MILLVILLE, NJ (June 3, 2013)- In only his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Southern California native Brian Wong took an impressive runner-up finish during Sunday’s Great Railing 150 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, also winning the Scott’s Rookie of the Race award in the process.
“I couldn’t be happier with the result,” stated Wong. “We knew after last year’s race we had what it took to be competitive, and this weekend everything finally came together to prove it. Everyone at Venturini Motorsports did a great job of preparing the car, and equally important they had a great strategy heading in. The entire race was well thought out and well planned, and the result shows. Thanks to everyone not only at Venturini, but World Stage Racing as well who put everything together.”
Following an up-and-down event in 2013, Wong, the first Chinese-American competitor in ARCA history, came into this year’s event ready to improve on last year’s form. Returning to the No. 55 Venturini Motorsports Toyota Camry, the Newport Beach resident was immediately on pace during the opening practice sessions gridding on the outside of row three for the race.
When the green flag fell, Wong was immediately up to fifth on the opening lap with a focus on preserving his car and fuel in order to ensure he could complete the race in one pit stop.
Following an early series of yellow flags, Wong went to work once the race began to settle into its pace using attrition to move up to fourth and staying in sight of the lead pack as he went through his paces.
Knowing that pit strategy and tire preservation were critical, the middle portion of the race for Brian was an exercise in patience. Under the tutelage of his crew, Wong bided his time with the experience of a veteran making a clean pit stop for the one and only time.
As the laps wound down, Brian’s patience began to bare fruit as tire management and fuel began to play for the field in front of him with Wong setting consistently faster lap times. With ten laps to go, the No. 55 was able to catch the third-placed Matt Tift advancing to a podium position and stalking the second-place Justin Boston. Narrowing the gap to second place, a mechanical issue for Boston would secure the spot for Brian with race leader Andrew Ranger simply too far ahead to catch.
Knowing that Ranger, who had won the race the last three times consecutively, was too far ahead, Wong simply settled into his pace to cross the finish line in second.
Taking second place in only his second race, Wong looks forward to his next opportunity.
“I hadn’t been in a stock car since this race last year,” continued the Californian. “I’d love to do more of these events especially since we seem to do really well on the road courses. Right now there are no definite plans for future races, but of course I’m keeping a watchful eye on potential opportunities.”
While World Stage Racing has no definitive future events scheduled, the organization is always examining new opportunities in their efforts to attract a young, digitally-engaged audience.