USAR: Mansfield: Mihalco Motorsports race notes

Thompson rallies back to finish in the top ten at Mansfield Ohio Blenheim, Ont. May5th/03 - Back to back racing weekends have kept the Mihalco Motorsports team member's busy preparing equipment for their driver, Robbie Thompson. After last weeks...

Thompson rallies back to finish in the top ten at Mansfield Ohio

Blenheim, Ont. May5th/03 - Back to back racing weekends have kept the Mihalco Motorsports team member's busy preparing equipment for their driver, Robbie Thompson. After last weeks disappointment with engine problems, the team set off to Mansfield Ohio looking for better results in the third stop of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series.

Just like the last three races, Robbie found himself once again 11th on the speed charts after the morning practice. With the race's qualifying session quickly approaching, Mother Nature took control over the day's schedule by dealing the race teams a 2 hour rain delay that would cancel the qualifying session for the race.

With qualifying cancelled due to the weather, the starting grid was determined by this years points standings. Robbie took the green flag in the 16th starting spot and began to work his way to the front of the field. On a restart at lap 69, Robbie's run to the front was halted when the car in front of him had trouble getting up to speed, Robbie was beside this car when they hit the starting line to avoid a multi-car accident. Unfortunately, this was an infraction of the USAR rules and Robbie was assessed a stop and go penalty under green flag conditions. This unfortunate incident would put Robbie one lap down to the leaders running in the 24th spot. From this point in the race to its completion, Robbie rallied back to a ninth place finish, not losing any more ground to the leaders.

"We had a great car tonight and it feels good to get our first top ten finish of the year. This was the first run that we have had this year that we did not have any mechanical troubles, Thompson added. Team owner Scott Mihalco was thrilled with the teams' performance and looks to build on the success of this event.

The team now takes the next two weeks off from the race track and begins to prepare for the next event on May 24th in Holland NY. Mihalco Motorsports would like to thank the following marketing partners for their continued support; SHEAR METAL PRODUCTS, TTR TRANSPORT, SM TRUCK REPAIRS, RACING RADIOS, SM FREIGHT, LEAF RACEWARE and FANS MOTORSPORT. Just a reminder you can catch all the action from Mansfield this Thursday night at 7pm E.S.T. on the Speed Channel. For addition information on Mihalco Motorsports and pictures from the Mansfield event, please go to the teams official web site. www.robbiethompson.com or www.fansmotorsports.com

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