USAR: Hickory II: Adam Dean race report

HICKORY, NC (Sept. 13, 2003) -- Adam Dean, drove his Wesson Cooking Oil-Peter Pan Peanut Butter sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a ninth place finish at the Hickory Motor Speedway last weekend. "We had a great car today," said Dean. "My...

HICKORY, NC (Sept. 13, 2003) -- Adam Dean, drove his Wesson Cooking Oil-Peter Pan Peanut Butter sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo to a ninth place finish at the Hickory Motor Speedway last weekend.

"We had a great car today," said Dean. "My car owner, Mart Nesbitt and his team came out here prepared to win, and we wanted to cash in on this last race of the season. Billy Owen is a great crew chief, and I hope we can figure out a way for him to remain with my team next year."

"We also wanted to get another win for our friends at ConAgra Foods. The Wesson Cooking Oil and Peter Pan Peanut Butter people have been great to us this year, and we wanted to win at Hickory for those guys and Galaxy Foods," he said.

Dean qualified for the USAR regular season finale in the sixth position and battled throughout the event in the top five positions.

While running fourth with fifteen laps to go, Shane Huffman spun Dean coming out of turn two. "I'd passed the guy two or three times, and he knew the only way he was going to beat me was to spin me out," stated Dean after the event. "I got a little loose over there off turn two, and he finished me off," he explained.

Because of the spin, Dean was relegated to the rear of the field and had to battle back from the 22nd position to ninth in 14 laps. "This car was a rocket tonight, and I'm just real proud of the Nesbitt organization and my crew for giving me such a strong car. We were as fast as the leaders all night. Track position just kept us from leading this thing," he said. "That's OK, I raced these guys clean all year and I think I've shown the Hooter's Officials and the drivers in the Series that I race hard and I race clean. Some of those guys may have finished in front of us tonight, but they didn't outrun us," said Dean.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Shane Huffman