Allgaier Motorsports, Robb Brent Finish 10th at Salem Speedway Salem, Ind. (September 18, 2010) -- Robb Brent, driver of the Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram -- Dodge Charger in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Re/Max and Menards, finished...
Allgaier Motorsports, Robb Brent Finish 10th at Salem Speedway
Salem, Ind. (September 18, 2010) -- Robb Brent, driver of the Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram -- Dodge Charger in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Re/Max and Menards, finished 10th in the ARCA Classic 200 at Salem Speedway on Saturday evening.
Brent's eighth top-10 finish allows him to maintain the 10th position in the ARCA Racing Series point standings. With two races remaining in the 2010 season, Brent trails fifth-place driver Dakoda Armstrong by 455 markers, and ninth-place contender Tim George Jr. by 75 points.
Brent recorded the fifth-fastest time in Saturday afternoon's sole practice session. A rare part failure at the end of practice saw the Allgaier Motorsports crew make major repairs to their No. 36 entry prior to qualifying. As the team worked diligently to make the repairs, they did not meet the deadline to be in line for final inspection prior to qualifying. Once Brent's Dodge took its place on the qualifying grid, the July Pocono race winner ran a lap of 17.558 seconds, an average speed of 113.794 mph, to earn the 10th starting position for the ARCA Classic 200.
Before the start of the race, the Shelby Township, Mich.-native had to drop to the tail of the field as a result of their pre-qualifying repairs. Brent quickly worked his way through traffic and by lap 20, he was scored in the 13th position. On lap 51, when the first caution was displayed, the Allgaier Motorsports crew brought Brent down pit road for right-side Hoosier Racing Tires, Sunoco Fuel, and an air pressure adjustment. The pit crew helped Brent pick up three positions on pit road, and when racing went back to green flag conditions on lap 57 Brent restarted in eighth position.
Brent maintained his eighth-place position, despite his Dodge being tight in the center and loose off the corners. The second caution was displayed on lap 105, which crew chief Dave Leiner, II called Brent to pit road for fresh Hoosier Racing Tires and Sunoco Fuel. When green-flag racing resumed on lap 112, Brent held the ninth position. On lap 124, as Brent took over the sixth position from Tim George, Jr., a spin in Turn 2 brought out the third, and final, caution flag of the evening. With less than 75 laps remaining, the Leiner-led crew decided not to pit and give up valuable track position.
As green-flag conditions resumed and saw the laps click off, Brent's Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram <http://www.orchardcdj.com> -- Dodge Charger started to lose the handling off of the corners. Brent was told to adjust his line through the center of the corner to help, but as the remaining laps went caution free, the long, green-flag run saw Brent lose one lap to the leader. Brent made the most of his No. 36 machine, crossing the finish line 10th when the checkered flag waved.
"Salem Speedway is a tricky, but fun place to race at," said Brent. "The Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram -- Dodge Charger was perfect on short runs, but the long green flag run there at the end hurt us a little bit. My tires went a way and I was really loose off the corner. The Allgaier Motorsports crew gave me 100 percent today and the pit crew had solid stops tonight."
Next weekend, the ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards will head to Kansas Speedway Thursday, September 30 for the 19th of 20 races this season.
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