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ABR Tests Talladega; McCumbee, Brent in the Seats - Posted on January 30th, 2011

(TOLEDO, Ohio - January 28, 2011) - Andy Belmont Racing (ABR) was one of four teams that tested at Talladega Superspeedway Thursday in preparation for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona Int'l Speedway Saturday, Feb. 12.

Belmont took two Fords to the test with two drivers, including the fulltime driver of the no. 1 ModSpace-ABR Ford, Chad McCumbee, and Robb Brent who was there to assist in a back-up car.

"We had a pretty darn productive day," said team owner Andy Belmont.

"We went down with a game plan with lots to try, and we came away with some really solid info. It think it's more productive to go to Talladega to test because there's too many cars at the Daytona test, so track time is limited. With just four teams here yesterday, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We really accomplished a lot. Robb Brent tested a second car for us - it was the car that (Tom) Hessert got the pole with a couple years ago here. We completely rebuilt it, got the bugs out of it, so if we had to unload it, we'd have a hotrod."

Six-time Daytona winner Bobby Gerhart was also at the one-day Talladega test. Belmont offered up his comments on Gerhart's Daytona legacy.

"Our primary car was really solid with Chad (McCumbee); but Gerhart's still the man to beat, no doubt about it. But I also think this kid McCumbee's gunna give him all he can stand - we'll see. But when it comes to Daytona, Gerhart's always the man to beat. His focus has been on these two races (Daytona and Talladega) over the last 10 years. He spends most of his budget on these two races. You have to respect Gerhart. I do. We all do. He was really sporty yesterday."

McCumbee also felt the extra test at Talladega will prove beneficial.

"It was a very productive day for the ModSpace Ford," McCumbee said. "Also able to shake down the back-up car, so we're pretty confident going to Daytona. We actually found some problems on our primary car that could have been detrimental had we not found them prior to Daytona.

"Being that both tracks (Daytona and Talladega) are so smooth now, I think you can pretty much carry over all the information we got from the Talladega test, and take right to Daytona. The tracks are so similar so everything we learned, for the most part, is going to translate."

Brent, who is still searching for a ride in 2011, also tested a second ABR entry.

"The reason Robb (Brent) tested for us is because my son Andrew, who was originally gunna test our second car, doubled over with stomach pain the other day - took him to the hospital and they had to remove his appendix. He's doing fine now," added Belmont.

With Belmont's son unable to assist during the test, Belmont opted for Brent, a series veteran, to test the team's back-up Ford.

"I talked with Andy Wednesday night," said Brent. "He offered up the chance to test his stuff; he's always got great restrictor plate stuff, so I jumped at the chance. Before the call was done, I told him I'd be on the next flight. Got to the track about 9:30, 10 in the morning and tested all day. We worked some of the bugs out of his back-up car, had some fun; it was well worth it. Just a fun day all around."

Brent hopes to solidify a deal of his own for the '11 season.

"I've been constantly working on deals. I've been contacted by a ton of teams - just need that sponsor. I'll be in a car sometime, not fulltime, but I'll be in a car somewhere."




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