with Mobil 1 on board,” said John Hunter. “Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite road courses to go to and being able to run two races there this weekend and get extra laps before the truck race is very valuable and a huge opportunity. Ready to go chase a couple checkered flags this weekend.”

Only 14 races into the 2022 NCWTS season, Nemechek has scored six Top 5 finishes and ten Top 10 finishes. In the two road courses they have traveled to, Nemechek finished 2nd at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) and 8th at Sonoma recently. In 2021, he averaged a finish of (6.23) throughout the season.

Setting his sights on becoming a NASCAR Truck Series Champion, the second-generation driver has made 138 starts in the NCWTS, 61 starts in the Xfinity Series and 39 starts in the Cup Series. In 2021, Nemechek made it all the way to the Championship 4. However, after some unfortunate damage on the opening lap of the Championship race, he finished third that night. That won’t stop him from chasing it down in 2022.

John Hunter Nemechek will make his ARCA Menards Series debut in the Dawn 150 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on July 8. The premier series event will air live on FS1 beginning at 5 p.m. E.T. Follow Nemechek on social media on Instagram @jhnemechek, Twitter @JHNemechek and Facebook @JohnHunterNemechek.

Gus Dean Adds Kansas Speedway to Venturini Motorsports ARCA Schedule

CONCORD, N.C.: Two-time ARCA Menards Series winner Gus Dean (@gusdean) has added next Saturday afternoon’s Dutch Boy 150 race to his Venturini Motorsports 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule.

Dean, a native of Bluffton, S.C. returned to the ARCA Menards Series after a two-year hiatus and has delivered two top-five finishes aboard the No. 55 Dean Custom Air Toyota Camry at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and the series’ most recent race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on April 23.

Despite missing the series’ second race of the year at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway, he is seventh in the championship standings.

Dean will pilot the No. 15 Mobil 1 Toyota Camry with Kevin Reed Sr. serving as crew chief.

“I’m very thankful to add this race with Venturini Motorsports,” said Dean. “Everyone at Venturini Motorsports has certainly been great to work with and we’ve enjoyed some strong runs in our two races together. Our goal at Kansas though is to win.”

“Anything less than a win would be a disappointment.”

The popular ARCA driver has four prior ARCA Menards Series starts at the 1.5-mile track with a top-10 finish in his last visit during the 2019 ARCA Menards Series season finale.

“I like Kansas Speedway, but I don’t have the finishes to show that,” added Dean. “Hopefully, we can change that with our No. 15 Mobil 1 Toyota Camry and build our notebook for my next planned ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway in August.”

The 27-year-old South Carolinian is amid a busy 2022 season combining of ARCA, Late Models, Mud Truck Racing and a hopeful sporadic appearance or two in one of NASCAR’s National Series.

“With no championship on the line for me this season, it’s about having fun,” sounded Dean. “Whether that’s competing with Venturini Motorsports in ARCA, DLP Motorsports in Late Model competition or the other racing endeavors we have planned for this season.

“We’re working hard behind the scenes to get back to a full-time status hopefully in 2023.”

In addition to Mobil 1, Dean Custom Air, Folds of Honor, Kick Industries and WileyX will serve as associate marketing partners for Dean’s 58th career ARCA start.

For more on Gus Dean, please visit, like him on Facebook (Gus Dean Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@GusDean).

The Dutch Boy 150 (100 laps | 150 miles) is the fourth of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. A combined practice and qualifying session begins on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) managing the radio waves beginning at 1:00 p.m. will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (CT).



Sixteen-Year-Old Jake Finch Joins Venturini Motorsports for Select Races in 2022

April 25, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the signing of 16-year-old driver, Jake Finch to a two-race ARCA schedule in 2022.

Finch, who comes to VMS ready to learn and gain experience, will pilot the No.25 Toyota Camry at Dover Motor Speedway this Friday, April 29 for the ARCA East race. Finch will also pilot the No.55 Toyota Camry at Pocono Raceway on July 22 for the ARCA Menards event.

“I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to race in the ARCA Menards Series for Venturini Motorsports,” said Finch. “Both Pocono and Dover are unique and historic, fast racetracks, and it’ll be a cool experience and challenge for me as I learn at some new places.”

Finch, son of former NASCAR Cup Series & Xfinity Series team owner James Finch, has experienced stock-car racing since he was seven years old.

The Lynn Haven, Florida native just recently made his debut in the ARCA East series at his home track of Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, FL scoring a top-ten finish in the Pensacola 200. In 2021, Finch also captured the Outlaw division track Championship at Five Flags Speedway.

“Hopefully we’re not just able to run all the laps but also run competitively with the great equipment the VMS team brings to the racetrack,” said Finch in anticipation of his upcoming races with the team.

Follow Jake on social media @jamessfinch on Twitter & Instagram.

Tune in to watch the General Tire 125 at Dover Motor Speedway on Friday April 29 @ 5:30pm EST live on Flo Racing.

Gus Dean Hunts Second ARCA Talladega Triumph with Venturini Motorsports

TALLADEGA, Ala.: Gus Dean is hunting in Saturday afternoon’s General Tire 200 at Talladega
(Ala.) Superspeedway.

The Bluffton, S.C. native is trophy hunting that is as the Venturini Motorsports driver returns to the 2.66-mile superspeedway for the first time in ARCA competition in two years looking to rekindle the magic he showcased in 2016 when he scored his first career ARCA Menards Series victory in an upset victory in just his second series start.

A lot has transpired for Dean since that defining moment in his career nearly six years ago, but the feelings and the emotions of his Talladega triumph feel as if the win was yesterday.“I’m super excited to get back to Talladega Superspeedway,” said Dean. “It’s one of my favorite race tracks on this earth. It’s very special to me and my family and I’d like nothing more than to do that again with Venturini Motorsports on Saturday.”

The third ARCA Menards Series race of the season will mark Dean’s second race with the potent Venturini Motorsports and with a top-five finish in their debut together two months ago at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Dean is looking to build on that momentum in his sixth trip to the famed-Alabama facility.

“I can’t thank Venturini Motorsports enough for everything they are doing,” explained Dean. “As we mentioned before Daytona, we have been trying to work together for a couple of years and I’m glad that the stars finally aligned.”

“Daytona was good. It was nice to finish my first ever race there. The Venturini Motorsports team brought me a race-winning No. 55 Dean Custom Air Toyota Camry, but we were run over by another car under the yellow and it caused some damage and we had to pit and rally from the back.”

“We were able to fight back to inside the top-five on the last lap, but just ran out of laps. Hopefully, we can have a mistake-free day on Saturday and return to Victory Lane.”

Talladega has proven to be one of Dean’s best race tracks in ARCA competition. In five starts, he has one win, three top-10s and five top-16 finishes. With an average finish of 8.8, the Late Model standout is eager to approve that statistic in his second ARCA start of the season.

“I’ve always run well at Talladega and I hope that trend continues this weekend,” added Dean. “I had a really good car the last time I competed in 2020 but unfortunately had an electrical issue and it doomed our chances of a victory.

“We’re bringing the same No. 55 Dean Custom Air Toyota Camry that we raced at Daytona and I know what that car is capable of and I just look forward to a fun 76 laps of working with my teammates and getting my first win of the season.”

With just practice on deck and his starting position set by 2021 owner points, Dean knows he does not have the best starting position, but he also knows he’ll have a car capable of getting him to the front.

“Patience is going to be super important on Saturday, especially at the start of the race,” Dean explained. “There are some really good cars starting mid-pack or towards the rear of the field and its going to take some patience and just using our heads to negotiate the traffic and then setting yourself up after the modified pit stop.

“Our Venturini Motorsports cars ran well together at Daytona in February and I’d know we can do it again, so I’ll try to get to the front as quickly and safely as possible and hope that we can settle it amongst ourselves for the win. We will just see what happens.”

In addition to Talladega, Dean will return to ARCA competition with Venturini Motorsports at Michigan International Speedway in August.

The 27-year-old South Carolinian is poised to have a busy 2022 season between ARCA, Late Models, Mud Truck Racing and a hopeful sporadic appearance or two in one of NASCAR’s National Series.

“With no championship on the line for me this season, it’s about having fun,” sounded Dean. “Whether that’s competing with Venturini Motorsports in ARCA, DLP Motorsports in Late Model competition or the other racing endeavors we have planned for this season. Of course, the urge to still compete full-time is there, but it takes marketing partners and a lot of financial commitment to make it happen.

“Until we can hopefully put ourselves back into that position again, we’ll take the path that has been laid out before me and make the most of it.”

In addition to Dean Custom Air, Folds of Honor, Kick Industries, TOSOT and WileyX will serve as associate marketing partners for Dean’s 57th career ARCA start.

For more on Gus Dean, please visit, like him on Facebook (Gus Dean Racing) and follow him on Instagram (@GusDean) and Twitter (@GusDean).

The General Tire 200 (76 laps | 200 miles) is the third of 20 races on the 2022 ARCA Menards Series schedule. Group practice begins on Fri. April 22 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The series won’t host qualifying, setting the field by 2021 ARCA car owner standings. The 60th ARCA race from Talladega is set to take the green flag on Saturday, April 23 shortly after 12:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) with the Motor Racing Network (MRN) handling the radio waves. will also stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities. All times are local (CT).


–Gus Dean PR.

Women’s Sports Foundation and First Arab-American driver of NASCAR Toni Breidinger Form Partnership to Raise Awareness in Gender Equality in Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. –As the first female Arab-American driver of NASCAR and a Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) Athlete Ambassador, Toni Breidinger is raising awareness of the importance of gender equality in sports. Breidinger will race the No. 25 Women’s Sports Foundation Toyota Camry at NASCAR’s ARCA Menards Series General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 23rd.

Breidinger races full-time in NASCAR’s ARCA series for Venturini Motorsports, a Toyota Racing Development Team. “Teaming up with WSF for a race at a historic track like Talladega stands for everything that I believe in when it comes to supporting women in sports,” said 22 year-old Breidinger. “As one of three females running a full season at a National level in NASCAR, it’s important to me to bring awareness to the sport and having WSF on my car for the race is a step in the right direction.”

Breidinger will be working closely with WSF to shine light on the importance of female empowerment in motorsport. Motorsports is one of the only sports where men and women compete professionally together.

“The Women’s Sports Foundation works to unlock the possibilities in every girl and woman through the power of sport,” said Danette Leighton, WSF CEO. “Seeing a female race car driver blazing around the Talladega Superspeedway can encourage and inspire girls everywhere to recognize their own power and potential. We are grateful to our WSF Athlete Ambassador Toni Breidinger for including WSF signage on her car, and we’ll be rooting her on for a great race and season ahead!”

About the Women’s Sports Foundation
The Women’s Sports Foundation exists to enable girls and women to reach their potential in sport and life. We are an ally, an advocate and a catalyst. Founded by Billie Jean King in 1974, we strengthen and expand participation and leadership opportunities through research, advocacy, community programming and a wide variety of collaborative partnerships. The Women’s Sports Foundation has positively shaped the lives of millions of youth, high school and collegiate student-athletes, elite athletes and coaches. We’re building a future where every girl and woman can #KeepPlaying and unlock the lifelong benefits of sport participation. All girls. All women. All sports.® To learn more about the Women’s Sports Foundation, please visit

Tune in to watch the General Tire 200 race at Talladega on Saturday, April 23 at 12pm CT/1pm EST on FS1.

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Concord, NC (March 07, 2022) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) celebrated a historic victory at Daytona Int’l Speedway in February, earning it’s 80th win and breaking the record as the winningest team in ARCA History.

Venturini Motorsports surpassed Iggy Katona as the previous record holder. Katona has 79 ARCA team wins dating back to 1977.

Seemingly unstoppable at Daytona, Corey Heim delivered the team’s fifth consecutive victory at the World Center of Racing and sixth total. The win also marked Heim’s second successive year in a row basking in the Daytona glory. The statement victory comes during VMS’ milestone 40th Anniversary ARCA Season.

All of these victories at the historic Daytona Int’l Speedway have helped to contribute to the storybook of accomplishments for Venturini Motorsports.

The team has achieved 80 total ARCA victories with 27 different drivers at 30 different tracks, ranging from Superspeedways to Road Courses to Dirt Tracks to Intermediates and Short Tracks;

In 2019, Christian Eckes delivered VMS’ its third ARCA Championship.

In 2012, Venturini Motorsports and the Venturini family was unanimously voted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (NIASHF) for their excellent efforts in positively impacting and contributing to the motorsports industry.

VMS has also prepared and equipped many drivers with the foundation to move up the ranks and succeed at the NASCAR level, with over 20 drivers currently competing in the top three NASCAR divisions.

With 9 ARCA Wins to his name, Chandler Smith is the winningest driver in the modern era of Venturini Motorsports. Corey Heim is just behind Smith with 8 ARCA wins to his credit and chasing more in the 2022 season.

The Venturini family’s racing legacy was established over seven decades ago, but Billy Venturini transitioned Venturini Motorsports into a Driver Development empire in 2007, quickly emerging with success as Joey Logano scored the teams’ first victory of the new era.

When Billy was asked if he ever thought they would make it to this milestone, his response was, “Absolutely.”

“When I took over the race team, I always envisioned nothing but long-term success. I’m proud of all the people on this team and with all their hard work, we’ve been able to achieve this,” added Billy. “Getting No.80 was a huge accomplishment, but I think we need to stretch that number much further before VMS is done here.”

The ARCA Menards Series will return to action on Friday, March 11 with the General Tire 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The race will be broadcasted live on MAVTV Motorsports Network at 5:30PM MT / 7:30PM ET.

Full stats:
1. June 18, 1983- Flatrock Speedway- Big Bill
2. Aug 6, 1983- Mt. Clemens- Big Bill
3. June 16, 1984- Flatrock Spwy- Big Bill
4. Aug 11,1984- Flatrock Spwy- Big Bill
5. June 14,1985- Spartan Spwy- Big Bill
6. Mar 15, 1986- Atlanta Int’l- Big Bill
7. May 22, 1987- Delaware Spwy Park-Big Bill
8. May 31, 1987- Toledo Spwy- Big Bill
9. June 7, 1987- Rockford Spwy- Big Bill
10. Nov 21, 1987- Atlanta Int’l- Big Bill
11. Sept 22, 1991- Texas World Spwy- Big Bill
12. May 25, 1992- Kil Kare Spwy- Big Bill
13. Apr 23, 2006- Salem Spwy- Billy Venturini
14. May 4, 2008- Rockingham Spwy- Joey Logano
15. Sept 6, 2008- Chicagoland Spwy- Scott Lagasse
16. Apr 19, 2009- Rockingham Spwy- Sean Caisse
17. June 6, 2009- Pocono Rcwy- Joey Logano
18. Apr 11, 2010- Salem Spwy- Steve Arpin
19. Apr 16, 2010- Texas Motor Spwy- Steve Arpin
20. June 11, 2010- Michigan Int’l- Mikey Kile
21. Sept 6, 2010- DuQuoin State Fairgrounds- Steve Arpin
22. May 1, 2011- Salem Spwy- Brennan Poole
23. Aug 26, 2011- Madison Int’l-Alex Bowman
24. Oct 7, 2011- Kansas Spwy- Alex Bowman
25. Jun 2, 2012- Elko Spwy- Brennan Poole
26. Jun 9, 2012- Pocono Rcwy- Brennan Poole
27. July 21, 2012- Chicagoland- Kevin Swindell
28. Feb 16, 2013- DAYTONA- John Wes Townley
29. Jun 14, 2013- Michigan Int’l- Brennan Poole
30. Aug 10, 2013- Berlin Rcwy- Erik Jones
31. Aug 18, 2013- Illinois State Fairgrounds- Brennan Poole
32. Aug 25, 2013- Madison Int’l- Kyle Benjamin
33. Sept 14, 2013- Salem Spwy- Kyle Benjamin
34. May 18, 2014- Toledo Spwy- Justin Boston
35. Jun 13, 2014- Michigan Int’l- Austin Theriault
36. Aug 17, 2014- Illinois State Fairgrounds- Kevin Swindell
37. Aug 24, 2014- Madison Int’l- Justin Boston
38. Sept 19, 2014- Kentucky Spwy- Brennan Poole
39. May 17, 2015- Toledo Spwy- Todd Gilliland
40. Apr 16, 2016- Salem Spwy- Christopher Bell
41. Aug 6, 2016- Berlin Rcwy- Dalton Sargeant
42. Sept 4, 2016- DuQuoin State Fairgrounds- Tom Hessert
43. Sept 10, 2016- Salem Spwy- Christopher Bell
44. Sept 14, 2017- Chicagoland Spwy- Christopher Bell
45. Feb 10, 2018- DAYTONA- Michael Self
46. Apr 22, 2018- Salem Spwy- Christian Eckes
47. June 15, 2018- Madison Int’l- Chandler Smith
48. June 28, 2018- Chicagoland- Michael Self
49. Aug 19, 2018- Illinois State Fairgrounds- Christian Eckes
50. Sept 3, 2018- DuQuoin State Fairgrounds- Logan Seavey
51. Sept 15, 2018- Salem Spwy- Chandler Smith
52. Oct 6, 2018- Lucas Oil Rcwy- Christian Eckes
53. Feb 9, 2019- DAYTONA- Harrison Burton
54. Mar 9, 2019- Five Flags Spwy- Michael Self
55. Apr 14, 2019- Salem Spwy- Michael Self
56. May 5, 2019- Nashville Fairgrounds- Christian Eckes
57. May 19, 2019- Toledo Spwy- Chandler Smith
58. June 7, 2019- Michigan Int’l- Michael Self
59. June 14, 2019- Madison Int’l- Chandler Smith
60. July 13, 2019- Elko Spwy- Chandler Smith
61. July 19, 2019- Iowa Spwy- Chandler Smith
62. July 26, 2019- Pocono Rcwy- Christian Eckes
63. Aug 18, 2019- Illinois State Fairgrounds- Michael Self
64. Aug 31, 2019- DuQuoin State Fairgrounds- Christian Eckes
65. Oct 5, 2019- Lucas Oil Rcwy- Chandler Smith
66. Oct 18, 2019- Kansas Spwy- Christian Eckes
67. Feb 8, 2020- DAYTONA- Michael Self
68. Mar 6, 2020- Phoenix Rcwy- Chandler Smith
69. June 20, 2020- Talladega Super- Drew Dollar
70. July 3, 2020- Lucas Oil Rcwy- Chandler Smith
71. Aug 14, 2020- DAYTONA Road Course- Michael Self
72. Oct 16, 2020- Kansas Spwy- Corey Heim
73. Feb 13, 2021- DAYTONA- Corey Heim
74. Apr 24, 2021- Talladega Superspwy- Corey Heim
75. June 25, 2021- Pocono Rcwy- Corey Heim
76. July 10, 2021- Elko Spwy- Corey Heim
77. Aug 6, 2021- Watkins Glen Int’l- Corey Heim
78. Aug 22, 2021- Illinois St Fair- Corey Heim
79. Oct 2, 2021- Salem Spwy- Jesse Love
80. Feb 19, 2022- DAYTONA- Corey Heim


Series: ARCA Menards Series
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Race: Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire
Duration: 80 laps / 200 miles
Date / TV: 2/19/2022 – 1:30PM ET FS1

STATS: Venturini Motorsports (VMS) has earned four (4) consecutive ARCA Menards Series (ARCA) victories at Daytona:

  • 02/10/2018 – No. 15 Michael Self
  • 02/09/2019 – No. 20 Harrison Burton
  • 02/08/2020 – No. 15 Michael Self
  • 02/13/2021 – No. 20 Corey Heim

CREW CHIEFS: VMS will once again utilize Kevin Reed Sr. (No. 15), Shannon Rursch (No. 20), Kevin Reed Jr. (No. 25) and Dave Leiner (No. 55) as their crew chiefs for the 2022 ARCA season.

CRESCENT JOINS: Crescent Tools partners with VMS, sponsoring Corey Heim & Jesse Love, as the primary sponsor in 12 races of the 2022 season for the No. 20 Toyota Camry.

VMS TURNS 40: Venturini Motorsports is set to begin their 40th season in the ARCA Menards Series, starting with the big race at Daytona. They began their venture with ARCA back in 1982. Follow along with milestone year No.40 with the hashtag #VMS40.

FIFTH DAYTONA WIN AND 80TH OVERALL: To date, VMS has four (4) consecutive ARCA victories at Daytona. VMS is aiming to earn a fifth consecutive win on Saturday, which will also break the record for overall wins for a team in the series, making it victory No.80 for Venturini Motorsports.

SOCIAL: Fans can interact with VMS and their drivers on social media utilizing the different outlets:

  • Facebook:VenturiniMotorsports
  • Twitter:@VenturiniMotor
  • Instagram:@VenturiniMotorsports
  • Tik Tok:@venturinimotorsports
  • Hashtags: #VMS40 #FlyTheV #TeamToyota


Parker Chase – No. 15 Vertical Bridge Toyota Camry

Regarding the Daytona Race: “We had a really good test at Daytona in January and I’m looking to build on the experience gained in the five races I did in 2021. This will be my first-time racing on the super speedway oval. Kevin Reed and the crew have been working hard to make sure we have everything we need to battle for the win. Very happy to have Vertical Bridge on the car for this race and for a majority of our races in ARCA in 2022 and hope we can put them in Victory Lane.”

Corey Heim – No. 20 Crescent Tools Toyota Camry

Regarding the Daytona Race: “I’m really looking forward to starting my limited arca season with Daytona. Venturini Motorsports always brings great Camrys to the racetrack, and a superspeedway is no exception. Last year we had great success at both speedway races, and I’m excited to try and back that up in 2022. Crescent Tools being on our Camry this weekend is also very exciting, being their first ever race with Venturini Motorsports!”

Toni Breidinger – No.25 Hairclub Toyota Camry

Regarding the Daytona Race: “I’m excited to race the No.25 Hairclub Toyota Camry at Daytona. We had a really good test back in January. This will be only my second time racing at Daytona and I’m glad it’s with Venturini and Toyota Racing.”

Gus Dean – No.55 Dean Custom Air Toyota Camry

Regarding the Daytona Race: “I have not been this excited to go to Daytona International Speedway in a long time. I’m stoked to be a part of the Venturini Motorsports stable, and I feel very confident in our ability to contend for the win and bring Venturini Motorsports home another trophy from Daytona.”


Gus Dean Returns to ARCA Menards Series with Venturini Motorsports

DAYTONA BEACH, Fl (January 14,2022): Two-time ARCA Menards Series winner Gus Dean (@gusdean) is returning to the ARCA Menards Series in 2022 and will join the potent Venturini Motorsports in a minimum three-race deal beginning with the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 19, 2022.

A competitor in the ARCA Menards Series since 2016, the Bluffton, S.C.-native returns to the “World Center of Racing” for a sixth time focused on delivering Venturini Motorsports their fifth consecutive ARCA triumph at the 2.5-mile superspeedway aboard the No. 55 Toyota Camry.

Dean scored his first career ARCA Menards Series victory in just his second start at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2016 but has been cursed at Daytona over a period of five previous races and is hopeful that the opportunity to “Fly the V” will prove to be the cure and deliver his third career ARCA victory.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to join Venturini Motorsports at Daytona,” said Dean. “Ever since I’ve been competing at ARCA, Venturini Motorsports has proven to be a dominant fixture in the series, especially on the superspeedways.

“To have the chance to pilot one of their Toyota Camrys, work closely with their dedicated and experienced crew and be surrounded by great teammates is sure to bring all the emotions of when I first joined the ARCA Menards Series. I’m just thankful to be a part of the team’s superspeedway lineup this season and look forward to putting myself in contention for the victory.”

Venturini Motorsports’ Billy Venturini has been wanting to add Dean to his driver roster for years and is thankful that the opportunity presented itself for the 2022 season.

“It’s great to have Gus with us,” said Venturini. “We’ve been racing with him as a competitor for years and it’s great to finally have him under our banner this year. With his experience and Venturini Motorsports success at superspeedways, we believe we have a wonderful chance at getting to Victory Lane!”

Added Dean, “While we have been fierce competitors on the track, I have always had the utmost respect for Billy, Mr. Bill Venturini and the entire Venturini Motorsports team. Not having the chance right now to race in a premier series on a weekly basis, I have to make the most of any opportunity and being a part of Venturini Motorsports provides me a shot to not only have fun, but hopefully that opportunity to experience the bliss and emotions of celebrating in Victory Lane again.”

In addition to Daytona, Dean will return to ARCA competition with Venturini Motorsports at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in April and at Michigan International Speedway in August.
The 27-year-old South Carolinian is poised to have a busy 2022 season between ARCA, Late Models, Mud Truck Racing and a hopeful sporadic appearance or two in one of NASCAR’s National Series.

“With no championship on the line for me this season, it’s about having fun,” sounded Dean. “Whether that’s competing with Venturini Motorsports in ARCA, DLP Motorsports in Late Model competition or the other racing endeavors we have planned for this season. Of course, the urge to still compete full-time is there, but it takes marketing partners and a lot of financial commitment to make it happen.

“Until we can hopefully put ourselves back into that position again, we’ll take the path that has been laid out before me and make the most of it. Venturini Motorsports is going for an unprecedented fifth straight ARCA victory at Daytona and I want to be that driver that gets it done for them!”

Before Dean buckles in at Daytona, he will have a busy week leading up to the 2022 ARCA season opener, as he’ll also be competing at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway in the highly contested World Series of Asphalt driving for DLP Motorsports.

Dean will kick off his new tenure with Venturini Motorsports by competing in the open ARCA Menards Series test at Daytona on January 14 – 15, 2022.

A sponsorship lineup for the Feb. 19 Lucas Oil 200 driven by General Tire for Dean will be announced later.

For more on Gus Dean, please visit, like him on Facebook (Gus Dean Racing) and follow him on Twitter (@GusDean).

First Arab American Female Driver in NASCAR, Toni Breidinger, to Full Time in 2022 with Toyota Racing Development, Venturini Motorsports

January 13, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Toyota Racing Development’s Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today the selection of 22-year-old female athlete, Toni Breidinger, as the full-time driver for the No.25 Toyota Camry for NASCAR’s upcoming 2022 ARCA Menards Series season.

Possessing the talent and dynamic personality needed on and off the racetrack, Breidinger’s racing career has been trending upward leading to her first full-season opportunity in the ARCA Menards Series. Setting her sights on reaching the highest ranks of NASCAR, Breidinger’s tireless efforts are sharply focused on honing her skills both behind the wheel and mentally for this next stage in her career.

“This is a proud moment not only for me but also my family. I’m incredibly excited for the opportunity to run my first full season in NASCAR’s ARCA with Venturini Motorsports and Toyota,” said the first Arab American female driver to compete in NASCAR.

“I’ve worked a lifetime to get to this point in my career. It’s taken a lot of hard work and support from countless people. Racing is a business. It takes more than just desire. I truly cannot thank my supporters and business partners enough for believing and providing the support to get me to this stage. There’s still a lot of work ahead but I’m ready to get this season started at Daytona.”

Ready to embark on her highly anticipated 2022 racing campaign next month on racing’s brightest stage, Daytona International Speedway, Breidinger carries support from Hairclub, and Pit Viper Sunglasses.

Breidinger became the first Arab American female driver in NASCAR in 2021 with her Daytona debut. With 12-career starts in ARCA’s premier touring series, Breidinger has earned three top-10 finishes in limited action. Breidinger also carries the notable label as the first minority driver to achieve this level without going through NASCAR’s diversity program.

Moving up through the ranks in motorsports, she grabbed attention early on competing in the United States Automobile Club (USAC), with 19 victories. Transitioning in her late teens from open wheel midgets to stock cars, Breidinger’s relentless efforts are paying dividends.

Serving as Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) official driver development program, VMS possesses a rich tradition of winning in the ARCA Menards Series with over 75 wins and two national championships. Also best known for their success preparing tomorrow’s future NASCAR stars for the spotlight at the highest level of the sport.

Breidinger and VMS will begin their quest 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 beginning at 1:30pm EST.

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Six-Time ARCA Tour Winner Tom Hessert Returns After 4-Year Series Hiatus

January 12, 2022 (Concord, NC) – Long-time ARCA Menards Series veteran driver, Tom Hessert, will make his long-anticipated return to the seat with Venturini Motorsports for three short track events in 2022. Earning the reputation as a tenacious short track competitor, Hessert returns with a tailor made schedule at Berlin Raceway, Elko Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway.

A mainstay fixture and respected personality on tour with the ARCA Menards Series from 2007 to 2018, Hessert has compiled 186 career series starts. Finishing a career best, runner-up, in ARCA’s 2016 National Championship points standings, the second-generation driver from Cherry Hill, NJ has turned nearly 25,000 laps and accomplished 6 series wins, 55 top-5 finishes and 111 top-10 finishes.

With a lifetime of racing seemingly in his rear-view mirror, Hessert left the track in 2018 to resume his day-to-day life raising his four young children with his wife while running day-to-day operations for his family’s north Philadelphia auto dealership.

“So yeah, It’s been a minute since I was in the seat,” said Hessert laughingly when asked about coming back to the track after four years. “Our last full season was 2016 and after that we ran a couple of partial seasons. Since then, my focus has been on being a dad and growing my family with my amazing wife Meghan.”

“This whole idea kinda just came together back in September when I was talking with Billy (Venturini) about Lucas Oil being back on the ARCA schedule and how I’d love to go back one more time. Indianapolis is one of my favorite places. And after we made the decision to run, we started looking further up the schedule and found a few more races we thought would help knock off the rust,” added Hessert.

“I definitely miss the racing and being competitive, but getting back to the track and seeing everyone in the garage is going to be special. As far as the racing, there are some unknowns after being away for so long, I just know were gonna make the most of it and have some fun.”

Hessert has made 18 starts combined throughout his career at Berlin, Elko and Lucas Oil tallying 9 top-5’s and 17 top-10 finishes. By the numbers, Hessert padded his career stats racing short tracks which account for 64% of both his career top-5 (35) and top-10 (71) totals. All but one of his victories came via the bullring, with his only non-short track event win at Talladega Superspeedway in 2014.

Tom Hessert will make his return to the track in the ARCA Menards Series at Berlin Raceway on June 18. The race will air LIVE on MAVTV beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Follow Hessert on social media on Twitter @TomHessert, and Facebook @tom.hessert.3.