USAR: Myrtle Beach: Mark McFarland preview

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Hope To ConquerMyrtle Beach Half-Mile Oval Pete Knight Racing Driver Coming Off Runner-Up Finish, Victory In Most Recent USAR Hooters Pro Cup Events Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2008) -- Like every ...

McFarland, Sears Auto Center Chevy Hope To ConquerMyrtle Beach Half-Mile Oval

Pete Knight Racing Driver Coming Off Runner-Up Finish, Victory In Most Recent USAR Hooters Pro Cup Events

Mooresville, NC (June 17, 2008) -- Like every other professional athlete, stock car driver Mark McFarland has his favorite places to compete. Unfortunately, Myrtle Beach Speedway -- the site of this weekend's USAR Hooters Pro Cup event -- isn't one of them.

"Honestly, there's not much that I like about that track," said McFarland, driver of the No. 81s Sears Auto Center/Knight's Companies Chevy Monte Carlo. " Really, it's one of my least favorite tracks. It's pretty worn out and is really hard on tires. The track changes a lot during the course of a race. I've never had much luck there or put together a good run there until I finished second there last year. We probably had a car there that could have won the race, but our strategy just didn't fall right."

McFarland is coming off a hot streak that has seen him win The Milwaukee Mile USAR North/South combination event two weeks ago and post a runner-up finish in the most recent USAR Northern Division event at Mansfield (OH) Motorsports Park last weekend. According to the Winchester, VA native, the hot spell is in large part due to his new crew chief this season, Wes Ward.

"Wes is doing a great job," said McFarland of Ward (below right). "He's put together a great group of guys on this Sears Auto Center team. They are awesome. The pit strategy has been good all year. Wes is real calm throughout the race and helps you understand things when maybe you don't understand them. I think we're a better race team this season than last, all the way around. We're well organized, the cars are great, and we're higher up in the points now than at this point of the season last year. Things are working out really well so far this season."

Despite his aversion to the half-mile Myrtle Beach oval, McFarland is none the less looking forward to competing in the Greased Lightning 250 at the South Carolina Grand Strand track this weekend.

"We're taking the same car we finished second with last week at Mansfield, so I know it's a good car," said McFarland. "Wes has a bunch of new stuff that he wants to try and I'm looking forward to trying it. I had a good run there last year in the spring race, so hopefully we can do that again this year."

McFarland and his Sears Auto Center Chevy Monte Carlo will take the green flag in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Division Greased Lightning 250 at Myrtle Beach (SC) Speedway this Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

-credit: pkr

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