By: Mitchell Breuer
When Ryan Repko agreed to a part-time deal with Venturni Motorsports, he believed he was signing himself up for success given the history of the team. So far, the 20-year-old has captured two top-10’s in three starts in the ARCA Menards Series with a season-best finish coming in a runner-up at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I think we’ve really found some traction, because we got a second at Talladega, which was painfully close,” Repko said.“I really wish we could have won that race. Then a great first mile and a half race in Kentucky. Just clean, got to run all the laps. Talked to Michael Self about it, about some stuff that I can do better, who’s a great racer on these mile and a halfs, and at any track really, and I’ve been able to lean on him and try and learn some stuff for Kansas this weekend.”
Being that he only has two races left on his schedule for the season, Repko enters this weekend hoping for continued success while keeping his goals realistic.
“I’m only around six starts, so I don’t think anybody expected me to win, but, if we could, that would raise the bar pretty high,” Repko said.“But, a success to me would just be if we went to these next two races and just ran up front, and at some point looked like we might had a shot at winning the race.”
Entering this season, Repko had bounced around between rides without too much consistency in where he was driving. For perspective, his part-time deal this year has been his longest agreement to date.
This has not put him at a complete disadvantage though, especially when it has come to this season, where practice and qualifying has been limited in ARCA. However, with the amount of seat swapping he has done, Repko says that it has prepared him well for a situation like this.
“I’d say it’s definitely made it more challenging,” he said.”It’s just one of those deals where I’ve been thrown to the wolves and figured it out. Which, I mean, when you think about it that’s how my whole career has been. We’ve always tried to chase competition with developing me, and I feel like I’m up to the challenge because of that. I feel it’s prepared me for this.”
As Repko prepares for another weekend like this, he will also be tasked with trying to assist the No. 20 in the owner’s championship battle, where they currently sit third in the standings 14 points behind the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team.
Categories: ARCA Menards Series