This past weekend at Talladega Superspeedway, Chad Hackenbracht came oh so close to his very first career victory as he finished third after being in the hunt late in the race. The third place finish is Hackenbracht’s best career finish on a restrictor plate track.
“It was a good day for the No. 58 Kindify Chevrolet and everyone at CGH Motorsports,” Hackenbracht says. “We made the right call on the pit stop and that put us out front. I knew on that last restart that the guys behind me were going to try something and we did everything we could to avoid it, but sometimes that’s just how restrictor plate racing goes."
Throughout the day, the 20-year-old was able to lead 38 laps in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 250 behind the wheel of his No. 58 Kindify Chevrolet Impala.
Hackenbracht started the day ninth after the field was set according to owner’s points from last year due to the rain. From there, Hackenbracht quickly found himself in the top five by lap five through coaching from veteran spotter Tim Fedewa.
Hackenbracht found himself in the lead after a pit stop on lap 52 and led the race throughout most of the second half. However on a lap 90 restart, second-place driver Matt Lofton would get by Hackenbracht on the high-side with help from Brandon McReynolds, pushing Hackenbracht back to third.
On the last lap, Hackenbracht pushed McReynolds by Lofton for the lead and tried to get by Lofton himself, however had to settle for third.
"I appreciate the hard work from everyone on the team," he comments. "We’re all extremely thankful to Kindify for jumping onboard last minute I hope we made them proud. Maybe this run will help pick up additional sponsorship so we can continue to try and run a full season.”
Hackenbracht was able to move up to third in points after scoring his fifth career top five finish to now sits 70 points back of points leader Brennan Poole.
Hackenbracht and CGH Motorsports now set their sight on the Menards 200 presented by Federated Car Care on May 20th at Toledo Speedway as it’s a hometown track. Last fall, Hackenbracht finished eighth in his second career start on the short track.
Having another good solid run is crucial for the No. 58 team as they continue to look for sponsorship to be able to run the full 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule.
“Right now, we don’t know what races we’re going to and what races we’re not going to,” he commented back in March. “So it’s kind of tough and nerve-wracking as a driver not knowing where you’re going to race.”
A lot of people looked to Hackenbracht and CGH Motorsports to have a successful 2012 season based on last year. Last season, he scored three top fives and 10 top 10s on his way to finishing eighth in points and impressing many people near the end of the season.
CGH Motorsports still has marketing partnerships available for the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season. Interested parties can contact Jordan Dahl atJordan@cghmotorsports.com or 570.234.5449