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Taking on the Tricky Triangle

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200, Steve Arpin, Mikey Kile

Taking on the Tricky Triangle

Emily Teeter
Venturini Motorsports
June 2, 2010

CONCORD, NC (06-02-10) In June 2009, Venturini Motorsports celebrated in victory lane at Pocono Raceway with Joey Logano. Now one year later, Venturini Motorsports looks to visit the winner’s circle once again in the 2010 Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200.

The 4-car team will take on the unusual triangular configuration of Pocono Raceway with Alli Owens, Mikey Kile, Tom Berte, and Steve Arpin. The unique track is one of its kind, where all three corners are completely different. It is hard to pinpoint any particular area. Giving up a little, can gain you a lot.

Steve Arpin looks to gain his third career victory this season at the tricky triangle, which is a historic track to himself and Venturini Motorsports. It was the first racetrack that Arpin and Venturini Motorsports took on together as a team in 2009.

“When I began racing for Venturini Motorsports in the middle of last season, Pocono was our first race together and it was a start of a great relationship,” commented Arpin. “I have learned a lot since then and we have continued to grow stronger as a team. We have been in contention to win at every track this season and Pocono is no different. We are looking to take Mike’s Hard Lemonade and the Venturini Motorsports team back to victory lane for the third time this year.”

Arpin’s talent on the track and charisma off the track has proven to be a winning combination for the no. 55 Mike’s Hard Lemonade team.

Teammate Mikey Kile will also enter Pocono Raceway with significance to the Venturini team, but in a different way then Steve Arpin. Kile will be piloting the same car that Joey Logano won with in 2009 for Venturini Motorsports. Mikey Kile will be sporting a new paint scheme for 2010 season with the colors of Sears Auto Center and DieHard on the no. 25.

For Kile, you would think there is added pressuring going into Pocono being behind the wheel of a proven race winning car and being the only driver to qualify in the top-5 at every ARCA race this season. But it doesn’t faze Kile; he is confident and focused.

“It is kind of neat to think that I will be racing the same car that Joey [Logano] spanked the field with last year,” said Kile. “That makes me even more excited to get to the track. I am going to the track open minded, but completely focused. I’m just going to do what I do at every race and nothing different; which is drive the car like I stole it, keep the finders on it and be the first to the finish line.”

Alli Owens will be making her fourth start at Pocono Raceway, but this will be her first attempt at the 2.5-mile speedway with Venturini Motorsports in the no. 15 ElectrifyingCareers.com Chevy.

"I love racing at Pocono (Raceway) because the track is so unique. The corners are mostly flat and remind me of the short tracks that I grew up racing on,” said Owens. “Turn 3 handles a lot like a road course. The front stretch is gigantic and you use your superspeedway drafting skills. There are so many different aspects of the track that it tests all of your driving abilities. You can't be a one-dimensional driver and do well there. All of your skills come into play at Pocono. That's why it's so much fun to race there.”

With a strong driver line up and the checkered flag in sight, look for the Venturini Motorsports teams as top contenders for the 7th stop in ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule at Pocono Raceway.

The green flag will drop at 1:00PM ET on Saturday June 5th at Pocono Race for 200 miles of racing. For live timing and scoring during the race visit ARCARacing.com or follow us on twitter (@venturinimotor). The race will be aired on SPEED at 4:00PM ET on Saturday June 5th.

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