Venturini quick in South Boston test

Venturini quick in South Boston test, ready to win South Boston, VA-- With the track temperature reaching 130 degrees, Billy Venturini, piloting the ...

Venturini quick in South Boston test, ready to win

South Boston, VA-- With the track temperature reaching 130 degrees, Billy Venturini, piloting the #25 Venturini Motorsports Pontiac, did his fair share of adding extra heat to the South Boston Speedway. In preparation for the July 2nd race, Venturini turned the quickest lap on the .4-mile track in 16.25 seconds.

"The setup is so well-balanced," Venturini said of his Pontiac. "We're extremely happy with the car."

With the weather unbearably hot and humid, two other teams were on tap including long-time Winston Cup Series car owner Travis Carter as his son Matt shook down the # 9 machine in hopes of making his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut. Dan Shaver was the third driver to take to the track but had nothing for Venturini's machine.

The 25 bunch had the quickest lap of the three and continued the consistency as the laps clicked off during the test. On old tires, he managed to turn fast laps with his "slowest" being clocked in at 16.86 seconds.

Venturini currently sits sixth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings and is looking to improve his position with a solid run in South Boston. "We're excited to be running a short track. We're confident we can get back in the thick of things."

The fact that Venturini and team are back on a short track means bad news for the competition. Last year on the Virginia track they scored a strong third place run. To add even more salt to the rest of the field's wounds, the 27-year-old is running the same setup at South Boston that he ran in late May at Berlin where he led 74 laps and appeared to be en route to his first victory.

Under the final round of pitstops in the Pork the Other White Meat 200, Venturini dipped to the pits as the leader, came out fourth, but quickly made up the ground on-track. As he battled for the lead with race leader Frank Kimmel the #25 Pontiac broke a rocker arm with-in the window of 20 laps to go.

If it weren't for the broken rocker arm, Venturini and the #25 Venturini Motorsports team would have been celebrating in victory lane. This time around with the same car, same setup and same confidence following a test, the team is ready to finally claim the overdue win in South Boston.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Dan Shaver