Chad Hackenbracht Looks to Bounce Back from Chicagoland Disappointment at Pocono

Ashley McCubbinAnalyst IJune 9, 2011

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Last weekend at Chicagoland, it looked like everything would be coming together for Chad Hackenbracht as he had led 45 consecutive laps and had a nine second lead over second place. Though that all fell apart when the right front tire on his automobile popped and blew those chances at winning away.

“It’s still really tough to swallow what happened last week," the 19-year-old said in the team's press release. "But we can’t dwell on it much longer, we have to get back in the saddle.”

For ARCA fans, it was almost the Cinderella story before their eyes, with the family-owned team of CGH Motorsports now heading to Pocono Raceway, ready to prove it wasn't a fluke on Saturday afternoon.

“Thankfully, we’re going to Pocono Raceway this weekend and I love that place," he added. "It’s such a different type of place but I think that’s why I enjoy it so much.”

After what happened last week, the New Philadelphia, Ohio native says that he and crew chief Rob Torrey are ready to attack and try to get the win.

“Rob, Kevin (Reed, director of competition) and the entire CGH Motorsports team are bringing another stout piece to the track this weekend and our engine should be just as strong if not stronger this weekend," he said. "It sure would be nice to get some redemption from last weekend. If we can’t, we’re hoping for a strong top-five run.”

The 20th place finish last weekend at Chicagoland dropped them to 11th in points, so he knows that while going for the win, he also has to play it smart.

“I’m going to race smart because we need to finish the race; we made some serious strides making a huge climb in the point standings," he said. "We need to continue that uphill battle and try and not have any more slides.”