SALEM, Ind. – Following a three-week sabbatical from ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards competition, driver Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) returns to the tour this weekend at Salem Speedway looking to pick up right where he left off in Saturday night’s Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 by Meadow View / Salem Crossing.
In his most recent ARCA race last month, Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C. made his Winchester Speedway debut where he wheeled his No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota to a career-best ninth in his ninth career ARCA start.
Returning to the scene at a track with similar characteristics as Winchester this weekend, Fontaine is amped about getting to the track and contend for his second straight top-10 finish.
“The break was nice, but I’m glad to be getting back into a race car,” said Fontaine, who spent the off weeks preparing for his fall semester of college. “Winchester was a blast and we had a day where everything went right and were rewarded with a good finish. Hopefully, that was the start of some good finishes to come for our ProMATIC team.”
Since returning to ARCA competition after sustaining a back injury in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway in February, the 19-year-old Fontaine has had speed with his AM Racing and their development partner Win-Tron Racing prepared race cars but lacked the finishes that Fontaine felt his team deserved.
Now, with a top-10 in the books, Fontaine is confident that his Bill Henderson-led team can continue to build momentum for the final four ARCA races where not only top-10 finishes are likely, but a top-five finish is probable.
“Our team has worked incredibly hard over the last couple of months,” Fontaine said. “We’ve had a lot of speed and now it’s really encouraging to see that speed pay off with finishes we know we are capable of. I know it’s only one top-10, but it’s something we’re definitely using to keep the team upbeat and confident heading to the track.”
“I got comfortable around Winchester pretty quickly and I’m hoping we’ll have more of the same for Salem this weekend. It’s going to be a stacked field, but we’re ready and I’m grateful to be back behind the wheel to close out the season.”
Entering Saturday night’s race ARCA race, Fontaine currently sits 16th in the series’ standings (-2 positions from Springfield, Road America and DuQuoin). Fontaine has a career best finish of ninth in his most recent ARCA race at Winchester Speedway in the Winchester ARCA 200 on Aug. 6.
While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to expand towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this fall in an AM Racing entry.
The Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic 200 by Meadow View / Salem Crossing (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 17th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Sat., Sept. 9 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 4:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed on MAVTV, while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the day’s activities. All times are local (ET).
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About AM Racing:
AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.
About ProMATIC Automation:
ProMATIC Automation Inc. specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment. With complete in-house capabilities of design, programming, fabrication, machining, electrical and mechanical assembly, ProMATIC can manage project resources and coordinate manufacturing efforts to provide quality, on-time automation project implementation.
ProMATIC Automation, Inc. has extensive experience in the integration of high-level automation technologies like robotics, laser, vision, and dispensing systems along with many years of combined experience in the design and machining of custom manufactured components.
For more information on ProMATIC Automation please visit promaticautomation.com