Matt Tiff to open season at Daytona with Venturini Motorsports.
Venturini Motorsports (VMS) announced today a joint technical alliance with Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) to field rookie driver Matt Tifft in the upcoming NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) NextEra Energy 250 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on February 20th
“As a driver it’s an honor and privilege to race at Daytona. Daytona has played such a huge role in NASCAR over the years. I’m excited for this opportunity and looking forward to my first laps around the iconic track.” said Tifft. Tifft, with sponsorship support from Federated Auto Parts, will drive the No.25 Venturini Motorsports prepared Toyota Tundra under the lights at Daytona and will carry a special paint scheme in recognition of the company’s 30th Anniversary.
Photo via Matt Tiff Racing
“When the chance to sponsor Matt at Daytona came our way, we jumped at the opportunity,” said J.R. Bishop, Director of Motorsports and Event Marketing for Federated. “Matt has been a great ambassador for Federated since he raced the Federated ARCA car last year and we are pleased to continue our relationship with him in 2015.”
Tifft, a University of North Carolina at Charlotte freshman, has three NCWTS career starts all coming in 2014 with a career high eighth place finish in his series debut at Martinsville Speedway (VA.).
“Last year we had a few good runs but it was mostly about gaining experience and getting comfortable in the truck. This will be my first restrictor plate race so I need to be smart with my strategy and adapt to the style of racing,” added Tifft.
In addition to Daytona, Tifft will run a six-race schedule and share the driving duties behind the wheel of his Tundra with KBM owner-driver Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Daniel Suarez competing for the Truck Series Owner’s Championship. Tifft has made 12 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards starts the last two seasons, registering six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. The Ohio native registered a career-best runner-up finish in this year’s September event at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta (KY). In addition to his time in the ARCA Racing Series, the 18-year-old has competed in the NASCAR K&N East and West Series, posting one top-five and nine top-10 finishes across 24 starts.
The NCWTS NextEra Energy 250 will air live Friday, February 20th on FOX Sports 1 at 7:30 p.m. EST.
ABOUT FEDERATED: Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America. Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced people who are knowledgeable in today’s evolving automotive technology. For more information, visit www.federatedautoparts.com.
ABOUT VENTURINI MOTORSPORTS: Venturini Motorsports (VMS), fielding cars for over 30-years in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, is one of the premier NASCAR driver development programs in the country. Multiple team championships and consistent on-track success, VMS has evolved into one of the most recognizable names in motorsports. Since 2007, VMS has assisted in the career development of notable NASCAR drivers such as Joey Logano, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Brian Scott, Kevin Swindell, John Wes Townley, Erik Jones, and Justin Boston. Over the years the Venturini name has become synonymous with modern-day racing in America. In 2012, the Venturini family was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame (www.NIASHF.org) and now find themselves enshrined with such sports icons as Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Vince Lombardi, Tommy Lasorda and Rocky Marciano.
Official Press Release Concord, NC (February 11, 2015) Venturini Motorsports