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Dalton Sargeant Joins Venturini Motorsports for 2016 ARCA Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Dalton Sargeant and Billy Venturini expect to smack around the competition this season in the ARCA Racing Series.

Sargeant announced on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway that he will compete in 15 ARCA events this season with Venturini Motorsports with support from Toyota Racing Development and Microsoft Windows.

His campaign starts at The Salem Speedway next month and includes most of the events he’s eligible for while still 17 years old.

Venturini will serve as the crew chief on the No. 55 entry when Sargeant is behind the wheel, and the driver expects to their pairing to produce immediate dividends at the track.

“Billy has given me some high expectations this season,” Sargeant said. “Billy told me that the worst this Salem car has finished was second, so that’s gives me a ton of confidence for the year ahead.”

Sargeant will also drive his Toyota Camry at Talladega, Toledo, New Jersey Motorsports Park, both Pocono dates, Michigan, Winchester, Iowa, Lucas Oil Raceway, Berlin, Salem, Chicago, Kentucky and the ARCA finale at Kansas.

For his part, the always brash Venturini made no secret of his own personal goals for his tenure alongside Sargeant.

“As far as I’m concerned, they’re going to have to worry about beating us because the way I see it, I’m the best guy out here.

“We’re going to smash their asses this year.”

Venturini knows he’s providing the rest of the ARCA garage bulletin board material, but he wasn’t going to take it back because he knows he’s got a prized talent in Sargeant, a former European open-wheel prospect, who finished second in his first Snowball Derby attempt back in 2014.

“I think he has a lot of potential,” Venturini said. “He was my K&N Pro East championship pick last year so I’m surprised they didn’t have more success. I think he’s really good and I know we’re going to do a lot of good things together.”

He competed full-time in the K&N Pro Series East last season for HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks, where he finished fourth in the standings with nine top 10s in 14 starts. Sargeant also made four Camping World Truck Series starts for Wauters Motorsports, where he posted a single top 10 at New Hampshire in September.

Sargeant says he wants to make a handful of Truck Series starts in 2016 but noted that nothing has yet been finalized.

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