USAR: Peach State race report

The Taste of Victory, with a Johnsonville Brat.AGAIN Jefferson, GA - Shane Huffman, driver of the ...

The Taste of Victory, with a Johnsonville Brat.AGAIN

Jefferson, GA - Shane Huffman, driver of the #84 Johnsonville Bratwurst Ford took his second career USAR Hooters ProCup win Saturday night at Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, GA during the running of the Jackaroo Sauces 250 presented by Ingles. Bobby Gill, the USAR defending champion, in the #5 Triple Diamond Enterprise Ford, "tailgated" him to the finish line. Huffman received his first career USAR Hooters ProCup win at Jacksonville, NC's Coastal Plains Raceway. Hal Goodson, Brian Vickers, and Lee Tissot rounded out the top-five.

"I can't believe we were able to get our second consecutive win," said an ecstatic Huffman. "We had the car set up to run the high side of the track and it worked for us tonight. Of course the great pit stop is what gave us the lead. I told the guys if they could get us out first, nobody was gonna get by us and they came through big time."

The race was slowed five times, once when Kurtus Davis and Scott Hall slammed into the turn three retaining wall on lap two. Davis went on to finish the race in 29th position; Hall needed assistance from the local wrecker crew to load his crumpled #54 Taylor Motorsports Chevrolet in the hauler.

The field was slowed again on lap 38 after Mike Laughlin, Jr. and Kevin Sasser clashed as the two were banging on each other's door entering turn three. Sasser, sideways in turn four, cut the wheel hard to the right, missing the field and the front straight inside retaining wall by just inches and continued on without damage.

During the restart, Steven Christian, driver of the #16 Lucas Oil Products Ford, was leading the field to green when his axle snapped heading to the line. Christian was able to finish in the 28th position, 44 laps down.

Turn four also displayed another driver's ability to control his machine, as Neil Browder, driving the #78 Mark III Employee Benefits Chevrolet around while exiting turn four. Browder tried to gather up his car, resulting in spinning three times and, creating a cloud of smoke, which brought out the fourth caution on lap 124.

Jon Kerley, driver of the #44 Catawba Valley Community College Ford, made hard contact against the outside retaining wall as his car slid up the turn one bank, bringing out the fifth and final caution of the night on lap 194. Kerley was able to continue, bringing his battered car home in 25th position only eight laps down.

Northern competitor Vickers drove his #42V Stewart Components Chevrolet to the top of the field to capture the Lance Snacks Pole Award with a 19.012 second lap, and an average speed of 94.677. Gill received the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Award. Jason Sarvis, making his first appearance in the #92 Bryant Heating & Cooling Chevrolet, received the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race award, coming home in eighth position, the first car one lap down. Derrick Kelley's #21 Discount Auto Parts Chevy pocketed an extra $500 as he received the W.J. Plemons Investments Hard Charger Award.

The next stop for the USAR Hooters ProCup Southern division will be at the famed Hickory Motor Speedway, for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250, with the field battling to start on the Lance Snacks Pole at 5:30 p.m. and the green flag falling at 8 p.m.

-USAR-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Vickers , Shane Huffman