USAR: Hickory preview

Hickory, NC - The next stop for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series will be at the famed 3/8's mile Hickory Motor Speedway for the running of the Naturally Fresh Dressings 250 on Saturday August 4th. Bobby Gill collected the win at Hickory when the...

Hickory, NC - The next stop for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series will be at the famed 3/8's mile Hickory Motor Speedway for the running of the Naturally Fresh Dressings 250 on Saturday August 4th.

Bobby Gill collected the win at Hickory when the Series made its first stop there earlier in the year. Hal Goodson started on the Lance Snacks pole leading 106 out of 250 laps, finishing second.

"We pitted too early in May to really compete for the win, but we are coming here this time to win," said the driver of the #45 Taylor Motorsports Chevrolet. It hasn't been a bad season for the team, only 31 points out of first place with two wins to its credit. "This year I have got a great team with all of the right people. We have won two races so far and the races that we haven't won, we ran well. My goal for the rest of the year is to do well in the final two races and focus on the five championship races later this year.

"Hickory is one of those tracks that the car is never straight. When you come off of turn four you are preparing for turn one, then you come out of turn two and set the car up for turn three. This is a real tight track, and you definitely want your car to be hooked up and getting bite off of the turns," added Goodson.

This will be the fifth stop for the Series at Hickory. The first race was run in 1999 with Derrick Kelley taking the win. In 2000, Bobby Gill collected the checkers for the first of two stops and Lee Tissot collected the first win of his career during a fall event at the famed track.

Jon Kerley, driver of the #44 Catawba Valley Community College Ford, started his career at the 3/8's mile track. "Hickory is an unique track. Drivers who started their racing career here, like myself, Shane (Huffman), and Toby (Robertson), know the line to take. You have got to know the right line to get around this place. Instead of arcing it off of the corners, you want to run straight."

Kerley, who came home with a 12th place finish at Hickory in May, is very pleased with his pit crew, his students from CVCC. "For a bunch of rookies at the beginning of the year, they are doing great. The past three races we have had a top-three finish, but unfortunately, we had motor problems. The students have come together and put a lot of hard work into this program. Our goal for this year will be to run the championship races and maybe collect our first win. I believe that we will all be ecstatic when that happens and come out of Lakeland in November with a good points finish."

Kerley will also be sporting new sponsors for this race, as the guys from WFMX hop on board the #44 Ford. "I would also like to thank Sharon Supermakets for all of the help throughout my racing career."

Practice begins for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series at noon; teams begin competing for the Lance Snacks Pole Award beginning at 5:30 p.m. The green flag will fall at 8 p.m.

-USAR

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