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Jesse Smith #25 Hormel Foods, Spam, Lloyd's BBQ, Childs Tire Chevrolet Pre-race Notes and Quotes

For the second time this season, Jesse Smith is piloting the #25 Hormel Foods, Spam, Llyod's BBQ, Child's Tire Chevrolet for Venturini Motorsports, and for the first time at Michigan International Speedway. The Wildwood, MO product drove a Venturini entry to a third place finish in his debut with the team in May at the Kentucky Speedway in his first start of 2009.

Smith tied his career best ARCA ReMax Series finish of third in Kentucky, and is looking to improve upon that this weekend at Michigan in the Racing for Wildlife 200. With 10 career starts under his belt, Smith has posted top ten finishes in five of those starts. Venturini Motorsports has already visited victory lane this season with Sean Caisse at Rockingham and Joey Logano at Pocono last weekend. Smith is poised to put #25 in victory lane for the third time in 2009, and first in his career.

MICHIGAN HISTORY: Smith has one career start at MIS, coming in 2008 where he finished 8th after starting 11th driving for Terry Jones.

TEST, TEST, TEST: In the ARCA open test at MIS on May 27th, Smith posted the 2nd fastest time around the 2 mile tri-oval, at 39.415 secs., 182.672 mph. Smith was fastest in his only other test with Venturini Motorsports at Kentucky in April.

CHASSIS: Venturini Motorsports is utilizing the same chassis that Smith drove to a third place finish at Kentucky earlier this season.

CONSISTENCY: In his last four ARCA starts, dating back to MIS last June, Smith has two top five and three top 10 finishes, and has not finished worse than 11th.

RACING IN MICHIGAN: Besides MIS, Smith has competed at two other racetracks in Michigan, Berlin Speedway and Dixie Motor Speedway in the ASA Late Model Series. Smith was the 2006 ASA North Series Champion.

CREW CHIEF: Team owner Billy Venturini is serving as Smith's crew chief for second time this season.

ON THE HOOD: Lloyd's BBQ, Hormel Foods, Spam, and Child's Tire will be riding on board with Smith and Venturini Motorsports for the second time in 2009.

QUOTING JESSE SMITH

(On racing the same chassis at Kentucky and Michigan) "We're running the same chassis as we [did] at Kentucky. We felt like that was a real good car there, and had a real good shot to run well, and had a shot at winning the race. So, I feel like its going to be even better at Michigan."

(On working with Billy Venturini as the crew chief) "It's going real good. We seem to have great communication. Every time we do something, we seem to go in the right direction, which is always a positive. If there's ever a problem or anything, we're able to fix it real quick, and it's like a family atmosphere. It feels really good, just being in the car and around everybody. It seems like everything clicks real well."

(On the open test at MIS and Racing for Wildlife 200 expectations) "The car was real good. One of the best things about it was that was we could stay really low coming off. The tendency of that track, because you carry so much speed coming off, is to shove the front nose and slide it. I felt like we could come off lower than most people, and later in the run we would be able to use up more track, so that's definitely going to be a benefit. I think we got a good shot to win. We definitely got the car and the crew and everything is in place to run well, and be up front."

-credit: vm

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Series ARCA
Drivers Billy Venturini , Joey Logano , Sean Caisse , Terry Jones , Jesse Smith