USAR: Goodson New River Valley race wrap-up

Goodson Uses Perseverance to Score Fifth-Place Finish at New River Valley USAR ProCup Series Driver Fights Adversity to Stay in Championship Hunt WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (July 23, 2001) -- Hal Goodson and his Taylor Motorsports team proved Saturday...

Goodson Uses Perseverance to Score Fifth-Place Finish at New River Valley USAR ProCup Series Driver Fights Adversity to Stay in Championship Hunt

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (July 23, 2001) -- Hal Goodson and his Taylor Motorsports team proved Saturday night that a "never give up attitude" will allow you to overcome any obstacle. Goodson battled his way back to a fifth-place finish in USAR ProCup Series action at New River Valley Speedway in Radford, Va.

"It was one of those nights," Goodson said. "We were off on the setup and had problems in the pits and played catch up all night. The guys on this team never gave up and by the end of the race, we running with the leaders. Considering how our night started, I'm glad to get out of here with a top-five finish."

After a disappointing qualifying effort that saw the Darlington, S.C. native start from the 16th position, Goodson used patience to move the No. 45 Carlin Financial Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the top 10.

In the early stages of the event a caution came out, allowing Goodson to come in for a scheduled pit stop. During the stop, a tire got away from the team's pit stall, forcing Goodson to remain on pit road until the loose wheel was brought back to the pit box. The mishap resulted in Goodson going a lap down to the leaders.

On the restart, Goodson was lined up on the inside row and was in position to get his lap back. When the green flag waved, Goodson quickly rocketed away from the leaders and placed himself back on the lead lap.

Now on the lead lap, Goodson worked his way back into the top 10 until he was tapped in the rear by another machine and was sent into a spin cycle. He would recover, however, without incident. Quick pit work by his crew allowed Goodson to remain on the lead lap.

As the race was reaching the closing stages, Goodson was running in ninth and had his sights set on the leaders. When the leaders tangled and brought out a caution, Goodson had himself in position to strike. When the checkered flag waved, however, Goodson had to settle for fifth-place honors. The fifth-place finish allowed Goodson to stay in a heated battle with race-winner Bobby Gill in the USAR ProCup Series point's chase.

"Tonight showed the strength of everyone on this team," said Crew Chief Colan Ingle. "We had a costly pit stop at the beginning, but the guys never gave up and Hal kept digging all night to get us a top-five finish. We'll be ready for them at Hickory."

Goodson and his Taylor Motorsports team get a weekend off before heading back into USAR ProCup Series competition August 4th at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Catch Goodson battle back from adversity at New River Valley Speedway this Thursday at 9:00 p.m. EST on SpeedVision.

-TM-

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