Iowa: Robb Brent preview

Robb Brent Ready To Conquer Iowa Challenge NEWTON, Iowa (July 8, 2009) - - It seems like it's been a while since the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) stars have been in action but that's been a bonus for Robb Brent as the Shelby Township, Michigan...

Robb Brent Ready To Conquer Iowa Challenge

NEWTON, Iowa (July 8, 2009) - - It seems like it's been a while since the ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) stars have been in action but that's been a bonus for Robb Brent as the Shelby Township, Michigan native has utilized the down time to recover from an accident in the most recent ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Mansfield Motorsports Park and more importantly concentrate his efforts on Saturday night's Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway.

Brent, who had been on a solid streak before the Mansfield incident, would be involved in one of the worst crashes of his young ARCA career. However, the accident hasn't stalled the determination or momentum of the Justin Allgaier Motorsports (JAM) driver but instead shifted focus of beaming back from the mishap in style.

Refocusing his goals and the team's intentions for the ARCA RE/MAX Series season, the JAM team participated in the open-test at the newly opened short track and Brent was satisfied with the results of the eight hour session.

"The Iowa Speedway is a nice place," explained Brent, who is juggling a full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule between attaining a college degree. It's a track that actually suits my driving style very well, so I'm extremely optimistic about our chances this weekend."

He continued, "We spent the day tweaking on the car while I also familiarized myself with the track. The short tracks haven't been our weakness but there is definitely room for improvement and that was one of the reasons we decided to test. It should pay off for us."

With the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season nearly half-over, Brent is overall pleased with himself and his team but feels that his team will shine through the light during the season's second-half.

"The first half of the year has been a building foundation for myself and our team," sounded Brent. "The full-year program came together very quickly, but I think we've made the best of it. We've had some good solid runs this year but we've also experienced our misfortunes. That's just part of the game. We know what we need to do in the second half and I think we will. A nice top-five finish at Iowa Saturday night is what we're shooting for."Even with his 25th place at Mansfield last month, Brent still retains the 11th position in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings but ground has been lost towards entering the top-10 and the 22-year old is eager for a rebound.

"Mansfield hurt us, and that's putting it lightly," Brent explained. "We can't dwell on the finish but instead get back on track with a good finish at Iowa. It's another short track this weekend but that doesn't have any effect on me. I think the Iowa race will be a good event for the fans and I think we can grab back some of the points we lost."

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 25 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired two top-five finishes and nine 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.

This season, Brent has four top-10 finishes in eight starts with a best finish of seventh at Pocono Raceway earlier in June. A 15th place qualifying effort at Michigan International Speedway in June is the team's season best thus far.

The Prairie Meadows 200 (200 laps / 175 miles) is the 10th of 21 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The fourth ever ARCA race at Iowa Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday July 10 with an hour and half practice session planned from 4:30 p.m. -- 6:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for Saturday, July 11 slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The event will not be televised however flag-to-flag coverage will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.

-credit: jam

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Series ARCA
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Robb Brent