USAR: Pensacola: Puryear proves persistence pay dividends

PENSACOLA, FL -- After putting his driving career in the hands of several car owners over the past several years in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series, Stacy Puryear decided the time was right for him to take matters into his own hands. So far in...

PENSACOLA, FL -- After putting his driving career in the hands of several car owners over the past several years in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series, Stacy Puryear decided the time was right for him to take matters into his own hands. So far in 2003, he has proven his decision was a correct one.

Puryear has made his presence known in the first two races of the season with a pair of two top-five finishes with a fourth-place finish at USA International Speedway and a runner-up finish to Shane Huffman this past weekend at Five Flags Speedway. Puryear also collected a pole at USA International Speedway.

"My guys have the biggest heart out here of any crew in this Series," said Puryear after his strong performance Saturday night. "I have been blessed to get the support of Bryant Heating & Cooling, Winn Dixie and Golden Corral this year on the car. I want to thank everyone for helping us get to this point so far and hopefully a win is just around the corner."

Puryear has tasted victory in many different cars throughout his driving career and has one career win in the Series at Jennerstown Speedway in 2001. While Puryear has acknowledged the support of several different car owners throughout his career, the South Boston, VA driver felt the time was right to make a change.

"I drove for Butch Mabe last year and we had a good year," Puryear said. "I wanted to run for a championship if I could and the only way to that was to start my own team. Butch had a limited budget and only wanted to run a limited schedule so that was why we decided to make the change."

Puryear has already equaled his total of top-five finishes from 2002 and is on a pace to challenge for the 2003 USAR Hooters ProCup Series Southern Division top seed. Puryear finished 13th in the final standings last year and hopes to remain in the top-10 throughout the season.

"Our goal from day one has been to run up front and challenge for the championship," said Puryear. "I have been so blessed to have the support of my wife Lori and so many great sponsors and fans."

Puryear might just be correct in his observation of his performance so far in 2003 but one thing is a definite, his #11 Bryant Heating & Cooling/Winn Dixie/Golden Corral Chevrolet Monte Carlo has begun the season on fire and has served notice Puryear will be a contender this year.

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