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General Tire 150: 3 Storylines to Watch
■ No Hometown Advantage: Venturini Motorsports, the powerhouse ARCA Menards Series team founded and led by two-time series champion Bill Venturini, is headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, only 3.7 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Despite the logistical advantage of having one of the series’ marquee events in the neighborhood, Venturini Motorsports has yet to celebrate in Victory Lane at the storied 1.5-mile superspeedway.
The team’s best Charlotte effort came in 2019 when all three of its cars – Harrison Burton (4th), Michael Self (5th) and Christian Eckes (7th) – finished among the top 10.
Originally based in the Chicago area, Venturini Motorsports – and the Venturini family – relocated to North Carolina between the 1993 and 1994 seasons.
■ Stars in the Making: After a handful of races in the ARCA Menards Series season, the championship was shaping up to be a battle between a pair of 18-year-old racers.
Corey Heim, driving the No. 20 Toyota for Venturini Motorsports, won two of the first three races to take an early lead in the standings. The teenager from Marietta, Georgia, showed the nerve and skill of a seasoned veteran as his victories came on the high-speed superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega.
Ty Gibbs, the 18-year-old grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame team owner Joe Gibbs, finished second to Heim at Daytona and then won race No. 2 at Phoenix Raceway. He was knocked out in an early wreck at Talladega and stood fourth in points entering the month of May.
■ Unfamiliar Territory: Many of the drivers competing in the General Tire 150 will be making their first starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway as the ARCA Menards Series has only run two races here since 2004.
The inaugural General Tire 150 in 2018 saw Brandon Jones score the victory as the series returned to the Charlotte track after a 13-year absence. Ty Majeski then won the 2019 race and last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARCA made 19 of its 22 Charlotte Motor Speedway appearances between 1996 and 2004.
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