USAR: Jennerstown: Mihalco Motorsports race notes

Thompson smokes them in USAR North season opener. After months of preparation, the Mihalco Motorsports team members were very anxious to get the 2003 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series season going at the .522 mile oval in Jennerstown PA. With a major...

Thompson smokes them in USAR North season opener.

After months of preparation, the Mihalco Motorsports team members were very anxious to get the 2003 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series season going at the .522 mile oval in Jennerstown PA. With a major ice and snow storm early in the week at Jennerstown, the team hit the track on Saturday morning with no track time. In the morning practice Robbie Thompson, (driver of the #5 Shear Metal Products, TTR Transport, Logels Auto Parts, SM Freight, Fans Motorsports Ford Taurus) tried to figure out the proper line and set up for the 250 lap main event. Steve "Birdie" Bird (Thompson's crew chief) helped Robbie get up to speed by posting the 11th quickest time after practice.

Being conservative in qualifying and clocking in at the 23rd position, Robbie began his march forward when the green flag flew. After 75 laps of competition Robbie was battling a lose race car and knew that he needed to stay out of trouble until the next caution for chassis adjustment and tires. The caution flag soon fell and Thompson come down pit road for the necessary adjustments. After the pit stop Robbie followed series veteran Hal Goodson through the traffic to 7th in the running order when a split oil line sent the heavily smoking car to the pits for repairs. Crew members were able to diagnose and fix the problem, losing only 19 laps in the process which placed Robbie 18th in the final running order. "I am very proud of my guys in the pits to get me back out onto the track in short order. It is little things like this that happen in a season that if you don't have solid people behind you, it will cost you in the year end point championship" stated Thompson

The team now looks forward to the next event at Lonesome Pine Speedway in Coeburn VA. Apr. 26th. Prior to this event, the team will have their show car on display at the Food City Rev-It- Up Party located at the Food City store in the Marty Shopping Center in Coeburn on Friday, April 25th from 6:00 to 8:pm. Activities include: Autograph session with many different USAR drivers, Food Sampling, Tether Rides in the Naturally Fresh Foods hot air balloon (weather permitting), Radio Remote, Give-a-ways and games.

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