Bryan Silas Looks To Continue Strong Salem Presence
SALEM, Indiana (March 31, 2009) - - Stuart, Florida native Bryan Silas has been in contention to win several races throughout his three years of competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, but if there is one track where he has a great shot at winning his first race of his career, Salem Speedway is at the top.
The ARCA RE/MAX Series will resume it's 2009 schedule when the cars and stars of the development series grasps the green flag in Sunday's Kentuckiana Ford Dealers 200 by Federated Car Care with Silas holding steady 24th in series points.
Points aside, Silas's stats at the legendary half-mile oval are staggering. In four starts at Salem, Silas has mounted three top-10 finishes including two consecutive top-10 efforts with a best effort of eighth last April. Knowing that, Silas is eager to continue his impressive performance but looks to catapult to his first Salem top-five.
[IMAGE]"Oh yeah, it's Salem," said Silas, when asked about Sunday's race. "I love this place. My very first start I came from the back to finish in the top-10. We had one bad race since then but the last two races, we've finished strong in the top-10. We'll plan to keep our tradition going on Sunday."
Pulling together seven top-10 efforts in 2008 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, Silas is motivated to produce stronger results which could lead to a strong championship finish this year.
"The real season starts this weekend," sounded Silas, who finished a career high ninth in points in 2007. b^0x001cDaytona is a crap-shoot. If you can escape there with a good finish, you're lucky. We weren't so fortunate, but that's behind us and we're marching forward to put this Rockingham Speedway-Holland Pumps Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS in victory lane."
The 21-year old driver is also boasting about the early chemistry he shares with crew chief Cal Boprey. Since Daytona, the two have worked together in Silas's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events at Daytona and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"Cal and I are clicking very well," noted Silas, a drummer at heart. "We are finding our comfort zone and it's showing on the track as well in our testing efforts. This will be our first trip to Salem together and I couldn't be more fired up."