Venturini Motorsports PR: Concord, NC (August 19, 2014) – Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) points leader Ben Rhodes will make his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut with powerhouse Venturini Motorsports (VMS) driving the No.55 Alpha Energy Solutions Toyota Camry at Madison International Speedway on Sunday, August 24th.
“I want to thank Alpha Energy Solutions, Alliance Comfort Systems, and Venturini Motorsports for the opportunity to make my first ARCA start at Madison this weekend. I have followed the series this year and there has been some great racing action just about everywhere they go,” said Rhodes.
Ben Rhodes will be led by his NKNPSE crew chief Mark McFarland on Sunday afternoon in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.
At 17 years-old, Rhodes is no stranger to the national spotlight. Racing since the age of seven (2004), Rhodes has been a controlling force at virtually every level of competition and never has this been more apparent than his current K&N season driving the No.41 Turner Scott Motorsports entry.
In 2014, Rhodes has flat out dominated the field by starting in February as a front runner in the first-two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events of the season, which included earning his first-career pole position at Daytona International Speedway and in the fourth race of the season he went to victory lane at Greenville Pickens Speedway earning his first-career NKNPSE win. Rhodes then went on a winning streak going to victory lane in four consecutive races at Iowa Speedway, Bowman Gray Stadium, Five Flags Speedway, and Langley Speedway.
Current NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader Ben Rhodes prepares to make his ARCA Racing Series debut at Madison
His five pole positions and five victories through the first three-quarters of the season put Rhodes ahead of the competition in the championship and rookie of the year point standings. He’s also been selected to be a part of the NASCAR Next program for 2014 – 2015.
Blake Rayne, star of the film The Identical opening in theaters nationwide on September 5th, will be performing a pre-race concert in conjunction with the autograph session as well as singing the national anthem prior to the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200.
Raceday Sunday gets started with an on-track autograph session from Noon – 1 p.m. CT, followed by pre-race ceremonies and driver introductions at 1:30. The 200-lap Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison begins at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, August 24. The race will also feature live timing and scoring at ARCAracing.com.
About Venturini Motorsports
Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, John Wes Townley and Erik Jones. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.
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