USAR: Gill celebrates third title

Fayetteville, GA (Nov. 26, 2001)& ...

Fayetteville, GA (Nov. 26, 2001)– Two days after winning his third USAR Hooters ProCup Series Championship, Bobby Gill sat back and reflected on winning the prestigious honor. The Dalton, Georgia driver, who has over 65 wins throughout his driving career, is proud of his accomplishments on and off the racetrack. “ It has been a great year for me,” he said.“ We were fortunate enough to come out of this championship with the win.” Gill, who swept through the regular season in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division, was skeptical of the playoff-type format for the championship. “ As a racer I was a little frustrated at first because the format actually brought the other drivers closer to me after we had worked so hard all year long to gain as many points as possible,” said Gill.“ We were just lucky to get the chance to be there in contention last Saturday and we did what we had to do– win the race.” Known for his focused, no-nonsense attitude at the racetrack, he said that many people worry about other things at the track, he just gets business done. A big reason for the team’s success is the dedicated efforts of his crew chief Steve“ The Duze” Dulznieski. “ Steve does everything right on the car,” said Gill.“ He works to get the car ready and then I make the changes I feel necessary at the track on race day. We work well together.” In just three short years Gill has amassed a resume that many drivers spend their entire careers building. He holds records for the most consecutive wins at one track with three at USA International Speedway (all this season) and shares the record for most career wins in the Series with Mario Gosselin. Gill is also the all-time money winner in the Series and he will have collected just over $990,000 in three years when he is crowned champion at the Series banquet in January. The key, according to Gill, in being so successful over the past three years is very simple for him. “ Stay focused on what you have to do to get the car ready to race,” said Gill.“ Sometimes you have to give up qualifying to be good for the race and sometimes you can have the car set up so that you can qualify and race well. I just want to win races.” This past also brought new responsibilities to the hard-charging driver away from the track– fatherhood. In June Gill and his wife Elaine adopted a son, Robby Lane, into the family. When you see Gill talk about his son or hear him on the phone you can tell he his proud of his new addition to the family. “ Having a child in the family changes a lot of things,” said Gill.“ I used to stay up at the shop for weeks at a time working on the cars. Now I come home and will spend about a week at a time with him. I really enjoy spending time with my family.” Robby Lane was in Gill’s arms Saturday night as he lifted the 2001 USAR Hooters ProCup Series National Championship trophy into the air with Elaine by his side. As for winning a fourth championship, Gill’s answer was simple, yet appropriate. “ We will just do what we have been doing all along and hopefully things will work out for us the best way they can.” So far, whatever Gill has been doing with his race team is working– and working well.

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