USAR: Peach State: Chase Pistone race report

Chase Pistone Garners Best Finish of Young Season Youngster Now Finds Himself Just Outside the Rookie Points Lead CONCORD, NC (April 19, 2005) -- If you talked to Hooters Pro Cup Series rookie contender Chase Pistone during the day on...

Chase Pistone Garners Best Finish of Young Season
Youngster Now Finds Himself Just Outside the Rookie Points Lead

CONCORD, NC (April 19, 2005) -- If you talked to Hooters Pro Cup Series rookie contender Chase Pistone during the day on Saturday at Peach State Speedway, you would have seen that he was brimming with confidence.

After all, the team had a solid test at Peach State a week before and that morning's practice had gone as well as they could have hoped. In fact, they even cut their practice short because the car was that good.

At the end of the night, after 250 grueling laps, Pistone was still pretty happy. He and the FastTime Motorsport #40 team picked up their best finish of the young season. They finished ninth and moved themselves right back into the thick of the Pro Cup Rookie of the Year point's race.

"We started off real tight and burned a hole in the right-front tire in the first run and went a lap down," said Pistone, who started the night just outside the top-10 (11th). "I thought for sure we had a top-five car, but finished ninth, so no complaints here."

Pistone ran a quiet race on Saturday. It was nothing flashy. It was just a good, solid race with little excitement, which is what the team needed. Most of the year, the team has been very fast everywhere they've been, but something has always kept them from finding the top-10, be it mechanical problems or accidents.

Nothing stopped them this week.

"During our fist race this year, we learned to just keep digging when you have problems and that's what we have done. That is something that this entire team has learned and that is something that I've learned as a driver. You just need to keep going and heading forward when you have some troubles, because if you do, you can make something good out of it. That is what we did tonight. We didn't give up and we kept ourselves near the front all night long. We did that and we got a top-10 out of it. It paid off."

The tire problems on Saturday night did nothing to thwart the team's run toward the top 10. Now they sit 14th in the overall Hooters Pro Cup Series point standings and they are now third in the Rookie of the Year battle, just 15 points behind leader Michael Faulk.

"We brought the car home in one piece and to have a ninth-place finish to go along with it is just great. That shows what this team is capable of and I think we can just get better and we can learn from our mistakes from here on out.

"This was our best finish of the year so far and now we're building momentum. That is exactly what we needed. I'm really looking forward to the next races now. This could be really good for us."

Up next for Pistone and the FastTime Motorsports team is the Turn 4 Pizza 250 presented by Tucson at Concord Motorsport Park (NC). The race is set to take place Saturday, April 23rd, at 7:30pm.

-51ss-

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Stock car
Drivers Michael Faulk