Robb Brent Looking To Make Most Of Rockingham Debut ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 14, 2009) - - On the heels of his first top-10 finish on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season at Salem Speedway earlier this month, Shelby Township, Michigan ...
Robb Brent Looking To Make Most Of Rockingham Debut
ROCKINGHAM, North Carolina (April 14, 2009) - - On the heels of his first top-10 finish on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series season at Salem Speedway earlier this month, Shelby Township, Michigan native Robb Brent heads to Rockingham Speedway this weekend hoping to deliver back-to-back top-10 finishes in Sunday's ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200.
And much like Salem Speedway, Brent doesn't have any prior experience at Rockingham Speedway but he isn't using that as an excuse to keep him from continuing to deliver concrete results. Instead, he is using the lack of track time as an incentive to produce strong runs and gain new attention for Justin Allgaier Motorsports (JAM).
Luckily, the 22-year old won't enter the third race of the season exactly blindsided as Brent participated in a private test at Rockingham Speedway last month. While the results were satisfactory, Brent knows the practice makes perfect and is keeping that phrase in mind leaning into activities for Sunday's race.
"Rockingham won't be a piece of cake, but we're confident we'll have a good; strong car that should keep us near the front this weekend," said Brent, who will continue his studies at Northwood University pursing his Bachelor's degree in Automotive Marketing / Business Management while negotiating a 21-race schedule in ARCA.
"We kept our nose clean and were able to come out of Salem with a much needed top-10. Now, we're looking for Rockingham to creep up the finishing ladder just a little bit with the bigger picture to start winning races very soon."
As far as the race is concerned, Brent admits he isn't really sure what to actually expect. However, he's reviewed and recapped last year's event with members of his team and is preparing himself for the unexpected.
"You might be able to call Rockingham a big Salem," sounded Brent. "This place eats your tires so fast that you really have to be conservative and keep the car clean. If we can do that for 200 laps, we should have a shot at the win."
With the strong finish for Brent at Salem, he now sits 18th in the championship standings just 20 points from 15th and 95 credits from 10th. Another solid outing for Brent could keep the points tally up and a chance to secure a respectable finish in the points in his first full season of competition.
"I'm not exactly thinking about points right now," Brent admitted. "My biggest concern is getting our Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep machine fast and comfortable every week and being a threat to win races. We have a real good team. A lot of talented people. With the finishes, points will come; it's just too early to start worrying right now."
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 18 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired two top-five finishes and six 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.
The ARCA RE/MAX Carolina 200 (200 laps / 200 miles) is the third of 22 events on the 2009 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The third ever ARCA race at Rockingham Speedway is a two-day show. Practice begins Saturday, April 18 with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 2:30 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Sunday, April 19 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional live broadcasting available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.