Cole Rouse joins Venturini Motorsports; planning KY debut

Cole Rouse joins Venturini Motorsports; planning KY debut

CONCORD, N.C. (Sept. 19, 2017) – Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today that 20-year-old Cole Rouse will compete in the final two ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events starting with Friday’s General Tire Super Weekend: Crosley Brands 150 at Kentucky Speedway.

As always, Rouse's participation in ARCA ultimately depends on specific criteria including, but not limited to, testing prior to the race events. Rouse is planning to test today (Tuesday) at Kentucky.

Rouse, a native of Fort Smith, Ark., is scheduled to make his ARCA debut in the VMS-prepared No. 15 Musselman’s BIG CUP Apple Sauce Toyota at Kentucky and follow up in the season finale at Kansas Speedway Oct. 20.

“This is an exciting opportunity, one we’ve been working on for some time,” said Rouse. “The ARCA Series has long been a great launching pad for so many drivers, and to make my first start this week at Kentucky with Toyota and Venturini Motorsports is a huge honor.”

Friday night’s ARCA race on the 1.5-mile Kentucky track would mark Rouse’s first ever start on a track larger than one mile.

“To make it in this sport you’ve got to win. I’m excited, but putting a lot of pressure on myself to be fast and compete for the victory Friday night. I’ve watched a lot of guys come into the ARCA series and win in their first race. I hope I can add my name to this list.”

Currently, eight different drivers have won in their first attempts with VMS. That list of drivers includes Joey Logano (Rockingham, 2008), Scott Lagasse, Jr. (Chicagoland, 2008), Sean Caisse (Rockingham, 2009), Brennan Poole (Salem, 2011), Alex Bowman (Madison, 2011), Austin Theriault (Michigan, 2014), Todd Gilliland (Toledo, 2015) and Christopher Bell (Salem, 2016).

Currently leading the CARS Super Late Model Tour driver point standings, Rouse has two wins (Orange County and Concord Speedway) racing under the Toyota Racing banner with Kyle Busch Motorsports' Super Late Model team.

Rouse finished seventh in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West standings in 2016 after posting four top-five and 12 top-10 finishes in his rookie campaign. He began his racing career at the age of 14, competing in mini-cup cars before advancing to Late Model competition in 2013. He led a race-high 145 laps of the All-American 400 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in 2015, before finishing fifth.

Venturini Motorsports, coming off Christopher Bell’s dramatic victory at Chicagoland Speedway last Thursday, now has 44 all-time ARCA Series victories.

Race Day Schedule

Practice for the Crosley 150 is Friday afternoon, Sept. 22 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., followed by General Tire Pole Qualifying at 5:10 p.m. The Crosley 150 is Live on FS1 at 8 p.m. Eastern Friday night.

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, Erik Jones, William Byron, Christopher Bell, Justin Allgaier, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Brennan Poole, Kyle Benjamin, Daniel Suarez, Noah Gragson, and Brandon 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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