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Hailie Deegan to run six ARCA races this season

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Hailie Deegan, coming off her last-lap pass to win Thursday night’s K&N Pro Series West race, announced that she will drive six ARCA races and one K&N Series race for Venturini Motorsports.

The 17-year-old Toyota Racing Development driver will make her ARCA debut May 19 at Toledo Speedway. She’ll also compete in ARCA races at Pocono Raceway (May 31), Madison International Speedway (June 14), Elko Speedway (July 13), Lucas Oil Raceway (Oct. 5) and Kansas Speedway (Oct. 18). She will drive for Venturini Motorsports in the K&N Pro Series East race Aug. 15 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

She will have sponsorship from Monster Energy, Craftsman and iK9.

MORE: Hailie Deegan: I put my helmet on the same way everyone else does

So will this ARCA deal lead to a full-time effort in that series next year?

“I think it honestly depends on how this year goes with my K&N Series,” Deegan said Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “I think if we get that championship, yes, I would want to move up and make that step into a bigger series after we accomplish everything we can in this series. That’s something I really wanted to do with my career is win at every level I’m at before I move up. I think this year in the ARCA Series, I just want to go out there, be able to run in the top five, go out there and maybe get a win.”

Deegan’s win Thursday was her second career K&N Pro Series  West victory. She won last year at Meridian (Idaho) Speedway.

“I wanted to come into this year to really show everyone that we’re going to be competitive during this K&N West season, that I’m going for a championship, that we’re not playing games,” she said. “We’re here to win races.”

Saturday, Deegan will drive the pace car for the Xfinity race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Harrison Burton set for limited ARCA schedule

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Harrison Burton‘s 2019 racing schedule got a bit more crowded with Venturini Motorsports’ announcing Thursday he will compete for the team part-time in ARCA this season.

Burton, who will race full-time in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports, will compete in five events for Venturini driving the No. 20 Camry.

The two-time ARCA winner will make his first start at Daytona on Feb. 9.

Burton will then make starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 23), Pocono Raceway (May 31), Chicagoland Speedway (June 27) and the season finale at Kansas Speedway (Oct. 18).

“I’m super excited to join Venturini Motorsports and continue running in the series,” Burton said in a press release. “I love ARCA Racing and the community around it. The series is a great option in the grand scheme of things when it comes to my career development. It’s a great stepping stone as I continue to the next level.”

Burton has 11 ARCA starts since 2016. His wins came at Pocono Raceway and Toledo Speedway.

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NASCAR Next’s Spencer Davis to drive seven ARCA races for Venturini Motorsports

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NASCAR Next driver Spencer Davis has signed to drive seven races in the ARCA Racing Series this season for Venturini Motorsports, it was announced Friday.

Davis, 18, is a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class. He will make his ARCA debut May 5 at Talladega in Venturini Motorsports’ No. 15 Toyota.

Davis also will drive the team’s No. 25 Toyota at Pocono Raceway, Michigan International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Lucas Oil Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and the season-ending race at Kansas Speedway.

During last month’s ARCA open test at Daytona, Davis was the second fastest (189.092 mph) of the 63 drivers entered.

His crew chief will be Dave Leiner. Davis also will compete in 20 Super Late Model races this season.

Davis has competed part-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series since 2015. In 18 starts, he has one win, eight top-five and 11 top-10 finishes and one pole.

Davis is a native of Dawsonville, Georgia, home of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott and son Chase.

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NASCAR Next alumni Nicole Behar making ARCA debut

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Nicole Behar, who was a member of the 2015-16 NASCAR Next class, will make her ARCA Series debut this weekend at Madison International Speedway.

The 18-year-old driver from Spokane, Washington, will make the start in the Montgomery Ward Fathers Day 200 for  Venturini Motorsports.

Behar is making her ARCA debut after one full season in the K&N Pro Series West, where she drove for a family owned team. Behar is tied for the best result ever by a female driver after finishing second at Irwindale Event Center.

She’s made one start this season in the CARS Super Late Model Tour while also competing in the NorthWest Super Late Model Series.

“ARCA is the next logical step for sure,” Behar said in a press release. “Venturini Motorsports is a great team that has the knowledge and experience to help me get where I want to be. Hopefully, we can come out this weekend with a good finish. It’s only one race so far.”

Madison might be the best place for Behar to debut with Venturini Motorsports. The team has won three of the first four races at the half-mile track, winning with Alex Bowman, Justin Boston and Kyle Benjamin.

“It’d be great to win, but if we could come out with a top-10 that’d be great,” Behar said. “Everyone wants to win but we all know it’s not that simple.”

This weekend will also be the first time Behar will experience live pit stops in a race.

“I’m hoping to get some pit stop practice in before the race,” Behar said. “My dad’s dragging our K&N car in a Toterhome to Madison so I can hopefully practice with a heavy stock car on that track.”

MORE: Nicole Behar’s NASCAR Next Q&A

Joe Gibbs Racing Truck Series driver Matt Tifft to race for Venturini Motorsports at Daytona

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Matt Tifft will receive a one-off start for Venturini Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season-opener at Daytona International Speedway.

An Ohio native and freshman at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, Tifft was originally scheduled to do just six Truck races in 2015, sharing a ride for Joe Gibbs Racing with Kyle Busch and Daniel Suarez.

But a joint technical alliance between Venturini Motorsports and Kyle Busch Motorsports will allow Tifft to compete in the NextEra Energy 250 on Feb. 20 in Tifft’s first-ever racing experience at DIS.

Tifft will drive the No. 25 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Tundra, which will carry a paint scheme celebrating the 30th anniversary of primary sponsor Federated Auto Parts.

Tifft has three prior Truck series starts, with a career-best eighth-place finish at Martinsville last season.

“Last year we had a few good runs but it was mostly about gaining experience and getting comfortable in the truck,” Tifft said in a team media release. “This will be my first restrictor plate race so I need to be smart with my strategy and adapt to the style of racing.”

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