USAR: Hickory race report

HICKORY, NC -- For the second consecutive race a driver who didn't have a ride in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series found his way to victory lane. In just his third series start this season, Lee Tissot won the Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by...

HICKORY, NC -- For the second consecutive race a driver who didn't have a ride in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series found his way to victory lane. In just his third series start this season, Lee Tissot won the Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Galaxy Foods Saturday night at Hickory Motor Speedway. With his win Tissot became the eighth different series' winner this season. Tissot outlasted Mike Herman, Jr. during a final five-lap sprint to the finish while Sean Studer collected a third-place finish, however Studer was disqualified following post-race tech. Jon Kerley, who was involved in a last lap accident last week at Tri County Speedway, rebounded for his first career top-five finish with Bill Plemons, Jr. completing the top-five.

"We had a great team effort tonight," said an ecstatic Tissot in victory lane. "We had a great RP motor in our car and we're happy to get a win at our home track for Express Personnel."

For Herman the second place showing was a USAR Hooters ProCup Series best for the Kannapolis, North Carolina native. "This team is excited with the finish but I am a little disappointed because we had a great car tonight," said Herman. "We'll take this finish and get ready for my home track (Concord) next race."

For Kerley the finish was as good as a win for the Catawba Valley Community College Bobby Isaac Motorsports Technology program. "After what we went through last week I am happy for this program and for CVCC," said Kerley. "We finally got some luck and led some laps. I was happy to get the Lucas Oil Products Halfway leader award for the school."

The race was slowed 10 times by caution with the most severe accident on lap 93 when Jeff Agnew was collected in a spin while leading the race on lap 93. Clay Rogers and Jon Wood were also involved on the backstretch to force a red flag for eight minutes. Agnew and Wood were able to continue after the accident but Rogers was forced to end the night early.

Local favorite Shane Huffman qualified ninth and moved up to as high as second before his night ended early when he was involved in a spin on lap 147. Hal Goodson broke the track record during qualifying and led the first 81 laps of the event before the leaders pitted on lap 81. Agnew took over the top spot before he was involved in his accident.

Gary Lambert, crew chief of the race and owner of the Tissot car, was also happy to get the win in front of the hometown crowd. "We are just happy to get the win in front of the hometown crowd and our family and friends," said Lambert. "We want to thank everyone who helped us get here tonight, especially Don and Diane Lowman with Express Personnel Services."

Points leader Bobby Gill was forced to take a provisional to start the race only to rebound and finish sixth to maintain his lead in the points standings. Regan Smith, Brian Vickers, Mardy Lindley and Goodson, who won the Discount Auto Parts Pole Award, completed the top-10.

The USAR Hooters ProCup Series returns to action on Saturday, October 14th at Concord Motorsports Park.

* Twelve drivers did not make the starting field at Hickory Motor Speedway. Among the drivers who failed to qualify were: Jimmy McClain, Don Satterfield, John Kinder, Jabe Jones, Chris Diamond, Jay Fogleman, Karen Schulz, Joe Harrison, Jr., Mickey Hudspeth, Tim Clayton, Burt Ingle, and Chris Everette.

* Bobby Gill was able to extend his points lead to 273 points over Steven Christian. Gill, who can become the first driver to win back-to-back USAR Hooters ProCup Series championships, now just needs to finish 14th or better to win the $250,000 first-place prize. Gill has won $103,200 so far this season and the Dalton, Georgia driver could be the first driver to win $400,000 in single-season earnings in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series.

* Steven Christian has remained in second place in the points standings despite no wins so far this season. Christian has completed 4,004 of 4,017 possible laps this season.

* Jeff Agnew and Gill are tied with 12 top-10 finishes each this season out of 16 races.

* Brian Vickers was able to extend his lead in the chase for the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year Award to 105 points over Jon Wood.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Jon Wood , Brian Vickers , Regan Smith , Shane Huffman , Jeff Agnew