Category: 2021 News

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.

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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.

VMS’ Heim, Dollar and Trotter Roll into the Irish Hills – Michigan Int’l Up Next

August 18, 2021 (Concord, NC) – After a week off, the ARCA Menard Series (ARCA) is back and ready to put it in high gear with three races over the span of nine days beginning with Friday’s Henry Ford Health Systems 200 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

Located an hour outside the Motor City in the picturesque Irish Hills area of Brooklyn, Michigan, MIS with it’s rich racing history, has played host to ARCA for the last 41-years.  Featuring an ultra-fast 2-mile paved oval, MIS is a notable track every driver dreams of concurring.  With 77 all-time ARCA team victories, including four wins at MIS (2008, 2013, 2014, 2019), Venturini Motorsports will be well represented when they unload their fleet of Toyota’s for drivers Corey Heim, Drew Dollar and Gracie Trotter.

Headlining VMS’ return to Michigan is championship contender and ARCA’s most recent winner on tour (Watkins Glen), Corey Heim.  Heim, driver of the No.20 JBL Camry, has put on a show this season battling Joe Gibbs Racing’s Driver Ty Gibbs for the coveted top spot in the standings.  Atop ARCA’s leader board for the first 11 races, the 18-year old Heim with five wins on the season traded places with Gibbs and now find himself a mere 3-points behind with seven races remaining in 2021.

Ready to make his 30th career start in the ARCA Series since 2019, Friday will mark the Georgian’s first ever start at Michigan.  Poised on and off the track, Heim has collected six overall series wins, 22 top-5’s and 28 top-10 finishes during his early career.

Drew Dollar (No.15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota) returns to action for Friday’s Michigan race marking his second career start at MIS and 10th of the season.  Last year the 20-year old driver captured a fourth-place finish in the 100-lap event.  Splitting his time this season between ARCA and the Camping World Truck Series, Dollar looks to break back into Victory Lane for the first time since winning at Talladega last season.  With 31-career ARCA Starts, Dollar has one win to go along with nine top-5’s and 22 top-10 finishes.

Gracie Trotter (No.25 Mobil1 Toyota) with three consecutive top-10 ARCA Series finishes, including a career best third-place finish at Elko Speedway back in July, will make her first ever start at Michigan International Speedway in Friday’s Henry Ford Health Systems 200.  A successful short track driver, the 19-year old 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. Hoping to gain speedway experience at MIS, don’t count out the North Carolina native when the checkered flag waives.

The Henry Ford Health Systems 200 from Michigan International Speedway will broadcast live on MAVTV starting at 6 p.m. ET with a live stream available on MRN / SiriusXM radio.

Corey Heim Wins at Watkins Glen; Claims Fifth Victory of Season

August 7, 2021 (Concord, NC) – Corey Heim driving his Venturini Motorsports’ No. 20 Craftsman Toyota was on full display Friday evening winning the ARCA Menards Series Clean Harbor 100 at Watkins Glen International.

Heim continues to impress picking up his first career road course race and fifth overall in 2021.  Up against a stacked field of ARCA regulars and a slew of NASCAR drivers pulling double duty at The Glen, Heim took the lead away from Ty Gibbs on lap-23 and never looked back.

“Everything we possibly could bring to the race track, we brought today,” said Heim, who closed the championship gap to 2-points behind Ty Gibbs with his win.  “This Venturini Motorsports team battled back from a lot this year.  I’m really proud of them; this Craftsman Camry was rolling really good today.”

Letting his on-track performance speak loudly, Heim commented after being asked about the pass and glaring rivalry between himself and (Ty) Gibbs. “He’s just another car on the race track and I was trying to get the lead,” Heim said. “Race him hard. Race him clean. And he did, too.”

Heim and Gibbs have traded paint all season long.  Last week at Winchester Gibbs spun Heim with 3-laps to go to steal the victory.

Making a name for himself this season within the ranks of NASCAR, Heim now has victories via the superspeedways of Daytona, Talladega and Pocono, a short track victory at Elko and a road course race at Watkins Glen. The 18-year old driver is only missing a dirt race victory within ARCA’s diverse racing schedule.

Heim will go for the weekend sweep Saturday when he slides into the seat for Kyle Busch Motorsports competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

VMS / Toyota teammates at Watkins Glen, Brandon Jones and Drew Dollar, finished fifth and 15th respectfully.

After a weekend off, the ARCA Menards Series will return to action Friday, Aug. 20 at Michigan International Speedway.

A 100-lap event on the two-mile paved oval, the 14th of 20 races on the ARCA Menards Series schedule will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network starting at 6 p.m. ET. A live stream will be available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.

ARCA Menards Series Kicks Off Busy NASCAR Weekend at Watkins Glen

August 5, 2021 (Concord, NC) – The ARCA Menard Series visits Watkin Glen International for the series 13thevent of the season as part of a quadruple header weekend featuring NASCAR’s top touring series.  ARCA drivers will hit the 2.45-mile road courses Friday night for the Clean Harbors 100.

After a late race incident with Ty Gibbs cost him a win last week at Winchester, Corey Heim and his No.20 Craftsman Toyota team look for redemption in Friday’s Clean Harbours 100.

Battling for the top-spot in the standing all season long, the on-track rivalry between Heim and Gibbs has been picking up steam over the last few races as both drivers refuse to give an inch in their individual quest for an ARCA Championship. Expect that battle to hit the boiling point this weekend and beyond as we enter the grueling dog days of summer with eight races remaining in 2021.

Heim, with four wins and two General Tire Pole positions on the season led in the point standings the first half of the season now trails Gibbs by a slim 7-point deficit.  Corey Heim, the driver Gibbs is battling for the ARCA Menards Series title in 2021, will make his second Truck Series start Saturday driving for Kyle Busch Motorsports at Watkins Glen.

Drew Dollar (No.15 Sunbelt Rentals Toyota) returns to VMS making his first appearance since finishing 11th at Iowa Speedway last month.  This will be Dollar’s ninth start in the ARCA Menards Series this season – the part-time series driver currently occupies the sixth spot in the championship standings.  After a pair of season best second place finishes earlier in the year the Georgia driver looks to break back into the win column at Watkins Glen.

Brandon Jones (No.25 Menards/Magickwoods Toyota) a current five-time NASCAR (Camping World / Xfinity Series) winner and former VMS driver returns to the ARCA Menards Series for the second time this season on a road course.  The 24-year old driver competed earlier in the year with VMS, finishing fourth at Mid-Ohio back in May.

The Clean Harbours 100 from Watkins Glen International will broadcast live on FS1 starting at 6 p.m. ET with a live stream available on MRN / SiriusXM radio.

ARCA Menards Series Returns to the Race Rich State of Indiana for the Calypso Lemonade 200 at Winchester Speedway

July 30, 2021 (Concord, NC) – Tucked away in the fields 80-miles northeast of Indianapolis, historic Winchester Speedway hosts this weekend’s ARCA Menards Series Calypso Lemonade 200.

A throwback track featuring high-banks and high speeds has tested the courage of some of racing’s most recognizable names over the years – Parnelli, Jones, Foyt, Andretti, Rutherford, Unser, Stewart and Gordon to name a few. On Saturday, the next generation of rising stars will test their fate on the harrowing half-mile surface including Venturini Motorsports’ (VMS) drivers Corey Heim, Parker Chase and newly signed Toni Breindinger.

Corey Heim (No.20 Craftsman Toyota) enters competition after giving up the series’ championship points lead to on-track rival Ty Gibbs after finishing fourth last week at Iowa. Now trailing Gibbs by 4-points, Heim looks to get back to his winning ways at Winchester. With four victories on the season after eleven races, the 19-year old wheelman is set to make his first ever start at the Indiana short track in 27 overall career ARCA starts.

After joining VMS and making headlines yesterday announcing a new season sponsor, Toni Breidinger will make her return to the team after making her series debut with VMS back in 2018. The 22-year old driver will take the reins of the No. 25 Toyota for five races over the second half of the season.

With a lot to be excited about, Breidinger with make her Winchester debut showcasing her new sponsor, Triller, the globally popular AI-powered social media experience on the side of her twenty-five car. The California native will also have support from Hair Club. NASCAR’s first ever Arab-American driver, Breidinger will make her ninth career start in the ARCA series. She collected her sole top-10 finish in 2018 at Madison driving in her series debut with VMS.

Road Course champion, Parker Chase (No.15 NXTLVL Marine Toyota) will make his third career ARCA start and his second of five series starts with VMS on the season. Chase, the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Champion, finished fourth in his season debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway back in May. Looking to gain circle track experience Winchester will be a learning experience for the Texas native. Chase also runs a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule with Kyle Busch Motorsports.

The Calypso Lemonade 200 from Winchester Speedway will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network starting at 8 p.m. ET with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass.