'NEVER GIVE UP' ATTITUDE GAINS GOODSON TOP-10 FINISH Taylor Motorsports Snags 9th-place at Five Flags in 3rd ProCup Series Event WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 2, 2000) - The old saying "that which doesn't kill us will make us stronger" had special...
'NEVER GIVE UP' ATTITUDE GAINS GOODSON TOP-10 FINISH Taylor Motorsports Snags 9th-place at Five Flags in 3rd ProCup Series Event
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (April 2, 2000) - The old saying "that which doesn't kill us will make us stronger" had special meaning to USAR ProCup Series driver Hal Goodson and Taylor Motorsports on Saturday night at Five Flags Speedway (Pensacola, Fla.). What seemed to have been a struggle in practice for the team, turned into a 'fight to the death' between Goodson and the .5 mile oval race track in the 3rd race of the season for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. After starting in the 5th spot, Goodson overcame several obstacles during the event to score a 9th-place finish.
The team struggled to hit on the right combination during the morning practice session, ultimately electing to go back to a test setup. The choice proved to be right, as Goodson turned in a qualifying effort good enough for 5th on the starting grid. While the car was fast for qualifying, questions still remained for how it would perform in a long green-flag run. As Goodson explained, that very question is what hurt the team's chances at a victory.
He said, "We just weren't very good on long runs < we could go 30 to 35 laps. We just messed up in practice and got the car off. It took us too long to figure out the problem, and that hurt us all night."
Even so, the team's 'never give up' attitude ultimately gained them a top-10 finish. After going one lap down during the race's initial long green-flag run, Goodson was able to race his way back on to the lead lap. Additionally, the team had to overcome equipment problems while pitting the car, and a couple of unexpected setbacks during restarts. On top of all that, this particular race was at Five Flags Speedway up tires and discards its victims in short order.
"I've been out here (Five Flag Speedway) a lot and I can get around this track pretty good," admitted Goodson. "Even if you've got a good race car, you can't run on tires here very long. When your tires go, it's just hold on."
"We had two pit guns have problems on us, and a couple of penalties where we had to restart in the longest line, and all that deal," he continued. "We want to win bad, and when its going like this it can get a little frustrating. All we can say is 'we'll just get them next week.'
That 'never give up' attitude may put Goodson and Taylor Motorsports just where they want to be in the next ProCup Series race < victory lane. They will get their chance Friday, April 13, 2001 at Ace Speedway in Altamashaw, N.C. as the USAR ProCup Series will wave the green flag on its 4th event of the season. The race will start at 8:00 PM.
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