USAR Driver David Pletcher Lakeland Preview

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Pinellas Park driver faces challenge of USAR ProCup Series David L. Pletcher to take on Hooters best at USA International

Pinellas Park, FL - Gold Coast racing sensation David L. Pletcher has entered Saturday's Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Tampa Bay's Country Leader, 99.5 FM WQYK Radio at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL. The 29-year-old driver from Pinellas Park is moving up from the Florida Pro Series where he finished 5th in points last year.

Pletcher began his racing career in 1990 driving Mini-Stocks at Sunshine Speedway, eventually winning that division's championship ring in 1992. A season later he won the Open Wheel Modified championship as well as "rookie of the year" honors.

During the span of the next two seasons, 1995-96, he won back-to-back Late Model Championships at the tough Pinellas Park bullring, winning an impressive 21 features.

Pletcher finished second on five occasions during two seasons on the Florida Pro Series.

"I'm looking forward to running with the ProCup drivers," said Pletcher. "I've always run good at USA and I think it's the perfect track to begin my career in the series."

Pletcher will be driving the number 51 Chevrolet Monte Carlo of car owner Mike Mulbire. "David (Pletcher) is a hard working, dedicated and focused driver. Having him behind the wheel is special," said the St. Petersburg resident who is Eastern Area Vice President of GTE Directories Corporation. "We continue to seek marketing partners for the season and I believe we'll do well in the Series." Pletcher's United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series debut comes at the fastest venue the series competes on. The 3/4-mile high-banked asphalt track is wide enough and steep enough to provide some close side-by-side action.

"I'll rub whatever fenders I need to," said Pletcher who is running for the Miller Beer "Rookie of the Year" title. " I'd sure like to win "rookie" honors. I've always gone to the races looking to win."

The "rookie" champion will receive a $10,000 bonus at season' send. Gates open Saturday, March 6 at 10 am. Qualifying begins at 12:30 pm. Racing begins at 4:00 pm. USA International Speedway is located on I-4 exit 20 on St. Rt.33 just east of Lakeland. For information: 1-800-984-7223.

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