USAR: DSM Hickory review, IRP preview

Making a rare Southern ProCup start, Mike Herman, Jr. had a chance at victory slip away with a cut left rear tire Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Herman had worked his way into the top five just past the halfway point after starting a...

Making a rare Southern ProCup start, Mike Herman, Jr. had a chance at victory slip away with a cut left rear tire Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. Herman had worked his way into the top five just past the halfway point after starting a disappointing 19th on the grid.

"We were sixth quickest in practice so qualifying 19th was disappointing. The track seemed to get slower towards the end of qualifying. Normally a late pull is best, but not today, we ran the exact same speed in qualifying that we did in practice, so we didn't pick up any, but we started 23rd here last year and finished second. It just makes you work a little harder" said Herman. And work he did, picking up 14 spots in a short time to work his to fifth in the running order and within striking distance of the leaders. Then came the cut tire, which would eventually end his night early. "I must have ran over some debris on the track to cut the tire, we were lucky not to crash when the tire went down. It was all I could do to get out of the way. The safest thing for me to do was stop." USAR officials penalized Herman one lap for stopping on the track to bring out the caution. The penalty would eventually lead to car owner Don Sprouse calling to park the car early. "Going down a lap that late, which we wouldn't have lost without the penalty, and with track position hard to come by, it left us with nothing to gain. We're not running for points in South, and with no chance left to win, we decided to park it to save the car for Indianapolis next week" said Sprouse.

"We'll put Hickory behind us now and turn our focus towards Indianapolis Raceway Park. I'm looking forward to this race. I have never seen IRP in person but I've probably watched over a hundred races on TV. I'm a big USAC Midget and Sprint Car fan, so it's going to be real exciting to run on the same track that they have made famous," added Herman.

Coming off a third place finish two weeks ago in Louisville, Mike Herman, Jr. will come into IRP in second place in USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern points only 18 behind leader Mardy Lindley.

-www.mikeherman.com

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