Monday, November 27, 2023

Venturini Motorsports Team Owner Billy Venturini Returns as Driver For ARCA East Event at Flat Rock

Billy Venturini 2023 ARCA Menards Series East Flat Rock Speedway Billy Venturini running a race?
Billy Venturini will return to the driver seat for the May 20th ARCA Menards Series East race at Flat Rock Speedway. Photo Credit: Venturini Motorsports

They’re going to party like it’s 2007 at Venturini Motorsports, as the bossman Billy Venturini will get back behind the wheel of a race car in the ARCA ranks for the first time in roughly 17 years.

On Wednesday, Venturini Motorsports announced that the 47-year-old Venturini will pilot the No. 20 JBL Toyota Camry for the team in the May 20th ARCA Menards Series East event at Flat Rock Speedway.

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While it’ll be a fun event to see Venturini back behind the wheel, the owner of Venturini Motorsports wants everyone to be clear that he is not readying for a full-time return as a race car driver.

“I am not coming out of retirement,” Venturini stated in a team release. “In no way does this mark my return to the seat on a regular basis. No matter the outcome, this is a one and done for me. I never got to race at Flat Rock when I was racing full time. I don’t have a desire to be a racecar driver again; I’ve been there and done that. But I do have a desire to do this.”

For Venturini, the reason for him strapping back into the car for this one race is that he wants to compete in a race at the track, where his father Bill Venturini scored his first-career ARCA win. While he’d love deep-down to win the race, this start is all about having fun.

“I know I am going to be a little rusty,” Venturini said. “We’ll go test beforehand just to knock the rust off. It’s been 17 years. After that we’ll have a more realistic view of what our expectations will be. But I am going there to enjoy myself. It’s truly the first time I’ve raced for fun.”

Venturini was a fixture in the ARCA Menards Series beginning with a part-time schedule in 1994 all the way up until an eight-race season in 2007. Over the course of 14 seasons, Venturini contested a total of 161 ARCA Menards Series races, and he scored one win, which came at Salem in 2006.

Venturini had three top-five finishes in the ARCA Menards Series championship standings, his best ranking of third came in 2006. Venturini also finished fourth in the standings in 2004, and fifth in 2003.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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