Mooresville, NC (November 16, 2005) - When you look back on the 2005 ARCA Re/Max Series season, you can say youngster Brandon Knupp, driver of the ...
Mooresville, NC (November 16, 2005) - When you look back on the 2005 ARCA Re/Max Series season, you can say youngster Brandon Knupp, driver of the #96 MK Racing Ford had a great season, bringing home a 6th place Championship Points finish. In only his first full season driving for his own family owned team Knupp led his first laps, had good strong runs and grew his confidence knowledge and ability.
But for the youngster from Sidney, Ohio it's just not enough, Brandon is proud of his accomplishments and he knows he's got a lot to look forward to. Brandon said, "Don't get me wrong there are a lot of driver's that would give their right arm to be where I am, I'm enjoying every minute of this deal and looking forward to 2006." However, settling for no victories and a 6th place points finish is not on this dedicated racer's agenda.
The season opener at Daytona cast a heavy shadow on the beginning of the 2005 race season for Knupp, when some unforeseen problems forced the MK Racing team not to get the car through the inspection line in time. Brandon was delegated to the side lines to watch the race from pit road.
Not to be denied, Brandon brushed off the Daytona mishap and went on to have a potent collection of spring finishes; 5th at the Nashville Superspeedway, 7th at Lanier National Speedway and a sturdy 10th place finish at the Kentucky Speedway, where he led his first laps in the ARCA Re/Max Series. "Leading laps against some of the best driver's in the business is a huge achievement. I knew we were capable of leading and being competitive, we just had to build our team to that point, and now we're here." said Knupp.
Mid-season may have left a lot to be desired for most , but Knupp kept digging deep and finding that burning desire to win that keeps him looking at the big picture. Brandon was able to assemble a collection of strong finishes throughout the next 7 races. "We headed into our mid-season stretch knowing we were gonna have to compete with the big boys at places like, Pocono and Michigan, you know when you run a companion event with the NEXTEL Cup guys they're gonna be over on the ARCA side, but all in all we held our own and ended up pretty good." said Brandon.
The remaining 9 events of the 2005 ARCA Re/Max season would throw a mix of everything at the competitors; dirt tracks, short tracks, intermediate and superspeedways were all on tap.
The last leg of venues for Knupp didn't get off to a good start when the #96 suffered engine problems at Lake Erie Speedway in August. In any case, Brandon and the MK Racing crew recovered and went on to gather consistent and strong finishes to earn him the 6th place in the championship points battle.
Brandon and the MK Racing team have moved parts of their racing operation to Mooresville, North Carolina, where all of the resources you need to race competitively are close at hand. Brandon has taken up residence in Mooresville as well, stating, "Hey if you wanna be in the action, you gotta be where the action is. This move for me was a given, I'm young and hungry and this is where I need to be to get the results I'm looking for." Brandon added, "I'm ready and well prepared for the 2006 season, whatever it holds."