Daytona ARCA Ride; A Late Christmas Gift For Robb Brent DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 3, 2009) - - Shelby Township, Michigan native Robb Brent wasn't planning on running in Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, but an opportunity emerged last...
Daytona ARCA Ride; A Late Christmas Gift For Robb Brent
DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (February 3, 2009) - - Shelby Township, Michigan native Robb Brent wasn't planning on running in Saturday's Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, but an opportunity emerged last week that will allow Brent another shot at making his debut at Daytona International Speedway.
Brent, a current student at Northwood University (Midland, Michigan) will drive the No. 36 Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS for Allgaier Motorsports, the team that propelled Justin Allgaier to the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series championship.
"This is a spectacular opportunity," said Brent, who hopes to make his 18th ARCA start in ARCA's premier event. "I wasn't planning on running the race this weekend, but we were presented with an opportunity that we could not refuse. We were able to gain backing from Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Washington Township, Michigan, so we're off to Daytona with big smiles!"
Brent, who spent his 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series season competing for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) attempted to make his inaugural Daytona ARCA debut last February but fell one position short of making the grid. This year, Brent looks at Saturday's race as a chance for redemption.
"It was a heart-breaker last year," recalled Brent, who holds a career-best ARCA finish of fifth at Kansas Speedway and Pocono Raceway last year. "We had a good car, but the field was so competitive, we just missed the race. The Allgaier Motorsports team has prepared me a great car, so I'm excited to get the ball rolling this week."
He continued, "I'm not worried about the effects of not testing in December. The Allgaier's have been around the Motorsports block for many years and they know how to win a restrictor plate event. They are in fact the defending champions of a restrictor plate race, so I'm hoping to give them two-for-two this weekend."
Other than Daytona, Brent currently does not have any other ARCA RE/MAX Series plans finalized for the season. However, he is optimistic about the future. "We're working hard on acquiring additional sponsorship, but everyone knows how the economy is doing right now," Brent sounded. "We're going to keep digging and hope that something materializes that will put us back on the circuit more frequently."