USAR: Hal Goodson interview pre-Lakeland-USA event

USAR Media Relations Manager Timmy Hutson completed a series of Q & A's with the top-10 drivers heading into this weekend's Alan Kulwicki Memorial Hooters 300 at Lakeland, Florida's USA International Speedway. Below are the questions he asked Hal...

USAR Media Relations Manager Timmy Hutson completed a series of Q & A's with the top-10 drivers heading into this weekend's Alan Kulwicki Memorial Hooters 300 at Lakeland, Florida's USA International Speedway. Below are the questions he asked Hal Goodson who leads Bobby Gill by 19 points heading into this weekend's champiosnhip race.

Hal Goodson

1. This is the first year that we have had 2 divisions, how has it been running with guys in these championship races that you did not compete with during the regular season?

The guys that are the top guys in the North for the points championship are basically the same set of guys that I raced against last year. It is good to see different faces around the track, and I believe next year they will be a force to reckon with.

2. Entering the final race at Lakeland, and with only 133 points separating first through tenth position, do you plan on racing for the win, or race for a better points position?

The way that the points position is, I am racing for the win. I believe that most of the guys will be racing for the win at Lakeland. 3. How would you rate the championship "play-off" type system?

It depends on how you do. If you are down in the bottom of the points during the regular season, and have good runs during the championship races, then you will be at the top of the points. Likewise, if you are at the top of the points standings in the regular season and have a few bad finishes in the championship races, then you will be near the bottom of the championship points position. All in all though, I believe it is a fair system.

4. How much wear and tear does running 300 laps put on the car and the

It really does not effect anything at a track like Lakeland (USA International Speedway). The only thing running 300 laps at Lakeland is fuel mileage plays a big role. It depends on how the cautions fall, and when you last pitted. 5. Do you feel any extra pressure entering the race at Lakeland to stay in the top 10 in points?

Yes there is Big pressure for me. No matter where I finish I will be in the top 10, but there is a big difference between first and third place in points. Our plans are to have a good race, and have a good shot at winning. Extra Pressure is what racing is all about for me.

6. Have you and your team met your goals for this year, and, if so, how have you exceeded them?

We went into this year wanting to win the championship. After the team I was driving for shut their doors, I got the opportunity to drive for Bill Plemons, Jr., and my old crew decided to follow me to pit the car. Our goal still remains to win the championship.

7. What are your plans for the 2002 season?

I have no clue. Hopefully be back in the Hooters ProCup Series, if I can find a sponsor possibly starting my own team. If I am unsuccessful in finding a sponsor, then looking for a team that needs a good driver. If that does not work out, then I will unfortunally be out of a ride.

8. Through all of the racing related incidents that have happened throughout the past year, what extra safety measures are you using for yourself and your pit crew?

Every since the first Myrtle Beach race I have wore the Hutchins device. The technology is out there to save lives. I have a wife and two kids at home, and if something is available like that, I am always willing to try it out.

9. How important is sponsors while running in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series?

It is real important for next year. If I can find a sponsor for next year, then I will start my own team, if not then I will start looking for a team to drive for. With the television time that the series gets and the people who are beginning to follow the series, sponsors play a very important role.

10. What happens after the checkered flag falls at Lakeland, and you enter the "off-season"?

Well, that is when my searching begins to either form a ride, or look for a ride.

-USAR-

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