USAR: Goodson wins at Ace Speedway

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (April 15, 2001) -- Hal Goodson put to rest the superstition that Friday the 13th is unlucky. Goodson dominated USAR ProCup Series action at Ace Speedway (Altamahaw, N.C.) Friday night, leading 200 laps in the Jackaroo Sauces...

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., (April 15, 2001) -- Hal Goodson put to rest the superstition that Friday the 13th is unlucky. Goodson dominated USAR ProCup Series action at Ace Speedway (Altamahaw, N.C.) Friday night, leading 200 laps in the Jackaroo Sauces 250.

"It sure feels good to be back in victory lane," Goodson said. "We've had some bad luck this season, but the team never gave up and gave me an excellent car tonight. We were really good on long runs and were able to pull away from the field. This gives us the momentum we were looking for."

After qualifying fourth in the No. 45 Taylor Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Goodson grabbed the lead on lap 22 and began to distance himself from the leaders. The only time Goodson surrendered the lead was during pit stops. Heading out of the pits in third, he quickly resumed the point and rocketed away from the competition, leading the final 125 laps. The victory was Goodson's third on the USAR ProCup Series since joining Taylor Motorsports in July 2000.

"The car was awesome tonight," he said. "We came here and tested and were not that good. We went back to the shop and made some changes to the car and here we are in victory lane. I had never raced on this track until tonight, but I think it's become one of my favorites."

Team owner George Taylor echoed Goodson's thoughts. "This is how racing should be," Taylor said. "Hal and everyone on the team did a great job tonight and showed what we're capable of doing on a weekly basis. This is only a sign of things to come."

Goodson and his Taylor Motorsports team have little time to celebrate the victory as they head to Coastal Plains Raceway in Jacksonville, N.C. this week for a test session in preparation for the next USAR ProCup Series Southern Division race on April 28.

The following week will see the team testing at Richmond International Raceway (Richmond, Va.), preparing for a NASCAR Busch Series debut on May 4. Taylor Motorsports will enter Goodson in four NASCAR Busch Series events this season with plans to run a complete Busch Series schedule in 2002.

To learn more about Hal Goodson and Taylor Motorsports, visit the team's official website at www.taylor-motorsports.com.

-TM

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