USAR: Mansfield: Mark McFarland race notes

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Just Miss Another Win In USAR Pro Cup North Event At Mansfield Pete Knight Racing Driver Posts Runner-Up Finish On Tight Ohio Half-Mile Oval Mooresville, NC (June 15, 2008) -- When you're riding a...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Just Miss Another Win In USAR Pro Cup North Event At Mansfield
Pete Knight Racing Driver Posts Runner-Up Finish On Tight Ohio Half-Mile Oval

Mooresville, NC (June 15, 2008) -- When you're riding a winning streak, anything other than victory can be less than satisfying.

"It's tough to be disappointed with finishing second," said Mark McFarland after steering his No. 81s Sears Auto Center Chevy to a runner-up finish in Saturday's USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division Greased Lightning 250 at Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Park. "We won the race last week at Milwaukee and we won the spring race at Mansfield last year. We thought we had a good shot at winning this week at Mansfield. I guess any time you come out of a race and finish second with none of your stuff torn up, it's a good day. We were just disappointed because we were going there to win."

McFarland, normally on top of the speed charts in practice at most USAR events, wasn't near the front in the early test sessions at Mansfield. Fortunately, his Pete Knight Racing team was able to bail him out with some timely adjustments just prior to qualifying.

"We struggled in practice, but then we found something near the end and that really picked us up," said McFarland. "The guys really worked hard to find that and they never gave up. That's what's really impressive about this team."

The turnaround was good enough to give the Winchester, VA driver the second spot in the 32-car starting lineup with a time of 16.778 seconds (107.283 miles per hour average) on the tight half-mile Mansfield oval.

Unfortunately, a win wasn't in the cards for McFarland this time around. Despite running in the Top-10 for most of the race, McFarland came up just short at the finish coming home second to eventual winner Derek Kale.

"We had a pretty good car, it was just really hard to pass at Mansfield this weekend," said McFarland. "We had just an okay car at the start of the race, but we made some adjustments on the pit stop that made it a whole lot better. I almost got the leader on the restart at the end of the race, so it still almost worked out for us. If we would have had a little bit better car at the end of the race, it might have worked out for us."

McFarland and his Sears Auto Center Chevy Monte Carlo will try to get back on the winning track when they compete in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division Greased Lightning 250 at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway this Saturday, June 21. Green flag is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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