USAR: Taylor Motorsports Lonesome Pine race report

Goodson and Hall Have Strong Showing at Lonesome Pine Taylor Motorsports' Presence Felt in USAR ProCup Series Action WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (June 25, 2001) -- When Taylor Motorsports hit the track this past weekend for USAR ProCup Series action at...

Goodson and Hall Have Strong Showing at Lonesome Pine Taylor Motorsports' Presence Felt in USAR ProCup Series Action

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (June 25, 2001) -- When Taylor Motorsports hit the track this past weekend for USAR ProCup Series action at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, Va., drivers Hal Goodson and Scott Hall were prepared to double-team the competition. When the checkered flag waved, Goodson had scored a third-place finish and Hall was credited with 13th in only his second ProCup Series start.

Goodson earned his third straight Lance Snacks Pole Award of the season during qualifying while Hall took the green flag from the 15th starting position. As the green flag waved, Goodson's No. 45 Chevrolet Monte Carlo quickly rocketed into the lead and held the point for the first 42 laps. The Darlington, S.C. native grabbed the lead back two laps later and held it until lap 48.

"We had a good car tonight," Goodson said. "We were a little loose throughout the race. We had planned on the track tightening up, but it never did. After the pit stop, the car was really good. It got a little wild there at the end, but I knew we had a chance to win and I was giving it all I had. Overall, we had a good race and gained some points on Bobby (Gill), so we'll take third and get ready for the next race."

In the race's final laps, a three-car battle was being waged between Goodson, Shane Huffman and Jeff Agnew. The trio raced three-wide heading to the checkers with Goodson and Agnew making contact. Goodson crossed the finish line sideways, but was able to hold on to earn third-place honors.

Scott Hall's night was quite eventful in the No. 54 Carlin Financial entry. After starting 15th, Hall was able to dodge several early incidents on the track and began to work his way to the front. By the race's midpoint, Hall had secured a position in the top ten and was quickly closing in on the leaders. In only his second ProCup Series race, Hall was turning a few heads with the strong performance.

Lap 210, however, would prove to be the pivotal point in Hall's night. Heading into turn two, Hall was tapped in the rear by another machine and was sent into a spin cycle. Hall recovered from the incident without damage, but went a lap down.

After gathering his composure, Hall restarted the race, but soon found turn two treacherous again. The Walkertown, N.C. resident spun again, but was able to save the car and return to racing action.

When the checkered flag waved, Hall was credited with a 13th-place finish. Considering this was his second Series start, Hall was pleased with the effort.

"This is what racing is all about," Hall said. "We had a really good car tonight and I thought there for a moment that we would be able to score a top-five finish. I hate that we went a lap down there at the end and I probably overdrove the car the second time I spun, but I guess sometimes you're going to make rookie mistakes, as long as you learn from them."

Hall's spins may have an explanation behind them. After unloading the racecar at the shop, Hall's crew discovered the right front shock had broken, causing the No. 54 to be extremely loose coming off the corners.

"I want to thank everyone on this team and the No. 45 team for their hard work and help in this effort," Hall said. "While it's disappointing to see a top-10 finish go away, we learned a lot tonight and I was able to run all 250 laps and gain some seat time. I'm looking forward to my next ProCup race."

In USAR ProCup Series Southern Division point standings, Goodson's third-place finish enabled him to extend his points lead over Bobby Gill. Goodson holds a 32-point lead over Gill heading into the next event for the USAR ProCup Series Southern Division July 7th at Montgomery (Ala.) Motor Speedway.

-TM-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Shane Huffman , Jeff Agnew
Teams Carlin