USAR: Taylor Motorsports South Boston race report

South Boston Not Kind to Taylor Motorsports Drivers Hal Goodson Involved in Early Incident While Scott Hall Unable to Start Due to Illness WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (August 20, 2001) -- What a difference a year can make. This time last year Hal...

South Boston Not Kind to Taylor Motorsports Drivers
Hal Goodson Involved in Early Incident While Scott Hall Unable to Start Due to Illness

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (August 20, 2001) -- What a difference a year can make. This time last year Hal Goodson was celebrating his first career victory in USAR ProCup Series competition at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. The tables were reversed this time, however, as Goodson was involved in an early race incident that saw the Darlington, S.C. native finish in 22nd place in USAR ProCup Series action at the south Virginia track.

"It was just one of those nights," Goodson said. "We struggled in practice and didn't qualify that well either. We had moved into the top 10 when the No. 55 car got into me on the backstretch. We were able make repairs to the car and get back out and make some laps, but it's very disappointing to see your night come to an end early for no good reason."

Goodson started the event from the 17th position and had quickly moved the No. 45 Carlin Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the top 10.

"The car was getting better and we were just waiting on the pit stop to make the needed adjustments," Crew Chief Colan Ingle said. "I couldn't see exactly what happened on the backstretch, but I hate it for everyone on this team. We came up to South Boston hoping to repeat, but Lady Luck wasn't on our side."

For Scott Hall, the weekend started out on a high note after a solid 14th place qualifying effort in the No. 54 Carlin Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Hall had been battling flu-like symptoms all weekend and after his qualifying run, the Walkertown, N.C. resident knew he was in no shape to compete in the 250-lap race.

"When I got out of the car after my qualifying run, I was so weak I knew it wouldn't be safe for me or my fellow competitors if I tried to run the race," Hall said. "I hate it for the guys on this team. The car was really good and I didn't want to do anything to put someone else or myself in jeopardy. We'll come back strong at Lakeland."

Both Goodson and Hall get a weekend off before heading back into USAR ProCup Series action Sept. 1 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Fla.

The Naturally Fresh Dressings 250 from South Boston Speedway can be seen this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST on SpeedVision.

-TM-

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