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Chad Hackenbracht; CGH Motorsports Looking To Close Season On High Note At Toledo

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Chad Hackenbracht; CGH Motorsports Looking To Close Season On High Note At Toledo

Chris Knight
Knight Motorsports Management/CGH Motorsports
October 12, 2011


TOLEDO, Ohio (October 12, 2011) - - After a 10th place performance in the most recent ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards contest at Kansas Speedway last Friday night, 19-year old Chad Hackenbracht and his CGH Motorsports team trek back to Toledo Speedway this weekend to officially close the curtain on their inaugural full season of competition upon the conclusion of the Federated Car Care 200.

The New Philadelphia, Ohio native has surely made a name for himself throughout his freshman year of full time competition. From an ugly incident in the season-opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway to nearly pulling off an upset win at Chicagoland Speedway and blasting to a career-best finish of third at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway in-between, the driver of the No. 58 Tastee Caramel Apple Chevrolet would like nothing more than have another solid outing Sunday afternoon to give his team some confidence and motivation heading into the short off-season.

“We’ve had some ups and downs for sure this season, but we’re looking forward to Toledo this weekend,” said Hackenbracht. “Despite starting incredibly deep in the field (27th) in the spring, we had a pretty good car and were able to finish 11th, which then was a career-best for us. I’ve learned a lot about short track racing since then – and with the guidance of my crew chief (Kevin Reed) and my CGH Motorsports team, I think we can have a Tastee finish on Sunday afternoon.”

In order to give the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team a shot at their 10th top-10 finish of the 2011 season, the team partook in a private test session at the Northern Ohio racetrack this past Monday. Throughout the day, the rookie team worked on their setup of the No. 58 Tastee Caramel Apple automobile – hoping to find the ideal strategy that will put the team in contention in the 19th race of the season.

“Overall, the test was extremely productive,” Hackenbracht offered. “We changed a lot of things on the car; just trying to get it hooked up to the racetrack and more importantly have that grip coming out of turn four to give you the momentum on the frontstretch.

Kevin (Reed, crew chief) and all the guys on the CGH Motorsports team want to end the season with a big finish and so do I. I think testing will pay off for us and everyone should see the benefits this weekend.”

For Reed, the 2010 ARCA Racing Series crew chief of the year, he is also antsy regarding Sunday’s season finale.

“The test at Toledo went very well and with having another car there to compare with, we think we know where we need to be by Sunday afternoon. I strongly believe that we should have a solid if not race-contending run this weekend,” he spoke. “Chad (Hackenbracht) has continued to grow as a driver and step up to many challenges and I see the race on Sunday being potentially his best outing of 2011 and will allow us to carry the momentum into 2012.”

He added, “Greg and Susan (Hackenbracht, team owners) have went above and beyond what we set out to do this year and as a team we owe them a second-to-none effort.”

Hackenbracht’s three top-fives and nine top-10s this season have allowed him to secure eighth in the championship standings entering Sunday’s showdown. With the potential to climb the standings even further this weekend, Hackenbracht is keeping all of his objectives in-check and remaining focused.

"Sunday’s race will be intense,” Hackenbracht predicted. “While the championship is pretty much wrapped up, there are still a lot of spots inside the top-10 that are still up for grabs. Points are important this weekend – but so is a good finish. As a team, we’re just focused and stern on going to Toledo and giving nothing less than 100 percent and hope we’ll be rewarded all the way around.”

Come And Get ‘Em: Before participating in the autograph session (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.) on Sunday afternoon at Toledo Speedway, Chad Hackenbracht will welcome fans to Toledo Speedway by selling tickets to the Toledo ARCA 200 presented by Federated Car Care from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Toledo Speedway ticket booth. Not only will Hackenbracht himself be in attendance, but he’ll also have a sweet surprise for the lucky fans to get their juices flowing for the concluding chapter of the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.

“We’re not going to give away all the details just yet about Sunday morning, but I encourage everyone to keep checking my personal twitter account and our team Facebook page to see exactly what we’re up to,” he said. “It’s going to be fun.”

The Federated Car Care 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 19th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 70th ARCA race at Toledo Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, October 15 with a forty five minute practice session planned from 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. A final forty five minute “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:40 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. A one hour on-track autograph session has been etched in from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. on race day (Sunday). The contest will take the green flag shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,331st race for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953 will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.

CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the remaining 2011 ARCA Racing Series schedule and all of 2012. 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 has stepped up their commitment from a partial schedule in 2010 and ran a full-effort in 2011, with the prospects of a potential two-car operation in 2012.

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



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