(CONCORD, N.C. - October 12, 2012) - Nearly one month since the last ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event was held at Salem Speedway, Venturini Motorsports is focused on this weekend's return to the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds' "Magic Mile" in downstate Illinois.
The Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds had originally been scheduled for early September, but severe weather in the area forced a rescheduling of the race, delaying it by nearly six full weeks.
During the series' hiatus, Venturini Motorsports has been preparing for the final push of the 2012 season, which will feature two races within one week; DuQuoin on Sunday, October 14, and the season finale at Kansas Speedway on Friday, October 19.
Leading the way for Venturini Motorsports this weekend at DuQuoin will be ARCA Racing Series championship and Team Messina Rookie Challenge contender Brennan Poole, driving his No. 25 Chevrolet.
Poole, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, is focused on finishing the season strong and seeks his third victory of the 2012 campaign. After topping the series championship points battle midway through the year, the 21-year-old driver now finds himself third in the standings - 175 points behind series leader Chris Buescher.
In two other highly contested series battles, Poole trails former Venturini driver Alex Bowman by just four points for the 2012 Team Messina Rookie Challenge title. Bowman also leads Poole in the Aaron's Lap Leader special award category, having led 487 laps in 11 races. Poole trails in second with 472 laps led in seven races.
Kevin Swindell, driving his No. 55 Curb Records car, is looking to capture his second victory of the year. Swindell earned his first ARCA victory in July at Chicagoland Speedway and may be considered an early favorite at DuQuoin.
Swindell, the son of World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Sammy Swindell, has won the last three consecutive Chili Bowl Midget Nationals events. Swindell, in his first ARCA start on dirt at Springfield in late August, finished third behind winner Frank Kimmel and runner-up Bowman.
Making his 19th start of the season for Venturini Motorsports is rookie driver Nelson Canache from Caracas, Venezuela. The ARCA newcomer has taken full advantage of his seat time this year, showing dramatic improvement week after week.
The two-time Venezuelan driving champion began the season with virtually no stock car experience. After teaming up with Venturini prior to the season opener at Daytona, Canache is honing his natural driving skills in order to make the transition from open wheel and sport car racing to pursue his dreams of moving up the ranks of NASCAR. Canache will take the green flag Sunday afternoon driving his No. 35 Venezuelan Tourism-sponsored Chevrolet.
Long-time Venturini driver Steve Arpin was originally slated to drive the No. 15 team entry at DuQuoin but has been replaced by USAC driving standout Caleb Armstrong because of a scheduling conflict as a result of the August rainout.
Armstrong, who is the latest open-wheel racer to join the team, turned in an impressive performance last month in his ARCA debut at Salem Speedway. He is excited to have another opportunity to jump behind the wheel and rub fenders with the series veterans.
The 20-year-old from New Castle, Ind. currently occupies the fourth position in USAC's highly competitive Midget Mopar National Division standings. Since jumping onto the national scene in 2009, Armstrong has quietly made a name for himself among the country's elite midget drivers.
In 2011, Armstrong enjoyed a breakout season driving for his family-owned midget team, highlighted by USAC national victories at Iowa Speedway and at the famed Turkey Night Grand Prix at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, Calif.
Practice for Sunday's Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care will begin at 10 a.m. and last for one hour, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell starting at noon. The 100-lap, 100-mile race will take place at 2 p.m. All listed times are Central.
ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring coverage throughout the day, and ARCA Racing Network hosts Charlie Krall and Tim "Clagger" Clagg will deliver a live audio call for the race on the site.
From Team Release