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2013 Pocono: Chad Hackenbracht NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jul 31, 2013 - 06:14 AM
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2013 Pocono: Chad Hackenbracht NASCAR Truck Race Preview


Since making the announcement to drive for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Toyota Tundra in four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) races in 2013, Chad Hackenbracht has had the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle" circled on his calendar. As the 2012 winner of the ARCA Racing Series August race, the 21-year-old New Philadelphia, Ohio native is ready to get back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Tundra and this time, he's looking for redemption at one of his favorite tracks - Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

 

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Hackenbracht, who made his NCWTS debut behind the wheel of the No. 51 machine at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, had high hopes leading up to his debut at the 1.5-mile track. However, an accident on lap 41 of 167 ended his night early and relegated the rookie to a 26th-place finish.

Fortunately, for ";@Hockensomethin" he enters his second career Truck Series event with something he didn't have at Texas - seat time. Although he will sit behind the wheel of a Toyota Tundra for the first time at Pocono, the Truck Series rookie has completed 356 laps around the 2.5-mile superspeedway in the ARCA Racing Series. As a challenging three-turn track, Hackenbracht feels confident that his KBM team, strong equipment and experience will take him places at Pocono. Instead of spending a lot of time getting to know his Toyota Tundra and finding his way around the unique track, he will be able to eliminate one variable in hopes of formulating a solid run for his KBM team. His goals; finish the race and gain the most points possible - to help propel the No. 51 team back into the direction of a NCWTS Owner's Championship.

Chad Hackenbracht, Driver of the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra:
What does it mean to get back behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra at Pocono?
"It means a lot to be back in the No. 51 Toyota Tundra, especially at a track like Pocono. I got my first ARCA win there one year ago. I have always run well there, so to be in top-notch equipment this week is going to be great and having Kyle (Busch) at the track as well will be a major plus."

You won in your last visit to Pocono in the ARCA Racing Series. Is this a track that suits your driving style and can you carry your ARCA experience over to a truck for this weekend's NCWTS race?
"Pocono has always been a great track for me and does suit my driving style. I will carry over what I know about driving lines and various characteristics of the track, but other than that it will be a totally new experience in the truck."

What are your goals for your second NCWTS start at Pocono for Kyle Busch Motorsports?
"My first goal is to finish. My secondary goal is to finish in the top 10, which I feel is very possible given the caliber of equipment I will be driving and my past experience at Pocono."

Rudy Fugle, Crew Chief of the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra:
Pocono is one of the most unique tracks that we visit in the Truck Series. What does it take to be successful at the 2.5-mile "Tricky Triangle?"
"It's a challenging track. It's fairly flat - Turn 1 is kind of bumpy, but since the repave it's not as bad - and there are three very distinct corners. You have to get through all three of them - there is no compromising a corner anymore - the team that does it the best will benefit the most. It's considered a superspeedway, but there will be no pack or tandem racing - you may have some drafting on the straightaway, but that's it. You will need a truck that handles well - it's very aero dependent, down force and drag will be key."

Chad Hackenbracht's No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand Tundra:
Chassis KBM-05: The No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports team will unload chassis KBM-05 for this weekend's Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway - the chassis sixth career start. In its last on-track appearance at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Joey Coulter was running solidly inside the top 10 before a pit road infraction just 60 laps into the 250-lap event forced the No. 18 Toyota Tundra to lose valuable track position and ultimately go a lap down to the race leader. However, a strong Tundra and pit strategy allowed the Miami Springs, Fla. native to rally from as far back as 29th to finish 15th at the "Paperclip."

Notes of Interest:
Chad Hackenbracht - Pocono Raceway:
• Will make his debut in the NCWTS at Pocono Raceway
• In six ARCA Racing Series starts, has compiled one win, two top-five and four top-10 finishes
• Earned career first ARCA Racing Series win in the August 4, 2012 Pennsylvania ARCA 125
• Completed 96.5% of laps attempted (356 of 369)
• Average Start: 9.7/Average Finish: 9.2
• Best Start: Third (June, 2012)/Best Finish: First (August, 2012)

Chad Hackenbracht 2013:
• Made his NCWTS debut at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) in Fort Worth for Kyle Busch Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra (June, 2013)
• Hackenbracht's debut was cut short at TMS when a lap 41 accident in Turn 2 at the 1.5-mile oval relegated the 21-year-old New Philadelphia, Ohio native to a 26th-place finish in the WinStar World Casino 400
• This weekend's start in the NCWTS Pocono Mountains 125 will mark Hackenbracht's second of four starts behind the wheel of the No. 51 Toyota Tundra. He will also make starts at both Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada (September) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (September) later this year
• Has made two starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013 for TriStar Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 44 Toyota Camry at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (July) and Chicagoland Speedway (July) finishing 21st and 22nd, respectively.
Notes of Interest:
Kyle Busch Motorsports' No. 51 Tundra:
• After 10 events, ranks second in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner point standings - 46 points behind the series-leading No. 88 team
• Has produced two wins, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes resulting in an average finish of 10.5 across 10 starts this season
• Has led 195 laps and completed 88.17% of laps attempted (1520/1724)
• 17-year-old Erik Jones produced his series-best finish of second in the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway in Newton (7/13/13)
• Jones picked up a ninth-place finish in his Truck Series debut at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway (4/6/13) and duplicated that finish in his second career start at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway (4/14/13)
• Produced top-10 results in two of its five starts in 2012; Denny Hamlin drove the No. 51 to victory in the Kroger 200 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway and Germán Quiroga finished eighth in the fred's 250 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

Last NCWTS Event:
Dirt Late Model Hall of Famer Scott Bloomquist, a nine-time winner in crown-jewel events at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, made his NASCAR debut at the famed half-mile clay oval in the Inaugural Mudsummer Classic. After battling a loose-handling Tundra in qualifying, the 49-year-old rookie started at the rear of his heat race and as the truck remained extremely loose was unable to advance during the eight-lap sprint to determine the starting order for the historic race. Starting the feature from 21st position, Bloomquist's Toyota remained on the loose side in the early stages and by lap 20 of the first segment he had subsided to the 30th spot. His troubles compounded when just before the end of the first segment he went a lap down to leader Kyle Larson, who was setting a blistering pace. By the time the historic night was all said and done and all three segments had been completed, the No. 51 team ended NASCAR's first dirt race in over 40 years two laps down in the 25th position.

The Fugle File:
Crew chief Rudy Fugle begins his first stint as a crew chief at KBM after serving as the lead engineer for KBM's No. 18 Tundra in 2012. Fugle picked up his first career win in the N.C. Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on May 17, 2013. The New York native previously served as a Truck Series crew chief for nine races with Justin Lofton at Germain Racing in 2011, posting one top-10 finish. Fugle held the position of Nationwide Series crew chief at Germain from September of 2009 throughout the 2010 season, guiding Michael Annett to three top-10 finishes across 42 races.


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