USAR: Peach State race report

Jefferson, GA (August 6, 2000) ­ It’s winning times two for rookie driver Brian Vickers. It’s the second time this season a rookie driver has visited victory lane and the second time that driver has been the Thomasville, NC competitor. ...

Jefferson, GA (August 6, 2000) ­ It’s winning times two for rookie driver Brian Vickers. It’s the second time this season a rookie driver has visited victory lane and the second time that driver has been the Thomasville, NC competitor. Vickers, one of a handful of teenage rookies to drive in the United Speed Alliance Racing Hooter ProCup Series, took the lead after a round of pit stops on lap 128 and remained out in front the rest of the night. Vickers also put an end to the winning streak of current points leader Bobby Gill. Gill, who finished second behind Vickers, entered the race on a four-race win streak. Clay Rogers followed Gill in third for his fifth consecutive top-five finish. Steven Christian was fourth while Hal Goodson followed Christian to collect his first top-five finish in just his third race of the season . Mike Herman, Jr. was the last car on the lead lap and brought home his best finish of the season when he finished sixth for his first top-10. "What a great race for this team," said Vickers. "We had a great car all night and the guys did a great job in the pits. Track position is so important here and it really paid off for us tonight." The race was slowed just five times by caution with the final caution thrown on lap 243 when Jason Bowser stalled on the backstretch. The caution set up a five-lap sprint to the finish with the lead lap cars in front of the field single-file. "I knew Bobby would be tough on the restart and he was," said Vickers. "He went high and we were able to hold him off and the car handled great." The win also put Vickers in front of the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race standings for the first time this season. Vickers, who has been in the top-five in the rookie points standings most of the season, passed Jon Wood and now leads by 27 points. "This rookie battle is going to go down to the wire," said Vickers. "Jon, Clay, David and Stacy (Puryear) have been around the top-five all year and we have the teams to make any of us rookie of the year. We just appreciate Miller sponsoring this award."

The race featured two multi-car incidents with the Karen Schulz and Jerry Rector getting together down the frontstretch to bring out the first yellow of the race. Both drivers were unable to continue after the lap 18 incident. The second accident occurred on lap 128 when John Kinder and Toby Robertson made contact in turn one bringing out the second yellow flag of the night and setting the stage for mid-race pit stops. Although he didn’t win, Mike Herzman, Jr. felt like a winner with his strong finish. Herman, Jr., who destroyed a new car at the season-opening race at USA Interational when his accelerator stuck during practice, was ecstatic after his finish. "Tonight was a great confidence builder for this Today’s Fireplaces team," said Herman, Jr. "It seems after the first race of the season we’ve had to play catch-up and now we hopefully will see more finishes like this. These Automotive Specialists engines really help." Gill, who maintained his points lead over Mario Gosselin (1,701-1,635), collected his second runner up finish this year. "We had a good car tonight, just not quite good enough," said Gill. "We still have the lead in the points and that is important but we will keep working hard to try and get some more wins." Chad Chaffin, who won the Discount Auto Parts Pole Award, finished seventh while Jeff Agnew, Gosselin, and Wood completed the top- 10. Hal Goodson, who led a total of 38 laps for the first time this season, led at lap 125 to win the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award. Veteran Charlie Ford won the State Fair Brand Hard Charger Award. Chris Lambert, crew chief of the Herman, Jr. team, won the W.J. Plemons Investments Crew Chief of the Race Award as voted by the media in attendance. The series will return to action on Saturday August 19 when South Boston Speedway hosts the Hooters ProCup Series for the running of the State Fair Brand Mini Corn Dog 250.

News & Notes from Peach State

· The race featured 44 drivers who attempted to start in the Miller Lite 250. Among the drivers who failed to qualify for the race were: Joe Harrison, Jr., Ronnie Davidson, Keith Montgomery, and Larry Barrett. Calvine Redwine and Jeremy Bowser each suffered motor problems during practice.

· The Miller Lite 250 was the first race for Tim Dobbs who finished a respectable 27th in his first start in the Hooters ProCup Series.

· Jon Kerley and his CVCC Team Concept team returned to action at Peach State after the team failed to qualify during the past two races. Kerley finished a disappointing 36th after mechanical problems forced him to park the car on lap 69.

· Veteran driver Charlie Ford used his 16th place finish to return to the top 10 in the points standings after a one week absence. Ford looks forward to returning to South Boston Speedway. The race will be a homecoming of sorts for the Virginia-based driver. The race will be the closest this season to his home in Richmond, Virginia.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers , Jon Wood , Chad Chaffin , Brian Vickers , Mario Gosselin , Jeff Agnew