FAULK SHOWS HIS STUFF AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS "Rookie Earns Top 10 Finish" GREENVILLE, SC (April 5, 2005) -- After a rough start to the 2005 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, driver Michael Faulk and his MB3 Motorsports team showed their true ...
FAULK SHOWS HIS STUFF AT GREENVILLE-PICKENS
"Rookie Earns Top 10 Finish"
GREENVILLE, SC (April 5, 2005) -- After a rough start to the 2005 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, driver Michael Faulk and his MB3 Motorsports team showed their true capabilities Saturday night at the Greenville Pickens Speedway. The rookie piloted his No. 53 Herbalife Ford to a career best 10th place finish in the running of the BFGoodrich 250 presented by the U.S. Army.
"We really needed to come out and get a solid run like we did tonight," stated Faulk. "We have struggled a little so far this season and have not shown to anyone how good I am as a driver and this team is as a whole. There has been a tremendous amount of work put into this new race team and we finally are starting to show people what we are all about. The car handled great out there tonight and I just stayed after them for 250 laps. This is just a fun race track and when you have a car that is hooked up it is even better."
Starting "shotgun" (last) on the field was not Faulk's ideal way of starting the 250 lap event but his patience and determination would quickly come to light after the falling of the green flag. By lap 10 Faulk had picked up five positions on the field and by the first caution on lap 19 he was sitting in the 22nd spot. His progress continued for the next 100 laps and by the halfway point of the race he had worked his way through half of the field and was sitting in the 15th position.
The No. 53 Herbalife Ford came down pit road on lap 119 for four tires and fuel to the attention of David Reutimann's (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) truck crew. A fantastic stop on pit road by the crew helped the team pick up eight precious spots in the pits and restart the event in the seventh position. That pick up of track position in the pits was very helpful and would keep Faulk inside the top ten the remainder of the race.
The 10th place finish earned Faulk the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race as the highest finishing rookie in the race and the "shotgun" starting position resulted in him also picking up the Mr. Gasket Hard Charger Award as he picked up 22 spots from his starting position to the checkered flag. The finish also moved the 23-year old rookie up eight spots in the standings into the 17th position -- 79 points out of the 10th spot.
"Those guys did a fantastic job in the pits for us", added Faulk. "Track position is so crucial at this track and passing was at a premium out there tonight. To pick up eight spots in the pits was just huge and really helped propel us to the top 10 finish. This race will give me and this team a tremendous amount of confidence as we move on to the next race. We obviously want to contend for wins each time out but this was a big step in the right direction and something we will build on for sure. I want to think Steve "Duze" Dluzniewski for coming and filling in as our crew chief this week -- he helped a ton and really had this Herbalife Ford hooked up for me tonight. I am ready to get to the next race in a few weeks and improve again on our performance level."
Faulk and his team will have a weekend off before they head to Peach State Speedway for the next event on April 16th.