It was a great day for Justin Boston and his familiar No.25 ZLOOP-JACO Toyota. The driver was at the top of the list when it came to the four drivers representing Venturini Motorsports (VMS) at Winchester Speedway. All four of the VMS drivers placed in the top ten.
The 4th of July weekend saw the ARCA Racing Series head to historic Winchester Speedway in Indiana for the Sunday running of the Herr's Chase the Taste 200. The race marked the official halfway point of the ARCA Racing Series season. VMS's four car effort included drivers John Wes Townley, Justin Boston, Cody Coughlin and fifteen year old J.J. Haley.
Boston topped his VMS teammates with a third place finish. The driver said he struggled to find speed during Saturday's practice sessions. He qualified for the race in the sixth position. Boston finished behind race winner Brandon Jones and second place driver Mason Mitchell. Jones passed Mitchell for the lead on the last lap and the tight racing led Boston to believe he could make a move at the end.
"I thought we could have had a shot at it in the end," Boston said after the race. "I
thought the two of them (Mitchell and Jones) were both going to wreck
and we might pick up the win. Either way, the Venturini guys gave us a
good car. I didn't think it was going to be when we first got here, but
(crew chief) Kevin Reed made some changes and really improved the car."
Boston started the race in the outside third row but was tagged in the left rear quarter panel during a lap one incident involving Anderson Bowen (No.77) and Kyle Weatherman (No.99). Boston suffered cosmetic damage only and was able to make it to the pits for new tires allowing him to quickly return to race competition, albeit at the rear of the field. The 24-year old driver impressively made his way back through the field putting him within striking distance at the end of the race.
Boston's third top-5 of the season highlighted a strong overall team performance as VMS finished with four cars in the top-10.
Youngster J.J. Haley coming off his record setting performance at Elko Speedway two weeks ago finished sixth driving his No.66 Braun Auto Group-Braun Ability Toyota followed.
Cody Coughlin, driving the No.55 JEGS Toyota, finished the race in the 7th position.
John Wes Townley, driver of the No.15 ZAXBY's Toyota, finished the race in the 8th position.