From New Jersey Twists & Turns To Salem Combat For Bryan Silas
Topics: Bryan Silas, South Jersey Building Trades 150
SALEM, Indiana (September 15, 2009) - - Despite finishing 28th in Sunday’s The New Jersey Building Trades 150, ARCA RE/MAX Series veteran driver Bryan Silas undoubtedly took a wealth of experience away from the New Jersey Motorsports Park road course that will help the Stuart, Florida native in future road course events.
After qualifying mid-pack, Silas began mounting an impressive charge through the field only to fall victim to an engine failure just 28 laps into the 67 lap event which exited the team from the hunt.
Still, the team is keeping focused and driven as the ARCA RE/MAX Series now heads to one of the best tracks for Bryan Silas, Salem Speedway.
In five starts at the half-mile bullring, the 22-year old has posted four top-10 finishes including a staggering three in a row. With the final half-mile short track on tap for the season Saturday night, Silas would like nothing more but keep that impressive streak intact.
“I always look forward to Salem,” said Silas. “It’s one of those tracks that you cannot go to and not like. It can be a challenge but I like challenges. Our finishes have been good but we need to work on our qualifying efforts a little. Cal (Boprey, crew chief) and I have been working hard on our short track program and I know that if we dig hard on Saturday night we can produce our best Salem finish ever.”
When referring to his best Salem finish ever, Silas has not ruled out his first visit to victory lane under the Southern Indiana lights. "If there's one race track we could win at, I think it's Salem ," he added. "The key to success at Salem is getting your car to handle the way you need it to and staying out of trouble."
With just three races remaining, Silas enters Salem sixth in the championship standings just 80 markers behind fifth place.
Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A., Holland Pump, Oasis Outsourcing, Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and Rockingham Speedway will all sponsor Silas’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for his 69th career ARCA start.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers ARCA Fall Classic (200 laps/111 miles) is the 19th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 83rd ARCA race held at Salem is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday, September 19 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 1:05 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 7:15 p.m. Saturday night. The race will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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