6/10/2005 : Arend eager to return to record-setting Route 66 Raceway
Courtesy of Bill Walters CMKXtreme Racing
CHICAGO, pre-race: CMKXtreme Machine Funny Car driver Jeff Arend is eager to get his chance to compete at this weekend's 8th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at spectacular Route 66 Raceway. The 42-year-old native Canadian made the quickest and fastest runs of his career at Route 66 last season and the CMKX Racing team is looking forward to improving on their performance marks this weekend in Chicago.
Arend enters the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals currently ranked 14th in the NHRA POWERade national point standings, just three round wins from breaking into the top 10.
Arend's first third of the season has been very successful. The former drag racing driving school instructor has set career bests in elapsed time and speed and reached his first final round in nine years. His reaction times rank among the best in the class and crew chief Paul Smith has the Chevy Monte Carlo running with power and consistency.
"We've been working very hard to get the car to run with consistency," said Arend. "We know that the CMKX Monte Carlo has the power run with the best cars out here. We've been losing races by mere inches this season instead of winning them and sooner or later those races are going to go our way. The track here at Route 66 is as good as any quarter-mile in the country. The wins will come to us soon enough.