USAR: Shane Huffman high hopes for Hickory speedway

HICKORY, N.C. - When the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series returns to the Hickory Motor Speedway on July 8 for the State Fair Corn Dogs 250, presented by Johnsonville Bratwurst, no one will have a bigger smile on his face than driver Shane Huffman.

HICKORY, N.C. - When the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series returns to the Hickory Motor Speedway on July 8 for the State Fair Corn Dogs 250, presented by Johnsonville Bratwurst, no one will have a bigger smile on his face than driver Shane Huffman. With 18 wins in 23 late model starts at HMS last year, its safe to say the 1999 Winston Racing Series National Runner-up knows how to get around the famed three-eighths mile oval known as "The Birthplace of the NASCAR Stars."

"Hickory has always been really good to us," says Shane. "We sat on the outside pole at the Pro Cup race last year, won the last ARA race there back in May, and were able to test some this week, which went very well."

The HMS date comes at an opportune time on the USAR schedule for Huffman and Team Johnsonville Racing, as they appear ready to turn the corner after some early misfortune in the 2000 season.

"We traced our motor gremlins to the oil system (overheating problems at Coeburn turned out to be a short in the fan), made some changes to the chassis that should help us handle on these short tracks, and there's no place I'd rather be racing than at Hickory," Shane says. "Coming back to our home track and having Johnsonville as a sponsor of this race means a lot. I like to think we have some fans here and I know we'll have a crowd of sponsor folks out to watch us, so we're looking forward to a big night."

Fans can also catch Shane Huffman and the #84 Johnsonville Bratwurst Ford Taurus Friday, July 7 at L. P. Frans Stadium, when the Hickory Crawdads, the Pittsburgh Pirates Class A minor league franchise, host the Charleston-WV Alley Cats. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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