JENNERSTOWN, PA - Jeff Agnew led only one lap in Saturday's United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup Northern division race at Jennerstown Speedway, but it was the final and most important one. With a bold move in turn 3 on the last...
JENNERSTOWN, PA - Jeff Agnew led only one lap in Saturday's United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup Northern division race at Jennerstown Speedway, but it was the final and most important one. With a bold move in turn 3 on the last lap, Agnew drew alongside leader Brian Vickers and then won a side-by-side bumper-car battle to the finish line to claim his second career Hooters ProCup victory.
A red flag brought out by an accident by Chad Pendleton on lap 240 set up a three-lap shootout to the finish, and Agnew made two moves for the lead before Vickers bobbled slightly in turn 3 that allowed Agnew to draw alongside. Agnew then beat Vickers' Chevrolet to the finish line by a bumper.
Agnew led only the final lap in his NGA/Hooters Golf Tour Chevrolet Monte Carlo, but had pressured Vickers constantly after taking second place on lap 194. Vickers had taken the lead in his Stewart Components Monte Carlo on lap 123 of the 250-lap race at the half-mile oval.
"He bobbled just a little bit and that was enough to get alongside him," Agnew said. "I had a faster car, but he had position and I just didn't know if I could get by him. I tried everything I could think of to get around him, and fortunately I got a break to win it. It feels good!"
"Jeff had the faster car all night, but my crew got me out of the pits so quick that I went from seventh to first, and that was almost enough to win," Vickers said. "Jeff raced me hard and clean. Once he got that left front by my right front he had me. He raced he hard and as clean as I could expect. We'll go home with a second and be happy."
Ten of the 37 starters finished on the lead lap in this highly-competitive race, Jason Sarivs of Myrtle Beach was third in a Chevrolet, Mardy Lindley of Taylors, SC, was fourth in a Ford Taurus, Hal Goodson of Winston-Salem, NC was fifth in a Chevrolet.
Bill Plemmons Jr. of Locust Grove, GA., was sixth in a Ford, Jay Fogelman of Durham, NC, was seventh in a Ford, followed by Mario Gosselin of Lake Wales, FL, in a Ford, Dave Houpt of Friedens, PA, in a Chevrolet and fastest qualifier Steve Christian of Buford, GA in a Ford.
The race will be broadcast on Speedvision on Thursday at 9 p.m.