USAR: South Boston: Joel Kauffman race report

Kauffman has good, bad night Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Mooresville, NC-Joel Kauffman and Team L.A. Motorsports experienced the full range of emotions Saturday night at the Greased Lightning 250 at South Boston Speedway. The evening couldn't...

Kauffman has good, bad night

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Mooresville, NC-Joel Kauffman and Team L.A. Motorsports experienced the full range of emotions Saturday night at the Greased Lightning 250 at South Boston Speedway.

The evening couldn't have started out any better, with Kauffman taking the first pole of the 2005 Hooters Pro Cup Northern Division season. Kauffman proved that the qualifying run was no fluke, leading the first 100 laps. In a race slowed by numerous cautions, Kauffman managed to stay out of trouble and open up a lead on the rest of the field. The night got exciting for the L.A. West Pontiac when a jammed lug nut led to a slow pit stop, causing Kauffman to come out third.

A car in the lead pack missed a shift on a later restart, causing the Indiana native to clip the car in front of him. The Team L.A. Motorsports crew hung tough, using a couple of late pit stops to repair the damage without losing a lap. Kauffman battled through lap traffic and avoided accidents the rest of the night to get back into the top ten.

In discussing his season opener, Kauffman said "We had a ton of ups and downs, but Barry Elvis and the rest of the crew did a great job of fixing the front of the car and keeping us on the lead lap. Our car was so fast all night. Even at the end, we were running faster times than the leader. I'm really proud of the team for not giving up. A pole and a top ten finish is a great way to start the season."

Team L.A. Motorsports is seeking additional sponsors for the 2005 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Season. Interested companies should contact Blair Minton at 704-364-4314 or bminton@carolina.rr.com.

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Drivers Joel Kauffman