USAR: Lonesome Pine: Mihalco Motorsports race notes

After a week off following the opening round of the 2003 Hooters Pro Cup season at Jennerstown PA., the series held its second event at the .375 mile oval in the hills of western Virginia this past Saturday. After battling with frequent rain...

After a week off following the opening round of the 2003 Hooters Pro Cup season at Jennerstown PA., the series held its second event at the .375 mile oval in the hills of western Virginia this past Saturday. After battling with frequent rain showers throughout the day, Robbie Thompson and his Mihalco Motorsports crew found themselves 11th quickest for the days 2 hour practice session.

With the threat of rain still in the area, the start of the Food City 250 would see Robbie settle in early to save his equipment for a late stage run. After avoiding a few on track incidents, Robbie brought the #5 Shear Metal Products - TTR Transport - SM Freight -- Fans Motorsports Ford Taurus to pit road for tires and fuel on lap 112. The adjustments made on pit road were just what Robbie needed to make the car come alive. In the late stages of the race while running close to the top ten, Thompson radioed to the crew that he had lost power in the engine. With 25 laps left to go in the race the team was still able to hang on to a 16th place finish.

"The car really came to life after we tightened it up on our pit stop. It is very disappointing to watch all of those cars we were racing for position go by, but when you are running on seven cylinders, there is not much you can do. We have our primary car all ready for the event next week-end" said Thompson after the race. The team now looks for better results when they are back in action this Saturday night in Mansfield Ohio.

Prior to the Food City 250 on Saturday night the team along with several other USAR race teams were on hand Friday night for the Food City Rev-It-Up party at the Food City store in Coeburn. Many of the people who visited the Mihalco Motorsports transporter were treated to a free t-shirt from the team in a gesture of appreciation for supporting our sport. Further information on Mihalco Motorsports and pictures for this last event, can be found on the web at www.robbiethompson.com or www.fansmotorsports.com

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