Top-10 Finish for Silas, ESR at Michigan
Brooklyn, Mich. (June 21, 2011)—A race-winning chassis, paired with Bryan Silas' previous success at Michigan International Speedway produced the results Eddie Sharp Racing (ESR) has been known for in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. In his second start this season for ESR, Silas continued to improve his performance in the No. 6 Weaver Media Toyota Camry and placed himself in the lead pack for most of the afternoon. Late race pit strategy placed Silas at the front of the pack, where he fought his competitors in the closing laps for a sixth place finish.
Bryan and teammate Robb Brent practiced and qualified fairly similar to one another as both took the time to patiently feel out their fast ESR machines. And much like Brent, Silas began the RainEater Wiper Blades 200 from his top-25 qualifying position looking to move through the field with his Toyota Camry that was setup to be good on longer runs during the race.
Crew chief Trip Bruce called his driver down pit road during the first caution period just three laps into the race, pitting off sequence for fuel only. Once back to green flag racing, Silas continued to get more comfortable in his No. 6 Weaver Media Camry, clicking off lap times consistent with the leaders. He soon moved into the top-15 by the third caution period on lap 30.
Speedy service by the ESR pit crew during the round of pit stops with the leaders under that caution period hoisted Silas to the eighth position. The Florida native raced comfortably within the top-10 until the caution flag flew for an accident with 35 laps remaining. Bruce chose more pit strategy for his driver, keeping him out on the race track while the rest of the leaders came down pit road for service. Silas would assume the race lead by virtue of staying out, and held steady until lap 73. Silas was not able to stay in front of the drivers with fresh tires behind him, but fought to stay within the top-10 to finish sixth.
"Bryan did a great job today pushing as hard as he could in the car," team owner Eddie Sharp commented. "He's still trying to find the absolute limit he can push it to, but he's really smooth during the race which is helping him produce these solid finishes."
Silas' next scheduled event behind the wheel of the No. 6 Eddie Sharp Racing machine will be at Pocono Raceway for the Pennsylvania ARCA 125 on August 6th.
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