HICKORY, N.C. - Three wins in a row would be a lot to ask of a driver in any racing series. Anyone that follows the USAR Hooters ProCup Series knows what a feat that is, with the competition level being so high, but when driver Shane Huffman is...
HICKORY, N.C. - Three wins in a row would be a lot to ask of a driver in any racing series. Anyone that follows the USAR Hooters ProCup Series knows what a feat that is, with the competition level being so high, but when driver Shane Huffman is on his home track of Hickory Motor Speedway, victory is almost expected. Coming off back-to-back wins in the last two USAR events, the Hickory, N.C. native was unable to complete the storybook ending Saturday night at the Naturally Fresh 250, presented by Galaxy Foods, after hard impact with the turn four wall, the result of an encounter with fluid on the historic .363 mile oval known as "America's Most Famous Short Track."
After an uneventful day, which saw Huffman post some of the fastest speeds in practice and ultimately qualify seventh, the XTRA Motorsports driver was physically okay, but clearly disappointed. "That's probably the hardest I've ever hit here," said Huffman. "I saw (Gill) moved up a little in the middle of (turns) three and four. As soon as I hit the throttle, I was backwards. It was like being on ice. A couple of the other teams said they got into it too, we were just the unlucky ones."
Before the accident, Huffman ran second and was battling for the lead with eventual winner Bobby Gill, after electing to pit early with several of the other frontrunners. "Shane just didn't like how the car was behaving early," said crew chief Ronnie White, "so we decided to pit as early as possible, without compromising our chances of contending at the finish. He said the second set of tires really gave him something to work with. We were just gonna wait until the end and see what we had for (the field). It's unfortunate, but that's just racing."
Huffman now sits fourth in the USAR Southern Division point standings, 18 behind third place Hal Goodson, and 59 off of new leader Bobby Gill.
Huffman and "The Brat Bunch" will return to action June 9th, when the USAR Hooters ProCup Series makes the first of two scheduled visits in 2001 to the Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.