Amber Balcaen and Rette Jones Racing set to take on Talladega Superspeedway

Balcaen in his first full season driving No. 30 ICON Live The Ford Fusion invades the final superspeedway race of the 2022 season looking to build on the experience of its debut at Daytona (Florida) International Speedway in February and finish its first top 10 finish of the season.

“I’m super excited to race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend,” Balcaen said.

“This break between Phoenix and Talladega has felt like a long one, so I’m more than ready to get back into No. 30. ICON Live Ford Fusion with the Rette Jones Racing team.

“I’m especially excited for Talladega because having had one race under my belt since Daytona, I now know what to expect for a superspeedway race. I also like the fundamentals of superspeedway racing. I like the rush of going fast and being in the draft.

Knowing that the same basics apply between Daytona and Talladega, Balcaen believes the experience she gathered in the season opener of 80 laps earlier this year at Daytona will improve her craft on Saturday.

“After competing at Daytona, I know what it’s like to be in the draft,” she explained. “I learned how to deal with air and speed in cars, whether I’m in a small group of cars or a large group of cars. I plan to show and apply everything I learned at Daytona in Talladega, which makes me very optimistic for the race.

After an early exit in the final race of the ARCA Menards Series at Phoenix (Ariz.) Raceway last month, the Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada native still takes solace in knowing she has moved into the top 10 of the standings. of the ARCA Championship and hopes the third race of the year will help him continue his ascent.

“I took the break this month to really prepare for the upcoming season,” Balcaen said. “I’ve spent a lot of time in the gym, on iRacing and on my mental game. I’m very optimistic about the next set of busy races as well as the rest of the ARCA season.

As for Talladega, Balcaen believes in his No.30 Rette Jones Racing ICON Direct The Ford Fusion is quite capable of making the top 10.

“I would like to finish in the top 10 in Talladega, which I think is a very manageable goal,” she said. “I want to have fun like I did at Daytona and keep improving as a driver.”

For the crew chief and co-owner of the Rette team, he is confident that his rookie driver will adapt and find his rhythm and continue at a steady pace in his quest for the ARCA Menards series.

“Amber did a really good job at Daytona,” added Rette. “She learned a lot, kept our No. 30 ICON Live The Ford Fusion pulled through and delivered a solid finish. She’s more than capable of bettering Daytona at Talladega on Saturday.

“With no qualifying ahead of the race, we will have to make sure we get her comfortable in the repechage as she will likely start in the eye of the storm and it will be important to put her in a position where she can advance quickly. and decisively and run a large part of the race until she is able to make a move at the end of the race.

“She would like a top 10 finish on Saturday and that would be a great boost for our Rette Jones Racing team and give us a good boost for Kansas Speedway next month.”

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