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Hackenbracht to make NASCAR debut at Texas

June 03, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com

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Kyle Busch Motorsports, 21-year-old agree to four-race schedule

Chad Hackenbracht is scheduled to make his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway as the former ARCA competitor has been selected to drive the No. 51 Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports.

It is the first of four scheduled appearances for Hackenbracht, 21, with the KBM organization. Others include Pocono Raceway (Aug. 3), Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Sept. 1) and Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Sept. 28).

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Team owner Kyle Busch has won the last two NCWTS races, at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway in the No. 51 entry. The truck will carry the colors of Tastee Apple/Ingersoll Rand for this weekend’s WinStar World Casino 400.

Hackenbracht is a former ARCA winner (Pocono, 2012) with 22 career top-10 finishes in the series. He finished fifth in the ARCA points standings in 2012.

“This is a huge opportunity for me, almost a one in a lifetime kind of thing,” Hackenbracht said in a team release. “To be a small part of Kyle Busch Motorsports and (its) quest to win an owner’s championship is a big step in my career.”

This weekend’s stop won’t be unfamiliar for Hackenbracht, who competed at the 1.5-mile track in 2010 while racing in the ARCA series.

“I have had the opportunity through ARCA to run at some of these NASCAR sanctioned tracks like Texas and Pocono,” he said. “The (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) will be new for everyone in the Truck Series, but I have road-course racing experience and actually got my first ARCA pole at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2012.”

The No. 51 entry is second in the NCWTS owner standings. Busch also finished second in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway, while rookie Erik Jones finished ninth at both Rockingham (N.C.) and Martinsville (Va.).

“This is good equipment and everyone knows that it’s capable of running up front and winning,” Hackenbracht said. “My goals are mainly to complete all the laps, gain knowledge and have solid finishes. These four races are going to be building blocks to my future. … I plan to come in and be a sponge -- soak up all the knowledge I can.” 

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