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Fast Track Racing Ready to Carry Daytona Momentum to Palm Beach International Raceway
Fast Track Racing driver Bryan Silas, a Stuart, Florida native, will be the first to tell you road courses aren’t his thing - at least not yet. Because, when he competes at the Tire Kingdom 150 at Palm Beach International Raceway, he will clearly be the hometown favorite, and who knows what can happen with that.
Silas' number 11 car on line to practice in Daytona
"It definitely feels good to go to a track and then go back home the same night," said Silas.
After a ninth place finish at Daytona, Silas is currently ninth in points overall headed to Palm Beach, the second of 20 events on the 2010 ARCA Racing Series schedule. He hopes to carry that momentum into a solid top-ten run at Palm Beach, and if he does, there’s a very real possibility he will be the points leader when the checkered flag drops.
We caught up with Silas right before Palm Beach to get his input.
How did it feel getting ninth in Daytona and do you think you can carry that momentum to Palm Beach? Also, talk if you would a little about your new crew chief?
"I feel really confident going to Palm Beach in the top-ten in points. I have been to Daytona three times and this being the first time to be in the Top-20 in points for the season opener, definitely gets the team in a good rhythm for the rest of the season."
"Our new crew chief, Dennis Connor is definitely going to be a plus for this team. We are still getting to know each other, but there is already a good feeling of chemistry between him and I, and the entire team. In order to be competitive in the ARCA Series, that is a crucial ingredient."
If all goes to plan, what are you ultimate racing goals for the future?
"If everything works out perfectly, I'm hoping to be running full-time in one of the three NASCAR divisions, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Nationwide Series and eventually the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It will show that I can compete with the best drivers in the world, and that I can continually improve my skills. It will also be fun to race against the people that I look up to like Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Mike skinner and the rest of the drivers that compete on that level."
How is your relationship with K&N going so far?
"Overall, I feel like we have a great relationship. They keep us supplied with oil and air filters for our racecars and transport vehicles. K&N filters are vital to how we set that extra horsepower from our racecars, and we wouldn't settle for second best, that's the reason we use K&N."
Any other plans for the coming season that you'd care to discuss?
"Our plans for this season include running the full ARCA Series schedule and contending for the championship. If sponsorship allows, maybe we will be running a few more NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races too. Maybe if I get a free weekend I will be racing my Legend car somewhere in Florida."
Silas’ car owner Andy Hillenburg, the 1995 ARCA driving champion, has been grooming Silas as a driver going on four years.
"This is going to be our year," said Hillenburg. "Bryan has really turned himself into a fine, fine racecar driver. He's still learning, but that's the fun and exciting part to see him learn and improve week to week. I've seen all the work and effort he's put into it, and it's all really starting to show. I'm very proud of him."
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