Preparing to Make NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut: Chad Hackenbracht (Part Two)
Here’s part two of our two-part interview with NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie driver, Chad Hackenbracht.
Q: What do you believe you’ve learned in the ARCA Series that you can take over with you to the NASCAR Nationwide Series this year?
A: Definitely the big car experience after going straight up from legends cars. I learned a ton as far as how they handle and just patience. You got plenty of racing left after 50 laps; you have a lot of racing left. Patience is probably the biggest thing.
Q: Tristar Motorsports hasn’t had as much success as they would’ve hoped. What do you think you can bring to the team that they haven’t had yet?
A: I’m not really sure if I’m going to bring them anything different. I’m just going to go out there and give it my all. Hopefully, I’ll be able to make a difference and we’ll see how it all goes. I don’t think I’ll be much different from what Mike Bliss is doing.
Q: What are your expectations in your seven starts with them this year?
A: To learn about these cars and how they race. The expectation is to qualify anywhere from 15th-25th which would be great and to finish in the top-15 would be really good. My realistic goal is (to have) top-15 finishes.
Q: Have you started to develop a relationship with your new crew chief, Greg Conner?
A: Not much, just a little bit at Nashville. He’s been busy with the other drivers that are going to be in the car. Besides for Nashville, that’s basically the only time we’ve ever met.
Q: Have you talked to any of your teammates like Hal Martin, Mike Bliss or Eric McClure?
A: No not much. Jeff Green was at the test and I actually got in his car and tested it at Nashville. I talked to Jeff a little bit. I’ve been around the No. 44 team at every race this year so I know all the guys. I’ve spoken with them a little bit, but definitely not a lot.
Q: Going to the track with the team at every race this year, what have you learned about the team you’ll be racing with at Iowa?
A: I haven’t necessarily learned a lot, but I’ve just got the guys behind me and got a really good relationship going and just learning who they are.
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