USAR: Jennerstown: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Looking To Continue Winning Ways In USAR Hooters North Race At Jennerstown Pete Knight Racing Driver Has Incredible 1.4 Finishing Average In Last Five USAR Events Mooresville, NC (July 22, 2008) -- Earlier...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Looking To Continue Winning Ways In USAR Hooters North Race At Jennerstown

Pete Knight Racing Driver Has Incredible 1.4 Finishing Average In Last Five USAR Events

Mooresville, NC (July 22, 2008) -- Earlier this season, Mark McFarland won the USAR Hooters Pro Cup North-South combination event at The Milwaukee Mile in dominating [car%20driver%20VL%201320.jpg] fashion. That victory could be bad news for the rest of the competition when they line up for a Pro Cup Northern Division clash this weekend at Jennerstown (PA) Speedway.

"I really like racing Jennerstown and since it's a lot like Milwaukee and we won there this year, I'm pretty excited about this weekend's race," McFarland stated. "Jennerstown is flat like Milwaukee, but a lot smaller. It has some bumps going into the corners, so you have to be careful not to upset the car. It's a fun track to race on and it's close to my hometown - only about two hours away. I'm sure we'll have a lot of hometown people there to cheer us on."

McFarland's fans have had plenty to cheer about lately as the Winchester, VA driver has won three ofthe last five Pro Cup races he's entered. The most recentvictory came this past weekend in the Crane Cams 250 at Southern National Speedway in Kenly, NC. In the other two events, McFarland has steered his No. 81s Sears Auto Center Chevy to a pair of runner-up efforts giving him a 1.4 finishing average over the last five Pro Cup events he's competed in.

"I've never had a winning streak like this at this level of racing before," said McFarland after the Southern National race. "We knew we were going to do our best this season and we'd live with whatever happened. We knew we had good equipment and people. I was going to give 100 percent and see what we wound up with. Now we're on a roll and we've got some wins and luck on our side. It's been pretty amazing."

To continue the red-hot streak, McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing Chevy Monte Carlo will need to conquer the .522-mile Jennerstown oval in the Hooters 250 Saturday. The track, which was originally constructed in the 1920's, features just six degrees of banking on the straights and only nine degrees of banking in the turns. According to McFarland, the layout will be a challenge for everyone who races on it this weekend.

"It's been a year since anybody has raced there," said McFarland. "Jennerstown wasn't on the Pro Cup schedule last year, so everyone will have to adjust some. I've only raced at Jennerstown once in my career, I went there with a South car for Northern Division race in 2005 and qualifying got rained out, so I didn't make the race. Then we went back up there for the Pro Cup Championship Series event later that year and we were running really good when we blew a right-front tire and hit the fence."

McFarland will be looking for a much better result this time around when the Hooters 250 takes the green flag Saturday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

"We want to win every race we go to," said McFarland. "We have a good team, a great sponsor in Sears Auto Center, and solid equipment. If our luck holds out, there's no reason why we can't continue to do as well as we have been."

-credit: pkr

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