TriStar Motorsports Signs Chad Hackenbracht
MOORESVILLE, NC (February 6, 2013) – TriStar Motorsports announced today the signing of former ARCA Racing Series winner Chad Hackenbracht to a driver development contract. Hackenbracht spent the 2012 season competing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for his family owned team, CGH Motorsports. Last season, the New Philadelphia, Ohio native recorded one win, two pole positions, five top-five and 12 top-10 finishes before closing out the year fifth in the Championship Point Standings.
“I am excited for the opportunity to race with TriStar Motorsports in the Nationwide Series,” said Hackenbracht. “I have not run any NASCAR events and I'm excited to make my debut in the Nationwide Series with an established team. My expectations are to finish every race I run this year, qualify in the top-20 and pull off top-15 finishes. The Nationwide Series is going to be very competitive this year but I'm ready for the challenge with the help of a few veterans both in the series and at TriStar Motorsports to help my learning curve at tracks I have never been on.”
A veteran of quarter midgets and Legends Cars, Hackenbracht will continue his climb up the racing ranks by joining TriStar Motorsports. The 21-year-old driver is expected to compete in a minimum of five NASCAR Nationwide Series events for the team. His schedule will be released at a later date.
“We are really looking forward to having Chad join our team,” said Team Owner, Mark Smith. “He has already shown that he has a lot of talent behind the wheel of a stock car. We are excited to help him develop his skills and give him his first opportunity to race in NASCAR. He will have some veteran guidance in his new teammates, which should help him as he takes the next step in his racing career.”
Hackenbracht, who has competed in the ARCA Racing Series full-time the past two years, has 47 career starts in that series with eight top-five and 22 top-10 finishes - including a win at Pocono Raceway last year.
Hackenbracht’s lifelong focus on racing has led to 35 career quarter midget wins across six divisions and the 2008 Legends National Semi Pro Championship with 17 wins at nine tracks in four different states. Hackenbracht, who has typically competed in cars fielded by his family owned team, has 76 top-10 finishes in 98 Legends Cars starts in 2007 and 2008.
ABOUT TRISTAR MOTORSPORTS:
TriStar Motorsports was established in 1989 by Mark and Kathy Smith. In its early years, the team competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, where the team won the Coors Light Pole for the 1994 Daytona 500 with Loy Allen Jr. – the first rookie in the history of NASCAR to set the pace for the historic race. After accumulating 151 starts in the Winston Cup Series, with three poles and nine top-10's, Smith withdrew from team ownership to focus on building engines for the NASCAR industry. Now, Smith's company - Pro Motor Engines - is the leading independent builder of race engines for all three of NASCAR's top-tier divisions and other series like ARCA and the SCCA.
Smith was eager to return to team ownership and the opportunity came along in 2010 when he re-launched his TriStar Motorsports team and began fielding cars in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In only three short years, TriStar Motorsports has accumulated 279 starts and closed out their 2012 campaign with driver Mike Bliss sitting eighth in the Championship Point Standings. Former driver Tayler Malsam closed out the year 15th and the team’s sophomore driver, Eric McClure, finished a mere 50 points out of the top-15 in 16th position. The team plans to field four entries in 2013 with manufacturer support from Toyota.