Talladega, Ala. – On the heels of back-to-back short tracks events at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville and the high-banks of Salem Speedway, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will head for the high-banks of Talladega Superspeedway for the General Tire 200 Friday, April 27.
The 200-mile race at Talladega, Live on FS1, is just five days following the 200-lap race at Salem. Factoring in the travel in between, you might think the logistics could get challenging. But if you get way out in front of it, it’s not so bad according to Venturini Motorsports crew chief Kevin Reed.
“It’s actually not that bad,” said Reed. “They’re two different race cars. We’re not planning to use our superspeedway stuff anywhere else. If you got in a pinch down the road, it’s possible you could take a speedway car for a back-up at a Michigan or a Pocono; but the plan is to keep our speedway cars separate from everything else. That said, our Talladega cars will be ready to go, so it’s just a matter of going home after Salem, unloading and reloading.”
Venturini teammates Michael Self, Natalie Decker and Leilani Munter are coming off spectacular runs in the season-opener at Daytona where Self drove to victory lane. Decker finished a career-best 5th and Munter finished a career-best 8th. Decker also won the General Tire Pole at Daytona. All three drivers are expected to race at Talladega.
The General Tire 200 at Talladega will be the 56th ARCA race at Talladega since the inaugural event in 1969. Former ARCA winners at Talladega include Ramo Stott, Mark Martin, Davey Allison, Red Farmer, Grant Adcox, Mike Wallace, Frank Kimmel, Justin Allgaier, Ty Dillon, Gus Dean and Justin Haley.
Outside of teching cars the day before, it all happens in one day at Talladega with practice for the General Tire 200 Friday morning (April 27) from 8:30 to 10:20 a.m. General Tire Pole Qualifying (group format) follows at 2:30. The General Tire 200 is scheduled to get the green flag shortly after 5 Friday afternoon.
The General Tire 200 at Talladega is live on FS1. All on-track activities will be featured on live timing and scoring at arcaracing.com, plus live chat.
-ARCA Press Release
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