Indianapolis, IN- While the weather felt definitely out of season, one driver drove as a seasoned veteran dominating the first-ever USAR Hooters ProCup Series race to be held in the state of Indiana. Sean Studer, driver of the ...
Indianapolis, IN- While the weather felt definitely out of season, one driver drove as a seasoned veteran dominating the first-ever USAR Hooters ProCup Series race to be held in the state of Indiana.
Sean Studer, driver of the #71 Naturally Fresh Chevrolet, led 164 out of 200 laps to win the Naturally Fresh Dressings 200 presented by Lucas Oil Products, Saturday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Studer held off Mardy Lindley for his second consecutive win in as many starts in the Northern Division. The start of the race was delayed by almost two-hours due to rain showers in the area.
"I can not believe this," exclaimed a happy Studer. "This is Indy! While I was racing tonight, I was thinking about all of people who have won here, and what they are doing now, this is just incredible!"
"We had an advantage at Louisville because I have turned a lot of laps on the track, but the first time that I saw this track, was this morning. This track is a whole lot easier to drive in person than it is to drive on the computer games," Studer also added.
Points leader, Mardy Lindley led 36 laps and finished in second place .87 seconds behind Studer, in which Jeff Agnew, Rookie Jason Sarvis, and Bill Plemons, Jr. rounded out the top five finishing order.
"Our car was just too loose at the end of the race," said Lindley. "Sean had a really good car and we were just off a little. We had a solid finish and added to our lead in the points."
Agnew qualified fourth and remained in the front pack of cars throughout the race and collected his first top-three finish in a brand new car.
"We're pretty pleased with our run tonight," Agnew added. "We were just a little off tonight but we will the car right."
Regan Smith, driver of the #28 Chevrolet, started the race on the pole, which broke the record shared by three drivers of two consecutive poles won. Smith now has won the last three Sunoco Pole awards in Northern Division races (Thompson, Louisville and IRP).
The race, which was slowed by caution a total of four times for twenty six laps, went on to collect several drivers into the famous concrete. Tim Bainey, Jr. was the first driver to be sidelined after he spun down the backstretch and made contact with the inside retaining wall.
On lap 115 Lonnie Rush, Stacy Puryear, Smith and Jason McLellan were involved in a four-car incident in turns one and two. Rush received the most damage when he hit head-on into the retaining wall. Everyone was able to continue except for Rush who was okay after the hard hit.
Lindley remained in front of the Northern Division points standings and leads Bill Plemons, Jr. by 42 points (555-513). Mike Herman, Jr. sits in third place with 506 points. Agnew and Brian Vickers complete the top-five.
The next stop for the USAR Hooters ProCup Northern Series will be at Chemung Speedrome in two weeks, for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250. Practice begins at 11 a.m. with qualifying beginning at 5 p.m. and the green flag will drop at 7 p.m. followed by the local B-Modified division. Grandstands will open at 3:30 p.m.