By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer
Last season, the ARCA Racing Series took the white flag in the General Tire 200 at Talladega Superspeedway with Brandon Lynn leading the way in the No. 88 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet. Lynn appeared poised to earn his first series victory, or at the very least, a solid top-five finish in his eighth start in the series. As the leaders barreled into turn three for the final time, a wreck happened on the backstretch to bring out the yellow flag. Lynn’s fuel tank ran dry under the caution and despite leading 19 laps, the driver out of Penn Yann, New York would finish the race in the 18th position.
“Definitely a tough pill to swallow in this situation,” Lynn said after last year’s race. “But there was nothing we could do. You have to make sure that everyone’s safe on the track so the caution had to come out. I think we would have just made it to the checkered flag but I doubt we would have made it back around. At least they know we were there.”
Lynn will return to the ARCA Racing Series for the first time since that disappointment in 2017, this time with Venturini Motorsports. The team announced on Monday morning that Lynn would pilot the team’s No. 55 Toyota at Talladega Superspeedway later this month as well as at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
“This is an awesome opportunity,” said Lynn. “It’s great to be back in the series and an honor to race with a team with so much prestige in ARCA. It’s a great feeling knowing I’m getting in equipment capable of winning. As long as the driver is in the game we should be good off the hauler.”
The Venturini name is synonymous with success in the ARCA Racing Series, having played a part in the career development of Joey Logano, Erik Jones, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, Darrell ‘Bubba’ Wallace Jr., Daniel Suarez and Christopher Bell, among others.
While Lynn describes last year as “painful” given he “had the car to do it,” he will look to “seal the deal with a strong Venturini Montorsports team” when he returns to the 2.66-mile track in Alabama.
Lynn will be sponsored by Remodeez, a company with the tagline that they will outsmart smell wherever smells exist. Remodeez provides an odorless and non-toxic solution to remove – not mask – everyday odors using activated charcoal derived from coconut husks to absorb odor at the source.
The 23-year-old driver is also looking forward to racing on the 1.5-mile Charlotte track.
“I’m super excited to run Charlotte. I grew up racing Bandoleros and Legend cars in the area and at Charlotte on the small course. Running the mile and half at Charlotte is a dream come true.”