Riding Shotgun with Justin Boston: Part Eight
June 16th, 2014 by JaimeB
ARCA Racing Series driver Justin Boston continued his roller coaster of a season with Race Seven at Pocono Raceway. Boston and his Venturini Motorsports crew were geared-up to make their third start at the Tricky Triangle.
The team started Week Seven of the ARCA season off early with two test sessions on Monday before the Pocono ARCA 200. The morning session saw Boston post the fastest time but, while several other cars picked up speed in the afternoon and Boston slipped to fourth on the speed chart, he and the Venturini Racing crew were optimistic about their chances come race weekend.
Saturday’s qualifying session saw Boston’s up and down season continue. On his first lap of qualifying, Boston got overly aggressive in Turn One where he lost control and slam into the outside wall, forcing him to use a provisional and start the race from last place.
Needless to say on race day, Boston had a lot of work cut out for him after his crew repaired all the damage to his #25 Zloop Computer & Electronic Recycling Centers – JACO Environmental Toyota Camry. Boston spent most of the race working his way up to the front of the pack. With 14 laps to go, a late race restart put Boston in a bad spot and he made contact with another car in Turn One, sending both of them into the outside wall.
“We took our time getting back to the front all day, just to get taken out.”
Boston finished the Pocono ARCA 200 in the 22nd position after being solidly in the top 10 most of the race and running as high as second.
“I am okay after that hit on Lap 66,” he said later. “I’m really bummed for all my Venturini Motorsports guys. We had a winning No.25 ZLOOP Computer and Electronic Recycling Centers – JACO Environmental Toyota Camry today, and they worked so hard after we tagged the wall in qualifying. We knew we would be in position for that last run so we took our time getting back to the front all day, just to get taken out. I’m ready to move forward and head to Michigan.”