Robb Brent Looking To Continue Kentucky Success
Robb Brent Looking To Continue Kentucky Success
SPARTA, Kentucky (July 15, 2009)
Robb Brent Racing
July 15, 2009
- - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Robb Brent has been counting down the races for the sanction’s annual second trip to Kentucky Speedway. The time has arrived and Brent is aiming to nail his first top-five finish of the season in Saturday night’s Click It Or Ticket. Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150.
Brent in the No. 36 for Justin Allgaier Motorsports entry for Mike Allgaier returns to the Bluegrass state on the heels of an eighth place finish in ARCA’s first trip to the 1.5-mile oval in May. The effort was the team’s second top-10 finish of the year and the first of three consecutive top-10 runs.
Fresh off a solid 11th place finish at Iowa Speedway last Saturday night, Brent returns to the Bluegrass state aiming for his fifth top-10 finish of the year and third top-10 run at the newly formed SMI speedplant.
“I can’t wait to get back to Kentucky,” said Brent, who sits 11th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series standings entering the race this weekend. “I’ve had success at Kentucky in the past and this team is capable of winning the race on Saturday night, we just need a couple of factors to play into our hands to make it a reality.”
When asked why Brent enjoys the Sparta, Kentucky track so much, he answered with, “I’m just a fan of the mile-and-a-half tracks. For the most part Kentucky Speedway has been kind to me and as a driver you enjoy going back to a track that has been good to you in the past. I’ve finished eighth there for two consecutives races and that’s okay but I really want our first top-five on Saturday night.”
Brent credits the uplifting performance of the JAM team to Bob Blount, whose son Chad Blount is a two-time champion at Kentucky Speedway winning races back in 2002 and 2005.
“Bob knows how to setup a racecar for Kentucky and it showed in May,” added Brent, who pilots the No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dodge Charger. “We worked hard on making our car stick to the track and I think what we learned in May we can apply this weekend and move up the ladder. Bob’s not only is my crew chief but he’s my mentor too.”
With his concrete performance last weekend at Iowa Speedway, Brent gained ground on his competition in the top-10 in the championship chase and now sits just 110 points from moving into the 10th position. “We’re gaining ground but the top-10 is filled with great teams and great drivers,” remarked Brent. “We just have to stay focused on our team and our finishes and sooner or later, we’ll break that barrier and move into the top-10.”
Kentucky Speedway officially gives the green-flag to the second half of the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule and Brent indicates that he still has some goals he would like to complete.
“The plate is full for the second half,” offered Brent. “We’ve pointed our weakness and our strong points from the first half and I think the adjustments we are making will play into our favor. Off the top, qualifying better, leading laps and contending to win are our three biggest projects for the rest of the year.”
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 26 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired two top-five finishes and nine 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 four top-10 finishes in nine starts with a best finish of seventh at Pocono Raceway earlier in June. A 15th place qualifying effort at Michigan International Speedway in June is the team’s season best thus far.
The Click It Or Ticket. Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 (100 laps / 150 miles) is the 11th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 19th ever ARCA race at Kentucky Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, July 17 with a hour and twenty minute session planned from 5:00 p.m. – 6:20 p.m. A happy hour session has been etched in Friday night from 7:40 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for Saturday, 18 slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag that evening shortly after 9:45 p.m. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional broadcasting available live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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