Gosselin wins Hooters ProCup opener at USA International Speedway Lakeland, FL -- "Super" Mario Gosselin led on two occasions for 166 laps enroute to winning the 1998 United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup opener March 1 at USA...
Gosselin wins Hooters ProCup opener at USA International Speedway
Lakeland, FL -- "Super" Mario Gosselin led on two occasions for 166 laps enroute to winning the 1998 United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup opener March 1 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL.
Winning the Discount Auto Parts 300, the defending series champion served notice that he will be a strong force in the battle for the 1998 Hooters ProCup championship worth $250,000 at next year's awards banquet.
Gosselin led twice in the $81,550 event driving his Jackaroo Meat Sauces Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He took the lead for good on lap 204, passing eventual third place Naturally Fresh Top Rookie finisher Mike Laughlin, Simpsonville, SC.
Gosselin held off a determined Jay Fogleman at the finish to record his sixth career Hooters ProCup win. Gosselin's victory in a Chevrolet was the first Hooters ProCup win for the auto maker at USA International Speedway. Ford dominated victory lane three times in 1997.
The Lake Wales, FL driver won $11,000 including a $1,000 bonus from Discount Auto Parts for leading the most laps.
"I was nearly overcome by exhaust fumes," said a weary Gosselin from victory lane. "My eyes are stinging. But this is a great start to the defense of my title."
Fogleman won the Jackaroo Meat Sauces Halfway Leader Challenge Award by leading lap 150 while under caution. The strategy nearly backfired for the Durham, NC driver when he ran out of gas under caution just moments later.
Bob Schacht, Chapin, SC, led 48 laps in qualifying, setting a new Hooters ProCup qualifying record at the three-quarter mile, asphalted, high-banked track. Schacht turned a 21.989 second lap at a speed of 116.60 mph. He picked up the $1,000 Goodyear Pole Award in his Miller Lite Ford Thunderbird. Schacht finished fourth.
Orlando's Brady May started 41st and finished 17th to win the W.J. Plemons Insurance Hard Charger Award, driving his Naturally Fresh Foods-sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Jeff Agnew finished fifth. Completing the ten were: Johnny Rumley, Marty Ward, Gene Morgan, Justin LaBonte and Jabe Jones.
The USAR Hooters ProCUp Series' next event is the Discount Auto Parts 250 at Mobile International Speedway on March 21. -