Robb Brent Eager For Talladega Return
Topics: Robb Brent, ARCA RE/MAX 250
Robb Brent Racing
April 22, 2009
TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 22 2009) - - Robb Brent hasn’t competed at Talladega Superspeedway in a year and a half but the Shelby, Township Michigan native is eager to return to the monstrous superspeedway and recover from a disappointing weekend at Rockingham Speedway in Friday’s ARCA RE/MAX 250.
Brent returned to Rockingham Speedway on the heels of his first top-10 finish of the season at Salem Speedway. The weekend other than a successful Rockingham ThunderFest would be a weekend that Brent would like to forget.
After a tough practice which included handling issues, qualifying wasn’t much better. Taking the green flag, the No. 36 Dodge Charger broke loose on the backstretch with the car making significant contact with the wall. The damage was severe enough to roll out the backup car. Starting shotgun on the field, Brent found the secondary car to his liking and moved into the top-12 before the back-up motor gave out forcing a disappointing 34th place effort.
“I had a lot of fun at the ThunderFest. It was great to spend time with the fans and the other drivers. Unfortunately, our weekend at Rockingham wasn’t something to cheer about. My team worked really hard and I was thankful for the track time. I think we learned a lot with the backup car that will be beneficial to us for the race in October,” Brent said.
Moving forward, Brent is looking for redemption in Friday’s race. “It could be a very good weekend for the Justin Allgaier Motorsports team,” sounded Brent. “I think our car will be strong and I have a race under my belt at Talladega back in 2007, so I’m hoping all the experience will pay off on Friday.”
Brent added, “Restrictor plate racing is exciting but it can be nail biting as well. You have to trust yourself, your team and the other competitors. One bad move can wipe out your day. We’ve already suffered enough bad luck to last us the year, so hopefully we’ll be able to walk away from Talladega with a stout finish,” sounded Brent, who will continue his studies at Northwood University pursing his Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Marketing / Business Management while negotiating a 21-race schedule in ARCA.
After Rockingham, Brent now sits 19th in the championship standings just 75 points from 15th and 160 credits from 10th. The 22-year old is determined to make up for lost points this weekend.
“We took a beating at Rockingham,” Brent admitted. “We’re here to win races and be inside the top-10 in points at the end of the year. As a team we are getting stronger despite our setback and it will just be a matter of time before we start producing runs everyone knows this team is capable of.”
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 19 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired two top-five finishes and six 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.
The ARCA RE/MAX 250 (94 laps / 250 miles) is the fourth of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The 47th ever ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Thursday, April 24 with a three hour practice session planned from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:05 p.m. A “Happy Hour” 45-minute practice has been etched in on Friday, April 24 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. The event will take the green flag that afternoon shortly after 4:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional live broadcasting available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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