NA-F2000: McGehee notes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March. 23, 1997 McGehee Moves Up In US FF2000 Point Standings PHOENIX, AZ -- St. Louis native Robby McGehee overcame problems during qualification to grab fourth place in Sunday's Phoenix 200 at Phoenix ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March. 23, 1997

McGehee Moves Up In US FF2000 Point Standings

PHOENIX, AZ -- St. Louis native Robby McGehee overcame problems during qualification to grab fourth place in Sunday's Phoenix 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Things looked bleak in the early going as mechanical troubles resulted in a poor qualifying time that relegated McGehee to "The Last Chance Race," a 20-lap sprint that determined the bottom half of the field for the US FF2000 main event. Once those problems were solved, however, McGehee easily outmatched the competition to qualify in the 21st position for the 50-lap tour around the oval.

It didn't take long for McGehee to make his move. Working his way through the field, McGehee found himself in sixth place just 17 laps into the race. McGehee was able to move up another two spots over the final 33 laps to notch his second top five finish in three attempts.

McGehee was pleased with the performance. "Given my starting position, I think it was a pretty good run," McGehee said. "Anytime you start that far back it's difficult to make up a whole lot of ground -- especially in a 50-lap race."

The fourth place finish was good enough to move McGehee up two spots to fourth in the overall US FF2000 point standings, and third in the Oval Crown point standings.

For those hoping to catch Robby's race in Phoenix will be able to do so on April 5 at 6:30pm (EST) on ESPN2. The US FF2000 will be back in Phoenix on April 19 and 20 for the Desert Star Classic. That will be a double-race weekend run on Phoenix International Raceway's 1.51 mile road course.

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