USAR: Lakeland II: Mark McFarland preview

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss McFarland stays sharp during long break, team ready for Lakeland Mooresville, NC- When racing gets in your blood, courses through your veins and sets up shop in your soul it is hard to just turn it off for three...

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss
McFarland stays sharp during long break, team ready for Lakeland

Mooresville, NC- When racing gets in your blood, courses through your veins and sets up shop in your soul it is hard to just turn it off for three weeks.

It's safe to say that when the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series Southern Division heads back to USA International Speedway for the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts on Saturday night, Mark McFarland and his WINFUEL Chevrolet will both be chomping at the bit.

While it has been one month since the last Southern Division race, McFarland has been keeping busy, when the weather has cooperated. The JR Motorsports crew attempted to qualify for their first Northern Division race at Jennerstown Speedway this past weekend, but rain washed out the tail end of qualifying meaning the team had to watch from the sidelines. They also broke out a brand-new Townsend Racing late model stock car during the hiatus.

"We ran our late model (stock car) a couple of times at Motor Mile Speedway during the break and had a blast," said McFarland. "Jennerstown was a bummer because we were fastest in practice. I got a little loose in qualifying; we only got one lap to try to get qualifying in before the rain came. Unfortunately it came four cars too soon and we had to watch."

The team has had this Lakeland race circled in their minds because they think they have an excellent shot to build not only on their recent success, but also on the great run they had going here during the season opener. They qualified third and led seven laps before motor problems relegated them to a 27th-place finish.

"We were very happy to be as fast as we were at Lakeland for the first race. Now we are going back armed with some actual race information and even though we fell out early of the season opener, we feel better prepared for our second shot at the track," sounded McFarland.

A new paint scheme will also adorn the No. 32 WINFUEL Chevrolet for this weekend's race.

"We'll have the black and blue colors of the WINFUEL Men's formula on the car. I think the fans will like it, it's a very cool looking car and really stands out on the track," said McFarland.

The broadcast of the Naturally Fresh 250 presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts can be seen on June 11 at 10 p.m. on the Speed Channel.

-jrm-

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