USAR: Ace: Race report

Lindley captures win at Ace Speedway. Altamahaw, NC - It took an extra day to get the race in but the finish was worth the wait for the fans who braved the unseasonably cool weather Saturday at Ace Speedway for the annual visit by ...

Lindley captures win at Ace Speedway.

Altamahaw, NC - It took an extra day to get the race in but the finish was worth the wait for the fans who braved the unseasonably cool weather Saturday at Ace Speedway for the annual visit by the USAR Hooters ProCup Series.

Mardy Lindley passed Bobby Gill with two laps to go to win the Tucson 250 presented by Dave's Discount Furniture at Ace Speedway Saturday night. Benny Gordon finished second and Jason Sarvis followed in third. Toby Porter and Joe Gaita completed the top-five. The in was the seventh career win for the second-generation driver from Taylors, SC.

"We had a great car all night long," said Lindley. "I was able to get under Bobby a little and was able to make it stay down low to make the pass. We knew we had to get a win and it was good to win our first race in the Southern Division which helps us in the points."

Gordon was able to stay low on the track and get by Gill and Sarvis after they made contact going into turn three on the white flag lap. The second- place finish was like a win to Gordon in his first career start in the Series.

"We have worked like crazy the past two weeks to get ready for this race," Gordon said. "We had to move our plan up after Jason decided to go back to RBR but these guys were awesome and we had a great car."

On the final lap Gill and Sarvis made hard contact in turn three while challenging Lindley for the win. The brakes appeared to lock up on Sarvis as he entered the turn and created the contact that sent Gill for a spin. Sarvis rebounded to finish in the top-three and Gill wound up with a 12th- place finish, the final car on the lead lap.

Shane Huffman began the night winning the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award and was leading the field when he, Puryear, Sarvis and Shane Wallace all lost control in turn three after sliding in fluid dropped on the track by a car. The accident ended the night for Puryear and Huffman while Sarvis and Wallace were able to continue.

Steven Christian finished sixth and Mart Nesbitt followed in seventh. Andrew Medlin continued his steady performance in 2003 with an 8th-place finish and Danny O'Quinn, Jr. recorded his third top-10 finish out of four races this season. Chad Mullis finished 10th in his un- sponsored Ford.

Joe Gaita won the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award and also closed to within eight points of Huffman for the lead in the Southern Division point standings (546-538). Gordon used his runner-up finish to win the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race Award and advanced from 27th-place to win the Hard Charger Award.

The USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division will return to action on Saturday, May 10th at the fast Concord Motorsport Park one-half mile track.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Danny O'Quinn , Shane Huffman