- Posted on August 3rd, 2011
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (August 3, 2011) - - Saturday, July 31, 2010 will be a day that Robb Brent will not soon forget. After five previous tries at one of his favorite race tracks, the Shelby Township, Michigan native was finally able to have all the pieces fuse together and storm to his first career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.
A year later, Brent returns to the historical site with one goal in mind, defending the title. To help him in his quest, Brent has paired again with the potent Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) for Saturday’s Pennsylvania ARCA 125.
Although Brent will be with a completely different team, manufacturer and crew chief, the 24-year old strongly believes that he has all the tools to back-up his win from last season. “I’ve been waiting for this race for several months now and it’s finally here,” said Brent, who also piloted an entry for ESR at Michigan International Speedway where he finished 11th. “I love road course racing but this undoubtedly is one of my favorite oval tracks. Well, I guess you can’t really call it an oval, but it’s one that is at the top of my list.”
Indeed, the road racing ace cannot refer Pocono (Pa.) Raceway as your typical oval. Often called the “Tricky Triangle”, the track’s unique layout offers some resemblance of a road course which could partly explain why Brent has yet to foil at the 2.5-mile track. In six races, Brent has never finished worse than seventh (twice) and has recorded two top-fives and six top-10s overall. In his inaugural ARCA debut at Pocono, Brent impressed many in the garage with an outstanding third place qualifying run then driving for fellow Michigan native Brad Keselowski.
“I’ve always raced well at Pocono, it’s been my type of track,” sounded Brent, who will drive the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing Toyota Camry Saturday afternoon. “A lot of the drivers come up to me for advice around there and that’s extremely humbling. I’m taking everything I’ve learned over to ESR this weekend with the goal of putting this team back in victory circle. It will not only do a lot for me, but I know it would be big for them too.”
Guiding Brent this weekend will be veteran crew chief Trip Bruce. Bruce, who has played several leadership roles at ESR undeniably, has the knowledge and experience to put the Michigander in the hunt for his second career
“Everyone at Eddie Sharp Racing has been really easy to work with,” continued Brent. “I know it may be a little awkward at first working with Trip, simply because we’ve never worked together before. Though, everyone has
told me a lot of great things about him, so I’m not worried or anything, I’m just anxious to get going and being competitive right off the truck.” With sponsorship still difficult to acquire as the economy continues to battle shaky grounds, Brent is also utilizing the 13th race of the season as a way of auditioning not only to potential sponsors but other teams in the racing industry; that he does have what it takes to get the job done.
“It’s hard being a racecar driver and having to watch a lot of this from the sidelines,” Brent explained. “I’ve been fortunate enough to do some spotting and act as a driver coach this year, so that’s been fun; but I’m focused on finding a way at reviving my career in a way that it will keep me at the racetrack every weekend. There’s a lot riding on Saturday’s race but there’s even more to gain from competing in it too.”
For Pocono, Robb Brent Racing (RBR) will continue to support his two favorite charities. Macomb Charitable Foundation and Animal Aid Foundation will adorn the No. 6 Toyota Camry like they did in the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 at Michigan International Speedway in June.
The Macomb Charitable Foundation (MCF) is a group of volunteers who seek and assist the homeless and
poverty stricken children in Macomb County, Michigan. They assist with things that other agencies cannot.
The Animal Aid Foundation is a volunteer-based non-profit charitable fundraising organization dedicated to finding
lifelong loving homes for lost or abandoned animals, working together with other no-kill shelters, public donations and corporate support.
“It’s important to promote some of the places I like to support on or off the track,” explained Brent. “Both of these charities are very important to me and my family. Even though they are based in Michigan, we’re hoping to spread their word through the car at Pocono and hopefully drum up some
Before strapping in his No. 6 Toyota Camry on Saturday afternoon, Brent will cheer on his fellow ESR teammate Justin Lofton in his No. 6 CollegeCompete.com Toyota Tundra who will be competing in the Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service 125, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contest that serves as the preamble for ARCA’s second go-around with Pocono (Pa.) Raceway this season.
Prior to joining Eddie Sharp Racing, Brent participated in the ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driving for NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski and Brad Keselowski Racing. Most recently, Brent spent the last two seasons in ARCA with Allgaier Motorsports, the 2008 championship team. In his 59 ARCA starts, Brent has acquired one win (Pocono 2010), six top-five finishes and 19 top-10 efforts. Brent notched his career best qualifying effort of second at Kentucky Speedway in 2008. He has led the ARCA pack five times for 55 laps. His best finish in the NCWTS occurred at Nashville Superspeedway in his inaugural truck debut where he finished 21st after qualifying 26th. The road racing ace also made his NASCAR Nationwide Series
debut in 2010 driving for RAB Racing at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
The Pennsylvania ARCA 125 (50 laps / 125 miles) is the 13th of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 53rd ARCA race at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, August 5 with a one hour and twenty minute practice session planned from 1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is slated to begin later in the day at 5:40 p.m. The field will take the green flag shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. The event will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 3:00 p.m. EST. Live timing and scoring throughout the 1,325th 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 www.arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
Brent, sponsorship opportunities and official team merchandise, please visit www.robbbrentracing.com .
NAME: Carol Brent, Robb Brent Racing
NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management
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