USAR: Salem: Danny Sammons race notes

Danny Sammons wins second pole of season SALEM, IN (June 21, 2003) - Danny Sammons won his second $1,000 Advance Auto Parts Pole Award of the season in qualifying for Saturday's Naturally Fresh Foods USAR Hooters ProCup 250 at Salem ...

Danny Sammons wins second pole of season

SALEM, IN (June 21, 2003) - Danny Sammons won his second $1,000 Advance Auto Parts Pole Award of the season in qualifying for Saturday's Naturally Fresh Foods USAR Hooters ProCup 250 at Salem Speedway.

The 19-year-old from Bordentown, N.J., registered a lap of 18.159 seconds (110.028 mph) around the high-banked, .555 mile asphalt oval to better the previous track record.

"That was exciting," said Sammons after exiting his car from qualifying. "Bill Boger and the team made some changes to the car after practice and it was right on. I drove it in the turns pretty hard but it really stuck to the high-banks.

"That was a fun ride. I really didn't think we were going to run that quick."

The run earned Sammons the front row starting spot for the 250-lap event alongside veteran Hal Goodson.

Darlington, S.C.'s Goodson went go on to win the event later in the evening with a thrilling last-lap pass. Sammons finished eighth after leading 32 laps.

"We had a great car on the first set of tires," said Sammons. "After we made our pit stop for four tires and gas the car just wasn't as good in turns one and two. I'm dissappointed in the finish, but the way our season has been going so far I'm happy we did finally finish and gained some needed USAR points." Sammons advanced from 18th to 16th in the point standings after finishing just his second event of the first six this season.

Sammons ran in the top three for the first half of the race until making his pit stop. The crew was short for the event after Danny's younger brother Davey, the front tire changer, broke his leg playing a pickup basketball game at his school late in the week.

Young Mikey Kilpatrick Jr. of Coplay, Pa., did a great job filling in for Davey on the over-the-wall crew. Mikey is an experienced tire carrier, but it was the first time he had ever changed tires in racing competiton. The team's chassis specialist, Bill Boger, filled in as a tire carrier. The team entered the pits in third but exited in ninth.

HeartAttack Inc., which fields Sammons's cars, is actively searching for a major sponsorship deal to fund their 2003 effort.

Although no major sponsor has been secured for the 2003 season, the team plans to run a full schedule on the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Circuit. Associate sponsors with the team are AARN.COM of Trenton, N.J.; Fred's Trailer Parts Center of Delanco, N.J.; Tommy Gale and Haulmark Trailers of Elizabeth, Pa..; ABE Fence of Coplay, Pa.; and Bill's Printing of Trenton, N.J. Product sponsors include Simpson Racing Products, Art's Radiator, Ringers Gloves, Schaeffers Oil, RE Electronics, Carrera Shocks and Heinz Performance.

For more information on Danny and HeartAttack Inc. go to his website at DannySammons.com.

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