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USAR Hooters Pro Cup star Mark McFarland will take his first swing at the NASCAR Busch East Series this weekend at a familiar place when he competes in the Aubuchon Hardware 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway. "I've raced at New...

USAR Hooters Pro Cup star Mark McFarland will take his first swing at the NASCAR Busch East Series this weekend at a familiar place when he competes in the Aubuchon Hardware 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway.

"I've raced at New Hampshire a couple of times in a NASCAR Busch Series car," said McFarland. "I finished 11th there last year in the No. 88 Junior Motorsports car and the Pete Knight Racing car we'll be taking there this time is pretty similar. I'm looking forward to it. Everyone has been working hard on this car and everyone is pretty eager to run it."

McFarland and his No. 81 Knight's Companies/Greased Lightning Chevy Monte Carlos have been a terror on the Pro Cup circuit winning a pair of events and multiple pole positions. Currently sixth in the post-season USAR championship chase after the first of five title events, McFarland knows what it will take to be fast in his 2007 Busch East Series debut.

"You really have to have a good handling car," McFarland stated. "New Hampshire is tough because you want to get back to the gas early in the corners. If you do that, you are always tight off. It's a flat track, so it's hard to get the car free and drive good off the corners."

The Winchester, VA native, an owner of 31 career NASCAR Busch Series and 11 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts, thinks he will have just that when he fires up his Pete Knight Racing Chevy this Friday at New Hampshire's 'Magic Mile.'

"We have a good car, engine and team," McFarland stated. "Our goal at New Hampshire this week is to win the race. It will be tough, especially given that this is the first time we're racing in this division and it's the first time this team will be going to that track. We'll have to be up on everything and as long as we stayed focused, we'll be fine. We'll be looking to go up there and run well. We always want to be competitive. We'll go up there, do our best and have some fun."

-credit: pkr

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