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Chad Hackenbracht; CGH Motorsports A Threat Again At Lucas Oil Raceway


Stock Car Racing Topics:  Chad Hackenbracht, Ansell Protective Gloves 200

Chad Hackenbracht; CGH Motorsports A Threat Again At Lucas Oil Raceway

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management
CGH Motorsports
July 29, 2011


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CLERMONT, Indiana (July 29, 2011) - - CGH Motorsports with driver Chad Hackenbracht found themselves in contention for their sixth consecutive top-10 finish with the No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala in Thursday night’s Ansell Protective Gloves 200 but a deflated tire in the latter stages of the race relegated them to a 16th place finish.

The New Philadelphia, Ohio native had to endure more than just heat at Lucas Oil Raceway (LOR) at Indianapolis; he also had to face adversity.

With just one practice setting the tone for qualifying and the race, the CGH Motorsports team led by crew chief Rob Torrey and director of competition Kevin Reed had their game plan. Unfortunately, their strategy would be defaulted as on the opening lap of practice for the No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala, the motor seized forcing the team to alter their plans.

Unable to compete in any practice on Thursday afternoon, the CGH Motorsports gallantly worked towards putting the back-up engine in their automobile in time for qualifying which was set for just an hour and a half later. Without any laps on the race track, Hackenbracht raised eyebrows when he powered his No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala to an impressive 14th quickest time.

The team however would be forced to relinquish their starting spot because of the engine change which sent the 19-year old to the rear of the 35-car starting field. When the green flag dropped, Hackenbracht’s green and white machine was on the move. Using patience and talent, the rising star quickly began inching up the leader board.

Staying on the lead lap in the ultra-competitive race was crucial for Hackenbracht to have a shot at his first career ARCA victory. Climbing comfortably in the top-20 by lap 20, Hackenbracht would enter pit road on lap 29 when the yellow flag waived for fuel and a massive track bar adjustment.

Restarting in the top-15, Hackenbracht held his own despite battling a tight condition. When the yellow flag waived on lap 59, the team elected to keep their driver out on the race track which bolted the No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet into the top-five.

Shortly after the race resumed, the yellow flag waived again with the team opting to bring their Chevrolet bowtie to pit road. Exiting the pits in the 16th position, Refreshed with four new tires, Hackenbracht set his sights on re-entering the top-10.

When the yellow flag waived again near the half-way mark, Hackenbracht stayed on the race track which once again advanced Hackenbracht into the fifth position. Holding his own while maneuvering a loose race car, the former Legends champion climbed up to the fourth position before the team’s night took an un-expectable turn.

On a lap 136 restart, Hackenbracht was involved in a massive melee when several cars collided after a jumble coming to the green. Able to slide through the incident, Hackenbracht would show damage to the right side of his No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala.

Electing to stay out, the team restarted in the fourth position but a tire rub would slide the Mooresville, North Carolina-based operation to seventh in the running order. The field was frozen once again on lap 147 which allowed a trip to pit road for fuel and damage control. He would restart the event in the 15th position.

On his march back to the front, the right front tire blew on lap 154 the No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala sending him into the wall on the backstretch. Able to leave the scene under his own power, the dejected driver would bring his machine to pit road for new tires. Ultimately, the misfortune fell them to three laps behind the leaders.

Returning to the track, their driver would solider on to take the checkered flag in the 16th position.

“We had a really good car,” Hackenbracht said. “We were a little loose and tight at points during the race, but our Hampton Farms Chevrolet was drivable. On that restart, they started checking up for whatever reason and there was no where I could go. I thought we were going to be okay, but then the tire went and that just changed our day. All things considered with the engine and all, we’ll take the finish in stride and see if we can’t get another top-five or win next weekend at Pocono.”

He added, “I want to thank Hampton Farms for jumping on-board for the race, it really means a lot to this CGH Motorsports team to represent a great company like them. It was great to have some of their folks rooting for us in the stands.”

Hackenbracht advanced to eighth in the championship standings following the 12th race of the season. Just 90 points separate him from seventh place runner Tom Hessert.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is a return to trip to the “Tricky Triangle” at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for the running of the Pennsylvania 125. The 50-lap shootout is set for Saturday, August 6 with live coverage on the SPEED channel beginning at 3:00 p.m. In June, the family-owned team finished seventh after starting eighth.

CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the remaining 2011 ARCA Racing Series schedule. Interested parties can contact Jordan Dahl at Jordan@cghmotorsports.com or 570.234.5449.

For more information on Chad Hackenbracht and CGH Motorsports, please visit ChadHackenbracht.com and CGHMotorsports.com.

To purchase the popular “What’s A Chad Hacken-Something” tee-shirt, please log on to store.cghmotorsports.com or CGHMotorsports.com.

Connect with Chad Hackenbracht and CGH Motorsports through Facebook by clicking here.

Tweet with Chad Hackenbracht through Twitter at @ChadH58 or CGH Motorsports @CGH5858.

About CGH Motorsports:

CGH Motorsports (CGHMotorsports.com), established in 2007 by Ohio entrepreneur Greg Hackenbracht is located in a 10,000 sq. foot facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina. CGH Motorsports is home of rising sensation Chad Hackenbracht, who competed in nine ARCA Racing Series races in 2010 after an aggressive ARCA testing schedule in 2009. Chad Hackenbracht is the 2008 National Asphalt Legends champion, winning 33 percent of his races and finishing in the top-10, 85 percent of the events he competed in. The team will step up their commitment from a partial schedule and prepare for a hopeful full-season ARCA championship assault beginning in February 2011.

PHOTO CAPTION 1: The No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala SS driven by Chad Hackenbracht in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for CGH Motorsports at Lucas Oil Raceway.

PHOTO CAPTION 2: Chad Hackenbracht, driver of the No. 58 Hampton Farms Chevrolet Impala SS in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for CGH Motorsports.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
PHONE: 239.834.9797
EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com

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