USAR: Danny Sammons spotlight

While graduating with honors, Sammons is tasting success in Hooters Cup' team's confidence is growing and a little help from lady luck would be welcomed. Bordentown, NJ - Eighteen-year-old Danny Sammons of Bordentown, NJ, who just graduated from...

While graduating with honors, Sammons is tasting success in Hooters Cup' team's confidence is growing and a little help from lady luck would be welcomed.

Bordentown, NJ - Eighteen-year-old Danny Sammons of Bordentown, NJ, who just graduated from Bordentown Regional High School with Honors Wednesday, June 19th, is starting to taste success in his sophomore season with the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. Though Danny has only two top-10 finishes this season, this may not be a sound representation of his on-track performances.

In 2002, Sammons who is competing in the Northern division of the dichotomous series has collected a sixth place finish at the high-banked Salem Speedway in Indiana and a career best finish of second at Holland International Speedway in Holland, NY. The first several races of the season, the team battled mechanical gremlins that kept them out of contention, but the addition of veteran Crew Chief Bill Boger in April has helped the team turn the corner." Bill is also tutoring the teams Crew Chief Tommy Bear.

"Bill has been a huge addition to the team," stated Sammons. "We struggled for a long time trying to learn this type of car. Bill has been working with these type of cars for years and his knowledge is something that is not easily acquired."

Danny continued, "We have had some good runs, but lady luck just hasn't been on our side. We had a solid run going at both races in Jennerstown (PA) and got involved in accidents that weren't necessarily our fault. At Winchester (IN) we were running in the top-10 and got bit by a mechanical gremlin. This past weekend at IRP (Indianapolis Raceway Park) we were running fourth and had a tire blow and hit the wall as a result."

Sammons finished by adding, "As we learned last season, the level of competition in the USAR Series is very high and is not to be taken lightly. A lot of the veterans here have NASCAR Busch Grand National, Craftsman Truck, and ARCA experience. My confidence as well as everyone on the teams confidence is really growing. I feel we have a chance at winning a race and continuing to compete with the veterans of the series. Like Terry Labonte said a few weeks ago 'If you finish in the top-10 you have a chance to finish in the top-5. If you finish in the top-5 you have a chance to finish in the top-3. If you finish in the top-3 you have a chance at winning a race,' which is our teams goal by the end of the season."

The young Sammons completed his high school education last week, receiving numerous academic accolades and participating in graduation ceremonies one day prior to leaving for the USAR event at IRP. Danny is planning on attending Burlington County (NJ) Community College in the fall studying Business and Journalism. His schedule is going to allow him to continue his racing career.

While Danny Sammons and team HeatAttack, Inc. are searching for a title sponsor for the #97 Ford Taurus, the team carries accociate sponsorship help from Fred's Truck & Trailer Repair (Fred Kennedy), Tommy Gale Trailer's, Haulmark, Ringers Gloves, Evans Cooling, ABE Fence, Jim Boggs Auto Collision, Ferrea Racing Components, Quality Auto Body, and Carrera Shocks.

Danny and the team will be back in action on July 5th at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, OH for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250 presented by Buffalo Nickel Buffalo Burgers. To learn more about Danny and the team log onto www.dannysammons.com.

-dsr-

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