USAR: Rain delay couldn't stop Fogleman at St. Augustine

St. Augustine, FL - What a finish! That could best describe the final two laps as Jay Fogleman and his Cooper Family Ford held off a hard-charging Bobby Gill to win the Jackaroo Sauces 250 Saturday night at St. Augustine Speedway. It...

St. Augustine, FL - What a finish! That could best describe the final two laps as Jay Fogleman and his Cooper Family Ford held off a hard-charging Bobby Gill to win the Jackaroo Sauces 250 Saturday night at St. Augustine Speedway. It was the fifth win in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series for Fogleman and his first since 1999 on a damp night in Florida.

Fogleman was able to withstand a one-hour rain delay and keep a lead pack of five cars behind him for the final 95 laps after the brief shower.

Fogleman, from Durham, North Carolina, took the lead on lap 109 when he passed Mike Laughlin, Jr. to lead a race for the first time this season in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. Gill took the lead from Fogleman just one time to lead lap 232 while the duo battled for the lead side-by-side. Fogleman passed Gill in turn three of that lap and remained out front for the remainder of the night.

"We had a really good car tonight," said Fogleman. "This entire team worked hard to get us here and in a position to win. Thankfully I was able to hold off Bobby (Gill) on that last restart and I am sure it was exciting for everyone to watch but I was working as hard a I could to hold on to the lead."

While the rain delay seemed to make a difference to several drivers, Fogleman felt the delay helped him.

"The delay helped us a little because we were able to cool our tires down and I think that helped," added Fogleman. "I knew Bobby would be there at the end but we have raced against one another a lot the past two years and he raced me hard and I knew he would be there at the end."

Lance Snacks Pole Award winner Steve Christian followed in third with Mario Gosselin and Hal Goodson completed the top five.

Christian took the lead at the start of the race and led the way for the first 95 circuits around the challenging one-half mile oval. Daniel Johnson passed Christian for the lead on lap 96 to lead a Hooters ProCup Series race for the first time this season. Laughlin, Jr. took the lead and remained in front until Fogleman assumed the top spot that eventually led to the win.

The race was slowed 11 times by caution with Bill Plemons, Jr. and Neil Browder got together in turn one and collected Jabe Jones on lap 29. Jones was able to continue, however, Plemons and Browder both were unable to return to the track.

Jason Sarvis finished sixth to win the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race Award and Laughlin followed in seventh. Lee Tissot finished eighth with Shane Huffman collecting his second consecutive top-10 finish with Stacy Puryear completing the top ten finshers.

Derrick Kelley and Tom Pistone were the final two cars on the lead lap and finished 11 and 12 respectively.

Sarvis and Huffman both advanced 24 positions from their starting positions to share the W.J. Plemons Investments Hard Charger Award. Fogleman led at lap 125 to collect the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award.

Thanks to his win at USA International Speedway in February and his runner-up finish at St. Augustine, Gill holds on to the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division points lead by 25 points over Christian (310-285). Fogleman moved into third place with Huffman and Sarvis competing the top five positions in the standings.

The USAR Hooters ProCup Series will once again visit the Sunshine State when the Southern Division schedule moves next to Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola. The Lucas Oil 250 presented by Food World will be the first-ever visit by the ProCup cars.

NEWS & NOTES FROM ST. AUGUSTINE

a.. Six drivers failed to qualify for the Jackaroo Sauces 250. Kevin Sasser and Scott York both failed to qualify in their second race of the year, while John Clagett, Mark Whitaker, Tony Amico and David Smith all failed to qualify in their first attempt this season. b.. Chuck Bown, who returned to stock car racing after a one year absence, ran as high as ninth during the race before falling back late in the race to finish 23.

c.. Dodge made its USAR Hooters ProCup Series debut in race competition when Canadian Ron Beauchamp, Jr. and Danny Sammons both made their first career starts in the Series. Beauchamp ran in the top 10 for a while and finished 19 and Sammons finished 26.

d.. CVCC driver Jon Kerley qualified a career high fourth and ran in the top 10 until he made contact with Joe Harrison on lap 82. Kerley repaired his car and returned to action while Harrison was forced to park for the night due to damage

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Series Stock car
Drivers David Smith , Shane Huffman , Tony Amico