Kentucky II: Bryan Silas preview

Bryan Silas Looking To Make It Three-For-Three At Kentucky Speedway "Fast Track Racing Driver Looking To Step It Up In Second Half" SPARTA, Kentucky (July 15, 2008) - - The second half of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) season kicks off this...

Bryan Silas Looking To Make It Three-For-Three At Kentucky Speedway
"Fast Track Racing Driver Looking To Step It Up In Second Half"

SPARTA, Kentucky (July 15, 2008) - - The second half of the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series (ARS) season kicks off this Friday night at Kentucky Speedway and for Stuart, Florida's Bryan Silas, that's great news as the sophomore ARCA driver returns to the 1.5-mile speedway looking for his third straight top-10 finish under the lights in the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150.

[IMAGE]Last July, Silas started a strong fifth and remained a contender throughout the event to record a career-best eighth place finish. Earlier this year in May, Silas rebounded from a deep starting position (23rd) to charge to the front and net an eighth place finish, tying his career best speedway finish in RE/MAX Series competition.

Ironically, Silas has captured the same position (eighth) three times during the first half of the season beginning at Salem Speedway followed by Iowa Speedway and most recently at the Sparta, Kentucky facility of Kentucky Speedway. While the Fast Track Racing development driver is pleased with the solid efforts, he knows that his veteran team is capable of more. He hopes to signify the statement with a top-five finish in Friday night's showdown.

"I always look forward to Kentucky," said Silas who enters his fourth trip to Kentucky and stands 12th in championship points. "Overall, the track has been pretty healthy to me and our team. We had a very good qualifying effort last July. A year later, we just hope to back up the performance with a little better finish Friday night."

Silas will be the first to tell anyone that his second year of competition in the ARCA RE/MAX Series has been a beneficial one.

"We've had some highs and lows this season but we're entering the second half looking for more, a lot more. We have a great team and I believe the chemistry is there with my crew chief Jeff McClure, we just need a little luck along the way to push us ahead in the standings."

Finishing a very respectable 14th in the most recent ARCA event at Cayuga Motor Speedway in Canada last month, Silas feels that his organization has retained an early jump on the second-half and looks to build on the recent consistency his Fast Track Racing has obtained.

"As a team, we are much more consistent than last year and that has kept us near the top-10 in points. Two-straight top-10 finishes at a demanding track like Kentucky Speedway is showing some consistency and we've made some changes to our Ford Fusion since the race in May. Hopefully that will play into our favor Friday night."

155 markers from entering the top-10 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings, Silas knows that a potential fourth top-10 finish of the season can be critical in climbing the point's ladder.

"Point's are no joke this year," sounded Silas. "I'm proud of my team for all of their hard work this year but we've all agreed we need to race smart, pick and choose our battles and be in the hunt near the end of the race. If we can keep our goals in check, entering the top-10 should be no problem."

"Kentucky Speedway is televised and that's good news for our team. For the first time since I've been in ARCA, qualifying will be live on television and that's even better. A top-five qualifying effort is what we need to keep our No. 11 up front and in contention. If we can get the car handling well in practice, there's no doubt in my mind that our sponsors can attract some great recognition."

-credit: BryanSilasRacing.com

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