USAR: Mansfield: Mark McFarland preview

Pete Knight Racing DriverComing Off Win In Most Recent Pro Cup Race At Milwaukee Mooresville, NC (June 9, 2008) -- You can't fault Mark McFarland for being confident heading into this weekend's Greased Lightning 250 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern...

Pete Knight Racing DriverComing Off Win In Most Recent Pro Cup Race At Milwaukee

Mooresville, NC (June 9, 2008) -- You can't fault Mark McFarland for being confident heading into this weekend's Greased Lightning 250 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division event at Mansfield Motorsports Park.

"We're going there to win," said McFarland, who captured the Pro Cup Northern Division event at Mansfield last season and is also coming off a victory in the most recent USAR race at The Milwaukee Mile on May 31. "We're not going to Mansfieldto race for points. It's not a Hooters Pro Cup South race, so the points don't mean anything to us. We'll be doing whatever it takes to win two in a row there."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Companies Chevy had what it takes in last year's Mansfield event dominating the action from start to finish.

"Mansfield was our second win last year," said McFarland. "We won at Shenandoah earlier in the season and we went on to Mansfield where we won. It's a fun track. We had a real good car. We qualified on the pole and led most of the race. We were really the only car there that could get down on the bottom and pass. It was probably the best car I ever had there."

McFarland was also plenty stout in the most recent USAR battle at Milwaukee taking the lead and driving away from the field in the late stages of the Sears Auto Center 150 at the famed Wisconsin State Fair Park oval.

"Once I got in front, I raced out to about a 30-car length lead and just cruised," said McFarland of the final 35 laps at Milwaukee. "We saved a little something in case we had a late-race restart. Wes (crew chief Wes Ward) changed the car on the final pit stop to just tighten it up a little bit. After that, everything was all good. Our car just kept going. It was awesome."

This time around, McFarland knows he will have to not only contend with all the top stars of [Pete%20Mark%20Wes%20VL11.jpg] the USAR Northern Division for the win, but he will also have to battle the tight, half-mile Mansfield oval for 250 laps in order to come out on top again.

"Mansfield is the kind of place where you are usually going to have a lot of cautions," said McFarland, at left with team owner Pete Knight and Ward after the Milwaukee victory. ""It's real tight and real hard to pass. Your pit strategy is very crucial there. The tires don't go away that much. Most of the time, people get frustrated and try to knock you out of the way. You have to race hard every lap there. It's just good old USAR Hooters Pro Cup short track action."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Tire Center/Knight's Companies Chevy will take the green flag in the Greased Lightning 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 14. at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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