USAR: Rockingham CS: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Focused On Winning At 'The Rock' Pete Knight Racing Driver Hoping To Capture Race, 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Mooresville, NC (October 28, 2008) --Mark McFarland is heading into Saturday's USAR ...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Focused On Winning At 'The Rock'
Pete Knight Racing Driver Hoping To Capture Race, 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship

Mooresville, NC (October 28, 2008) --Mark McFarland is heading into Saturday's USAR Hooters Pro Cup championship finale at Rockingham Speedway totally focused on winning the American 200 and the 2008 Pro Cup title.

"We don't have anything to lose," said McFarland, who enters the event second in the championship points -- just 27 makers (672-645) behind current front runner Benny Gordon. "I guess we could lose second if we had a really bad day and Jay (third-place Jay Fogleman) won the race. We're not looking for that. We want to lead every lap and win the race. I feel like we have the car and the team to do that. I think it's our championship to win and Benny's to lose. He has more to lose than we do. We're going to Rockingham with everything we've got. We're not going to hold anything back. We want to win the race and the championship."

To do that, McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center Chevy will have to master the legendary 1.017-mile Rockingham oval. The track opened with a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) in 1965 as Curtis Turner captured the first checkered flag. Through 2004, NASCAR staged 78 Cup and 42 Busch (now Nationwide) Series events at the track before removing its dates from 'the Rock' in 2005. The track was then a test facility until it was purchased by a group led by former driver Andy Hillenburg in late 2007. It reopened earlier this year with an ARCA race. Saturday's American 200 will be the first-ever appearance for the USAR Pro Cup division at the track.

"There's a lot of history at Rockingham," said McFarland. "I've only been able to watch races there in the past. I'm really looking forward to racing there. I'm finally going to get that opportunity this weekend. Since it's also the first time the Pro Cup Series is going to race there, nobody knows how the race is going to play out. I think there's going to be as many as four or five different racing grooves and it's going to be crucial to continually find the fastest one. In the series test at Rockingham, you could pretty much run wherever you wanted. Most of the time, I was on the bottom, but there were some guys who ventured all the way to the top of the track. It's going to be a lot of fun."

According to the Pete Knight Racing driver, adapting to the ever-changing racing conditions will be the key to winning at Rockingham Saturday.

"There are some little tricks to getting around that place," said McFarland. "It's going to be tough especially when the tires wear and the times start falling off. Tire wear will be significant and it's going to come down to who can go the fastest with what they've got left. The groove is going to move around as the tires wear out. You are really going to have to pay attention to what's going on, that's for sure."

McFarland and his No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Racing Chevy take the green flag in the fourth and final event of the 2008 USAR Hooters Pro Cup championship campaign - The American 200 -- Saturday, November 1 at Rockingham Speedway.

The field will roll off at 1 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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Series Stock car
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark McFarland