Shane Huffman overcomes emotional week with win. MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- After suffering through one of the longest weeks in his young life, Shane Huffman finally had a reason to smile Saturday night -- and enjoy Father's Day. Huffman, who entered...
Shane Huffman overcomes emotional week with win.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC -- After suffering through one of the longest weeks in his young life, Shane Huffman finally had a reason to smile Saturday night -- and enjoy Father's Day. Huffman, who entered the Bryant Heating & Cooling 250 presented by Black's Tire Service Saturday, had seen his week go from his father in the hospital to his show car trailer and truck stolen from a nearby hotel late Thursday night. On top of that his Jennie-O Turkey Store Ford went from fastest in practice to a blown motor just four laps into the practice session.
That all changed as the Hickory, NC driver brought his car into victory lane for the second consecutive race and seventh career win in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series. Jason Sarvis finished second with Joe Gaita third. Steve Christian and Mardy Lindley completed the top-five in front of over 7,000 fans at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
Huffman who entered the race with a 120-point lead over Gaita in the Southern Division standings, stretched his lead to 150 (1,026-876) with the dominating win. Huffman has led 459 of the possible 500 laps completed over the past two races.
"This win goes completely to the team," said Huffman in victory lane. "I have been out of the shop most of the week with my dad and they worked hard all week and today with our motor problems. We couldn't be here in victory lane with out them. I am also going to take this trophy to the hospital to give to my dad for Father's Day."
Gaita won the Advance Auto Parts Pole Award but was passed by Jason Sarvis on the first lap to bring his hometown fans to their feet. Sarvis led until Huffman made his way around on lap 27. Huffman remained out front until he pitted for fuel and tires on lap 123 to give the lead to Mart Nesbitt who led at lap 125 to collect the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award. Mario Gosselin led three laps (126-128) until Huffman made his way around on lap 129 and never looked back.
Clay Rogers collected his second consecutive top-10 finish in sixth with Danny O'Quinn, Jr. in seventh. O'Quinn, Jr. was the highest finishing rookie of the race to win Miller Lite Rookie of the Race honors. Mike Laughlin, Jr. was eighth with Nesbitt and Benny Gordon completing the top-10. O'Quinn, Jr. also advanced 17 positions in the race to win the Hard Charger Award.
The race was slowed 11 times by caution with Bobby Gill forced to end his night on lap 99 when he made hard contact with Luke Hill in the middle of turns three and four. Hill and Gill both walked away from the accident.
The USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division returns to action in two weeks when Southern National Speedway hosts the Bryant Heating & Cooling 250 presented by Capital Ford of Goldsboro on Saturday June 28.
Bryant Heating & Cooling 250 presented by Black's Tire Notebook:
* A total of 38 cars attempted to qualify for the 36-car field Mike . Williams and Larry Barrett failed to make the race .
* Blair Addis made his first career start in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Saturday night and finished a respectable 11th in a car prepared by Premiere Motorsports and Charlie Long Racing.
* Over 7,000 fans attended the race Saturday night to give Myrtle Beach Speedway its largest crowd ever for a USAR Hooters ProCup Series race at the track.
* Huffman's previous best finish at the speedway was 3rd in October of 2001.
* Although Mardy Lindley and Jason Sarvis missed the first race of the season at USA International Speedway in February, both drivers have rocketed into the top-10 in the Southern Division point standings. Lindley now sits in 4th-place with his fifth consecutive top-5 finish Saturday and Sarvis used his second-place finish to move into 10th.
* Jay Fogleman was the only full-time USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division competitor at the race. Fogleman was running in the top-10 when he was collected in an accident late in the race to finish 27th.
* Benny Gordon's 10-place finish was his first outside the top-five in the Series. Since Gordon began full-time competition at Ace Speedway in April, the young driver has finished in the top-5 in all three previous races.
* Local favorite Stuart Ricks qualified for the race but was the first driver out of the event when his motor expired on lap 18.