RICHMOND, Mich. — Brandon Varney will take the next step up the ladder in his budding racing career this Saturday, July 31.
The 19-year-old will make his ARCA Menards Series debut in the 12th race of the 2021 ARCA Menards Series season and the sixth round of the 2021 Sioux Chief Showdown at the legendary high-banks of Winchester Speedway, located west of the Indiana / Ohio state line in Winchester, Indiana, for the running of the Calypso Lemonade 200.
The race will broadcast live on MAVTV Motorsports Network with a live stream available on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass starting at 8 p.m. ET. Varney will go up against the likes of Ty Gibbs, Corey Heim, Daniel Dye and the rest of the ARCA contingent aboard the No. 10 Van’s Tire Center / Drive Train Specialists / Coldwell Banker Professionals Toyota for Fast Track Racing and Andy Hillenburg.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity my whole life,” said Varney. “I’m so happy to be making my ARCA Menards Series debut, and it’s at my favorite race track.
“I can’t thank everyone enough at ARCA for this opportunity to race in the series. To Ron Drager, Andy Hillenburg and, most importantly, my mom and dad, Gretchen and Bob Varney, and everyone in my family and extended family for this chance of a lifetime. Hopefully we can prove we belong with those guys and in turn propel my career to new heights with a good finish.”
So far in 2021, Varney has made two starts at All-American Speedway in Roseville, California, driving for the Bill McAnally Racing Drivers Academy, scoring a pair of third-place finishes.
During the 2020 racing season, Varney competed in the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series, where he recorded three victories in three starts with two wins coming at the fast quarter-mile of Indiana’s Anderson Speedway. He also competed in three different divisions at the Winchester 400 weekend and crossed the finish line first in the CRA Late Model Sportsman Series portion of the weekend while gaining valuable experience in the Winchester 400 itself, making his fourth career start in the prestigious event.
Four of his seven CRA Super Series starts between 2017-2020 have come in the Winchester 400, while five of his 11 career JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour starts between 2018-2020 have also come at the legendary high banks with a best career finish on the historic half mile between the Super Series and the All-Stars Tour being an 11th in 2018 in JEGS/CRA competition.
After beginning his career in Go-Karts in the now defunct Midwest Indoor Racing Series, at just 15, Varney made the big jump to full-size cars competing in the Late Model Sportsman division at what is now Corrigan Oil Speedway (Spartan Speedway) in 2017. The teenager at the time was rewarded in his first ever start with a Feature Win, which propelled him to the Track Championship and Rookie of the Year title at the historic quarter mile located southwest of Lansing in Mason, Michigan.
It was also in 2017 when Varney made two starts in both the CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour. One start each came at Winchester Speedway. Overall, between the four total starts in CRA, Varney recorded a best finish of 12th at Lucas Oil Raceway.
In 2018, Varney finished third in the final CRA Late Model Sportsman Series points standings, earning Rookie of the Year honors with five top-five finishes, including a third-place run at Anderson.
To learn more about Brandon Varney, go to his Facebook page by searching for Varney Brother Motorsports.