MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It might not have been the outcome he was looking for, but driver Shane Huffman's third place finish Saturday night in the Mark Brooks Memorial Hooters 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, was enough to keep him out front in the race...
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It might not have been the outcome he was looking for, but driver Shane Huffman's third place finish Saturday night in the Mark Brooks Memorial Hooters 250 at Myrtle Beach Speedway, was enough to keep him out front in the race for the 2001 USAR Hooters ProCup Series Championship. As the Four Champions Championship Series, a four-race playoff type format that will determine the USAR champion, reaches it's halfway point, the Hickory, N.C. native still holds a scant one point lead over two-time defending champ Bobby Gill.
After winning the pole for the second consecutive race, Huffman appeared ready to put on another dominant performance, similar to his victory in the Four Champions Series opener at Jennerstown two weeks ago. This race, however, would quickly turn into a battle of patience and pit strategy as the four-time winner paced early leader Hal Goodson from second and subsequently found himself in fifth entering pit road on lap 123 with the last group of lead cars to make their stops. Another stellar effort by the "Brat Bunch" had the Johnsonville Ford Taurus off pit road first and sitting 11th for the lap 129 restart. From there, Huffman charged through the field to claim the top spot on lap 152, where he remained until ultimately surrendering the lead to Goodson on lap 211.
"We missed it just a little tonight," said crew chief Ronnie White. "The car was loose on the first set of tires, then we over-corrected and were tight on the second set. We didn't have anything for (Goodson), but we could have been better."
"We did what we had to do tonight," said Huffman. "We probably didn't have the car to win, so we got the best finish we could, but it's way too early to start counting points. We're coming to these races to win and the points will take care of themselves."
Fans can catch all of the action from the Mark Brooks Memorial Hooters 250 via tape-delayed broadcasts by the Speedvision Network on Thu., Oct. 18, at 9 p.m. and Fri., Oct 19, at 1 a.m. & 12 p.m. (all times EST).
Huffman and the XTRA Motorsports "Brat Bunch" return to action Sat., Oct. 27, when the USAR Hooters ProCup Series visits the Concord MotorSports Park in Midland, N.C. for round three of the Four Champions Championship Series. The Eastern Foods Four Champions Challenge will again be on the line, with a chance for Huffman to claim a $10,000 bonus if he can capture a second win during the Four Champions Series.