Venturini Motorsports’ 40th Season of ARCA Racing Comes to a Close

Venturini Motorsports (VMS) took the final checkered flag of the season at Phoenix Speedway on November 4th, closing out their milestone 40th season racing in the ARCA Series. As a team dedicated to the development of new talent, VMS worked with thirteen different drivers across twenty-two races in the 2022 season. 

The season commenced at Daytona on February 19th with a record breaking 80th win for VMS, making them the winningest team in the history of the series. Corey Heim won from pole position and Parker Chase secured second place, collectively making the event a monumental one-two for the team. This marked Venturini’s fifth consecutive victory racing at Daytona International Speedway. 

Surpassing their own winning record, VMS amassed four wins during the 2022 season bringing the new record to 83 total wins. Corey Heim attained a second win this season with a dominant race at Kansas Speedway in September. Jesse Love seized his second career ARCA victory with VMS at Springfield in August. Finally, Chander Smith made his return to ARCA racing for a single race at Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park in July and walked away with his tenth career win with VMS. 

Throughout the season the No. 20 Toyota Camry owned by Billy Venturini fought at the top of the owners championship standings. Driven by Corey Heim and Jesse Love, the No. 20 finished the season with three wins and eleven top two finishes. Additionally, Jesse Love was the fastest VMS qualifying car at all but one race this season. 

Jesse Love, JBL, Toyota Camry

The No. 25 Toyota Camry owned by Cathy Venturini was driven by Toyota rookie Toni Breidinger. Breidinger is the first Arab American woman to race in NASCAR. She started the season strong with a top ten finish on debut at Daytona after picking up the fastest lap time in the first and only practice. She collected six top ten results throughout the season. In addition to developing on track, Briedinger has been working this season to improve the sport as a whole in terms of inclusivity and representation. Through her partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, she was able to run WSF signage on her car at Talladega Speedway to highlight gender equality concerns in sports. 

Toni Breidinger, driver of the #25 HAIRCLUB Toyota, during practice before the Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire for the ARCA Menards Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 17, 2021. (Adam Glanzman/NASCAR)

The No. 15 Toyota Camry owned by Bill Venturini was piloted by eight different development drivers throughout the season. It procured a win this season at the hands of veteran Chandler Smith. The No. 15 completed the season with seventeen top ten finishes, of which eleven were within the top five. Two of the primary drivers of the No.15 included Parker Chase and Landon Pembelton. Chase completed a run of ten races, rounding off the season with two second place finishes and five top ten results. 

Landon Pembelton competed with VMS at four races in the 2022 season. He claimed top ten finishes at each of those races, along with two top five finishes. His best result was a third place finish at Elko Speedway in June. 

The fourth VMS car this season, the No. 55 owned by Billy Venturini ran part time, providing the opportunity for additional drivers to run select races throughout the season. Gus Dean joined VMS for four races early in the season to accumulate all top five results. Sixteen year old rookie Conner Jones took on six races this season, including both the ARCA East race at Dover and the ARCA West race at Phoenix.

As a Toyota backed team, Venturini Motorsports is proud to have contributed to yet another successful season for the manufacturer. Toyota claimed the Manufacturers Championship title prior to the penultimate race weekend making them seven time champions in the ARCA Menards Series.