Mansfield gives Urban first top five of season. MANSFIELD, OH (May 5, 2003) -- Rain washed out qualifying for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Simonson Builders and Simonson Excavation 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on Saturday, but the...
Mansfield gives Urban first top five of season.
MANSFIELD, OH (May 5, 2003) -- Rain washed out qualifying for the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Simonson Builders and Simonson Excavation 250 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway on Saturday, but the rain didn't affect the parade of Forrest Urban, Jr. Piloting the No. 46 Insurance Doctor Chevrolet, he brought home his third top ten and first top five finish of 2003 by crossing the line in fifth at the conclusion of the event.
Urban unloaded his Chevrolet for practice and fought a tight-in-the-center condition for the second week in a row after changing the rear end gear before practice even started. Halfway through practice, the brand new gear his team had installed in the car broke and forced the team to use their primary gear. A few bar and spring changes later, the car was ready to race. Fellow competitor Jason McLellan loaned Urban a gear that was better suited to the track than the primary one that was in the No. 46. The loaned gear was the exact ratio as the one that Urban broke and it proved to be key to Urban's night.
Since qualifying was rained out, the field was set by 2003 points and Urban started from the outside of row four in the eighth spot. An electrical problem sent Jay Fogleman to the pits and moved Urban up to the actual starting position of sixth when the green flag flew. Over the course of the first half of the race, Urban rode on the outskirts of the top five following other competitors through lapped traffic until his pitstop on lap 131. After four tires, gas, and an adjustment to the right rear spring, Urban restarted in the top ten and again worked his way towards the front of the field.
"That was our best starting spot of the year. Qualifying hasn't been a real strong suit of ours since we've been running Hooters. We took the 8th place starting spot and worked from there," said Urban. "We were pretty much tight all day, trying to get the car to turn in the center. We changed the sway bar and springs and a couple of other things in practice. We still weren't the best, but we got better."
Nearing the end of the event, Urban made his way around Charlie Ford for the fifth spot after rubbing fenders with the veteran for about five laps. After bypassing the No. 14, Urban set his sights on Joel Kauffman and Jeff Agnew. Though he was closing in on both cars, he ran out of laps and settled for fifth spot at the conclusion of the event. The finish vaulted Urban up two spots in the championship standings to sixth behind Kauffman.
"At the end, I had caught Charlie and I was just riding. He started holding me up some after the caution, so I knew I'd have to race him clean as I'd have to race anybody, but we got up under him and had a good race for a few laps," the driver of the No. 46 Insurance Doctor Chevy said. "We were tight, so we were able to run on the bottom and get on up off, so finally I was able to get around him. We actually started running down third and fourth but just ran out of time."
"That's a real nice facility. It's one of the nicest facilities we've ever been to with the Hooters Series," Urban added with emphasis after the event. "I thought the race was a really good race. You could pass people and race with people. It was a two-groove racetrack easy. Overall it was a good weekend. We got our first top five of the year. We'd always like to do better, but we're getting better and the car's in one piece and we haven't had the bad luck like last year. We'll get the car ready and get prepared to go to Holland."
The Simonson Builders and Simonson Excavation 250 from Mansfield this past weekend will be broadcast, tape delayed, this Thursday on Speed Channel at 7pm ET. Two reairings will follow, check listings for dates and times. The next USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division event will be held at the Holland International Speedway on May 24th.