LAKE BALBOA, CALIF. (July 25, 2011) – Joey Licata, Jr. made the most of his first start in the NASCAR Modifieds in 2011, bringing the #7 Royal Purple Modified to a third place finish at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.  Licata, a member of Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle, had been out of a race car since April when he made a pair of starts for Cunningham Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series.


Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle is a nationally-renowned driver development program that prepares racers for a career in motorsports.  Licata joined the team in 2009 before winning back-to-back ASA Truck Series championships.  The ASA championships brought Licata much attention and landed him in ARCA for the Daytona and Talladega races this spring.


Licata’s sixth place performance at Daytona brought the rookie many accolades but the 19 year-old is still looking for sponsorship to continue his ARCA career.  With a long-break, Licata debuted new sponsor Royal Purple at the highly competitive All American Speedway.


Licata qualified eighth out of the 13 car field and started eighth in the 40 lap feature on the one-third mile asphalt oval.  Licata passed rookie teammate Steve Cote on the opening lap and continued to move forward carefully.  By lap 12, Licata was up to fourth challenging teammate Bobby Runyan, Jr.


After a long battle, Licata finally got the best of Runyan on lap 31 to take the third position.  The patient effort by Licata paid off and allowed him to defend third place from another competitor to the finish line.


“The crew worked really hard and this finish is a tribute to them,” Licata said.  “We made a huge turnaround from the heat race to the main event and ran pretty well.  The cars at Roseville are really close together but everyone races hard and clean!”


Details of Joey’s next race will be available on his website when available.  Potential sponsors can contact Joey through that website for details on how to join his driver development program.


“Joey displayed some of his new skills from racing at a national level, using great patience while battling with Bobby,” Driver Coach Ron Sutton said.  “Joey definitely deserves another shot in the ARCA Racing Series and we are working hard to find him the sponsorship he needs.”


Joey Licata, Jr. Racing and Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle thank partners: Royal Purple, W.R.O.N.G. Clothing, K&N Filters, Scribner Plastics, Allstar Performance, Sunoco Race Fuels, and Star Racing Supply.


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