USAR: Winchester: Race report

Goodson enjoys record-setting night at Winchester Veteran Hooters ProCup Series driver collects first win in new division WINCHESTER, IN -- After four weeks of frustration Hal Goodson finally had a reason to celebrate. Goodson was...

Goodson enjoys record-setting night at Winchester
Veteran Hooters ProCup Series driver collects first win in new division

WINCHESTER, IN -- After four weeks of frustration Hal Goodson finally had a reason to celebrate. Goodson was able to rebound from a late-race spin to win the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Atral Carrier Saturday night at Winchester Speedway. The win was the first win ever in the Northern Division for Goodson and his seventh win overall in the Series and his first since 2001.

Goodson was collected in a spin on lap 209 while running third behind Scott Baker and Tim Bainey, Jr. when all three cars spun in turn two after Baker and Gaunt made contact. The top three cars were the only ones on the lead lap and were all able to continue.

"We had a great car today," said Goodson. "I have run well at Winchester before but could never get a win. We finally did that today with our new team. It was also neat to know we set a new record as well."

Goodson was making reference to his track record in a USAR Hooters ProCup Series car. Goodson won the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award with a time of 16.621 seconds (108.297 mph). Goodson and his Lynch Motorsports team also became the first Dodge to win a pole and a race in the Series.

Scott Baker finished second to score his best career finish in the Series and John Gaunt also reached a career best with his third-place finish. Jeff Agnew, who led at lap 125 to win the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award, rebounded from a battery problem to finish fourth and Roger Blackstock completed the top-five.

The tone for the night was set as the green flag was given to Goodson to start the race. Goodson could not get his Dodge up to speed and the field bunched up behind him which led to a 15-car pile-up in turn one. Jay Fogleman, Justin Ely, Ronnie Perrine, Jr. and Kris Limerick were all unable to continue in the race.

Baker was almost as excited as Goodson with his second place finish and first top-five of the season. Baker qualified 26th and won the Hard Charger Award and Miller Lite Rookie of the Race Award for his strong finish.

"I have to thank my team for this great finish," said Baker. "We needed a good run and I didn't qualify well but we were able to get through the big wreck and move to the front. Hopefully this is what we need to move us up in the points."

Eric Corbett and Brian Ross were both unable to finish the race due to mechanical problems but were able to remain in first and second in the point standings. Corbett holds a two-point lead over Ross 690-688. The top 10 in the Northern Division point standings are now separated by just 112 points.

Hooters ProCup Series Notebook from Winchester Speedway

* Hal Goodson became the first driver to win an Advance Auto Parts Pole Award and USAR Hooters ProCup Series race driving a Dodge Intrepid. Goodson also set a new track record with his qualifying effort.

* Joe Harrison, Jr. finished sixth to record his first-ever top-10 finish in the Series. This was the Renick, WV veteran's 68 career start in the Series.

* Alan Bigelow returned to action as well in the Series this weekend at his hometown track and collected his first-ever top-10 finish as well when he came across in 8th-place.

* Tim Bainey, Jr. returned to action as a driver in the Series and enjoyed his strongest run so far in his career. Bainey, Jr. led a total of 23 laps for the first time and seemed poised for a top-three finish until mechanical problems ended his night on lap 224.

* Robbie Thompson damaged his car in practice but was able to return and finish a respectable 7th.

* Jimmy Burns was the highest finisher of the race who suffered damage on the opening lap accident. Burns finished 9th.

* A total of six drivers led during the race for the most competitive USAR Hooters ProCup Series race ever held at Winchester Speedway.

* Mike Laughlin, Jr. was the only full-time Southern Division competitor to race this weekend at Winchester Speedway. The track will host the first race of the five-race Championship Series in September.

* Joel Kauffman suffered a blown tire on lap 43. This was the first race of the season the rookie had not finished in the top-10.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Ross , Joel Kauffman , John Gaunt , Jeff Agnew