Wendy Venturini Outmuscles Jimmy Spencer for Win in NASCAR Raceday Bus Race

May 1, 2008

Former NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer couldn’t muscle his way into Victory Lane again this year … but he may have met his match for the title of “Mr. Excitement.”

Second-generation driver and Chicago native Wendy Venturini unseated Spencer, the defending event champion, last night in the Fourth Annual NASCAR RaceDay School Bus Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Venturini, driving the “Skoolin’ the Boys” Bus, held off her NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED cohorts Kenny Wallace and Spencer for her second win in four years.

“I’m so proud of the “Skoolin’ the Boys” Bus Crew,” Venturini, a reporter for NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED, said. “The guys gave me a great bus that was awesome on the top end. Dirty-driving Spencer had me up on three wheels and I think I cut his tire. For all the young girls out there, it is okay to have a little dirt and oil on your face, especially when you beat the boys.”

In addition to Venturini, Spencer and Wallace, NASCAR RaceDay on-air personalities John Roberts, Hermie Sadler and Rutledge Wood participated in the eight-lap special event held on the quarter-mile frontstretch oval, along with track mascot Lug Nut.

Spencer, last year’s winner, again started at the rear of the field but quickly bulldozed his way to the front and traded the lead with Kenny Wallace before being body slammed by Wood. But Venturini snagged the lead from Wallace and took the win in her purple-flowered bus. Spencer, always a sore loser, protested Venturini’s win on the grounds of too many crew members.

Perhaps the biggest story of the night, though, was Wood’s rise to prominence as the next “Mr. Excitement.” Wood admitted afterward he and Venturini had made a secret pact in which Wood would block or take out as many buses as possible to help her secure the victory.

“It was so dark inside the cockpit that I couldn’t get the bus in fourth gear,” Wood said. “Once I found fourth, I began my rampage. John Roberts was the first to go when I spun him out. He threw his helmet at me in typical Robby Gordon fashion. Then Spencer was my next victim. When it was over, I punched Spencer out and got called to the trailer, which was more of a pop-up tent. But I learned a lot.”

Saturday’s NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED (4:30 p.m. ET) will showcase the rain-delayed grudge match.

Former NASCAR driver Jimmy Spencer couldn’t muscle his way into Victory Lane again this year … but he may have met his match for the title of “Mr. Excitement.”Second-generation driver and Chicago native Wendy Venturini unseated Spencer, the defending event champion, last night in the Fourth Annual NASCAR RaceDay School Bus Race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.Venturini, driving the “Skoolin’ the Boys” Bus, held off her NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED cohorts Kenny Wallace and Spencer for her second win in four years.“I’m so proud of the “Skoolin’ the Boys” Bus Crew,” Venturini, a reporter for NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED, said. “The guys gave me a great bus that was awesome on the top end. Dirty-driving Spencer had me up on three wheels and I think I cut his tire. For all the young girls out there, it is okay to have a little dirt and oil on your face, especially when you beat the boys.”In addition to Venturini, Spencer and Wallace, NASCAR RaceDay on-air personalities John Roberts, Hermie Sadler and Rutledge Wood participated in the eight-lap special event held on the quarter-mile frontstretch oval, along with track mascot Lug Nut.Spencer, last year’s winner, again started at the rear of the field but quickly bulldozed his way to the front and traded the lead with Kenny Wallace before being body slammed by Wood. But Venturini snagged the lead from Wallace and took the win in her purple-flowered bus. Spencer, always a sore loser, protested Venturini’s win on the grounds of too many crew members.Perhaps the biggest story of the night, though, was Wood’s rise to prominence as the next “Mr. Excitement.” Wood admitted afterward he and Venturini had made a secret pact in which Wood would block or take out as many buses as possible to help her secure the victory.“It was so dark inside the cockpit that I couldn’t get the bus in fourth gear,” Wood said. “Once I found fourth, I began my rampage. John Roberts was the first to go when I spun him out. He threw his helmet at me in typical Robby Gordon fashion. Then Spencer was my next victim. When it was over, I punched Spencer out and got called to the trailer, which was more of a pop-up tent. But I learned a lot.”Saturday’s NASCAR RaceDay on SPEED (4:30 p.m. ET) will showcase the rain-delayed grudge match.

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