Bryan Silas Makes It Back-To-Back Top-10s At Kentucky Speedway
Topics: Bryan Silas, Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150
SPARTA, Kentucky (May 13, 2008) - - Smart driving and a little luck paid off in a big way for Fast Track Racing and driver Bryan Silas in Saturday’s Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150 at Kentucky Speedway .
After a frustrating finish in the ARCA RE/MAX Series past two events at Kansas Speedway and Rockingham Speedway respectively, Silas was looking to regain the early season strength his team showed at Salem Speedway and Iowa Speedway. The team felt if any facility was able to put them back on track, Kentucky Speedway was the place.
The lone practice session of the weekend saw Silas in the No. 11 Nortrax Shell Rotella T Ford Fusion post the 21st fastest effort after mounting a time of 31.287 seconds or 172.596 mph. “We’re not bad, but were not great either,” said Silas following the session. “Jeff and I are talking about what changes to make for us to do better in qualifying and the race tonight. Practice doesn’t mean a whole lot, I’m confident in our abilities and we have to keep the big picture in mind.”
A mid-pack qualifying draw saw Silas tackle the 1.5-mile speedway with a time of 31.503 seconds at 171.412 mph locking the team 23rd on the starting grid. “We’re not happy with that effort,” Silas said. “While we’re disappointed, we have to turn our concentration towards the race. We need to have a good race. I’m going to try and stay out of trouble and bring home a finish we all can be satisfied with.”
At the start of the Drive Smart! Buckle-Up Kentucky 150, Silas comfortably found himself in the top-20. Coaching from two-time ARCA RE/MAX Series champion Andy Hillenburg would see Silas move into the 21st position when the first caution flag waived on lap five.
Back to green, Silas was able to gain further track position by climbing into the 16th spot when the second caution flag waived on lap 12 when another competitor’s motor expired.
On the restart, Silas patiently began working his way up through the scoring pylon, despite getting nailed on the restart from behind. Silas was encouraged by Crew Chief Jeff McClure to keep hustling and they would correct the damage on the next caution.
The yellow flag waived on lap 27 allowing Silas to make the trip down pit road on lap 29 for four tires, fuel and damage repair. Staying on the lead lap, Silas was reminded by McClure to stay focused and drive hard.
Running comfortably in the top-20 the next yellow flag would serve as a perfect opportunity for Silas and Company to stay out. With several cars taking the turn to pit road, Silas had climbed into the top-10 for the restart.
Despite trying to fend off cars with fresher rubber on the restart, Silas gave no mercy. Making each car fight for every position, the 20-year old driver found himself hovering in the top-15.
The final trip to pit road came on lap 76 giving Silas four tires and plenty of fuel for the end.
The final stretch of the race would be well-stretched with four green-white-checkered attempts. A series of incidents would see Silas make ground in the running order moving up from the 18th position and return to the top-10 on the final attempt.
Silas would find himself in the best battle of the track coming to the checkered flag with Brett Hudson and Patrick Sheltra. With the two Dodges trying to gang up on Silas’s blue oval, the No. 11 would fall just inches short of a career best ARCA finish with Sheltra grabbing the seventh spot behind Hudson .
The finish awarded Silas his second consecutive top-10 finish at Kentucky Speedway. Last July, Silas finished ninth. Silas looks to make it three-straight when the series returns to Kentucky Speedway on July 18.
“I feel pretty good,” said Silas, who recorded his third top-10 finish of the season Saturday night. “No one on this team gave up and I drove my hardest to get us a good finish. We really didn’t have a top-10 car, but it worked out where we were in prime position when push came to shove. Hopefully this is the run to keep this team back on track. We’re gaining on entering the top-10 in points and hope we can do that next weekend at Toledo Speedway.”
For the third time in his ARCA career, Silas has tied his personal-best finish.
Next up for the ARCA RE/MAX Series is a stop in the sanction’s backyard at Toledo Speedway for the running of the Hantz Group 200 by Federated Auto Care set for Sunday, May 18. The first of two trips this year to the half-mile oval concludes a stretch of six consecutive races for the series 21-race schedule. The green flag is scheduled to waive shortly after 2:00pm EST.
Leaving Kentucky, Silas has 35 ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of eighth at Kentucky Speedway (May 2008), Iowa Speedway (April 2008), Salem Speedway (April 2007 and April 2008) and Kentucky Speedway (July 2007) while holding an additional top-10 performance at USA International Speedway (March 2007). 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 23 laps in two races.
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