Dalton Sargeant Scores Podium in ARCA Debutby Kyle Pokrefky April 26, 2016 0 comments
SALEM, Ind. — 18-year-old Dalton Sargeant kicked his ARCA Racing Series career off with a bang on Sunday afternoon at Salem Speedway, collecting a podium in his series debut.
Making the first of 15 scheduled starts in Venturini Motorsports’s No. 55 Windows 10 Toyota this season, Sargeant battled hard throughout the race and was present in the top-10 throughout the day, but wasn’t able to make much headway into the top-five.
It wasn’t until he received the benefit of a outside lane starting position on the final restart with 47 laps to go that his No. 55 car finally came to life. From the drop of the green flag, Sargeant used the outer lane to has advantage and quickly moved into the top-five – a place he would stay at through the remainder of the race.
At the conclusion of the race, Sargeant brought the No. 55 car home in the third position in the Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200.
For the Boca Raton, Fla. native, there was plenty to be satisfied about from his strong performance in his ARCA debut.
“Overall, I can’t be any more happy,” Sargeant told The Fourth Turn following the race. For our first race in the ARCA Racing Series, you can’t be dissatisfied with a top-three finish. Overall, I’m more than honored to work with everybody at Venturini Motorsports – they gave us a great No. 55 Windows 10 Toyota Camry…
“It was a blast being able to run the ARCA Racing Series and I’m looking forward to coming back for a few more with Venturini Motorsports.”
Sargeant viewed his first race in the series as a tremendous learning experience.
While he’s raced at short tracks such as Bristol Motor Speedway and Winchester Speedway in the past, he was able to gather some more knowledge out of how ARCA cars handle around tracks such as Salem and he also believes that his first Salem experience will prove to be beneficial on larger tracks.
“I think I learned a lot of good racing techniques on being able to roll the top,” Sargeant said. “This track offers a lot of characteristics in 3 and 4 where you’re right up against the wall. I haven’t really been anywhere like that other than Winchester and Bristol where you’re that close to the wall in the center of the car.
“I think that’s going to help me a lot with some of these larger tracks we’re going to later on in the year and as well as setting people up to make passes, that was a big improvement that we made throughout the day.”
Up next for Sargeant is Friday’s General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway – a race that will serve as his behind-the-wheel introduction to superspeedway racing.
The 2.66-mile superspeedway may be an intimidating beast of a race track, but the 18-year-old is going to approach it as he would for any other race.
“I think overall we’re going to have to take it like any other race,” Sargeant stated. “It’s going to be a new experience for me going to a superspeedway, but I’m going to rely on my crew chief, Billy Venturini, to coach me and crew chief me and continue as the day goes on and learn as much as possible there.”
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