MULTI-CAR INCIDENT SPOILS SOLID RUN FOR ROOKIE ROBB BRENT AT ROAD AMERICA Elkhart Lake, WI (6-21-2010) -- Robb Brent, who made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series inaugural event at Road America this weekend, showed signs of a promising...
MULTI-CAR INCIDENT SPOILS SOLID RUN FOR ROOKIE ROBB BRENT AT ROAD AMERICA
Elkhart Lake, WI (6-21-2010) -- Robb Brent, who made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series inaugural event at Road America this weekend, showed signs of a promising run on Saturday when a multi-car incident just past half-way relegated the rookie to a 30th-place finish in the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menards.
At the end of the day, the undesired result cost the No. 09 RAB Racing team momentum back into the top-25. The sophomore team remains 27th in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings, a mere 56 markers outside the top-25 and 111 points outside the top-20.
Brent, a noted road course racer, entered the 15th event on the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule with confidence, but knew he had a lot to learn making his debut in the series. Brent proved his road course racing skills by gaining on each run made in the four practice sessions held over a two day period at the 4.048-mile road course and placed the 12th fastest time in final practice on Friday.
The 23-year-old Shelby Township, MI native was the second car in group three of six to take time around the 14-turn Wisconsin road course during Saturday morning's time trials. Brent's third and best lap of 138.273 seconds (105.392 mph) was the 25th-quickest run of the session and allowed him to start Saturday's 50 lap event on the inside of the 13th row.
Fuel mileage was the talk of the town and the RAB Racing team had their strategy secure when Brent made his way down pit road at lap 12 under caution for four tires and fuel. The rookie would restart in the 27th position when the field went back to green at lap 14.
Brent, who slowly worked his way up the score board over the next 14 laps, was sitting in the 22nd position when the afternoon's third full-course caution flag was waved on lap 28. Brent made his way down pit road for what was supposed to be the last stop of the day for fuel only. When racing resumed on lap 29, the No. 09 Ford Fusion was scored in the 20th position.
However, on the restart at lap 29, a nine car pile-up in turn-6 left Brent's Ford Fusion with severe damage on the front end, forcing the rookie to bring the machine back to the garage for repairs. The multi-car incident brought out a lengthy red flag and allowed the team to survey the damage. When the red flag was lifted and the yellow displayed, the sophomore team was able to get to work and had the No. 09 machine back out on the racing surface just seven laps later.
Scored 34th with only 14 laps remaining in the 50-lap event, Brent logged laps and persevered to cross the start/finish line in the 30th position in just his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start behind race winner, Carl Edwards.
Up next for RAB Racing is the 879-mile trek north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the New England 200 on June 26th.
-source: rab racing