Talladega Frustrating For Bryan Silas TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 7, 2008) - - On a stretch of some great runs, ARCA RE/MAX Series sophomore driver Bryan Silas was looking forward to this past Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway...
Talladega Frustrating For Bryan Silas
TALLADEGA, Alabama (October 7, 2008) - - On a stretch of some great runs, ARCA RE/MAX Series sophomore driver Bryan Silas was looking forward to this past Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250 at Talladega Superspeedway but Silas's tune changed a bit after enduring some tough luck in the 20th event of the 2008 season.
After struggling in the open test at the 2.66-mile speedway last month, the Fast Track Racing team led by crew chief Jeff McClure returned to their Concord, North Carolina shop looking for some significant changes to find some speed in their No. 11 Ford Fusion.
Entering the first practice session of the weekend, Silas mounted the 32nd fastest lap after drafting his Nortrax-Palm Beach Grading Ford Fusion to a time of 51.949 seconds at 184.335 MPH.
"Our car isn't really good by itself," said Silas, a native of Stuart, Florida. "It's okay in the draft. We're going to continue to make some changes and hope we can get our machine handling a little better in the draft and put ourselves in contention for a solid finish."
In ARCA SIM Factory pole qualifying Silas posted a lap of 54.059 seconds at 177.140 MPH putting the Andy Hillenburg owned machine 39th in the rundown. With the top-32 positions locked in on speed, Silas would fall on a provisional to make his third start at Talladega Superspeedway putting his machine 35th on the grid.
"Not a hot starting position," offered Silas. "We just can't get this Ford Fusion to run good by itself. I think we'll be okay in the race as long as we can stay in the draft, we just need a little luck to make it happen."
The Fast Track Racing team opted to participate in happy hour Friday morning which briefly saw the No. 11 automobile go to the top of the drafting speed charts. Feeling a little more comfortable about his racecar, the 21-year old Silas was optimistic heading into the start of the race.
It didn't take long for the action to pick up in the ARCA RE/MAX 250 as Silas reported on lap two that his left rear tire was flat and he would have to bring his machine to pit road for tires. Losing two laps to the leader, Silas was hoping to recover utilizing the Aaron's Lucky Dog awards.
Unfortunately, Silas's day would not get any better as the development driver would be entangled in the "big one" on lap 12 when Silas was hit from another spinning machine which sent the No. 11 hard into the wall.
Silas climbed out of his heavily damaged Ford under his own power and would be treated and later released from the infield care center.
"That was a big hit," said Silas. "Our race didn't start off to good. The tire went down and we had no choice but to come in and pit. We got back on the track a couple of laps down but we were going to do everything we could to salvage a finish. We were in the lead draft when the big one happened and we were just along for the ride then. It was a hard hit that's for sure. Nothing we can do now but to move on to Toledo and look for some redemption there."