Silas; Fast Track Racing Enter Nashville With Confidence "ARCA Rookie Still Smiling From Career-Best Lakeland Effort" LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 3, 2007) - - Bryan Silas didn't want to see an off weekend in ARCA competition.
Silas; Fast Track Racing Enter Nashville With Confidence
"ARCA Rookie Still Smiling From Career-Best Lakeland Effort"
LEBANON, Tennessee (Tuesday, April 3, 2007) - - Bryan Silas didn't want to see an off weekend in ARCA competition. After scoring his first top-10 finish of his young career at USA International Speedway on March 24, the Stuart, Florida native felt he could take on the rest of the schedule.
However, even with a breather last weekend, Silas still carries that confidence heading into Saturday's Nashville ARCA 150, the first of two races at Nashville Superspeedway (NSS) this season.
"Man, I'm still thinking about Lakeland," said Silas, who competed in his second USAR Hooter's Pro Cup event last Saturday. "We had a great car, everything played out right and we had a great finish. I can't wait to get back in the seat this weekend."
There's a minor change for Silas this weekend though. Instead of piloting a Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the rookie will grasp a Ford Fusion for the first time this season. Silas dabbled with the blue oval last season driving in a limited schedule for another team.
"We're looking at ways to improve our team, so we're trying out a different manufacturer to see what it does," Silas explained. I drove a Ford last year and I was very comfortable with them. The Chevrolet Monte Carlo has been fun to drive, but we just want to see if we can run well with a Ford. We could easily switch back to Chevrolets following this race, we'll just have to wait and see how Saturday goes."
"Hats off to my Fast Track Racing team for getting the car prepared for this weekend. I think everyone has an extra boost of confidence following our run at Lakeland and I know I have more confidence in myself as a driver, I think the best is still yet to come."
Nortrax, Holland Pump and Palm Beach Grading (PBG) who were all apart of Silas's emotional finish two weeks ago will continue to back the No. 11 Ford this weekend.
"I can't say enough about everyone supporting this team," mentioned Silas. "From the crew to the sponsors to Andy Hillenburg (team owner), they all have given 150 percent to try and make my first full ARCA season a memorable one. Hopefully our good luck and smart racing will continue to pay off on Saturday."
Fast Track Racing (FTR) was one of several teams to participate in the open test session at the 1.333-mile Superspeedway late last month and while the unofficial times didn't yield the fastest lap, the team remains confident about the event.
"The test went good," the Rookie-of-the-Year candidate recalled. "We worked a lot on setup and me adapting to the track. It's a cool place. It's a short race on Saturday, one of the shortest of the year, so hopefully we'll start up front and stay there."
For the third consecutive event, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Chad McCumbee will return as a teammate with Fast Track Racing and Bryan Silas driving the No. 62 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Heading into Nashville, Silas has eight ARCA RE/MAX Series starts to his credit with a career best finish of 10th at USA International Speedway (March 2007). 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.
The Nashville ARCA 150 (113 laps/150 miles) is the third of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. Practice begins Friday, April 6 with a two and a half hour (11:00am-1:30pm Central Standard Time) practice session planned. ARCA pole qualifying is slated for later in the day at 5:40pm Central Standard Time. The Nashville ARCA 150 will take the green flag Saturday, April 7 shortly after 12:00pm Central Standard Time. The event will not be televised. However, additional race coverage can be found online at arcaracing.com