USAR: Valdosta CS: Mark McFarland preview

Win or lose this weekend, Mark McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing Team will know what to expect when they travel to South Georgia Motorsports Park for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Dan Duncan Memorial 250. "South Georgia is one of the nicest ...

Win or lose this weekend, Mark McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing Team will know what to expect when they travel to South Georgia Motorsports Park for the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Dan Duncan Memorial 250.

"South Georgia is one of the nicest facilities we race at," said McFarland. "The management treats you like you should be treated. The track is really smooth, just fun to race on. Sometimes, it's been a little hard to pass there, but that's gotten better over the years too. Everything about the place is first class. The grandstand is usually packed. It's a place I always look forward to racing at."

McFarland has been a staple at the front of the Pro Cup pack this season winning two events along with posting several top finishes. According to the Winchester, VA driver, heading to the South Georgia oval will be a welcome treat after a less than satisfying effort in the most recent USAR Hooters Pro Cup championship event at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway two weeks ago.

"South Georgia is totally opposite of Myrtle Beach," said McFarland, who finished 27th after starting fourth at the Palmetto State oval in the Mark Brooks Memorial 250. "You don't have to worry about tires at South Georgia at all because the track has good asphalt and a lot of grip. Sometimes, Myrtle Beach will hurt your feelings like it did to us this last time, so it will be good to get back to a track like South Georgia."

In his most recent trip to the Valdosta, GA area oval, McFarland and his No. 81 Knight's Companies/Greased Lightning Chevy Monte Carlo had a good event qualifying second and finishing 11th in the Glover Foods 250 on March 31.

"We qualified well, led a lot of laps and finished good at Valdosta the last time we ran there," said McFarland. "We'll be looking to do the same again, just with a lot better finish. One good thing is that we have our tests left. We're going to test at South Georgia before the race and that will be a big help. I can't wait to get there. We'll take the same car that we ran there the last race. It's also the same car we won the Hooters Cup Northern Division race at Mansfield (OH) earlier this year. It's a good car, one of my favorites. It's very capable of winning at South Georgia this weekend."

McFarland and his Pete Knight Racing team will take the green flag in the Dan Duncan Memorial 250 at South Georgia Motorsports Park on Saturday, October 20. The race will roll off at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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