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Brent Brevak Reflects On Pocono Experience; Optimistic About The Future

11 08.11

ASHLAND, Wisconsin (August 12, 2011) – – The most recent contest in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards took the Brevak Racing team to Pocono (Pa.) Raceway for the running of the Pennsylvania 125. While, the team’s day abruptly came to an end early, the team is looking at the positive effects.

The longtime Motorsports team headed to the track known as the “Tricky Triangle” looking to gain Brent Brevak, a second generation driver some crucial experience on a bigger track. Already maintaining a positive attitude reflected on a top-10 outing in the previous race at Chicagoland Speedway, the Brevak team returned to the race track with optimism.

Brent Brevak DriverFor never maneuvering around the 2.5-mile triangle, Brevak in his No. 3 Brevak Racing Dodge Charger posted a respectable 21st place during the lone practice session of the weekend. Brevak Racing worked under the umbrella of Mark Gibson Racing for the 13th race of the season; where the two single-car entries knew that working together would benefit both entries.

 

Derik Gray, the crew chief on Brevak’s automobile consulted with his driver to digest his thoughts and impressions of the Long Pond racetrack. After making some routine changes for qualifying, the team set their sights on qualifying, looking for more speed.

Speed is exactly what the team had found, but so did the rest of the field. Given his lack of experience around what has been dabbed as one of the most difficult tracks in all of racing, the team was content with their 24th place qualifying position.

Just two hours before the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 was set to take the green flag on Saturday, Mother Nature stormed her way into eastern Pennsylvania where she completely drenched the 2.5-mile oval leaving the race in jeopardy for the day. Shortly after 5:00 p.m., officials from ARCA and Pocono (Pa.) Raceway elected to postpone the race until after the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dash, which was also delayed until Sunday morning.

Upbeat and ready to do battle, the recent University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire college graduate climbed into his racecar with a game plan in effect.

From the drop of the green, Brevak played it smart, biding his time – but little did he expect that his day would be over with by the completion of lap one.

Two cars entangled ahead of him with Brevak appearing to be escaping the incident scene cleanly, before being shoved into the incident from contact with another racecar.

The damage halted the team’s day after just one lap, but Brevak returned to the garage able to justify a smile – knowing that he had learned a lot.

“No one likes to go out that early,” offered Brevak. “It’s heart-breaking, especially for a team like ours where we work on a scaled budget. The positive I can take away from Pocono is that I was able to add another racetrack to my resume and had some fun while it lasted.

Going into turn one a couple guys got together in front of me that sent a couple cars into the outside wall and a few other cars into the inside grass. I tried to get through a hole in the middle of the melee but just when I thought I was through it a car came sliding straight sideways from the top of the track down in front of me and I hit him square in the left rear. It was really unfortunate that it ended our day. I was excited about what we could have done during the race. The car felt really comfortable throughout practice and qualifying so I had no doubt we were going to have a good race.”

Reflecting on his overall trip to Pocono, Brevak sounded, “Overall, it was a great weekend for experience. I was able run some laps on a track that I know I will be going to a lot in the future, work with a new crew chief and spotter in Derik Grey and Tim Fedewa. Derek was great to work with and I definitely learned a lot from working with him. Getting a chance to work with former driver Tim Fedewa as my spotter was a great experience too. He taught me a lot about the proper racing line on the track, which was huge since Pocono has so many different and complicated areas. Tim’s help definitely accelerated my learning curve for such a difficult track.”

Moving forward, the team is optimistic about the future.

“I’m not sure when our next race will be. The car is pretty hurt, so we’ll just see what lies ahead and if we’re meant to return to the racetrack this year, it’s meant to be. If not, I’m thankful for what I have been able to accomplish,” concluded Brevak.

“We were very proud of the good job Brent did his first time at Pocono,” stated team owner Shelly Brevak. “It was definitely unfortunate to have to be sidelined so early in the race when you knew you had a car that was going to be competitive.  Brent knew he had a good car and needed to be patient but unfortunately became a victim of circumstance before even having a chance to show either. Both the crew chief (Grey) and spotter (Fedewa) commented on how well they felt Brent adapted to the track and were impressed with the feedback he was able to give them to help with the handling.

In spite of the outcome, that definitely meant a lot as a team owner.  We will just have to get ’em next time.  We’re hoping to have the car back together in time for Madison and will definitely work hard to get there.  We’d love to be a part of ARCA’s inaugural event at Madison International Speedway. I know Brent is looking forward to racing at MIS, the track where he got his first experience running asphalt.”

Brevak Racing encourages their fans and supporters to check out their official Brevak Racing Group Facebook page where you can find more about the team and the “Ride Along With Brent” fan participation program.

Also, be sure to visit the NEWLY redesigned Brent Brevak and Brevak Racing website set to officially launch this weekend at brevakracing.com.

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TEAM COMMUNICATIONS CONTACT:

 

NAME: Shelly Brevak, Brevak Racing

PHONE: 704.907.2135

EMAIL: sbrevak@brevakracing.com

MEDIA CONTACT:

NAME: Chris Knight, Knight Motorsports Management

PHONE: 239.834.9797

EMAIL: chris@chrisknightpr.com