JENNERSTOWN, PA - Mike Herman Jr. returns to Jennerstown Speedway for the July 14th for the United Speed Alliance racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup Northern Division race with a new strategic plan to garner his first career victory. "We'll stay with...
JENNERSTOWN, PA - Mike Herman Jr. returns to Jennerstown Speedway for the July 14th for the United Speed Alliance racing (USAR) Hooters ProCup Northern Division race with a new strategic plan to garner his first career victory.
"We'll stay with the leaders," he says, "and then hopefully have enough car at the end to beat them."
It wasn't really a mistake that cost Herman victory in the first-ever Hooters ProCup North race April 21st at Jennerstown. He simply opted to stay on the track when the leaders pitted, so he could collect the $1,000 Lucas Oil Products ½ Way Leader bonus. Then he pitted out of sequence, and trapped in the back of the pack, got collected in an accident. Despite front-end damage to Ford Taurus. Herman finished third.
"Looking back, I probably would have done it differently, but being unsponsored (at the time), we needed that bonus money," he says. "With our new sponsor - the Serta Mattress Company - things are looking better and better. We've let a couple of wins slip by us, and we think we've got a great shot at winning at Jennerstown."
Herman, of Kannapolis, NC, drives for the well-known Don Strouse Motorsports Team, and the Spartanburg, South Carolina-based team has set their sights on the Northern Division championship. He also plans on returning for the Four Champions Series race at Jennerstown on Sept. 29th that will bring together the best of the North and South divisions for a five-event series of event that will determine the overall USAR champion.
"If you try to win races, the points will take care of themselves," says Herman, who lives in the heart of stock car country in Kannapolis, NC. "Right now we're trying to use the momentum of the early races to launch our championship run. The more we run, the better we run."
This is the first season of split divisions for the Hooters ProCup series. Herman is unofficially third behind veteran Mardy Lindley and youngster Brian Vickers in the Northern division points.
Individual and group tickets for the July 14th Hooters ProCup race are available by calling Jennerstown Speedway at 814-629-6677. For more race information, visit www.jennerstown.com or www.usarprocup.com on the Web.