USAR: Motor Mile: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland Will Try To Continue Hot Streak In USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division Event Saturday Mooresville, NC (July 7, 2008) -- Coming off a victory in his latest USAR Hooters Pro Cup event at Myrtle Beach, SC, you'd think Mark McFarland ...

McFarland Will Try To Continue Hot Streak In
USAR Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division Event Saturday

Mooresville, NC (July 7, 2008) -- Coming off a victory in his latest USAR Hooters Pro Cup event at Myrtle Beach, SC, you'd think Mark McFarland would be content to sit back and enjoy the spoils of victory. Then again, McFarland, the USAR Southern Division championship point's leader, is a racer and that means he's going to stay as busy as possible.

"We're going to run the Pro Cup Northern Division race at Motor Mile Speedway this weekend," said McFarland of his Pete Knight Racing team. "We want to keep the team busy and sharp. The more races we run, the better we get. There's not that many races on the Pro Cup Southern schedule this year, so running the Northern races helps our team. We'll go there and try some stuff, almost use it like a test and because we're not racing for points, we can really go for the win. We can gamble a little. We're just trying to get better and racing more is the best way to do it."

McFarland had finished no worse than second in his last three USAR events winning at Myrtle Beach on June 21. He also captured the North-South combination event at The Milwaukee Mile on May 31 and managed a runner-up finish in the USAR Northern Division race at Mansfield, OH on June 14.

This time around, the Winchester, VA driver will be looking to score yet another win at Motor Mile Speedway, a place where he came up just short of victory a year ago.

"We had everybody except the second and third place cars a lap down and we lost the rear end with five laps to go," said McFarland. "We were going to win that race, but we just had some bad luck. I've had some success there. I won a big late model stock car race that paid $20,000 to win back in 2004. I don't think the track owes me anything because of last year. We just had a string of bad luck last year and that race was part of it. Like I said, we should have won. When stuff like that happens, it just makes you better."

Another win or solid finish will be what McFarland and his Sears Auto Centers/Knight's Companies Chevy Monte Carlo will be looking for when Saturday's event rolls off. While either would keep McFarland's hot streak going, the veteran driver knows that the string of good luck could come to a screeching halt any second.

"It could end tomorrow," said McFarland. "We just have to keep doing what we're doing and keep getting better. I'm not sure we're having better luck this season. I just think our cars are better prepared and the team is better. Everybody is on the same page and that's why we've been doing so well lately."

-credit: pkr

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