McFarland Struggles To 27th-Place Finish In USAR Myrtle Beach Mark McFarland was confident heading into Saturday's USAR Hooters Pro Cup race Myrtle Beach Speedway that he had a chance of winning the Mark Brooks Memorial 250. It didn't take long...
McFarland Struggles To 27th-Place Finish In USAR Myrtle Beach
Mark McFarland was confident heading into Saturday's USAR Hooters Pro Cup race Myrtle Beach Speedway that he had a chance of winning the Mark Brooks Memorial 250. It didn't take long to change his mind.
"We were kind of doomed from the beginning of the race," said McFarland (left). "It seemed like the cars that ran good at Myrtle Beach the last time we were there didn't run good at all this time around. All of us were kind of out to lunch. We were all in the back this time."
McFarland finished 27th after pounding the Turn 1 wall with a handful of laps remaining in the event. The final blow ended a night in which the Winchester, VA native was frustrated from the fall of the green flag.
"We went a lap down pretty early and we just didn't have enough car to run with the leaders," said McFarland. "Maybe if we could have come in and get tires, that might have helped, but there were so few cautions that you couldn't do that. I was pretty surprised because you normally are trying to decide which caution flag you are going to pit on at Myrtle Beach. This time, there weren't many opportunities to pit."
McFarland and his No. 81 Knights Companies/Greased Lightning Chevy Monte Carlo got off to a good start qualifying fourth with a time of 20.63 seconds. The event proved to be an atypical Myrtle Beach USAR Pro Cup clash as it went green for 94 laps before the first yellow flag waved.
"We practiced real good and we thought that we had a better car than the one we finished second with in the last race at Myrtle Beach," said McFarland. "We qualified fourth and ran good for about 40 laps into the race. Then we got real, real loose. It was like that in every run we had. We'd run good and then get real loose. We had a lot of long, green-flag runs, and that just made it worse because we couldn't come in to pit and fix it."
Stuck on the track with no way to fix an ill-handling race car, McFarland made the best of the situation soldiering on to the best finish possible. Even that took a blow when he crashed late in the race.
"We blew a right-front tire and hit the wall in Turn 1," said McFarland. "We messed up the car to the [Left%20Side%20350.jpg] point that we had to quit. We just called it a day. We maybe would have finished 15th or so, but that's not what we were looking for. We had high hopes going into the race, so 15th wouldn't have been what we wanted."
The event over, McFarland was quick to put it in his rear-view mirror and start focusing on the next race in the USAR Championship Series -- a 250-lap event at South Georgia Motorsports Park in Valdosta, GA on Saturday, October 20.
"We qualified second, led a lot and finished good at Valdosta the last time we ran there," said McFarland. "It's totally opposite of Myrtle Beach. You don't have to worry about tires at all because the track has good asphalt and a lot of grip. Sometimes, Myrtle Beach will hurt your feelings like it did to us tonight, so it will be good to get back to a track like South Georgia."