Mark McFarland doesn't mince any words when describing his fondness for Myrtle Beach Speedway. "I really love that track," said McFarland, who will tackle the South Carolina oval this Saturday in a USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series event.
Mark McFarland doesn't mince any words when describing his fondness for Myrtle Beach Speedway.
"I really love that track," said McFarland, who will tackle the South Carolina oval this Saturday in a USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series event. "We finished second in the last race Pro Cup race there and we'll be taking the car we raced then plus a new one that we like a lot. We felt like we had one of the better cars the last time we were there. Michael Ritch was just a little bit better than us at the end of the race last time. Hopefully, this time we can be a little bit better than him and the rest of the field."
McFarland's No. 81 Knight's Companies/Greased Lightning Chevrolet Monte Carlo has been better than most of the field throughout the 2007 USAR Pro Cup season. Currently tied for seventh in the division's championship standings (372 points, 93 out of first), McFarland is coming off an 11th-place effort in the most recent USAR title event at Iowa Speedway.
According to the Winchester, VA native, a pit road penalty sunk what could have been a winning effort.
"We started 10th and drove right to the front," said McFarland of the Iowa event. "We were up to second before we pitted around Lap 40 for the first set of tires. I really thought we were going to be home free because our car was just that good. Unfortunately, we wound up getting that penalty and that killed our chances."
McFarland will be looking for a much better result this time around when the series invades the half-mile Myrtle Beach oval for the Mark Brooks Memorial 250.
"Myrtle Beach has always been a good track for me in the past and we'll be looking run good there again this time," McFarland stated. "I have always runs well there in the past. It's pretty hard on tires, so you really have to take care of your stuff. It's kind of like racing at Darlington. It's a tough track, the kind I really enjoy racing at. You really have to play the tire game so you can be there at the end. The good cars at the end of a run will come to the front."
Should McFarland park his Knight's Companies/Greased Lightning Chevy in Victory Lane Saturday evening, he knows there will be plenty of fans on hand to witness the accomplishment.
"The fans at Myrtle Beach really enjoy the races there," said McFarland. "We always have great crowds there. We had a great crowd for the last race at Iowa. My guess is they will be even more enthusiastic crowd at Myrtle Beach this weekend. It is home for the Hooters Pro Cup Series and the track has been on the schedule for a long, long time. A lot of people on both sides of the fence look forward to going there -- taking their families there and using the race as a mini-vacation.
"There will be a lot of people there from the series and the sponsors as well," McFarland concluded. "It's always a good time there and a good time to run your best in front of a lot of people who are important to the series."