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McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Hope To Bring Home Win In Sears Sponsored Hooters Cup Race At Milwaukee This Weekend Mooresville, NC (May 27, 2008) -- Every event on the 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup schedule is important to Mark McFarland and...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Hope To Bring Home Win In Sears Sponsored Hooters Cup Race At Milwaukee This Weekend

Mooresville, NC (May 27, 2008) -- Every event on the 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup schedule is important to Mark McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing team, but this weekend's Sears Auto Center 150 just might have a little more significance for several reasons.

"This is going to be a big event for us," said McFarland, driver of the No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Companies Chevrolet Monte Carlo (right) . "Milwaukee is close to Sears Auto Center corporate headquarters in Chicago and there are going to be a lot of people there to support us. It would be a dream come true to win that event for them. There's also a lot of history at Milwaukee and to win there would be really big for us as a team."

McFarland is coming off a solid fourth-place finish in the most recent USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division event at Concord, NC. A winner of two poles in three Southern Division events this season, McFarland feels like he might have an advantage on his Pro Cup North and South competitors at Milwaukee thanks to his previous experience at the famed one-mile oval.

"I've raced a NASCAR Busch (now Nationwide) Series car at Milwaukee two times," said McFarland. "The last time I was there, we had a good shot at winning. We were running fifth and there was a big crash on the last lap. We got caught up in it and it cost me a good finish. Still, I've had good experience at Milwaukee -- we also did the tire test there for this race - and that will help us a bunch. I like Milwaukee a lot."

Opened in 1903, the Wisconsin State Fair Park oval is the oldest operating auto racing facility in the country. It's tight, one-mile layout takes a special kind of effort and is a major step up from the half-mile ovals that primarily populate the USAR schedule according to McFarland.

"You have to have good corner speed there because you are in the turns so long," said McFarland. "It's real flat and you can make up a lot of time in the corners if you are good there. You still have to have a good engine because the straights are long too. It'll be a racing at Daytona for these cars because we don't race on too many big tracks in this series. These cars handle so good, so it will be a lot of fun to race them on a bigger track like Milwaukee."

The Milwaukee race is the first of two regular season 'combination' events for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. According to McFarland, having both the North and South Division regulars on hand is going to make the Milwaukee event of the tougher races to win this season.

"Milwaukee will be just like one of our championship series events," stated the Winchester, VA driver. "The best cars and drivers from both divisions are going to be there and everyone is going to be looking to win. It's going to be tough, but I think we have an excellent shot at winning. We have everything we need in place and Wes (crew chief Wes Ward) and the guys have been working hard to get ready for this race. We'll be ready to go when they drop the green flag."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Tire Center/Knight's Companies Chevy will compete in the Sears Auto Center 150 at The Milwaukee Mile on Saturday, May 31. The event will be part of a full day of racing that will also include Pole Day qualifying for the IndyCar and Indy Lights Series.

All tickets are just $15 for the general admission program which will see the Pro Cup cars take the green flag after the Pole Day events.

-credit: pkr

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