Rockingham Concludes First Full Season Of ARCA Competition For Robb Brent
Topics: Robb Brent, American 200
ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (October 6, 2009) - - ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) driver Robb Brent officially started his 2009 season with a top-10 finish and the Shelby Township, Michigan native hopes to end his first full season of competition with a top-10 run in Sunday’s ARCA RE/MAX American 200 at Rockingham Speedway.
Brent’s first-full season of competition has been filled with highs and lows but the experience that the 22-year old young gun has acquired is priceless. Still, a win has eluded the Justin Allgaier Motorsports (JAM) driver but he’s hoping to seal that goal with his first career win in Sunday’s ARCA RE/MAX Series season finale.
Not only is Brent ready to win but he’s ready to recover from what he called a disappointing Rockingham Speedway debut. In April, Brent posted competitive laps but a spin in qualifying and a rare engine failure in the race left a sour taste in the successful college student’s mouth. Thankfully, this weekend is a chance at redemption.
“Rockingham Speedway isn’t one of favorite tracks but hopefully I can change my feeling after a good run on Sunday,” said Brent, who has emerged as one of the most improved drivers in the second-half of the ARCA RE/MAX Series season. “We didn’t have the best of luck in the Spring; hopefully we can have a better showing in the last race of the year.”
He continued, “Rockingham is an interesting place. It’s a track that isn’t comparable to anything on the ARCA tour. The key to surviving Rockingham is tire management and keeping your nose clean. We started in the back in April and were making a solid charge forward before the motor seized. Hopefully, we can keep the mechanical troubles off our back and end the season on a high note.”
Luckily to finish in the top-10 in the ARCA championship chase, Brent is overall satisfied with the way his season has turned out.
“We’ve had some bright moments but we’ve had some dark ones too,” Brent explained. “Overall though, the Justin Allgaier Motorsports team has been awesome to work with. They really have given me great cars all year long and I’m hoping we’re able to keep this relationship going into the 2010 season.”
He went on to say, “Finishing in the top-10 on a consistent basis has been my biggest accomplishment heading into Rockingham this weekend. It looks like with a little luck we’re going to finish in the top-10 in points and that’s a big feat after missing the show at Daytona. The only thing that would put this season over the top would be celebrating in victory lane on Sunday afternoon.”
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 35 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired three top-five finishes and 11 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 one top-five and six top-10 finishes in 19 starts with a best finish of fourth at New Jersey Motorsports Park in September. 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.
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The ARCA RE/MAX American 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the 21st of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The fourth ARCA race held at Rockingham is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 10 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, October 11 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will be tape-delayed on SPEED. The event will be aired at 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. Live flag-to-flag weekend coverage will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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