USAR: South Boston: Johnny Rumley race report

Johnny Rumley Looks Forward to Lonesome Pine after SoBo Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Summerfield, NC-Johnny Rumley, driver of the Lucas Oil Products/Boyd Sult Racing Chevrolet No. 8 in the United Speed Racing Association Hooters Pro Cup North ...

Johnny Rumley Looks Forward to Lonesome Pine after SoBo

Tuesday, April 12, 2005 -- Summerfield, NC-Johnny Rumley, driver of the Lucas Oil Products/Boyd Sult Racing Chevrolet No. 8 in the United Speed Racing Association Hooters Pro Cup North Division, looks forward to his second race of 2005 at Virginia's Lonesome Pine Raceway.

That's because he knows he's bound to improve on his performance in the Northern Division's season-opener on April 9 at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, where Rumley qualified 13th for the Greased Lightning 250 presented by Pepsi and finished 23rd after an up-and-down night that ended behind the wall.

"We struggled ever since we unloaded for Friday evening practice," Rumley, a short track veteran from North Carolina, said. "If it could go wrong, it went wrong. Hopefully we got all that bad stuff behind us and we can get better."

Involved in an early incident not of his making, Rumley was forced to pit. But the strategy seemed to play into his hands, as when leaders pit he found himself running third with a strong car. But the good fortune was short-lived.

"A piece of duct work got messed up and the temperature rose to about 230, so we had to give up that position. Then somebody got messed up in front of us and slammed on the brakes and we got in the back of another car and got the radiator," Rumley said.

"Benny Gordon had some bad races early in the season last year and came back, so it'll be OK," Rumley said. "We know some things we need to do to get better, and we will be better when we get to Lonesome Pine."

-bsr-

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