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(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 10, 2011) - ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Ed Pompa is at Daytona for the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.
"I spoke to Andy Hillenburg back in November, saying that I would love to attempt to run Daytona at some point, and a few days later he called me saying he had a car that I could try to do it this year," Pompa said.
Ed will be running the Rifenburg Const./Double H Ranch Chevrolet this weekend. “I am doing the same sponsorship deal as last year, with the Double H Ranch getting all the money from the names on the car. I have basically the same group back this year. Rifenburg Const., Milwaukee Crusher Co, and Biondi Rigging have all stepped up their participation this year, with their donations totaling over $10,000.
“I do this for fun” Ed said, “if I can use this to help raise money for Double H, that’s even better.”
Depending upon Saturday’s race results, Ed may run some more this year.
“I’ll see how Daytona goes, and I’ll make a decision after that. I would love to go back to Pocono for one or maybe both races.”
(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - February 9, 2011) - The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 is the Automobile Racing Club of America’s (ARCA) version of the Daytona 500, the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing and with Stuart, Florida native nestled just two and a half hours away from the 2.5-mile superspeedway, it’s no wonder he has already been tapped as a pre-race favorite for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
And, if he isn’t a pre-race favorite because of his notoriety of being a native of the Sunshine State, his team’s announcement of hoisting the historic National Speed Sport News (NSSN), America’s Motorsports Authority as the primary sponsor on the team’s No. 11 Ford Fusion in Saturday afternoon’s race is bound to draw some attention which equals waives of new fan support.
Silas, always known for being one of the series’ most popular drivers will help spread the word of Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Blue Collar Hero Driver Challenge presented by Speed Sport News.
Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Blue Collar Hero Driver Challenge presented by Speed Sport News is the newest creation in an effort to find racing’s next future star. Set to begin in March and conclude in June at the track known as “The Little Rock” in Rockingham, North Carolina, the challenge is out to breed the next up-and-comers, who will have one shot during the three month contest (25 days of competition will be held during the three month run) and advance from a Fast Track High Performance Driving School car to a full-executed ARCA Racing Series stock car against one of racing’s finest stars all in one day. The overall winner will be approved to compete in ARCA’s return to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis for the running of the Ansell Protective Gloves 200 on Thursday, July 28, 2011 live on SPEED. The best part is, it’s affordable!
“What an honor it is to be associated with a respectable and award-winning organization like National Speed Sport News,” said Silas, who will make his fifth career start at the 2.5-mile superspeedway Saturday. “Also, what a neat idea Andy (Hillenburg) has created with the Fast Track Blue Collar Hero Driver Challenge. It’s an affordable contest with unimaginable results. Andy has always been on the racer’s side and this challenge fits right into his platform. I’m just thrilled to be associated with it.”
The ARCA pro knows that in order to put his owner’s newest conception into the spotlight, he must have an equal performance from last February. After qualifying a stout and superspeedway career-best of fifth, the Fast Track Racing pilot survived the chaos of the 80-lap event to notch a ninth place finish, his best ever on the 2.5-mile oval.
Silas speaks out freely about last year and how important it would be to kick off his fifth season of ARCA competition again in the right direction. “Last year was a lot of fun,” added Silas, who will make his 92nd ARCA start this weekend. “We had a good car and were able to capitalize on a strong weekend with a top-10 finish. This year, I’m looking for a little bit more as far as our finishing position is concerned. I’m hoping we can sneak in a top-five or maybe even earn that first win!”
Should Silas be able to pull off the biggest win in his racing career by capturing the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, the splashing of Gatorade and cheers and celebration from victory lane would be nothing new to the Fast Track Racing team as two-time DIS winner and former ARCA champion Andy Hillenburg will return to his duties as the primary spotter for the 23-year old sensation.
“It’s always refreshing to have Andy spot,” Silas mentioned. “He brings a sense of calmness over the radio, especially in a very intense and demanding type of race like Daytona. Dave (McClure) will crew chief the car this weekend, so it’s going to feel like old times again. I’m looking forward to having some fun and hopefully kick off the 2011 race season in S-T-Y-L-E!”
Rockingham (N.C) Speedway join National Speed Sport News as an additional sponsor of Silas’s Ford Fusion.
The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 at Daytona (80 laps / 200 miles) is the first of 19 events on the 2011 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. The 48th ARCA race held at Daytona is a three-day show. Practice begins Thursday, February 10 with a four hour practice session planned from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Menards pole qualifying presented by Ansell is set for Friday, February 11 slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. A forty-five minute final practice session is etched in on Saturday, February 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. The event will take the green flag later that day shortly after 4:30 p.m. The race will be televised live on SPEED with additional race coverage including live timing and scoring and radio broadcast through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
For more on Bryan Silas please visit, BryanSilasRacing.com.
For additional information on Andy Hillenburg’s Fast Track Blue Collar Hero Driver Challenge presented by Speed Sport News, please visit FastTrackRacing.com or call 704.455.1700. Hurry fast, because space is limited for this opportunity of a lifetime!
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New Daddy Silas Looks For Magical Weekend At Mansfield
Fast Track Racing Driver Set For 81st Career Start
MANSFIELD, Ohio (July 14, 2010) - - Its already been a magical week for Stuart, Florida native Bryan Silas and he hopes to cap off the best week of his life with a thrilling victory in Saturdays Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park (MMP).
This week (Tuesday, July 13), Silas and wife Misty welcomed a healthy baby boy into the world. Landon Paul Silas weighed in at nine pounds, five ounces. Both mother and son are doing great but Silas is eager to give his newborn son an anecdote that will remain a priceless memory for generations to come.
"I'm so happy," said Silas. "This has been an unbelievable week with the birth of my son. Both Misty and Landon are doing great. Getting my first win this Saturday night would be a dream come true."
The anticipation of the arrival of Silass first born has tried to play havoc with his ARCA Racing Series career but Silas answered any questions whether or not his focus on racing would be sidetracked last weekend at Iowa Speedway. After missing both practices and qualifying to be at his wifes side, the veteran driver flew to the Newton, Iowa speed plant late Saturday afternoon to partake in the Prairie Meadows 200 presented by SPEED on Mediacom. After starting at the rear of the field (33rd), Silas maneuvered his No. 11 Rockingham Speedway / Palm Beach Grading Ford Fusion into the top-10 before a late race slide forced the Fast Track Racing driver to cross the line 13th.
I want to thank everyone on the Fast Track team for their efforts last weekend at Iowa, added Silas. In case I dont tell them enough, I appreciate everything theyve done for me not only this year but especially the last couple of weeks. I want to also thank Johnny Sauter for practicing the car last Saturday; he did a great job with the setup. Despite the adversity we faced, I think we were pleased with the results.
With the ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards returning to the tricky MMP for a night of short track thunder, Silas wants to make a statement that his team, despite the bad luck theyve taken in this year, is still capable of running up front while hoping to make a substantial gain in the championship chase.
After starting 15th last year at Mansfield, Silas methodically used patience to guide his Concord, North Carolina team to one of their 10 top-10 finishes in 2009 with an eighth place outing. With the momentum carrying on the personal side, the likeable ARCA driver is determined to deliver a similar performance.
A top-10 is great, but Im looking for a lot more than that this weekend, Silas sounded. Mansfield is such a tricky place. Its really like nothing we compete on during the year. One thing is for sure, you cannot afford to be a slouch. You have to be on your game from the moment the green flag drops to the moment you take the checkered flag. Its an intense race but it makes a great treat for the fans.
Entering the 10th race of the season, Silas, a four year ARCA veteran is 12th in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings with three top-10 finishes including a season-best eighth at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Just 70 points separate Silas from cracking into the top-10 in the standings. 275 credits separate the Fast Track Racing pilot from fifth in the overall championship chase.
Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A., MTW Services, Inc., Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and Rockingham Speedway will all sponsor Silass Ford Fusion for his 81st career ARCA start.
The Tim Richmond Memorial ARCA 200 (200 laps / 100 miles) is the 10th of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards schedule. The second annual ARCA race at Mansfield Motorsports Park is a one-day show. Practice begins Saturday July 17 with an hour and half practice session planned from 2:30 p.m. 4:00 p.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. The event will take the green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m. The race will not be televised but race coverage including live timing and scoring throughout the week will be available through the BAS Racing Network in conjunction with the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com presented by ARCANation.com. All times are local.
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TELL BRYAN SILAS AND HIS TEAM TO KEEP THE FAITH, BETTER DAYS WILL COME!
Pocono Raceway Perfect Medicine For Bryan Silas
LONG POND, Pennsylvania (June 2, 2010) - - Without question the last two ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards events have been tough on Bryan Silas and the Fast Track Racing team. However, if theres a track that could cure the teams recent illness, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway just might be the place.
After holding steady inside the top-10 in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings for the first five races of the season, an unexpected exit in the most recent race at Toledo (Oh.) Speedway slipped Silas to 11th in the championship rundown.
While its still early in the season, Silas is ready to put the bad luck in the past and rejuvenate his Cal Boprey led team in Saturdays Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200.
We have had very strong Fords in the last two races but unfortunately luck has not been on our side, explained Silas, a native of Stuart, Florida. As a team, were ready to pick up the pieces from the last couple of weeks and put our team back on the right path.
The 22-year old Silas is set to make his seventh start at the 2.5-mile Pocono triangle and eyeing his first top-10 finish on one of the circuits trickiest race tracks. Oddly enough, Silas despite posting a career-best qualifying run of fourth at Pocono in his ARCA debut in 2007 and two other top-10 starting positions has been unable to close the deal with a top-10 run. This weekend though, Silas hopes that statistic will change.
Ive always enjoyed running Pocono, Silas said. Qualifying has really never been a problem for me there but during the race for one reason or another we have been unable to seal the deal. Weve always had fast cars but something out of our control or out of the ordinary has kept us from capitalizing on our strong starting spots. This is the weekend where we plan to connect all the dots.
He added, From a drivers standpoint, its incredibly interesting to describe Pocono. Its like a speedway and a road course in one. The track has three turns with a short-chute that is extremely treacherous. Its a place you have to hit your marks every lap and if you dont, it opens the door for the other drivers to take advantage of you. Concentration and trust are the two passing courses to succeed their.
Entering the seventh race of the season, Silas, a four year ARCA veteran is 11th in the ARCA Racing Series championship point standings with two top-10 finishes including a season-best eighth at Texas Motor Speedway in April. Just 30 points separate Silas from ninth in the standings. 140 credits separate the Fast Track Racing pilot from fifth in the overall championship chase.
Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce P.A., MTW Services, Inc., Palm Beach Grading (PBG) and Rockingham Speedway will all sponsor Silass Ford Fusion for his 77th career ARCA start.
The Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 200 (80 laps / 200 miles) is the seventh of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series schedule. The 50th ARCA race at Pocono Raceway is a two-day show. Practice begins Friday, June 4 with an hour and forty minute practice session planned from 10:15 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Menards Pole by Ansell qualifying is set for later in the day slated to begin at 1:45 p.m. The event will take the green flag on Saturday, June 5 shortly after 1:00 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed on SPEED and will air at 4:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The race however will be broadcasted live through the ARCA Racing Network (ARN) online at arcaracing.com. All times are local.
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