USAR: Mansfield CS: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Swing Into USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series Action Pete Knight Racing Driver Set To Open Title Chase At Mansfield This Weekend Mooresville, NC (August 26, 2008) -- Coming off his first USAR Hooters Pro...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Swing Into USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series Action
Pete Knight Racing Driver Set To Open Title Chase At Mansfield This Weekend

Mooresville, NC (August 26, 2008) -- Coming off his first USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division championship, Mark McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center Chevrolet Monte Carlo will try to carry that momentum into the post season when the [Lakeland%20Car%20Driver%2011.jpg] USAR championship series opens this weekend at Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Park.

"There's a lot of competition out there," said McFarland in assessing his chances of winning the overall USAR Pro Cup title. "There's nobody you can count out. When you get into a championship series, it's a whole new season. Guys who normally run seventh or eighth can win races. You just really have to be prepared when you get to the racetrack and do the best you can when you are there. If you can do that, you have a shot at the championship."

McFarland won the USAR Southern Division title this season by a 1027-992 margin over Michael Ritch. He competed in 12 USAR South and North events this year winning three times and earning seven top-five finishes in the process. In all, McFarland led 400 laps posting 4.17 qualifying and 9.83 finishing averages this season. The Southern Division title earned the Winchester, VA driver $15,000 in additional prize money and - more importantly - banked 25 bonus points heading into the championship series.

"Those bonus points are big," said McFarland. "That was a big part of our motivation to win the regular season championship. Having those extra points starting off the championship series could be the difference between winning and losing the overall title at the end."

In addition to the Mansfield race this weekend, McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing team will also have to conquer Iowa, Southern National and Rockingham Speedways to earn the overall crown. According to McFarland, he's looking forward to the challenge.

"All of those tracks are good tracks for us," said McFarland. "We won the race at Kenly (Southern National) earlier this year and we won at Mansfield last season. I also ran the NASCAR Camping World event at Iowa earlier thisyear and finished well (11th). I know [car%20driver%20VL%201320.jpg] we'll test at Rockingham, so we expect to be good there too. I know we're going to be ready to compete for the win at each race."

While McFarland is happy to have won the regular season title, he knows the season will be incomplete if he and his Sears Auto Center Chevy don't take the overall title.

"We got the first part of the goal accomplished - to win the Southern Division championship," said McFarland. "Now we want to finish the job and win the rest. It's going to be tough. Benny Gordon and the fast North guys are going to be at every race. So are Clay Rogers, Michael Ritch, and the rest of the Southern Division guys. We're going to have to be at our very best to beat all of them."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Racing Chevy will open the 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup championship series this Saturday, August 30, at Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Park. The Charlie Campbell Memorial Sears Auto Center 250 will take the green flag at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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Drivers Clay Rogers , Mark McFarland