USAR: Lonesome Pine Raceway race report

Coeburn, VA -- Bobby Gill passed Mario Gosselin with 72 laps remaining and held on to win his second consecutive Hooters ProCup Series race at Lonesome Pine Raceway Saturday night at the Food City 250. Gill, who has now won four races this...

Coeburn, VA -- Bobby Gill passed Mario Gosselin with 72 laps remaining and held on to win his second consecutive Hooters ProCup Series race at Lonesome Pine Raceway Saturday night at the Food City 250. Gill, who has now won four races this season, was able to take the lead on lap 179, holding on for his ninth career win in the touring series. The win moved Gill into a second place tie with Mardy Lindley in the points standings (1,136 points) after eight races this season. "The car really worked well tonight," said Gill. "It really came in during the second half of the race and we were able to make some adjustments and get the win. We just want to keep trying to win races and hopefully we can maybe get another points championship." Mario Gosselin, current leader in the points standings despite not visiting victory lane this season, finished second to maintain his that lead. Miller Lite Rookie of the Year candidate Clayton Rogers finished third, for his second consecutive to-five finish. Gosselin was third as the field received the white flag; Mike Laughlin, Jr. was second. Laughlin slowed on the backstretch and he and Gosselin made contact entering turn three. Gosselin was able to continue to finish second while Laughlin finished in 12th position. Brian Vickers and David Pletcher completed the top-five. Jeff Agnew, who won the pole position in last year's race, finished sixth; while Jon Wood, Stacy Puryear, Charlie Ford and Mart Nesbitt finished the top-10. Bill Plemons, Jr. set a new Hooters ProCup Series track record in qualifying to the Discount Auto Parts Pole Award with a time of 16.561 and led the first 27 laps of the race until Rogers moved into the lead and held on to the top spot until lap 69. Laughlin took the lead on lap 70 as he and Rogers raced side-by-side for six laps to the thrill of the fans. Rogers regained the top spot and led until lap 138. Rogers won the Lucas Oil Halfway Challenge Award by leading at lap 125 and led more laps than any other driver during the race. Steven Christian took the top spot between laps 139-146 until Gosselin took the top spot and led until Gill passed on lap 179 and held on for the win.

"We are going to get one (win) of these real soon," said Gosselin. "We have great sponsors and a great team and we will get one soon, but we still lead in the points and that is what is important." The second-place finish was the third for Gosselin this season while the

1997 Hooters ProCup Series champion has also collected five top-five finishes this season and has remained either first or second in the points standings since the second race of the season at Florida Speedpark. The race was slowed 10 times for caution with the most serious incident taking place on lap 45 when rookie Kertus Davis spun on the frontstretch and collected Derrick Kelley. Davis’ car then erupted into a fireball and he was quickly pulled from his car by USAR officials and crew members from several teams. Rogers, by way of his third-place finish, also won Miller Lite Rookie of

the Race honors in addition to his award from Lucas Oil Products. David Pletcher, who currently leads Jon Wood in the battle for Rookie of the Year honors, won the State Fair Corn Dogs Hard Charger Award and Steve Dluzniewski won W.J. Plemons Investments Crew Chief of the Race honors for his work on the Bobby Gill team.

News & Notes from Lonesome Pine Raceway

· The Food City 250 was highlighted by six lead changes among six drivers which eclipsed the old mark of just one lead change among two drivers last season.

· Stacy Puryear and his Black’s Tire Service Chevy enjoyed a return to the top-10 in the final rundown at Lonesome Pine Raceway. Puryear finished eighth for his first top-10 finish since a ninth place finish at Ace Speedway back in April. Mechanical problems had produced two consecutive DNF’s for the driver.

· If Charlie Ford can maintain his position in the top-10 in the points standings at season’s end, he will probably thank Don Sprouse for his help. Sprouse, who earlier in the season helped Mardy Lindley at USA International Speedway in the same fashion, allowed Ford to race his car and Ford made the most of his run to finish ninth. Ford, who was among the quickest in practice, suffered motor problems that forced him to park his Sun Graphics car.

· Mart Nesbitt also enjoyed a strong run at Lonesome Pine as he collected his first top-10 finish since Florida Speedpark and hopefully can use the momentum for the next race at Hickory Motor Speedway when the his sponsor State Fair Corn Dogs sponsors the running of the State Fair Corn Dogs 250 presented by Johnsonville Bratwurst.

· The weekend’s festivities included a "Rev It Up" party hosted by Food City Friday night in Coeburn, VA. Over 500 people attended the event which featured appearances by over 10 Hooters ProCup Series drivers and sponsors. <pre> Unofficial Top-10 Points Standings 1) Mario Gosselin 1,268 2) Mardy Lindley 1,136 2) Bobby Gill 1,136 4) Steven Christian 1,105 5) David Pletcher 1,087 6) Jon Wood 1,026 7) Jeff Agnew 1,013 7) Brian Vickers 1,013 9) Andy Thurman 1,008 10) Charlie Ford 998

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jon Wood , Brian Vickers , Kertus Davis , Mario Gosselin , Jeff Agnew