USAR: South Boston: Greg Van Alst preview

Van Alst Says Bring On South Boston Anderson, Indiana - - After experiencing some of the normal growing pains for a rookie race team last season, United Speed Alliance Racing driver Greg Van Alst is ready to put the troubles behind him and...

Van Alst Says Bring On South Boston

Anderson, Indiana - - After experiencing some of the normal growing pains for a rookie race team last season, United Speed Alliance Racing driver Greg Van Alst is ready to put the troubles behind him and start his 2005 season with a bang as the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup North Division will kick off their '05 season this Saturday night from South Boston Speedway.

There's been no off-season for the Anderson, Indiana native. Van Alst Motorsports has relocated to a new shop, purchased a new car, stepped up their shock program and made other minor changes that all should put the No. 35 Chevrolet Monte Carlo upfront.

"We can't say we're pleased about the 2004 season, but we are looking forward to this weekend and the remainder of the schedule," said the driver and car owner Greg Van Alst. "We're hoping that the changes we've made to our operation will put us in contention in the series this year. I had some offers in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. However, none of them I really felt comfortable with. I enjoy running in the USAR series and I'm glad I'm back."

Still looking for primary sponsorship for the season, Van Alst Motorsports can proudly announced heading into SOBO they obtained Star City Closeouts as the primary sponsor of their machine this weekend.

"The Van Alst Motorsports team is very happy to have Star City Closeouts onboard for this weekend's event. We hope that our weekend will start off on a good note and earn a top-ten finish for our new sponsor," Van Alst continued.

In addition to Star City Closeouts, VAM (Van Alst Motorsports) has signed Endura-Tech Valve Springs, SPEEDGLASS Racing Windshields, All State Insurance, Hauk Signs, and Catchfence.com as associate sponsors for one of the most anticipated events of the year.

"I thank everyone for being a part of this team. Sponsorship is very hard to get these days, but the little help that I receive from all my sponsors goes a big way, and I hope that they know what their association with my team means to me. I only hope that we can have a good showing in South Boston and carry the momentum that the team deserves."

While the sponsorship hunt has been null thus far the fan base hasn't been. At the beginning of the season, Van Alst had a slew of fans, before he knew it, he attracted a fan club. "I can't say enough about the fan support, from the track, to emails, and the website, it's all been breathtaking. Besides having compassion to get behind the wheel and compete, having fans scream your name and root you on is a memory that you never loose, and I hope over time my fan base will continue to grow."

Motoring ahead to the weekend, Van Alst, a former ARCA RE/MAX Series competitor returns to the Virginia based track looking to improve on last season's performance. After qualifying 32nd, Van Alst motored through the field, using patience while working with an ill-handling racecar to attract a 17th place finish. "I have a feel for South Boston. Last year was good, not bad, not great, but decent."

Goals are simple. Finish the race. "If we are going to try and run for the championship, we have to try and be there in the end. There are going to be a lot of talented drivers in this weekend's show, and while we may be a little under funded, our determination makes up for that, and I'm ready to get this party started."

The Greased Lighting (250 laps/100 miles) is set for this Saturday night from South Boston Speedway Practice, and qualifying will take place on Saturday, April 9th with the series set to take the green flag that night. The race will be broadcasted on the Speed channel Saturday, April 16th, 2005 at 10:00pm EST.

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