Justin Boston enters the 17th round of the 2014 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season – the Southern Illinois 100 at DuQuoin – fresh off of his second career victory at the Madison International Speedway. Going for his second consecutive win is a challenge because for the second time in three races the ARCA teams head to the traditional mile-dirt, this time at DuQuoin. Not only is the track surface different from the norm, the fairgrounds schedule is also in effect meaning practice, qualifying, and the race all take place within a very compressed time frame.
You had some bad luck early in the season and finally had some good luck last week. Do you think you are even when it comes to racing luck this year? “We started off the season and our luck was horrible. I felt like we gave away a couple of chances to win and another few really good finishes because we just didn’t have any luck. But last week the two guys we were racing for the win both had problems and dropped out. So that luck has turned around a little bit. I don’t know that we’re even for the year, but I do think that the 25 team has been working really hard and that we’ll have some really good cars the last four races of the year.
What are the differences between Springfield and DuQuoin from the driver’s seat? “The dirt at Springfield stays racier, it lasts longer. The groove is traditionally more narrow at Springfield, but this year was a curveball because we had people running round the top. They were making multi-groove passes pretty late into the race. Last year I was a little better at DuQuoin, maybe it was because it was my second dirt race and I knew a little bit about what to expect. But going back to DuQuoin we are wondering what the track conditions are going to be like because of how different Springfield was from what it’s usually like. We’ve been monitoring the weather to see how much rain they’ve been getting, hopefully that will give us a heads up on how the track will be.”
What makes a good dirt track car? “Last year we had a dedicated dirt track car that we took to both races, but that car wasn’t ready for this year. So our next best option was actually our high-bank short track car. With the suspension travel you get on the high-banked tracks and on the dirt, they have a lot in common. We are actually taking pretty much the same setup we ran at Springfield and we’ll run that at DuQuoin.
Justin Boston ARCA Dirt Stats: Following the recent race at Springfield, Boston now has three career ARCA Racing Series starts on dirt tracks. Last year he started ninth and sixth and Springfield and DuQuoin, respectively, and followed it with finishes of fifth and third. Two weeks ago, he started ninth and finished seventh at Springfield. He has completed 100% of the possible 306 competition laps in those three events. He has led 11 laps on the dirt, those coming two weeks ago at Springfield.
J-Boss Stars in Music Video for The Identical: Along with several of his Venturini Motorsports teammates, including fellow driver John Wes Townley, Boston appears in Blake Rayne’s new music video Bee Bopin’ Baby promoting the upcoming theatrical release The Identical. Rayne stars alongside Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Ray Liotta as he portrays twin brothers, one who becomes a famous rock star and the other who struggles his love for music and pleasing his demanding father. The video, a tribute to the racing movie Days of Thunder, can be seen by clicking here.
DuQuoin Schedule: Practice: 10-11 am ET; Menards Pole Qualifying: 12:15 pm ET; Southern Illinois 100: 2:30 pm ET (All on-track sessions will have live audio coverage on ARCARacing.com)