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Chad Hackenbracht Records Another Career-Best At Winchester Speedway

Stock Car Racing Topics:  Chad Hackenbracht, Winchester ARCA 200

Chad Hackenbracht Records Another Career-Best At Winchester Speedway

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management/CGH Motorsports
June 26, 2011

“New Philadelphia, Ohio Native Rockets To Second Consecutive Top-Five In A Row”

WINCHESTER, Indiana (June 26, 2011) - - There’s a chance if you didn’t know who Chad Hackenbracht was last month; you’ve surely become familiar with him now. After capturing his first career top-five at Michigan International Speedway last week, Hackenbracht continued his uphill climb towards his first career victory with a brilliant third place finish in Saturday night’s Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.

To make Saturday’s result even sweeter, the team bounced back from a parts failure in practice which sent the No. 58 Tastee Chocolate Apple Chevrolet Impala into the wall.

At the time of the incident, Hackenbracht had the fourth fastest time overall.

Superb work by the CGH Motorsports team led by crew chief Rob Torrey and director of competition Kevin Reed had the car repaired in time for qualifying. Producing a lap comparable to practice, the team wasn’t fazed by their 15th place starting position.

Immediately from the drop of the green flag, the 2008 National Asphalt Legends champion quickly began motoring towards the front. Entering the top-10 by the time the first caution flag waived on lap 10, it was evident that despite the mishap in practice, the team’s bowtie was still a hot rod.

Hackenbracht had climbed to the eighth position before having to make a trip to pit road on lap 30 for an overheating issue. Quick work by the team placed Chad back on the track in the 15th position. When the green flag waived, the 19-year old made some daring moves which paid off allowing the No. 58 Tastee Chocolate Apple Chevrolet Impala to continue climbing the leader board.

The team avoided disaster on lap 37, when Hackenbracht was racing with a wad of cars when contact was made which sent the No. 12 around into the wall. Escaping the scene of the incident without any damage, the New Philadelphia, Ohio native climbed back into the top-10.

Routine pit stops near the half-way mark offered the prime opportunity for the CGH Motorsports team to shine when a two-tire call on pit road shot Hackenbracht from seventh into the lead. Gaining track position and saving his stuff for the final laps of the event, the No. 58 Tastee Chocolate Apple Chevrolet Impala controlled the field for six laps including the half-way mark before the No. 25 reassumed the control of the lead.

Holding his own on the two tires, Hackenbracht continued to ride in the top-five. A long-green flag run and blistering lap times by the No. 25 car saw the No. 58 fall off the lead circuit by lap 138, leaving at the time just five cars on the lead lap.

Fighting for the lucky dog position, Hackenbracht would get back on the lead lap during a caution with thirty circuits remaining. Under the yellow, the team elected to bring their driver down pit road where four Hoosier tires were bolted onto the No. 58 Tastee Chocolate Apple Chevrolet Impala starting from the rear of the lead lap cars in the fifth position.

Masterfully threading the needle, the rising star passed the No. 52 of Tom Hessert first, then points leader Ty Dillon putting the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team in the third position. Proving that he had one of the fastest automobiles on the track, laps simply ran out to catch race winner Dakoda Armstrong and second-place runner Chris Buescher thus taking the checkered flag in the third position, his fourth career-best finish in the last five races and boasting the highest finishing Chevrolet in the 200-lap slugfest.

“First, I want to apologize to Maryeve (Dufault, No. 12) for getting into her early in the race,” said Hackenbracht. “We all just stacked up there entering turn one and I had nowhere to go. I hate it for her; she was having a good night. On the other hand, what an awesome night for Tastee Apple and CGH Motorsports. To overcome the mishap in practice and to race like we did hopefully sent out a statement that we’re here to stay near the front in the ARCA Racing Series.”

“I cannot thank Rob (Torrey), Kevin (Reed), Richie (Mason), David (Pepper, spotter), my mom and dad and everyone on this team for everything. I just wish we could have had a couple more laps, I think we would have had something for those two,” he replied when referring to Armstrong and Buescher.

The finish on Saturday definitely boosts the team’s momentum at the half-way point of the 2011 season making a bold statement to the other teams in the series’ that the family-owned organization doesn’t plan to relinquish their presence anytime soon.

“We’re going to win one of these races soon,” Hackenbracht added. “We keep getting closer and closer, it’s going to happen soon and it will be a huge accomplishment for this team when we’re finally able to seal the deal.”

Hackenbracht continues to hold ninth in the championship standings but padded his cushion over 10th place competitor Sean Corr and closed the gap on eighth place runner Tom Hessert whom he now trails by just 35 points after nine races.

Next up for the ARCA Racing Series is their final stop in the Great Lakes state with a stop at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway for the running of the Hantz Group 200 set for Saturday, July 9th. Hackenbracht will make his track debut at the extremely flat .4-mile oval.

Exiting Winchester, Hackenbracht has 19 career ARCA starts to his credit. In those races, he has delivered two top-fives at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, a third (June 2011) and Michigan International Speedway (Fourth; June 2011) and four top-10 finishes at New Jersey Motorsports Park (May 2011) and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (June 2011). The CGH Motorsports team has also delivered top-20 finishes in eight of the first nine races in 2011.

CGH Motorsports is actively seeking additional marketing partners for the full 2011 ARCA Racing Series schedule. Single, multi and full-season placements are available on the team’s No. 58 entries. Interested parties are urged to contact Jordan Dahl at 570.234.5449 or jordan@cghmotorsports.com.

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.

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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 Concord, 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.


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

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