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Robb Brent Looking Forward To Returning To Racing Roots

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Stock Car Racing Topics:  Robb Brent, South Jersey Building Trades 150

Robb Brent Looking Forward To Returning To Racing Roots

Chris Knight
Robb Brent Racing
September 10, 2009


Robb Brent
MILLVILLE, New Jersey (September 10, 2009) - - For ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Robb Brent the next stop on the circuits leads to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) for Sunday’s South Jersey Building Trades 150. The stop flashes back memories for the Shelby Township, Michigan native of his early days in racing where the Justin Allgaier Motorsports (JAM) pilot originally cut his teeth.

After spending time in some of the best-endured driving schools (Bob Bondurant and Skip Barber) in the United States, Brent accepted an invitation in 2004 to compete in the Red Bull karting search with an advance to the All-American driving challenge in 2005. That experience opened up new doors for the 22-year old rising star to tackle the Mid-Ohio racing school which unlocked the gate to the Panoz Racing Series.

Winning the Panoz Racing Series winter crown in 2006 was the motivation towards moving Brent to the world of stock car. Now with his first road course race on the horizon in a 3400-pound stock car, Brent is looking forward to flashing back to his days of left and right hand turns while pushing towards the opportunity of putting the JAM team in victory lane for the second time at NJMP.

“I’ve been counting down the days to New Jersey,” said Brent, who heads to New Jersey looking for his sixth top-10 run of the year. “I’m excited about going back to my old racing roots while hoping to deliver a good run for the team and our sponsors.”

Without any prior experience at the Millville, New Jersey based facility, the team joined a plethora of other ARCA teams following the ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Pocono Raceway in August for a day of testing around the 2.25-mile track. Brent was satisfied with the results of the day and feels it could be the extra kick towards notching their first top-five run of the year.

“The track is pretty neat,” added Brent. “I am glad that we came and tested. We worked with a lot on car control and a little with the gear ratios hoping to find that perfect setup that will enable us to be fast right off the truck. Dave (Leiner, crew chief) wasn’t with us for the test so we’ll go there based on our notes and make adjustments and improvements as we see fit.”

Brent further signified, “the ARCA RE/MAX Series competing on a road course etches the word diversity into the foundation. I think that our series is plenty capable of putting on a good show and giving the fans what they want. I can’t wait to get started this weekend.”

With solid efforts at Toledo Speedway (12th) and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (11th), the road racing ace has moved within 15 points of overtaking Tom Hessert III for ninth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings. Walking away from NJMP with an improved position in the point standings would be an extra bonus for the full-time college student.

“Our goal was to work our way into the top-10 after missing Daytona,” Brent admitted. “Anything after that is a bonus. Ninth is going to be a race in itself for the next four races so we’re just going to keep digging until the end.”

Washington Township, Michigan based Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep will continue it’s long-time association with Brent and serve as the primary sponsor on Brent’s No. 36 Dodge Charger this weekend. Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep has backed Brent since his entrance into racing at the age of 16.

Prior to joining Justin Allgaier Motorsports, Brent participated in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski and Brad Keselowski Racing. In his 33 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired two top-five finishes and 10 top-10 efforts. Brent notched his career best qualifying effort of second at Kentucky Speedway last year. He has led the ARCA RE/MAX Series pack twice for 21 laps in 2008. His best finish in the NCWTS occurred at Nashville Superspeedway in his inaugural truck debut where he finished 21st after qualifying 26th.

This season, Brent has five top-10 finishes in 16 starts with a best finish of seventh at Pocono Raceway in June and August. A third place qualifying effort at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in September is the team’s season best thus far.

For more on Robb Brent, sponsorship opportunities and official team merchandise, please visit the newly re-launched Robbbrentracing.com.

Be sure to cast your vote for Robb Brent as the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series most popular driver. Visit ARCANation.com and vote for Robb Brent today! Remember, if you are a member your vote counts twice compared to non-members whose clicks only equal one vote.

The South Jersey Building Trades 150 (150 miles / 67 laps) is the 18th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The second ARCA event held at the New Jersey Motorsports Park is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 12 with a one hour practice session planned from 12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. A final “happy hour” session has been etched in for 1:50 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday, September 13 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will not be televised but broadcast coverage will be available live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

Driver Contact:

Carol Brent

E: Carol@robbbrentracing.com

P: 586.703.3737

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