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Venturini Motorsports Sweeps Front Row At Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Feb 16, 2013 - 07:08 AM
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Venturini Motorsports Sweeps Front Row At Daytona; 50th Annual Lucas Oil ARCA 200 Saturday Live On SPEED


John Wes Townley gave Venturini Motorsports what they were looking for, at least for now. Townley, in the No. 15 Zaxby's Toyota, won the Menards Pole Award presented by Ansell for Saturday's 50th running of the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona Int'l Speedway. It was Townley's career-first pole award in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

 

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Townley circled the 2.5-mile superspeedway in 49.638 seconds, for an average speed of 181.313 mph.
"I'm so excited," Townley said. "It's great for Venturini Motorsports, and certainly great for Zaxby's. Tomorrow's going to be the day that really counts, but it means a lot to be able to come here and get the pole. We just need to come out tomorrow and back it up.

"The car is working very well in the draft too, so I think it'll hold up very well in the race."

Milka Duno, in the No. 35 Cantv-Milka Way Toyota, qualified a career-best second at 180.505 mph, sweeping the front row for Venturini Motorsports.

"This is wonderful," said Duno. "I now have the tools and the right people around me. This is my first race with Venturini Motorsports, and we're going to do a super job together in the race tomorrow."

With Townley on the pole and Duno alongside, the stage is set for what could be a couple of firsts at Daytona. For one, Venturini Motorsports, despite winning 26 ARCA races in four different decades, has never won at Daytona. Secondly, no female driver in ARCA history (61 years) has ever won an ARCA race anywhere.

Eight-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart qualified third in his own No. 5 MAVTV American Real Chevrolet, with Joe Gibbs Racing Development driver Darrell Wallace, also in a Venturini Motorsports entry, trailing in fourth. Frenchman Julian Jousse qualified fifth in the David Leiner Racing-Barbarac.fr Toyota.

ARCAracing.com will continue to feature live timing and scoring of all the on-track activity Saturday, including final practice and the race to follow.

The 50th Anniversary Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona is live on SPEED Saturday at 4:30.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

2013 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #1
Daytona Int'l Speedway, Daytona Beach Florida, 2-16-13
Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real

Starting Grid

POS NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TIME SPEED
1 15 John Wes Townley/Watkinsville GA 49.638 181.313
2 35 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela 49.860 180.505
3 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA 50.044 179.842
4 55 Darrell Wallace/Mobile AL 50.062 179.777
5 94 Julian Jousse/St. Tropez France 50.073 179.738
6 09 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL 50.081 179.709
7 16 Ricky Ehrgott/New York NY 50.278 179.005
8 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX 50.390 178.607
9 32 Mason Mingus/Brentwood TN 50.424 178.486
10 77 Tom Hessert/Cherry Hill NJ 50.490 178.253
11 4 Kyle Larson/Elk Grove CA 50.518 178.154
12 52 Chad Boat/Phoenix AZ 50.533 178.101
13 25 Justin Boston/Baltimore MD 50.539 178.080
14 22 Michel Disdier/Nice France 50.555 178.024
15 92 Brennan Newberry/Bakersfield CA 50.645 177.708
16 62 Mark Thompson/Cartersville GA 50.669 177.623
17 3 Drew Charlson/New Bremen OH 50.686 177.564
18 82 Sean Corr/Goshen NY 50.746 177.354
19 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN 50.755 177.322
20 68 Will Kimmel/Sellersburg IN 50.762 177.298
21 6 Caleb Armstrong/New Castle IN 50.837 177.036
22 42 Bo Lemastus/Louisville KY 51.112 176.084
23 99 Mason Mitchell/W. Des Moines IA 51.167 175.895
24 08 Clay Campbell/Martinsville VA 51.224 175.699
25 30 Terry Jones/Amherstburg Ontario 51.243 175.634
26 19 Donnie Neuenberger/Edgewater MD 51.283 175.497
27 11 Brett Hudson/Owensboro KY 51.328 175.343
28 75 Benny Chastain/Tallahassee FL 51.370 175.200
29 54 Matt Kurzejewski/Mansfield PA 51.410 175.063
30 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL 51.411 175.060
31 97 Roger Carter/Sunfield MI Provisional
32 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Provisional
33 69 Steve Kemp/Justin TX Provisional
34 2 Thomas Praytor/Mobile AL Provisional
35 40 Galen Hassler/Columbia MO Provisional
36 10 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Provisional
37 34 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH Provisional
38 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Provisional
39 06 Dexter Stacy/Kahnawake Quebec Provisional
40 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Provisional

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