USAR: Lakeland III: Chase Pistone set to make debut

Chase Pistone Set To Make ProCup Series Debut at Lakeland 21-Year-Old Will Also Return To Hickory For 200-Lap Labor Day LMSC Race CONCORD, NC (August 31, 2004) -- It could be a big weekend for 21-year-old rising racing superstar Chase Pistone....

Chase Pistone Set To Make ProCup Series Debut at Lakeland
21-Year-Old Will Also Return To Hickory For 200-Lap Labor Day LMSC Race

CONCORD, NC (August 31, 2004) -- It could be a big weekend for 21-year-old rising racing superstar Chase Pistone. The Cornelius (NC)-native is planning to make his USAR Hooters ProCup Series debut in the Southern Division finale at USA International Speedway in Lakeland (FL) on Saturday night. Pistone will then hightail it to Hickory Motor Speedway, where he will compete in the annual Labor Day "Bobby Isaac Memorial" 200-lap Late Model Stock Car race on Monday afternoon.

"This is going to be a big weekend and I am really looking forward to both races," said Pistone, whose great-uncle "Tiger" Tom Pistone was a NASCAR veteran of the 50s. "The ProCup race is really a chance to get some seat time in these kinds of cars. I'm hoping to put something together for next year, so I want to get as much seat time as possible.

"I'm not going to go into the race expecting to sit on the pole and win, but I think we can be competitive. I know it is the championship race for those guys so I'm not going to try to get in their way, but if we are fast enough, then we're going to race right with all of them. I'm pretty excited about the whole opportunity."

Pistone will pilot a team car to Mardly Lindly's No. 16 Hooters Air Chevrolet in the Jackaroo Sauces 250 with the help of Patrick Donahue. The car will carry the Hooters Air sponsorship, along with sponsorship from the Metrolina Expo Center. It will also carry the No. 16n.

"I think we can realistically qualify in the top 15 and finish there or even in the top 10. This is very good equipment that I am getting into, so it will mostly be about be getting adapted to the cars. We are going to go and test at Hickory this week so I can get used to the feel of the cars before I get out there.

"I've never seen Lakeland (USA International Speedway) before, so I'm really looking forward to it. Everyone says seat time is important and that is what we're ready for."

Following the race, Pistone and some of his guys will hustle back to North Carolina, where they will quickly load up his late model stock car and head to Hickory for the traditional "Bobby Isaac Memorial."

"It will be tough, that is for sure. We are going to have to get loaded up and get out to the track as soon as we can. They are having an open practice session that we will miss, so we'll have to make the most of our time when we get there.

"Our goal there is to get a good top-five finish and compete for the win. I've run probably about ten times out there this year and only finished out of the top five twice. I've finished second a couple of times, so I'd love to finish just one spot better.

The Jackaroo Sauces 250, presented by Advance Discount Auto Parts, is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start time on September 4th. The Bobby Isaac Memorial will start at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon. For more information on Chase Pistone, please contact Jeremy Troiano at (704) 726-6849 and stay tuned for the redesign of ChasePistone.com.

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