Robb Brent Preparing For Berlin Debut MARNE, Michigan (July 23, 2009) - - Shelby Township, Michigan native Robb Brent has encountered his fair share of challenges in his first full season of ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. Despite the ...
Robb Brent Preparing For Berlin Debut
MARNE, Michigan (July 23, 2009) - - Shelby Township, Michigan native Robb Brent has encountered his fair share of challenges in his first full season of ARCA RE/MAX Series competition. Despite the expected challenges Saturday night, Brent hopes to shine through the light with a victory aboard his Justin Allgaier Motorsports prepared machine at Berlin Raceway in the Wolverine Power Systems 200 presented by Generac.
Brent, piloting the No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Dodge Charger rolls into his home state short track on the heels of a top-15 run last Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway. While the 12th place finish wasn't the experience the team was hoping for; they are taking the effort in stride and hoping for a return to the top-10 in his inaugural Berlin Raceway debut.
Finishing well at new places hasn't particularly been a problem for the 22-year old this season but Berlin Raceway is a new face and a short track; a track type that he wants to sharpen in more ways than one this weekend.
[IMAGE]"Short tracks are still somewhat new to me," said Brent, who is managing a college degree in-between racing. "I think with the second half of the season here my biggest goal is improving my short track performance and putting our Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep team near the front."
He continued, "I've never been to Berlin Raceway before, so I'm a little anxious. I've heard that it is quite an interesting place to race. As a team though, our overall goals haven't skipped a beat. We need to use practice to our advantage and find us a good starting spot for the race. A finish in the top-10 will be welcomed Saturday night for sure."
Before heading up to Berlin, Brent spent his week in Springfield, Illinois at Justin Allgaier Motorsports working hard in the shop with his team while enjoying some down-time outside the shop with his crew.
"My car chief Kelly Kovski raced his dirt modified on Sunday and I really enjoyed watching him race. He knows how to sling a car on the dirt. On Wednesday, a couple of our guys raced their Karts at a local track in Illinois and it was definitely entertaining. I really enjoyed cheering them on. My guys root me on each and every week when I'm in the car; it was neat to experience it from a different end this week."
Occupying the 11th position in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, Brent chopped off several points last weekend at Kentucky towards making his dent into the top-10. Just 75 points from conquering one of his major feats of the year, Brent knows that finishing the event Saturday night is crucial to keep heading in the right direction.
"While some drivers and teams are not thinking about points; we are," offered Brent. "It will be a huge milestone for this team to march into the top-10; especially with missing the first race of the season at Daytona. We keep making headway and that's positive."
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 27 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 10 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.