Robb Brent Eager For Talladega Return TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 22 2009) - - Robb Brent hasn't competed at Talladega Superspeedway in a year and a half but the Shelby, Township Michigan native is eager to return to the monstrous superspeedway...
Robb Brent Eager For Talladega Return
TALLADEGA, Alabama (April 22 2009) - - Robb Brent hasn't competed at Talladega Superspeedway in a year and a half but the Shelby, Township Michigan native is eager to return to the monstrous superspeedway and recover from a disappointing weekend at Rockingham Speedway in Friday's ARCA RE/MAX 250.
Brent returned to Rockingham Speedway on the heels of his first top-10 finish of the season at Salem Speedway. The weekend other than a successful Rockingham ThunderFest would be a weekend that Brent would like to forget.
After a tough practice which included handling issues, qualifying wasn't much better. Taking the green flag, the No. 36 Dodge Charger broke loose on the backstretch with the car making significant contact with the wall. The damage was severe enough to roll out the backup car. Starting shotgun on the field, Brent found the secondary car to his liking and moved into the top-12 before the back-up motor gave out forcing a disappointing 34th place effort.
"I had a lot of fun at the ThunderFest. It was great to spend time with the fans and the other drivers. Unfortunately, our weekend at Rockingham wasn't something to cheer about. My team worked really hard and I was thankful for the track time. I think we learned a lot with the backup car that will be beneficial to us for the race in October," Brent said.
Moving forward, Brent is looking for redemption in Friday's race. "It could be a very good weekend for the Justin Allgaier Motorsports team," sounded Brent. "I think our car will be strong and I have a race under my belt at Talladega back in 2007, so I'm hoping all the experience will pay off on Friday."
Brent added, "Restrictor plate racing is exciting but it can be nail biting as well. You have to trust yourself, your team and the other competitors. One bad move can wipe out your day. We've already suffered enough bad luck to last us the year, so hopefully we'll be able to walk away from Talladega with a stout finish," sounded 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.
After Rockingham, Brent now sits 19th in the championship standings just 75 points from 15th and 160 credits from 10th. The 22-year old is determined to make up for lost points this weekend.
"We took a beating at Rockingham," Brent admitted. "We're here to win races and be inside the top-10 in points at the end of the year. As a team we are getting stronger despite our setback and it will just be a matter of time before we start producing runs everyone knows this team is capable of."