Venturini ready for three-city tour

It's go time, Venturini and series ready for three-city tour The next three races on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule are vital to the championship chase. Well, maybe not for the top spot itself with defending champ Frank Kimmel running away from...

It's go time, Venturini and series ready for three-city tour

The next three races on the ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule are vital to the championship chase. Well, maybe not for the top spot itself with defending champ Frank Kimmel running away from the pack on his way to another series champiosnhip. But, the rest of the top five in the point standings are still up for grabs. Venturini Motorsports driver Billy Venturini sits fourth, 250 markers out of second and only 90 out of third.

With six events remaining on the 2003 schedule and the focus lying on the next three races which are crammed into only eight days, Ventruini is optimistic he can climb back into the top-3 positions. "I'm hoping to get back up there. We have three short track races and a plate race left. Those are my strong points," he says as the sands runs low on the season. "I'm not sure if we can get into second but I know third is really attainable."

First up, with the exciting short tracks of Winchester and DuQuoin being followed by the mile and a half Chicagoland, the next three races will be quite a test to show which teams have enough strength to carry on through the end of the season.

The dirt mile in DuQuoin is one of the biggest and best races on the circuit and Venturini is ready to take it on. With his strongest suit being on the short tracks this season, not only is he well overdue but he's also owed one after his brakes locked up in turn four on the way to the checkered in Lake Erie after dominating the race.

That however wasn't the first short track race gone bad for the second-generation driver. In Berlin after leading 74 laps before a broken rocker arm caused problems on his #25 machine.

"I'm looking forward to them. I think we'll be pretty good at Winchester," Venturini said of the first of the next three races.

When the series rounds out the grueling trek by parking in the Chicagoland Speedway infield it will be one that Venturini has had circled on the schedule for a long time. "I love going back and racing in front of my hometown friends and family," the Illinois native says of the upcoming visit to Chicagoland. "There aren't a whole bunch of Chicago boys racing so it's neat to go home and get the good hometown treatment."

With little sleep, three cars and the will to climb back up in the point standings, Billy Venturini and the #25 Venturini Motorsports team is looking to make 2003 a year to remember by claiming that illustrious first win and what better way to knock one out then during the year's roughest, most brutal week of racing.

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Series ARCA
Drivers Frank Kimmel , Billy Venturini