(CONCORD, N.C. - September 19, 2013) - Justin Boston grew up in Maryland and calls North Carolina home today, but his day at Kentucky Speedway this Friday will have the makings of a home race.
That's because Boston's sponsor, ZLOOPTM Computer & Electronics Recycling Centers, is also giving the primary support for the 100-lap, 150-mile event as the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards nears the end of its 61st season.
The ZLOOPTM 150 has the potential to be a breakthrough for the rookie, whose last visit to a 1.5-mile track nearly ended in Victory Lane. At Chicagoland Speedway in July, Boston (No. 25 ZLOOPTM Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers Toyota) gambled to lead five laps late and finished seventh after running out of fuel while driving to the white flag. At a similar but longer track, Michigan International Speedway, Boston led 15 laps and finished fourth in June.
Transmission issues plagued Boston and his Venturini Motorsports entry at Salem Speedway Saturday, sending him to 23rd place, but going back to an intermediate track has the 24-year-old confident.
"I think we're really going to be strong (at Kentucky)," said Boston, who will make his 20th series start. "Our mile-and-a-half package is usually really good. I know we're going to run well; we don't really have a choice but to run well. I think we can be strong and have a good shot at winning this ZLOOPTM race."
Boston tested at Kentucky earlier in the summer, driving 55 laps overall and charting eighth in the morning and afternoon sessions. Though Boston said the test could have been better, he indicated that he learned a lot months in advance of ARCA's 20th trip to the track and first since 2009.
With top-10s in 12 of his last 15 races - including four top-fives and a career-high second in his last seven - Boston could easily be regarded as ARCA's next first-time winner. Patience and conservation, he knows, will be instrumental in achieving that and joining six other new winners this season.
"I think the only thing I can control is not making mistakes," he said. "My mindset is, 'Don't make mistakes. Put yourself in a good position.' If I do that the right way, things will play out and I can be in position to win the race. We haven't had the best luck with the way some races have played out; some have been out of our hands. I hope one of these next two can play into our hands."
Boston could become the sixth driver in Kentucky Speedway's ARCA history to win for the first time at the track. Ryan Hemphill was the first in 2004, followed by Brad Coleman in 2006, Erik Darnell and Michael McDowell in 2007, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in 2008.
Along with searching for his first victory, Boston is in hot pursuit of ARCA's Scott Rookie Challenge. He and Mason Mingus are locked in a tight points contest, especially after Boston earned the maximum by finishing as the top rookie at both dirt track races within the last month.
"It'd be an honor to win the award, and it's definitely an attainable goal for us," Boston said. "Mason's not going to make it easy on us, but I think we're in position to win the rookie award. That would definitely mean a lot to me in my first full season ever in a stock car."
After six Venturini Motorsports wins so far in 2013 - the team's most in any year, and the series' best in 2013 - Boston has designs on delivering a seventh, and the ZLOOPTM 150 may be just the place for that to happen.
The ZLOOPTM 150 at the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. Friday. Practice will begin at 1 p.m., and qualifying will follow at 5:15. ARCARacing.com will carry live timing and scoring coverage of all on-track activity throughout the day.
About ZLOOPTM Computer and Electronics Recycling Centers
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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, Miguel Paludo, John Wes Townley, Josh Richards and Johanna Long.
In 2012, VMS and the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano, among others.
After nearly two decades away from NASCAR, 2013 marks VMS's modern day return to the series with John Wes Townley driving the team's familiar No.25 in selective NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
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