NEWTON, Iowa (July 17, 2011) - - For the fifth consecutive ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race, CGH Motorsports with driver Chad Hackenbracht showed that they were capable of winning. Even though they weren't the first to take the checkered flag Saturday afternoon in the Prairie Meadows 200 at Iowa Speedway, the team did tally their sixth top-10 run of the year.
The Newton, Iowa race track welcomed the teams on Saturday with steamy conditions which included soaring temperatures and heavy humidity. Despite the unbearable conditions, the show must still go on. In time trails, Hackenbracht impressed. Guiding his No. 58 Fast Fixin' / On the Go PBJamwich Chevrolet Impala SS around the .875-mile paved oval, the rising phenom captured the seventh fastest time overall, a career best giving the freshman ARCA team strength heading towards the green flag.
With a heat index topping out at 124 degrees outside the car and a sweltering 150 degrees plus inside the car, the stars and cars of the ARCA Racing Series took the green flag shortly after 4:00 p.m. Hackenbracht's attempt to gain position on the track would be stalled when the No. 63 spun in turn three.
Restarting the race on lap six, Hackenbracht would maintain his position in the first half-dozen before moving into the top-five on lap 20. Even though, Hackenbracht was reporting tight in the center and loose off condition to his team, the No. 58 Fast Fixin' / On the Go PBJamwich Chevrolet Impala SS continued to plug some of the fastest laps on the track.
The New Philadelphia, Ohio native would hover inside the top-five until being passed approaching lap 35. Still dealing with the handling condition, the team advised their driver to hang on until they could bring him to pit road for changes.
The yellow that the team needed waived on lap 49 allowing the CGH Motorsports team to bring their driver down pit lane on lap 52 for four tires, fuel, a track bar and air pressure adjustments were delivered to try and correct the handling issue. Hackenbracht would have to return to pit road on lap 53 though, serving a pass-through penalty for speeding.
Restarting the race on lap 58, Hackenbracht rode in seventh before moving into sixth on lap 64. Flirting with fifth, sixth and seventh on the scoring pylon, the former Legends champion cleverly maneuvered into fifth on lap 69 and held it through lap 91 when the yellow flag waived again.
Topping off on pit road on lap 94, the team attempted to give their driver a boost with another track bar adjustment. The No. 58 Fast Fixin' / On the Go PBJamwich Chevrolet Impala SS restarted the contest in eighth position. Climbing to seventh by halfway, Hackenbracht would endure a problem just three laps later. Advising his team from the cockpit, Hackenbracht stated that he had lost a cylinder in the motor, falling from eight to seven cylinders.
A caution on lap 110 allowed the team to bring their race car to pit road where they checked the spark plug wires. Unable to find anything, the team set their Hackenbracht back into competition on the lead lap holding steady in the seventh position.
Over the next 90 laps, Hackenbracht's car would continue to utter an unhealthy sound but continue to dish out respectable lap times. Battling Tom Hessert, Jared Marks and Sean Corr for a finishing position inside the top-10, Hackenbracht was able to fend off Marks and despite a late race battle with Sean Corr for ninth, Hackenbracht would persevere through determination and hunker down in the 10th position where he would take the checkered flag.
"It was hot," offered Hackenbracht after the race. "I've never experienced anything like that in my racing career. It was brutal, especially without my KoolBox, which we never able to get it working. The car was good for most of the race. Just after halfway, we lost a cylinder. Still, we were able to hang on and finish 10th. All things considered, we'll take that.
I know the heat affected everyone, not just me during the race, so I want to thank on the CGH Motorsports team for never giving up and delivering good pit stops against some very adverse conditions."
He concluded by saying, "I also want to thank AdvancePierreTM Foods and Fast Fixin' for sponsoring us this weekend. I appreciate them jumping on-board with us at a great race track like Iowa Speedway. I hate we weren't able to take them to victory lane, but I'm happy we were still able to give them a good finish."
Next up for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is a welcomed trip back to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, formally known as O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) for the running of the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 set for Thursday, July 28th. The iconic short track event will be aired live on SPEED beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. Hackenbracht will make his inaugural debut at the Clermont, Indiana-based track.
CGH Motorsports Iowa Speedway Weekend Notes:
· Chad Hackenbracht paced the 11th fastest time in the first practice session on Friday afternoon at Iowa Speedway. In final practice, the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team boosted themselves into the top-10 by placing 10th overall.
· In qualifying, Hackenbracht posted the seventh fastest time overall, a career best in 20 races. Previously, Hackenbracht had captured two eighth place starting positions at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Michigan International Speedway respectively.
· Hackenbracht continues to receive advice and mentoring from former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday including at Iowa Speedway.
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About CGH Motorsports:
CGH Motorsports (CGHMotorsports.com), established in 2007 by Ohio entrepreneur Greg Hackenbracht is located in a 10,000 sq. foot facility located in Mooresville, North Carolina. CGH Motorsports is home of rising sensation Chad Hackenbracht, who competed in nine ARCA Racing Series races in 2010 after an aggressive ARCA testing schedule in 2009. Chad Hackenbracht is the 2008 National Asphalt Legends champion, winning 33 percent of his races and finishing in the top-10, 85 percent of the events he competed in. The team will step up their commitment from a partial schedule and prepare for a hopeful full-season ARCA championship assault beginning in February 2011.