USAR: Goodson Jennerstown preview

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (September 24, 2001) - Hal Goodson is looking to this Saturday's USAR ProCup Series race at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pa. as an opportunity to once again flex the muscle of his Taylor Motorsports entry. Goodson...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (September 24, 2001) - Hal Goodson is looking to this Saturday's USAR ProCup Series race at Jennerstown Speedway in Jennerstown, Pa. as an opportunity to once again flex the muscle of his Taylor Motorsports entry. Goodson heads into the event tied for third in the championship point's race.

For Goodson, the event also marks the first time he will get back behind the wheel of a racecar since the tragedies in New York, Washington, D.C. and Somerset County, Pa. on Sept. 11. Jennerstown Speedway sits only a few miles from where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into rural Somerset County, Pa.

"While it will be good to get back into a racecar, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families and friends who lost loved ones in these tragedies," Goodson said. "I think getting back behind the wheel and racing will be good for every one of the drivers. This is what we do for a living and hopefully we can provide some entertainment and an escape for the fans this weekend in Pennsylvania."

"Knowing that one of the hijacked planes crashed only a few miles from where we'll racing will definitely be a reminder that we're all very lucky to be alive and able to do what we love to do for a living," Goodson added. "We are looking at doing a special paint scheme this weekend to honor the fallen heroes and victims of these tragedies."

The event at Jennerstown Speedway will mark the first of the Four Champions Challenge Series events that will determine the overall national champion. The top 25 in both Northern and Southern Division points will go head-to-head in a four-race shootout. Goodson trails leaders Bobby Gill and Mardy Lindley by only 45 points.

"We went up to Jennerstown and tested last week and were very pleased with the results," Goodson said. "We ran the Northern Division race up there in July and finished fifth. We're confident that we are bringing a car that will run up front and contend for the win."

With 15 USAR ProCup Series events under his belt this season, the Darlington, S.C. native has taken the No. 45 Carlin Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo to victory lane twice, and has scored nine top-five and 11 top-10 finishes along with three pole positions.

-TM/USAR-

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