USAR: Salem: Northern Division race report

Last lap pass benefits Goodson at Salem Speedway SALEM, IN -- Hal Goodson took advantage of a slip by Kertus Davis on the final lap to win the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products Saturday night at Salem ...

Last lap pass benefits Goodson at Salem Speedway

SALEM, IN -- Hal Goodson took advantage of a slip by Kertus Davis on the final lap to win the Naturally Fresh Foods 250 presented by Lucas Oil Products Saturday night at Salem Speedway. Goodson, who became the first driver in a Dodge to win a USAR Hooters ProCup Series race two weeks ago at Winchester Speedway, was obviously excited about his second consecutive win.

"These guys do a great job each week on the car," said Goodson. "When I saw Kertus slip a little up the track in (turn) two I saw a lane open up on the bottom and I went for it and we were able to get by him."

Davis held on to finish second with Jeff Agnew third. Eric Corbett brought his Ford home in fourth to maintain his lead in the Northern Division point standings over Brian Ross. Gerald Davis collected his first career top-five finish with Ross following in sixth.

The race was slowed eight times by caution with one red flag given to the field after a four-car incident on lap 75. Robbie Thompson, Ray Peele, Gary Bedell and Scott Baker were all involved in the accident which took several minutes to clear due to the heavily damaged cars.

Danny Sammons led the field in qualifying to win his second Advance Auto Parts Pole Award of the year with a new USAR Hooters ProCup Series track record time of 18.159 seconds (110.028 mph). Goodson also topped the previous record time and started on the outside pole position. Goodson took the lead on the first lap and led until Sammons made his way around on lap 27. Goodson reclaimed the top spot on lap 59 and remained out front until lap 132 when Pete Wormcastle beat everyone out of the pits to take the lead on lap 133.

Wormcastle led until lap 145 when Davis made his pass for the lead and remained out front until the final lap pass by Goodson.

Goodson led at halfway to win the Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader Award and Alan Bigelow advanced the most positions during the race to win the Hard Charger Award. Davis also used his first career top-five finish to win Miller Lite Rookie of the Race honors.

Corbett leads Ross by 12 points (825-813) in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division. Jeff Agnew is third with 810 points with Davis and Jay Fogleman completing the top five with 775 and 755 points, respectively.

The USAR Hooters ProCup Series Northern Division competitors return to action on Friday night July 4 at Kil-Kare Speedway in Xenia, Ohio.

Naturally Fresh Foods 250 pres. by Lucas Oil Products Notebook:

* Greg Van Alst was the only driver who did not qualify for the race Saturday at Salem. Van Alst suffered motor problems in practice and was unable to qualify his Thermtech Systems Pontiac.

* Jeff Agnew was forced to switch to a backup car after his NGA Hooters Golf Tour Chevrolet experienced motor problems during practice.

* Kyle Shoemaker and Scott Baker both were involved in separate spins during practice but were able to continue in the event.

* Performance Counts, builders of the Hal Goodson power plant, won the CV Products Engine Builder of the Race Award.

* Pete Wormcastle led a total of 13 laps in the event to lead a USAR Hooters ProCup Series race for the first time in his career.

* Eric Corbett survived a scare in practice when he brushed the wall during practice. The Northern Division points leader was able to repair the damage to his Clean & Shine/Larry & Sons Ford and finish in the top-five to maintain his lead in the standings.

* Agnew, Brian Ross, Danny Sammons, Glenn Gault and Charlie Ford all finished in the top-10 Saturday night and in last year's race at Salem Speedway.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Ross , Kertus Davis , Jeff Agnew