USAR: Ace: Chase Pistone race report

Chase Pistone Continues His Rookie Plan at Ace First Career Pro Cup Top Five is Just Another Accomplishment Realized CONCORD, NC (May 9, 2005) -- It's always nice to have a plan. For USAR Pro Cup Series rookie Chase Pistone and his FasTime...

Chase Pistone Continues His Rookie Plan at Ace
First Career Pro Cup Top Five is Just Another Accomplishment Realized

CONCORD, NC (May 9, 2005) -- It's always nice to have a plan. For USAR Pro Cup Series rookie Chase Pistone and his FasTime Racing team, that plan is pretty simple-- crawl before you walk, walk before you run and then it's time to start thinking about winning the marathon.

Already this season, Pistone earned a pole in the Pro Cup Series and had some strong runs. Three races ago, he finished in the top 10 for the first time. He repeated that at Concord in the last Pro Cup event, so heading into Ace Speedway (NC) on Friday night, it was time to record a top-five finish. And that's exactly what he did, finishing fifth in the 250-lap event.

"We had a really good car," said Pistone. "We weren't very fast in practice, but we qualified eighth. And then we were second with about 100 laps to go."

That is when the plan started to unravel. But, Pistone wasn't ready to give up and his determination was rewarded at the finish.

"We lost all of the gears except for fourth. We had to restart in fourth, so we had a little bit better car than it showed. We were actually a little bit disappointed, but at the same time we're happy with fifth. We are leading the rookie points by a little bit more now and got Rookie of the Race."

So the next step to check off on Pistone's to-do list for the season is to win and that task might be able to be accomplished very soon. The tour returns to USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida, for the next scheduled event on June 4th. Pistone won the pole there to start the season off, and returning to a track for a second time is something that will be completely new to him.

"We are going to Lakeland to try and win that race. I've been improving every week and that is my next step. Now we are going to start repeating our tracks. I'd never even seen Ace Speedway before this week and we ran well there. We have some seat time at Lakeland already, so I'm looking forward to going back."

"I'm excited," said Pistone. "Things are finally starting to go our way and we are starting to finish where we deserve to. We had fallen out of a few when we were in the top five. Hopefully, we can start improving even more. Our goals now are to try and win, get into the top 10 of the points and stay as the lead rookie."

And with another month before Lakeland to build up even more momentum, that might go exactly as they plan.

-chasepistone.com

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