Get ready race fans! Especially those fans who love road course racing. The haulers are pulling into the facility as the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards heads to New Jersey Motorsports Parkfor the running of The Great Railing 150. Here's how several drivers feel about returning to road course racing.
Thomas "Moose" Praytor
Thomas "Moose" Praytor will once again bring his No. 2 Realtor/DK-LOK -Hixson MotorsportsChevrolet to the track but this time with veteran status. He completed both road course events in the ARCA Racing Series 2013 schedule. The term "veteran road course driver" is not one Praytor uses on a regular basis.
"The road courses are fun and New Jersey is a first class facility," Praytor said. "But just because I finished both road course races last year... I don't think of myself as a veteran, more of a survivor! I'm looking forward to slinging our REALTOR/DK-LOK Chevy around the road course. You're always busy inside the car setting up each corner, shifting, braking then back up through the gear box. I learned last year at Road America you can't be real aggressive or you'll end up stuck in the kitty litter."
Justin Boston has racked up his first-ever ARCA Racing Series victory and is looking for a nice return to New Jersey with his Venturini MotorsportsNo.25 ZLOOP/JACO Environmental Toyota machine. The driver says that he wants to build on last years performance.
"I really like road course racing and I am excited for our chance this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park," Boston said. "We ran in the top-five for most of the race last year and I think our ZLOOP Computer and Electronic Recycling Centers - JACO Environmental Toyota Camry will unload stronger than it left the track last year."
Following an impressive ARCA Racing Series debut in 2013, World Stage Racing's Brian Wong will return to the site of his first venture, New Jersey Motorsports Park. Wong, the first Chinese-American to compete in the renowned series looks to improve on last year's top ten. Wong will drive the No.55 VMS entry featuring Nashville recording
trio Lucy Angel on the hood serving as primary sponsor of his Toyota
"I think last year's race proved the potential we had and we're coming into New Jersey as prepared as we can be," Wong said. "Even though we took seventh last year, that doesn't really tell the story of our weekend as we were actually running stronger were it not for a few hiccups earlier in the day. As anyone in racing knows, consistency plays a big role so to return with everyone at Venturini Motorsports is fantastic, I have no doubt we can capitalize on the potential we showed. I really have to thank everyone at World Stage for putting this together; it's going to be a great weekend."
Race coverage: The Great Railing 150 will be aired live starting at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 1 with timing and scoring as well as a live internet broadcast through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at www.arcaracing.com.
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