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Venturini Motorsports put together another successful campaign in 2015, bringing another new driver to victory lane and capturing multiple pole awards during the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 2015 season.
VMS picked up its only win of the season in May when Todd Gilliland went to victory lane just two days after his 15th birthday at Toledo Speedway, making him the youngest winner in series history. That effort by Gilliland broke the mark held by Kyle Benjamin – another Venturini Motorsports driver – in 2013 at Madison International Speedway.
“Winning at Toledo and setting the record for the youngest winner in ARCA history was certainly a highlight to our season,” said Venturini Motorsports General Manager Billy Venturini.
VMS utilized several drivers in the No. 55 car throughout the season, including Gilliland. The others included Cody Coughlin, 2014 series champion Mason Mitchell, NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Daniel Suarez, Justin Boston, Dominic Ursetta, Clay Greenfield, Matt Tifft, Austin Theriault and William Byron, the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion. Coughlin won two poles, Byron took one and Suarez had one.
The No. 25 car was a split between 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel and Brandon Jones. That car finished third in the overall owner’s point standings.
“The tandem of Kimmel and Jones provided our team with two outstanding drivers,” Venturini said. “The addition of Kimmel has positively impacted our program on and off the track. Anytime you can tap into the experience of such an accomplished driver like Frank, your entire program benefits. Frank is a huge asset to this team. His ability to lead by example and mentor our young drivers is just one of those invaluable assets which are almost impossible to replicate.”
Kimmel won a pole at Pocono Raceway and had four top five’s and five top-10s on the season. His string of 22 consecutive seasons of finishing in the top 10 in driver point standings came to an end but he still had an impact on the series.
“His presence was felt all season,” Venturini said. “If he wasn’t driving he was on the sidelines coaching and offering advice to young guys like Jones, Suarez, Gilliland and Byron.”
Both the No. 25 and the No. 55 showed a lot of speed, Venturini said.
“Our qualifying showed that throughout the year,” he said. “Our on track performance was greater than our results. Some years you win a lot and then some years you perform great, but don’t get the results you would like.”
During the off-season, Venturini team officials are preparing cars for the January ARCA test and the start of the 2016 season at Daytona International Speedway in February. Like numerous ARCA teams, team officials are finalizing details on drivers for the next season.
Venturini Motorsports has been fielding cars in the ARCA Racing Series for more than 30 years and is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports.
Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blamey, Brennan Poole, John Wes Townley, Brandon Jones, and Justin Boston.
Next season will be no different, Venturini said, as the team will be once again look to developing new drivers.
“The ARCA Racing Series continues to offer development drivers a national platform to hone their driving skills before setting their sights on the next level of racing,” Venturini said. “VMS is focused on continuing our efforts to support these drivers.”
CREDIT: ARCA Racing Series