(LONG POND, Pa. - June 6, 2012) - Despite a skeleton budget, Chad Hackenbracht and his CGH Motorsports team have stepped up to the plate and have been a force to reckon with during the course of the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season.
In six races this season, the team has negotiated two top-fives and four top-10 finishes which have kept the Mooresville, North Carolina-based team in the hunt for the championship as the season presses on this weekend to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for Saturday’s running of the Pocono ARCA 200.
The track has seen a major facelift since the New Philadelphia, Ohio native raced his way to a seventh place finish there last August. With a new surface on track, the 20-year old will rely on his team led by veteran crew chief Kevin Reed to put his No. 58 CGH Motorsports Chevrolet in contention to become the seventh different winner this year and second first-time winner during ARCA’s signature 60th anniversary tour.
“I liked the old Pocono surface, so I’m pretty sure that I’m going to enjoy the new surface even more,” said Hackenbracht who enters this weekend’s festivities fifth in the championship standings just 50 markers from the top spot. “Everyone has their own take on what to expect this weekend. The approach we’re taking is simple. Go out there and keep doing what we’ve been doing all year.”
“Some have said that the tapered spacer will have a huge effect on how the race pans out but that still remains to be seen. The guys have really worked hard on this piece and we’re going to have some power under the hood from Pro Motors, the only thing we’re missing is someone’s name on that hood.”
While it’s clear that the team’s foreseeable future still remains cloudy, Hackenbracht knows that if he does his job behind the wheel – it will undoubtedly increase the chances of someone leaping aboard and keeping his family owned team in the hunt.
“We have room for anything,” explained Hackenbracht, who will make his 35th career ARCA start Saturday. “One race, three races or the rest of the season, we’ll welcome anything. We were thankful to have the support of Kindify at Talladega last month and it’s those type of one-off sponsorship deals that can help keep our championship hopes alive. Hopefully we can manage our third consecutive top-10 at Pocono this weekend and just maybe the phone will start ringing and we can keep racing.”
Reed offered his outlook for this weekend’s race.
“I am looking forward to Pocono as we have had a solid year from Daytona to Elko and with two top fives four top-10s in the first six races and we’re now heading into a stretch that I feel that we have a lot of strength in we are prepared and ready for. The guys have completely rebuilt and updated all of our cars and that has showed in practice and in the races this year.”
He added, “Chad has stepped up and brought cars home clean on a weekly basis and has showed maturity and we have been able to make them better instead of having to rebuild weekly. Our intermediate program proved strong in 2011 so with Pocono and Michigan days away we are ready to capitalize. The recent rules changes should tighten an already very competitive field. Pro Motor engines has given us good horsepower all year and Pocono will be no different.”
In all, Hackenbracht will make his fifth career start at the 2.5-mile triangle of Pocono Raceway this weekend. Last year, the team gathered seventh place finishes in both races. His best starting position occurred in this same race last year where he started eighth.
CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Interested parties can contact Jordan Dahl at Jordan@cghmotorsports.com or 570.234.5449.
The Pocono ARCA 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the seventh of 20 events on the 2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 54th ARCA race at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, June 8 with a hour and fifty minute practice session planned from 10:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for later in the day slated to begin at 2:05 p.m. A final fifty minute “happy hour” practice is scheduled from 5:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag Saturday, June 9 shortly after 1:30 p.m. The race will be televised on SPEED with a scheduled airing launch of 2:30 p.m. that afternoon. Additional coverage including timing and scoring available through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local (Eastern).
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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 has stepped up their commitment from a partial schedule in 2010 and ran a full-effort in 2011, and will attempt another full season of competition in 2012.