"Things seem to be taking a turn toward the positive and we feel like we are miles ahead of where we were at this point last season," says Ryan Hackett, driver of the # 76 Ryan Hackett Racing Ford.
The team decided to put most their efforts into the truck series where they hoped they would be the most competitive. Their efforts paid off as they had their first top 20 finish in just their third-ever race in the truck series with an 18th place finish at Charlotte in May.
Ryan Hackett Racing took another huge step in June leading their first laps in the truck series and racing in the top 10 almost all day at Michigan before the day was cut short due to an accident late in the race. Their performance landed them a great deal of TV and media coverage.
A key ingredient to the team's success is "just to keep getting to the track and learning," says Hackett. "Not only from a driving standpoint does it help to continuously be driving," he continues, "but our team gets smoother and smoother and makes fewer mistakes each time we race."
The team's season ended at Talladega Super Speedway when they turned heads by laying down a fourth place performance in practice. They raced in the top 15 almost all afternoon but unfortunately had a mechanical problem that forced them out of the race.
The team put most their efforts into the truck series were they hoped they would be the most competitive
This race at Talladega marked a real proud moment for the team as they proved to be one of the more well-prepared teams of the day. "All of the trucks had gone through inspection and about ninety-five percent of the trucks at the race must have had some serious problems, the entire garage smelled like a body shop with teams grinding away at sheet metal," says Hackett. "However, we were very well-prepared and made it though inspections with no issues and sat back; it was a nice feeling for our small team."
"The biggest accomplishment that we really took from the season is that we can absolutely compete in the series," says Hackett. "We never felt out of place and really had some positive building blocks that were established."
RHR uses K&N Filters in their race vehicles. "We truly feel like our engines maintain their top performance when equipped with K&N products," says Hackett. "I am overjoyed that they have chosen to support us and hope that it is a relationship that lasts for years to come."
"Whether it be on the track or in my own personal use, I want nothing but the best products in my vehicles," he continues. "I have always been a big supporter of K&N. I have used their products ever since I started racing dirt late models at the age of 16. I have a Ford F-350, as well as a motorcycle and several dirt-bikes, and I have always used K&N products in all of them."
Ryan Hackett Racing will be at the season opening race at Daytona on February 12, 2010. "We are very excited to be a participant in that race," says Hackett. "This will be my first trip to Daytona and I am thrilled to be a part of the famed ‘Speedweek'."
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