USAR: Goodson runner-up at Hickory

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (May 28, 2001) -- Hal Goodson continued his string of strong, consistent runs Saturday night in USAR ProCup Series action at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, scoring runner-up honors. Goodson started the night from the pole ...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (May 28, 2001) -- Hal Goodson continued his string of strong, consistent runs Saturday night in USAR ProCup Series action at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway, scoring runner-up honors.

Goodson started the night from the pole position, earning the Lance Snacks Pole Award with a lap of 15.391 seconds, 84.907 miles per hour. During the early stages of the 250-lap event, Goodson's No. 45 Taylor Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo looked to be unstoppable, leading the first 92 laps.

"We had a really good car tonight," Goodson said. "The crew worked hard during practice and gave me a car that we were able to put on the pole. I thought we had a shot at the victory tonight, but just came up a little short. Overall, I'm happy with our finish. These are the kind of runs that we need to keep having."

After a pit stop during the race's midpoint, Goodson began to work his way back to the front. By lap 181, Goodson was running second behind leader Lee Tissot. The duo would battle for several laps with Goodson eventually taking the lead on lap 209. The Darlington, S.C. native would hold the point for the following 11 laps until being passed by race winner Bobby Gill.

"I looked in my mirror and saw Gill was coming and was just hoping that we could keep him behind us," Goodson said. "He was a little better than us at the end of the race, but we'll take second and get ready for the next race."

Goodson's second-place finish moved him into third position in USAR ProCup Series Southern Division point standings. In the season's first seven events, Goodson has scored one victory, four top-five's and six top-10's.

Goodson and his Taylor Motorsports team get a weekend off before heading to Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina on June 9 for the next USAR ProCup Series Southern Division race.

-www.taylor-motorsports.com

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