After having the past two weeks go solidly for the CGH Motorsports, Chad Hackenbracht is ready to return to short track racing this weekend at Winchester Speedway to run Saturday night's Winchester ARCA 200, presented by Federated Auto Parts.
The last time the series was at a short track, the 19-year old qualified ninth and spent most of the night in the top five, before mechanical failure ended the night early. Since then, the team has bounced back well and been finishing solidly, including a fourth place finish at Michigan International Speedway last Friday.
“We’ve enjoyed these last couple of races,” Hackenbracht said as per team release. “The CGH Motorsports team has done an incredible job preparing our race cars and the experience of Rob (Torrey, crew chief) and Kevin (Reed, director of competition) has definitely propelled this team to new heights. I’m looking forward to what Saturday night may bring for us.”
After the first top—five finish of his career, Hackenbracht moved up from 11th to ninth in the points.
“We’re solidly in the top-10, which was one of our goals when the season started,” Hackenbracht said. “There’s a long way to the top, but we just need to keep performing and hope that the points will take care of themselves.”
The success has brought Hackenbracht into the spotlight, including a newly released t-shirt released by the team (which can be purchased by logging on to store.cghmotorsports.com or CGHMotorsports.com). After SPEED made a mistake with the pronunciation of the name, they titled the shirt 'What’s A Chad Hacken-Something'. The shirt has sparked a lot of discussion as SPEED even did a segment on it.
“I’m glad that everyone is really enjoying the shirts,” Hackenbracht said. “We were trying to do something out of the box and we came up with this. We’re going to get the shirt in some more colors and fans can now purchase the shirts on our website.”
Though to keep the success, CGH Motorsports knows they need to keep digging hard and that's why they tested at Winchester, as they believe that seat time is one of the keys to success.
“Testing always helps, especially at places you’ve never been before,” Hackenbracht said. “I was able to get acquainted with Winchester and man is that place fast. It reminds me some of Salem, but it has its own character for sure. The changes we made to the car during the test responded well, so I’m antsy to get back in the car on Saturday.”
Despite the success, Hackenbracht is still seeking sponsorship for the season. Single, multi and full—season placements are available on the team’s No. 58 entries. Interested parties are urged to contact Jordan Dahl at 570.234.5449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Winchester ARCA 200 presented by Federated Auto Parts (200 laps / 100 miles) is the ninth of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 22nd ARCA race at Winchester is a one—day show. Practice begins Saturday, June 25 with a one hour and half practice session planned from 1:45 p.m.—3:15 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 4:45 p.m.
The field will take the green flag later that night, shortly after 8:00 p.m. The race will not be televised, but event coverage, including live timing and scoring throughout the 1,321st race for the ARCA Racing Series—presented by Menards since it was formed in 1953—will be available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com, presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
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