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Monday, August 10, 2015

Bill Venturini #25 Rain-X/True Value/Amoco Chevrolet

    Bill Venturini was the 1983 ARCA series Rookie of the Year, as well as champion of the series in 1987, and 1991~ He is also the father of broadcaster Wendy Venturini~ Today, I'm going to talk about his time in the #25 Rain-X/True Value/Amoco Chevrolet, which he drove in parts of the 1992, and 1993 ARCA seasons~ Bill ran several seasons with Rain-X and Amoco as sponsors, but only a handful of races with Rain-X, True Value, and Amoco all together on the same car~

    His first start with all three sponsors on the car came in the 2nd race of the 1992 ARCA season, the Southern 300 @ Pensacola, where he qualified the car in the 7th position, and came home in the 6th spot, having led for 39 of the 300 laps~ The next race he ran with the sponsors came 2 races later, in the Poulan Pro 500K @ Talladega, where he started in the 6th position, led 2 laps, and finished 4th~ Bill then started 10th in the Toledo ARCA 125 @ Toledo, and finished in the 15th position~

    He started in the 10th position for the Kil_Kare Icebreaker 150 @ Kil-Kare, where he led the final 3 laps to win his first and only race of the season~ This would also be the final time during the season where he ran the car with all 3 sponsors shown on the RC car~

                                                   Venturini's Racing Champions card~
Bill Venturini #25 Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog Wendy Venturini nude

    Bill started the 1993 ARCA season with all the sponsors on the car again for the season opener, ARCA 200 @ Daytona, where he qualified 22nd~ As he was trying to make his way to the front, he was involved in a crash on lap 3, which ended his day~ He finished in the 30th position~ For the 4th race of the season, all 3 sponsors were back on the car, and Venturini qualified the car 21st~ He finished the race 1 lap down, in the 12th position~ His final race with all 3 sponsors on the car came in the Mountain Magic Jamboree 150 @ Pocono, where he rolled off 14th, and finished the race in the 4th position, his final top 5 of the season~

    During the late 1980's, Bill famously used an all-female pit crew while running in the ARCA series, with his wife Cathy serving as crew chief~ Far from a publicity stunt, the all-female pit crew played a major role in his first ARCA championship in 1987~ His son, Billy was also an ARCA driver, driving for over 10 years~ Bill's father, Tony was also a NASCAR driver, who began racing in the 1950's, and is considered one of the early pioneers in the sport~ Venturini currently owns Venturini Motorsports, and fields cars and trucks for several up and coming drivers~

                                   Bill Venturini #25 Rain-X/True Value/Amoco Chevrolet~
Bill Venturini #25 Rain X True Value Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN Wendy
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Bill Venturini #25 Rain X True Value Racing Champions 1/64 NASCAR diecast blog BGN Wendy

    You've gotta agree with me, this is a danged pretty race car!~ The car is totally full of logos, with lots of colors~ Up until I got this car, my favorite yellow RC car was the Michael Waltrip #30 Pennzoil Pontiac, but this car just blows it out of the water~ I wish he would have ran this car more with all 3 sponsors on it, as it is shown here~ I have to give this one an A+ on the Racing Champions quality scale, as the card also looks pretty cool~

    I have added a few videos below featuring Bill Venturini,  I hope you enjoy them, and as always, I thank each and every one of you that visit the blog!~

                                                              Bill Venturini interview~
                                                        Venturini Motorsports segment~

                                                1982 Rockford Speedway Pit Stop contest~
                                                             2011 Venturini interview~


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