Back To Reality For Robb Brent At Chicagoland
Topics: Robb Brent, Ansell Cut Protection 150
JOLIET, Illinois (August 26th 2009) - - After conquering his first ever ARCA RE/MAX Series dirt event this past Sunday at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Robb Brent and the Justin Allgaier Motorsports (JAM) return to reality with a stop at the Chicagoland Speedway for the running of the Ansell Cut Protection 150 Friday afternoon.
It’s been a while since Brent has competed at Chicagoland Speedway. And well, his first trip to the “Windy City” is one that the Shelby Township, Michigan native would like to forget about. On the upside though, some of Brent’s best performances in the ARCA RE/MAX Series have occurred on the “cookie cutter” race tracks.
“It’s been a while since I’ve raced at Chicagoland Speedway but we had a solid test there last week so I’m optimistic about the race on Friday,” said Brent, who is juggling a full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series plate while also earning a college degree.
He continued, “We worked on the setup all day. I was pretty happy from where we started till we loaded the hauler. We worked with practice runs and race runs trying to compare and contrast the handling of the car. We should be good.”
Brent was open about his thoughts of the cookie-cutter facility.
“Chicagoland Speedway is realistically a duplicate of Kentucky Speedway and Kansas Speedway. Each track has their own flavor but they are very familiar in speed and setup. The end of the season is approaching and I would love to put our Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dodge in victory lane.”
Brent, a former road racing ace is in his second race with new crew chief Dave Leiner who took over the reins at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. So far so good.
“It’s going to take a couple of races before Dave really knows what I really want in a racecar but we don’t have a lot of time to waste. Springfield was a success but Chicagoland should be a true testament to our communication and more importantly, trust.”
The stop in Chicagoland is the second of a six race stretch in a month’s time and while the 22-year old driver is eager to race, he isn’t keeping the bigger picture in mind.
“We’re here to win and grab points,” Brent sounded. “Sure it’s great to have a little down time but I’m a racer and that is what I enjoy doing. This next month is going to present some challenges and we can only hope that all of them will be positive for our race team. If not, we have to keep thinking points. We moved into the top-10 after our strong run at Pocono and I don’t want to do anything that will take us away from what we’ve been working so hard for all year.”
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 30 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired two top-five finishes and 10 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 five top-10 finishes in 13 starts with a best finish of seventh at Pocono Raceway in June and August. A 15th place qualifying effort at Michigan International Speedway in June is the team’s season best thus far.
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The Ansell Cut Protection 150 (150 miles / 100 laps) is the 15th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The ninth ARCA event held at Chicagoland Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, August 27 with a one hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 4:10 p.m.- 5:30 p.m. A Happy Hour practice run has been set for Friday morning August 28 from 8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 12:00 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 5:30 p.m. The event will be televised live on SPEED with additional broadcast coverage available live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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