Bryan Silas Ready To Conquer Pocono
Topics: Bryan Silas, Pocono ARCA 200
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (June 3, 2009) - - After checking off another top-10 finish in the most recent ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) event at Toledo Speedway, Stuart, Florida native Bryan Silas heads to Pocono Raceway this weekend in search of another satisfying performance and quite possibly his first career win in Saturday’s Pocono ARCA 200.
An impressive 2009 season has one of the most popular drivers on the tour locking the fourth position in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship point standings. The lethal combination of a more determined Silas and new crew chief Cal Boprey has propelled the duo into weekly contenders.
Six races in, the 21-year old driver has one top-five finish and four top-10 efforts in six starts and hasn’t finished outside the top-20 since the season opener at Daytona International Speedway in February. While the runs have been impressive, the Fast Track Racing team is still in search of their first win together and with the triangle track of Pocono Raceway on the horizon, the group feels their chance is as good as ever.
Silas will make his fifth start at Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon. The Long Pond, Pennsylvania racing circuit is the site of Silas’s career best qualifying position of fourth in 2007. Though Silas hasn’t been able to capitalize on several strong starts, he has posted three top-20 efforts including a personal best of 15th in the spring event last year. He has also led the field in two of his four races there for a total of 18 laps.
“Pocono Raceway has always been a personal favorite for me,” said Silas. “As a team we haven’t produced a top-10 finish yet but we look to change that stat this weekend for sure.”
He added, “Pocono Raceway is crucial to the championship chase this year. You need to escape the track with a good run in order to stay in the championship hunt. Pocono can be a tough track to drive. You have to hit your marks every lap, keep the fenders clean and most importantly avoid mechanical failures. The track is especially hard on motors, but we have a great Roush-Yates motor under the hood, so I’m looking forward to Saturday’s race.”
When asked about his strong start of the season, Silas noted, “It’s been a total team effort. I’m asking more questions, getting up on the wheel and the communication between myself and Cal has been phenomenal. The guys are working hard and enjoy working with Cal. It’s all connecting.”
Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A., Holland Pump, Oasis Outsourcing, Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and Rockingham Speedway will all sponsor Silas’s Ford Fusion for his 56th career ARCA start this weekend.
The Pocono ARCA 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the seventh of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 48th ARCA race at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, June 5 with an hour and forty minute practice session planned from 10:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 1:45 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Saturday, June 6 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will tape-delayed on SPEED and will air at 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The race however will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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