USAR: Bristol: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Looking To Clinch USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division Title At Bristol Pete Knight Racing Driver Holds 44-Point Lead In USAR Regular Season Championship Chase Mooresville, NC (August 15) -- Mark McFarland...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Looking To Clinch USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division Title At Bristol
Pete Knight Racing Driver Holds 44-Point Lead In USAR Regular Season Championship Chase

Mooresville, NC (August 15) -- Mark McFarland is just one step away from winning the 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division championship, but that step is a big one considering it's at one of the most difficult racetracks in the country -- Bristol Motor Speedway.

"I've always enjoyed racing at Bristol despite the fact it's so tough," said McFarland of the banked to the sky half-mile concrete Tennessee oval. "Actually, it's really a fun track to drive. I raced at Bristol in a NASCAR Busch Series car when it was the old configuration and now I've raced there since they've repaved it. It's a fast track, especially for these Pro Cup cars. You carry so much speed throughout the entire corner, so you really have to be on top of your game. You and your spotter have to really be dialed in. Bristol's fun, but you have to really be paying attention or you can get in trouble quick."

You can be sure McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing team will be paying plenty of attention when the green flag falls on the Food City 150 at Bristol on Wednesday, August 20. The event will mark the end of the USAR regular season and determine the Southern Division champion. Currently, McFarland leads the Southern Division standings by 44 points over rival Michael Ritch.

"We're going there to win the race," said McFarland of the Food City 150 -- a USAR North-South Division combination event. "Whatever happens with the points happens. We're not going to put a lot of extra pressure on ourselves because we're racing for a championship. We're not going to mess ourselves up with that kind of stuff. We're just going to do what we always do which is try to bring the best car we can to the track and win the race. If we do that, the point's deal will take care of itself."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Companies Chevrolet Monte Carlo have visited victory lane three times this season. Additionally, the Winchester, VA native has captured a trio of USAR Hooters Pro Cup pole positions and has scored seven Top-5 finishes in 11 series starts this year.

On Wednesday at Bristol, McFarland will try to seal the deal on the 2008 USAR Southern Division championship.

"The Bristol event is kind of short race for us, just 150 laps," said McFarland. "It will get over pretty quick. I'm sure will have a fast car. You'll need to have that and qualify up front if you are going to have a chance to win the race. It would be great to win the championship for Pete and all the guys on this team. That's what we've been working for all year and winning the regular season championship is just the first step to getting the overall title at the end of the year. A win, or a good finish at Bristol, will go a long way in helping us accomplish that."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Racing Chevy will open the Food City 150 at Bristol Motor Speedway Wednesday, August 2 with a morning practice at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Qualifying for the event will be at 2:30 p.m. with the 150-lap race rolling off at 5:45 p.m.

The event is part of a twilight racing doubleheader as a lead in to the O'Reilly 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. General Admission tickets for the racing doubleheader are just $30 for adults.

-credit: pkr

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