CONCORD, N.C. – Twenty-five year old Trista Stevenson will join Venturini Motorsports and make her ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds for the General Tire GRABBER 100 on Sept. 4.
Stevenson, a native of nearby Pocahontas, Ill., will pilot the No. 15 Stevenson BP Toyota for Venturini Motorsports. A second generation driver, Stevenson’s career spans more than a decade, primarily racing late model super trucks and UMP modifieds. Her uncle, Steve Stevenson, is a former ARCA Racing Series competitor with 12 series starts during the late 90’s, with a career best eighth-place finish coming at Springfield in 1997.
“It’s surreal, this is a dream come true,” Stevenson said about making her ARCA debut. “We’ve always talked about building a car for Springfield or DuQuoin but never pulled the trigger. So when the opportunity came to drive for Venturini Motorsports we jumped at the chance.”
Stevenson, a graduate of Lynn St. James’ Women in the Winners Circle academy and former NASCAR Drive for Diversity combine participant, will replace Jake Griffin, who was originally scheduled at DuQuoin but due to a scheduling conflict will miss his start. Griffin, who finished ninth behind the wheel of the No. 15 at Springfield, will attempt to make the field in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, the same weekend.
“This is a big race for me. I’m excited, but realistic with my goals,” Stevenson said. “I have some experience racing these heavier cars, but it’s my first time out in the ARCA series and my first ever attempt at DuQuoin. I adapt well behind the wheel and hope I can go out and run in the top-10.”
CREDIT: Venturini Motorsports