USAR: Goodson gains momentum at St. Augustine

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 19, 2001) -- Hal Goodson headed to St. Augustine Speedway in St. Augustine, Fla. looking to jumpstart his season. Goodson's goal was accomplished as the Taylor Motorsports driver scored a fifth place finish in USAR...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 19, 2001) -- Hal Goodson headed to St. Augustine Speedway in St. Augustine, Fla. looking to jumpstart his season. Goodson's goal was accomplished as the Taylor Motorsports driver scored a fifth place finish in USAR ProCup Series action.

After qualifying fifth, Goodson looked strong in the early laps, rocketing around the 0.5-mile paved oval. He had worked his way up to second and was challenging for the lead when the skies opened up and rain began to fall.

After a lengthy rain delay, the track was dried and racing action resumed. With the rain washing the rubber off the track, Goodson's car began to tighten up and he began to experience a pushing condition.

While he battled with the leaders for the remainder of the race, Goodson had to settle for a fifth-place finish. "Overall, I'm very pleased with our finish," Goodson said. "We had a car that was in contention all night. After the rain, our car tightened up and began to push, but the guys in the pits did a great job all night. I'm very happy with our result. After Lakeland, we needed a strong run."

Crew Chief Colan Ingle echoed Goodson's thoughts. "From the time we unloaded the car until the checkered flag waved, we had a car that was capable of winning and that is all you can ask for," Ingle said. "The guys on the crew did a great job preparing the car and pulled off an excellent pit stop. Overall, we had a very good night."

Goodson and Taylor Motorsports look to carry their momentum into the next race on the USAR ProCup Series March 31 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

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