Fontaine optimistic ahead of Madison

Ready to get back to good ole classic short track racing, ARCA Racing Series rookie Justin Fontaineheads to Madison International Speedway eyeing a career-best finish in Friday night’s Montgomery Ward 200.

With the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine heads to the track looking to shake off the disappointment of Michigan International Speedway last week.

Last weekend in Michigan, Fontaine powered to strong practice times and even showcased a better qualifying performance, but an oiled track sent the Asheville, N.C. native into the wall just seven laps into the 100 lap race, ending his day.

Fontaine is grateful for the experience, but ready to put last week in the rear-view mirror and focus out the windshield on racing under the lights Friday night.

“This Win-Tron Racing team has been able to bring some very fast race cars to the track for me to drive. Now, we just need some luck. I was a little too conservative in my ARCA return at Elko Speedway earlier this month, but I’ve learned from that. Now, I’m ready to go to Madison and see what we can pull off.”

Even though he doesn’t have any prior experience at Madison, the AM Racing developmental driver will lean on Win-Tron Racing team principal Kevin Cywinski and AM Racing crew chief Bill Henderson.

“I am really gelling with my team right now,” added Fontaine, the cousin of NASCAR Truck Series driver Chris Fontaine. “Bill knows what I’m looking for in our ProMATIC Toyota and I’m able to give him the feedback he needs to make the car better. Plus, Kevin’s a veteran of Madison hailing back from his racing days. I’m really optimistic that we can practice, qualify and race in the top-10.”

“The team I’m with is capable of winning and I think if I’m in the right position, I can win. We just need everything to come together to make it all happen. Maybe Madison will do the trick. I’m thrilled to race in tight quarters again.”

Currently 20th in the series’ standings, Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th which came at Elko earlier this month

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

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