USAR: Pistone in Championship lineup

Chase Pistone Gets USAR Pro Cup Ride for Championship Series Youngster Will Team With Premier Motorsports Starting In Iowa CONCORD, NC (June 19, 2006) -- It has been a while since Chase Pistone walked through the gates of a USAR Hooters Pro...

Chase Pistone Gets USAR Pro Cup Ride for Championship Series
Youngster Will Team With Premier Motorsports Starting In Iowa

CONCORD, NC (June 19, 2006) -- It has been a while since Chase Pistone walked through the gates of a USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series event. After running up front and finding himself in the top-five in points for much of the early part of the season, Pistone was dropped from his Pro Cup ride due to a lack of funding. Despite missing much of the second-half of the Southern Division season, Pistone still qualified himself for the "Four Champions" Championship Series by finishing 27th in the final point standings.

Now, Pistone will take those points into the Championship Series with a new team; the Steve Husketh-owned Premier Motorsports team. Pistone will drive the #8 Awesome Awnings Ford beginning with the Soy Biodiesel 250 at the brand-new Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA.

"I'm really excited to team up with Steve and the entire Premier Motorsports team," said Pistone. "We are going to run the last six Championship races. I'm happy to just be able to get back out there and race again. It's a lot better than sitting around on the couch.

"I was top-five in the points before I had to stop racing. The team I was with had lined up some NASCAR Busch Series races and those just didn't go as planned. But now I have an opportunity to get back in the Hooters Pro Cup Series and hopefully we can come back and win a race.

"This Premier Motorsports team has the ability to win races. They have a lot of great people working with them and they have great equipment. They just haven't had the kind of luck they should have had this year. I guess I haven't either, so we'll be a great match. Hopefully, we'll get out there, click and run up front right away. I think we really have the ability to win races during the Championship Series."

Pistone reeled off four top-10 finishes in the first six races of the 2006 season driving for a different team. One of those finishes included a career-best third-place run at Montgomery Motor Speedway in Alabama. He also picked up a fourth-place finish at South Georgia Motorsports Park. The early season success had Pistone as high as second in the Southern Division point standings before having to quit due to a lack of funding.

That early season success has kept Pistone eligible for the Championship Series. And now, with a solid team under him, Pistone will be a threat to be one of the best in the Pro Cup Series.

"You had to have run a minimum of six races and be top 30 in points to be eligible and I was able to do both of those despite missing several races to end the year," added Pistone. "With they way that they reorder the point standings, I don't know if we will be able to go for the title. However, if we do well in all of the races, I could be in the top 10 by the end and I think that would be a major accomplishment.

"I'm really just ready to get back out there and racing."

The USAR Pro Cup "Four Champions" Championship Series begin on Friday, September 15, 8 PM with the Soy Biodiesel 250 at Rusty Wallace's new Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA.

-credit: ChasePistone.com

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