The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards returned to Pocono Raceway for the series’ second appearance of the season on the 2.5 mile track this past weekend for the running of the ModSpace 150.
Venturini Motorsports rolling out the team’s customary three car effort featured drivers Zane Smith, Noah Gragson, and Natalie Decker for a chance to tame the ‘Tricky Triangle’. The trio of drivers did not disappoint as each finished in the top-10.
After nearly a two and half hour rain delay the action quickly heated up on the track once the green flag dropped for the series’ 65th overall appearance at Pocono Raceway.
Zane Smith driving the No.55 Musselman’s BIG Cup Toyota led the way for VMS’ three car effort qualifying and finishing third in the 60-lap event. For Smith it was his second top-5 finish at Pocono this year and his fourth overall on the season.
Smith who kept his Musselman’s Big Cup Toyota securely in the lead pack the entire afternoon worked his way up to the second spot and challenged for the lead inside the final ten laps before slipping back into the third position at the checkered flag.
“We were running down the 78…I think I just went a little too hard and heated up the right front and got tight,” said a discouraged Smith. “We’re coming so close…it’s unreal. Honestly, it’s so annoying to not get a win. We wanted it for Musselman’s so bad. It’s been an up and down year to say the least, but we’re finally starting to get a hold of it.”
Noah Gragson making his third overall ARCA Series start of the season finished ninth driving his Venturini Motorsports prepared No.15 Switch Toyota. Gragson, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, worked double duty at Pocono also competing in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) event for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). The 18-year old finished 24th in the NCWTS race after getting caught up in an accident – his disappointing finish snapped a streak of top-10 finishes.
“Today wasn’t the finish we…