Justin Boston Finishes Fifth in ARCA Returnby Kyle Pokrefky June 29, 2015 0 comments
WINCHESTER, Ind. — Justin Boston returned to his familiar stomping grounds on Sunday, returning to the ARCA Racing Series with Venturini Motorsports for the Herr’s Chase the Taste 200 at Winchester Speedway.
Coming home with a fifth-place finish in a No. 55 Venturini Toyota, the current driver of Kyle Busch Motorsports’s No. 54 Toyota in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series battled through his share of adversities to claim his 16th career ARCA top-five in his 42nd career start.
The two-time ARCA race winner’s day suffered an early setback after spinning on Lap 30 to avoid an accident ahead in Turn 2 involving Thomas Praytor and Ricky Howerton – sending the No. 55 machine to pit road for some light repairs.
The 25-year-old out of Baltimore, Md. native never showed any quit as he and his crew continuously worked to advance their position, carving their way into the top-five in the closing laps.
“It was unfortunate,” Boston said. “[My spotter] called early enough, I just didn’t see it and know where to go. I made a decision just to lock them down and we were in a bad position there. I didn’t do a good enough job missing it.
“Hats off to my guys … we weren’t as good as we were the first run after that happened, but we were still decent. We needed to get the thing freer in the corner, I couldn’t really make speed and get back to the throttle like I needed to.”
Still, the 2013-2014 driver of Venturini’s No. 25 car had plenty of fun in his return to the series in which he won Scott Rookie of the Year honors in in 2013.
“It was a lot of fun driving today,” Boston said. “I just wish we hadn’t ran into that deal earlier in the race. It’s kind of unfortunate. To battle back and finish fifth is pretty solid, I would’ve liked to be in contention for the win, but all in all – it’s a lot of fun driving for these guys.”
Returning to the Camping World Truck Series for July 9th’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway, Boston will resume his full-time schedule with Kyle Busch Motorsports for six races before returning to Venturini Motorsports and the ARCA Racing Series for September 7th’s Southern Illinois 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.
September’s start will mark Boston’s third at the mile-long clay oval. In two previous starts at the second of two dirt tracks to make up the ARCA schedule, Boston has two top-three finishes to his credit.
“Duquoin’s been a lot of fun,” Boston remarked. “I ran [well] there the past few years – I’ve finished third and second for the past two years. Hopefully we can be in contention for the win again. Grant [Enfinger] was good there last year so, I’m looking forward to driving an ARCA car again there.
“I like playing in the dirt, that’s where I got started racing on two wheels. I’m looking forward to it and I think we’ll have a good shot there, I just like running on dirt. Unfortunately, it’s not before Eldora, but it’s going to be a lot of fun regardless.”
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