After a disappointing 22nd place finish at Berlin, Bryan Silas is ready to hit New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend with a positive attitude.
“You have to keep positive,” Silas said in the team preview. “We’ve experienced more than our fair share of bad luck. But, if you let that take you down the road of no hope; then you might as well not go onto the next race.”
This week, the ARCA Series hits the second and final road course stop of the season.
“New Jersey Motorsports Park is a super nice facility,” the 23-year old driver said. “Before ARCA came to the track, I was one of the first drivers to actually compete on the course in a Koni event for TRG Motorsports. It’s not easy competing on a road course, especially when it’s not your specialty, but I’m comfortable with the track which has me arriving there extremely optimistic.”
Silas’ positive attitude could mostly be contributed to new crew chief Wayne Gilles coming on board. Gilles takes the reigns after interim crew chief Dave McClure takes his promotion to General Manager of Fast Track’s Racing ARCA and Camping World Truck Series program. Gilles joins the team with experience from Tuner Motorsports.
“I appreciate Dave stepping in and helping us out for a couple races,” Silas said. “It was good to work with him again. I met Wayne (Giles) last weekend at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway and I am confident that his impressive resume can steer our ship back on track and make these last eight races memorable.”
Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A., MTW Services, Inc., Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and Rockingham Speedway will all sponsor Silas’s Ford Fusion for his 84th career ARCA start.
In his 83 previous starts, he has one top five and 24 top 10s. Three of those previous 83 starts came on road courses, which resulted in an average finish of 20.3. In two past starts at New Jersey, he has finished 17th and 28th.
Practice begins Saturday, August 14th with an hour and a half practice session planned from 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. A final “happy hour” session has been etched in from 1:35 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. The field will take the green flag on Sunday, August 15th shortly after 1:00 p.m.
The race will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the weekend will be available through the BAS Racing Network in conjunction with the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
For more information on Bryan Silas, check out his site at http://www.BryanSilasRacing.com.
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