Bryan Silas Looks To Continue Strong Salem Presence
Topics: Bryan Silas, Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200
SALEM, Indiana (March 31, 2009) - - Stuart, Florida native Bryan Silas has been in contention to win several races throughout his three years of competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, but if there is one track where he has a great shot at winning his first race of his career, Salem Speedway is at the top.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will resume it’s 2009 schedule when the cars and stars of the development series grasps the green flag in Sunday’s Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care with Silas holding steady 24th in series points.
Points aside, Silas’s stats at the legendary half-mile oval are staggering. In four starts at Salem, Silas has mounted three top-10 finishes including two consecutive top-10 efforts with a best effort of eighth last April. Knowing that, Silas is eager to continue his impressive performance but looks to catapult to his first Salem top-five.
“Oh yeah, it’s Salem,” said Silas, when asked about Sunday’s race. “I love this place. My very first start I came from the back to finish in the top-10. We had one bad race since then but the last two races, we’ve finished strong in the top-10. We’ll plan to keep our tradition going on Sunday.”
Pulling together seven top-10 efforts in 2008 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Silas is motivated to produce stronger results which could lead to a strong championship finish this year.
“The real season starts this weekend,” sounded Silas, who finished a career high ninth in points in 2007. “Daytona is a crap-shoot. If you can escape there with a good finish, you’re lucky. We weren’t so fortunate, but that’s behind us and we’re marching forward to put this Rockingham Speedway-Holland Pumps Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in victory lane.”
The 21-year old driver is also boasting about the early chemistry he shares with crew chief Cal Boprey. Since Daytona, the two have worked together in Silas’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Daytona and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“Cal and I are clicking very well,” noted Silas, a drummer at heart. “We are finding our comfort zone and it’s showing on the track as well in our testing efforts. This will be our first trip to Salem together and I couldn’t be more fired up.”
Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A., Holland Pump, Oasis, Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and Rockingham Speedway will all sponsor Silas’s machine for the first of two trips to Salem Speedway this season.
Entering Salem, Silas has 51 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of sixth at Chicagoland Speedway (September 2008) with additional top-10 performances of seventh at Toledo Speedway (October 2008), eighth at Kentucky Speedway (July 2007, May 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Salem Speedway (April 2007 and April 2008) a ninth at Salem Speedway (September 2008) and a 10th at USA International Speedway (March 2007) and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds (September 2008). He holds a career best short track time trials effort of seventh at Berlin Raceway (July 2007). A fourth place qualifying effort at Pocono Raceway (June 2007) is Silas's best speedway run to date. He has controlled the ARCA field for 26 laps in three races.
The Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care (200 laps/111 miles) is the second of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 82nd ARCA race held at Salem is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, April 4 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, April 5 shortly after 2:15 p.m. The race will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
|Connect with The Crittenden Automotive Library|