Chicagoland: Robb Brent preview

Back To Reality For Robb Brent At Chicagoland 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...

Back To Reality For Robb Brent At Chicagoland

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."

-credit: rbr

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Series ARCA
Drivers Justin Allgaier , Robb Brent