(June 12, 2000) -- Bobby Gilll took the lead away from Mario Gosselin on lap 181 at the USAR Hooters ProCup Series' first run at Montgomery Speedway Saturday night and picked up a win in the Charlie Campbell Memorial/Hooters 250. Gill, driver of...
(June 12, 2000) -- Bobby Gilll took the lead away from Mario Gosselin on lap 181 at the USAR Hooters ProCup Series' first run at Montgomery Speedway Saturday night and picked up a win in the Charlie Campbell Memorial/Hooters 250. Gill, driver of the PGT Industries Ford and defending Hooters ProCup Series champion, has now won three races in 2000 and eight overall in his career in the Series. "I want to thank everyone for their hard work tonight," said Gill. "This was a tough race and we happy to get the win." The win makes Gill eligible for a possible bonus for winning one of the four "Four Champions Challenge Series" races. The USAR Hooters ProCup Series 1999 champion led 115 of the 250 laps of the race and crossed the line about eight seconds ahead of Steven Christian. Christian brought his Lucas Oil Products Chevy home for his second consecutive runner-up finish. Miller Lite Rookie of the Year candidate and driver of the Yoo-Hoo Chocolate Drink Chevy- Sean Studer followed Christian to collect a Hooters ProCup Series career-best third place finish. Mardy Linley and Clayton Rogers completed the top-five. "We ware able to get around Mario and the car worked really well the last 60 or so laps," said Gill. "We are happy to win one of the "Four Champions" races and this will give our team a little extra incentive when we get to Greenville-Pickens for the next challenge race." Lindley entered the night eligible to win a $25,000 bonus after being declared the winner at the first "Four Champions Challenge" race at Myrtle Beach. Lindley ran in the top-10 most of the night but was unable to make it to victory lane to win the bonus. Lindley and Gill now become eligible for a bonus if either driver can win the Dan Duncan Memorial/Hooters 250 at Greenville-Pickens in September. Marty Ward finished sixth, while Jabe Jones collected his first top-10 finish in the Hooters ProCup Series since 1998 when he brought his Jackaroo Sauces Chevy home in seventh. Mario Gosselin, who currently leads the Hooters ProCup Series points standings, followed in eighth; Andy Thurman and Jeff Agnew completed the top-10. The race was slowed 12 times for cautions, mostly involving single-car incidents. However, two multi-car spins involved Rogers who was still able to finish the race in fifth position. Rogers and Brian Vickers got together to bring out the third caution flag of the race and Rogers was again involved with Jon Kerley and Brad Baker to bring out the seventh caution of the race. Quick work by the Fire Protection Services crew enabled Rogers to remain on the lead lap and collect his season-best finish. Bill Boger won WJ Plemons Investments Crew Chief of the Race honors for leading his team's efforts to keep Rogers in contention. Sean Studer won Miller Lite Rookie of the Race honors and Marty Ward collected the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Hard Charger Award. Christian was able to collect extra support from his sponsor when he led at halfway to collect the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Bonus. Gosselin collected his third Discount Auto Parts Pole Award and now leads all drivers in that category. There were seven lead changes among five drivers in this first event at Montgomery Motor Speedway for the United Speed Alliance Racing touring division and the first one held in the state of Alabama this season for the series. The Hooters ProCup Series returns to action on Saturday, June 24 when Lonesome Pine Raceway hosts the Food City 250. For more information please contact Tim Southers at the USAR office at (770) 719-0204.
NEWS & NOTES * The Charlie Campbell Memorial/Hooters 250 was the second of the "Four Champions Challenge Series" races on the 2000 schedule.
* There were 36 cars entered the race and all were able to start with Jon Kerley and Brad Baker making their Hooters ProCup Series debuts. Kerley, driving for Team Concept 2000 from Catawba Valley Community College, qualified 20th and finished 31st after mechanical problems ended his night. Baker, from Nashville, TN. qualified his Trucksource Ford 13th and finished 25th after damaging his car in a three-car accident.
* Jon Wood suffered his first DNF of the season Saturday night when the engine appeared to let go on lap 91. Wood collected a 32nd-place finish which cost him the lead in the Miller Lite Rookie of the Year points standings. David Pletcher, who finished 12th, assumed the lead and now leads Wood by 46 points after seven races.
* Mike Laughlin, Jr. damaged his primary car after a spin during his qualifying run sent him into the inside retaining wall entering turn three. Laughlin, Jr. went to a back-up car and was able to finish third from his last-place starting position. However, the car failed post-race inspection which gave Laughlin, Jr. a disqualification.
* Lindley is the only two competitor to complete every lap this season in the Hooters ProCup Series (1,761). The consistency by Lindley has paid dividends so far as he has remained in the top two points standings for the past four events.
* Steven Christian continues his run to the top spot in the points standings. Christian has now four consecutive top-five finishes to pull into third place in the points standings. The 1999 Miller Lite Rookie of
the Year continues to move ever closer to his first career Hooters ProCup Series win with back-to-back runner-up finishes.
* Joe Harrison, Jr. made the long trip from Renick, WV payoff Saturday night as he finished 15th.
* Mart Nesbitt had a scare during the race when his State Fair Corn Dogs Chevy caught fire and came to a stop on the front stretch. Luckily, Nesbitt escaped injury, but his car was done for the night.
* 1998 Hooters ProCup Series champion Jeff Agnew had one of his strongest runs of the season at Montgomery as he led eight laps and brought his Twin City Motor Exchange Chevy home in tenth for his third straight top-10 finish.