Mansfield: Robb Brent preview

Robb Brent Looking For Perfect Finish At Mansfield MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 17, 2009) - - Easily finding his niche in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Robb Brent heads to Mansfield Motorsports Park (MMP) this weekend looking to keep his solid finishes...

Robb Brent Looking For Perfect Finish At Mansfield

MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 17, 2009) - - Easily finding his niche in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Robb Brent heads to Mansfield Motorsports Park (MMP) this weekend looking to keep his solid finishes alive as the tour heads for the inaugural Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 Saturday night.

And while Brent, the Shelby Township, Michigan native has competed in more speedway events rather than the typical beating and banging short track races, Brent is increasing gaining attention with his short track finishes and roars to Mansfield this weekend looking for his first career victory.

"I'm actually looking forward to Saturday night," said Brent, who is juggling a full-time ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule between attaining a college degree. "Our short track performances have been pretty impressive this year; I'm looking to keep that stat alive under the lights."

Neither Brent nor his Justin Allgaier Motorsports (JAM) team have competed at the Mansfield Motorsports Park facility but the former road racing ace is looking forward to the challenges it may present.

"Everyone's going to be on a level playing field for the most part," added Brent. "A couple of teams tested at the track over the last two weeks but most of us will be pretty green when we get on the track Saturday. That's going to be interesting for sure but should provide great racing for the fans."

"You have to approach this race like you would with any short track. Track time is going to be key but making sure your car will run is pivotal. You can have a fast car but if you're in the danger zone and unable to escape, your night could be over before it even gets started. That's why it's so important to get a good qualifying spot and be as close to the front as possible. I'm sure we'll focus on race and qualifying runs on Saturday afternoon."

Another reason Brent is eager for the Saturday night showdown comes with a very worthy explanation. Father's Day. With Brent's father Robert Brent expected to be rooting his son on from pit road Saturday night, the younger Brent would like to do nothing more but give his father the ultimate Father's Day gift.

"There's a lot of reasons why I want to win on Saturday night but to win for Dad would be huge," sounded Brent. "My dad is there every race and you can't ask for a better fan than that. I know how special a win would be for him, so I'm going to do everything I can and try and celebrate with him in victory lane."

With his solid 11th place finish at Michigan International Speedway last Friday, Brent has climbed to 11th in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings and sits just 110 points from entering the top-10.

"Our finishes have been paying off for sure," replied Brent. "It doesn't get any easier from here though. The guys in the top-10 have really great cars and are pretty good drivers themselves. We're going to keep giving it our all and hope we're able to earn our way in there in the next couple of races."

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 24 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 seven starts with a best finish of seventh at Pocono Raceway earlier this month. A 15th place qualifying effort at Michigan International Speedway last weekend is the team's season best thus far.

-credit: robbbrentracing.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Brad Keselowski , Justin Allgaier , Robb Brent , Tim Richmond