Bryan Silas Eager For Cayuga Journey HAGERSVILLE, ONTARIO (June 25, 2008) - - Fresh off of a nice top-20 finish in the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series event at Myrtle Beach Speedway last weekend, sophomore ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Bryan Silas ...
Bryan Silas Eager For Cayuga Journey
HAGERSVILLE, ONTARIO (June 25, 2008) - - Fresh off of a nice top-20 finish in the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series event at Myrtle Beach Speedway last weekend, sophomore ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Bryan Silas is ready to grab his ARCA suit and join the rest of the teams across the border for the running of the Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Cayuga Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
While the Stuart, Florida native isn't sure what to really expect out of the tricky short track, Silas is hoping that his previous short track experience in both ARCA and USAR will pay off in a big way and award the Fast Track Racing team with their first top-five of the 2008 season.
"Cayuga, here we come," said Silas, who recently turned 21. "It's a new challenge but we're welcoming it with open arms and hope that luck is on our side in Canada."
As far as what to expect this weekend at Cayuga Motor Speedway, Silas is extremely optimistic.
"We didn't have the opportunity to go out and test at Cayuga Motor Speedway, so we're going to have to rely on our notes from Toledo and work from there. I'm not worried because my crew chief Jeff McClure seems to be an expert on these short tracks, so I'm confident we'll unload competitive."
Looking to recover from the team's last outing at Michigan International Speedway where Silas steered his No. 11 Nortrax-Shell Rotella T Ford Fusion to a 21st place finish, Silas is ready to put his team back in the top-10 for a fourth time this year.
"We thought Michigan would go better than it did," Silas admitted. "We found out after the race that we had a parts failure which kept us out of the hunt. A good run on Sunday afternoon would be a nice rebound for this team."
With the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series half-way point quickly approaching, Silas admits the team has improved from last season but the bar will be raised another notch in the final 11 races.
"You would think that 11 races is a long way to go, but I guarantee you they will go by quickly. I'm proud of the success we've had thus far this season, but we're not there yet. I feel with what we've learned in the first nine races and what we can learn in Canada this weekend can help Fast Track Racing become an even stronger team in the second half. We want to be comfortably inside the top-10 in points by Toledo (October), so we'll have to work a little harder to make it a reality."
Currently holding the 13th place in the ARCA RE/MAX Series point standings, Silas knows that a position has been lost from Michigan and he needs a strong run to rally back into the picture. "We can't afford to keep losing ground in the standings," Silas sounded. "We're trying to put this team in the top-10, which is where we feel we belong. Our strength this season has seemed to come on the short tracks, so I'm hoping that we'll be able to maneuver a strong run and give our team some confidence heading to the next race."
"I think Cayuga is an important race for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, so it's a shame that there is no extreme television coverage. While there is no television, we still have to be competitive and walk away with a good finish that our sponsors can be satisfied with."