Fayetteville, GA (SEPTEMBER, 24, 2000) â€“ It was bound to happen and it couldnâ€™t have come at a better time. Jeff Agnew captured the last honor he could collect in the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series when he won the Dan...
Fayetteville, GA (SEPTEMBER, 24, 2000) – It was bound to happen and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Jeff Agnew captured the last honor he could collect in the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooters ProCup Series when he won the Dan Duncan Memorial/Hooters 250 presented by Aloe Lu-Ya Saturday night at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
Agnew, who won the 1998 Hooters ProCup Series championship without a single win, took the lead on lap 123 from Stacy Puryear and remained out in front for his first career Hooters ProCup Series win. Agnew edged Mike Laughlin, Jr. by .8 seconds to the finish. Hal Goodson was third and Lee Tissot made the most of his first start of the season with a fourth-place finish. Mardy Lindley rounded out the top-five.
"This is great," said an ecstatic Agnew in victory lane. "This win is for Eddie (Asbury) and the entire team that kept believing in me as a driver. We knew sooner or later we would get a win, we just didn’t think it would take this long. In 1998 we won Rookie of the Year and the championship with solid runs and now we can add a win to our records."
Agnew, who had a previous career-best second-place finish during his championship run in 1998, said the key to the win was that his Chevrolet remained consistent all night.
"We led a lot of laps at Montgomery and fell back because our tires were gone but this week everything worked out for us," said Agnew. "The car worked well in the turns for us and we needed it to with Mike coming hard on the last restart."
Agnew kept the same line around the track during the final 25 laps of the race, while Laughlin washed up the track in the first and second turns. Lindley delighted the hometown crowd with his first Discount Auto
Parts Pole Award of the season and he and Puryear traded the lead five times before Agnew took it back for good near the mid-point of the race.
The race was slowed six times for caution with no serious incidents occurring on the track during the race.
Two-time Greenville-Pickens track champion Marty Ward had his return to the series after a three-race absence spoiled when he suffered engine problems on lap 235 while running in the top-five. Steven Christian finished sixth and Mario Gosselin ended his three-race run of bad luck with his first top-10 finish in four races. Points leader Bobby Gill followed in eighth while rookies Clay Rogers and Jon Wood completed the top-10. Agnew also collected the Lucas Oil Products Halfway leader bonus while Goodson won Miller Lite Rookie of the Race honors. Robert Walk, Agnew's crew chief, won the W.J. Plemons Investments Crew Chief of the Race award. Charlie Ford and Mike Herman, Jr. split the State Fair Brand
Corn Dog Hard Charger award. Gill enjoys a 191-point advantage over Christian with five races remaining on the schedule with Lindley third and Gosselin fourth. Agnew, with the help of his win jumped three spots to fifth. Only 107 points separate third-place from eighth place in the points.
"We are still looking for a sponsor and this win helps a bunch," added Agnew. "We are not giving up on the points yet but it will be hard to catch Gill. We just hope it doesn’t take another 55 races to get our second win."
The USAR Hooters ProCup Series returns to action on Friday, Oct.6, with a make-up race at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, NC. The race was originally scheduled for April 15 before rain washed out the weekend.