USAR: Goodson Jennerstown 'Champions series' race notes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (October 1, 2001) - Hal Goodson showed the strength of his No. 45 Carlin Financial entry this past Saturday in USAR ProCup Series action at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pa., battling back from adversity to score a ...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (October 1, 2001) - Hal Goodson showed the strength of his No. 45 Carlin Financial entry this past Saturday in USAR ProCup Series action at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pa., battling back from adversity to score a seventh-place finish.

"We had a really good car Saturday, but we got blocked in on pit road and that hurt our track position," Goodson said. "We definitely had a car that was capable of winning the race."

After qualifying in the fifth position, Goodson quickly marched his way to the front and was running in second place by the middle stages of the 250-lap event. A scheduled pit stop, however, would prove to be the pivotal point in Goodson's night.

As Goodson was readying to exit his pit stall, he was blocked in by another machine, forcing him to back up out of his pit box in order to leave pit road. The incident cost Goodson several positions, as he would re-enter the race in 11th place.

"The pit stop really hurt us," Goodson said. "The guys had a really quick stop, but we got blocked in the pits and I had to back the car up to try to get out. We lost a lot of track position to the leaders and were never able to make it all up."

Now playing the game of catch up, Goodson began to rocket his way back to the front, but would have to settle for seventh-place honors when the checkered flag waved.

"If there had been a few more laps, maybe we could have gotten back up to the leaders," Goodson added. "I hate it for everyone on this team because we had a car that could have won the race. We'll be ready for them at Myrtle Beach."

Goodson and his fellow USAR ProCup Series competitors head to Myrtle Beach Speedway in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Oct. 13 for Round 2 of the Four Race Champions Challenge Series.

Heading into the event, Goodson sits eighth in points, 42 back from leader Shane Huffman.

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Drivers Shane Huffman
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