USAR: Concord Race Results 1999-05-29

Gosselin wins at Concord Completes spectacular "May Speedweeks" with ProCup victory Concord, NC - Mario Gosselin completed his month of May in "super" fashion when he won his second consecutive race during the May Speedweeks celebration held at...

Gosselin wins at Concord Completes spectacular "May Speedweeks" with ProCup victory Concord, NC - Mario Gosselin completed his month of May in "super" fashion when he won his second consecutive race during the May Speedweeks celebration held at Concord Motorsports Park the night prior to the running of the Coca-Cola World 600 at nearby Lowe's Motor Speedway. Gosselin drove his W.J.Plemons Investments sponsored Monte Carlo into the lead on lap 193, then held off hard charging Michael Ritch at the checkers to win the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Today's Fireplaces. His one car-length win (.202 seconds) was his second series win of the year. The 27-year-old Lake Wales, FL driver completed a spectacular month of May with his 12th United Speed Alliance Racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup victory in only his 38th career start. Gosselin won his first ever ARCA start at Lowe's Motor Speedway the previous weekend when he dominated the Easy Care 100 in his first super speedway race. "What a week, " said Gosselin shaking his head during a wild victory lane celebration. "Ritch was tough there at the end, but we had the car and the team tonight to win this race. I'd really like to thank my crew chief Ian Landrey and this DGM Motorsports crew for two great weeks of racing. We did it (win) where we had to. I hope the other teams here in Charlotte this week liked what they saw." USAR points leader Jay Fogleman, Durham, NC used his track record Discount Auto Parts pole position run (105.957 mph) to lead the first 41 circuits of the race before giving way to Toby Porter, Greenville, SC, after his Kidde Thunderbird made hard contact with Jeremy Bowser's Key Bank and Trust Thunderbird resulting in a blown right front tire. Porter had his Pepsi Monte Carlo out front for two laps before Gosselin made his bid for the lead. Gosselin passed Porter on lap 44, then held off all challengers for 119 laps while picking up an additional $1,000 from Lucas Oil Products for winning the Halfway Challenge. Gosselin eventually pitted under caution on lap 173, relinquishing the lead to Mart Nesbitt, Asheville, NC. Nesbitt, enjoying his best race of the season, held the top spot in his State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Monte Carlo for 19 laps before Gosselin retook the lead on lap 193. Nesbitt's eventually finished fifth, his best series finish. Gosselin's lead was jeopardized late in the race when the seventh and final caution flag came out with 10 laps remaining allowing Ritch to close within striking distance. Ritch, High Point, NC, did everything he could in his Jackaroo Sauces Monte Carlo to pass his chief rival but came up a car length short at the finish. "I had a car equal to him (Gosselin), " said Ritch after the race. "I just couldn't get by him short of wrecking either one of us." Gosselin won $9,000 from the $76,850 purse. Fogleman rallied late in the race to finish third while Porter held on to fourth. "I'm just glad to finish one of these things," said a delighted Porter who had failed to finish three consecutive races. Bobby Gill, Dalton, GA finished sixth and trails Fogleman by 25 points in the $200,000 series points race. Gill entered the race as the only driver to have completed all of the laps run this year. His AquaTech Monte Carlo however finished one lap down. Bowser eventually finished 12th to earn the Miller Beer "Rookie of the Race" Award. Mardy Lindley, Taylors, SC leads the Miller Beer "Rookie of the Year" points race despite finishing 24th. He holds an 11-point advantage over Buford, GA driver Steve Christian and his Lucas Oil Products Monte Carlo. Christian struggled most of the day qualifying 27th, finishing 16th. Jabe Jones, Toccoa, GA started 30th in his Coors Light Monte Carlo and finished 13th to earn the W.J.Plemons Investment's Hard Charger Award. During one stage of the race, Derrick Kelley, Auburndale, FL came from last to second before his Discount Auto Parts Monte Carlo lost a panhard bar. He finished 26th. Ricky Hendrick IV, Charlotte, NC made his first Hooters ProCup start. The 19-year-old son of NASCAR Winston Cup car owner Rick Hendrick sat on the outside of row one in his DuPont Refinishes Monte Carlo finishing 27th following an accident involving Justin Labonte. Labonte finished seventh in his Penrose Hot Sausages Monte Carlo. Local favorite Clayton Rogers, who graduated from high school earlier in the day, qualified seventh and finished eighth in his Fire Protection Services Company Taurus. Scott Sutherland, Jefferson, GA finished ninth in his Road Rescue Monte Carlo while defending series Champion Jeff Agnew finished 10th in his Twin Cities Motor Exchange Monte Carlo. Mike Laughin, Jr., winner at Tri-County Motor Speedway finished 11th in his Valenite Taurus. The race will air Friday, June 4 at 9 p.m. on the Speedvision Network. USA International Speedway will be the site of the eighth race of the Hooters ProCup season on Saturday, June 12. The State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250 will start at 8 p.m. Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Today's Fireplaces May 29, 1999 Concord Motorsports Park Fin Start Car Driver Hometown Sponsor Car Run Led 1 6 10 Mario Gosselin Lake Wales, FL W.J. Plemons Investments Chevrolet 250 188 2 5 23 Michael Ritch High Point, NC Jackaroo Sauces Chevrolet 250 0 3 1 4 Jay Fogleman Durham, NC KIDDE Safety Fire Extinguishers Ford 250 41 4 3 80 Toby Porter Greenville, SC Pepsi Chevrolet 250 2 5 11 30 Mart Nesbitt Asheville, NC State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Chevrolet 250 19 6 4 69 Bobby Gill Dalton, GA AquaTech International Chevrolet 249 0 7 12 44 Justin Labonte Trinity, NC Penrose Hot Sausages Chevrolet 249 0 8 7 151 Clayton Rogers Mooresville, NC Fire Protection Services Co., Inc Ford 249 0 9 8 94 Scott Sutherland Jefferson, GA Road Rescue Chevrolet 249 0 10 16 73 Jeff Agnew Floyd, VA Twin City Motor Exchange Chevrolet 248 0 11 13 7 Mike Laughlin Jr. Simpsonville, SC Valenite Tool/Muzzy Broadhead Ford 247 0 12 17 58 Jeremy Bowser Clearwater, FL Key Bank & Trust Ford 247 0 13 30 09 Jabe Jones Martin, GA Coors Light Chevrolet 247 0 14 28 14 Charlie Ford Charles City, VA Sun Graphics Chevrolet 247 0 15 19 36 Trent Owens Harrisburg, NC 1-800-BE-PETTY Pontiac 247 0 16 27 0 Steve Christian Sugar Hill, GA Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet 246 0 17 20 00 Lance Moss Cherryville, NC Clipper Tape Chevrolet 246 0 18 9 27 Johnny Rumley Winston Salem,NC Bob Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet 244 0 19 29 1 Don Satterfield Spartanburg,SC Hawk Saw Blades Chevrolet 243 0 20 26 47 Andy Thurman Concord, NC Naturally Fresh Mountain Spring Water Ford 242 0 21 31 57 Joe Harrison, Jr Renick, WV Harrison's Automotive Chevrolet 241 0 22 14 25 Scott Wimmer Wausau, WI Jackaroo Gold Sauces Chevrolet 183 0 23 21 07 Tim Clayton Inman, SC Budweiser Chevrolet 166 0 24 23 05 Mardy Lindley Taylors, SC Aloe Lu-Ya/Meineke Pontiac 163 0 25 22 22 Bill Plemons Jr. Locust Grove,GA Hooters Restaurants Chevrolet 62 0 26 10 21 Derrick Kelley Auburndale, FL Discount Auto Parts Chevrolet 136 0 27 2 17 Ricky Hendrick IV Charlotte, NC DuPont Refinishes Chevrolet 89 0 28 18 95 Stacy Vicars St. Paul, VA Concord Placed Assisted Living Chevrolet 75 0 29 32 12 Tim Edwards Arden, NC Edwards Racing Chevrolet 46 0 30 25 24 Clay Dale Jefferson, GA Robbins Lumber Chevrolet 31 0 31 24 89 Karen Schulz Statesville, NC Pro Image Pontiac 21 0 32 15 37 Mike Herman Jr. Kannapolis, NC Today's Fireplace Chevrolet 19 0

# of cautions - 7 total, Laps under caution - 39, Total time of race - 1:38:15, Margin of victory - .202 seconds (One car length) Lap Leaders - 1-41 Jay Fogleman, 42-43 Toby Porter, 44-173 Mario Gosselin, 174-192 Mart Nesbitt, 193-250 Mario Gosselin Discount Auto Parts Pole: $1,000 : Jay Fogleman Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader : $1,000 : Mario Gosselin W.J. Plemons Hard Charger : $500 : Jabe Jones Miller Lite Rookie of the Race : $1,000 : Jeremy Bowser Failed to qualify: Robin Caldwell, Jason Bowser, Mark Whitaker, Charles Moody Ronnie Davidson, Rick Boga, Jonathon Brown

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Justin Labonte , Trent Owens , Scott Wimmer , Mario Gosselin , Tim Edwards , Johnny R , Jeff Agnew