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Brett Hudson Kicks Off 2009 ARCA Season In Familiar Surroundings

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Brett Hudson, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200

Brett Hudson Kicks Off 2009 ARCA Season In Familiar Surroundings

Chris Knight
Brett Hudson Motorsports
April 2, 2009

SALEM, Indiana (April 2, 2009) - Owensboro, Kentucky native Brett Hudson is still searching for his first career ARCA RE/MAX Series victory but as the series resumes competition in Sunday’s Kentuckian Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care, Hudson and his Brett Hudson Motorsports no doubt emerge a pre-race favorite.

Hudson, who will carry the No.25 emblem for Venturni Motorsports for the third consecutive race will look for his third top-five effort and fifth top-10 finish at Salem. Hudson also eyes his second career ARCA pole at the demanding half-mile short track.

“It’s Salem and I’m back,” said Hudson, who will make his eighth career start at the Southern Indiana race track. “It’s not a surprise that this is my favorite race track in the world and I’ve done everything here except win a race. We’re hoping to change that statistic this weekend.”

He continued, “we had a good car last Spring but were wiped up in the “big one” and that was the end of that. We rebounded back with a sixth place run last September. We’ve come so close to winning here, we could taste it; but we’re going to try again on Sunday.”

Some drivers are afraid of Salem’s wrath. Some drivers even distaste its characteristics but Hudson has been able to conquer most of its mean steak, so far.

“Salem is a place you have to respect in order to conquer it,” Hudson admits. “It’s a track that makes you a better driver in the long run not to mention the races there are great. You can afford to get banged up here and still race competitively. A little rubbing never hurts anyone but it’s the sluggish driving of others that could ruin your day. That’s what we hope to avoid.”

Hudson whose average finish at Salem is 12th continued, “We went and tested there last week and were pretty good. The weather was crappy but we were able to get a couple decent hours of testing in. The car responded well to changes, so I was pretty tickled. Jared (Bartlett, crew chief) and I know what we both want in the car, so hopefully we’ll be able to continue our successful pace on Sunday.”

The BHM team will host Hudson Machine Shop, G&A Trucking, Double H Hydraulics and Warrick Tubing as sponsors this weekend at Salem Speedway.

“It’s a tough time out there right now and we know that, so to have the support and friendship that we do with our sponsors, we’re extremely grateful and appreciative,” Hudson explained. “Hopefully we can deliver Sunday.”

As for the remainder of the 2009 season, Hudson admits, it’s up in the air.

“It’s sketchy right now but right now we’re focusing on Salem this weekend. We’re going to get through it and regroup and hope to run a couple more races this year.”

Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available for this weekend’s activities. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Lisa Hudson of Brett Hudson Motorsports at 270.929.2160 or hudson00@adelphia.net.

The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care (200 laps/111 miles) is the second of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 82nd ARCA race held at Salem is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, April 4 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, April 5 shortly after 2:15 p.m. The race will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

Brett Hudson, Brett Hudson Motorsports, Salem Speedway

Notes of Interest:

· Brett Hudson is scheduled to make his eighth career ARCA start at Salem Speedway on Sunday. In his previous seven starts, Hudson has racked up one pole, two top-fives and four top-10s.

· Brett Hudson will attempt to make his 20th career ARCA RE/MAX Series start Sunday. In his previous 19 races, Hudson has produced two top-fives and nine top-10 finishes.

· Brett Hudson Motorsports will roll out their familiar Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS model this weekend at Salem . BHM will fluctuate between Chevrolets on the short tracks before switching to the Dodge Charger model on the speedways.

· Following Salem Speedway, Hudson is tentatively scheduled to compete in the Drive Smart! Buckle Up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway on May 9.


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