After Final Test At 'Dega; Fast Track Racing Ready For Daytona "Team To Field Two Entries For Daytona Season Opener" CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Thursday, February 1, 2007) - - With the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series opener a little more than a week...
After Final Test At 'Dega; Fast Track Racing Ready For Daytona
"Team To Field Two Entries For Daytona Season Opener"
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Thursday, February 1, 2007) - - With the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series opener a little more than a week away, Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track Racing head into the prestige event with momentum on their side after tackling Talladega Superspeedway twice in January to evaluate their restrictor plate program.
With solid results in mid-January session at the 2.666 newly repaved facility, the team returned to Alabama on January 30 fielding two cars for NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series sophomore driver Chad McCumbee and Fast Track Racing's newest attraction, Bryan Silas.
The team utilized the session to make final tweaks on the No. 11 Fast Track High Performance Driving School-PBG Chevrolet Monte Carlo (Silas) and the No. 62 NOS Energy Drink Chevrolet Monte Carlo (McCumbee), a combination effort with Andy Belmont Racing.
"The test session went really well," said car owner and former ARCA champion Andy Hillenburg. "This off season was very productive for Fast Track Racing. We have never tested this much. The results of testing should pay off for us this year."
Hillenburg added, "We'll continue to test throughout the 2007 season. I've been very impressed with the improvements I've seen from Bryan. He is a rookie this year, so any additional seat time he can acquire is crucial. If we can test him, we will."
Silas, who will make his ARCA RE/MAX Series debut at Daytona International Speedway next Saturday was enthused about the turnout of the session. "I think we have a really good car for the race," he said. "Since the open test at Daytona in December we've done everything imaginable to make our race car faster and I really think we've made some vast improvements."
On his Daytona chances, "I think Daytona is going to be a lot of fun, but we all have a job to do," added Silas, a native of Florida. "I'm very excited to be apart of the Fast Track Racing team and I think we're going to have a great season. Having a champion like Andy Hillenburg on my side and Chad McCumbee as a mentor, only boosts my confidence. I really think everyone is going to see consistency and top performances from our No. 11 Chevrolet."
Hillenburg, a two-time Daytona winner remains optimistic for race weekend. "We're going into Daytona with a lot more steam then we've had in the past. Our cars are better, the crew is top notch, and the drivers are focused. This is one of the most competitive races of the season. We look to have a clean week up until race day and hope for a competitive finish from both cars."
Heading into the 2007 ARS season, Silas hailing from Stuart, Florida has six ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of 16th at Toledo Speedway (September 2006). He holds a career best short track time trials effort of eighth at Berlin Raceway (July 2006). A 16th place qualifying effort at Talladega Superspeedway (October 2006) is Silas's best Superspeedway run to date.
When not competing or testing for FTR, Bryan competes in both the Sportsman and Limited Late Model divisions at Orlando Speedworld and New Smyrna Speedway.