USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Bill Martino: 800-984-7223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gene Crane: email: email@example.com Morgan Scores First Win in Naturally ...
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Contact: Bill Martino: 800-984-7223 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gene Crane: email: email@example.com Morgan Scores First Win in Naturally Fresh 250 at USA International Speedway by Gene Crane
Lakeland, FL -- Mario Gosselin saw an apparent victory snatched from his grasp when a flat tire nearly sent him into the turn four wall and Gene Morgan scored his first win in the USAR Jackaroo ProCup division Naturally Fresh 250 Saturday night at USA International Speedway. Gosselin’s misfortune was just one of several bizarre turns of events during the second half which decided the 250 lap grind. Morgan set fast time and a new track record earlier in the day to lead the field of 36 down to the green flag. Morgan jumped out front at the wave of the green flag and did not relinquish the lead until heading to pit road for service during a caution flag on lap 95. Outside front row starter Marty Ward took over the top spot and would lead at the halfway point. Ward and Brad May would pace the field from the top two positions until both drivers were forced to pit for fuel during a long green flag run. May would lose several laps to the leaders when his number 70 ran out of gas in turn one and had to coast back to the pits. Ward also lost laps when he stopped for gas only on lap 162. Ward’s pit stop moved the number 45 of Morgan back into the lead for only a brief number of laps when Morgan made a second trip down pit road during a caution period brought out by Jerry Glanville’s crash on lap 171. Gosselin continued to pace the field and appeared to have the victory in sight when the right front tire received a cut and went flat in turn four. Gosselin was able to avoid making contact with the wall but headed to pit road for a new tire on his Monte Carlo. Gary Laton ran out of fuel and stopped on the backstretch to bring out the final caution on lap 245 while Gosselin was pit bound. Following Laton and Gosselin’s misfortunes only two cars remained on the lead lap to decide the finish. Rookie contender Lee Tissot, who had quietly posted a strong run all night, was now second for the restart behind Morgan. Morgan brought the field to turn three for the restart when Tissot veered to pit road when the oil pressure went away in his number 47. Tim Edwards and Lester Lesneski banged doors down the frontstretch as the two came back up to speed for the final five laps however after a final check of scoring Lesneski was a lap down to Edwards. Morgan motored on to the win and the $10,000 winners check. Edwards would finish in the runner up spot followed by Gosselin, Lesneski and Jerry Rector. The Jackaroo ProCup series will next visit the historic mile facility at the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on September 7th for the AK 207 Memorial. The unique race distance is derived from the original 200 lap distance plus the additional 7 laps in tribute to the number 7 driven by Wisconsin native and former Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki. The AK 207 Memorial event is scheduled to take the green at 2:07 PM. The next event at USA International Speedway is October 4th when the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series visits the 1/2 mile high banks for the Discount Auto Parts 150. The event will mark the first time a NASCAR touring series has competed at the speedway and the subcompact division promises to entertain fans with the close competition for the 1997 championship title. Mike Swaim currently holds the point lead by 39 markers over Daytona winner Brain Sockwell. Will Hobgood trails Sockwell by 39 and Jake Hobgood follows his father by 96 points in the title chase. Joining the Dash Series will be the USAR Sportsman series for a 100 lap event. USAR JACKAROO PRO-CUP SERIES Naturally Fresh 250 - USA International Speedway RACE RESULTS FOR 8/16/97 Car Pos Number Driver Name Hometown 1 45 Gene Morgan Simpsonville, SC 2 12 Tim Edwards Tryon, NC 3 10 Mario Gosselin Lake Hamilton, FL 4 6 Lester Lesneski Stanfield, NC 5 77 Jerry Rector Fountain Inn, SC 6 09 Jabe Jones Martin, GA 7 74 Gary Laton Albemarle, SC 8 47 Lee Tissot Arden, NC 9 33 Derrick Countryman Fort Pierce, FL 10 97 Marty Ward Marietta, SC 11 70 Brad May Orlando, FL 12 55 Charlie Ford Chesterfield, VA 13 3 Curtis Miller Mooresville, NC 14 07 Tim Clayton Inman, SC 15 65 Sammy Potashnick Sikeston, MO 16 26 Mickey Hudspeth Ronda, NC 17 50 Doc McKinney Ft. Pierce, FL 18 05 Andy Stone Pooler, GA 19 1 Don Satterfield Spartanburg, SC 20 25 Jason Bowser Clearwater, FL 21 75 Bob Schacht Chapin, SC 22 67 Daryl Gwynn Reidsville, NC 23 40 Jay Fogleman Durham, NC 24 52 David Cottrill Poca, WV 25 80 Calvin Redwine Mantee, MS 26 8 Jimmy McClain Iron Station, NC 27 81 Jerry Glanville Roswell, GA 28 84 Chad Chaffin Symrna, TN 29 31 Joe Corneck Orange City, FL 30 46 Doug Moff Ft Myers, FL 31 06 Jack Morias Goldvein, VA 32 79 Dave Craddock Palm Beach Gardens, 33 35 Robin Caldwell Chesnee, SC 34 63 Dale Groves Jr. Tallahassee, FL 35 2 Kevin Heath Denver, NC 36 57 Joe Harrison Renick, WV