MILLVILLE, New Jersey (May 27, 2015)- Headed in to Sunday’s ARCA 150 presented by Unique Pretzels, World Stage Racing’s Brian Wong was hoping that the strength found in his previous runner-up finish in the ARCA Racing Series’ annual visit to New Jersey Motorsports Park would repeat itself. Unfortunately, an endless series of electrical issues with the Series’ mandated spec motor would hamper Wong throughout the weekend, ultimately ending his race early with a 20th place finish. The one highlight to the weekend would be Brian’s fifth place qualifying effort, despite a fading engine.
“It’s frustrating for sure,” stated the Newport Beach native. “We came in to the weekend knowing we had a real shot, but we just never got ahead of the problems this weekend. It’s frustrating because there’s nothing that anyone on the team could do as the issues were decided by the Series and out of the team’s control, but I guess that’s racing and we’ll just take the disappointment and move on.”
Driving for the storied Venturini Motorsports, the same team for which he’s driven the previous two years at this event, the team’s woes began at the beginning of the weekend. With the No. 55 Nuts.com / Nitty Toyota suffering engine gremlins before he could ever turn a lap, Wong, the first Chinese-American to take a podium in ARCA competition, was only able to get on track during the second practice session. Knowing how valuable track time would be, Brian made the most of it to still end the day fifth on the charts.
Hoping his problems were behind him, Brian would proceed in to qualifying with all attention focused on the events ahead, once again setting fifth fastest time in the session and knowing his race experience would position him well for the race. Unfortunately, after qualifying the team discovered further problems with the series-mandated motor, eventually opting to have the engine worked on and hopefully repaired before the race. Per Series rule, however, Wong would be forced to start from the back of the field due to the engine work.
With his work cut out for Sunday’s race, Brian was immediately on pace as the green flag fell, making work of much of the field in front of him during the opening laps. Unfortunately, as the race settled in, Wong noticed the car’s voltage beginning to drop, with the engine eventually quitting entirely due to an alternator issue.
It was a difficult end to a challenging weekend, giving Brian no choice but to look ahead.
“There really isn’t much to say about it all,” continued Brian. “I’m thankful to everyone at Venturini for taking care of us, and it’s unfortunate that we all suffered with an issue that was out of the team’s control. We’ll just concentrate on our next event and hope that the worst is behind us.”
While neither World Stage Racing nor Brian Wong have any firm announcements for their next event, the team is hard at work on a few programs they’re finalizing, with announcements set shortly.