USAR: Pensacola: Shane Huffman spotlight

Huffman heads to Five Flags Speedway. Myrtle Beach, SC - Maybe the third try will be the charm. After starting from the Advance Auto Parts pole position for the past two races there, Shane Huffman hopes his third attempt at Five ...

Huffman heads to Five Flags Speedway.

Myrtle Beach, SC - Maybe the third try will be the charm. After starting from the Advance Auto Parts pole position for the past two races there, Shane Huffman hopes his third attempt at Five Flags Speedway will produce a win for the Jennie-O Turkey Store/Tip-Top Poultry Ford.

Huffman, who finished 14th in 2001 and 10th last year at the challenging one-half mile track, hopes this time around his luck will be different on March 15th for the running of the Hooters ProCup 250 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts & Alltel.

"We would love to get the Jennie-O Turkey Store Ford back in victory lane," said Huffman. "You never want to say a track owes you a win because the competition is so difficult but we have had two great starts at Pensacola and now we need to have a great finish."

Huffman finished fifth at the season-opening race at USA International Speedway on February 22nd and while he never challenged for the win, his team achieved some goals during the race.

"We had a plan for the race at USA and we stuck to it and it worked out for us," Huffman added. "Although we want to get back to victory lane, we put a plan in place for this season on how we want to be consistent each race and in contention for the win every time we hit the track."

Huffman won four times during his breakout season in 2001 with wins at Coastal Plains, Peach State, Lonesome Pine and Jennerstown Speedways. His team has made changes at crew chief, and for 2003, a move to a new shop.

"We have decided to team up with Toby Robertson and share some shop space," Huffman said. "We are not really team mates because we drive different car makes, different chassis, and crews. This is a win-win situation because Toby had more space than he needed and this will save us some money on shop expenses."

Huffman hopes the mechanical problems that have plagued him in the past are gone when he arrives at Five Flags Speedway in two weeks.

"We have been very fortunate to have had some success in the Hooters ProCup Series and basically everywhere I have ever raced," Huffman said. "A win at Five Flags Speedway would be a great way to turn things around and get back in the win column. As for the points, we are not too concerned right now because I have always felt if you run well and get some wins, the points will take care of themselves."

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