Monday, June 03, 2013

Hackenbracht Shifts Gears

Rookie Chad Hackenbracht was planning to make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend at Iowa Speedway, but an opportunity with the Kyle Busch Motorsports Camping World Truck Series team will postpone that start until New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13. Hackenbracht will make his Truck Series debut in KBM’s No. 51 Toyota Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway.

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to drive for KBM,” said Hackenbracht. “They’re a high caliber team in the Camping World Truck Series and have quite the track record. I was hoping to race at Texas and Iowa, but I wouldn’t be able to get any practice laps in the Nationwide car, which wouldn’t be fair to the team. This is a bitter-sweet scenario and I look forward to working with TriStar in the future.”
As a result, TriStar driver Cole Whitt, who made his first start for the team at Dover last weekend, will sub as driver of the No. 44 Toyota Camry. This will be Whitt’s fourth start at Iowa Speedway. His debut at the 7/8-mile paved oval produced a sixth place finish while competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in 2011, and last year, Whitt claimed one top-10 finish in two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at the Iowa short track.
“I’m looking forward to filling in for Chad [Hackenbracht] this weekend in Iowa,” said Whitt, who has led laps around “America’s Place to Race”. “I’ve had good luck at the track and I hope I can continue my success there,” said Whitt.
Iowa will continue a three week stretch for Whitt in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.


  1. race_google6:22 PM

    Family wrote a check for the ride....the exposure cost must be the same for 4 races at KBM as a season in ARCA. This is the same deal as Josh Richards two years ago and see where he is on the national scene. KBM cashing checks to keep the machine running and nothing more.

    1. Big difference talent wise between these two. Hachenbracht won an ARCA race driving in a car he helped build himself, Richards didn't come close to winning in one of the best cars on the circuit.

  2. Anonymous9:25 PM

    Everyone that's racing is writing a check to someone.

    I don't understand why these younger drivers don't find a company to sponsor them FIRST, then go find a team to drive for SECOND.
    Wouldn't that make more sense?

    I mean if you spent $50,000 on a marketing company to find you a $150,000 sponsorship wouldn't that be better then writing a check for $50,000 for one race?

    Seems like these drivers are always putting the cart before the horse, just like Lajoie and Truex, they have signed developmental deals but have NO SPONSORS, how do you race with NO SPONSORS? I understand that finding sponsors in these economic times is really difficult but having no money to race is even tougher.

    Wish I was a writer and could put this into words which everyone could understand, but instead I'll just get "social mediased" for rambling.

    Good luck to Hackenbracht.