USAR: Kerley Jennerstown "Champions series" race report

HICKORY, N.C. (October 1, 2001)- Jon Kerley and Team Concept Racing, of Catawba Valley Community College, battled back from an early race incident to bring home a 14th place finish in USAR ProCup Series action at Jennerstown Speedway in...

HICKORY, N.C. (October 1, 2001)- Jon Kerley and Team Concept Racing, of Catawba Valley Community College, battled back from an early race incident to bring home a 14th place finish in USAR ProCup Series action at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, PA this past Saturday night.

After the qualifying session, Kerley had his No. 44 CVCC Team Concept Ford Taurus in the 17th position for the 250-lap race.

"We had a good car in practice and we knew entering qualifying that our car was setup for the race. We should be pretty good in the long run," said Danny Allen, crew chief.

At the drop of the green flag, Kerley settled into a comfortable rhythm and was making his way to the front. But, on lap 12 an overaggressive situation caused Kerley to spin, resulting in Kerley loosing a lap.

"After that incident I still knew that I had a good car. I just had to use a lot of patience to make my way to the front," Kerley said.

Kerley would restart the race at the end of the field and quickly went to work to bring himself back to the front. By the race's midpoint, after maneuvering past slower traffic Kerley had worked his way up into the top 20.

Towards the end of the race, Kerley had fought his way up into the fourteenth position and would settle there for the remaining laps. There was just not enough laps left for Kerley and his crew to make up anymore ground.

"It's disappointing how our night went, but my crew never gave up. We battled back to a respectable finish," Kerley said.

Team Concept Racing will return to racing action on October 13, 2001 for the second event of the "Four Champions Championship Series" races at Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The CVCC Bobby Isaac Motorsports Program was established in 1997 as a memorial to the late NASCAR Champion, Bobby Isaac. It is the only college hands-on program in the United States where students actually build, field and serve as a pit crew in a professional racing division. The student team builds three stock cars a year and competes in 20 races in the USAR Procup regular season.

-www.teamconceptracing.com-

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