Venturini Motorsports Signs Crum for ARCA Team: Young Driver has strong showing at Bristol

Statesville, NC: Things are looking bright for the 2008 UARA-Stars Champion. In preparation for the UARA's first race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway, 17 year old Jake Crum announced signing a letter of intent with Venturini Motorsports as a developmental driver in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to join Billy Venturini and everyone else at Venturini Motorsports," said Crum. "The Venturini's have been around the sport and the series for a long time. I know their experience makes them a strong team and I am looking forward to being able to race for them."

Crum will be joining the likes of Joey Logano, Sean Cassie and Alex Yontz in the Venturini shop, poised for an ARCA schedule later this year pending sponsorship.

"We were very pleased with Jake's performance at Bristol," said team owner Billy Venturini. "He is an extremely talented young driver and we are looking forward to having him on board as part of our driver development program."

Crum qualified 4th on Thursday but when the race started on Saturday night it did not take him long to takeover 2nd place. Crum ran there for most of the night. With 31 laps to go Crum made a play on leader Matt McCall and was able to pull ahead. His lead was short-lived when the front right tire blew several laps later. This sent Crum to the outside wall where he sustained substantial amounts of damage to the front right side of his car, ending his night early with a 20th place finish.

-credit: vm