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Chad Hackenbracht; CGH Motorsports Have Something To Prove At Daytona

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Chad Hackenbracht, Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200

Chad Hackenbracht; CGH Motorsports Have Something To Prove At Daytona

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
CGH Motorsports
February 17, 2012


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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 17, 2012) - - Chad Hackenbracht and his CGH Motorsports team will make their third ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway Saturday afternoon and undoubtedly fight for their rightful place among the contenders in the highly anticipated season-opener.

For the past two years, the family-owned team has shown improvement in their superspeedway program – but this year the team’s overall feelings and emotions have soared thanks to the dedication of the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team led by veteran crew chief Kevin Reed.

“Words can’t even describe the tactics we’ve taken to improve our superspeedway program,” offered Hackenbracht, driver of the No. 58 Tastee Chocolate Apples / CGH Motorsports Chevrolet. “I feel this was the final piece of the puzzle as far as on-track performance was concerned. Kevin (Reed) came to us with a lot of knowledge about Daytona and Talladega. We were able to dabble into his portfolio at Talladega, but weren’t able to make a real dent until now.”

He continued, “We went to the Daytona test back in December and tried a lot of things. Overall, we were pretty satisfied from our previous testing results there, so we’re antsy to get to the track this week and see how much we’ve improved from then.”

In his first full-year on the ARCA Racing Series tour, Hackenbracht had his shining moments. In 19 races, he adapted well with three top-fives including a career best of third at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway and 10 top-10 finishes en-route to a eighth place finish in the championship standings. It was though the dominating performance at Chicagoland Speedway in June that the 20-year old put himself on the radar where he led an impressive 45 laps before a blown tire while leading.

“We made some noise last year,” added Hackenbracht. “And, believe me; we intend to do the same this year. But, we need help. We’re lacking sponsorship on our No. 58 car. Hopefully we can have a good showing at Daytona and that will encourage someone to jump on-board for the rest of the year.

Our last two outings at Daytona definitely haven’t gone our way. Maybe this year that will change. As a team we have a fresh approach to the season-opener and I’m hoping that it will only mean bigger and better things for us in 2012.”

Reed, the 2010 ARCA crew chief of the year offered his sentiments on Saturday’s season-opener.

“We are going one race at a time,” Reed stated. “We have the car Chad most recently raced at Talladega in April and it has under gone major reconstruction before and after the test at Daytona in December. We have done everything we could possibly do the last three months for this one race. We’re also looking forward to our new power plant for pme (pro motor engineering). I would be really proud of the entire CGH Motorsports team if we could qualify top-five and come out of the race at the end of the day with a top-five and maybe and outside shot to win the race.”

In Thursday’s practice session, Hackenbracht posted the 15th quickest lap by maneuvering his automobile around the racetrack in a time of 49.104 seconds at 183.284 miles per hour. The team’s lap was done in single-car runs. 52 cars participated in the four-hour affair.

The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (80 laps / 200 miles) is the first of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 49th ARCA race held at Daytona is a three-day show. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for Friday, February 17 slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. A forty-five minute final practice session is etched in on Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The event will take the green flag later that day shortly after 4:30 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio broadcast through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local. ARCA, celebrating its 60th season in 2012 is the preamble for the highly anticipated Budweiser Shootout for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) set to ignite under the lights later that night.

CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Interested parties can contact Jordan Dahl at Jordan@cghmotorsports.com or 570.234.5449.

For more information on Chad Hackenbracht and CGH Motorsports, please visit ChadHackenbracht.com and CGHMotorsports.com.

To purchase the popular “What’s A Chad Hacken-Something” tee-shirt, please log on to store.cghmotorsports.com or CGHMotorsports.com.

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Tweet with Chad Hackenbracht through Twitter at @ChadH58 or CGH Motorsports @CGH5858.

About CGH Motorsports:

CGH Motorsports (CGHMotorsports.com), established in 2007 by Ohio entrepreneur Greg Hackenbracht is located in a 10,000 sq. foot facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina. CGH Motorsports is home of rising sensation Chad Hackenbracht, who competed in nine ARCA Racing Series races in 2010 after an aggressive ARCA testing schedule in 2009. Chad Hackenbracht is the 2008 National Asphalt Legends champion, winning 33 percent of his races and finishing in the top-10, 85 percent of the events he competed in. The team has stepped up their commitment from a partial schedule in 2010 and ran a full-effort in 2011, and will attempt another full season of competition in 2012.

PHOTO CAPTION: Chad Hackenbracht, driver of the No. 58 CGH Motorsports / Tastee Apple Chevrolet Impala SS in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for CGH Motorsports.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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