This weekend, Chad Hackenbracht will make his third career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. It marks the first road course event in 13 years for the trucks and Hackenbracht hopes some past experience pays off.
The 21-year-old raced at Mid-Ohio earlier this year in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, finishing 30th after suspension problems. Though beyond that, Hackenbracht has experience the past two years on the road courses of the ARCA Racing Series. In the two starts at New Jersey Motorsports Park, he earned a top 10 finish in first start, while earning his career first ARCA pole in his second start. The second start looked like it’d have a great finish, till mechanical failure took him out of the running.
“I really love road course racing and have had some success with it in the ARCA Series,” he commented earlier this week. “I had the opportunity to run Mid-Ohio earlier this month in the Nationwide Series and although the two tracks are different in terms of layout, just having the fundamentals of road course racing fresh on my mind will be helpful. I know most of these guys in the Truck Series have never raced on a road course or haven’t done so in a while, so I feel like I will have an advantage.”
Though if that’s not enough in preparation for the race for the driver of the No. 51 Tastee Apple/Ingersoil Rand Toyota Tundra as he will be driving the No. 27 for Jacombs Motorsports in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event prior to the truck race. He will run the race as a teammate to top series rookie Alex Gunette.
“The added track time above and beyond what we are getting in the trucks under race conditions and figuring out passing zones will be really helpful,” he commented. “I’m looking forward to a solid weekend with this 51 KBM team.”
Hackenbracht has finished 26th and 15th in his first two truck starts, but crew chief Ryan Fugle feels this weekend will be even better as he and Hackenbracht are starting to understand what they need from each other.
“He went to VIR with us earlier this month and did really well,” Fugle added. “He has experience turning left and right on road courses and after running the road course at Mid-Ohio earlier this month the tactics of racing a road course are fresh in his mind – which will give him a slight advantage this weekend. Knowing how to get around a road course by yourself is easy, but knowing when to pass is the hard part. I think he has a great opportunity to run in the top-five as long as he’s smart, stays on the course and keeps himself out of trouble. It’s just a matter of saving your equipment, pit strategy and if he’s there at the end – he will definitely have a shot at it.”
While Hackenbracht is looking for a good run to further his name on the radar, it’d also be benefical to the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports team in the NCWTS Owner’s standings as they try to catch Matt Crafton and his No. 88 ThorSport Racing team.