After yet another successful weekend, Venturini Motorsports has a fairly good chance at winning a championship in their 30th Anniversary season. Leading that charge is Brennan Poole, who currently leads the point standings and scored his second victory of the season this past weekend at Elko Speeday.
"The car was really good," he says. "I can't thank Venturini Motorsports enough. It's pretty awesome to win the inaugural race at Elko. I had a lot of fun here tonight. The track's a blast. Of course, it's always fun when you've got such a good race car. I was slipping and sliding and trying to get everything out of it coming into the corner, dodging traffic. It was crazy."
Poole started the race in fifth and made his way to the front, never looking back as he led a 148 of the 200 laps in the inaugural race at the short track located in Minnesota.
"We've never been to a place like this. I'm proud of my guys and all the work they did."
The 21-year-old from Woodlands, Texas says that the key was the car worked well out front, as well as in traffic.
"We were just a little bit tight, so we had to save the right front once we got into the lead," he says. "I kind of used up what I had to get into the lead so once I got there, I just tried to let it ride and protect that right front. That first run, I was good up front, but I used up my right front tire and started to get tight late in the run."
He feels that the pit strategy by Billy Venturini was key in deciding to come and get tires a little later than their competitors.
The beginning of the season hasn't been the easiest for Poole as he had to fight adversity to get to the points lead.
At Daytona, Poole had to start 33rd and finished the race in the seventh.
“It was my first time on Superspeedway,” he comments. “I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.”
The following weekend at Mobile, he blew the motor on the first lap of practice so he got no practice and barely got in line to qualify. Despite that, the Venturini Motorsports team was able to qualify seventh and finish seventh.
At the third race of the season at Salem, the clutch broke right when Poole went out to qualify so the team had to change the clutch and Poole had to start the race from the back of the pack.
“I ended up finishing third so I know we had a great run there and the car was really strong,” he says. “That was great and kept building on the points lead.”
The last race at Talladega, Poole had to start fourth due to qualifying being rained out and being based on owner’s points. However on lap 11, Poole was involved in the wreck and substained some minor damage to the front of the car. The team kept making pit stops to make repairs, at one point running in the 22nd position, and came back to finish in eighth at the end of the race.
At the last ARCA race at Toledo Speedway, Poole finished 22nd, which dropped him from the points leader. However the win at Elko puts him back on top, now 10 points above Tom Hessert.
“My team has done a great job helping me as a driver to overcome some of the things I’ve had to deal with and we’ve just been able to come through and it’s been a great start to the year,” he says.