ROUGEMONT, N. C. (June 7 2000) - Justin Hobgood's train tried to pull out of the station last Saturday night at the Orange County Speedway 125 but outside forces kept his Wynn's/Precision Engines Pontiac at the station and the start had to be ...
ROUGEMONT, N. C. (June 7 2000) - Justin Hobgood's train tried to pull out of the station last Saturday night at the Orange County Speedway 125 but outside forces kept his Wynn's/Precision Engines Pontiac at the station and the start had to be aborted.
"Hobgood garnered his second series Bud Pole of 2000, in qualifying, when he led the 27 car field with a fast lap of 14.557 Secs (92.739 mph). Starting outside front row will be Scott Weaver in his Weaver Race Cars/Jim Cook Chevrolet Pontiac, brother Jake Hobgood will roll off third followed by 1991 Goody's Dash Series Champion Johnny Chapman in his Randy Humphrey Racing Pontiac and NAPA Filter Rookie of the Year point leader Cam Strader in his Wesson Cooking Oil/Children's Miracle Network Mercury will start fifth.
"We were ready," commented Justin, who is in his second full season with the Goody's Dash Series NASCAR Touring, after inclement weather forced postponement of the Orange County Speedway event on June 3. "This one is for dad", said Justin, whose father, Will, was injured in a non-NASCAR racing event the previous weekend at a dirt track in South Carolina. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 17 and Hobgood definitely is ready to take the green flag.
"We really don't have anything to prove because we know we are capable of winning," said the younger of two brothers on the series. "We raced Robert (Huffman) hard at Florida Speed Park and picked up our first career win so we know we are capable of winning. I know my crew is ready and they have worked hard to keep this Wynn's/Precision Engines Pontiac ready. They have already shown their capabilities with what they did at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month."
Hobgood picked up his first Bud Pole start of the 2000 season at Lowe's Motor Speedway last month but an accident in the final practice session did extensive damage to the machine just three hours before race time.
"The drive shaft broke just as we went into turn four," stated Hobgood. "It was so disappointing for everyone with this team. But they worked like beavers and had my car ready on the starting line for driver's introductions. However since we had not tested the car after it was repaired I didn't want to jeopardize the rest of the field by starting up front. We dropped to the rear for the green flag so I could see what the car would do."
Defending race champion Ricky Bryant will start eighth in his Washington Apple Pontiac.
With the field already set from qualifying at Orange County Speedway, gates will open at 12:00 p.m. on June 17 with practice set to begin at 2:00 p.m. The race should take the green flag at approximately 8:30 p.m.