JENNERSTOWN, Pa. - Neither an unseasonably cold fall night, nor a championship field of contenders could slow down driver Shane Huffman here Saturday night in the Charlie Campbell Memorial Hooters 250 at Jennerstown Speedway. The first race of...
JENNERSTOWN, Pa. - Neither an unseasonably cold fall night, nor a championship field of contenders could slow down driver Shane Huffman here Saturday night in the Charlie Campbell Memorial Hooters 250 at Jennerstown Speedway. The first race of the inaugural USAR Hooters Pro Cup Four Champions Championship Series was basically a clean sweep for the Hickory, N.C. driver, who started from the pole and led 212 of the 250 laps to win in dominating fashion.
The win is Huffman's fourth of 2001, coming after three wins in the USAR Southern Division earlier this season, and vaults him to the top of the Four Champions Series point standings. This innovative series features a four-race shootout to crown a National Champion from among the Top-50 Hooters ProCup Series drivers, chosen after a season of competition in two divisions, North and South.
"It was just an awesome night," said Huffman, who finished the season fifth in USAR Southern Division points. "The car was great, (crew chief Ronnie White) made all the right calls, and the guys got us off pit road first. I don't know how it could get any better."
"With this win, we'd also like to acknowledge all of the victims of the tragedy on September 11, and their families," added Huffman. "They will remain in our thoughts and we will never forget."
"This was a real team effort here tonight," said White. "We decided not to race here earlier this year and came to test instead. Everybody did their homework and the results showed up on the track. It doesn't hurt when you've got a driver like Shane behind the wheel either, he drove the wheels off that car."
Huffman and the "Brat Bunch", as his Johnsonville Racing/XTRA Motorsports team is known, will now head to Myrtle Beach Speedway, for Round Two of the Four Champions Championship Series on Sat., Oct. 13, with an added incentive in the form of the Four Champions Challenge. The Challenge rewards a driver who can sweep all four races in the Four Champions Series with a $100,000 bonus. A driver who wins any three races will earn $25,000, and any two wins will be worth $10,000.